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But miserable is the man who eats not of this Heavenly Bread and drinks not of this Life-giving Cup. For it is written again, “Except ye eat the Flesh of the Son Of Man and drink His Blood, ye have no life in you."
Miserable, again, is he who eats and drinks unworthily.. For St. Paul thus writes to the Corinthians (1 Cor. xi. 27), “Whosoever shall eat this Bread, and drink this Cup of the LORD, unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and Blood of the LORD.”
But happy and blessed are they who eat and drink worthily. These are they who are truly sorry for their sins, and who have sought for forgiveness through the death of JESUS CHRIST upon the Cross. These, and these alone, are invited to the Holy Table on earth. These, and these alone, can hope to enter into the everlasting. joys of Jesus in heaven.
I am not worthy, Holy LORD,
That Thou shouldst come to me;
Can set the sinner free.
The lodging of my soul;
LORD, speak and make me whole.
BREAD of heaven, on Thee we feed,
THE HOLY SPIRIT. Before every Communion you must seek the help of the HOLY SPIRIT. Through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, JESUS was conceived in the Womb of His Virgin Mother. Through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, He is present in the Blessed Sacrament. Without the help of that same HOLY SPIRIT you cannot communicate worthily. But His help has been promised to all who seek for it in prayer. This is what Our Blessed Saviour says—“If ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the HOLY SPIRIT to them that ask Him ?" (St. Luke xi. 13.)
O HEAVENLY FATHER! Trusting in the promise of Thy Dear Son JESUS CHRIST, I humbly beseech Thee to give me the help of Thy HOLY SPIRIT. Through the same JESUS CHRIST our LORD, to Whom with Thee and the same HOLY SPIRIT be all praise and glory, world without end. Amen.
“Ask, and it shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall find ; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (St. Matt. vii. 7).
Noclect of Priblic Worship
Stealing to Animal Neglect
After thus seeking the help of the Holy Spirit, you must, before every Communion, examine yourself to see what sins you have committed. When you have called your sins to mind, ask upon your bended knees that each and all of them may be forgiven through the Blood of JESUS CHRIST, “which cleanseth us from all sin.”
The Devil tries to make us forget our sins. For he knows that if we forget them we shall not be sorry for them and seek for forgiveness. But the HOLY SPIRIT helps us to remember them and to repent of them.
The following list of sins may help you to remember what you have done that is wrong, either of late, or in former years :
Neglect of Private Prayer. Lying.
Cruelty to Animals.
Slothfulness, or Neglect
of Duty. Anger and Spite.
Breaking of Pledges or
Neglecting to pay Debts.
NEGLECT OF PRAYER. It is a sin to begin or end any day without going down upon your bended knees for prayer, if you have strength to do so.
It is wrong not to say the LORD's Prayer when you pray. It is wrong to be content with saying your prayers sitting down, or in bed, except when you are ill. You should always kneel down upon your knees morning and evening, and you should never be ashamed or afraid to pray thus, even if you have to sleep with those who neglect this holy duty. “Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father Which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father Which is in heaven” (St. Matt. x. 32, 33).
SWEARING. It is a sin to curse or to swear, or to use God's Holy Name in vain.
NEGLECT OF THE LORD'S DAY, It is a sin to neglect Sunday, which is the LORD's Own Day-a day that should be observed, not only by rest and harmless recreation, but also by attendance at the LORD's House, and especially at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
PRIDE. It is a sin to feel proud, or to think or speak too highly of yourself. “He that exalteth himself shall be abased.” Christ, the King of Glory, when He came down from heaven chose to be born in a stable, to have a manger for His bed, and to die a shameful death between two thieves.
DISOBEDIENCE. It is a sin to disobey those who have a right to control our actions. Even the LORD Himself was subject to Mary and to Joseph (St. Luke ii. 21).
ANGER. It is a sin to feel sulky, spiteful, or vindictive. It is a sin to speak spiteful or injurious words. A Christian is bound to forgive his enemies. He is committing sin if he does not, and cannot expect to be forgiven himself. Remember the words of our Lord JESUS CHRIST as to this, and His example when He prayed for those who nailed Him to the Cross.
IMPURITY. All impurity of thought, of word, or of deed, whether alone or in company, whether before or after marriage, is sin, and an abomination in the sight of Almighty GOD, Who sees all that we do by day and by night. Sins of impurity are often punished by God Himself on this side of the grave as well as in the next world. They bring evil to our bodies as well as to our souls.
“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of CHRIST? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy GHOST Which is in you, Which ye have of God” (1 Cor. vi. 15, 19).
DRUNKENNESS. Drunkenness, too, is a sin which destroys both soul and body. A drunkard cannot be pious, happy, or prosperous. Drunkards are a misery to themselves and to all around them. Drunkenness is the curse of our land. It makes men and women neglect their prayers, their church, their children, their trades, and their health. Drunkenness leads to cursing and swearing, to lying and stealing, to quarrelling and fighting, to filth and rags, to poverty and starvation. Drunkenness is a short road to misery, both in this world and in the next. It is a sin, then, even to begin to get drunk. It is a grievous sin to lead others into this temptation.
LYING. It is a sin to tell a lie or to deceive, whether for a good or for a bad purpose. You know it is wrong to tell a lie to injure your neighbour; but it would also be wrong to tell a lie to hide his fault or to get him or yourself out of trouble. Every wilful lie is a deadly sin. It is also a grievous sin to break a pledge, as, for example, to break a solemn promise to abstain from drink. Holy Scripture says, “ All liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev. xxi. 8).
DISHONESTY. It is a sin to do anything dishonest—to cheat or to steal—even should you be very poor, and stand in need of bread. It is a sin to run into debt, and then not to pay what you owe. It is a sin to keep a thing that beongs to another person, when you ought to try and find