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God, because his mercies transcend our capacities. None but an inconceivable, infinite goodness could ever have imparted sp dear, so tender and rich a blessing.
III. When the impiety of men was at the height, and their treacherous heads plotting to betray thee; then did thy wisdom mercifully consult to overcome their malice with thy bounty. Immediately thou contrivedst an admirarable way to invite all the world to a feast of wonders: A feast! where thy sacred body would be our food, and thy precious blood our drink. A feast ! in which are continually wrought new miracles of love for us. Thus, as if it had not been love enough, to have given thyself on the Cross for us ; thou hast found out a way to give thyself to us in the holy Sacrament, to unite us with thyself by the most intimate union that is possible for us to conceive, and which we can better feel than express ; to become the life, the strength, the support and comfort of our beings : nay, to become even one with me, and be unto me the very soul of my soul. O, Lord my God! this is so inconceivable a blessing, so divine a union, that the very Angels, with awful admiration, contemplate thy wonderful condescension in it.
IV. Lord, who are we,' unworthy sinners, that thus thou regardest wretched dust? what is all the world compared to thee, that thus thou seemest to disregard thyself? it was for our sakes, and to draw us up to thy love, that thou hast commanded us to commemorate thy Passion, and present the merits of it before thy Father on earth, as thou dost present them to Him in Heaven. It was for our sakes and to help the infirmities of our nature, that thou didst appoint a commemorative sacrifice of that one oblation of thyself, once offered upon the Cross ; and Bread and Wine so offered and blessed, as symbols of thy body and blood.-What great blessings are these, O Jesu! that demand my praises ?
V. O most adored Redeemer, let the sense of those inestimable blessings so influence my whole life and conversation, that I may
be ever willing to desire thy coming, and long to see thee in thy glorious self. Object not against me, blessed Lord, that none can see thy face and live. Those fears thy love hath changed, and my
fixed hope is now to live by seeing thee. Say not, O thou mild and gracious majesty, if I approach thy presence I must die: rather instruct me so to die, that I may live for ever in thy presence.
The Prayer on Monday Morning, to implore
God's assistance in the course of this week's preparation. for receiving the Holy Sacra. ment.
I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me.
PSALM li. 3.
Most glorious and ever-blessed God--in whose
presence is fullness of joy, and at whose right hand are pleasures for ever more ; vouchsafe, I beseech thee, to discharge my mind of superfluous cares, and immoderate desires of the things of this world, and enable me so to employ my time this week, as may effectually prevent or resist all temptations.---Let thy grace, O Lord, so powerfully assist my endeavours, direet my will, and strengthen my intentions, that I may do such things as are agreeable to thee, and suitable to the dignity of a Christian ;-and that I may fill up all the spaces of this week with Meditations upon
the most holy Sacrament, with acts of religion and charity ; so that when the devil assaults me, he may not find me idle, and my Lord, at his second coming, may find me improving the talent committed to my care, that I may enter into his joy ; to which I beseech thee, O Father, , to bring me through the merits and intercession of thy dear Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
DIRECTIONS, “Now repair to the Public-Service at the Church, " or if you have not that opportunity, spend your 6 leisure time in a devout perusal of some pious 66 Treatise
the Sacrament, that you may go “ fully instructed to the Lord's Table.”
Be sure to retire soon this evening to examine your conscience.
The Meditation for MONDAY Evening. Upon the vanities of the world, and the goodness
of God, in order to a worthy receiving of
the most Holy Sacrament. He that loveth his life shall lose it, and he that hat
eth his life in this world, shall keep it unto life
eternal JOHN xii. 25. I. WAKE, O my soul, from the sleep of
sin; for, behold, life and death are set before thee ; choose, while thy gracious Lord allows thee time and day, lest the night, and darkness overtake thy neglect : choose, but remember thy eternity is concerned, and believe ere thou makest thy choice.
II. Survey all the pleasures of the world before thee ; and ask if any of them be worth eternal pains :- ask if the vain, forbidden things thou lovest, deserve thy affection better than thy Maker. Are they more worthy in themselves, or beneficial to thee, that thou mayest justly prefer them before thy Redeem
er? dost thou expect to be at rest, and satisfied by enjoying them, or everlastingly happy by
their procurement ? can they protect thee at the hour of death, or plead thy cause at the day of Judgment ? Oh! no. They only deceive me with a smiling look, which I too often have prova ed by dire experience.
III. It is Heaven alone that yields a true content; it is Heaven alone that fills us with eternal delight. Say then, my Soul, take away thy flatteries, false words, and leave me free for better thonghts, O infinite goodness! it is thyself alone I ought to choose ; thou art happiness for ever. My portion hereafter, I see, depends on my choice here, and my choice here, O Lord, depends on thee.
IV. O most gracious God, do thou guide and instruct my Soul, to make a right choice in thee. For, here we, alas! move slowly in the dark, led on by the argument of things not seen ; but did we clearly see what we say we believe, we should soon change the course of our lives. Did we but see the damned in their Aames, or hear them cry in the midst of their torments, how should we fear to follow them in their sins, which know have plunged them into all those miseries! how should we strive against the next temptation, and carefully avoid the danger, by working out our Salvation ! or,- -did we but see the