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gracious Lord, so to partake of this holy ordinance, that our minds may be impressed with gratitude to thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

Then the Minister, standing before the Table, shall read the following account of the Institution, from I Cor. xi. 23, 25.

THE Lord Jesus, the same night that he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner, also, he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

Then the Minister shall break the Bread, and pour out the Wine; after which he shall say the Prayer following:

ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father,

who, of thy tender mercy, didst give thy Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who did institute, and in his holy Gospel command his disciples to continue a memorial of that his precious death; hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee, and grant that we may receive this bread and wine, according to the holy institution, and in remembrance of the death and passion, of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Then shall the Minister first receive the Communion in both kinds himself, saying, when he takes the Bread,

I take, and eat this in remembrance of Christ;

Likewise, when he takes the Cup,

I drink this in remembrance of Christ;

And then proceed to deliver the same to the People. And when he delivereth the Bread to the People, he shall say, Take, and eat this in remembrance of Christ.

And when the Minister delivereth the Cup to the People, he shall say,

Drink this in remembrance of Christ.

When all have received the Communion, a Psalm or Hymn may be sung; and, this ended, the following Prayers shall be said:

OUR Father who art in heaven, hallowed

be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

LORD and Heavenly Father, we thy humble servants earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness, mercifully to accept this

our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; beseeching thee to grant that, by the mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in him, we and 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 living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that all we who are partakers of this holy communion may be filled 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, according to thine abundant mercies in Christ Jesus our Lord; through whom all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.

Then shall the following Anthem be said by the Minister and People.

Gloria in excelsis.

GLORY be to God on high, and on earth peace, good-will among men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for the various manifestations of thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

We bless thee for sending thy beloved Son

into the world to save sinners; for exalting him unto thy right hand in heaven; for all the gifts and graces of thy holy Spirit; and for the hope of eternal life.

For thou only art wise, and holy, and good; thou only art the Lord; thou only dost govern all things, both in heaven and earth. Therefore, blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto thee who sittest upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Or this:

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 be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.


The following brief Meditations and Prayers may be used as Guides to Private Devotion before and after Communion.

Meditation before Communing.

ACCORDING to the exhortation of St.

Paul, let me examine myself, and so let me eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. Do I approach the table of my Lord as his humble disciple; seeking his spirit and grace; relying on his word; remembering his great sufferings, and his shameful death, and his surpassing love for me and for all men, for whose salvation he suffered and died? Do I hate and renounce my sins? Am I in charity with all my neighbors? Am I anxious to follow my Saviour in loving and serving God? -I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord, and so will I compass thine altar.


BEHOLD, gracious Lord, I come to thy table, as one who is sick, to the great Physician. Let me worthily receive these elements of bread and wine, and fill me, O Lord, with that spiritual food, the body and blood of Christ, of which these are the outward signs; that so evil affections may die

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