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lidered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things ?

O God ! the gift of thy only-begotten and beloved Son for the sins of a guilty world, is a sure pledge of thy infinite love. Thy mercy in Christ Jesus is my only solace when my heart is in heaviness. This is my only refuge, when dismayed by the view of my guilt, and the terrors of thy justice. Grant me, O Lord, all those graces and virtues which will qualify me for knowing and enjoying Thee for ever, for Jesus Christ's sake, the Son of thy love.

2 Cor. v. 15.-Christ died for all, that they which lite should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them.

To Thee, O my Saviour, I consecrate that life which Thou hast redeemed by thy precious blood, from the slavery of sin and Satan. Fortify my soul, I beseech Thee, against all the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, that with sincerity and devotion of heart, I may evermore serve Thee.

Matt. xvi. 24.-If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.

O my Saviour, who didst take upon Thee the form of a servant, and, to redeem sinful man, didst bear his grief and carry his sorrows; let me not profess to follow Thee, without endeavouring to follow the blessed steps of thy most holy life ; to imitate thy patience, meekness, and humility ; thy great disregard for the world, its pleasures, emoluments, and honours ; thy lively compassion for the miseries of men ; thy unwearied perseverance in doing good ; thy constancy and fervour in prayer ; thy supreme resignation to the will of thy Father. Being thus conformed in all things to Thee, my Redeemer and Head,

may I finally participate of the everlasting glories on which Thou hast entered.

Matt. vi. 24.—No man can serve two mastersye cannot seroe God and mammon.

May I never set up any rival to Thee, O God, in the possession of my heart. May I never attempt to reconcile thy service with the service of the world, which is enmity with Thee. May I use it so as not to abuse it. May I ever make all its concerns subordinate to the concerns of my salvation. And convinced of the unsatisfying nature of its best enjoyments, may I ardently and supremely seek the enduring and satisfying joys of thy glorious pre

sence,

2 Cor, vi. 16.—Ye are the temple of the living God.

Make me, O God, truly sensible of the great honour and blessing of being the habitation of thy good Spirit--of the great danger of profaning, by unholy passions, a temple consecrated to Thee. Make me worthy of thy continual abode and presence. Take possession of my soul-bring all its powers into obedience to thy laws; and enable me to abound in all the fruits of the Spirit, that I may enjoy the exalted assurance that Thou indeed dwellest in me.

Luke xv. 6.- I have found my sheep which was lost.

0 Thou good Shepherd ! I bless Thee for thy tender care and compassion of thy lost sheep. I had indeed been for ever lost, had not thy love sought and found me when I was astray. For thy goodness sake, keep me from wandering from thy fold ; and exalt me in thy good time to that celestial fold, into which sin and sorrow never enter. 1 If the consecrated Bread or Wine be all spent before all have

communicated, the Priest is to consecrate more according to the

Form before prescribed ; beginning at (Our Saviour Christ in the same night, fc.) for the blessing of the Bread ; and at (Likewise after Supper, fc.) for the blessing of the Cup. When all have communicated, the Minister shall return to the Lord's Table, and reverently place upon it what remaineth of the consecrated elements, covering the same with a fair linen cloth. Then shall the Priest say the Lord's Prayer, the people repeating after him every Petition. Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil : For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, for ever and ever. 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 sacrifice 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 sacrifice, 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 everJasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious death and passion of thy dear Son. And we most humbly beseech thee, 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. Amen.

9 Then shall be said or sung, Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, good will towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 1 Then the Priest (or Bishop if he be present) shall let them

depart with this blessing. The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord : and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.

After the blessing use the following prayer : I bless Thee, O God, for the spiritual nourishment with which Thou hast strengthened and refreshed my soul. I bless Thee, that through the crucified body and blood of thy Son, I am restored to thy favour. Pardon the many imperfections of my services; and grant me grace to fulfil the sacred vows of love and obedience which I have made to Thee, my God and Father, through Jesus Christ my Redeemer. Amen.

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