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thy inexpressible love may not be loft upon me: but, that, being sensible of
sad condition by nature, and my worse condition by myown willful sins, I may be thoroughly convinced of the necessity and blessing of a redeemer, and that I may, with an heart full of gratitude, join with thy faithful church in giving our devoutest thanks to thee, and in keeping up the remembrance of what thy blessed fon has done and suffered for us.
Grant, O my God, that I may always receive that pledge of thy love, and the offers of pardon and grace, tendered to me in this holy ordinance, with a truly thankful heart, and in remembrance of thee, my great and best benefactor; in remembrance of my Saviour's holy example.-Of his bitter death and paffion.---Of his glorious resurrection and afcension into heaven, and of his coming again to judge the world.
Give me, O my God, a stedfast faith in thy word and promises, and a firm trust in thyalmighty power: and let the fear of thy justice and omniscience keep me from presumptuous fins, and a sense of thy goodness and mercy preserve me from despair. Defend me from all those snares, which destroy my love for thee; from worldly cares; from all sen
fual andsinful pleasures; from evil company; from foolish diversions; and from every thing that may make me forget, that thou alone art worthy to be feared and loved: grant me these mercies for thy son Jesus Christ his fake, whose love and death I am now about commemorating. For,
Omy God, Ishallson Sunday next] presume to come to thy holy table, not trusting in my own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. I amsensiblethat Iam not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs which fall from thy table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy; grant me, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that my finful body may be made clean by his body, and my soul washed through his most precious blood, and that I may evermore dwell in him, and he in me.
These, and whatever other mercies thou feeft necessary for me, I intreat thou wilt grant for the sake of the same thy dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Su the concluding prayer and blessing on page 36 and 37.
*The Meditation:Wednesday Morning. On the resurrection, as a means to excitè a due vene
ration for the holy facrament. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness: but with the unleavened bread of fincerity and truth. 1 Cor. v. 8. O
our Lord a psalm of joy; sing praises to the God of our salvation; sing with a loud and chearful voicez sing with a glad and thankful heart; say to the weak of spirit, be strong; fay to the sorrowful, be of good comfort; tell all the world this soul-reviving truth, and may their
hearts within them leap with joy to hear it. For,
2. The Lord of life is risen again, and hath clothed himself with immortal glory. He made the angels messengers of his victory, and vouchsafed even himself to bring us the joyful news. O my soul, adorn thyself with the garment of gladness, prepare thy most triumphant hymns to go forth to meet this great returning conqueror.
* Here you may observe the directions given on page 3.
3. His warfare is now accomplished, ard he hath passed through the scorn and cruelty of men; the malice and rage of devils; the just, but severe anger of God; yea, the shadow of death, and the regions of eternal horror: and after all this thy furety is set at liberty; for he hath paid thy debts, and cancelled all those dismal bonds by which tlou wert forfeited to eternal ruin. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
We receive thee, dearest Saviour, as born to us a second time, and this shall be thy birthday also, the nativity of thy empire, thy restoration to a state of immortality. Thy former birth did shew thee to be the son of man, but this declares thee to be the son of God; and now we know that thou our redeemer livest, for thou hast told us, I am be that liveth, and was dead; and behold I am alive
for evermore. 5. The ways of thy mercy are unfearchable, thou wise contriverof allour happiness! and thy wisdom is infinite who didft invent them to convince thy followers into this blest belief, and settle in their hearts a firm ground of hope: for, thou didst not only appear to the holy women in their return from the sepulchre, and openedst their eyes to know and
adore thee; but thou didit purposely overtake, in their journey, two of thy disciples, that were discoursing of thee, and madest their hearts burn within them to hear thee. Thou didst condescend to eat before them, and invité them to touch thy sacred body. How didst thou fweetly invite the incredulous Thomas to thrust his hand into thy side, and hast thence taken occasion, from his hardness to believe, to facilitate the faith of thy church in these after-ages.
6. Therefore, O my soul, being thus preinstructed in this great mystery of our faith, by the revelation of Jesus Christ, make it the principal subject of thy studies, and the daily entertainment of thy most serious thoughts. Draw me, O dearest Lord, from the world and myself, that I be not entangled with any earthly desires. Draw me after thee, with a sure hope of eternal bliss, that I may run with delight in the way of thy commands, and elpecially to thy holy table. Draw me up finally to thee and thy throne of glory, that I may see thy face, and rejoice with thee for ever in thy kingdom. Amen.