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“I do not presume to come to this thy table, O Lord! trusting in my own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.” Sin has defiled my soul; has laden with guilt my conscience; has rendered me utterly unworthy of thy favour; has exposed me to thy just and everlasting wrath. Blessed be thy name, O Lord! that in thee there is mercy and plenteous redemption. Humbly confessing my unworthiness and guilt, and casting myself on thy infinite compassion, O do thou convey to me, in thy holy Supper, the forgiveness of my sins, my title to thy love and everlasting favour. To thy service I'desire to devote myself—to thee, O my God! I vow steadfast obedi•ence and homage. O accept me at thy holytable as thy-devoted servant and subject. Seal to my soul the blessings of the everlasting covenant. Thee, O my Saviour, I adore as my Lord and my God. To thy celestial instructions I will evermore hearken; to thy all-sufficient atonement I will evermore flee; to the sceptre of thy grace I will evermore willingly bow. Receive and acknowledge me, blessed Jesus, at thy holy table, among the number of thy redeemed people. I bless thee for the infinite love thou hast displayed in my redemption—for the unutterable sufferings and agonizing death which were the price of my ransom from guilt and condemnation. Glory be to thee, O thou Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world—May my grateful sense of thy infinite compassion be manifested by sincere devotion to thy commands; by lively and active charity to all mankind, for whom thou didst shed thy blood. Thus confessing my sins; steadfastly purposing to lead a new life; relying supremely on thy merits and grace; thankfully celebrating thy meritorious sufferings and death; and cherishing the sentiments of lively and ardent love—may I approach thy holy altar, and expeJ
rience the quickening and reviving efficacy of thy body and blood. May they shed through my soul their consoling, renovating, and strengthening power, and nourish me to everlasting life. May these symbols of thy love afford my soul a rich foretaste of the exalted bliss which the fruition of thy glorious presence will afford.
O most gracious God! measure thy blessings to me, not by my deserts, but by thy infinite mercies. Shed now the full power of thy Holy Spirit through my heart, that all my affections and desires may be in lively exercise when I approach thy holy altar. There may I enjoy the manifestations of thy mercy—there may I experience that thou art infinitely gracious—that truly blessed are they who put their trust in thee. And oh! may the exalted joys of thy love shed through my soul at thy holy table, awaken my ardent desires for the glorious consummation of bliss in thy heavenly kingdom, where there is fulness of joy; where there are pleasures forevermore. Even so, O my God! for the sake of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer— AMEN.
[Then add your usual Morning Devotions.]
[The ercellent and affecting office for the Holy Communion prescribed by the Church, is the best guide to his devotions at the altar that the communicant can possibly have ; and renders almost unnecessary all other aid. It should be the business of the communicant seriously to attend to this service ; and heartily and sincerely to join in it. As he goes up towards the chancel, let him secretly use the following ejaculations : IN the multitude of thy mercies, O Lord, do I now approach thine altar. I will pay thee my vows now in the presence of all thy people. Thou art my God, and I will bless thee; thou art my God, and I will exalt thee. God is the Lord, by whom we receive light; bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.
When the minister reads the sentences of the Offertory, let the communicant offer up after each sentence, the short ejaculation annexed:] * When there is a Communion, the minister shall return to the Lord's Table, and begin the Qftertory, saying one or more of these sentences following, as he thingeth most convenient. ”* LET your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.—St. Matthew, v. 16. [O Almighty God, give me grace to honour thee by a life of holiness and active charity ; and may those who are the objects of my beneficence, render their praise to thee, the Gracious Father and benefactor of mankind.] Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal : But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.—St. Matth. vi. 19, 20. [Free my soul, O God, from the inordinate love of riches ; and dispose me earnestly to seek the satisfying treasures of thy heavenly kingdom.] Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, even so do to them : For this is the law and the prophets.-St. Matth. vii. 12. [Give me grace, O God, ever sacredly to observe this rule of eternal justice.] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven ; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.—St. Matth. vii. 21. [Grant, O God, that I may never build my hope of salvation upon an outward profession only, without a life of holiness and virtue.—
May my faith in thy name produce the fruit of good living.] Zaccheus stood forth, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have done any wrong, to any man, I restore four-fold.—St. Luke, xix. 8.
[If thou, O Lord, hast given me ability, give me a disposition also to be both just and charitable, that thou mayest say to me, as thou didst to this publican, Salvation is come to thy house.] Who goeth a warfare at any time at his own cost Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof; or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock 2–1 Cor. ix. 7. [O God, may I cheerfully and readily give a portion of my worldly substance to the support of the servants of thy sanctuary who labour in spiritual things.] If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your worldly things?— 1 Cor. ix. 11. - [May I evermore endeavour, by every mean in my power, to promote the temporal comfort and happiness of those who devote their time and their talents to ministering to my spiritual necessities.] Do ye not know, that they who minister about holy things, live of the sacrifice; and they who wait at the altar, are partakers with the altar : Even so hath the Lord also ordained, that they who preach the Gospel, should live of the Gospel.—1 Cor. ix. 13, 14. [Since thou, O Lord, hast thus ordained— far be it from me to withhold from thy minis