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A thankful Remembrance of the Death
of Christ. - ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly " Father, who of thy tender mercy, " didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ " to suffer death upon the cross for our “ redemption, and hast instituted and “ordained holy mysteries as pledges of 6 his death and passion, to our great 6 and endless comfort:” Behold, I do most affectionately, and with all the powers of my soul and body, return my most hearty praise and thanksgiving for thy great mercy to me and all mankind, in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and misery, and by his meritorious death and passion, to purchase for us eternal life. Grant, O Lord, that I may always most gratefully remember this exceeding love of my only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for me ; and work in me all such holy and heavenly affections, as may dispose my heart to be a worthy guest at thy holy table, prepared for the continual remembrance of the death of Christ, and of the benefits which we receive thereby. Praise the
Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; who forgiveth all thy sins, and tealeth all thine infirmities; who saveth hy life from destruction, and crowneth hee with mercy and loving kindness. See Psalm ciii. 2, 3, 4.
A Prayer for the Grace of Charity. s. O LORD who hast taught us that * all our doingswithout charity are nok thing worth ; send thy Holy Ghost, 6 and pour into my heart that most s excellent gift of charity, the very
bond of peace, and of all virtues, 56 without which whosoever liveth is * counted dead before thee,” More especially when I am going to commemorate the unspeakable love of my blessed Saviour in dying for me, let not my heart be destitute of love toward my brethren: extend thy mercy and forgiveness unto all my enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and turn their hearts; which I sincerely beg for them, as I hope for mercy and forgiveness at thy hands. Possess me with kindness and good-will for all mankind, that my faith may work by love; and dispose my heart, according to my ability, to‘ad
minister toward the wants and neces. sities of those who are anywise afflicted in mind, body, or estate, and to do to unto all men as I would they should do unto me;' and gire me that charity which covereth a multitude of sins ; that by doing good for evil, all men may know that I am the disciple of thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
See Psalm xv. xli.cxii. cxxxii. Matt. xviii. 21. xxv. 34, 41. 1 Cor. xiii.
A Prayer for the Morning you intend to
MOST gracious and eternal Lord God, who hast called all such as are weary and heavy laden to come unto thee by faith and repentance, and thou : wilt refresh them ; in affiance on this thy gracious invitation, I will come to thy heavenly table, not trusting in my own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies ; and although I am not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs that fall from thy table, yet since it is thy property always to have mercy, I will not despair of a kind re
ception. Forgive my want of a due preparation, and accept of my sincere desire to perform an acceptable service unto thee. Clothe me with the wedding garment, even the graces of the Gospel, and then I am sure I shall be a welcome guest at thy table, when I shall come thither in the likeness of thy Son Jesus Christ in whom thou art well pleased. Possess my soul with a lively faith, profound humility, filial obedi. ence, inflamed affection, and universal charity, that so I may become a worthy partaker of these holy mysteries, to my great and endless comfort. Grant this, o heavenly Father, if it be thy blessed will, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
q During the administration of the
Lord's Supper, the following Prayers will be proper to be read, as here directed in the different parts of it,
A short Prayer before the Minister begins
the Communion Service. IN the multitude of thy tender mer, mercies, O Lord God, do I now approach thy altar. O pardon my sius, and look not upon iny unworthiness, (for I am a sinful creature, O Lord) but upon the motives which drew ine hither, even my own miseries, and thy tender mercies: therefore help me to supply in humility what I want in worthiness; and let my bended knees and contrite heart show that I durst not have adventured hither had not thy mercy held out the golden sceptre, and said," Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy-laden, and I will refresh you.
While the introductory sentences (see page 70) are reading, the Deacons, Churchwardens, or other fit Persons appointed for that purpose, shall recrive the alms for the Poor in a decent Bason to be provided by the Parish for that purpose; and reverently bring it to thé Priest, who shall humbly present and place it upon the holy Table,