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soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on Him in thy heart by faith with thanksgiving. Prayer by the communicant after receiving the
I believe, O blessed Jesus, that Thou art the Christ, the Holy One of God, and the only Mediator between God and man, Who by the sacrifice of Thyself hast made atonement for sin, and being set down on the right hand of the Majesty on high art able to save all them to the uttermost who come unto God by Thee, seeing Thou ever livest to make intercession for them.
Grant, I beseech Thee, that by this sacred memorial of Thy crucified body now given and received according to Thine own institution, all the benefits of that most precious sacrifice, which Thou didst once offer up for the sins of the whole world, may be applied and sealed to my soul in particular. Amen.
Or, Blessed be Thy holy name, O Lord my God, Who hast now given me to eat of the bread of life. O grant, that in the strength of this
heavenly food, I may walk in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless ; and go from strength to strength, till I come to a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. Amen.
A thankful commemoration of Christ's sufferings :
to be used (when time will permit ) whilst the bread is distributing to the other communicants.
Everlasting praise, honour, and glory be to the holy and ever-blessed Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, one Almighty and most glorious God, for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and Man; Who humbled Himself even to the death of the cross, for us miserable sinners who lay in darkness and in the shadow of death, that He might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life: and to the end we should always remember His exceeding great love in dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by His precious bloodshedding He hath obtained to us, hath instituted and ordained these holy mysteries, as pledges of His love, and for a continual remembrance of His death, to our great and endless comfort.
· I come now to Thine altar, O my crucified Redeemer, to testify mine unfeigned love to Thee, and my thankful remembrance of Thine inexpressible love to me and all mankind, Who didst suffer this for us sinful men, when we were all Thine utter enemies, and had nothing in us to move Thee to pity us but our extreme misery; nothing to move Thee to save us but our great unworthiness, and Thy great mercy. O the depth of the riches of Thy goodness! blessed Lord, how unutterable is Thy mercy! and Thy love past finding out!
Lord, suffer me not, I beseech Thee, to rest in a bare remembrance of that great salvation which 'Thou hast so dearly purchased for us : but vouchsafe to work in me all those holy and heavenly affections, which become the remembrance of a crucified Saviour. O do Thou daily heighten my sense of Thy love to me, that I may daily heighten my love to Thee; and may so fervently and devoutly serve Thee all the rest of my life here upon earth, that hereafter when Thou shalt come in the clouds of heaven, attended with Thy holy angels, to judge both the quick and the dead, I may be numbered amongst Thy good and faithful servants, and with them be admitted into Thy kingdom of glory, where we shall offend Thee no more, but love Thee to the utmost capacity of our natures, and praise Thee incessantly to all eternity. Amen.
Prayer by the communicant before receiving the cup. "O eternal and ever blessed Saviour, Whose blood is a fountain of living waters, of which whosoever drinketh shall live for ever: grant me, I beseech Thee, so to drink of this cup, that I may spiritually drink Thy most precious blood; and being thereby cleansed from all the stains and defilements which sin has brought upon my soul, I may in Thy good time be admitted to drink of those rivers of pleasures which flow at Thy right hand for evermore. Amen.
By the Minister at the delivery of the cup.
The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ's blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.
By the communicant after receiving the cup. · Blessed Saviour, Thou hast loved us, and washed us from our sins in Thine own blood : to
Thee be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
By this, the blood of the new testament, which was shed for the remission of sins, I beseech Thee, O Lord God, heavenly Father, speak peace to the conscience of Thy sinful servant: wash me, and sanctify me with the Holy Ghost: give me that God-like disposition of mind, which will manifest me to be Thy child by adoption : and make me ever to continue in the number of Thy faithful and elect children: and grant that as I have now been made partaker of the death of Thy son; so I may be also of His resurrection; and that being stedfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity I may finally, with the residue of Thy holy Church, be an inheritor of Thine everlasting kingdom. Amen.
A larger form of prayer and thanksgiving to be
used after we have communicated in both kinds.
I heartily adore and worship Thee, O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; my Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier: One infinitely perfect, powerful, wise, and good God, blessed for evermore; I praise Thee, O Lord, for all Thy mercies ; I acknowledge that I depend entirely on Thee,