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template the exalted blessings of that spiritual redemption which the Saviour wrought for thee. The agonizing pangs of guilt he hath exchanged for the soothing comforts of a good conscience; the fearful apprehensions of the wrath of God, for the exalted joys of the divine favour; the curse of a mortal and perishing body, for a body incorruptible and glorious; the overwhelming sorrows and trials of this mortal life, for the unutterable bliss and glories of an immortal existence. The Almighty grace and love which achieved this glorious redemption, and which still assure it to the humble and penitent, are set forth in the commemorative sacrifice of the Eucharist. Go then, my soul, to the sacred festival which celebrates this infinite love of the Saviour, adoring his infinite compassion; triumphing in the glorious victories of his Almighty grace; rendering to him who bought thee by his blood, the ardent vows of allegiance and duty. Let the precious symbols of the altar, the lively memorials of the victorious love of the Saviour, powerfully impress upon thee his claims to thy sincere and holy obedience. Over the emblems of his body and blood, offered for thy redemption, seal the grateful vows of duty, which shall bind thee for ever to thy Lord. Almighty Redeemer! purchased by thy blood, to thee I wholly surrender myself. All the powers of my soul, all its desires and hopes shall be engaged in thy service, and centre in thy love. To thy glory, O my Saviour ! whose mercy and grace are the sources of all my hopes, am I bound to devote all the powers of my soul. Ah! shall I be reluctant in the service of a master, with whom I am connected by the most sacred and endearing ties | Shall I murmur at the sacrifices to which that Redeemer calls me, who, in effecting my redemption, was deterred by no difficulties, and shrunk from no pains ! No, my Saviour ! the constraining power of thy love shall render easy to me all thy commands; and even endear to me the self-denial and ignominy of thy crossPressing to my heart, beating with lively gratitude, thy crucified body, the glorious pledge of my redemption, I will vow thee eternal allegiance—Receiving into my soul, inflamed with ardent love, thy precious blood, the divine fountain of life and bliss, I will devote myself to thee, in a course of uniform and holy obedience. O my Saviour ! who knowest the weakness of my heart, and its proneness to forget thee; strengthen me to perform the resolutions by which I now enlist under thy sacred banners, and attach myself for ever to thy service. Advance to the altar, relying supremely on the merits and grace of that Saviour, whose all-sufficient sacrifice for sin thou art to commemorate, There is no other name, but the name of Jesus, whereby the perishing race of man can
ous propitiation for sin, is commemorated in the Holy Eucharist, where he is set forth as the all-sufficient Saviour of his people. To set up any claim of forgiveness in opposition to the all-sufficient atonement which he made ; to rely for acceptance at the throne of God on our own merits, when he offers his all-perfect righteousness to sanctify and save us—would be to contemn the infinite value and efficacy of his precious blood; to dishonour that allperfect righteousness, which alone can answer the inexorable claims of divine holiness. Ah! when I contemplate the holy and avenging terrors which issue from the indignant throne of my offended Judge, I bless thee, O my Saviour ! that I can flee for refuge to thy protecting bosom—I bless thee, that, in the holy sacrament of thy love, thou dost apply to me the saving merits of thy body, given for my sins; and dost sprinkle my guilty soul with the precious blood that was shed for my redemption. Go then, O my soul! to the altar where the emblems of the body and blood of the Saviour are set forth as the enlivening pledges of mercy and spiritual life; renouncing every dependence but the merits and grace of thy Redeemer. Unworthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under his table, go, and derive pardon, comfort, strength, and salvation at the sacred banquet of his precious body and blood. Go—earnestly desiring his mercy, and adoring him as thy all-sufficient Saviour; and he will confer on thee the everlasting riches of his grace and love. However great the attainments which, through his grace, thou hast made in virtue, rely not on them as the pledges of thy peace with heaven, when thou dost behold the perfect and all-sufficient sacrifice of his cross. In the blood of Jesus set forth in this holy sacrament, thou wilt find the only expiation of thy guilt—From the fountain of grace opened in this hallowed ordinance, are the streams of spiritual life and consolation dispensed. Seated on the altar, as an almighty and compassionate Saviour, he presents to the faithful, through his authorized ministers, the sacred symbols of his broken body and shed blood. Take, eat, this is my body, which was given for you—let it be the pledge of your salvation, of your vital union with me, your Redeemer.
Drink—this is my blood, which was shed for
you—let it be the fountain of pardon, of peace, of comfort, of everlasting joys. Wonder, O my soul, at the riches of the Saviour's mercy Wonder, O my soul, at the fulness of his grace Go, ye faithful to the altar where Jesus is waiting to receive you, triumphing in his mercy, his power, and his love. Wounded with a sense of guilt, go, and receive the balm of divine mercy, with which the Saviour pacifies the awakened conscience. Labouring under the grievous thraldom of sinful passions, go, and receive grace to overcome their dominion. Desponding and sorrowing under the trials of your pilgrimage, go, and receive from your Saviour celestial and enlivening comfort.— Humble, weak, and perishing, go, and receive strength, support, everlasting life—go, and receive into your souls that blessed Redeemer, who hath promised to visit his people with his salvation; to dwell in them as their guide, their comforter, their everlasting portion and reward.
Yes, my Saviour ! encouraged by the gracious and powerful solicitations of thy love, I will go to thy holy altar, and commemorate, with the faithful, the riches of thy mercy ; with them implore the enlivening manifestations of thy grace. When I receive the sacred emblems of thy body and blood, O do thou manifest thyself to my impatient soul | Come, and reign in me for ever, my Saviour, my Lord, my Almighty King !
the life of the world; and hast graciously instituted
the sacrament of thy holy Supper, to be a lively memorial of thy infinite love, and pledge of thy powerful grace and mercy; behold me, thy unworthy servant, waiting upon thee for pardon, for strength, and salvation—Lead me, O my Saviour! to thy altar, and there display thyself to my soul, in the glorious fulness of thy mercy and power.