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Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, they will be always praising thee.
My soul longeth, yea even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my felh cry out for the living God.
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand years; I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
A prayer to be said before or after the prayers of the
Church, as time fall admit. T
apt we are to forget thy dear love to us, and thy bitter sufferings for us; our continual transgressions publish it, and our former stupidity and indevotion do plainly declare it. Praised therefore be thy goodness for the lively emblems thou hast given us of thy most meritorious cross and passion.
O that the characters of thy love may be fo deeply imprinted upon my heart, that no time nor temptation may wear them out! may I now most affectionately call to mind the humility of thine incarnation, the merits of thy death, the power of thy refurrection, and the glories of thine ascension O how much do we owe thee, most blessed
redeemer ! how great is the price, which thou hast paid for the ransom of us miserable finners! what shall I render unto thee for the incomprehenfible benefits thou hast bestowed upon
me? Alas! I have no return to make but a broken and contrite heart, which thou wilt not defpife; and this is yet a further instance of thy goodnefs, that thou expectest no other testimony of gratitude, but my
sincere affections in serving thee, the only true God, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A prayer to be used as soon as sermon is ended. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness, and declare the wonders that he doth for the children of men. Pfalm cvii. 20, 21. Eternal and almighty God, by whose
, opportunity offered me of approaching thy table, and of pleading before thee the prevailing merits of the death and passion of thy fon Jefus Christ; I am fenfible, O Lord, of my great unworthiness; but the positive command of
blessed Saviour, when he was about to lay down his life for my fake, has made it absolutely necessary; and the many spiritual wants I labour under, oblige me to apply to this fovereign remedy, for the repair of those breaches my sinful follies have made in my soul.
· Therefore, affist me, O Lord, with thy holy fpirit, in the great duty and service I am about to perform; grant that nothing, during all the time of this holy action, may make me unmindful of that reverence and respect which I owe unto thy divine majesty; or of that attention, which becomes the celebration of these holy mysteries, Fill my heart with such an awe of thy presence, as may fix
my wandering thoughts, compose my disorderly affections, and stir up my faint and cold desires, that I may feel the power, and taste of the sweetness of this divine banquet.
O Lord, grant that I may have such a sense of my Saviour's sufferings, as may fill my soul with love and gratitude towards him for those inestimable benefits he has purchafed for me, that I may have such a sight of my sins, which occasion'd all his forrows, as heartily to bewail and detest them; such a faith in that full perfect oblation and satisfaction made upon the cross for the sins of the world, that I may, so importunately plead the merit of ir in this commemoration of that sacrifice, as to render thee gracious and propitious to me a miserable sinner; luch a conviction of my own weakness and insufficiency, as may procure thy gracious aid and assistance; such longing desires of being 11 made conformable to thy holy will and pleafire, as may transform me into thy divine image; and fix me to continue thy faithful servant all the remaining days of my life; through the merits and mediation of thy fon, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
The COMPANION for the ALTAR.
Directions. Ikould advise thee, my devout communicant, by all means to read over the following Companion for the Altar, with the directions and prayers, some time before you go to the facrament, that you may with more readiness and devotion go along with, and bear your part in the communion service; which with very little pains, you'll be cble to do ; especially after your first communicating: Y'hen, if you should be at a loss, and under fome disorder and confusion, do not be dijturbed, nor troubled, but resolve to endeavour to amend what you have observed to be done amiss, as soon as you have another opportunity of receiving again. And thc' ofter your best endeavours, you foull always find occafion to lament your defects and frailties, in the performance of this, as well as other duties of religion : yet never
fear that any involuntary failings, or infirmities, will ever rise up in judgment against you. Do your duty as well as you can, and tho it may not be done so exactly as you could wish, my soul for your's, you are certainly safe ; beginning your devotions on this occafion with these following ejaculations. Mrenewaniy baptifinalcovenant, of which this sacrament is a seal.-O heavenly father I come to testify my senseofthy love, in so loving the world, as to give up thy only son to die for me.- blessed Saviour, I come to testify my faith in thee, and my love towards thee, and thankfully to commemorate thy wonderful love in dying for me.
O Lord I come to teftify my stedfastness in the communion of thy church, and my charity to all the world. --O
Lord, I come to this thy table, out of the sense I have of the want of that spiritual food, to which thou invitest mein this holy sacrament.
- I know there is no food can strengthen my foul but thy body, no cordial can revive my drooping obedience, but thy blood;-Ogracious Lord, grant that Iandállthatcommunicate with me, may be fed, refreshed and nourished in our fouls to life everlasting. Amen. .
communion fervice, and then to the facrament, with as much joy and satisfaction, as a guilty criminal would go to plead his pardon at an earthly tritunal.
At your approach to the chancel, drop all thoughts of things on earth, and give up yourself wholly to the remembrance of the fuf. ferings of our Saviour, lifting up your soul to him in these words:
Will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord,
and fo will I compass thy altar, that I may shew the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
When the Minister begins to Let your light so shine be-fread the Offertory [which ebiety fore men, that they may see all men byeur alms and charitable
relates to the duty of beneficenceta your good works, and glorify contributions which are to be difyour father which is in hea- posed of to pious and charitable uven. St. Matt.' v. 16. fes, at the discretion of the Minif