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always seem great, the feast ever honourable, and the delights of it always new. Expect to realize here obedience and zeal, worship and love, thanksgiving and oblation, devotion and joy, holy hunger and holy thirst, an approach to God in the ways of God, confidence in the Divine goodness, and not only a hope of pardon, but a token that thou dost receive it. To come frequently, being worthily disposed, is certainly the product of love, and the effect of the working of the good Spirit of God, who by his , holy fires makes us to thirst after the waters of salvation. As much as love is better than fear, so much is it to be preferred, that penitent, earnest, lively Christians should frequently present themselves at the table of their Lord and Savi.
“As often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come.”
A Prayer on Sunday Morning before the
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and
drink his blood, ye have no life in you. John vi. 53.
ALMIGHTY God and merciful Fa
ther, who hast given thy only Son Jesus Christ to die for us, who did institute a holy feast in commemoration of that his most precious death, thereby to preserve in our minds a constant remembrance of his great love in laying down his life for our sakes; I, thy unworthy servant who am now invited to thy holy table, do humbly adore thy Divine Majesty, acknowledging that I am not orthy of my daily bread, much less of that which came down from heaven, and which thou hast given to be the food and nourishment of our souls.
I confess, O LORD, my sins may justly cause me to tremble when I appear before thee; but O most merciful Father, encouraged by thy wonderful goodness and love in giving thy son to die for all penitent and returning sinners, I present myself hefore thee at this time, beseeching
thee in great humility to continue to me that love, and admit me to thy holy table, that I may taste and see how gracious thou art, and how wonderful in thy doings towards the sons of men.
0! make my longings and desires after this divine food some way answerable to my great need of it; that my soul being sensible of its manifold wants, may no longer seek for relief from the unsatisfying objects of this world, but, coming to thy holy table with a true spiritual hunger and thirst, may there find a full supply of all those graces and blessings that it stands in so much need of.
And to this end, O LORD, fit and prepare my heart to partake of so great a mercy, by giving me a just abhorrence of my own unworthiness, and an unfeigned repentance of all my sin. Root out of my heart all sinful and corrupt affections, all prejudice, hatred, and ill-will; and plant therein all those devout and pious, charitable and humble dispositions, which become the worshippers of the holy Jesus; that when I presume to appear before thee, I may bring with me a heart raised above the corruptions that are in the world, and full
of the strongest desires and resolutions of loving and serving thee.
Deliver me, O my God, from all coldness and formality, when I attend upon thee in holy and religious duties; and grant that by going to this holy feast I may have my pardon sealed, my weaknesses repaired, all my evil inclinations subdued, my faith strengthened, my hopes enlarged, my charity increased, and my soul so entirely and inseparably united unto thee, that nothing may ever be able to dissolve the union; but that being begun here in grace, it may hereafter be consummated in glory, through the merits of him that died for me, even the Son of thy eternal love, Jesus Christ the righteous, to whom, with thee, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, be ascribed, as is most due, all honour, glory, power, thanksgiving and praise, both now and for
[This last prayer may be added to your other de
votions the morning you receive, and may be appropriately used in the week preceding the sacrament.)
A Prayer for Repentance. O ETERNAL God, who wert pleased
in mercy to look upon us when we were dead in trespasses and sins, and to reconcile us when we were enemies, and to forgive us in the midst of our provocations ; who didst find out a remedy far surpassing the comprehension of man, making an atonement for us by the death of thy Son, Jesus Christ, and sanctifying us through the blood of the everlasting covenant with thy divine spirit, let thy hallowing grace so perpetually excite, assist, and encourage my endeavours; so govern my will, and so fortify my intentions, that I may continue steadfast unto the end, and inherit all the blessings which are sealed to me by the covenant of baptism, through the mercies and the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour.
Impart and confirm unto me that repentance, whereby we forsake sin; and let me never fall into those sins, nor return to that vain conversation of the world, from which the eternal and merciful Saviour hath redeemed me. Let me rather grow in grace, adding one holy disposition to another, reducing my purposes to acts, and my acts to