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Short Meditations and Ejaculations at the Communion.

Before the minister begins the service.

I LIFT up my soul to thee, my God, humbly im ploring thy blessing upon me, and gracious assistance of me, in the holy action I am now about. Forgive my want of due preparation, and accept of my sin cere desire to perform an acceptable service to thee, through Jesus Christ.

Before the receiving of the bread.

LORD, I am not worthy of the crumbs which fall from thy table.

After the receiving of it.

GREATER love than this hath no man, that a man lay down his life for his friend.

Herein hath God commended his love to us, that whilst we were enemies, he gave his Son to die for us.


Before the receiving of the cup.

WHAT shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits?” I will take the cup of salvation, and I will bless the name of the Lord.

After the receiving of it.

BLESSED be God for his unspeakable gift, his dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

After the conclusion of the whole action.

BLESS the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits! who forgiveth all thine iniquities, and healeth all thy diseases! who redeemeth thy life from destruction, and crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies! who satisfieth thy mouth with good things! Bless the Lord, O my soul!

A Prayer to be used in private afterwards.

I praise and magnify thy great and glorious name, O Lord my God, for the blessed opportunity afforded to me this day, of commemorating thy infinite goodness and mercy to me and all mankind, in sending thy only Son into the world to take our nature upon him, to submit to the infirmities and miseries of it, to live amongst us, and to die for us: and to preserve the memory of this great love and goodness of thine to us for ever in our hearts, that thou hast been pleased to appoint the blessed sacrament, for a solemn remembrance of it. Grant, O Lord, that I may faithfully keep and perform that holy covenant 224which I have this day so solemnly renewed and confirmed in thy presence, and at thy table. Let it be an eternal obligation upon me of perpetual love and obedience to thee. Let nothing seem hard for me to do, or grievous for me to suffer, for thy sake, who, whilst I was a sinner, and an enemy to thee, lovedst me at such a rate as never any man did his friend.

Grant that by this sacrament there may be conveyed to my soul new spiritual life and strength, and such a measure of thy grace and assistance, as may enable me to a greater care of my duty for the future; that I may henceforth live as becomes the redeemed of the Lord; even to him who died for my sins, and rose again for my justification, and is now sat down on the right hand of the throne of God, to make intercession for me: in his holy name and words I conclude my imperfect prayers:”

“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 for give them that have trespassed against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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