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ORDER FOR THE ADMINISTRATION
LORD'S SUPPER, OR HOLY COMMUNION.
The Minister may begin by reading this passage from the New Testament, or any of the Sentences following it. ND he opened his mouth, and taught them,
saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for
righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said, My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (St. John v. 32, 33, 35.)
And the Spirit and the Church say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev. xxii. 17.)
By one Spirit are we baptized into one body, and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. Being many we are one, being partakers of one bread. (Rev. xii. 13; x. 17.)
Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will
come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me. (Rev. iii. 20.)
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. (1 Cor. v. 7, 8.)
Our Lord Jesus Christ said, Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (St. John xx, 4, 5.)
Then shall the Minister say one of the following Addresses,
or any other he may think suitable. E who do truly and earnestly repent you of
your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways, draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God.
EARL beloved brethren, we come to this
table to testify, not that we are righteous, but that we sincerely love our Lord Jesus Christ,
and that we desire to be his true disciples. We come to receive, not only the mercy of an hour, but that which may spring up to endless joy. We come, not only to do the duty of an hour, but to promise that which we must perform while we live on earth.
And now, to this end, lift up your minds and hearts on high, where Jesus Christ abideth in the glory of his Father. Dwell not alone upon
these earthly and corruptible elements, which are present to our eyes, and which we feel with our hands, as if he were enclosed in the bread or in the wine. For then will our souls be disposed to receive food and life, when they shall be lifted up above worldly things, even unto heaven, and enter into the kingdom of God. Let us be satisfied to have this bread, this wine, for witnesses and signs; seeking spiritually the truth, where God's Word hath promised that we shall find it. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say one or more of the following Prayers, or any other he
think suitable. TE thank thee, our Father, for the holy vine of
David thy servant, which thou hast made known to us through Jesus thy servant; to thee be the glory forever. And concerning the broken bread; We thank thee, our Father, for the life and the knowledge which thou hast made known to us through Jesus thy servant; to thee be the glory
forever. Just as this broken bread was scattered over the hills, and having been gathered together became one,
so let thy church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into thy kingdom; for thine is the glory through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen.
finite grace and mercy have been revealed to mankind by thy son Jesus Christ; we thine unworthy servants, deeply sensible of our manifold transgressions, but encouraged by thy goodness and lovingkindness, do most humbly beseech thee to accept us at this time, and to inspire our hearts with such earnest desires after heavenly food, as may be in some measure suitable to our great need of it: and thus, coming to this table with a true spiritual hunger and thirst, may our souls find the refreshing grace and strength which are necessary to support us and carry us forward in our Christian course. Grant this, O holy Father, for thy great love to us in Jesus Christ. Amen.
LMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who
has commended thy love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; who did exhort his disciples to observe his holy ordinance, saying to them, Do this in remembrance of me; accept us, we beseech thee, as lowly disciples