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THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE LORD'S SUPper,
THE MINISTER MAY SAY TO THOSE WHO ARE TO RECEIVE THE HOLY COMMUNION:
YE who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and sincerely desire to follow the commandments of God, and walk from henceforth in his holy ways; draw near with faith, and partake of this holy Sacrament, making humble confession to Almighty God.
After which the minister may make such remarks as he may consider appropriate :- Or those present may unite with him in the following service :
Listen to the words of Jesus :-Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Let us look unto him who was meek and lowly of heart, and find rest unto our souls.
Hear what Saint John saith:-God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that all who believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Whosoever liveth and believeth in Christ, shall never die. Hear also what Saint Paul saith:-This is a true saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.
He is able to save unto the uttermost, all who come unto God
The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, he will not despise.
Have mercy upon us, O God, according to thy loving-kindness, according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out our transgress ons.
He who spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him freely give us all things? May we follow after righteousness, and put our trust in the living God.
If we be risen with Christ, let us seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. May we bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
As every one hath received the gift, even so minister the same the one to another, as good stewards.
Herein is our Father glorified that we bear much fruit.
ye love Christ, keep his commandments.
We are his friends if we do whatsoever he commandeth us. When the Lord cometh, he will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the heart.
May we have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
Blessed are they whose hope is in the Lord.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep thy
According to the exhortation of Saint Paul, let us now examine ourselves, and so let us eat of this bread, and drink of this cup.
Then, after a pause, the following prayer may be used:
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; who did institute, and in
his holy gospel command us to continue a memorial of that precious death; hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee, and grant that we may receive this bread and wine, according to the holy institution, and in remembrance of the death of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN.
After which, the minister may add:
Hear what Saint Paul saith, in his first Epistle to the Corinthians:
The Lord Jesus, the same night that he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you.this do in remembrance of me.
After all have partaken of the bread, the minister may add :
"After the same manner also, Jesus took the cup when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me."
When all have received the Communion, a hymn may be sung: after which all may unite in the following Prayer—or the Benediction may be given.
O Lord, our Heavenly Father, we, thy humble servants, earnestly pray thee,-mercifully to accept our praise and thanksgiving. We beseech thee to grant that, by the mediation of thy Son,-and through faith in him.-we, and thy whole church, may obtain remission of sins. May all who have now partaken of this holy communion, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction.-Pardon, we pray thee, our manifold sins,-accept our imperfect services,—and aid us by thy Holy Spirit, faithfully to fulfil every duty, according to thine abundant mercy in Christ Jesus our Lord. Through whom, Father Almighty, be unto thee,-all glory and honor,-world without end. AMEN.
THE BAPTISM OF INFANTS.
CHILDREN ARE USUALLY BAPTIZED IN THE CHURCH. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THEY WILL BE PRESENTED FOR THIS PURPOSE, BY THEIR PARENTS OR IMMEDIATE GUARDIANS.
When the child has been brought forward to the altar, the minister may read as follows:
OUR Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, before his ascension into heaven, said to his disciples: Go ye, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew xxviii. 19.
And Jesus called unto him the twelve, and he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one such child in my name, receiveth me. Mark ix. 36, 37.
And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them; but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke xviii. 15, 16.
The minister may then address the Parents of the child, (or those by whom it is brought forward,) in these words: MY FRIENDS,-You have brought this child here to be baptized :
By this Christian rite we understand you to express your
faith in God, and in our Lord Jesus Christ; and your desire that this child may grow up in the knowledge and practice of all goodness.
To this end you will be careful to instruct him in the truths of the Gospel, and by precept and example, you will strive to form within him principles of virtue and piety.
And may God assist you with the influences of his Holy Spirit, and bless you in the faithful discharge of your duty, for his glory and the good of mankind.
The child may then be baptized, the minister saying:
"I BAPTIZE thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
At this service, there may be an exhortation or address. A hymn may be sung, and the following, or some other prayer, may be introduced:
ALMIGHTY and ever-blessed God, by whose providence the different generations of mankind are raised up to know thee, and to enjoy thy favor forever; grant that this child, now dedicated to thee, may be endowed with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly saved through thine infinite mercy. We beseech thee, to enable thy servants who are entrusted with the care of this child, to perform their duty faithfully; give them wisdom to be its defence against the temptations incident to childhood and youth, and as it grows up in life, graciously assist them to enlarge its understanding, and to open its heart to the impressions of religion and virtue. This, our petition, we humbly present in the name of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer. AMEN.