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2 Praise him in his noble acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him in the sound of the trumpet: praise him upon the lute and harp.
4 Praise him in the cymbals and dances : praise him upon the strings and pipe.
5 Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals: praise him upon the loud cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath : praise the Lord.
transport, and seems to have been fenn'd on purpose to design of them all, that is to affitt us in praifing God, be a conc,ufion of the sacred Songs, to fhew what is the in which let us all anite now and for ever more:
Companion to the Altar.
To our : Worthy Receiving
About Eating and Drinking Unworthily,
AND OF .
· Whereunto are added . PRAYERS and MEDITATIONS
Preparotary to: a 'SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION,
Agreeable to what
The Church of England requires from her COMMUNICANTS.
SHEFFIELD; Printed for W: WARD.
T HE usual Reason which Men aflign for their not coming so often to tbe Hely Sacra * ment as they would do, is their Fear of eating and drinking unworthily, and consequently, of, incurring their own Damnation thereby. The Design then of this fort Discourse is, to low wbat Sacramental Preparation is, which is abfolutely necessary to qualify Men for a warthy Partie cipation of the Lord's Supper, that so Men may come without the least Fear of eating and drinking Damnation to themselves; For which purpose, I conceive no Rule, no Instruition more fata, capp and intructive, than that of our Church Catechism, which I have endeavoured ty explain, and to accomodate for the Uje and Benefit of the meaneft Capacity.
E vi, ili The concluding Part of this Discourse contains Prayers and Medications preparative to a la cramental Preparation, and though they be few in Number, yet I hope they fully answer all those several Parts of a Communicant's Duty, according to that Rule and Standard wbich our Church bas fixed for our Guide and Companion to the boly Altar. By the Addition of those. Pfalms and proper Lefons annexed to each particular Prayer and Meditation, the Communicant ma enlarge bis Devotions to what Degree or Length be pleafeth. By wbich Metbed you have as much Matter for actual Preparation in this little Book, "as in any other Discourse of this Nature wbat focuer i ' .... .
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COMPANION to the ALTAR...
S L I those Flellings which we now enjoy, and hope hereafter to re
ceive from Almighty God, are purchased for us, and muft be obtaine i As through the merits and intercession of the holy Jesus, who has AROTEC instituted and ordained Holy myfteries, as pledges of his love, ani
" for a continual remembrance of his death and passion, to our great and endless comfort.” Luke xxii. 19. I Cor. xi. 24. But then we must remember, that these benefits and bleilings, which the Son of God has purchased tor us, are ro where promised, but upon condition that we ourselves are fitt duly qualified for them. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is a folemn ratification of our Baptismal Covenant, where in God for his part haih faithfully promiled “.pardon, « and remiffion of fins to all true penitents," and we for our parts are therein folemnly bound to be faithful and obedient unto him, 2 Tim. ii. 19. Before then we can promise to ourselves any benefit or advaritage from the participation of this: folemn Rite and Covenant between God and us, we must endeavour (what in us.. lies) to poffefs our Souls with all thote divine qualifications which this Sacramer.t. of the Lord's Supper requires to render us worthy partakers thereof.
And what those are, it is the design of this discourse to enquire; wherein I shall endeavour to thew what that Preparation of heart and mind is, which must vilpfe us for a worthy participation of the blessed Sacrament:' and herein I hope to remove all those Fears and Scruplus which arise in our ininds, about “ Eating and
Drinking unworthily, and of incurring our own Damnation thereby," as groundless and unwarrantable; and to do this I shall take occasion to explain that part of our CHURCH CATECHISM, designedly intended for our inftruction, with telation to this duty of a Sacramental Preparation ; namely, is w r iti ? *.Q. What is required of them who come to the Lord's Supper?" ..
A. “ To examine themselves whether they repent them truly of their former os fins, ftedfastly purpofing to lead a new life, have a lively faith in God': mercy
through Chrift, with a thankful remenibrance of his death, and to be in chario ty with all men.' This is that Sacramental Preparation which our Church (in as few words as is possible) hath provided for our Companion of Guide to the Holy Altar. The duty then of a devout Communicant consisteth in these fix following particulars : 1 Self-Examination; to examine themselves. 2. Repentance towards God; whether they repent them truly of their foriner sins. 3. Holy purposes or resolutions of a new life; Stedfastly purposing to lead a new life. 4 Faith in God's Mercy through Christ; to have a lively faith, &c. 5. A thankful fomembrance of bis death. 6thly and lastly, Unfeigned love or charity Tor all mankind; and to be in charity with all men.
The firft Past then of a Communicant's Duty is Self-Examination: A duty not
cnly enjoined by human authority, but likewise commanded-by St. Paul. But let a Man examine kimself, and to let him eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cud i Cor. xi 28. Intimating, that no Man should presume to eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cup, without a previous Preparation, if he mean to escap; that same Judgement of Condemnation which thefe Corinthians brought upon themdelves for their jrreverent, sinful and disorderly Behaviour, at this Sacrament; and this was the Occasion of St Paul's Caution and Reproof: He that eatetb and drinkelb unwcrthili, says, the Apostle, eateth and drinketb Damnation to bimself, net discerning the Lord's Budy, Ver 29. ,
" Put that our Preparation may be so well performed by us as to prevent the like Danger, let us, as the wise man adviseth, Remember the End, and we fall 079: r do amiss, Eccl. vii. 16. First then, That we inay come to this heavenly Feist holy, and adorned with the Wedding Garment, Matt. xxii. 1 1. we must search our hearts, and exaniine our Consciences, not only till we see our Sins, but until we hate them; and instead of those filthy Rags of our Righteousness, we must adorn our minds with pure and pious Dispolitions; even that clean Linen, the Righteousness of the Saints, Rev. xix. With these Ornaments are holy Souls fitted for the Society of that celestial Company, which are to be met with at this Solemnity. 20ly, Another End or Delign of this strict Preparation, is, that we may be accepted by God as worthy Communicants; that be who knoweth the Secrets of all our Hearts, neither is there any Creature that is not manifest in his hight, l'ut all things are naked and opened unto the Eyes of him with whom we have to do, Jera xvii, 10. Heb. iv. 13. may approve of the Sincerity of our Repentance; and the King, who comes in to view the Guests, Matt. xxii. 11. may (though strictly speaking we are not fo) count us worthy of his Favour and Countenance. And how to attain so great a Blessing these following instructions will help and affilt us.
First, we are directed to repent u; truly of all our former Sins. I preparation which Christ himself requires of us, Matt. iii: 2, 3. A Duty :. you know, which our sinful Lives make always necessary for our Con-'
Repentance sideration, if ever we expect eternal Happiness hereafter, Luke iii. 3. But more especially the Dignity of this Sacrament requires that it thould be enquired into with more than ordinary Care and Circumpection, because without sincere Repentance, we cannot expect any Benefit or Advantage from the Death and Passion of Christ, which ia this Sacrament we commemorate, and have the Merits of it conveyed to us by this sacred Memorial. Suppofing then that this is sufficient to convince you of the Neceflity and Importance of this Duty, that upon it depends
( Note, This Word Daination, does not signify 21, 22.) and the Damnation here threatened, hath no eternal Condeinnation, but on the contrary some temporal Relation to us, unless it could be proved, that any of us Punishment or judgment, (as you have it in the Margin of w.re crer guilty of the fame Wickednels with ihele Corin. Jour Bible) luch as lickness or Death with which the City of thians; which I believe no Man ever was or would be Corinth was afflicted, for their great Abuse and Protanation fuffered to approach the Lord's Table aftersuch a disorderly of this filena Institution; so that the Sins here reproved, inanner as they did, if Men were so lewd and profane.] (namely, Glut.ony, D.unkenni is and Faction,' ver18,