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A SHORT OFFICE OF THANKSGIVING.
LORD, Who in this wonderful Sacrament hast
left us a memorial of Thy Passion ; Grant me so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Thy Blood, that I may always perceive in myself the fruits of Thy Redemption, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, God for ever and ever. Amen.
, have received Thee may never again be the instruments of sin, that the lips which Thou hast sanctified may never utter aught displeasing to Thee, that the heart wherein Thou hast entered may ever abide in Thy love. O Crucified Saviour, grant that I may die to sin for the love of Thee, Who hast died on the Cross for me. Amen.
Thoughts after Communion. Where is He now? He has entered thy heart under the veil of this Sacrament. His delight is to dwell there.
He will be the Companion of thy life, and will never leave thee, unless thou drive Him from thee.
Abide with Him therefore, and do not leave Him, but worship Him, love Him, gaze on Him, speak to Him, listen to Him, and whatsoever He saith unto thee, do it.
He is in the Cross which He gives thee daily to bear as the token of His love. He is in those around thee.
Minister to them in their labours, forgive their faults, bear with their infirmities, make excuses for their weaknesses.
He is in Heaven, there where the God of God is seen in Zion, there where thou shalt one day see Him, there where thou wilt be satisfied with the fulness of joy for ever.
Remember in all work, in all trial, in all sorrow, Who it is that has come to dwell in thy heart, and ask Him to comfort thee, to work for thee, to help thee all day long.–Pusey.
Alternatibe Sentences, Prayers, and Exhortations.
Omitted from the text of the Service for the sake of
simplification. These are : 1. SECOND COLLECT FOR THE QUEEN. 2. ALL THE OFFERTORY SENTENCES, EXCEPT “LET Your
LIGHT SHINE." 3. Two EXHORTATIONS.
1. (See page 31.) | Then shall follow one of these two Collects for the Queen, the
Priest standing as before, and saying,
, by thy holy Word, that the hearts of Kings are in thy rule and governance, and that thou dost dispose and turn them as it seemeth best to thy godly wisdom : We humbly beseech thee so to dispose and govern the heart of VICTORIA thy Servant, our Queen and Governor, that, in all her thoughts, words, and works, she may ever seek thy honour and glory, and study to preserve thy people committed to her charge, in wealth, peace, and godliness : Grant this, O merciful Father, for thy dear Son's sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2. (See page 35.) I Then shall the Priest return to the Lord's Table, and begin the
Offerlory, saying one or more of these Sentences following, as
he thinketh most convenient in his discretion. L
AY not up for yourselves treasures upon the
earth; where the rust and moth doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal : but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven; where neither rust nor moth doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal. S. Matt. vi.
Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them: for this is the Law and the Prophets. S. Matt. vii.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. S. Matt. vii.
Zacchæus stood forth, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor ; and if I have done any wrong to any man, I restore fourfold. S. Luke xix.
Who goeth a warfare at any time of his own cost? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 1 Cor. ix.
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your worldly things ? I Cor. ix.
Do ye not know that they who minister about holy things live of the sacrifice; and they who wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord also ordained, that they who preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel. 1 Cor. ix.
He that soweth little shall reap little ; and he that soweth plenteously shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is disposed in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix.
Let him that is taught in the Word minister unto him that teacheth, in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he reap. Gal. vi.
While we have time, let us do good unto all men; and specially unto them that are of the household of faith. Gal. vi.
Godliness is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath: for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out. i Tim. vi.
Charge them who are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute ; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life. I Tim. vi.
God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works, and labour that proceedeth of love, which love ye have shewed for his Name's sake, who have ministered unto the saints, and yet do minister. Heb. vi.
To do good, and to distribute, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii.
Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 S. Fohn iii.
Give alms of thy goods, and never turn thy face from any poor man; and then the face of the Lord shall not be turned away from thee. Tobit iv. Be merciful after thy power.
If thou hast much, give plenteously: if thou hast little, do thy diligence gladly to give of that little : for so gatherest thou thyself a good reward in the day of necessity. Tobit iv.
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord : and look, what he layeth out, it shall be paid him again. Prov. xix.
Blessed be the man that provideth for the sick and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble. Psalm xli.
3. (See page 41.) Or, in case he shall see the people negligent to come to the holy
Communion, instead of the former, he shall use this Exhor
tation. DEA EARLY beloved brethren, on
I intend, by God's grace, to celebrate the Lord's Supper : unto which, in God's behalf, I bid you all that are here present; and beseech you, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, that ye will not refuse to come thereto, being so lovingly called and bidden by God himself. Ye know how grievous and unkind a thing it is, when a man hath prepared a rich feast, decked his table with all kind of provision, so that there lacketh nothing þut the guests to sit down; and yet they who are called (without any cause) most unthankfully refuse to come. Which of you in such a case would not be moved? Who would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him? Wherefore, most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good heed, lest ye, withdrawing yourselves from this holy Supper, provoke God's indignation against you. It is an easy matter
. for a man to say, I will not communicate, because I am otherwise hindered with worldly business. But such excuses are not so easily accepted and allowed before God. If any man say, I am a grievous sinner, and therefore am afraid to come; wherefore then do ye not repent and amend? When God calleth you, are ye not ashamed to say ye will not come? When ye should return to God, will ye excuse yourselves, and say ye are not ready? Consider earnestly with yourselves how little such feigned excuses will avail before God. They that refused the feast in the Gospel, because they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of oxen, or because they were married, were not