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When all have communicated, the Minister shall return to the Lord's Table, and reverently place upon it what remaineth of the consecrated elements, covering the same with a fair linen cloth.
DIRECTIONS.-When the Minister begins the remaining part of the Communion office (by some called the Post Communion) be sure you be not unready to join with him; nay, though you should not have ended your private devotions, yet break them off, though in the middle, and join with the public ones; for that is better, and your duty; and go on with him in heart till he has made an end.
Then shall the Priest say the Lord's Prayer, the People repeating after him every petition.
OUR Father which art in heaven, hal
lowed 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.
After shall be said as followeth :
LORD and heavenly Father, we thy humble servants entirely desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant that, by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O LORD, ourselves, our souls, and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that all we who are partakers of this holy Communion, may be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service: not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord: by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
LMIGHTY and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have duly received these holy mysteries with the spiritual food of the most precious body and blood of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ: and dost assure us thereby of thy favour and goodness towards us, and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people: and are also heirs through hope of thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious death and passion of thy dear Son. And we most humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in thy holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
Then shall be said or sung.
GLORY be to God on high, and in
earth peace, good-will toward men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks unto thee, for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly king, GOD the Father Almighty.
O LORD the only-begotten Son Jesus Christ; O LORD GOD, Lamb of GOD, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us; thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us; thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayers: thou that sittest at the right hand of GoD the Father, have mercy upon us.
For thou only art holy; thou only art the LORD: thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the Glory of GoD the Father. Amen.
Then the Priest (or Bishop if he be present) shall let them depart with this Blessing :
HE peace of GOD which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of GOD, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of GOD Almighty, the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
ET this day, O my GOD, be noted in the book of life.-Forget not my prayers, O LORD; nor let my coldness and wanderings, and infinite unworthiness, turn them into sin.-LORD, hear my prayers, and let my cry come unto thee.
Ejaculations and a short Prayer when the Communion Service is ended.
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Luke ii. 29.
N OW, O LORD, refreshed with this
heavenly banquet of thy Son's institution, I have testified my repentance, and flee unto thee for pardon for all those imperfections that have accompanied me at this time, in my attendance at thy altar. Forgive the deadness and dulness of my affections, the wanderings of my thoughts, and distractions of my mind; let the sincerity of my holy purposes and resolutions