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At giving your alms, this or the like ejaculation may be used.
All things come of thee, and of thine own have we
given thee. 1 Chron. xxix, 14. Our charity towards our fellow creatures, and especially towards our fellow Christians, is farther manifested by the following earnest prayer for the whole church. The Priest is directed to say, LET us pray for the whole, maintenance of thy true reli.
state of Christ's Church gion, and virtue. Give grace,
Militant here on earth. o heavenly Father, to ali Almighty and everlasting Bishops and Curates, that they God, who by thy holy Apostle may both by their life and does hast taught us to make prayers, trine set forth thy true and and supplications, and to give lively word, and rightly and thanks for all men: we humbly duly administer thy holy sacrabeseech thee most mercifully ments : and to all thy people to accept our alms and oblations, give thy heavenly grace; and and to receive these our prayers, especially to this congregation which we offer unto thy Divine here present; that, witli meek Majesty ; beseeching thee to heart and due reverence, they inspire continually the univer- may hear and receive thy holy sal Church with the spirit of Word; truly serving thee in truth, unity, and concord: and holiness and righteousness all grant, that all they that do con- the days of their life. And we tess thy Holy Name may agree most humbly beseech thee of in the truth of thy Holy Word, thy goodness, O Lord, to comand live in unity, and godly fort and succour all them, who love. We beseech thee also in this transitory life are in to save and defend all Christian trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, Kings, Princes, and Gover- or any other adversity. And nors; and specially thy servant we also bless thy holy name for GEORGE our King; that un. all thy servants departed this der him we may be godly and life in thy faith and fear; be. quietly governed; and grant seeching thee to give us grace unto his whole Council, and to so to follow their good examall that are put in authority un- ples, that with them we may der him, that they may truly be partakers of thy heavenly and indifferently minister jus- kingdom: grant this, o Father, tice to the punishment of wick for Jesus Christ's sake, our only edness and vice, and to the mediator and advocate. Amen. Let your heart be making a fervent, but secret and silent
* Amen” to the various petitions, as the minister proceeds in offering up the above prayer.
The Priest then reads this men; so shall ye be meet parExhortation.
takers of those holy mysteries. DEARLY beloved in the And above all things ye must Lord, ye that mind to come to give most humble and hearty the holy Communion of the thanks to God the Father, the Body and Blood of our Saviour Son, and the Holy Ghost, for Christ, must consider how the redemption of the world Saint Paul exhorteth all per- by the death and passion of sons diligently to try and ex- our Saviour Christ, both God amine themselves, before they and man; who did humble himpresume to eat of that Bread, self, even to the death upon and drink of that Cup. For as the cross, for us miserable sinthe benefit is great, if with a ners, who lay in darkness and true penitent heart and lively the shadow of death ; that he faith, we receive that holy Sa- might make us the children of crament; (for then we spiritu- God, and exalt us to everlasting ully eat the flesh of Christ, and life. And to the end that we drink his blood; then we dwell should alway remember the exin Christ, and Christ in ns; we ceeding great love of our Masare one with Christ, and Christ ter, and only Saviour, Jesus with us;) so is the danger Christ, thus dying for us, and great, if we receive the same the innumerable benefits which unworthily. For then we are by bis precious blood-shedding · guilty of the Body and Blood he hath obtained to us; he hath of Christ our Saviour; we eat instituted and ordained, holy and drink our own damnation, mysteries, as pledges of his not considering the Lord's love, and for a continual reBody; we kindle God's wrath membrance of his death to our against us; we provoke him to great and endless comfort. To plague us with divers diseases, him therefore, with the Father and sundry kinds of death and the Holy Gloșt, let us give Judge therefore yourselves, as we are most bounden) conbrethren, that ye be not judged tinual thanks; submitting our. of the Lord; repent you truly selves wholly to his holy will for your sins past; have a lively and pleasure, and studying to and stedfast faith in Christ our serve him in true holiness and Saviour; amend your lives, and righteousness all the days of be in perfect charity with all our life. Amen.
We are here specially urged to self-examination and thankfulness. Self-examination is urged on account of the danger of coming unworthily. The word “damnation" must not bere be understood of eternal destruction, but the just condemnation and displeasure of God. Self-examination is also pressed on our attention from
the benefit of duly receiving, as then we are partakers of Christ's salvation - we dwell in Christ and Christ in us."--What an intimate and blessed communion does this describe! O reader, seek to know its blessedness in your own experience! We are called on in the latter part of the exhortation, to be thankful for the inestimable benefit of redemption, the chief thing ever to be regarded in the Lord's Supper. Notice the confession, miserable sinners, &c. Have you felt that this is your true character ? It is easy to express this sentiment, but it is very difficult really to feel it. Yet without a real conviction of your true state, you cannot be cordially thankful for your redemption. You can neither duly prize, nor heartily thank, Jesus Christ. · The latter part of the exhortation shews us, that the true comfort of the soul is, Christ crucified for our sins, and Christ expected to appear again, to complete our happiness. We should hear the whole in the spirit of prayer, sending up in secret such ejaculations as these, “ Lord grant that I may receive these benefits." “ Lord deliver me from this danger."
The characters by whom comfort may
be expected, are described in the following ADDRESS.
YE that do truly and ear-, forth in his holy ways; draw nestly repent you of your sins, near with faith, and take this and are in love and charity holy Sacrament to your comwith your neighbours, and fort; and make your humble intend to lead a new life, fol. confession to Almighty God, lowing the commandments of meekly kneeling upon your God, and walking from hence-knees.
While this is repeating by the Minister, we should also be lifting up our hearts to God, to give us grace to repent, and be in love with others, and walk in the ways
of God. To this succeeds this general CONFESSION to be made by both the Minister and people, all kneeling.
ALMIGHTY God, Father (misdoings; the remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ, of them is grievous unto us ; maker of all things, judge of the burden of them is intoler. all men ; we acknowledge and able. Have mercy upon us, bewail our manifold sips and have mercy upon us, most wickedness, which we, from merciful Father; for thy Son time to time, most grievonsly our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, have committed by thought, forgive us all that is past; and word, and deed, against thy grant that we may ever hereDivine Majesty, provoking, after strive and please thee, most justly, thy wrath and in newness of life, to the honindignation against us. We our and glory of thy name; do earnestly repent, and are through Jesus Christ our Lord. heartily sorry for these our | Amen.
We here, in most just and abasing expressions, deplore our sinfulness. This confession should lead us to think of our own personal guilt in any light that may most affect us, and to charge our memory with those views of our own iniquity, which we know by experience, most humble us, and shew us with peculiar emphasis, the need which we have of Christ's blood. But while we have reason with the deepest contrition, to confess that the burden of our sins is intolerable, * (being a load that would have sunk us to eternal ruin) let us endeavour to keep our eye on Christ, and by faith
The burden of our sins is intolerable, not as it regards our feeling of the evil of sin; for, alas! we have in general far too little feeling on that subject. From this mistake, some well. disposed persons have declared themselves afraid to join in the confession ; but we are taught only to confess our conviction of the affecting truth that the guilt of sin will, if it is not removed, for ever ruin our souls.
transfer our guilt over to him, bewailing our útter unworthiness, glorying in his worthiness, and soliciting through him, not only peace of conscience, but strength for serving him in newness of life.
This ABSOLUTION, or declaration of forgiveness, is then pronounced by the Priest.
ALMIGHTY God, our have mercy upon you; pardon heavenly Father, who of his and deliver you from all your great mercy hath promised sins; confirm and strengthen forgiveness of sins to all them you in all goodness; and bring that with hearty repentance you to everlasting life; through and true faith turņ unto him ; Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
All who heartily repeut and truly believe, all who have with any feeling joined in the preceding service, may
and should here apply to themselves the comfort of the Gospel as declared by the appointed Minister of Christ. But man's words cannot of themselves speak peace to the troubled conscience; and there. fore the Minister's declaration of forgiveness is confirmed by these well-chosen passages of Scripture, the Minister saying:
HEAR what comfortable Hear also what St. Pautsaith.
words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn
This is a true saying, and worthy of all
men unto him.
received, That Christ Jesus Come unto me all that tra- came into the world to save vail and are heavy laden, and sinners. 1 Tim. i, 15, I will refresh you. Matt. xi, 28.
So God loved the worid, Hear also what St. John saith, that he gave his only-begotten
If any man sin, we have an Son, to the end that all that Advocate with the Father, believe in him should not Jesus Christ the righteous; perish, but have everlasting and he is the propitiation for life. John iii, 16.
our sins. 1 John ii, 1.
These passages should be heard in faith and prayer,