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pray. He hath taught thee what words will gain the listening ear of God, and bring down His blessing on thee. O Lord Christ, for Thy goodness sake, give me ever Thy Spirit, that I may use aright through life and in death Thine own prayer!

Jesus, again I've bent the knee,
And said the prayer first taught by Thee,
That God's great name may hallowed be.

O Saviour, let Thy heavenly grace
Within me have its dwelling place,
And Thine own image in me trace.

May God's own will by me be done,
Till earth's short journey safely run,
My heavenly crown through Thee is won.

Give me, O Lord, both food and rest,
Such as to Thee, my God, seems best,
But place Thy peace within my breast.

For others' faults, Lord, me incline
To be forgiving, since for mine
I ask forgiving grace divine.
Save me from temptation's power,
In this, O Lord, Thy mercy's hour,
To Thee be all the praise and power. Amen.


After shall be said as followeth, O LORD and heavenly Father, we thy humble servants entirely desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacri. fice 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 sacri. fice, 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.

Or this, 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.


PRAYER yet again must be thine, O my soul, but prayer with praise combined. Thy Saviour's words have raised thee up to heaven in thought. Linger yet there; and while to the eye of thy faith the bright and glorious things of heaven are seen as thine own inheritance in Christ, ask of the Father, ask of the heavenly King, of whose feast thou hast been partaker, ask Him to accept thy “sacrifice of prayer and praise." Ask Him to give unto thee, and to all thy fellow guests, “remission of sins," and "all the benefits” which flow from the sacrifice of Christ. For His great sacrifice, the one, the only saving sacrifice, ask it: and then with the memory of that sacrifice, of all the bitterness of the cross on which He offered it; of the burden of the sins which on it He bore; of what He suffered for thee, giving Himself for thee; then offer thyself as a sacrifice to God. Be not afraid to offer it

- He will accept it. Thou art His-Ho has a right claim upon thee. If thou givest thyself to Him, thou givest to Him what is His—not thine. Only in mercy and goodness He loves for the Christ's sake to receive His own from His own,

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