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Thou hast prepar'd this dying lamb,
Hast set his blood before our face, To teach the terrors of thy, name,
And-shew the wonders of thy grace.
Shall shine on nations yet unknowi,-
- The Prayer on Sunday Evening. For Strength and Grace in our fallen Slate. . T TERNAL God, thou alone art he, in L whom we live and move and hare our being; and from whom are derived all the comforts and conveniencies of this life, and all the hopes and expectations of a better. Thou art the author and finisher of every good work; without thee nothing is strong, nothing is holy; without thy afsifting and preventing graçe, we are easily driven away by every night temptation, as the dust before the wind is carried to and fro.
With what humility, reverence, and dread, then ought I thy servant, (dedicated to thee long ago by most folemn vows and engagements in my holy baptifm, which I have fince [often] (especially this day) renewed at thy holy table, where I received the Sacrament of Chrift's body and blood) to appear before thee, when I consider the greatness of thy majesty,
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Sund. Even.] for the Sacrament. 221 and the purity of thy divine nature, whose service is perfect freedom ? and without thy favour and love, O Jesu, I must have been, and shall be, the most miserable of all thy creatures. So that,
O Lord, if thou hadst not invited me, I acknowledge, that I was not worthy to come into thy presence, nor to lift up mine eyes towards the throne of thy mercy-feat: for the corruption of my heart, and the sinfulness of my thoughts is that abomination which thou abhorrest. Hence, · O my God, I am fully persuaded, that it is my happiness and privilege, as well as my duty, to love, adore, and serve thee. I am feriously convinced, there is no pleasure like that of a good conscience; and that the greatest fatisfactions in this world are not worthy to be compared with that fulness of joy, which is in thy presence for evermore,* but alas ! I know by fad experience that I am prone to offend thee, and too apt to forget the vows and resolutions, which I have made to serve and obey thee, at the times thy holy spirit hath raised me from the death of Gin, to a new life of righteousness. Therefore,
i O most merciful Father, who knowest that we are but dust and ashes, vouchsafe of thy great goodness to pity the weaknesses of me, thy poor creature; and continue to me the
allistance * Pfalın xvi. 11.
aslistance of thy grace and boly Spirit, that I may not be tempted above what I am able to bear. And whereas this very day, Q Lord, thou haft given me an opportunity of serving thee in thy house; grant that I may not be accused of coldness or indevotion, nor of hear. ing thy word only; but that I may approve myself a doer of the fame in my faith and practice. Wherefore,
O molt gracious God! let me never faies or tire in my duty, nor, for the sake of any thing this world can offer me, be unmindful of the great and important concera of my falvation. Give me such a zeal for thy fervice, that the doing thy will may be my greatest joy and satisfaction: apd imprint on my mind such a lively fenfe of thy save, as may inflame my heart with the most devout and ardent affections : that, being every day more and more weaned from this world, I may look upon all its honours, pleasures, and profits, with that coldness and indifference, which bez come the servant of the blessed Jesus; who, being God, descended from the heavens, and took upon him the form of a servant, that he might leave us an example of his great humi: lity. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's fake, our oply mediator and advocate. Amen.
A concluding Prayer. .. THE grace of our Lord Jesus Chrift, 1 and the love of God, and the fellow hip
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of the Holy Ghost, be with me now and
If one shall now permit, you may proceed to examine yourself, and the fate of your conscience, by the particular directionis printed in page 233.
When you lie down in bed. Í will lay me down in peace, and take my I reft; for it is thou, Lord, only that mak. eft me to dwell in fafety; and into thy hands I recommend my spirit, my soul, and my body, for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, chou God of :ruch. Amen. In the morning when you go out of your chamber. ; Time blessing of God defcend upon mes
and all belonging to me, and dwell itt my heart for evermore, and bless mygoing's out and my coming in, now and for ever. Annen.
: The Meditation for Monday Morning Upon the inflitution of the Holy Sacrament of the
.: .. Lord's Supper. The Bread that I will give, is my Mesh-my felh is. meat indeed, and try blood is duink indeed It is the spirit that quickenérh, the flesh profiļeth nos thing, the words that I speak ungo you, they are spi.
rit, and they are life. yon vi. 53, 55, 63. Ji CONSIDER, O my soul! how, by din, : yine providence, we have efcaped the
danger of this night, and are continued to. gether in a deep sense of our duty, which we yesterday acknowledged and confirmed in the receiving of that holy facrament, which, in its outward part, is only Bread and Wine, which the Lord hath commanded to be received;* that is, to be eaten and drunk by all who come to his table, in remembrance of the body and blood of Christ, which are verily and indeed taken and received by the faithful in the Lord's Supper.t A sacrament which at once, by the bread broken, signifies the body of Christ broken on the cross; and by the wine poured out, signifies the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. But guard against that doctrine, which teaches that we eat the natural body, and drink the natural blood of Christ ; for, the natural body and blood of Christ are in heaven, and not here; it being against the truth of Christ's natural body to be at one time in more places than one, t and therefore we cannot eat and drink Christ's natural body and blood in the sacrą. ment.
II. We are well assured by Christ himself, as well as by his apostle, that the Lord's Supper was expressly designed for the remembrance of
* See the Church Catechism, on the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
+ See the Rubric to the Communion Service in the ommon Prayer Book,