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O Jesus, look upon me with the same eye of compassion whenever I shall do amiss, that I may see my fault, and forthwith return to my duty; let this instance of Thy mercy be our comfort, since so great and repeated a crime did not exclude this penitent from Thy mercy; but let not this make us fearless of offending Thee, lest we never repent.

Luke xxii. 3-5. Then entered Satan into Judas, and he communed with the chief priests, how he might betray Him unto them; and they covenanted to give him money, &c.

If I should provoke Thee, O God, by resisting Thy Holy Spirit, to leave me to my own natural corruption and to the power of Satan, I see in this wretched man what wickedness I am capable of. Lord God, abandon me not to my own choices. Shut my heart against that covetousness, which was the root of so great a sin. Keep me from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me; and secure me under the conduct of Thy Holy Spirit, for Jesus Christ's sake.

Deut. xvi. 16, 17. Thou shalt not appear before the Lord empty. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God, which He hath given thee.

Shall I appear before Thee, O God, worse than a Few? Can I give anything to Thy poor but what I have received from Thee? How can I say that I love Thee much, if I give sparingly to them whom Thou hast appointed in Thy place to receive our alms? Give me an heart, O God, to give according to Thy blessing upon me, and as I expect Thy blessing upon myself and substance.

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1 Peter iv. 10. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards.

O God, who hast taught us that we are all but Thy stewards, keep me, I beseech Thee, from that great injustice of defrauding Thy poor of their right: give me grace to moderate all my vain desires and expenses, that I may have to give to them that need; and that the measure of Thy blessings to me may be the measure of my charity to others.

1 Cor. xi. 28. Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cup.

Enable me, O Lord, so to examine, and to judge myself, before I go to this Holy Sacrament, that I may not be condemned by Thee when thou comest to judge the world in righteousness. And pardon, O Lord, the many times in my life past that I have gone to this Ordinance without that care and devotion required of all worthy communicants, for Thy mercy's sake. Amen.

THE ORDER FOR THE ADMINISTRATION

OF

The Lord's Supper.

INTRODUCTION.

THAT you may profit by the following assistance,

be advised to read the Communion Service with the Directions and Meditations some time before you go to the Sacrament, that you may attend to every part of the Public Service without distraction.

Whenever you have time for your private devotions, let them be so secret that nobody may be disturbed by

you.

And if, instead of repeating the Prayers and other parts of the Service, after the Minister, as the manner of too many is, to the disturbance of such as are near them; if, instead of doing so, you would secretly say AMEN at the end of every petition, you will find this the very best way to keep your mind intent upon your devotions.

If any person who is ordained to administer this Sacrament shall think fit to cast his eye upon this Book, I would beseech him to consider seriously how many Communicants there are who have no ordinary way of

coming to the knowledge of this great duty, or other help to their devotion, besides what the Church has provided for them in this Office; that therefore, in compassion to such, this Service ought to be performed with the greatest deliberation, as well as devotion, that the unlearned, who are generally the greatest number, may be edified, as well as instructed.

THE ORDER FOR THE ADMINISTRATION

OF

The Lord's Supper.

FIRST RUBRIC.

So many as intend to be partakers of the Holy Communion, shall signify their names to the Curate at least some time the day before.

SECOND RUBRIC.

And if any of those be an open and notorious evil-liver, or have done any wrong to his neighbours by word or deed, so that the congregation be thereby offended; the Curate, having knowledge thereof, shall call him and advertise him, that in any wise he presume not to come to the Lord's Table, until he hath openly declared himself to have

OBSERVATIONS.

It is with great reason that the Church has given this order; therefore do not neglect it. You will have the comfort of know. ing, either that your Pastor hath nothing to say against you; or if he has you will have the benefit of his advice; and a good blessing will attend your obedience to the Church's orders.

If you are conscious to yourself (though your Pastor should not know it) that your life has been such as hath given offence or scandal to your Christian profession, do not go to the Sacrament until you have given some plain proof of your repentance, and purpose of leading a new life. But then, as you hope for God's grace and mercy, do not put off the

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