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othis feast always honourable, and the delights of it always new. And by the force of pious meditation, the mystery will affect thy wondering mind at every repetition, as if the son of God were just that moment born from the womb of his mother; as if thy suffering redeemer were in that instant labouring under all his agonies; and thineowneyes beheld him hanging and bleeding, and dying on the cross. A prayer on Sunday morning, before the communion.
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Fohu vi. 53 O
Almighty God, and merciful father, who
halt given thy only son Jesus Christ to die for us, whodidinstitute a holy feastin commemoration of that his most precious deatl', thereby to preserveinourminds a constantremembrance of his great love, in laying down his life for our fakes: Ithy unworthy fervant, who am now invited to thy holy table, do humbly adore thy divine majesty, acknowledging that I am not worthy of bread, much less of that which came down from heaven, and which thou hast given to be the food and nourishment of our souls.
I confess, O Lord, my sins may justly cause me to tremble, when I appear before thee;
my daily but, О most mereiful fathei, encouraged by thy wonderful goodness and love, in giving thy son to clie for all penitent and returning finners, I present myself before thee at this time; befeeching thee, in great humility to continue to me that love, and admit me to thy holy table, that I may taste and see how gracious thou art, and how wonderful in thy doings towards the sons of men.
O make my tongings and desires after this divine food, some way answerable to my great need of it; that my soul being sensible of all its wants, it may no longer seek for relief from the unsatisfying objects of this world; but coming to thy holy table with a true spiritual hunger and thirst, may there find a full fupply of all those graces and blessings that it stands in so much need of:
And to this end, O Lord, fit and prepare my heart to partake of so great a mercy, by giving me a just abhorrence of my own unworthiness, and an unfeigned repentance of
sin. Root out of my heart all sinful and corrupt affections, all prejudice, hatred, and ill-will; and plant all those devout and pious, charitable and humble dispositions, that become the worshippers of the holy Jesus; that when I presume to appear before
thee, I may bring with me a heart raised above the corruptions that are in the world, and full of the strongest defires and resolutions of loving and serving thee."
Deliver me, O my God, from all coldness and formality, when I attendupontheeinholy and religious duties; and grant that by going to this holy feaft, I may have my pardon sealed, my weaknesses repaired, all my evit inclinations subdued, my fáith strengthened, my hopes enlarged, my charity encreased, and my soul so entirely and inseparably united unto thee, that'nothing may be ever able to diffolve the union; but that being begun hereingrace, it may hereafter be confummated in glory, through the merits of him that died for me, even the son of thy eternal love, Jesus Christ the righteous; to whom with thee, O father, and the holy spirit, be ascribed, as is most due, all honour, glory, power, thankfgiving, and praise, both now and for evermore. Amen.
This last prayer may be added to our other devotions the morning we receivé, and may be frequently used in the week preceding the facrament. See also the directions on page 57
Ejaculations when you first come into church. TOW amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hofts!
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, they will be always praising thee.
My soul longeth, yea even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and
heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand years; I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
A prayer to be said before or after the prayers of the
Church, as time shall admit. T is but too apparent, bleffed Lord, how
apt we are to forget thy dear love to us, and thy bitter sufferings for us; our continual transgressions publish it, and our former stupidity and indevotion do plainly declare it. Praised therefore be thy goodnels for the lively emblems thou hast given us of thy most meritorious cross and passion,
O that the characters of thy love may be so deeply imprinted upon my heart, that no time nor temptation may wear them out! may I now most affectionately call to mind the humility of thine incarnation the merits of thy death, the power of thy resurrection, and the glories of thine ascension, O how much do we owe thee, most blessed
redeemer! redeemer ! how great is the price, which thou hast paid for the ransom of us miserable finners! what shall I render unto thee for the incomprehensible benefits thou hast bestowed upon me? Alas! I have no return to make but a broken and contrite heart, which thou wilt not despise; and this is yet a further instance of thy goodness, that thou expectest no other testimony of gratitude, but my fincere affections in serving thee, the only true God, thro' Jesus Chriftour Lord. Amen. A prayer to be used as foon as fermon is ended.
that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness, and declare the wonders that he doth for the children of men.. Psalm cvii. 20, 21.
Eternal and almighty God, by whose
bounty and goodness, I have now'an opportunity offered me of approaching thy table, and of pleading
before thee the prevailing merits of the death and passion of thy son Jesus Christ; I am sensible, O Lord, of
my great unworthiness; but the positive command of my blessed Saviour, when he was about to lay down his life for my fake, has made it absolutely necessary; and the many spiritual wants I labour under, oblige me to apply to this fovereign remedy, for the repair of those breaches my finful follies have made in my soul.