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Then let the Minister deliver the Bread, thus consecrated and broken, to the Communicants, first taking and eating it himself as one of them, when he hath said:
1 Cor. xi. 24.
Christ, which is broken for you. remembrance of him.
TAKE ye, eat ye; this is the body of
In like manner he shall deliver them the Cup, first drinking of it himself, when he hath said:
Matt. xxvi. 27, 28.
1 Cor. xi. 25.
THIS cup is the New Testament in Christ's blood, [or, Christ's blood of the New Testament,] which is shed for you for the remission of sins. Drink ye all of it, in remembrance of him.
Let it be left to the Minister's choice, whether he will consecrate the bread and wine together, and break the bread, and pour out the wine immediately; or whether he will consecrate and pour out the wine, when the communicants have eaten the bread. If he do the latter, he must use the foregoing prayers and expressions twice accordingly. And let it be left to his discretion, whether he will use any words at the breaking of the bread and pouring out the wine, or not. And if the Minister choose to pray but once at the consecration, commemoration, and delivery, let him pray as followeth, or to this sense.
ALMIGHTY God, thou art the Creator and the Lord of all. Thou art the Sovereign Majesty whom we have offended. Thou art our merciful Father, who hast given us thy Son to reconcile us to thyself; who hath ratified the new testament and covenant of grace with his most precious blood, and hath instituted this holy Sacrament to be celebrated in memorial of him till his coming. Sanctify these thy creatures of bread and wine, which, according to thy will, we set apart to this holy use, that they may be sacramentally the body and blood of thy Son Jesus Christ. And, through his sacrifice and intercession, give us the pardon of all our sins, and be reconciled to us, and nourish us by the body and blood of Christ to everlasting life. And, to that end, give us thy quickening Spirit to shew Christ. to our believing souls, that is here represented to our senses. Let him soften our hearts, and humble us for our sins, and cause us to feed on Christ by faith. Let him shed abroad thy love upon our hearts, and draw them on in love to thee, and fill us with holy joy and thankfulness, and fervent love to one another. Let him comfort us by witnessing that
we are thy children, and confirm us for new obedience, and be the earnest of our inheritance, and seal us up to life everlasting, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Let it be left to the Minister's discretion, whether to deliver the bread and wine to the people, at the table, only in general, each one taking it and applying it to themselves; or to deliver it in general to so many as are in each particular form; or to put it into every person's hand: as also at what season to take the contribution for the poor. And let none of the people be forced to sit, stand, or kneel in the act of receiving, whose judgment is against it.
The participation being ended, let the Minister pray thus,
Rom. i. 4.
1 Cor. i. 24. Eph. iii. 10.
MOST glorious God, how wonderful is thy power and wisdom, thy holiness Rom. iii. 22, 26. and justice, thy love and mercy, in this
Tit. iii. 4.
work of our redemption, by the incarnation, life, death, resurrection, inter
Rom. v. 6. Acts iv. 12.
cession, and dominion of thy Son! No Rev. v. 12, 13; power or wisdom in heaven or earth
1 Pet. i. 12. Luke ii. 13, 14.
could have delivered us, but thine. The angels desire to pry into this mystery:
Rom. v. 20.
1 Pet. i. 19.
* The original reads "his children;" which is corrected in Calamy.
33. Rev. iii. 21;
Rom. viii. 38,
the heavenly host do celebrate it with Matt. xviii. 32, praises, saying, Glory be to God in the highest; on earth peace, good-will towards men. The whole creation shall proclaim thy praises: Blessing, honour, Heb. x. 23. glory, and power, be unto him that 2 Pet. i. 4. sitteth upon the throne, and unto the
Heb. ix. 15.
Eph. iv. 30.
Lamb for ever and ever. Worthy is Luke vii. 47. the Lamb that was slain, to receive Matt. xviii. 33.
1 John iv. 11.
Ezr. ix. 13, 14.
Psal. xliv. 17.
Rom. vi. 1, 2.
power, and honour, and glory: for he hath redeemed us to God by his blood, and made us kings and priests unto our Col. iii. 2. God. Where sin abounded, grace hath Phil. iii. 18, 19, abounded much more. And hast thou, Psal. exliii. 10. indeed, forgiven us so great a debt, by Heb. v. 9. so precious a ransom? Wilt thou, in- 2 Cor. v. 15. deed, give us to reign with Christ in Eph. i. 11. glory, and see thy face, and and be beloved of thee for ever?
Psal. cxix. 133.
Matt, v. 16.
thee, 2 Cor. i. 12. Yea, Psal. cxix. 5.
Luke xxii. 31.
1 Pet. v. 8, 10.
Rom. xvi. 20. 1 Cor. vi. 20.
Lord, thou hast forgiven us, and wilt glorify us; for thou art faithful, that Eph. vi. 11. hast promised. With the blood of thy Son, with the Sacrament, and with thy Spirit, thou hast sealed up to us these precious promises. And shall we not love thee, that hast
thus loved us? Shall we not love thy servants, and forgive our neighbours their little debt? After all this, shall we again forsake thee, and deal falsely in thy covenant? God forbid ! O set our affections on the things above, where Christ sitteth at thy right hand. Let us no more mind earthly things; but let our conversation be in heaven, from whence we expect our Saviour to come and change us into the likeness of his glory. Teach us to do thy will, O God, and to follow him who is the author of eternal salvation to all them that do obey him. Order our steps by thy word, and let not any iniquity have dominion over us. Let us not henceforth live unto ourselves, but unto him who died for us and rose again. Let us have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but reprove them. And let our light so shine before men, that they may glorify thee. In simplicity and godly* sincerity, and not in fleshly wisdom, let us have our conversation in the world. O that our ways were so directed, that we might keep thy statutes! Though Satan will be desirous again to sift us, and seek as a roaring lion to devour, strengthen us to stand against his wiles,
Rom. xii. 1.
2 Tim. ii. 21. Rom. vi. 22.
* The word godly is supplied from Calamy.-P. H.