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feet, of all your fins; renounce them all; deteft and abhor them; and be sorry for them, from the bottom of your heart; with a full determination, never to return to them any more: but to dedicatė the remainder of your time to the love and service of your God; and trust, that the blood of the Lamb, fhed for the remiffion of fins, will here effectually be applied to your souls, for the cleansing them from the guilt of fin.
In the fourth place, our great High-Priest here offers up the facrifice of his own body and blood, by the way of supplication and prayer, for obtaining all graces and blessings for us; for his whole Church, and for the whole world; as he died for the whole world. So that here also we must join our intentions with his; and must with him, and through him, enter into the fancfuary of God, and there present ourselves before the throne of grace; offering up our most earnest, and hearty prayer, both for ourselves, and for all the world. And first let us here pray for the whole Church of Christ, that is, for all the people of God throughout the earth, that they may all worthily glorify the name of God, both in life and death; that the kingdom of his grace, of faith, of hope, and of divine love, may be propagated through all nations, and may take poffeffion of all hearts: and that all the world may do, and love his holy will, like the blessed in heaven. Let us also pray, and offer up this facrifice, for our chief Bishop, for our Prelate, and
for all the other Bishops and Paftors of the Church, and the whole Clergy; that God may take them all into his protection, and make them men ac cording to his own heart: that he may bless all apostolical Missionaries, with the spirit of the Apostles; and may sanctify all the Religious of both sexes, with the grace of living up to their holy institute. Let us pray also for our King, (and for the royal family) and for all that are in high station, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life under their government, in all godliness and purity; and in general, for all Christian Princes, Magiftrates, and men in power, that they may be blessed with all those lights and graces, which are necessary for the perfect difcharge of every branch of their duty, and that that they may be true servants to the King of kings; and faithfully execute his will. Let us allo pray, that God may unite their hearts in the bands of peace : and keep off from all Chriftendoni in general, and from these nations in particular, the dreadful scourges of wars, peftilence, famines, earthquakes; and such like calamities, with all the dismal train of evils, which threatens impenitent sinners, both for time and eternity. Let us pray also for our parents, children, rela-: tions, friends and benefactors, and for all those, for whom we are particularly bound to pray; or who are under any particular necesity, affliction, or temptation, or in the agony of death; as allo for our enemies, that God may change their hearts, and have mercy on them; and that he
may grant to all people his heavenly grace in their respective necessities. Let us also here offer up our prayers, together with this great sacrifice of the body and blood of our Redeemer, for the obtainlng of God the conversion of all unbelievers ; for the bringing back of all straying fouls to the fold of Christ; for the purging the world of all errours and abuses; and the beating down every where the standard of Satan, and abolishing the reign of fin. Let us also pray, in general, for all thofe poor souls throughout the world, that are in the deplorable state of mortal fin, and, in particular, for as many of this congregation as may be so very unhappy; that God may deliver them all from this worst of evils, and from that unhappy death, judgment and hell, which are ever following them close at their heels, as long as they are poffeffed by this wicked spirit. Lastly let us offer up this facrifice for the repose of the fouls of all them, who are gone before us in the profession of the true faith; and particularly for all such as stand most in need of this help and assistance; or for whom we are more particularly bound to pray, such as our parents, friends and benefactors, God's fervants and ministers, and all those, to whom we have given any scandal or offence, and also for all such as have belonged to this congregation: that God may grant to them all, and to all that are kept from him by any remnants of an, a full discharge and remission of all their debts; may release them out of their bonds, and open to them the gates of eternal light, peace and life; through
the blood of his only Sony here offered up in facrifice for them.
After joining with our High-Priest, and his whole Church, in offering up this great facrifice, for all thefe intentions; we must also remember, that we have here a Sacrantent, as well as a faz crifice, and the greatest of all Sacraments, in which Christ himself is received, who is the fountain of all grace and life to our souls: Now the Church would be glad, that all they, who affift at this facrifice, were so well disposed, as that they might also receive this divine Sacrament; or, at least, unite themselves here to the fountain of life, by a spiritual communion. This spiritual communion we recommend to you all : and that you may make it with fruit, take care to prepare yourselves for it with a lively faith in your Saviour, Jesus Chrift; who died for us all; and who, by these facred myfteries, communicates himself to our fouls, with all the treasures of his divine grace, which he purchased for us by his precious blood. Join with this faith a profound bumility, with a true, sense, and a fincere confeffion of your great unworthiness, and your manifold fins; and a hearty repentance for them all; together with a longing defire of being wafhed from all your stains in the fountains of your Saviour. After this preparation, run to your Lord in spirit, with enflamed affections of love; and offer your whole felves to him ; begging him to take full poffeffion of your
fouls, for time and for eternity, and never to fuffer any thing in life or death ever more to separate you from him. Thus shall you make a spiritual communion, with great benefit to your fouls : and this you may repeat, as often as you please in the day; and that, if you please, every day of your life.
We shall now proceed to the celebration of this heavenly Sacrifice and Sacrament, to which we beg you to bring all your attention and devotion.