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What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.- 1 Corinthians vi, 19, 20.
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children: and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.-Ephesians v, 1, 2. Cited in King Edward VI's First Book.
On your way home from Church let your
mind incessantly recur to the awful mysteries which you have just been celebrating, and let it be deeply moved with thanksgiving for the inestimable blessings of which you have been a partaker. You have seen your Saviour crucified, as it were, before your eyes ; you have really felt the power of His death within you. O, defile not any more, by sin, that body which He has vouchsafed to make His temple, and which He has now cleansed by His own mighty presence. Remember that holiness becometh His house for ever.
As aids to your reflections on this head, you may make use of the following
Meditations. I have now been with the Lord of life; and before God, angels, and men, I have acknowledged Him, and dedicated myself to His obedience. 0, may I be enabled to live always worthy of my vows and professions.
Yes; I have eaten and drank at His Table, - Himself the Feast. I have received Him within me, who is the resurrection and the life. O my Saviour, grant that when Thou comest to judge the world at the last day, I may be found in Thee and Thou in me!
O, the unspeakable mysteries of salvation! God' in the flesh hath suffered on the cross for my sins! I have now in a figure (and it was no empty figure either) witnessed His Passion; I have touched His wounded body; my lips have been reddened with His blood.2 O heavenly Father, may the holy oblation which has been offered to thy Divine Majesty this day, procure me forgiveness of all mine iniquities, and grace to keep me at all times in the paths of Thy commandments.
O blessed Saviour, Thou art the living bread that came down from heaven. Thy flesh is meat indeed, and Thy blood is drink
1 “Moses gave us not the true Bread, but the Lord Jesus; Himself feasting, and the feast; Himself eating, and who is eaten: we drink His Blood, and without Himself we cannot drink it. Let us do His will, and Christ will drink with us His own Blood in the kingdom of the Church."-S. Ambr. de Myst. fin. S. Jerome, Ep. 120, ad Hebib. ix, 2, on S. Matt. xxvi, 29.
2'« The tongue reddened with the most awful Blood." -8. Chrys. in S. Matt. Hom. lxxxii, s. 5, and De Sac. iii, 4, p. 382.