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and trust to His Perfect Sacrifice, once offered on the cross, as to the only ground and foundation of our salvation; wherein He is become to our hungry and thirsty souls, the true meat and drink of life eternal. For by His death He hath taken away the cause of our eternal death and misery, namely, sin; and obtained for us the Quickening Spirit, that we by the same, which dwelleth in Christ as the Head, and in us as His members, might have true communion with Him, and be made partakers of all His blessings, of life eternal, righteousness, and glory.
Besides, that we, by the same Spirit may also be united as members of one Body, in true brotherly love ; as the holy Apostle saith, “For we, being inany, are one bread and one body; for we are all partakers of that one bread.” For as out of many grains one meal is ground and one bread baked, and out of many berries being pressed together, one wine floweth and mixeth itself together; so shall we all, who by a true faith are ingrafted into Christ, through brotherly love be altogether one body, for the sake of Christ, our Beloved Saviour, who hath so exceedingly loved us; and shall show this, not only in word, but also in very deed toward one another.
Hereto assist us, the Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, through His Holy Spirit ! AMEN.
That we may obtain all this, let us humble our. selves before God, and with true faith implore His grace.
O Most Merciful God and Father, we beseecb Thee, that Thou wilt be pleased, in this Supper, in which we celebrate the glorious remembrance of the bitter death of Thy Beloved Son Jesus Christ, to work in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, that we may daily, more and more, with true confidence, give ourselves up unto Thy Son Jesus Christ, so that our afflicted and contrite hearts, through the power of the Holy Ghost, may be fed and comforted with His true body and blood; yea, with Him, True God and Man, that Only Heavenly Bread: and that we may no longer live in our sins, but He in us, and we in Him; and thus truly be made partak. ers of the new and everlasting testament and covenant of grace : that we may not doubt that Thou wilt for ever be our Gracious Father, never more imputing our sins unto us, and providing us, as Thy beloved children and heirs, with all things necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Grant us also Thy grace, that we may take upon us our cross cheerfully, deny ourselves, confess our Saviour, and in all tribulations, with uplifted heads expect our Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, where He will make our mortal bodies like unto His most glorious body, and take us unto Him in eternity.
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME: THY KINGDOM COME: THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN: GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD: AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS: AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL: FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, AND THE POWER, AND THE GLORY, FOR EVER. AMEN.
Strengthen us also by this Holy Supper in the Catholic undoubted Christian Faith, whereof we make confession with our mouths and hearts, saying: *
I BELIEVE IN GOD, THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH;
AND IN JESUS CHRIST HIS ONLY SON OUR LORD; WHO WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY GHOST, BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY, SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DEAD AND BURIED; HE DESCENDED INTO HELLT;THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD; HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN; AND SITTETH AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY ; FROM THENCE HE SHALI COME TO JUDGE THE QUICK AND THE DEAD.
I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY GHOST; THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS; THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS ; THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY; AND THE LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.
That we may be now fed with the True Heavenly Bread, Christ Jesus, let us not cleave with our hearts unto the external bread and wine, but lift them up on high in heaven, where Christ Jesus is our Advocate, at the right hand of His Heavenly Father, whither all the Articles of our Faith lead us; not
• The words " with our mouths and hearts," evidently require the audible confession of these “Articles of the Christian Faith," both by the Minister and the people. And such was the ancient usage. It is recommondod that It he rastored.
+ Instead of the word Hell may be used the word Hades.
doubting that, through the working of the Holy Ghost, we shall as certainly be fed and refreshed in our souls with His Body and Blood, as we receive the holy bread and wine, in remembrance of Him.
In breaking and distributing the bread, the Minister shall say:
The bread which we break, is the communion of the Body of Christ.
And when he giveth the cup :
The cup of blessing, which we bless, is the com munion of the Blood of Christ.
During the Communion, a Psalm shall or may be devoutly sang, or some chapter read, in remembrance of the death of Christ, as Isaiah liji, John xiii, xiv, XV, Xvi, xvii, xviii, or the like.
BELOVED IN THE LORD, since the Lord hath now fed our souls at His table, let us therefore jointly praise His Holy Name, with thanksgiving, and every one say in his heart thus: Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul ;
And forget not all His benefits.
Who healeth all thy diseases.
The Lord is merciful and gracious;
Slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
So great is His mercy toward them that fear Him, As far as the East is from the West;
So far hath He removed our transgressions from
Like as a father pitieth his children;
So the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. Who hath not spared His Own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, and given us all things with Him. Therefore God commendeth therewith His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For, if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son; much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Therefore shall my mouth and heart show forth the praise of the Lord from this time forth for evermore. AMEN.
Let every one say with an attentive heart:
O ALMIGHTY, Merciful God and Father, we ren der Thee most humble and hearty thanks, that Thou hast, of Thine infinite mercy, given us Thine Only Begotten Son, for a Mediator and a Sacrifice for our sins, and to be our Meat and Drink unto life eternal; and that Thou givest us lively faith, whereby we are made partakers of these Thy benefits.