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O thou infinite loyer of souls, with all my heart I love, I praise, I adore, thy love to me ; but alas ! I can never do it enough.
I remember, Lord, how thou, that art the great judge of heaven and earth, wast thyself dragged to the judgment-seat, and condemned; how thou, o king of heaven, wast crowned with thorns, and oppressed with the weight of thy own cross; and all this to save us sinful men.
O do thou at last, gracious Lord, translate me to thy kingdom of glory, that there I may love thee to the uttermost capacity of a creature, and praise thee to all eternity: Amen, Lord Jesus ; Amen, Amen.
“ O Lord Jesus, was ever,” &c.
I remember, O blessed Saviour, how thou, who art the Lord of glory, and the sole author of life, wast put to a most ignominious death; how thy hands and thy feet were nailed to a cross; how thou wast crucified between two thieves, and numbered
Ejaculations to be used before Receiving with the transgressors; how thou hadst a
the Holy Sacrament. portion given thee to embitter thy very last gasp ; and all this to save us sinful men.
Kneeling, say, •“ O Lord Jesus, was ever,” &c. I remember, O gracious Lord, how, when O Lord, send out thy light and thy truth, thou wert hanging on the very cross, thou
that they may lead me ; and bring me was scoffed at and reviled; how infinitely
unto thine holy hill, and to thy dwelling. then thou wert afflicted and bruised for our
And that I may go unto the altar of God,
even unto the God of my joy and gladness. transgressions, when the iniquities of us all
Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks; were laid on thy shoulders, how thou didst then express an anguish greater than all the
so longeth my soul after thee, O God. tortures of thy crucifixion, when thou didst cry out, “My Go:l! my God! why bast
My heart is ready, O God, my heart is thou forsaken me!” and how thou didst at ready.
. the last give up the ghost, and die thyself, that we might live.
Thou knowest, Lord, that I love thee!
O may I continue in thy love! “O Lord Jesus, was ever," &c.
Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? I unfeignedly believe, O gracious Lord, that thou didst suffer all this for sinful men, Grant me to do what thou commandest, and in particular for me, when we were all and command what thou wilt. thy utter enemies, and had notiing in us to move thee to pity us, but our extreme Be thou my shield and buckler, the hornmisery ; nothing to move thee to save us, also of my salvation and my refuge. but our greater unworthiness, and thy great mercy
I will wash my hands in innocency, and
so will I go to thine altar. O the depth of the riches of thy love, blessed Lord ! how unutterable is thy mer o Jesu! Thou art the life of my soul : cy, and thy loye past finding out !
thou art my strength and my redeemer.
Permit me not, O blessed Jesus, ever to A short Prayer to be said before receiving be separated from thee.
of the Holy Sacrament. If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall be not
love! how excellent the loving kind.
ness wbich thod hast shewn towards us, with him also freely give us all things !
miserable and wretched sinners, for the
sake of thy dear Son! No man's heart is Blessed are they that dwell in thy house ;
able to conceive it, much less any man's they shall be always praising thee.
tongue able to express it. And now (O
Lord) how is it possible for me, thy poor Lord! one day in thy house is better than
sinful creature, to requite the least part of a thousand.
these thy manifold, great and unspeakable
mercies towards us? I know and confess, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of sabbath, that it is not in the power of any mortal heaven and earth are full of the majesty of
man, or angel to do it. The only thing, thy glory.
therefore, that thou requirest at our hands,
is to shew ourselves obedient to thy comTeach me, enlighten me, direct me, and
mands, and thankful for thy favours. Duassist me in all things, but especially at ties which though I cannot perform in a this time, that I may do or say nothing but worthy manner, yet, Lord, I will endeavour what is agreeable to thy blessed will and to perform them as well as I am able, even pleasure.
from the bottom of my heart, with all my
mind, and with all my strength. In token Too late have I known thee, O infinite whereof, I now approach thy holy table, goodness.
there to receive the sacrament of the body
• For I acknowledge my faults ; and my sins
and blood of thy son Jesus Christ, and to Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness, offer unto thee (as my duty is) the sacrifice and cleanse me from my sins. of praise and thanksgiving. Vouchsafe (good Lord) I humbly beseech thee, so to dispose my heart by thy grace and holy are ever before me. spirit, that I may wortbily receive these heavenly mysteries, to the strengthening Against thee only have I sinned, and done and refreshing of my soul; that I may purge this evil in thy sight; that thou mightest be out the old leaven of my corrupt and wicked justified in thy saying, and clear when thou nature, by hearty and unfeigned repentance, art judged. and spiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink his blood by a true and lively faith. Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I O may the merits of my dearest Saviour's shall be clean; thou shalt wash me and I shall incarnation, passion, resurrection and as
be whiter than snow. cension, be applied to my soul! O may I taste those sweet and comfortable promises
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and made unto us in the word of his holy gos
gladness, that the bones which thou hast pel! finally may I be a partaker of all the
broken may rejoice. fruits and benefits of that most precious and perfect sacrifice, which he, in the
Turn thy face from my sins, and put out all body of his flesh, offered up once upon the
my misdeeds. cross for the redemption and salvation of mankind; and through a steadfast and con
Make me a clean beart, O God, and renew stant faith in him, may it be available as a right spirit within me. well for me as for all others, to the obtaining of a free justification and peace in this
Cast me not away from thy presence, and world, and of eternal felicity and blessed
take not thy holy spirit from me. ness in the world to come. Grant this, O merciful Father, for the sake of thy only
O give me the comfort of thy help again,
and establish me with thy free spirit. begotten Son our Lord; who having conquered satan, death, hell, and all the
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord, and my powers of darkness, doth now live and
mouth shalt shew forth thy praise. reign in the highest beavens, co-equal and co-eternal with thee and the Holy Ghost for Amen.
Lord I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof.
By his agony and bloody sweat, by his cross and passion, good Lord deliver me.
sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, and always praise thy holy name.
O lamb of God, which takest away the O Lord, I heartily repent me of all my sins of the world, grant me thy peace.
sins, which I have confessed to thee this
week past, and am heartily sorry, when O lamb of God, which takest away the I consider how unprofitably and wickedly sins of the world, have mercy upon me. I have spent my life hitherto: I beseech
thee, O Lord, to amend what is amiss in Glory be to the Father, &c.
me. And I earnestly intreat thee, that
whatsoever thou seest in me, contrary to thy Here follows the Communion Service. blessed will, may, by virtue of this blessed
sacrament, be rooted out of me, that my
soul may remain a fit habitation for thy oroiss.
boly spirit. Let it obtain for me the absolution of my sins, be the confirmation of
my faith, and the rest and joy of my soul. When the Minister has finished the Commu
What shall I return unto thee for all thy nion Service, conclude the whole with a
love? What shall I give unto my Lord, shorl Prayer, in the following manner :
who hath given himself for me? I will
give theç , ,
powers of fections that have accompanied me in
and I think myself happy, O blessed Jesus, the performance of this holy duty, and
in the choice I have made of thee for my grant that those things which I have faith
Lord and master. I rejoice in the surrender fully asked according to thy will, may effec
I have made of myself to thy service and tually be obtained to the relief of my neces
obedience. Grant, O Lord, sities, and to the setting forth of thy glory, hereafter faithfully follow and serve thee, through Jesus Christ, my only mediator
who hast at this time so lovingly vouchsafed and advocate. Amen,
to receive me as a guest at thy table : and
because (through the infirmity of my mortal one
nature) I cannot follow thee as I would, be pleased to assist me with thy free spirit,
and draw me after thee, that I may walk & Thanksgiving after the Receiving of the in thy holy ways all the days of my life ;
Blessed Sacrament, at home ; which may and at last be brought to that place of be added to your Evening Devotions. glory, through the merits of thy dear son,
who with thee O Father, and thee O Holy Almighty and eternal God, what thanks Ghost, liveth and reigneth one God, world can I render unto thee, by whose good
without end. Amen. ness I was created, by whose mercy I was redeemed, by whose power I am preserved, O my soul! Behold, thou art made whole, and by whose grace I hope to be glorified ! sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto And for all other thy blessings and benefits thee. St. John v. 14. which I enjoy both in soul and body; and especially for admitting me this day to par Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that take of the precious body and blood of Jesus is within me praise his holy name. Psal. Christ; I will therefore offer unto thee the cüi.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
Who forgiveth all thy sins, and healeth all thy infirmities.
Who saveth thy life from destruction, and crowheth thee with mercy and loving-kind
to live well after receiving the
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things, &c.
May the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep my heart and mind in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost, be with me now and at the hour of death. Amen, Amen.
HERE ought to be a special care of
our behaviour after the holy sacrament, as well as before and during the time of receiving; for though we may come with devout preparation, yet if we be careless, and look not to our ways, after the duty is done, we shall not profit at all. And it is too often seen in the world, that people will pass some days before the sacrament in extraordinary devotion, in much meditation, and in abstinence from the most innocent recreation; but as soon as that is over, return (like torments which run with more rapidity and violence for having been stopt) with more eagerness and impatience to their beloved lusts.
duty ended in public. Many careless com-
But surely this is a strange mistake and a great fault; for our duty does not cease so soon as the sacrament is over, and the