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dant mercy; and our Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous, is the propitiation for our sins: who bare them in his body on the cross, and made himself an offering for them, that he might put them away by the sacrifice of himself. Have mercy upon us, and wash us in his blood; clothe us with his righteousness: take away our iniquities, and let them not be our ruin; forgive them, and remember them no more. O thou that delightest not in the death of sinners, heal our backslidings, love us freely, and say unto our souls, that thou art our salvation. Thou wilt in no wise cast out them that come unto thee; receive us graciously to the feast thou hast prepared for us. Cause us to hunger and thirst after Christ and his righteousness, that we may be satisfied. Let his flesh and blood be to us meat and drink indeed; and his Spirit be in us a well of living water, springing up to everlasting life. Give us to know thy love in Christ, which passeth knowledge. Though we have not seen him, let us love him; Psal. lxxxv. 8. Eph. iv. 30. and though now we see him not, yet Heb. iii. 13. believing let us rejoice with joy unspeak- Col. iii. 5. able and full of glory. Though we are Eph. iii. 16. unworthy of the crumbs that fall from thy table, yet feed us with the bread of life, and
Psal. cxix. 175.
speak and seal up peace to our sinful, wounded souls. Soften our hearts, that are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin: mortify the flesh, and strengthen us with might in the inward man: that we may live, and glorify thy grace, through Jesus Christ our only Saviour. Amen.
Here let the Bread be brought to the Minister, and received by him, and set upon the Table; and then the Wine in like manner or if they be set there before, however let him bless them, praying in these or the like words.
Psal. c. 3.
ALMIGHTY GOD, thou art the Creator and the Lord of all things. Thou art the Sovereign Majesty whom we have Deut. xxxii. 6. offended. Thou art our most loving and merciful Father, who hast given thy Son to reconcile us to thyself: who hath ratified the new testament and
1 John iii. 1.
John iii. 16.
Luke xxii. 20.
Luke xxii. 19.
covenant of grace with his most precious blood; and hath instituted this holy Sacrament to be celebrated in remembrance of him till his coming. Sanctify these thy creatures of bread and wine, which, according to thy institution and command, we set apart to this holy use, that they may be sacramentally the body and blood of thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Then (or immediately before this Prayer) let the Minister read the words of the institution, saying:
HEAR what the apostle Paul saith: For 1 Cor. xi. 23, 24, I have received of the Lord that which also I deliver unto you; that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat, this is my body which is broken for you this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me: for as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Then let the Minister say:
THIS bread and wine, being set apart, and consecrated to this holy use by God's appointment, are now no common bread and wine, but sacramentally the body and blood of Christ.
Then let him thus pray :
MOST merciful Saviour, as thou hast Acts vii. 59, 60
Rev. i. 5.
1 Pet. iii. 18. Luke xxii. 19, 20.
1 Cor. xi. 26.
Heb. vii. 25, 27;
Rom. viii. 9, 11.
Heb. ii. 17.
John vi. 37.
Heb. x. 12.
loved us to the death, and suffered for our sins, the just for the unjust, and hast instituted this holy Sacrament to be used in remembrance of thee till thy coming; we beseech thee, by thine intercession with the Father, through the sacrifice of thy body and blood, give us the pardon of our sins, and thy quickening Spirit, without which the flesh
Matt. xxvi. 26. will profit us nothing. Reconcile us to the Father: nourish us as thy members to everlasting life. Amen.
John i. 29.
Then let the Minister take the Bread, and break it in the sight of the people, saying:
THE body of Christ was broken for us, and offered once for all to sanctify us: behold the sacrificed Lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of the world.
In like manner let him take the Cup, and pour out the Wine in the sight of the congregation, saying:
WE were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot.
Then let him thus pray :
Matt. i. 20.
Rom. viii. 9.
Most Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Matt. xxviii. 19. Father and the Son: by whom Christ John xv. 26. was conceived; by whom the prophets 2 Pet. i. 21. and apostles were inspired, and the Acts xx. 23. ministers of Christ are qualified and 1 Cor. xii. 11. called that dwellest and workest in all 1 Pet. i. 2, 15; ii. 9. the members of Christ, whom thou sanctifiest to the image and for the Eph. i. 17, 18. service of their Head, and comfortest Luke xxiv. 31. them that they may shew forth his praise: illuminate us, that by faith we may see him that is here represented to Rom. v. 5.
John xiv. 16.
Ezek. xxxvi. 26.
Zech. xii. 10.
John vi. 53-57.
Rom. xiv. 17.
1 Cor. i. 8.
Soften our hearts, and humble us Cant. i. 4. for our sins. Sanctify and quicken us, Eph. v. 18, 20. that we may relish the spiritual food, 1 Thes. iv. 9. and feed on it to our nourishment and Rom. viii. 16. growth in grace. Shed abroad the love Eph. i. 13, 14. of God upon our hearts, and draw them out in love to him. Fill us with thankfulness and holy joy, and with love to one another. Comfort us by witnessing that we are the children of God. Confirm us for new obedience. Be the earnest of our inheritance, and seal us up to everlasting life. Amen.