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The Administration of the Sacrament



The Preliminary Services being finished, the Minister may begin with reciting one or more of the following Sentences.

NYHRIST, our passover, is sacrificed for us :

U therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.-1 Cor. v.

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ ?-1 Cor. x.

Let us pray.

INTRODUCTORY PRAYER. (Confession :) ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast called us to have communion with thee, through the body and blood of thy dear Son, Jesus Christ, that receiving him in faith and love, we may dwell in him and he in us; grant us thy Holy Spirit, that approaching to thy presence, and beholding thy divine glory, we may abhor ourselves, and repent in dust and ashes.

We have grievously offended thee in thought, word, and deed, resisting thy will, grieving thy Spirit, breaking our vows, and dishonouring thy name.

Yet now, most gracious Father, have mercy upon us. Pardon all our sins, and cleanse us from all our defilements, both of the flesh and of the spirit: that being forgiven of thee, we may also forgive others their trespasses against us, and may walk in love as Christ loved us, and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice well-pleasing unto thee. Amen.

(For Grace :) O GoD, who, by thy dear Son,

hast consecrated for us a new and living way

into the holiest of all, grant unto us, we beseech

thee, the assurance of thy mercy, and sanctify us by thy heavenly grace; that we, approaching unto thee with pure heart and undefiled conscience, may offer unto thee a sacrifice in righteousness, and may be accepted in thy sight, through our great High Priest, Jesus Christ. Amen.

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER. W E magnify and praise thy glorious name,

V O Lord God Almighty :

For thou didst form us in thine own image, giving us rational souls, and making us only a little lower than the angels :

For thou hast opened thy hand, and supplied all our wants, and hast loaded us with benefits, so that our cup runneth over :

For, as a man pitieth his own son, so hast thou pitied us; and as a father chasteneth the son whom he loveth, so hast thou chastened us, to make us partakers of thy holiness :

For all thy benefits known to us, for all unknown, we give thanks: but chiefly that when, through our disobedience, we had fallen from thee and forfeited thy favour, thou didst not suffer us to depart from thee for ever, but hast ransomed us from eternal death, by the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ thy Son; and hast given to us the blessed hope of everlasting life by his resurrection, his triumphant exaltation at thy right hand, by the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the glorious promise of his second coming in majesty to judge the quick and the dead. O God our Saviour, thou hast broken our chains that we might be free: thou hast healed our diseased souls that we might not perish of the second death: thou hast enriched us, who were poor and destitute, with the treasures of thy salvation: thou hast made us, who were miserable sinners, to be heirs of God, that we might possess all things: thou hast exalted us in hope to be princes in thy kingdom, and to sit with Christ upon his throne; and even now, all things are ours, the world, and life, and death: and our present affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us an exceeding, even an eternal weight of glory. Therefore do we, with one voice and one heart, laud and magnify thy glorious name, and with thy saints on earth and in heaven, we ascribe blessing and honour, and glory and power, unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then these words may be sung

THOU my soul, bless God the Lord ;
And all that in me is,
Be stirred up his holy name
To magnify and bless.

Bless, O my soul, the Lord thy God,
And not forgetful be

Of all his gracious benefits
He hath bestow'd on thee.

All thine iniquities who doth
Most graciously forgive :

Who thy diseases all and pains
Doth heal, and thee relieve.

Who doth redeem thy life, that thou
To death may’st not go down ;

Who thee with loving-kindness doth
And tender mercies crown :

The Lord our God is merciful,
And he is gracious,
Long-suffering, and slow to wrath,
In mercy plenteous.-Ps. ciii.

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