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in heaven and earth, the great Father of his servants, the great Master of his children.

The heavens and the heaven of heavens, and every power therein; the sun and the moon, and all the stars of the sky; the sea and the earth, the heights above and the depths below; Jerusalem that is from above, the congregation celestial, the church of the first-born written in the heavens, the spirits of the prophets and of just men made perfect, the souls of the apostles and all holy martyrs, angels and archangels, thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, the spirits of understanding and the spirits of love, with never-ceasing hymns and perpetual anthems cry out, night and day,

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts! heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Hosanna ! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord !

Hosanna in the highest !

HERE BEGINNETH THE COMMUNION.
After a decent pause for short Meditation, the Minister shall, with a loud

voice, say,
Our Father, &c.

And then this, 'Expúrnors, or Denunciation. Let all corruptible flesh be silent, and stand with fear and trembling, and think within itself nothing that is earthly, nothing that is unholy. The King of kings, the Lord of lords, Christ our God comes down from heaven unto us, and gives himself to be meat for the souls of all faithful people. All the glorious companies of angels behold this and wonder, and love and worship Jesus. Every throne and dominion, the cherubims with many eyes, and the seraphims with many wings, cover their faces before the majesty of his glory, and sing a perpetual song for ever: Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Glory be to God on high; and in earth, peace; good will towards men. Hallelujah.

Then shall follow this Prayer of Consecration, to be said by the Minister standing.

1. Have mercy upon us, O heavenly Father, according to thy glorious mercies and promises, send thy Holy Ghost upon our hearts, and let him also descend upon these gifts, that by his good, his holy, his glorious presence, he may sanctify and enlighten our hearts, and he may bless and sanctify these gifts; That this bread may become the holy body of Christ.

Amen. And this chalice may become the life-giving blood of Christ.

Amen. That it may become unto us all, that partake of it this day, a blessed instrument of union with Christ, of pardon and peace, of health and blessing, of holiness and life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

II.

Holy and blessed art thou, O King of eternal ages, fountain and giver of all righteousness.

Holy ast thou, the eternal and only-begotten Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world.

Holy art thou, O blessed Spirit, that searchest all things, even the depths and hidden things of God.

Thou, O God, art Almighty: thou art good and gracious, dreadful and venerable, holy and merciful to the work of thine own hands.

Thou didst make man according to thine image; thou gavest him the riches and the rest of paradise : when he fell and broke thy easy commandment, thou didst not despise his folly, nor leave him in his sin; but didst chastise him with thy rod, and restrain him by thy law, and instruct him by thy prophets; and, at last, didst send thy holy Son into the world, that he might renew and repair thy broken image.

The people shall answer,

Blessed be God. He, coming from heaven, and taking our flesh, by the power of the Holy Ghost, of the Virgin Mary, conversed with men, and taught us the way of God, and the dispensation of eternal life.

People. Holy Jesus! Blessed be God. But when for the redemption of us sinners he would suffer death upon the cross without sin, for us who were nothing but sin and misery,--in the night in which he was betrayed, he took bread, he looked up to heaven, he gave

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thanks, he sanctified it, he brake it, and gave it to his apostles, saying, “ Take, eat, This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Likewise after supper he took the cup; and when he had given thanks and blessed it, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this, for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you and for many .

for the remission of sins. Do this in remembrance

For as often as ye shall eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye shall show forth the Lord's death till he come.'

of me.

The People shall answer,

Amen.

Minister. We believe, and we confess.

People. We declare thy death, and confess thy resurrection. Then the Minister kneeling, shall say this Prayer of Oblation.

1. We sinners, thy unworthy servants, in remembrance of thy life-giving passion, thy cross and thy pains, thy death and thy burial, thy resurrection from the dead, and thy ascension into heaven, thy sitting at the right hand of God, making intercession for us, and expecting, with fear and trembling, thy formidable and glorious return to judge the quick and dead, when thou shalt render to every man according to his works; do humbly present to thee, O Lord, this present sacrifice of remembrance and thanksgiving, humbly and pasșionately praying thee not to deal with us according to our sins, nor recompense us after our transgressions; but according to thy abundant mercy, and infinite goodness, to blot out and take away the hand-writing, that is against us in the book of remembrances which thou hast written: and that thou wilt give unto us spiritual, celestial, and eternal gifts, which neither eye

hath seen, nor ear hath heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man to understand, which God hath prepared for them that love him; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall follow the reception and distribution of the Holy Sacrament, the

Minister first receiving, and privately saying this short Prayer. O blessed Jesus, my Lord and my God, thou art the celestial food and the life of every man that cometh unto thee. I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am not worthy to partake of these holy mysteries; but thou art my merciful Saviour. Grant, that I may, religiously, thankfully, and without reproof, partake of thy blessed body and blood for the remission of my sins, and unto life eternal. Amen.

a The Minister at those words shall touch the bread.

Here he must touch or handle the chalice.

Then reverently taking in his hand the consecrated Bread, that he means to

eat, let him say, The body of our Lord Jesus, which was broken for me, preserve my body and soul into everlasting life. Amen.

Then praying awhile privately, let him receive the chalice, saying, . The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for the remission of my sins, cleanse my soul, and preserve it into everlasting life. Amen.

Then let him pray awhile privately, and recommend to God his own personal

necessities, spiritual and temporal, and the needs of all his relatives, &c. After that, let him distribute it first to the Clergy that help to officiate, and

after that, to the whole Congregation that offer themselves, saying the

same words, changing the person. While the Minister of the Mysteries is praying privately, the People may

secretly pray thus, or to this purpose ; I believe, O God, and confess that thou art Christ, the Son of the living God, who came into the world to save sinners, whereof I am chief. Lord, make me this day partaker of thy heavenly table; for thou dost not give thy secrets to thy enemies, but to the sons of thine own house. Let me never give thee a Judas' kiss; I confess thee and thy glories, I invocate thee and thy mercies: I trust upon thee and thy goodness like the thief upon the cross; Lord, remember me in thy kingdom, with the remembrances of an everlasting love.

Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but as thou didst vouchsafe to lie in a manger with beasts, and to enter into the house of Simon the leper, nor didst despise the repenting harlot when she kissed thy feet; so vouchsafe to lodge in my soul, though it be a place of beastly affections and unreasonable passions: throw them out and dwell there for ever; purify my soul, accept the sinner,

cleanse the leper, so shall I be worthy to partake of this divine banquet. Amen.

When every of the Communicants hath received in both kinds, let the Paten

and Chalice, if any of the consecrated Elements remain, be decently covered, and then shall follow these Prayers.

THE POST-COMMUNION.

The Minister and People devoutly kneeling, shall say the Lord's Prayer,

the People repeating every Petition after the Minister. Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name: Thy kingdom come: thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven: Give us this day our daily bread: And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us: And lead us not into temptation : but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever

Amen.

and ever.

Then the Minister shall pray this Prayer for the Catholic Church.

I. Receive, O eternal God, this sacrifice for and in behalf of all Christian people, whom thou hast redeemed with the blood of thy Son, and purchased as thine own inheritance. From the fountains of mercy, the springs of our blessed Saviour, let all thy people, upon whom the name of Jesus is called, receive confirmation and increase of grace, fruitfulness in good works, and perfect understanding in the way of godliness. Defend, O God, thy church, and preserve her from all heresy and scandal, from sacrilege and simony, from covetousness and pride, from factions and schism, from atheism and irreligion, from all that persecute the truth, and from all that work wickedness, and let not the gates of hell prevail against her, nor any evil come near to hurt her.

II. Give thy blessing, O God, to this nation; remember us for good and not for evil; be reconciled unto us in the Son of thy love, and let not thine anger be any longer upon us, nor thy jealousy burn like fire. Send us health and peace, justice and truth, good laws and good government; an excel

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