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you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.—[John 14: 1-3.]
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, take, eat, this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink
ye all of it: for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.—[Matthew 26 : 26-28.]
I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which 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
drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup: for he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.- (Corinthians, 11 : 23-29.)
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened: for even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.-[Corinthians, 5 : 7, 8.]
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you : continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you.—[John, 15: 9-14.]
[When these passages have been read, the Minister will briefly address the Communicants, upon the nature, guilt, and punishment of sin, upon the atonement of Christ, upon faith in his blood, upon forgiveness, and upon Christian holiness ; taking special care to fix their attention, on their own individual condition in the sight of God, as respects Repentance, and Faith in Christ, and as respects their Actual Life and Conduct in all their motives and actions. He will explain to them the nature of this Ordinance, and state that none should be partakers of it, but those who, in a repentant spirit, look to the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ alone for the pardon of their sins, and who, thus trusting in the merits of the Redeemer, give themselves up to be guided entirely by the commandments of their Lord and Saviour. He will then proceed as follows.]
Minister. -Let us give thanks and glory to God, for the salvation of Christ, and for this Ordinance.
Minister.-Almighty God, we praise and adore thee for thy mercy and compassion to this sinful world. We bless thee for sending thy Son Jesus Christ to seek and to save our fallen and sinful race. We adore thee that he was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification, and that his blood cleanseth from all sin.
Communicants.—O God, we bless thee for the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ.
Minister.-Father of mercies, we adore thy name for thy gracious declaration, that whosoever believeth in thy Son Jesus Christ shall obtain the forgiveness of all his sins, and shall enjoy thy favour, in life, and in death, at the day of judgment, and throughout all eternity.
Communicants.—Lord Almighty, we lore thee for promising to us, through Christ, the forgiveness of sins, and thine everlasting favour.
Minister.—Most Blessed Father, we magnify thy name for bringing us to the knowledge of thy salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, and for enabling us to rest all our hopes on his most precious blood. Grant unto us, O God, that we may continue ever to rest on this solid foundation which thou hast laid for us.
Communicants.-0 Lord, we bless thee for leading us to the blood of Christ, and pray thee to keep us trusting therein continually.
Minister.-Most Gracious Father, grant unto us that we may truly live unto him who died for us, and that our whole life may be a life of love, gratitude, and obedience, to our Blessed Redeemer, to the glory of thy Most Holy Name.
Communicants.-0 Lord, grant that we may live entirely devoted to Thee, in our Blessed Redeemer.
Minister. -O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, we thank thee for covering This Table with the emblems of the body and of the blood of Christ, and for honouring us to eat and drink at thy Table in thy Kingdom. O God, may our hearts be deeply and warmly affected whilst we partake of these emblems. May the love of God be truly and abundantly impressed upon our hearts. O grant unto us, that we may rejoice in our Father, and in our Redeemer, with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Graciously come in, O Lord, and sup with us at this time, and make us to sup with thee. May the light of thy countenance shine
upon us in partaking of this feast, and may we truly have fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ, through the Holy Ghost dwelling
Communicants.-0 Lord, we bless thee for this feast of love. May the light of thy countenance shine upon us in our Blessed Redeemer.
Minister.-Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,—to the only wise God our Saviour, be Glory and Majesty, Dominion and Power, both now and for ever : amen
Communicants.—To the only wise God our Saviour, be Glory and Majesty, Dominion and Power, both now and for ever: amen, and amen.
[All resume their seats.]
Minister.—[Standing.]—The Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed took Bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to his Disciples, and said, “ Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you ; this do in Remembrance of
[Here the Minister and his Assistants partake, and immediately after the whole. See the Rubric, page 19.]
Minister.—Let us again give thanks and glory to God, for the Salvation of Christ, and for this Institution.
[Here all kneel, and the preceding prayer is again used. After which all seat themselves as before.]
Minister.-[Standing.)–After the same manner in which the Lord Jesus had taken the Bread and given it to his Disciples, he also took the Cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink ye all of it,” and they all drank of it; and he said unto them, “This Cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you, and for many; for the Remission of sins. This do ye as oft as ye drink it, in Remembrance of me."-- [See the Rubric, page 19.]
Minister.-Beloved Brethren,-Hear and Receive the Consolations of this Holy Communion with Jesus Christ our Saviour, who gave his life a ransom unto God for our Redemption :-Unto all who know and confess themselves Sinners and Condemned, and who look exclusively to the Atoning Blood of Christ for the Pardon of their Sins, -and who sincerely and earnestly endeavour to do the will of Jesus Christ in all things,—this Ordinance may be considered as a token of absolution from all guilt and condemnation, as a token of the favour of God Almighty, and as a pledge of Everlasting Life and Blessedness.
Minister.—Let us now declare before God, our guilt, and our faith, and our hope, and our manner of life.
Minister and Communicants.-0 Lord God Almighty, thou knowest all things,—thou knowest that I believe and feel myself sinful and guilty before thee, - thou knowest, that I do look to the Blood of Jesus Christ alone, for the Pardon of my Sins, and for Life Everlasting ;-and thou knowest, O God, that all my desire is, to glorify thee,-by an unfeigned and constant obedience, in all things, to the will of Jesus Christ, my Saviour and my Lord.
[A short pause.]
Minister and Communicants.-0 Lord God Almighty, graciously absolve every one of us from all our guilt,-cause the light of thy countenance to shine upon us in the Holy Ghost,--and finally bring us to thy eternal kingdom and glory,—through our Lord Jesus Christ;-amen,
Minister.-Let us now sing a Hymn, as our Lord and his Disciples did at the close of this Ordinance. -“ Let us love &c." (pronouncing the two first lines of the following hymn :-or, referring to some other, and pronouncing the two first lines of it.]