Ģ. 10. A Prayer for Faith. O Blessed Lord, whom without Faith it is impoffible to please, let thy Spirit, I beseech Thee, work in me such a Faith as may be acceptable in thy fight, even such as worketh by Love. O let me not rest in a dead ineffec• tual Faith, grant

that it may be such as may show it felf by my Works; that it may be that victorious Faith which may icable me to overcome the World, and conform me to th’ Image of that Chrift. on whom I believe; that so at the last I may receive th end of my Faith, even the Salvation of my Soul, by the fame Jesus Christ. A. Here'I add the Preparatory Prayer, ch.1.g.15. $. 11. An Ejaculation abed, before I sleep. any

Night. O Lord, who art th only keeper of thy people; that neither sleepest nor lumbereit; while Darkrefs now covers the face of thearth, be pleas'd in thy tender niercy to wareh over me this Night; and grant that I sleep not in fin; but fit and prepare me always for my latter Eod, be.. fore I go hence, and be no more feen. Amen.

CHAP. VI. WEDNESDAY ,or the 4th. Day before partak

ing of the holy Myiteries. $. 1. An Ejaculation before I rise, any

Morning O Most gracious God, Thou art my only Happiness for ever: I see my portion hereafter depends on my choice here, but my choice, O Lord, depends Theę: Guide me with thy Holy Spirit that I may withdraw my Affections from all Vanities here below, and fix them on Heav. en, and heavenly things : Teach me what is acceptable in thy light, that I may know my End, and wisely chuse niy Way, and order all my Actious to thy Glory, thro' Fesus Christ our Lord. Amen. S. 2. till Argument for Constant Communion : FROM


its being a great Preservative against Sin. In this Sacrament the Demerit of fin is represented in very sad Characters; in the wounded and mangled Body of our great Master, and th' anguish his Soul was in upon the account of our Sins; we behold what an odious and monstrous thing it is, how abominable to God's purer eyes, how contrary to his Holiness; and what a separation it makes betwixt the Creator and the Creature; how it moves Him to forfake us , to withdraw his precious Presence from us. What fears, what tremblings, what shame, ignominy, forrow and grief it caufcs. All this , certainly, is to be seen in the flouds of Misery which fell upon our Mediator who undertook our Cause, and was made fin for us, and bore our Sins upon the Cross, was wounded for our Trans. gresions, and bruised for our Iniquiites

. For when He cried my God, My God, why haft Thou forsaken Me? it was not for his own fake, but for ours; to fhow that the finner who after this would not Repent, should be forfa ken of God for ever. And can we be lo brurith as to hay those fins which, upon our account, were fo fevercly lafhid in Him that was our Surety? Tho' He was the dearly Be. loved of his Eternal Father, yer God punished thofe Sins ia Him in a very terrible manner, to let us know that if we accept not of the Remedy Christ offers us, do not make his Crofs a Morive to Cunverlicn, they.fhall be thus pun. ished in our perfons, and to all eternity. All rhis is re• presented to us in this Sacrament, a Savior groaning, weeping, and fighing under the burden of our Sins; ihe: eby giving notice that if we grow not weary of fin, we thalt weep, and groan, and ligh for ever. And shall nor the dreadful spectacle fill our Souls with abhorrence and detestation of what we fee fo signally punished ? shall we not Tuo away from it, faying, Get thee herce thou evil and uoclean spirit, touch us not, what agreement has the Tem. ple of God with idols? And if this holy Sacrament beso great a preservative against Sin, surely we can't too often make use of it, especially since wee see how easily fin does beses *s, how often we are tempted to it, and how we are dailý incompailed with suggestions and provocations to it, and how apt we'are to start aside from Him , unto whom we ought to keep our felves stedfastly united by Faith, and Love, and uniform, universal obedience. As S. Ignatius E 6


[ocr errors]

told th' Ephesians, fhow hatte to affemble often in the Eucharist, for th' ofiner you meet thereat, the more your standing is secured, and all the power of Satan is destroy'd.

$. The Knowledge requisite in a worthy Communicant, is A Sanctified understanding of the firit Principles of Religion, as 1 Of the Trinity of Perfons in the Unity of the Godhead, (described at large in s, Athanafius's Creed just before the Litany, and in the Preface upon the Feast of Trinity in the Communion Service, ), 2. Of the Creation of Man and his Fall. 3. Of the Natures and Offices of Chrif, and Redemption by faith in his Death, (ali implied in th' above, and in th' Apoftjes Creed after the Hymn following the Second Lesson, and the Conitantinopolitan, fometimes call the Nicene Creed, after the Epistle and Gospel, and in the Question and Answer after the Belief in our Church Catechism, ) especially 4ly. Of the Doctrine of the Sacraments fealing the same unto us,

both briefly expounded in our Catechism, and the latter more largely here. See Addition afier thAlmanack.

S. 4, THE learned Doctor Comber, in his Discourse upon the Catechism, makes evident that this Catechism of the Church of England is in all Points agreeable to the Primitive forms, and ot an exact and excellent Method, and that all Persons ought to promote the learning and understanding thereof. And, th' Angelical Doctor Hammonil faies in his Practical Catechism, that there is not a mote excellent breviate, or Summary of that which is scatter'd in the Gospel, and by S. Paul, and other Scripture Writers about the Sacraments, than those fhost Answers to the Questions in faid Church Catechifm do afford us. For which Reasons I malt now in my riper years diligently peruse the whole again, thoʻI learn itt in my Childhood, till 1 can fully ap: prehend, retain, and practice the same.

8. 5. Of Faith disposng to the holy Communion.

I Must consent to th’ Articles of my Belief by an assent firmer than can be naturally produced from th' ordinary arguments of my persuasion; that is, I must believe it, because it is faid to come from God; and rely upou it, because it brings 19 God; trust it, because it is good; acknowledge it certain, because it is excellent : that there may be an act of the Will in it, as well as ofth' Understan

[ocr errors]

ding, and as much Love in it as Discourse, Web. II, 16. He that comes to Go:l, must believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. I must have a fulness of Confidence and relying upon God, a trusting in, and a real expectation of all the Promises of the Gospel, with such a Belief of all the Threatuings and Command, 'ments of God, as may indear Obedience, and be th' actual Principle and effective of a good Life; I must not only have th' Ad of Faith, but the Body of Faith ; not only believe th' Articles, but dedicate my Person; not only yield up my Understanding, but ingage my Service; not hallow one Faculty, but fan&ify the whole Man ; become a New creature, and live a life of Grace; such a Faith as may be to me a Magazine of holy Principles, the Nurse of a holy Hope, and the Mother of a never failing Charity.

S. 6. III. Cammandment. IF I have not openly blasphemed the Holy Name of God; Tet, Have I not lightly, or irreverently mentioned his Holy Name, or his Attributes? Have I not profanely jefted upon, or abused his Holy Word? Have I not violated holy Places, Persons, Ordinances, or any thing peculiarly dedicated to God? Have I not taken God's Name in vain, by common swearing, or by cursing my self or others Have I not taken falle, or unlawful Oaths; or broken ny lawful Oaths or Vows , especially my Byptismal Vow? Locd have mercy doc.

$. IV Commandment. HAVE I not neglected the Publick Worship of God on the Lord's Day i Have I not mispent any part thereof in vain Sports; idle Discourses, complemental Visits, or unhecellary Business? Have I not permitted those under my Charge to profane it? Have I not forgotten to Praise God for the Creation, and Resurrection especially on this Day? Or for his other Mercies in his Son, or his Servants


the Festivals of the Church? Have I not flighted these Solem. nities, or abused them by debauchery? Lord have mercy inc and incline Loc.

S. 8. Pfalm 100. U Be joyful in the LORD, all ye Lands : serve the LORD wich gladaessi, and come before his presence with

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

a fong. Be ye sure that the LORD He is God; it is He thar hath made us, and not we our felves : we are bis people, and the fhcep of his Paftore. O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and speak good of his Name. For the LORD is gracious, his mercy is everlasting : and his truth indureth from generation to generation. Glorp be to the Father, and to the Son: doc. S. 9. A Prayer for the 3d. branch of Charity,

Forgiving Evil. O Most gentle, molt merciful, and gracious Savior Jesu, Thou didst take upon Thee our Nature; to redeem us from fin and misery; Thou wait fot us led as a Lamb 10 the slaughter, and as a sheep before the shearer is dumb, so Thou opene.ift not thy mouth; Thou turnedfi thy back to the Smicers, and thy cheeks to the Nippers; Thou waft mock’d, and whip'd, crucify'd and torn, but Thou did it nothing but Good to shine enemies, and prayedit with loud cries for thy Perfecutors, and didft heal the wound of one chat came to lay violent hands upon Thee: O plant in my heart gentleness and patience, a nieek and long-Suffering Spirit, that I may never be disorder'd by peevishness, never chink thoughts of Revenge, but may with meekness receive all injuries that shall be done to me and patiently bear every cross accident, and with Chariing may retura blessing for cursing, good for evil, kind words for foul reproaches, loving admonitions for scornful upbraidings, gentle treatments for all derisions and affronts: that living all my daies with meekness and charity, keeping peace with all men, and loving my Neighbor as my felf, and Thee more than my felf, and more ihan all the world, I may at last come into the Regions of Peace, and etern.l Charity, where Thou livett, who loveft all men, and would't have none to perish, but all men to be saved thro' Thee, O mercifal Savior and Kedeemer Fefu. Amen.

$. 10. The Exhortation to the Communion, in case the Minister shall see the people negligent to come.

DENKLY beloved brethren, on I intend hy God's grace, to celebrate the Lord's Supper : unto which in God's behalf I bid you all that are here present, and befecch you for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, that ye will not refuse to


« ElőzőTovább »