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refection, blessed peace-offering, effectual medicine of our souls, holy Jesus, the food of elect souls, celestial manna; the bread that came down from heaven, sweetest Saviour, grant that my soul may relish this divine nutriment, with spiritual ravishments and love great as the flame of cherubim: and grant that what thou hast given me for the remission of my sins, may not, by my fault, become the increase of them. Grant that in my heart I may so digest thee by a holy faith, so convert thee into the unity of my spirit by a holy love, that, - being conformed to the likeness of thy death and resurrection, by the crucifying of the old man, and the newness of a spiritual and a holy life,- I may be incorporated as a sound and living member into the body of thy holy church, a member of that body whereof thou art Head; that I may abide in thee, and bring forth fruit in thee, and in the resurrection of the just, my body of infirmity being reformed by thy power, may be configured to the similitude of thy glorious body, and my soul received into a participation of the eternal supper of the Lamb; that where thou art, there I may be also, beholding thy face in glory, 0 blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus. Amen.
When the holy Chalice is offered, attend devoutly to the Blessing,
and join in heart with the words of the Minister, saying “ Amen.' I will receive the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of our Lord.
At receiving of the holy Cup, pray thus :
'It is finished : blessed be the name of our gracious God; blessing, glory, praise, and honour, love and obedience, dominion and thanksgiving, be to him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever!
I bless and praise thy name, 0 eternal Father, most merciful God, that thou hast vouchsafed to admit me to a participation of these dreadful and desirable mysteries. Unworthy though I am, yet thy love never fails : and though I too often have repented of my repentances, and fallen back into sin, yet thou never repentest of thy loving-kindness. — Be pleased, therefore, now in this day of mercy, when thou openest the treasures of heaven, and rainest manna upon our
souls to refresh them when they are weary, of thy infinitè goodness to grant, that this holy communion may not be to me unto judgment and condemnation; but it may be sweetness to my soul; health and safety in every temptation; joy and peace in
in every trouble; light and strength in every word and work, comfort and defence in the hour of my death against all the oppositions of the spirits of darkness; and grant that no unclean thing may be in me, who have received thee into my heart and soul.
Thou dwellest in every sanctified soul; she is the habitation of Sion, and thou takest it for thine own; and thou hast consecrated it to thyself by the operation of glorious mysteries within her. O be pleased to receive my soul presented to thee in this holy communion for thy dwellingplace; make it a house of prayer and holy meditations, the seat of thy Spirit, the repository of graces : reveal to me thy mysteries, and communicate to me thy gifts; and love me with that love thou bearest to the sons of thy house. Thou hast given me thy Son; with him give me all things else, which are needful to my body and soul, in order to thy glory, and my salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
An Act of Love and Eucharist, to be added, if there be T'ime
and Opportunity. O Lord Jesu Christ, fountain of true and holy love, nothing is greater than thy love; nothing is sweeter, nothing more holy. Thy love troubles none; but is entertained by all that feel it, with joy and exultation; and it is still more desired, and is ever more desirable. Thy love, O dearest Jesu, gives liberty ; drives away fear; feels no labour, but suffers all; it eases the weary, and strengthens the weak; it comforts them that mourn, and feeds the hungry. Thou art the beginning and the end of thy own love, that thou mayest take occasion to do us good, and, by the methods of grace, to bring us to glory. Thou givest occasion, and createst good things, and producest affections, and stirrest up the
appetite, and dost satisfy all holy desires. Thou hast made me, and fed me, and blessed me, and preserved me, and sanctified me, that I might love thee; and thou wouldest have me to love thee, that thou mayest love me for ever. O give me a love to thee, that I may love thee as well as ever any of thy servants loved thee; according to that love, which thou, by the sacrament of love, workest in thy secret ones.
Abraham excelled in faith; Job, in patience; Isaac, in fidelity ; Jacob, in simplicity; Joseph, in chastity; David, in religion; Josiah, in zeal; and Manasses, in repentance: but as yet thou hadst not communicated the sacrament of love; that grace was reserved, till thou thyself shouldest converse with man and teach him love.
Thou hast put upon our hearts the sweetest and easiest yoke of love, to enable us to bear the burden of man and the burden of the Lord. Give unto thy servant such a love, that whatsoever in thy service may happen contrary to flesh and blood, I may not feel it; that when I labour, I may not be weary; when I am despised, I may not regard it; that adversity may be tolerable, and humility be my sanctuary; and mortification of my passions the exercise of my days, and the service of my God, the joy of my soul; that loss to me may be gain, so I win Christ; and death itself the entrance of an eternal life, when I may live with the beloved, the joy of my soul, the light of my eyes, my God, and all things, the blessed Saviour of the world, my sweetest Redeemer, Jesus. Amen.
An Eucharistical Hymn, taken from the Prophecies of the Old
Testament, relating to the Blessed Sacrament. Praise ye the Lord; I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
He that hath made his wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion: he hath given meat unto them that fear him; he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
His bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine, he washed his garment in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.
In this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees.
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth; for the Lord hath spoken it.
And the Lord their God shall save them as the flock of his people: for how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! Corn shall make the young men cheerful,- and new wine, the virgins.
The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, -- even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in.
He shall purify the sons of Levi; and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Israel, return unto the Lord thy God : for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord, saying,
Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips : for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
The Lord hath said, I will heal their backslidings; I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away.
They that dwell under his shadow, shall return : they shall revive as the corn, and blossom as the vine; the memorial thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied ; they shall praise the Lord that seek him; your heart shall live for ever : for be hath placed peace in our borders, and fed us with the flour of wheat.
For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, the name of the Lord shall be great among the Gentiles ; and in every place incense shall be offered unto his name, and a pure offering : for his name shall be great among all nations.
Whoso is wise, he shall understand these things, and the
prudent shall know them : for 'the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the transgressors shall fall therein.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
A Prayer, to be said after the Communion, in behalf of our
Souls and all Christian People.
1. O most merciful and gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory; thou art the great lover of souls, and thou hast given thy holy Son to die for our salvation, to redeem us from sin, to destroy the work of the devil, and to present a church to thee pure and spotless and undefiled; relying upon thy goodness, trusting in thy promises, and having received my dearest Lord into my soul, I humbly represent to thy divine majesty the glorious sacrifice, which our dearest Jesus made of himself upon the cross, and, by a never-ceasing intercession, now exhibits to thee in heaven in the office of an eternal priesthood; in behalf of all that have communicated this day in the divine mysteries in all the congregations of the Christian world; and in behalf of all them that desire to communicate, and are hindered by sickness or necessity, by fear or scruple, by censures ecclesiastical, or the sentence of their own consciences.
2. Give unto me, O God, and unto them a portion of all the good prayers, which are made in heaven and earth ; the intercession of our Lord, and the supplications of all thy servants; and unite us in the bands of the common faith and a holy charity; that no interests or partialities, no sects or opinions, may keep us any longer in darkness and division.
3. Give thy blessing to all Christian kings and princes, all republics and Christian governments; grant to them the spirit of mercy and justice, prudence and diligence; the favour of God, and the love of their people; and grace and blessing, that they may live at peace with thee, and with one another; remembering the command of their Lord and King, the serene and reconciling Jesus.
4. Give an apostolical spirit to all ecclesiastical prelates and priests; grant to them zeal of souls, wisdom to conduct their charges, purity to become exemplar, that their labours