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DRINK YE ALL OF THIS, FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT: THE MYSTERY OF FAITH: WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU, AND FOR MANY, TO THE REMISSION OF SINS.
As often as you do these things, you shall do them in remembrance of me.*
¶ Here also kneeling, he adores and elevates the
Wherefore, O Lord, we thy servants, as also thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed passion of the same Christ thy Son our Lord, his resurrection and admirable ascension into heaven; offer unto thy most excellent Majesty, of thy gifts bestowed upon us, a pure Host, a holy Host, an unspotted Host, the holy bread of eternal life, and chalice of everlasting salvation.
Upon which, vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which thy highpriest Melchisedech offered to thee, a holy Sacrifice, and an unspotted Victim.
We most humbly beseech thee, Almighty God, command these things to be carried by the
* This clean sacrifice, which the Prophet Malachy (c. xi.) so distinctly foretold should be offered in every place among the Gentiles, as also most strikingly prefigured by the sacrifice of bread and wine, offered by Melchisedech, and by the Mosaic sacrifice of the paschal lamb, The one was typical of the matter and form, the other of the essence and substance. In the latter type, the innocent victim, whose blood had saved the people, (Exod. xii. 19.) was afterwards made their food and nourishment, and was wholly eaten and consumed.
+ As the whole Mass is a mystical representation of Christ's passion, so the elevation of the Host and of the Chalice is in remembrance of his having been lifted up upon the cross. (John xii. 32.)
hands of thy holy angel* to thy altar on high, in the sight of thy divine Majesty; that as many as shall partake of the most sacred body and blood of thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Thro' the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE COMMEMORATION OF THE DEAD.
Be mindful, O Lord, of thy servants N. and N. who are gone before us, with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace.
¶ Here particular mention is made of such of the Dead as are to be prayed for.
To these, O Lord, and to all who sleep in Christ, grant, we beseech thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace. Thro' the same Christ our Lord.† Amen.
Formerly prayers in the Protestant service were more like to our own than at present. They used to say, in imitation of the Ca tholics: We beseech thee that whosoever shall be partakers of this koly communion may worthily receive the most precious body and blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, and be filled with thy grace and hea. senly benediction, and made one body with thy Son Jesus Christy that he may dwell in them, and they in him ;------and we beseeck thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, and command these our prayers and supplications, by the ministry of thy holy angels, to be brought up into thy holy tabernacle before the sight of thy divine Majesty, &c.
+ The first Protestants were always in the habit of praying for the dead, and so natural to every christian is this duty of charity, that it is still a very usual practice with many individuals among them to pray for their deceased parents and friends. In their first reformed li turgy, the priest says; Let us pray for the whole state of the Chris tian Church, without the addition of militant here on earth; which last words in the Common Prayer now used, seem inserted to exclude prayer for the dead. Whereas the first edition in the Prayer for Christ's Church contains these words; We commend unto thy mercy (0 Lord) all other thy servants, which are departed hence from us with the sign of faith, and now do rest in the sleep of peace, grant unto them we beseech thee, thy mercy and everlasting peace, and that
¶ Here striking his Breast, the Priest says:
Also to us sinners, thy servants, confiding in the multitude of thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with thy holy apostles and martyrs: with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicitas, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecily, Anastasia, and with all thy saints: into whose company we beseech thee to admit us, not in consideration of our merits, but thy own gratuitous pardon. Through Christ our Lord.
By whom, O Lord, thou dost always create, sanctify, quicken, bless, and give us all these good things. By him, and with him, and to him, with thee God the Father Almighty, and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory.
P. For ever and ever.
Let us pray.
BEING instructed by the saving precepts, and following thy divine directions, we presume to
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 them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation: R. But deliver us from evil. P. Amen.
Deliver us, we beseech thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the in
at the day of the general resurrection we, and all they that be of the mystical body of thy Son, may altogether be set on his right-hand, and hear that his most joyful voice; Come unto me, &c.
The recommending the dead to the mercy of God, says a Protestant writer, is nothing of the remains of popery, but a constant usage of the primitive Church; and for this point might be produced anexceptionable authority.
tercession of the blessed and ever glorious Virgin Mary Mother of God, and of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the saints, mercifully grant peace in our days: that through the assistance of thy mercy, we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance. Thro' the same Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God.
P. World without end.
P. May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Breaking the Host, he puts a Particle thereof into the Chalice, saying:
May the mixture and consecration of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, be to us that receive it effectual to eternal life.
Then inclining, and striking his Breast, he says
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, * have mercy upon us * have mercy upon
us, give us peace.
¶ In Masses for the Dead he says twice,* Give them rest; and lastly,* Give them eternal rest.
Lord Jesus Christ, who hast said to thy apostles, I leave you peace, I give you my peace: regard not my sins, but the faith of thy Church; and grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to thy will: who livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of thy Father, hast by thy death, through the co-operation of the Holy Ghost, given life to the world, deliver me by this
thy most sacred body and blood from all my ini quities, and from all evils: and make me always adhere to thy commandments, and never suffer me to be separated from thee: who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity, &c.
Let not the participation of thy body, O Lord Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation: but thro' thy mercy, may it be a safeguard and remedy, both of soul and body: who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen.
¶ Taking the Host in his Hands, he says,
I will take the bread of heaven, and call upon the name of the Lord.
¶ Striking his Breast in Humility and Devotion, he says thrice,
* Lord I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.
¶ Receiving reverently both Parts of the Host,
May the body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul to life everlasting. Amen.
¶ Taking the Chalice, he says,
What return shall I make the Lord for all he has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and shall be saved from my enemies.
Here the bell at the altar is rung to give notice to the people
of the communion.