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sins of the world: Who by His death hath destroyed death, and by His rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life.
Therefore, with angels and arch-angels and all the company of heaven, I laud and magnify Thy glorious Name, evermore praising Thee, and saying, holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts! heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: glory be to Thee, O Lord most high.
SCRIPTURE DOCTRINE of the HOLY SACRA
MENT of the Lord's Supper; with an enumeration of the DUTIES PREPARATIVE to a right receiving of it; and with suitable prayers : shewing, that this Sacrament is a holy feast of Christ's own appointment, wherein by eating bread and drinking wine we commemorate the sacrifice of His death, and are made partakers of the benefits of it.
1. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is a holy feast
of Christ's own appointment, wherein by eating bread and drinking wine, we commemorate the sacrifice of His death, and are made partakers of the benefits of it.
What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?
I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord.
Psal. cxvi. 12, 13. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink
this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come.
1 Cor. xi, 26. 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. 16. The Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, take, eat: this is My body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in My blood : this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.
1 Cor. xi. 23-25. I am the living bread Which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My Aesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
John vi. 51. And 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.
John vi, 54–56. But verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you.
John vi. 53.
for the institution of the Lord's Supper :-and prayer
for God's assistance and acceptance of our preparation for it.
BLESSED and Holy Lord God, our most gracious and merciful Father in Christ Jesus, I worship and praise Thy glorious Majesty, as for Thine infinite love in providing an all-sufficient Redeemer for us, so for the gracious terms of that new covenant which Thou hast been pleased to make with us in the blood of His cross, and for admitting me, Thy most unworthy creature, into the blessed privileges of it by baptism.
I bless Thee for the many happy opportunities Thou givest me of commemorating the sacrifice of His meritorious death, and of having that most blessed covenant renewed to me in the holy sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
O with what awful reverence and humility, with what diligent preparation ought we to approach this sacred ordinance, wherein the Prince of Life, and Lord of Glory is evidently set forth as crucified before our eyes; and a sure right and title to all the benefits of His passion are confirmed to every worthy receiver; but of which whosoever presumes to
partake unworthily * eats and drinks judgment to himself.
O Lord God, in a just sense of my own weakness and unworthiness 1 cast myself down at the footstool of Thy Grace, beseeching Thee to assist and accept my endeavours to prepare myself for this blessed feast, and to work in me all those holy and heavenly dispositions, that are requisite to make me an acceptable guest at Thy table.
And grant, I most humbly pray Thee, that I may so devoutly and worthily eat of this bread, and drink of this cup, that I may spiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink His blood; may dwell in Him, and He in me; be one with Him, and He with me; that so His body which was broken, and His blood which was shed for me, may preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life. Amen.
THE DUTIES preparative to the receiving the Lord's Supper are
1. impartial examination into the state of our souls ; and serious consideration of the nature, end, and dignity of this holy sacrament;
* 1 Cor. xi. 29. St. Paul does not say, he that is unworthy eateth and drinketh damnation to himself;—for who is not unworthy? who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from sin ?-but he that doeth so unworthily, i. e. in an unworthy manner.