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sorrow, for having so long abused the tender į mercy of so good a God. I desire now to re
sign and give up myself to the conduct of thy holy spirit. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my falvation. Let thy word be my rule, thy grace my guide and assi. stance, thy goodness
and example, thy promises my encouragement, and thy joys my everlasting recompence and reward, thro' the merits and interceffion of thy blessed Son, my Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
See the concluding Prayer and blessing on page 36 and 37
The Meditation: Saturday Morning.
On the excellency of the holy Sacrament.
I will refresh you; take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and
shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy, and my burthen is light.
2. Does my Saviour invite me: and shall I go? shall a sinner dare to sit downathis table?
Here you may observe the directions given on page 3
does he invite, and shall I not go? shalla wretch presume to refuse his call? rise then, my soul, and take thy swiftestwings, and fly to the pare ticipation of this great mystery. A feast of ho
bread and holy wine, in representation of Christ's most sacred body broken, and blood shed for us, where thou, dearest Jesu, dost freely give thy self to the meanest guest; a feast of peace and love, and incomparable sweetness, to which thou hast thus kindly invited us.
3. Come to me, ye that labour for holiness, and are oppressed under the weight of your sins; ye that hunger after heaven, and thirst to drink of the fountain of bliss, come to me, and I will refresh you with the wine of gladness, and the bread of life.
4. But stay, am I arrayed like a friend of the bridegroom, that I may safely come to this marriage-lupper? have I confider'd how chaste those eyes should be, which go to behold the God of purity? have I consider'd how clean that mouth should be, which prefumes to eat the bread of heaven? but most of all, have I consider'd how all-celestial that foul should be, which aspires to an union with the body of Christ? 5. Look, my heart, look well into thyself,
and stri&tly search every corner of thy breast: Alas! how poor, and dull, and empty are we; how infinitely unworthy of so divine a sacrament! yet are we called by him that can command, by him that fees and pities our infirmities; he bids us come, he surely will receive us, and with his bounteous fulness supply our defects.
6. Go then, my soul, to that sacred table, and take thy part of that delicious banquet;
go all inflamed with divine love, and joy, and I hope, and quench thy sacred thirst with that e spring of life. And when thou hast tasted the
everlasting sweetness of that holy sacrament, thou shalt feel the heavenly streams of Christ's blood flowing into thy truly repenting heart.
7. Let them sink deep to the root of thy the heart, and turn thy barren soil into a fruit
ful land; fruitful in holy thoughts and pious words; fruitful in good, and just, and charitable deeds; fruitful to thyself in thine own improvement; fruitful to others in thy good examples. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me praise his holy name, who saveth thy life from destruction, and feedeth thee with the bread of heaven, which is administered to the worthy recriver in the holy Sacrament.
A Prayer on Saturday morning for pardon and grace
to resist temptations, that our receiving of the holy Sacrament may be found acceptable in the fight of God. Pardon our iniquity and our fin, and take us for thine ikeritance.. Exod. xxiv.9. o
Almighty God, who art of purer eyes
than to behold iniquity, who canst not look favourably upon sinners, neither shall any evil dwell with thee: how shall I a guilty polluted creature dare to approach thy prelence! I blush, O Lord, to lift up towards heaven; to me belongs nothing but thame and confusion of face, under which I ought to lie down before thee, if I reflected only upon the baseness of my descent, being the offspring of disloyal parents, who were rebels and traitors against thy divine majesty; with what dejection of spirit then ought I to think of, and mention all those offences, whereby I havejustified that firstrebellion, and stilltaken part with the devil and hisangels, against thee and the motionsof thy holy spiritin my heart!
Wretched man that Iam, whoshall deliver me from this bond of death, from this bondage of corruption? thy grace, I know, 0 Lord, is sufficient for me, and thy son mighty to save me; his office isto save his people from their sins; for this end he gave himself for us,
that he might redeem us fromalliniquity, and purify untohimself a peculiar people
, zealous of good works. O let the blood of Christ, who thro’the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge my conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Aflist me by thy grace, that I may not only abominate all filthy vices, but also hate the garments infected with sin, and abstain from all appearance of evil. And do thou, O God of peace, fancti fy me wholly, that my whole spirit, soul and body, may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
. Amen. Here observe the directions given on page 8, and inore particularly endeavour to improve your soul by reading a lesson out of the peo WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 6, Section I, II, III, and IV.
The Meditation for Saturday Evening,
Whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 1 Cor. xi. 27.
My soul, thou perceivest that my
transgressions are innumerable, and the weight of them is intolerable: that
my imperfections are shameful, my nature cor| rupted, cross and preverse; and almost every temptation draws me from my God: that my