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Paul exhorteth all persons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume to eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cup. For as the benefit is great, if with a true penitent heart and lively faith we receive that Holy Sacrament; (for then we spiritually eat the Flesh of Christ, and drink His Blood; then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us;) so is the danger great, if we receive the same unworthily. For then we are guilty of the Body and Blood of Christ our Saviour; we eat and drink our own damnation, not considering the Lord's Body; we kindle God's wrath against us; we provoke Him to plague us with
and subdue my will. Give nourish and support the me living faith in Thee, souls of Thy people. Almighty Father, and in I believe that those who Jesus Christ, whom Thou receive worthily dwell in didst send. Lord, I be- Thee, O blessed Jesus, and lieve: help Thou mine un- that Thou dwellest in them; belief. Lord, increase my that they are one with Thee, faith. and Thou with them.
I believe that Thou art O grant that I may live wonderfully and very aw- and die united to Thee, fully present, O Lord Jesus, adorable Lord Jesus. in this Holy Sacrament, Save me, O Lord, from which Thou didst ordain. the guilt of ever receiving
I believe that in a way Thy Body and Blood unknown to Thyself, but be- worthily; that the judgyond our powers of con-ments which Thou hast proception, Thou givest Thy nounced upon all who do very Body and Blood to so, may
divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death. Judge, therefore, yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your sins past; have a lively and steadfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men; so shall ye be meet partakers of those Holy Mysteries. And above all things ye must give most humble and hearty thanks to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world by the Death and Passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man; who did humble Himself, even to the death upon the Cross, for us, miserable sinners, who lay in darkness and the shadow of death; that He might make us the children of God, and
O give me grace to judge taker of Thy Holy Mysmyself with such a just teries. severity, that I may not be I thank Thee, O holy judged and condemned by and ever-blessed Trinity, Thee, O Lord. with fevery faculty of my
Blot out from my soul soul, for my redemption, the stains of past sin; give and for the redemption of me a lively and steadfast the whole world by the faith in Christ my Saviour. Death and Passion of our Give me grace to amend Saviour Christ, both God my life, and to become ho- and man.
lier and better every day.
O Incarnate Saviour, in Fill my heart with Thy the awful sufferings which love, and grant that I may Thou didst undergo, I see live and die in charity with the punishment due to my all men. sins. O grant that I may O make me a meet par- not incur the eternal pe
exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should alway remember the exceeding great love of our Master, and only Saviour, Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which, by His precious blood-shedding, He hath obtained to us; He hath instituted and ordained Holy Mysteries, as pledges of His love, and for a continual remembrance of His death, to our great and endless comfort. To Him therefore, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks; submitting ourselves wholly to His holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve Him in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen.
nalty of sin by unfaithful-ye blessed children of my ness and ingratitude to Father, inherit the kingThee, Who didst suffer so dom prepared for you from much for me. the beginning of the world."
O Lord, correct me, I thank Thee, Lord but with judgment: not in Jesus, for setting up the Thine anger, lest Thou Holy Sacrament of the bring me to nothing. Altar as a pledge of Thy
I am Thine; for Thou love, and a standing medidst in Baptism make me morial of Thy Death and Thy child. Oh! suffer not Passion. May I never join my spiritual enemies to the ungrateful and thankpluck me out of Thine less multitude, who refuse hand. to shew forth Thy Death O let me not fail at last until Thy coming again in to hear said to me those the one way which Thou words of bliss, "Come, didst Thyself ordain.
Then shall the Priest say to them that come to receive the Holy Communion:
E that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in His holy ways; Draw near with faith, and take this Holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
Here follows the General Confession, which you should repeat after the Minister, with all the attention and humility of which you are capable. The great act of consecration is at hand. Deep self-abasement becomes sinners in preparing to be in the immediate presence of their Incarnate Saviour.
Whilst this invitation is being read, you may with profit turn it into a prayer, and say these words silently:
HELP me, Almighty walking from henceforth in and merciful God, Thy holy ways. Give me truly and earnestly to re- living faith, so that I may pent of all my sins; to be always discern the Lord's in love and charity with Body in this Holy Sacramy neighbours, and to lead ment, and receive Him to a new life; following Thy my comfort whenever I holy Commandments, and approach Thy altar.
(Repeat this Confession after the Minister with the deepest humility and contrition:)
ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against Thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly Thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please Thee in newness of life, To the honour and glory of Thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Then shall the Priest (or the Bishop, being present,) stand up, and turning himself to the People, pronounce this Absolution. (Humbly bow your head and receive with reverence and thankfulness, the absolution and remission of your sins.)
LMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of His great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins. to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto Him; Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.