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when I compare them with and loving-kindness; Who the greatness of Thy mercy. satisfieth thy mouth with But, O Lord, accept my good things; making thee poor and imperfect thanks, young and lusty as an eagle. and grant that I may daily O praise the Lord, ye angels learn to thank Thee more of His, ye that excel in worthily, by daily growing strength: ye that fulfil His to live to Thee better. commandment, and hearkPraise the Lord, O my en unto the voice of His soul, and all that is within words. O praise the Lord, me, praise His Holy Name. all ye His hosts: ye serPraise the Lord, O my soul: vants of His that do His and forget not all His bene- pleasure. O speak good fits. Who forgiveth all thy of the Lord, all ye works sin: and healeth all thine of His, in all places of His infirmities; Who saveth thy dominion. Praise thou the life from destruction: and Lord, O my soul. crowneth thee with mercy
Some additional forms of Thanksgiving after receiving Holy Communion, are given at the end of the Office.
OUL of Christ, sanc-|parated from Thee:
Body of Christ, save me:
From the malicious
enemy defend me:
Blood of Christ, purify me: In the hour of my death
Water from the Side of Christ, wash me:
Passion of Christ, streng
O Good Jesus, hear me;
call me, and place me near to Thee:
That with all Thy Holy Saints and Angels,
I may praise Thee, my Thy Sacred God and my Lord,
For ever and for ever
Wounds hide me;
THE COMMUNION OFFICE.
When all have communicated, the Priest covers the remains of the consecrated elements with a fair linen cloth. He then says the Lord's Prayer, which you should repeat aloud with him. UR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
After this he uses one of two prayers; the first of which asks God to accept the Sacrifice which has been just offered, which you can join in, whether you have communicated on this particular occasion or not: the second gives thanks for the benefits of Holy Communion, and can only be suitably used by those who have just communicated.
LORD and heavenly Father, we Thy humble servants entirely desire Thy fatherly goodness
mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching Thee to grant, that by the merits and death of Thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in His blood, we and all Thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of His Passion. And here we offer and present unto Thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto Thee; humbly beseeching Thee, that all we who are partakers of this Holy Communion may be fulfilled with Thy grace and heavenly benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto Thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech Thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by Whom, and with Whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto Thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we most heartily
thank Thee, for that Thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have duly received these Holy Mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of Thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of Thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical Body of Thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs through hope of Thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious Death and Passion of
Thy dear Son. And we most humbly beseech Thee, O Heavenly Father, so to assist us with Thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as Thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS.
This grand and glorious hymn of high praise and supplication, is sung by the Choir at High Service. Stand up and join in singing it with them, if you can; if you cannot sing it aloud, join silently, but with earnestness and fervency of spirit. If the Gloria in Excelsis is not sung, say it aloud with the Priest. Then shall be said or sung,
LORY be to God on high, and in earth peace, good will towards men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory, O Lord God, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord; Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Kneel down, and humbly bow your head to receive the final blessing.
Then the Priest (or Bishop if he be present) shall let them depart with this Blessing:
HE peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.
After the Blessing, the Priest Make Thy agony my salreverently consumes whatever vation. Amen. remains of the consecrated ele
thanks, you can say, THANK Thee, O my
ments, carefully rinsing the Whilst the Priest kneels to return Chalice with wine and water, and drinking the contents. While he is doing this, you can God, for Thy great mercy say, kneeling, in permitting me to be preO SACRIFICE of Di- sent this day, and to assist at vine Love and Ma- this holy Sacrifice. Receive, jesty! ever being eaten, yet O Lord, my unworthy praynever consumed,—filling ers; supply all my defects; the world with pardon and and forgive all wandering heaven with joy, have thoughts or coldness of mercy upon us. Grant us heart which Thou hast seen absolution for all our past in me. Grant that, by the sins, and grace to resist them virtue of these Divine Mysfor the time to come. Amen. teries, I may ever continue At the draining of the Chalice. faithful to Thee, and live JESUS! Thou didst and die in Thy grace; that drink the cup of agony so, when my earthly time to the very dregs for me. of trial is ended, I may