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ever 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, ! 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 cwn 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 Godlike 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, and that I am infinitely bound to bless and praise Thee while I have my being.
O Word incarnate; God manifest in the flesh to destroy the works of the devil ; I acknowledge and adore Thee: I adore Thee for Thine inexpressible love and condescension in taking our nature upon Thee, and humbling Thyself even to the death of the cross for us miserable sinners. I adore Thee for instituting these holy mysteries, as pledges of Thy love, and for the continual remembrance of Thy death to our great and endless comfort. I adore Thee, O most compassionate Saviour, for permitting me, a chief of sinners, to eat and drink at Thy table, and to rejoice before Thee.
O gracious Lord, my King and my God; my Saviour and mighty Deliverer ; Thou hast done great things for us, whereof we ought to rejoice: Thy love is wonderful, passing all understanding: greater love than this liath no man, that a man lay down his life for his friend: but herein hast Thou commended Thy love to us, in that whilst we were enemies Thou wast pleased, not only to die for us, but also to ordain this holy sacrament to be a sure means of communicating to us Thy body and blood, to feed and nourish, to strengthen and refresh, to quicken and invigorate our souls ; and to preserve both our souls and bodies unto everlasting life.
Lord, what is man, that Thou art mindful of him; or the sons of men, that Thou so graciously visitest them : what am I, that Thou shouldest extend Thy favour in so signal a manner to a creature who has so much abused the riches of Thy grace. I have deserved to drink of the dregs of Thy wrath, and to have my portion with the devil and his angels; and behold, Thou hast fed me with the bread of Thy children, and given me freely to drink of the waters of life. O blessed Lord, what shall I render to Thy Divine Majesty for these renewed assurances of Thy
favour and goodness towards me? O let my soul bless Thee, and my life praise Thee; yea, let all that is within me praise Thy Name: let me love and praise Thee to all eternity. This, O Lord, is the sincere desire of my soul, and my earnest prayer to Thee, the Father of mercies, and lover of souls: and to this end I do here in Thy presence, Who art the great searcher of hearts, and before Whose righteous tribunal I know that I must ere long appear to give an account of my life, most freely, fully, and resolvedly dedicate myself, my soul and body, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto Thee: I do from the bottom of my heart bewail and detest all the errors and provocations of my life past; and I unfeignedly purpose and resolve, to the utmost of the power Thou givest me, to serve and please Thee for the future in newness and holiness of life.
O Thou, from Whom every good and perfect gift cometh, and Who hast taught us in Thy holy word, that without Thee we can do nothing ; but that through Thy grace strengthening us we shall be able to do all things; confirm and strengthen me, I beseech Thee, in these good resolutions: and O let Thy grace be sufficient for me, to enable me to perform them unto my life's end. Manifest, I humbly pray Thee, Thy strength in my weakness: let Thy power always rest upon me, and abide continually with me and in me, to direct, sanctify, and govern both my heart and life, in the ways of Thy laws and in the works of Thy commandments.
And as I have now renewed the vow; so be Thou graciously pleased to make me a partaker of the blessings of my baptismal covenant. Preserve me a living and sound member of Christ, a dutiful and dear child of God, and an heir through faith in Christ of the kingdom of heaven; that through Thy mercy, O God the Father; and Thy merits and intercession, O God the Son; and Thy guidance and sanctification, O God the Holy Ghost; I may in Thy good time obtain the end of my faith, even the salvation of my soul, to the glory of Thy grace. Amon.
By the Minister and the congregation. Our Father, Which art in heaven; Hallowed be Thy Name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven: Give us this day our daily bread: And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us: And lead us not into temptation : but deliver us from evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.