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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. .
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 himn 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 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 and ever. Amen.
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 excellent religion, undivided, undisturbed ; temperate air, seasoniable showers, wholesome dews, fruitful seasons : crown the year with goodness, and let the clouds drop fatness, that we may glorify thy name, and confess thy goodness, while thou bearest witness to us from heaven, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
III. With a propitious eye, and a great pity, behold the miseries of mankind; put a speedy period to all our sins and to all our calamities : hear the sighings of the distressed, the groans of the sick, the prayers of the oppressed, the desires of the poor and needy; support the weakness of them that languish and faint; ease the pains of them that are in affliction, and call to thee for help. Take from the miserable all tediousness of spirit and despair: pardon all the penitents, reform the vicious, confirm the holy, and let them be holy still ; pity the folly of young men, their little reason and great passion ; succour the infirmities and temptations of the aged, preserving them that they may not sin towards the end of their lives; for Jesus Christ's sake.
Admit, О blessed God, into the society of our prayers, and the benefits of this eucharist, our fathers and brethren, our wives and children, our friends and benefactors, our charges and relatives, all that have desired our prayers and all that need them, all that we have, and all that we have not, remembered ; thou knowest all their necessities and all their dwellings; their joys and their sorrows, their hopes and their fears, the number of their sins and the measures of their repentances; O dear God, sanctify them and us; let our portion be in the good things of God, in religion and purity, in the peace of conscience, and the joys of the Holy Ghost, in the love of God and of our neighbours. O gather us to the feet of thy elect when thou wilt, and in what manner thou’ art pleased : only let us appear before thee without shame and without sins, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our most merciful Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
Then shall follow the Eucharistical Prayers.
GLORY be to thee, O God our Father, who hast vouchsafed
to make us at this time partakers of the body and blood of thy holy Son: we offer unto thee, O God, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee: keep us under the shadow of thy wings, and defend us from all evil, and conduct us by thy Holy Spirit of grace into all good; for thou who hast given thy holy Son unto us, how shalt not thou with him give us all things else? Blessed be the name of our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Glory be to thee, O Christ, our King, the only begotten Son of God, who wert pleased to become a sacrifice for our sins, a redemption from calamity, the physician and the physic, the life and the health, the meat and the drink of our souls; thou, by thy unspeakable mercy, didst descend to the weakness of sinful flesh, remaining still in the perfect purity of spirit, and hast made us partakers of thy holy body and blood : O condemn us not when thou comest to judgment, but keep us ever in thy truth, in thy fear, and in thy favour, that we may have our portion in thine inheritance, where holiness and purity, where joy and everlasting praises do dwell for ever and ever. Amen.
III. Proceeding from glory to glory, we still glorify thee, O Father of spirits, and pray thee for ever to continue thy goodness towards us. Direct our way aright, establish us in holy purposes, keep us unspotted in thy faith, let thé enemy have no part in us, but conform us for ever to the likeness of thy holy Son ; lead us on to the perfect adoption of our souls, and to the redemption of our bodies from corruption, and fill our hearts and tongues with everlasting praises of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Blessing. The peace of God which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord : And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be upon you, and abide with you, and be your portion for ever and ever. Amen.
ADMINISTRATION OF THE HOLY SACRAMENT
Pure Water being provided, and put into the Fount, or into a Lavatory
of silver, or soine other clean vessel, fit and decent for this sacred action, the Minister, being vested in an ecclesiastical habit, shall begin with this Exhortation.
DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN, FORASMUCH as from our first parents we derive nothing but flesh and corruption, and that 'flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven;' it is necessary that every man who is reckoned in Adam, should be also reckoned in Christ, that every one who is born of the flesh, be also born again, and born of the Spirit; that every son of man by nature may become the son of God by adoption, be incorporated into Christ, entitled to the promises, and become heir of heaven by grace and faith in Jesus Christ; and that this cannot be done but by being admitted to the covenant of grace in baptism; our blessed Saviour saying, that`except a man be born again of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God;'— let us humbly and devoutly pray unto God, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that he will be pleased to send down his Holy Spirit upon these waters of baptism; that they may become to this infant fa all that shall be washed in them] a laver of regeneration,
* If the place be populous, and baptisms frequent, and this water be kept (as is usual in most churches both of East and West), then that clause within the crotchets may be used, else pot,