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vowed to be made, at the time when people offered up their supplications and acknowledgments. Hence it may be very profitable to furnish you with a short office to be used in your closet at the usual time of public administration, when you want opportunity in the place where you are of receiving publickly the Holy Communion ; or are any way disabled from going to it when it is there administered.
In order to dispose the mind to a more devout and affectionate use of the following prayer, it will be proper to read over attentively some of the Scriptures of the foregoing office, and particularly the historical relation of the sufferings and death of our Blessed Saviour, Section I. page 2.
ALMIGHTY God, and most Merciful Father, Who art present in all places, and more especially nigh unto all them that call upon Thee, even to all that call upon Thee in truth; I prostrate myself before Thy Divine Majesty in the deepest humility of soul and body, to implore Thy grace and favour towards me in the pardon of all my sins; that they may not hinder the powerful presence of Thy Holy Spirit with me at this time, to enable me to perform an acceptable service to Thee, through Christ Jesus.
O Lord, unto Whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hid; Thou seest the desires that are in my soul to go with my christian brethren to wait upon Thee in Thy house, and at Thine altar; there to commemorate the dying love of my Blessed Saviour ; to give Him thanks and praise for offering up Himself a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world: and to express my humble hope of partaking in all the benefits of His death and passion; and together herewith to devote myself, with unfeigncd love, in renewed resolutions of faithful obedience unto Thee; to unite my heart also in brotherly affection to all the faithful servants of the Lord Jesus; and to rejoice in the holy communion of Him, and of all His saints; that so I might receive increase of power and strength to walk worthy of this holy fellowship, and to continue therein to my life's end.
And blessed be Thy holy Name, O Lord, that I feel such desires ; blessed be Thy Name, that I find myself thus piously disposed: which as it is the effect of Thy singular grace, I humbly hope may be an earnest, that Thou wilt supply the want of outward means by the inward operation of Thy Holy Spirit; representing to me in so lively a manner the death and passion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and filling my heart with such faith in Him, such love of Him, and such unfeigned resó. lutions to be perfectly devoted to Him; that though I have not opportunity to receive Thy creatures of bread and wine according to our Saviour's holy institution; yet I may so thankfully remember His death and passion, as to be made thereby a partaker of His most blessed body and blood, Who in the same night in which 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 was given for you; do this in remembrance of Me: likewise after supper He took the cúp, 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 was shed for you, and for many for the remission of sins: do this, as oft.as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of Me.
Behold, O Lord my God, I now do this, which Thou hast commanded, in my mind and heart in remembrance of that wonderful love of my Saviour, which made Him content not only to die, but to be broken and crucified for me, and I seriously desire that it may be most thankfully and joyfully commemorated every where till His second coming, to the great increase of true devotion, and sincere obedi. ence to His holy laws. Grant, I beseech Thee, that the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for me, may preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life : for He is my Lord, and only Saviour ; unto Whose will I heartily submit; unto Whose service I entirely devote myself; and upon Whose meritorious death alone I depend for remission of sins :
: grant therefore, I beseech Thee, that the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for me, may preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.
I am not worthy, O Lord, I confess, so much as to gather up the crumbs under Thy table; not worthy so much as to be admitted to appear within the doors of Thy house: but since it is Thy property always to have mercy, and Thou not only invitest those unto Thee who are sensible of their own unworthiness, and who hunger and thirst after righteousness; but hast promised to receive them graciously, and to satisfy their souls: I most humbly beseech Thee, gracious Lord, to fill me with such a deep sense of Thy love in Christ Jesus, and with such strong and vehement love to Thee, and to all goodness; with such fervent charity towards my brethren, and towards all men ; with such joy in remembering what my Blessed Saviour hath done and suffered for me; and with such delight in doing whatsoever He hath commanded me; that I may have the unspeakable satisfaction of believing, and sensibly perceiving, that I dwell in Christ, and Christ in me; and that I am one with Christ, and Christ with me.
Thou, Lord, dost assure us by Thy ministers *,
Third rubrick after the Communion of the Sick.
that if any man, by reason of some just impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ's body and blood ; yet if he do truly repent him of his sins, and stedfastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the cross for him, and shed His blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving Him hearty thanks for the same, he doth eat and drink the body and blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul's health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth: O most gracious God, make me now, I pray Thee, to feel the truth of this, who am deprived of the opportunity of going to Thy holy table; but do desire truly to repent me of all my sins, and stedfastly to believe on Christ crucified; and from His blood alone, which was shed for my redemption, do expect remission of sins, the gift of Thy Holy Spirit, and eternal bliss; thanking Thee also with all my soul for the promises He hath left us of these inestimable benefits, and the gracious assurances He hath vouchsafed us that He will make good His promises.
In these, O Lord, is my only trust; and by these I am encouraged to hope, that He will now communicate Himself unto me, and make me as truly and profitably to partake of His most precious body and blood, as if I had actually presented myself at Thine altar to receive the holy mysteries from the hands of Thy minister, as pledges of my Saviour's love.