« PreviousContinue »
means pretended : 'no, there will be found amongst them several collected from other books; but then these being such only as have been allowed to be excellent in their kind, it may reasonably be expected that the whole will be the more acceptable on that account.
Upon a review, since the first publication of this Preparation, I have experienced that many communicants distract themfelves with a multiplicity of private devotions, when in duty they Jould attend to the publick service of the church; and further prompted thereto by the advice of those whose peculiar charge is to inspect and promote the welfare of the chriflian worship, and for whose judgment the world
upon many occasions have expressed the greatest esieem; I have interwove in this present edition so much of the communion as is sufficient to prevent that growing evil; in which I have followed the example of the bishop of Man, Mr. King, and several others; but with this difference, that I have not burthened the communicant with much of the Office no more than that part of it in which communicants only are concerned; and which is really necessary for their alifance during the folemnity; whereas the bishop of Man, and some others, have taken in the whole of that office from one end to the other; which I can't approve of upon
several accounts too tedious to be related in fo port a preface, and which I rather chuse to conclude with the following quotation of the late pioys, learned and orthodox Dr. Waterland, against the folly and danger of laying a fashionable stress upon an habitual preparation, and in favour of such WEEKLY Treatises of preparation before receiving the Lord's Supper. The usefulness of actual preparation before
receiving the Lord's Supper. " Our esteem or disesteem (of this holy facrament) will best be “ seen by our preparing or not preparing for it as we ought.“ 'There is something of a preparation of heart, mind and
ways, “ required for all religious offices, much more for this, which is “ the flower and perfection of all,
" As 19 the length of time to be taking in preparing, there « is no one certain rule to be given, which can fuit all cases or
circumstances : only, when a man has competently adjusted his for accounts with God, (be it sooner or later) then he is fit to
come, and not till then. " There is an habitual, and there is an actual preparation
The habitual preparation is a good life ; and the farther we “ are advanced in it, the less need there is of any actual prepa6. ration besides : but, because men are too apt to flatter and de65.ceive their own hearts, and so fpeak peace to themselves with
fufficient ground for so doing ; therefore fome actual prepa« 'ration, self-examination, &c. is generally necessary, even to “ those who may be habitually good, if it be only to give them a " well-grounded assurance, that they really are so.
" It were to be wished there were not many amongst us who « have a deal to consider of before-hand; many offemes to come “ rétt, many diforders to set right, inuch to do, and much to un" doy before they.prefume to come to God's nltar.
“ Fault has been sometiines found with these little treatises of os
Weekly Preparation : I think without reason. They are
exceeding useful in their kind.--It may be happy for them " who need none of these helps : but they that least necd tlcui, " are not the men, generally, who mit despise them. None of & us, perhaps, are so perfect as not to want, at some seasons,
some such hints for recollection or helps to devction. It is weil for common christians, that they are provided with useful « manuals of that kind. They that are well disposed, will make
use of them as often as they need them, and will at all times give « God thanks and praises for them.
God's assistance, to administer to all such as shall be religiously and devoutly difpofed, the most comfortable facrament of the body and blood of Christ, to be by them received in remembrance of his meritorious cross and passion, whereby alone we obtain remission of our sins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render moft humble and hearty thanks to almighty God our heavenly father, for that he hath given his son our Saviour Jesus Christ, not only to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food and sustenance in that holy facrament. Which being fo divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and so dangerous to them that will presume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you in the mean season to considerthe dignity of that holymystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof, and so to search andexamineyourown consciences (and that not lightly, and after the manner of diffemblers with God; but fo) that ye may come holy and clean to fuch a heavenly feast, in the marriage-garment required by God in holy scripture; and be received as worthy partakers of that holy cable, &c.
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 you eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he comę. 1. Cor. xi, 23, 24, 25, 26.
In the Morning, when you first awake, say:
dull A ; ,
and drowsy soul, and Christ will give thee light.
To thee, O Lord, do I lift up my eyes, my hands, my heart, from this bed, where my body hath taken its nightly repose, towards thy. Heaven, where my soul expedtshereternalrest.
My voice shalt thou hear betimes in the morning; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look
the name of Jesus Christ, who was cru
cified for our sins, and rose again for our justification, I arise from this place of bodily
rest, * From Bishop Cosin.
rest, to fulfil thy will, O my God: save me, therefore, by his crófs and passion, bless, govern, and keep me this day, and for ever. Amer.
I laid me down and slept, and rose up again, for the Lord hath sustained me. Amen. When you are ready, look on your soul as still undressed, till you have
said your prayers.
manded us to pray unto thee, let thy spirit help mine infirmities; and do thou so difpose my mind, and influence my heart in my preparation for a worthy receiving of thy most holy facrament, that my prayers and praises may be acceptable in thy light, thro’ the mediation, and for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Almighty Lord God, mortify and kill all thy grace, that by the innocency of my life, and the constancy of my faith, I may always glorify thy great and holy name. Grant me . the true circumcision of the spirit; that, my heart and all my members being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, I may in all things obey thy blessed will. Enable ine to love my enemies, and to do good to those that