« PreviousContinue »
but - yet this is our encouragement, that . if the Lord sees a inan set himself sericusly to a preparation, he will bear with many failings, and so heal his people, that they may keep ihe feast with gladness; a feast wherein thou, O Father, hast commanded us to commemorate thiut greatest instance of thy love to us, our Recomption by the death of Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord .* Here observe the Directions given in page 8. The Prayer on Tuesdar Evening for a worthy
receiving the most Holy Sacrament. A What reward shall I give unto the Lord for all the
benefits that he hath done unto me? I will ré. ceive the Cup of Salvation, and call upon the natie
of the Lord. Psalm. cxvi. 11. 12. DLESSED be, thou, O my Lord, for er
D ver Blessed, for the amazing instance of tly Love to fallen mankind, in sending the only begotten Son for our Redemption, who are not worthy of those other great and ma. sy mergies' which thou hast shewed unto us, grant, O Lord, that this thy inexpressible love may not be lost upon me: But, that, being sensible of my sad condition by nature, I may be thoroughly convinced of the necessity and blessing of a Redeerner, and may with a heart full of gratitude, join with thy faithful Church in giving our devoutest thanks to thee, and in keeping up the remembrance
of what thy blessed Son hath done and suffer. ed for us. ' .
. . : Grant, O my God, that I may always 'receive that sign of thy Love, and the offers of pardon and grace, tendered to me in this holy ordinance, with a truly thankful heart, and in reniembrance of thee, my great and best Benefactor ; in remembrance of my Saviour's holy example of his bitter: death and passion of his glorious, resurrection and ascen. sion, and of lus coming again to judge the world.
Give me, O my God, a stedfast faith in thy word, and promises; a firn trust in thy Almighty Power ;=and let the fear of thay justice and omniscience keep me from presumptuous sins, and a sense of thy goodness and merr cy preserve me from despair. Defend me from all those snares, which destroy my love for thee;-from wordly cares ;mafrom all sensual and sinful pleasures ;--from evil company ;-from foolish diversions ;-—and from cvery thing that may make me forget, that thou alone art worthy to be feared and loved ;-grant me these mere cies for thy Son Jesus Christ his sake, whose love and death I am now about Commemortut. ing. I'or,
O my God; I shall Con Sunday next'] presume to come to thiy Foly Table, not trusting in my own righteousness, but in thy mani.
fold and great mercies. I am sensible, I am not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs which fall from thy Table : but thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy; grant me therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the Flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his Blood, that my sinful body may be made clean by his Body and my Soul purified by his most precious Blood, and that I may evermore dwell in him, and he in ine.
These, and whatever other mercies thou seest necessary for me, I intreat thou wilt grant, for the sake of thy dearly beloved Son, Jesus Ghrist; my Lord and Saviour Amen,
See the concluding Prayer and Blessing in Page 40.
* The Meditation for Wednesday Morning
On the Resurrection, as a means to excite a due
Veneration for the Holy Sacrament.
Therefore let us keep the Feast, not with old Leaven, *: neither with the Leaven of Malice, and Wickedness :
but with the unleavened Bread of Sincerity and
Truth. I Cor. v. 8. I. A Come now, my Soul, and let us sing
to our Lord a Psalm of joy ; sing preises to the God of our Salvation ; sing with
a loud * Here you may observe the directions given, page 3.
a loud and chearful voice; sing with a glad and thankful heart; say to the weak of spirit, be strong; say to the sorrowful, be of good comfort; tell all the world this Soul-reviving truth, and may their hearts within them leap with joy to hear it, For, : II. The Lord of Life is risen again, and hath cloathed himself with immortal Glory. He made the Angels messengers of his victory, and vouchsafed even himself to bring us the joyful news. O my Soul, adorn thyself with the garment of gladness, prepare thy most triumphant hymns to go forth to meet this great returning conqueror. · III, His warfare is now accomplished, and he hath passed through the scorn and cruelty of men, the malice and rage of devils, the just, but severe anger of God; yea the shadow of death, and the regions of eternal horror ; and after all this thy surety is set at liberty, for he hath paid thy debts, and cancelled all those dismal bonds, by which thou wert forfeited to eternal ruin, blessed be he that com. eth in the name of the lord ! • Iy. We receive thee, dearest Saviour, as born to us a second time, and this shall be thy birth day also, the nativity of thy ema pire, thy restoration to a state of immortality. Thy former birth shewed thee to be the Son of man, but this declares thee to be the
Son of God; and now we know that thou our Redeemer livest, for thou thyself hast told us; I am he that liveth, and was dead, and behoid, I am alive for evermore.
V. The ways of thy mercy are unsearch. able ( thou wise contriver of all our happiness! and thy wisdom is infinite, who didst invent them to convince thy followers into this blest belief, and settle in their hearts a firm ground of hope : For thou didst not only appear to the holy women in their return from the Sepulchre ; and openedet their eyes to know and adore thee; but thou didst purposely overtake in their journey two of thy Disciples, that were discoursing of thee, and madest their hearts burn within them to hear thee. thou didst condescend to eat bę. fore them, and invite them to touch thy saa cred Body. How didst thou sweetly invite the incredulous Thomas to thrust his hand in. to thy side, and hast: thence taken occasion from his hardness to believe, to facilitate the Faith off thy Church in these after-ages !
VI. Therefore, O my Soul, being thus pre-astructed in this great mystery of our l'aith, by the Revelation of Jesus Christ, make- in the principle subject of thy studies, and the daily entertainment of thy most rerious thoughts. Draw me, 'O dearest Lord, from the world and myself that I be not