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appetite, and dost satisfy all holy desires. Thou hast made me, and fed me, and blessed me, and preserved me, and sanctified me, that I might love thee; and thou wouldest have me to love thee, that thou mayest love me for ever. O give me a love to thee, that I may love thee as well as ever any of thy servants loved thee; according to that love, which thou, by the sacrament of love, workest in thy secret ones.

Abraham excelled in faith ; Job, in patience ; Isaac, in fidelity ; Jacob, in simplicity; Joseph, in chastity; David, in religion ; Josiah, in zeal; and Manasses, in repentance: but as yet thou hadst not communicated the sacrament of love; that grace was reserved, till thoù thyself shouldest converse with man and teach him love.

Thou hast put upon our hearts the sweetest and easiest yoke of love, to enable us to bear the burden of man and the burden of the Lord. Give unto thy servant such a love, that whatsoever in thy service may happen contrary to flesh and blood, I may not feel it; that when I labour, I may not be weary; when I am despised, I may not regard it; that adversity may be tolerable, and humility be my sanctuary ; and mortificatioa of my passions the exercise of my days, and the service of my God, the joy of my soul; that loss to me may be gain, so I win Christ; and death itself the entrance of an eternal life, when I may live with the beloved, the joy of my soul, the light of my eyes, my God, and all things, the blessed Saviour of the world, my sweetest Redeemer, Jesus, Amen.

An Eucharistical Hymn, taken from the Prophecies of the Old

Testament, relating to the Blessed Sacrament. Praise ye the Lord; I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

He that hath made his wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion: he hath given meat unto them that fear him ; he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

His bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine, he washed his garment in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.

In this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make un all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees.

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth ; for the Lord hath spoken it.

And the Lord their God shall save them as the flock of his people : for how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! Corn shall make the young men cheerful,- and new wine, the virgins.

The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, - even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in.

He shall purify the sons of Levi; and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God: for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord, saying,

Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips : for in thee the fatherless

findeth mercy.

The Lord hath said, I will heal their backslidings; I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away.

They that dwell under his shadow, shall return : they shall revive as the corn, and blossom as the vine; the memorial thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied ; they shall praise the Lord that seek him; your heart shall live for ever : for he hath placed peace in our borders, and fed us with the flour of wheat.

For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, the name of the Lord shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto his name, and a pure offering : for his name shall be great among all nations.

Whoso is wise, he shall understand these things, and the

prudent shall know them: for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

A Pruyer, to be said after the Communion, in behalf of our

Souls and all Christian People.

1. O most merciful and gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory; thou art the great lover of souls, and thou hast given thy holy Son to die for our salvation, to redeem us from sin, to destroy the work of the devil, and to present a church to thee pure and spotless and undefiled; relying upon thy goodness, trusting in thy promises, and having received my dearest Lord into my soul, I humbly represent to thy divine majesty the glorious sacrifice, which our dearest Jesus made of himself upon the cross, and, by a never-ceasing intercession, now exhibits to thee in heaven in the office of an eternal priesthood; in behalf of all that have communicated this day in the divine mysteries in all the congregations of the Christian world, and in behalf of all them that desire to communicate, and are hindered by sickness or necessity, by fear or scruple, by censures ecclesiastical, or the sentence of their own consciences.

2. Give unto me, O God, and unto them a portion of all the good prayers, which are made in heaven and earth; the intercession of our Lord, and the supplications of all thy servants; and unite us in the bands of the common faith and a holy charity; that no interests or partialities, no sects or opinions, may keep us any longer in darkness and division.

3. Give thy blessing to all Christian kings and princes, all republics and Christian governments; grant to them the spirit of mercy and justice, prudence and diligence; the favour of God, and the love of their people; and grace and blessing, that they may live at peace with thee, and with one another; remembering the command of their Lord and King, the serene and reconciling Jesus.

4. Give an apostolical spirit to all ecclesiastical prelates and priests ; grant to them zeal of souls, wisdom to conduct their charges, purity to become exemplar, that their labours

and their lives may greatly promote the honour of the kingdom of the Lord Jesus. O grant unto thy flock to be fed with wise and holy shepherds, men fearing God and hating covetousness; free from envy, and full of charity; that being burning and shining lights, men, beholding their light, may rejoice in that light, and glorify thee, our Father which art in heaven.

5. Have mercy upon all states of men and women in the Christian church, the governors and the governed, the rich and the poor, high and low; grant to every of them, in their several station, to live with so much purity and faith, simplicity and charity, justice and perfection, that thy will may be done in earth as it is in heaven.

6. Relieve all oppressed princes, defend and restore their rights; suppress all violent and warring spirits, that unjustly disturb the peace of Christendom : relieve and comfort all gentlemen that are fallen into poverty, and sad misfortunes : comfort and support all that are sick, and deliver them from all their sorrows and all the powers of the enemy; and let the spirit of comfort and patience, of holiness and resignation, descend upon all Christian people, whom thou hast, in any instance, visited with thy rod.

And be graciously pleased to pity poor mankind; shorten the days of our trouble, and put an end to the days of our sin; and let the kingdom of our dearest Lord be set up in every one of our hearts, and prevail mightily and for ever.

7. I humbly present to thy Divine Majesty this glorious sacrifice, which thy servants, this day, have represented upon earth in behalf of my dearest relations, wife, children, husband, parents, friends, &c. Grant unto them whatsoever they want, or wisely and holily desire; keep them for ever in thy fear and favour; grant that they may never sin against thee, never fall into thy displeasure, never be separated from thy love and from thy presence : but let their portion be in the blessing and in the service, in the love and in the kingdom of God, for ever and ever.

8. Have mercy upon all strangers and aliens from the kingdom of thy Son; let the sweet sound of the Gospel be heard in all the corners of the earth; let not any soul, the work of thy own hands, the price of thy Son's blood, be any




longer reckoned in the portions of the enemy; but let them all become Christians; and grant that all Christians may live according to the laws of the holy Jesus, without scandal and reproach, full of faith and full of charity.

9. Give thy grace speedily to all wicked persons, that they may repent and live well, and be saved: to all good people, give an increase of gifts and holiness, and the grace of perseverance and Christian perfection : to all heretics and schismatics grant the spirit of humility and truth, charity and obedience; and suffer none, upon whom the name of Christ is called, to throw themselves away, and fall into the portion of the intolerable burning.

10. For all mankind whom I have, and whom I have not, remembered,- I humbly represent the sacrifice of thy eternal Son, his merits and obedience, his life and death, his resurrection and ascension, his charity and intercession; praying to thee, in virtùe of our glorious Saviour, to grant unto us all the graces of an excellent and perfect repentance,-an irreconcileable hatred of all sin; -a great love of God,-an exact imitation of the holiness of the ever-blessed Jesus, the spirit of devotion-conformable will and religious affections, -an angelical purity,-- and a seraphical love,- thankful hearts,- and joy in God: and let all things happen to us all in that order and disposition, as may promote thy greatest glory and our duty, our likeness to Christ and the honour of his kingdom. Even so, Father, let it be, because it is best, and because thou lovest it should be so : bring it to a real and unalterable event by the miracles of grace and mercy, and by the blood of the everlasting covenant poured forth in the day of the Lord's love, — whom I adore and whom I love, and desire that I may still more and more love, and love for ever. Amen, Amen.


An Advice concerning him, who only communicates spiritually. THERE are many persons well disposed by the measures of a holy life to communicate frequently; but it may happen that

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