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The Minister shall commence the Service with the fol/owing INVOCATION.
Here the People rise.
N the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Here, and at the end of the several Prayers, the People
Let us pray.
ETERNAL and Almighty God! whom all creatures praise and glorify as their Creator and Sovereign Lord; we beseech thee, as we are now assembled to partake of the holy Supper, which thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, commanded us to celebrate in remembrance of his death, that thou wouldst give us grace to perform this sacred duty, in a manner acceptable unto thee; through the same Jesus Christ. Amen.
Then the Minister shal/ say,
EAR, my brethren, the institution of the Holy
Supper, as it is related by St. Paul, in the
eleventh chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians.
Here the People rise.
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 as ye 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 condemnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 4.
The People being seated, the Mănăster sha// continue,
OU have now heard in what manner our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Supper; and with what purity and reverence it should be celebrated, even unto the end of the world, by all believers.
WE learn from holy Scripture, that none but true Christians should come thereunto, and that all such as are not of the number of the faithful are unworthy to be partakers thereof. To wit: the impious, the unbelieving, the profane, the blasphemous, those who live in strife and in hatred, impure, sensual and carnal men, drunkards, the unjust, those who withhold the goods of others, the covetous, the proud, evil speakers; and generally, all those in whom reigneth the love of the world and of its evil desires: upon all of whom, whilst they amend not, the anger of God resteth.
As for you, Christian brethren, who intend to come to this holy communion, you ought carefully to consider the solemnity of what you are about to do, lest you eat of this bread and drink of this cup unworthily. Judge ye yourselves, and ye shall not be judged of the Lord. And in all things, wherein ye know that ye have offended him, whether in word or in deed, in thought or in will, make confession thereof, with a humble reliance upon his mercy, and a true desire to live, henceforth, a righteous and godly life. Be ye, also, filled with sincere love towards your neighbour; if ye have done wrong to any, make reparation ; and forgive ye one another, even as ye desire from God the forgiveness of your sins. If ye are thus minded, and if your consciences thus bear witness for you before God, who knoweth your hearts, ye may come to this holy table; and ye ought not to doubt that the Lord Jesus will there make you partakers of all the fruits of his passion and death.
BUT, above all things, ye must give at this time, your humble and hearty thanks to God, for the redemption of the world through Jesus Christ his Son ; who did humble himself even to the death of the cross, for us miserable sinners, that he might make us children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life; and, to the end that we should always remember his exceeding great love, did institute this holy sacrament, to be unto us a pledge of his love, and a perpetual memorial of his death, to our great and endless comfort. To this merciful Redeemer, therefore, as well as to the Father and the Holy Spirit, let us now and always offer, as we are most bounden, our benedictions and our praises.
T is meet and right, and our profitable duty, that we should, at all times and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Everlasting God through Jesus Christ our Lord; who for us was made very man, yet without sin; who died for our offences, and rose again for our justification ; who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his resurrection hath given us eternal life; who hath ascended up on high, far above all heavens, where he ever liveth to make intercession for us; who also, according to his gracious promise, sent down upon the Apostles the Holy Spirit, to lead them into all truth, and to bestow upon them the gift of tongues, that they might preach the gospel unto all nations; whereby we have been brought out of darkness into light, and to a knowledge of thee; who also giveth us the Spirit of Adoption, and the blessed hope of pardon and peace, at the day of his glorious appearing:— THEREFORE, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory, O God, most high
ND since, O Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, did offer up himself as a sacrifice on the Cross, to redeem mankind, we beseech thee, in consideration of this sacrifice, that thou wouldst receive the supplications which we offer unto thy Divine Majesty, for the peace of the whole world, and for the salvation of all people. WE pray thee to bless the Church Universal, with the spirit of truth, unity and concord; and to give grace to all who profess thy name, to follow with one