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CONSIDERATIONS, MEDITATIONS, AND PRAYERS, IN ORDER
TO THE WORTHY RECEIVING THE HOLY COMMUNION OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.
The sixth edition enlarged.
LUKE xii. 43.
find so doing.
OF THE TWO GENERAL CHRISTIAN DUTIES REQUIRED IN
ORDER TO THE HOLY COMMUNION OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.
The blessed Eucharist, i Communion of the Body of or Sacrament of the Lord's Christ,” and “the ComSupper, is of all the myste- munion of the Blood of ries of godliness the most Christa :" which doctrine comprehensive, and applica- we are taught as one of the tory to the soul's eternal i principles of our religion ; happiness. It is amongst the Body and Blood of all Christian duties of high- | Christ is verily and indeed est dignity, and greatest | taken and received of the concern. It is both the food faithful in the Lord's Supand the medicine, the life perb." and the health, the strength2. In the right and reand defence, the peace, joy, | verent administration, with and delight of the truly | the devout and worthy parreligious soul. It is the ticipation of this “Sacramost effectual means of the mental Body of Christ," we nearest union and com- are incorporated into His munion with Christ in this holy “mystical Body.” So life attainable. It is ex- saith our Lord Himself ; pressly so called, “the “ He that eateth My flesh, • 1 Cor. x. 16.
and drinketh My blood, other but a bare profession; dwelleth in Me, and I in something that perhaps em. him." And such is also ploys his tongue, and strikes the doctrine of the Church upon his ears, to hear and of Christ, “If with a true talk about it; but never penitent heart, and lively entered the deep of his faith, we receive the Holy heart, truly to believe and Sacrament, we spiritually practise ite? eat the flesh of Christ, and There be too many such drink His Blood; we dwell persons (God wot) that talk in Christ, and Christ in us ; much of religion; yea, we be one with Christ, and many that talk loudly of Christ with us ; we obtain Communion with Christ, remission of our sins, and and are seemingly zealous all other benefits of His in the external performance Passion d.”
of several Christian duties, 3. Hence then it follows, especially in the frequency that whoever owns the of long and loud prayers : name of a Christian, and but if the many wild extraunderstands aright what it vagancies of such performis to be truly so, and not ances did not lay them open, in vain so called, must ac- yet their general neglect of knowledge these two gene- this Sacrament, which is the ral duties to be incumbent life and quintessence of all upon him : 1. Not to neg. Christian offices, and the inlect any opportunity of re-fallible badge of true Chrisceiving this blessed Sacra- | tianity, discovers the hypoment. 2. To use all possi-crisy of such seeming zeable means, with his utmost | lots; that, with the old endeavours, to receive the Pharisees, “they draw nigh same worthily.
unto God with their mouth, 1. As to the first ; whoso and honour Him with their slights or neglects to come, lips ; but their heart is not being invited, to the Holy whole with Him, neither Communion, either,
are they stedfast in His 1. He rightly under covenant." Which is furstands not the holy religion ther evident, in that, he professeth : or,
3. Such persons make no 2. His religion is no conscience of sin, which is e John vi. 56. d Comm. Office.
Matt. xv. 8.
the transgression of the law our: with the errors of his of Christ. He commands, ways, than with “ the truth saying, “ Take, eat,” &c. which is in Jesus" :” or, “ Drink ye all of this g." &c. 2. more particularly, that “ Do this in remembrance i he prefers either his sloth of Me",” &c. “ Shew forth and negligence, or his the Lord's death till He enmity and maliciousness, come,” &c. “ Come unto or his temporal concerns Me, all ye that are wea and covetousness, or, in a ryk," &c. “Ho, every one word, some secular or senthat thirsteth, come!" &c. sual lust, before the purifiNot to come to that blessed cation of his soul in the Sacrament, being invited, Blood of Christ, and its is to disobey all these, and nourishment to life eternal. several more positive com- | 5. He disobeys the commands of God: which being mands, slights the orders, also frequently read, heard, contemns the discipline of preached, and pressed upon Christ's Church, makes no the consciences of men, by conscience of holding Comtheir conscientious Minis- munion with all the sound ters, and yet still slighted and orthodox members of and disobeyed, will un- | Christ, and the practice of doubtedly incur, if not pre- this Communion ; but ravented by a timely true re- | ther implies, nay, openly depentance and amendment, clares, that he is none of that sad and dismal sen- this number, but separate tence at the last day, “ De- and divided from Christ's part from Me, ye cursed, mystical Body, “which is into everlasting firem" the Churcho," and conse
4. Disobedience to these quently, not quickened with commands of our Lord, in His Spirit ; for these two the neglect of this blessed are inseparable ; “one BoSacrament, doth declare dy,” the Church ; and “one every such person so neg- Spirit p” of truth and holilecting, whatever his ex-ness, which quickeneth this cuses may be, 1. în general, one Body, and this alone. that he is more in love with The guilt of any which his sins, than with his Savi- particulars is so inconsist
& Matt. xxvi. 27, 28. Luke xxii. 19, 20. i 1 Cor. xi. 24–26. * Matt. xi. 28. 1 Isaiah lv. 1. Matt. xxv. 41. Eph. iy. 21, • Col. i. 24. P Eph. iy. 4.