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he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

After he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done unto you? You call me Master and Lord, and

ye say well; for so I

am. If I, then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye ought also to wash one another's feet; for I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done to you.

GRANT, O Lord Jesus Christ, that as thy Church doth chis day devoutly and reverently commemorate the institution of thy holy supper, so we, with all the true members of thy Church, may, through a living faith and charity, spiritually partake of thy most precious body and blood, till we come at length to sit down with thee in thy kingdom, to celebrate the everlasting festival of love. And as thou didst also this day give us an example of thy great and profound humility, by condescending to wash even the feet of thy disciples, we beseech thee to instil into our hearts the very same humility, and to cleanse and purify us from our sins, that so we may be clothed with thy righteousness; and after a short time of suffering here, may live and reign with thee for ever, world without end. Amen.

[Add the Collect for the Day.]

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Devotions to be added to our other Devotions on those Days when the Holy Communion is administered.

FOR THE MORNING. I AM the living bread which came down from heaven; if iny one eat of this bread, he shall live for ever.

This is my body which is given for you.

This is my blood which is shed for you and for many, for ihe remission of sins.

O sweet and sacred feast! wherein Christ himself is by lively symbols received by the faithful; and the memory of his passion forcibly renewed.

O exalted and inestimable feast! wherein our minds are filled with grace ; and our future glory secured to us by dear and precious pledges.

In the strength of this bread we will steadfastly walk, Even to the mountain of the God of our salvation. Alleluja.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love and mercy, didst give thy only Son to suffer death upon the cross for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness and the shadow of death; grant, we beseech thee, that we, duly celebrating a perpetual memory of this his precious death and sacrifice until his coming again, may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood; be filled with his spirit and life; and being made thy children, may finally be exalted to an inheritance everlasting, to the bosom of this thy Son Jesus Christ our only Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.

FOR THE EVENING.

WE have tasted and seen how good the Lord is;
Therefore our souls shall magnify him for ever.
We will rejoice in God our Saviour;
From this time forth, and for evermore.
For unto us is given the bread of life;
Unto us is opened the fountain of salvation.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, we most heartily desire to bless and magnify thy holy name, for the inestimable gift of the body and blood of thy Son, which we have this day spiritually received under lively symbols ; grant that, being incorporated into his mystical body, the blessed company of the faithful, we may be evermore refreshed by his mercy, and guided by his grace. From this day forth, we offer up ourselves, our souls and bodies, to thy disposal, to be a reasonable and living sacrifice rendered acceptable unto thee, through the one full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice of this thy Son, our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Office of Devotion for Good-Friday.

OFFICE FOR THE MORNING.

WHEN we had sold ourselves to sin, and had all become the slaves of Satan; the blessed Jesus descended from hea. ven, and shed his blood to purchase our redemption.

Come, let us adore our God who redeemed us.

Let us consecrate this day to holy meditation on his anparalleled sufferings; repenting from our hearts of our many sins, and thankfully adoring his infinite mercies.

Come, let us adore our God who redeemed us.

Let us wean our minds from worldly concerns, and mortify our passions by holy self-denial; that, carried on the wings of fasting and alms, our prayers may ascend more swiftly to heaven.

Come, let us adore our God who redeemed us.

PSALM.

My God! who can complain of doing too much, when they consider the labour of Jesus !

When he might have flown on the wings of the cherubim ; he chose to walk with us worms of the dust.

When he might have commanded manna from heaven; in the sweat of his brows he would eat his bread.

When he might have made the angels his footstool ; he rather became the servant of his parents.

It was thy meat and drink to do thy Father's will; O Jesus, make it our's to perform thine.

My God! who can repine at suffering too much, when they remember the afflictions of Jesus !

Those many afflictions which he so patiently endured; whose weight he bore with holy resignation ;

Even from his humble cradle in the manger of Bethlehem, to his bitter cross on the mount of Calvary.

We bear the badge of a crucified Saviour; and shall we shrink back at every cross we meet ?

We believe in a Lord who was crowned with thorns; and. shall we expect to tread on nothing but roses?

Before our eyes, O Jesus, we see thee humble and meek; and shal} thy servants be proad and insolent?

We see thee travel up and down, poor and unregarded ; and shall thy followers expect to be rich and esteemed?

Thy charitable labours were maliciously slandered; and shall we not have the patience to hear our faults reproved ?

Thou disdainedst not to be called in scorn the Carpenter's Son; and cannot we bear to receive injury and insult?

O how unlike are we to the blest Redeemer, who descend. ed from heaven to become our pattern!

How do we go astray from the sacred path, which the holy Jesus traced with his own steps !

Pity, O blessed Redeemer, the infirmities of thy children; strengthen with thy grace our fainting hearts.

Arm us, O glorious Conqueror of sin and death, against all the fears and terrors of the world.

Arm all our powers with those celestial virtues, of faith, and hope, and invincible love :

That we may still go on, and resolutely oppose whatever stands in our way to heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy

Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Lesson. From ISAIAH, the Psalms, &c.

Hearken unto me, my people, give ear unto me, 0 my nation ; for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair ; I hid not my face from shaine and spitting. I have trodden the winepress alone, and of the people there was none with me. I looked, and there was none to help. All that see me, laugh me to scorn ; they shoot out their lips, hey shake the head, saying, He trusted in the Lord that he would deliver him; let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. I was as one that is deaf and heard not, as a dumb man that opened not his mouth. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and roaring lion ; for dogs have compassed me, the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me. They pierced my hands and my feet; all my bones are out of joint. They part my garments among them, and cast lots for my vesture. They gave me gall for my meat, and in my

thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. My strength is dried up as a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws, and thou hast brought me to the dust of death.

These sufferings, O blessed Jesus, and infinitely more thou didst sustain in thy own glorious person; so that thy soul, in the bitterness of anguish, burst forth in the cry,

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me ?

I was betrayed and bound, and led away captive ; I was reviled, buffeted, and scornfully spit upon; I was stripped, scourged, and condemned to a cruel death; I was crowned with thorns, and pierced with nails, and crucified among thieves.

O all ye that pass by the way, behold my sorrow ; was there ever sorrow like unto my sorrow, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger !

PSALM.

Shall we indulge in joy, O my soul, to-day ? Shall we not mourn at the death of our blessed Redeemer ?

Worthy of our profound adoration, O blessed Jesus, is thy mysterious love ; for thou hast made thy sorrows the spring of our joys.

Thou didst forbid thy followers to weep for thee; and didst reserve to thyself alone the shame and grief.

Thou didst invite all the world to glory in thy cross ; and dost command us to delight in the memory of thy passion.

Sing, then, all ye nations of the earth; sing hymns of glory to the ho!y Jesus.

Sing, Oye children of men; sing immortal praises to the God of our salvation :

To him, who, for us, endured so much scorn ; and pa. tiently received so many injuries :

To him, who, for us, sweat great drops of blood; and drank off the dregs of his Father's wrath :

To the eternal Lord of heaven and earth, who, for us, was slain by the hands of the wicked :

Who for us was led away as a sheep to the slaughter; and as a meek lamb opened not his mouth.

Come, let us surmon all our powers, and reverently offer our hearts at the foot of his cross. Thither let us fly from the troubles of the world ; there let

j us dwell among the mercies of heaven.

Let us speedily prepare our richest sacrifice of praise ; and make haste, and adore our blessed Redeemer.

Let us look up to the cross, and behold our crucified Lord; and offer to him our devout adoration.

Blest be the hands that wrought so many miracles; and were so barbarously pierced with cruel nails.

Blest be the feet that so often travelled for us; and were at last unmercifully fastened to the cross. Blest be the head that was crowned with thorns; the head

: that so industriously studied our happiness.

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