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ledge and love of God and ing of God Almighty be of his Son Jesus Christ among you, and remain our Lord; and the bless- with you always. Amen.


The following brief Meditations and Prayers may be

used as Guides to Private Devotion before and after Communion.


MEDITATION BEFORE COM- cency, O Lord, and so

will I compass thine altar.

PRAYER. ACCORDING to the exhortation of St Paul,

BEHOLD, gracious let me examine myselfLord, I come to thy table, and so let me eat of that as one who is sick, to the bread, and drink of that great Physician. Let me cup:

worthily receive these eleDo I approach the table ments of bread and wine, of my Lord as

his humble and fill me, O Lord, with disciple; seeking his spirit that spiritual food, the body and grace ; relying on his and blood of Christ, of word; remembering his which these are the outgreat sufferings, and his ward signs; that so evil shameful death, and his affections may die in me, surpassing love for me and and all things belonging to for all men, for whose sal- the Spirit may live and vation he suffered and died? grow in me, and I be preDo I hate and renounce

served in body and soul, my sins ? Am lin charity and saved from the second with all my neighbours? death, and nourished unto Am I anxious to follow eternal life, through him my Saviour in loving and who loved me and gave serving God?-I will himself for me, thy dear wash my hands in inno- Son Jesus Christ. Amen.




Grant that it may never

turn to my judgment and MUNING,

condemnation, but that it

may be, together with my NOW that I have com

other spiritual privileges, memorated my Master and health and recovery under Saviour according to his

all weaknesses and infirown gracious invitation, let mities; safety and defence

meditate the against all the attacks of meaning of these words of my spiritual

spiritual enemies; Jesus, when he said Whoso vigour and strength to all eateth my flesh and drink- my good purposes and reeth my blood, hath eternal solutions ; comfort and life, and I will raise him support under all the afflicup at the last day. For

tions and calamities of life; my flesh is meat indeed,

assistance and direction and my blood is drink in- under all difficult and deed. He that eateth my

doubts; courage and conflesh, and drinketh my stancy under all dangers blood, dwelleth in me, and

and persecutions, in times I in him.

of sickness, and in the hour I trust that in this com

of death. And be thou, O memoration of my Lord, I God, my Father, alway have partaken of his own life, which is spiritual, sacred

don and peace in this life, and eternal. I trust that mercy and favour at the his doctrine and example day of judgment, and a are within me, and that never fading crown of neither things present nor

glory in thy heavenly kingthings to come, will dis

dom. These things, for solve the divine fellowship myself and for others, I between him the blessed devoutly ask in the name of Master and me his humble

Jesus Christ, thy blessed disciple.

Son our Lord. Amen.

with me.

Grant me par




AND to thee, O God, my Father, do I give thanks for this holy communion.


now lettest thou thy servant depart in

peace; for mine eyes have nourish thou my soul to seen thy salvation. Let me eternal life, through Jesus always hunger and thirst Christ. Amen. . after righteousness; and


If any sick Person is desirous of receiving the Commu

nion at his house, he shall give notice to the Minister ; and all things necessary being prepared, the Minister shall there celebrate the Communion, beginning with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel here following. THE COLLECT.


Heb. xii. 5. ALMIGHTY, everliving MY son, despise not God, maker of mankind, thou the chastening of the who dost correct those Lord, nor faint when thou whom thou dost love, and

art rebuked of him. For chastise every one whom whom the Lord loveth, he thou dost receive; we be chasteneth, and scourgeth seech thee to have mercy

every son whom he receive upon this thy servant visit eth. ed with thine hand; and

THE GOSPEL. to grant that he may take his sickness patiently; and

John, v. 24. to restore his bodily health, VERILY, verily, I say if it be thy gracious will; unto you, he who loveth and that whensoever his my word, and believeth on soul shall depart from the him who sent me, hath evbody, it may be without erlasting life, and shall not spot presented unto thee, come into condemnation; through Jesus Christ our but is passed from death Lord. Amen.

unto life. After which the Minister shall proceed according to the form before prescribed for the Holy Communion, beginning at the words, Ye who do truly, &c.



There should be for every Child two or three Sponsors ;

who may most properly be Parents or nearest Relations.



same, and carnal desires

of the flesh, so that he may HEAR the words of our not follow, nor be led by Saviour Christ to his Apos- them? tles.

Answ. I will. Go yė, and make disci- Min. Will ye instruct ples of all nations, baptiz- him in the gospel of our ing them in the name of Lord Jesus Christ? the Father, and of the Son, Answ. I will. and of the Holy Ghost. Min. Will ye exhort him Hear also what St Peter to keep God's holy will

and commandments, and The baptism which saveth to walk in the same all the us, is not the putting away days of his life? the filth of the flesh, but Answ. I will. the answer of a good conscience toward God.

Then shall the Minister take Dearly beloved,

the Child into his hands, Ye have brought this and say to the Sponsors, child here to be baptized; I demand therefore,

Name this child. Will ye faithfully and earnestly exhort this child Then

naming it after them, to renounce the hurtful and either dipping it in vanities of this world, with the water, or sprinkling all covetous desires of the water upon it, he shall say,

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I BAPTIZE thee in WE give thee humble the name of the Father, thanks, O heavenly Father, and of the Son, and of the that thou hast vouchsafed Holy Ghost.

to call us to the knowledge

of thy grace, and faith in Min. Let us pray.

thee; increase this know

ledge, and confirm this ALMIGHTY and ever

faith in us evermore, that blessed God, by whose

be enabled to morprovidence the different tify all our evil and corgenerations of mankind rupt affections, and daily


to know thee, to proceed in all virtue and and to enjoy thy favour godliness of living, till we for

ever; grant that this come to that eternal kingchild, now dedicated to dom, which thou hast pro thee by our office and min- mised by Jesus Christ our istry, may be endued with Lord. Amen. heavenly virtues, and everlastingly saved through thy NOW unto him who is mercy, who dost live and able to keep us from fallgovern all things, world ing, and to present us without end. We beseech faultless before the prethee to enable thy servants

sence of his glory, with who are entrusted with the exceeding joy, to the only care of this child, to per

wise God our Saviour, be form their duty faithfully; glory and majesty, domingive them wisdom to be ion and power, through his defence against the

Jesus Christ, for ever and temptations incident to

Amen. childhood and youth ; and as he grows up in life, gra- EXHORTATION to Parents ciously assist them to en- after Baptism, to be read large his understanding and or omitted, at the discreto open his heart to the tion of the Minister. impressions of religion and virtue. This our petition THE design of receiving we humbly present in the infants by baptism into the name of Jesus Christ our church of Christ, is, to re Mediator and Redeemer. mind parents of their duty Amen.

to them in their innocent


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