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He sent His word, and healed them; and they were saved from their destruction. Psal, cvii. 20
I will magnify Thee, O God, my King; and I will, praise Thy Name for ever and ever.
Every day will I give thanks unto Thee, and praise Thy Name for ever and ever. Psal. cxlv. 1, 2.
One generation shall praise Thy works unto another, and declare Thy power. . Psal. exlv. 4.
The memorial of Thine abundant kindness shall be shewed, and men shall sing of Thy righteousness.
All Thy works praise Thee, O. Lord; and Thy saints give thanks unto Thee.
Psal. cxlv. 10. For Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Rev. v. 9. Unto Him That loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
Rev. i. 5, 6. Worthy is the Lamb That was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. ' Rev. v. 12.
Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him That sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
- Rev. v. 13. Accept, O Lord, I beseech Thee, my unfeigned thanks and praises to Thy Divine Majesty, for the renewed instances of Thine incomprehensible love and goodness vouchsafed to me this day.
Lord, what is maq, that Thou shouldst so regard him, as to give Thine Only-begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sins: and what am I, Thy most unworthy creature, that Thou shouldst permit me to have a part in that most precious atonement: that I, who am not worthy of the daily bread which sustains the body, should be made partaker of this bread of life which nourisheth the soul: and that the God of perfect purity should vouchsafe to unite Himself to so polluted a creature.
O my God, suffer me no more, I beseech Thee, to abuse Thy grace, and to make Thy mercy an occasion of my security: but let this unspeakable love of Thine constrain me henceforward to a sincere and universal obedience; that as my Blessed Saviour died for me, so I may no longer live to myself, but to Him That hath so dearly bought me.
O let my Saviour's sufferings for my sins, and the vows I have now made against them, never depart from my mind; but let the remembrance of the one excite me to perform the other; that as I have listed myself anew under His banner, so I may fight manfully against those irreconcileable enemies of His, my lusts, which would not that He should reign over me; and may cheerfully follow the Captain of my salvation through whatsoever trials and temptations, dangers and difficulties Thou mayst be pleased to call me to.
Lord, lift up my hands that hang down, and 84 OFFICE FOR THE HOLY COMMUNION. (sect. IV. strengthen my feeble knees, that I faint not in this warfare. O be Thou my strength, who am not able of myself to struggle with the slightest temptation. Alas! how many of these sacramental vows have I broken already: and I have still the same inconstant deceitful heart to betray me to the breach of this: 0 Thou, Who art Yea, and Amen; in Whom there is no variableness, nor shadow of change, communicate to me, I beseech Thee, such a stability of mind, that I may no more thus start aside like a broken bow; but having my heart whole with Thee may so faithfully perform the conditions of that covenant, which Thou hast now permitted me to renew with Thee at Thine altar, that I may finally attain the completion of all those blessings, which Thou hast been graciously pleased to promise us in the same, through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thine only Son our Saviour. Amen.
THE END OF THE OFFICE FOR THE HOLY
Note-See page 94 for a prayer for “ Love to the Holy Communion,” from Bishop Patrick.
APPENDIX for the use of those who want the opportunity of receiving the Holy COMMUNION, or are any ways disabled from going to it at the usual times of its PUBLICK administration.
(FROM BISHOP PATRICK *.) If you be cast into a place where you have not the opportunity, or be brought under any circumstances of disability, to celebrate the remembrance of Christ's death by receiving the outward and visible signs and pledges of His divine grace; still you may communicate with Him spiritually in your own heart, and may represent to yourself His dying love in your retired thoughts ; beseeching Him to accept of your unfeigned desires to make Him your public acknowledgments, and so to join with all those pious souls which are then met together throughout the Christian world to show forth His praise, and to offer up themselves in holy love to Him and to our blessed Redeemer Jesus Christ. And to this purpose I would advise you to make use of such meditations, prayers, and thanksgivings as are wont to precede and attend those solemnities ; altering only
* See his “ Advice to a friend."
those words which relate to your actual receiving at the table of the Lord. And doubt not, I beseech you, but your devout addresses to Him after that manner, with such pious thoughts, religious affections, and sincere resolutions to continue stedfast in His love and obedience, will be in some sort accepted by Him, as if your body were actually present there where your soul desires to be. The very disposing of yourself for this, and ordering your soul as if you were to receive the Holy Communion in the same manner that others do, will be a grateful sight to your Saviour ; Who spreads His love all the Christian world over : so grateful, you may humbly hope, as that it will procure His favour as the doing of the thing itself would, whilst it is in no wise your fault that it is not done. You may well believe that when you have fitted yourself beforehand, and put all things in such order as you were wont against your approaches to the table of the Lord, He will make account of it as if you had been present there, and actually joined in that sacrifice, which in Christian assemblies was then offered and commemorated. Especially when you do all those things at that time which you would have done there, (excepting the outward receiving of the holy bread and wine), not omitting the giving something as an alms and oblation; for we ought not now, no more than they did heretofore, to appear before the Lord empty. Oblations were always a part of divine worship, joined with prayer and thanksgiving to God, and were either made, or