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down as at this time from heaven with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the Apostles, to teach them, and to lead them to all truth; giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness with fervent zeal constantly to preach the Gospel unto all nations; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error, into the clear light and true knowledge of Thee, and of Thy on Jesus Christ. Therefore with angels, &c.
On the feast of TRINITY only.
Who art one God, one Lord; not only one Person, but three Persons in one Substance. For that which we believe of the glory of the Father, the same we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with angels, &c.
After each of which prefaces shall immediately be said,
Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious Name ; evermore praising Thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: glory be to Thee, O Lord most high. Amen.
We do not presume to come to this Thy table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in Thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under Thy table. But Thou art the same Lord, Whose property is always to have mercy: grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of Thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink His blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by His body, and our souls washed through His most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in Him, and He in
PRAYER of consecration by the Minister. ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, Who of Thy tender mercy didst give Thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; Who made there, by His one oblation of Himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in His holy gospel command us to continue a perpetual memory of that His precious death, until His coming again; hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly be seech Thee; and grant, that we receiving these Thy creatures of bread and wine, according to Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's holy institution, in remembrance of His death and passion, may be partakers of His most blessed body and blood : Who in the same night that He was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, Take, eat, this is My body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of Me. Likewise after supper He took the cup; and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this ; for this is My blood of the New Testament which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins: do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of Me. Amen.
by the communicant at the consecration.
O LORD, open now the eyes of our understanding, that we may clearly discern the true intent and meaning of these holy mysteries: and I beseech Thee also to add such strength to our faith, and such seriousness to our repentance, that we may be fitted to receive that inward and spiritual grace, even Thy most blessed body and blood, which by Thine own appointment are exhibited and conveyed to the souls of the faithful, by this bread broken, and this wine poured out.
Blessed Jesus, Thou wast wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, and by Thy stripes we are healed: Thou Who knewest no sin wast numbered with the transgressors, and didst pour out Thy soul unto death; and by Thy blood Thou hast redeemed us unto God.
O Saviour of the world, Who by Thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us, save us, and help us, I humbly beseech Thee, O Lord.
by the communicant after consecration. BLESSED be Thy love, O my crucified Redeemer, Who didst graciously vouchsafe to institute this sacrament to be a standing memorial of the sacri. fice of Thy death, and a means of applying to us the benefits of it.
I believe, O Lord, that the bread which we break, and the cup which we drink at this Thy table, are not only commemorative signs, but the real communication of Thy body which was broken, and of
Thy blood which was shed for us upon the cross ; in that they are means of Thine own appointment, whereby all the benefits which Thy death has merited for mankind are exhibited and sealed to every worthy receiver in particular.
I believe that Thy blessed body and blood, which are thus verily and indeed received by the faithful in this sacrament, are the proper nourishment of our souls; and as necessary and efficacious to the sustenance of our spiritual life, and to our growth in grace, as eating and drinking are to the support of our animal life, and the health and strength of our bodics.
I humbly pray Thee, therefore, help Thy servants who are here met together to eat and drink at Thy table, in remembrance of Thy death and passion.
And grant, I beseech Thee, that with these sacred symbols of bread and wine, the divine food of Thy most holy body and blood may be so effectually imparted to our souls, that it may renew in us whatever has been decayed by the fraud or malice of the devil, or by our own depraved will and frailness.
Grant that through the efficacy and virtue of these blessed mysteries all carnal affections may die in us, and all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in us.
Grant that by the gracious influences of Thy Spirit, accompanying this Thine own ordinance, we may be so strengthened with might in the inner