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where till His second coming, to the great increase of true devotion, and sincere obedience to His holy laws. Grant, I beseech Thee, that the body ofour Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for me, may preserve my body and soul unto everlasing life: for He is my Lord, and only Saviour; unto Whose will I heartily submit; unto Whose service I entirely devote myself; and upon Whose meritorious death alone I depend for remission of sins: grant therefore, I beseech Thee, that the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for me, may preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.
I am not worthy, O Lord, I confess, so much as to gather up the crumbs under Thy table; not worthy so much as to be admitted to appear within the doors of Thy house: but since it is Thy property always to have mercy, and Thou not only invitest those unto Thee who are sensible of their own unworthiness, and who hunger and thirst after righteousness; but hast promised to receive them graciously, and to satisfy their souls: I most humbly beseech Thee, gracious Lord, to fill me with such an high esteem of Thy love in Christ Jesus, and with such strong and vehement love to Thee, and to all goodness; with such fervent charity towards my brethren, and towards all men ; with such joy in remembering what my blessed Saviour hath done and suffered for me; and with such delight in doing whatsoever He hath commanded me; that I may have the unspeakable satisfaction of believing, and sensibly perceiving, that I dwell in Christ, and Christ in me; and that I am one with Christ, and Christ with me.
Thou dost assure us by Thy ministers *, that if any man, by reason of some just impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ's body and blood; yet if he do truly repent him of his sins, and stedfastly believe that Jesus Christ háth suffered death upon the cross for him, and shed His blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving Him hearty thanks for the same, he doth eat and drink the body and blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul's health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth : 0 most gracious God, make me now to feel the truth of all this, who am deprived of the opportunity of going to Thy holy table; but do truly repent me of all my sins, and stedfastly believe on Christ crucified; and from His blood alone, which was shed for my redemption, do expect remission of sins, the gift of Thy Holy Spirit, and eternal bliss; thanking Thee also with all my soul for the promises He hath left us of these inestimable benefits, and the assurances He hath given us that He will .. make good His promises.
* Third rubrick after the Communion of the Sick.
In these, O Lord, is mine only trust; and by these I am encouraged to hope, that He will now communicate Himself unto me, and make me as truly and profitably to partake of His most precious body and blood, as if I had actually presented myself at Thine altar, to receive the holy mysteries from the hands of Thy minister, as pledges of my Saviour's love. And now, O Lord, I sum up all my desires in that most perfect form of prayer, which our Lord Himself hath taught us in His holy gospel ;
Our Father which art in Heaven &c.
Blessed be God for those comfortable words our Saviour Christ hath spoken to all that truly turn to Him :
Come unto me all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you k:
So God loved the world, that He gave His
* Matt. xi. 28.
only begotten Son; to the end that all who believe on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life!
Blessed be His divine goodness for the glad tidings His Apostles also have published in such words as these :
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners m.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins ".
Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, good-will towards men. I praise Thee, I bless Thee, I worship Thee, I glorify Thee, I give thanks to Thee, (together with all Thy faithful servants, who are publicly acknowledging 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 me.
Thou That takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
John iii, 16.
m 1 Tim. i. 15.
ni John ii. 1.
Thou That takest away the sins of the world, receive my prayer.
Thou That sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon me.
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.
The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep my heart and mind 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 with me, and remain with me always. Amen.
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