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hate me, and to pray for them that despitefully use me, and perfecute me, in obedience to the command, and in imitation of the example of my great Lord and Master, Christ Jefus. Amen. be added (if time will permit) the Morning Prayer, or
page 135 of this First Part. OUR father which art in heaven, hallorwed be
Thy will done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And
forgive us our trespases, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
So far may be used every Morning before the Meditation.
The Meditation for Monday Morning. Upon our Saviour's loving invitation to the commu
nion of his body and blood. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye fin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John ii. 1. I. Ome now, O my soul, and let us retire
from the pursuits of this vain deceitful world; and let us well consider the gracious and condescending invitations wherewith
our blessed Lord and only Saviour has called us, in his holy gospel, to be partakers of his Holy Table
. Why then this wavering, or coldness, O my soul! give ear to the eternal truth, who will remove all thy doubts and fears by the following invitation. Ome unto me all ye that labour and are heavy
The bread that I will give, is my flesh; which I will give for the life of the world. Take, eat, this is my body, which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. The words, which Ispake unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Matth. xi. 28. John vi. 51. i Cor. xi. 24. John vi. 56, 63.
2. Rise then, my soul, and take thy swiftest wings, fly to this great mystery. There we shall see the prince of peace sacrifice himself to reconcile us with the Father:'there we shall fee, Ostupendousmercy! the Son of Godwith heavenly food entertaining the sons of men. Can we, O dear redeemer! believe the won ders of this mystery, and not be ravished with admiration of thy great goodness? can weacknowledge thy perfect veracity, and not believe this wonder of thy love? let us not then
refuse to believe our God, because his mercies transcend our capacities. None but infinite wisdom could ever have invented so strange and high, and prodigious a mystery. None bút an inconceivable infinite goodness would ever have imparted so dear; and tender, and rich a blessing.
3 When the impiety of men was at the height, and their treacherous heads plotting to betray thee; then did thy wisdom mercifully consult to overcome our malice with thy bounty: Immediately thou contrivedst an admirable way to invite all the world to a feast of wonders: a feast! where thy sacred body fhould be our food, and thy precious blood our drink. A feast! in which are continually wrought new miracles of love for us. Thus, as if it had not been love enough to have given thyself on the cross for us; thou haft found out a way to give thyself to us in the holy facrament: to unite us with thyself by the most intimate union that is possible for us to conceive, and which we can better feel than express: to become the life, the strength, the support and comfort of our beings: nay, to become even one with me, and be unto me the very foul of my soul. O Lord my God! this is
so inconceivable a blessing, this is so divine a union, that the very angels
, with awful admiration, contemplate thy wonderful.conden scension in it.
4. Lord, who are we, unworthy sinners, that thou thus regardest our wretched dust?
d to thee, that thus thou seemest to disregard thyself? it was for our sakes, and to draw us up to thy love, that thou hast commanded us to commemorate and reprefent thy passion; and present the merits of it before thy father, on earth, as thou dost present them to him in heaven. It was for our fakes, and to help the infirmities of our nature, that thou didit appoint a commemorative sacrifice, of that one oblation of thyfelf once offered upon the cross; and bread and wine so offered and blessed as symbols of thy body and blood. What great blessings are these, O Jeful that demand my praises !
Yet more blessed is the heart that desires thy coming, and longs to see thee in thy glorious self. O my adored redeemer! when will that happy day appear, when mine eyes may behold thee without a veil? when will the clouds and shadows passaway, thatthy beams may shine on me in their full brightness? ob
ject not against me, dearest Lord, that none can see thy face and live. Those fears thy love has changed, and my fixed hope is now to live by seeing thee. Say not, Oʻthou mild and gracious majesty, if I approach thy presence I must die. Rather instruct me fo to die, that I may live forever in thy presence.
Here, if thou defireft to know the realon why Chrift ordained this Sacrament, confult the new WHOLE DUTY OF Man, Suno day 6. Section 1.
The Prayer on Monday Morning, to implore God's
assistance in the course of this week's preparation for
receiving the holy facrcment. I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me. Ps.li. 3. O
Most glorious and ever-blessed God in
whose presence is fulness of joy, and at whose right-hand thereare pleasures for evermore ; vouchsafe, I beseech thee, to discharge my mind of all superfluous cares, and immoderate desires of the things of this world, and enable me so to employ my time this week, as may effectually prevent or resist all temptatiöns. Let thy grace, O Lord, so powerfully assist my endeavours, and direct my will, and strengthen my intentions, that I may do such things as are agreeable to thee, and suitable to the dignity of a christian: and that I may fill