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for the times of grace; so that if any riper souls came forward to the birth, there wanted spirit to bring them forth; but send out thy spirit, O Lord, and they shall be created; and from the death of sin, be raised to the life of holi.. ness; send out thy spirit, and renew the face of the earth, and our weeds and thorns shall be turned into a paradise, thro' Jesus Christ.
4. Let us adore that blessed spirit, who bestoweth his favours as he pleaseth; and the
more he hath given, still the more he giveth! i O holy ghost, fit and dispose me thy servant,
first to entertain thee, and then graciously 7. vouchsafe to descendintomy heart; and make
me, the more I receive of thee, still desire to o receive thee more; till I shall ascend to those i satisfying joys above, where all my faculties
shall be enlarged, where they shall be filled 1 with fulness itself, and overflow with a tor
rent of pleasure for evermore; where they shall • be satisfied with the plenteousness of thy house; and
thou shalt give them drink of thy pleasures, as out of the river; for with thee is the well of life, ana in thy light shall we see light. Psal. xxxvi. 8,5c.
1.15. But, О ungrateful man! was it not ei nough to receive of our God all we have and are? was it not enough that the son of God
Mould come down, and live to teach thee, and die to redeem thee? was not all this ex nough to make thee love him? and love is all he aimed at, and was all that man needed, i must confess to thee, O merciful Lord: I will confess to thee our deplorable condition. Such was, alas! the corruption of human nature, and so many and strong the temptations round about us, that without this thy last miraculous favour of sending the holy ghost to guide and quicken us, we should have still remained in our old dull state; flow to understand, and slower to obey. A prayer on Thursday morning, for our fanctificas, tion, preparatory to a worthy receiving of the baly
1111 Sacrament. Whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Rom. viii. 30. E
Ternally blessed, and infinitely glorious
Lord God and Saviour, who keepest mercy for thousands, and forgivest the ini quities of all truly penitent and returning sinners; I present myself this morning beföra thee, acknowledging my manifold fins, in hopes of obtaining thy gracious favour, and of becoming a partaker of the most holy faz crament. But, O my God, I do not presume
to come to that great feast of thy body and
my own damnation.
I confess, O Lord, my wedding-garments are not without feam, but I come to repair them at thy cross; from thy bitter sorrows to derive into my soul a godly sorrow, working repentance to salvation; from thy broken body, a broken heart; from thy warm blood,
flowing from thy wounded side, zealand fer: ľ. vency; that I may admire, love, and serve thee, my God, as I ought to do.
O good God, to whom every thing is poffible, sanctify my corrupt nature, and let thy gracious aids fupply all my defects, and so help my infirmities, that I may live in thy love and fear, die in thy favour, and be prepared for receiving the great mystery on next Sun
day, and for the great account I am one day to give, and be received with thy faithful servants to the joy of thy kingdom thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Here observe the directions given on page 8, and more particularly endeavour to improve your foul by reading a leffon' out of the New WHOLE Duty of Man, Sundery 5: Section I. The Meditation for Thursday Evening.
On receiving the most boly sacrament. I am the living bread, which came down from heaven : 'if any màn eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John vi. 51.
Will ascend with the blessed Jesus up
to Jerufalem, to eat the paschal lamb with his disciples, which they made ready in a large upper room ready furnished and prepared: I will intreat him to purge my soul, and to enable me also to prepare a large upper room, wherein to entertain him, elevated from this filthy world, above the poor and empty satisfactions of it.
2. O blessed Jesus ! inspire me with faith, fill me with the love of thee, illuminate me with knowledge, cleanse me by repentance in thy blood, that I may receive thee in the sacrament, the lamb llain from the begin.
I ning of the world, to the joy of my soul, to
the establishment of it in all good; and for a zprotection against all evil.
3. Let us admire, O my soul, the constan
and obedience of the blessed Jesus, who with great defire did desire to eat his passover:
tho' he knew that after this feast his passion f
was then'nigh at hand, would nevertheless go up to Jerusalem to the same, as a faithfulson to his father's house, as a priest to the fanctuary, and a facrifice to the altar.
4. Let us endeavour to practise according to his pattern, who, after supper was ended, did shew a miracle of humility, washing the feet of his disciples with his own sacred hands, to give us the most perfect example of humility, and to extinguish our pride: For,
5. By this means I shall partake of his graces, and be filled with his abundant love: I shall be washed from error and idle imaginations, my hands from all impure actions, my heart from all vain affections, my senses from all sinful delights and desires : Pó that thou, my soul, being purged by true repentance, I shall, both body and soul be cleansed in his blood, and made partaker of all those