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Short Prayers and Meditations before the Minister af Church begins the Communion Service,
At going up to the Altar. N the Multitude of thy tender Mercies, O Lord God, do I now approach thine Altar. O pardon my Sins, and look not upon my
Unworthiness (for I am a fine ful Creature, O Lord) but upon these Motives which drew me 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 Knces and contrite Heart Shew that I durft not have adventured hither, had not thy Mercy held out the Golden Sceptre, and said, Come into mo all ye ihat labour and are beavy laden, and I will refresh you.
At giving your Alms.
cept of this little which I freely offer towards the Relief of any of thy poor Members, Mark xii. 42. When the Priest is setting in order the Elements to be con.
secrated OOK down, O Lord God, from thy holy Habitation, and
When you receive the Bread, 1 thy Table, and yet thou giveft unto me the Bread of Lnie. Evermore give me this Bread, that I may eat bereofa and not die eternally, John vi. 34, 50.
After the receiving of the Bread
Name give the Praise, for thy loving Mercy, and for thy Truth's sake.
Before the receiving of the Cup.
Benefits he hath done unto me; I will receive the Cup of Salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord.
for his unspeakable Gift, in whom we have Redemption through his Blood, even the Forgiveness of our Sins.
When you retire from the Altar.
blefs bis boly Name ; bless tbe Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all bis Benefits ; wbo forgiveth all thine Iniquities, and bealetb all thy Diseases ; who redeemeth thy Life from Deftruction, and crowneth ibee with Loving kindness and tender Mer. cies. O let that heavenly Food, which thou hast fo lately fed me with, transfuse new Life and new Vigour, into my Soul, and into the Souls of all thofe who have been Partakers with me of this Holy Communion, that our Faith, Hope, and Charity, may daily increase, and that we may all grow in Grace, and in ihe Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen, and Amen. See Psalms 8. 23.
Prayers and Meditations, which may be joined to the former,
where the Communions are large,
the Light of Faith and Wisdom, that I may ever look on thee my Redeemer, as the way, the Truth, and Life, which leadeth unto Eternal Life. What am I, Lord, and what is my Father's House, that thou should'It thus follow me with ihy Bleflings? I was creaced by thee and for thee, and mayst thou ever be the Comfort of my Soul. Good Jefus, my Hope and only Refuge, 1 here render thee hearty Thanks for all thy Sufferings, and I beg that I may find Shelter in thy Wounds against all Enemies, Ghostly and Bodily: Imprint the Memory of them fast in my Heart, that I may love thee, and in all my Sufferings never want thy Divine Afliftance, or forget what thou hast suffered for me. Take from me all Self-Love, and give me perfe& Love for thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou
Be thou my
hast fent, that I may now be more faithful in my Duty; and let nothing for the future put me out of my way: O that I could ever remember thee, think of thee, and delight in thee alone, and love thee only, who haft loved us, and, washed us with thy most precious Blood from the Guilt of our Siris. Othac my Senses may ever be shut against all Vanity and Sin, that my Mind being free from all fruitless Solicitude and Fear, I may fix my Heart there were true Joys are only to be found. From henceforth I will only. seek thee, my only Good: my Affections and Defires ihail be fixed on thee, in whose Presence there is Fulness of Jays, and at whose Right-Hand there are Pleasures for evermore. My Will I now resign into thy Hands, desiring that thy Will may be mine, both now and for ever. Instructor and Director in all Things, that I may never do or speak, desire or think, any thing but what is according to thy good Will.--
Am thy Servant, O Lord, O give me Understanding
according to thy Word, that I may learn thy Commandments, and lay alide all Interest, beside that of Heaven. O sweet Jesus, Fountain of all Goodness, guide my Feet in thy Paths and teach me to do thy Will: Disengage my Heart from all unprofitable Sollicitude and vain Affectation; and tho' I live here upon Earth, yet raise my Affections on Things above. How sweet, O Lord, is thy Spirit, how pleasant to my Lips are the Words of thy Mouth! O that I could ever be mindful of them to fulfil thy Laws! Make me die daily to the World and all its concupiscences, and let the Greatness of thy Love make all that is earthly appear as nothing to me: Protect me against mine Enemies, and in all Dangers appear in my Delence; make haste to help me, O God, and lay unto my Soul, I am thy Salvation. Remember thou art my Father, and have Compassion on my poor distressed Soul, clothe it with all Virtues, and feed it with thy Grace, for it belongs to the Father to take care of his Children. In thee I live, sweet Jejus, for thy fake I desire to die; both living and dying I will ever profess than thou art good, and that iny Mercy endures for ever.
3. O That
That I could now give thee, O Lord, all that Praise,
Glory and Honour, with which the Angels and blessed Spirits glorify thee in Heaven ! But because I am unable to do this, accept at least this my Desire and good Will. Deliver me, O God, from every thing that is contrary to thy Will, and be pleased so to dispose of my Soul as may be for thy Glory and Honour. I surrender myself into thy Hands, and entirely resolve to submit to that State of Life thou shalt please to appoint me; and if it be more for thy Honour that I suffer, I chearfully accept it; not my Will but thine be done. Let nothing be now my Comfort but thou, Lord Jesu, and nothing afflict me but my Sins, and whatever else is displeasing to thy Divine Majesty. O Jesus, Life Eternal, by whom I live, and without whom I die, grant that I may now be united to thee, and in the Embraces of thy holy Love and Divine Will, I may reft for ever.
When shall I see thee, O fweet Saviour, when shall I appear before thy Face, when shall I see thee in the Land of the Living! Till then, I sigh and bewail my Banishment, desiring to be dissolved, and to be with Christ.
If these Ejaculations are not sufficient until the Post-
An Ad of Thankfulness and Resolution before the Port-Communion begins.
RAISE the Lord, O my Soul, and all that is within me bless bis Holy Name. For now I find the Mercy, the
Peace, the Comfort and the Grace which flow from this Fountain of Spiritual Communion with Chrift: Let all the World know what he hath done for my Soul ; he hath re. fcued me, and many of these my poor Brethren, from the nethermost Hell: Wherefore, I will love thee, O Holy Jefus, more than I can express, and live and die in that most holy Religion which thou haft revealed to me,
Olet me never pollute that Body, or defile that Soul which the Saviour of ihe World delights to dwell in. Olet no Oaths or Ly. ing, Backbitings and Slanderings, prophane those Lips, no Obscenity or Intemperance pollute that Mouth, through which thefe Holy Symbols have so lately passed : For which fresh Instance of thy Mercy and Goodness, I will praise thy Holy Name, beseeching thee to keep me in this Temper and 'Resolution of Mind, until Death is swallowed up in Vittory, for thy Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
A Prayer against evil and perplexing Tboughts,
me, for corrupt Imaginations are perpetually rising in my Breast, and innumerable Fears and Sorrows close me on every Side. Be pleased, O gracious Lord, in this Perplexity, to refreih my Soul with fome speedy Comfort. Scatter and disperse all these dark and sinful thoughts which haunt my Soul, by shedding abroad the Light of thy Grace into my Heart; for in the Extremity of this my Grief, this is my only Hope and Comfort, that I can take Sanctuary in thy Goodness, repose my Confidence, and cast all my Care and Burden on thee, who never failest them that call upon thee ; give me Patience under these Adversities, and a happy issue out of all these Afictions, both of Body and Mind. Tyrn thee unto me, and have Mercy upon me, for I am defolare and in Misery : The Sorrows of my Heart are enlarged, o bring thou me out of all any Troubles : Look upon my Adverfily and Misery, and forgive me all my Sins : O keep my Soul and deliver me, let me not be confounded, for I have put my Trust in tbee, through Jesus Christ cur Lord. Amen. See' Pfal. 6. 102. 34. 42. 43