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mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in him, we and thy whole church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we of fer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that all we who are partakers of this holy communion, may be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice; yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, according to thine abundant mercies in Christ Jesus our Lord; through whom all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
Then shall the following Anthem be said by the Minister and People.
GLORY be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
ledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the bless
MEDITATIONS AND PRAYERS.
The following brief Meditations and Prayers may be used as Guides to Private Devotion before and after Communion.
ing of God Almighty be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
MEDITATION BEFORE COM- cency, O Lord, and so will I compass thine altar.
ACCORDING to the exhortation of St Paul, let me examine myself, and so let me eat of that bread, and drink of that
Do I approach the table of my Lord as his humble disciple; seeking his spirit and grace; relying on his word; remembering his great sufferings, and his shameful death, and his surpassing love for me and for all men, for whose salvation he suffered and died? Do I hate and renounce my sins? Am lin charity with all my neighbours? Am I anxious to follow my Saviour in loving and serving God?-I will wash my hands in inno
BEHOLD, gracious Lord, I come to thy table, as one who is sick, to the great Physician. Let me worthily receive these elements of bread and wine, and fill me, O Lord, with that spiritual food, the body and blood of Christ, of which these are the outward signs; that so evil affections may die in me, and all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in me, and I be preserved in body and soul, and saved from the second death, and nourished unto eternal life, through him who loved me and gave himself for me, thy dear Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
MEDITATION AFTER COM
NOW that I have commemorated my Master and Saviour according to his own gracious invitation, let me meditate the meaning of these words of Jesus, when he said Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
I trust that in this com
memoration of my Lord, I have partaken of his own life, which is spiritual, sacred and eternal. I trust that
his doctrine and example are within me, and that neither things present nor things to come, will dissolve the divine fellowship between him the blessed Master and me his humble disciple.
AND to thee, O God, my Father, do I give thanks for this holy communion.
Grant that it may never turn to my judgment and condemnation, but that it may be, together with my other spiritual privileges, health and recovery under all weaknesses and infirmities; safety and defence against all the attacks of my spiritual enemies; vigour and strength to all my good purposes and resolutions; comfort and support under all the afflictions and calamities of life; assistance and direction under all difficulties and doubts; courage and constancy under all dangers and persecutions, in times of sickness, and in the hour of death. And be thou, O God, my Father, alway with me. Grant me pardon and peace in this life, mercy and favour at the day of judgment, and a never fading crown of glory in thy heavenly kingdom. These things, for myself and for others, I devoutly ask in the name of Jesus Christ, thy blessed Son our Lord. Amen.
AFTER THE SERVICE IS
LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in
peace; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Let me always hunger and thirst after righteousness; and
nourish thou my soul to eternal life, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
If any sick Person is desirous of receiving the Communion at his house, he shall give notice to the Minister; and all things necessary being prepared, the Minister shall there celebrate the Communion, beginning with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel here following.
ALMIGHTY, everliving God, maker of mankind, who dost correct those whom thou dost love, and chastise every one whom thou dost receive; we beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy servant visited with thine hand; and to grant that he may take his sickness patiently; and to restore his bodily health, if it be thy gracious will; and that whensoever his soul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heb. xii. 5.
MY son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
THE GOSPEL. John, v. 24. VERILY, verily, I say unto you, he who loveth my word, and believeth on him who sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
After which the Minister shall proceed according to the form before prescribed for the Holy Communion, beginning at the words, Ye who do truly, &c.
END OF THE COMMUNION.