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DEVOTIONS at the LORD'S TABLE, consisting of
prayers upon coming to the table,—and at the Offertory,
part of the Communion Service, to the consecration of the bread and wine,-prayers at and after the consecration,prayers before and after receiving the bread, with a thankful commemoration of Christ's sufferings, to be used whilst the bread is distributing to the other communicants,-prayer at and after receiving the cup,-larger form of prayer and thanksgiving, to be used after having communicated in both kinds,-remainder of the Communion Service,-and a short prayer after the blessing.
upon coming to the table.
BLESSING, honour, glory, and power be unto Him That sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
O Holy and Blessed Jesus, the eternal and onlybegotten Son of God, the Prince of peace, the Lamb without spot, Who didst willingly offer up Thyself for us a sacrifice upon the cross, and hast graciously
promised to give Thyself to us in the devout participation of these holy mysteries; for Thy passion and promise' sake, I beseech Thee, give me an interest in the merits of Thy death, and make me a partaker of the blessings of Thy table.
I am a sinful man, O Lord, and altogether unworthy to ask of Thee so inestimable, so divine a favour. O let Thy precious blood cleanse me from all my sins. And send down, I humbly pray Thee, Thy Holy Spirit upon Thy servant to prepare and sanctify my soul, that it may be a fit habitation for the God of purity to come down into and dwell in, and that I may so penitently and devoutly eat and drink at this Thy table, and so worthily receive the outward elements of bread and wine, that I may thereby be entitled to all those benefits and blessings, in order to the obtaining of which for us Thy body was broken, and Thy blood shed upon the cross. And grant, I beseech Thee, that I may so feed on Thee in my heart by faith with thanksgiving, that I may become one with Thee, and Thou with me, to the strengthening and refreshing of my soul in this present life, and to the everlasting felicity of soul and body hereafter. Amen.
By the communicant at the offertory. Blessed be Thou, O Lord God, for all things come of Thee; and of Thine own do I now offer unto Thee. O let this alms be an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable and well-pleasing to Thee, through Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour.
for the Church militant, to be said by the Minister.
ALMIGHTY and Everliving God, Who by Thy holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all men; we humbly beseech Thee most mercifully to accept our alms and oblations, and to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto Thy Divine Majesty; beseeching Thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: and grant that all they that do confess Thy holy Name may agree in the truth of Thy holy word, and live in unity and godly love. We beseech Thee also to save and defend all christian kings, princes, and governors; and specially Thy servant our king, that under him we may be godly and quietly governed: and grant unto his whole council, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of Thy true religion and virtue. Give grace, 0 Heavenly Father, to all bishops and
curates, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth Thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly administer Thy holy sacraments : and to all Thy people give Thy heavenly grace; and especially to this congregation here present; that with meek heart and due reverence they may hear and receive Thy holy word; truly serving Thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. And we most humbly beseech Thee of Thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. And we also bless Thy holy Name for all Thy servants departed this life in Thy faith and fear; beseeching Thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of Thy heavenly kingdom: grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
by the Minister. DEARLY beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come to the holy communion of the body and blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider how St. Paul exhorteth all persons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume to eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For as the benefit is great, if with a true penitent heart and lively faith we receive that holy sacrament: (for then we spiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink His blood; then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us ;) so is the danger great, if we receive the same unworthily, For then we are guilty of the body and blood of Christ our Saviour; we eat and drink our own damnation, not considering the Lord's body; we kindle God's wrath against us; we provoke Him to plague us with divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your sins past; have a lively and stedfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men; so shall ye be meet partakers of those holy mysteries.
And above all things ye must give most humble and hearty thanks to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and Man; Who did humble Himself, even to the death upon the cross, for us miserable sinners who lay in darkness and the shadow of death; that He might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should always remember the exceeding great love of our Master and only Saviour, Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable