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Upon Christmas Day.
BECAUSE thou didst send thy Son into the world, that the world through him might be saved. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Upon Easter Day.
BUT chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he was offered for us, and is the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Upon Ascension Day.
THROUGH thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who after his most glorious resurrection manifestly appeared to all his Apostles, and in their sight ascend
ed up into heaven to prepare a place for us; that where he is, thither we might also ascend, and reign with him in glory. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose most true promise, thy holy Spirit was poured forth upon the Apostles, to teach them, and to lead them to all truth; giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness, with fervent zeal, constantly to preach the gospel unto all nations, whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Then shall the Minister say in the name of all them who shall receive the Communion, this Prayer following.
WE do not presume to
come to this thy table, O merciful Lord, trusting in Our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table, but thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy; grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to partake of this holy ordinance, that our minds may be impressed with gratitude to thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
Then the Minister, standing before the Table, shall read the following account of the Institution, from 1 Cor. xi. 23, 25.
THE Lord Jesus, the same night that he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner, also, he
took the cup when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
Then the Minister shall break the Bread, and pour out the Wine; after which he shall say the Prayer following.
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who did institute, and in his holy gospel command us to continue a memorial of that his precious death; hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee, and grant that we may receive this bread and wine, according to the holy institution, and in remembrance of the death and passion of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Then shall the Minister first receive the Com
munion in both kinds himself; and then proceed to deliver the same to the People. And when he delivereth the bread to the People, he shall say,
And when the Minister delivereth the cup to the People, he shall say,
TAKE, and eat this in mercifully to accept this
remembrance of Christ.
our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; beseeching thee to grant, that by the mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in him, we and 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 filled 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
DRINK this in remembrance of Christ.
When all have received the Communion, Psalm or Hymn may be sung; and this ended, the following Prayers shall be said.
kingdom, and the power,
OUR Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the
O LORD and heavenly Father, we thy humble servants earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness,
our merits, but pardoning our offences, according to thine abundant mercies in Christ Jesus our Lord; through whom all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
and holy, and good; thou
things, both in heaven.
Then shall the following
GLORY be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the holy
We praise thee, we bless Ghost, be with us all ever
thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for the various manifestations of thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
We bless thee for sending thy beloved Son into the world to save sinners; for exalting him unto thy right hand in heaven; for all the gifts and graces of thy holy Spirit; and for the hope of eternal life.
For thou only art wise,
THE 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 be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
MEDITATIONS AND PRAYERS.
The following brief Meditations and Prayers may be used as Guides to Private Devotion before and after Communion.
MEDITATION BEFORE COM- in loving and serving God? I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord, and so will I compass thine altar.
ACCORDING to the exhortation of St. Paul, let me examine myself, and so let me eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
Do I approach the table of my Lord as his humble disciple; seeking his spirit and grace; relying on his word; remembering his great sufferings, and his shameful death, and his surpassing love for me and for all men, for whose salvation he suffered and died? Do I hate and renounce my sins? Am I in charity with all my neighbors ? Am I auxious to follow my Saviour
gracious Lord, I come to thy table, as one who is sick, to the great Physician. Let me worthily receive these elements of bread and wine, and fill me, O Lord, with that spiritual food, the body and blood of Christ, of which these are the outward signs; that so evil affections may die in me, and all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in me, and I be preserved in body and