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cramental Preparation, which in great measure contains the whole Duty of a Christian's Life; namely, “ Repentance towards God, Faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, and Charity towards our Neighbour." And I also hope, whosoever among us will but endeavour to prepare themselves for the holy Communion, according to the forementioned Directions, may (by the help of God) upon all occasions come to the Lord's Table, without the least Fear or Danger of “ eating and

drinking Damnation to themselves.

And now some people may censure this Discourse as giving too great Liberty and Encouragement to approach the Lord's Table with less Preparation than otherwise Men would venture to do. But I know no Ground or Reason for any

such Suggestion, if they impartially consider the Excellence and perfection of that Guide and Companion I have followed throughout the

Whole : And to represent this Duty of frequent Communion otherwise than what the Church requires, is an Injury both to God and to ourselves : And I dare affirm, that no Part of divine Worship has suffered more on this accourt, than that of the holy Communion; Thousands of people not daring, in all their Life-time, (though very good Livers) to partake of the Lord's Supper, for fcar of cating and drinking their own Damnation. For farther Instruction, see A Treatise of Sacramental Covenanting with Chrift;

Bewing the Ungodly ibeir Contempt of Cbrift in their Contempt of tbe Sacramental
Covenant. By John Rawlet B. D. Author of The Christian Monitor.

The Church

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Sacramental Preparation,


What the Church of ENGLAND requires from her Communicants.

A Prayer to God for his gracinus alistance and direction in our Sacra

mental Preparation.


Heart may

LY, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth, Heaven and Earth are full

of thy Majesty and of thy Glory: I the unworthiest of all creatures do here, in all humility of fival and body, prostrate myfelf before thee, acknowledge ing my own weakness and insufficiency to do any thing that is good of well pleasing, in thy sight: And therefore, humbly implore the special influence of thy Grace and holy Spirit, to further these my endeavours for a worthy participation of the holy Communion of the Body and Bicol of Christ, which he has commanded me to do in remembrance of him, and of those benefiis wlich we receive thereby. Teach me O Lord, the right way, and lead me in the paths of holy preparation, thar I may be received as a worthy and welcome guest at this thy heavenly table. Possess my mind with a true sense of the greatneis of this mystery, and the excellency of thy mercy in preparing this Table for our spiritual Food: Inspire my Soul with pure and pious Dispositions; and instead of those filthy Rags of, my Righteousness clothe me with the Righteousness of the Saints, that my be a clean, though homely Receptacle for my Saviour, and one Day fitted for the blefled Society of Saints and Angels in Heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our Father, &c. See Psal. xxii. xxvi. cxi.

A Prayer for the Gift and Grace of Repentance. quity, and haft more especially enjoiried all those who compass thine Altar ta wash their Hands in Innocency, vouchlafe mie unseigned Repentance for my past Sins, a hearty Sorrow and Contrition of Spirit to lament my Sinfulness, and most firm and fedfast Purposes to lead a šéw Life. It is the Voice of thy wondrous Goodness and Mercy, that if the Wicked shall forsake his Ways, and the unrigbterus Man his Thrughts, i bou wilt have Mercy upon bim, and abund intly pardon bim, O let thy Goodness (whereof I have had to great a Share, and plentiful Experi• ence) lead me to Repentance not to be repented of, that I may be a fit Gucft at tby Sons Table. “ Have Mercy upon me, O Lord, and according to the Multitude of “ thy tender Mercies, blot out all my Tran!gressions for thy Mercy's sake in .: Christ Jesus, the Son of thy Love, whom thou hast set forth to be the Propi


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“ tiation for our Sins.” Grant this, O merciful Father, for the sake of my blessed
Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
See Psalm vi. xxv. xxxii. xxxviii.

A Prayer before Self-Examination.
Lord, thou that art the Searcher of all our Hearts, and a Discerner of the

very Thoughts, and in wbuse Sight all Things are naked and open, be pleased to impart a Ray of thy heavenly Light to discover all the Sins and Infirmities of my paft Life, and whatsoever else thou knowest wherein I have done amiss, that henceforward no fecret Sin may lie undiscoveted and corrupted in my Soul, that by examining my Life and Conversation by thy Law, the Rule and Measure of my Duty, I may understand the true State and Condition of my Soul, and from a just Sente and Sight of all my Transgressions, through the Assistance of thy Grace and heavenly Benediction, I may be enabled to reform my Life, and to turn my Feet unto thy Testimonies; so faithfully to search and examine my own Conscience, that I may come holy and clean to the heavenly Feast, and be received as a worthy Parraker of that holy Table which thou hast called me to. Grant chis for thy Mercy's fake in Christ Jesus. Amen. See. Psalm cxxxix. Brief Heads of Self-Examination upon each Commandment.

COMMANDMENT I. *Hough I have not atheistically denied the Being of a God, or wickedly re

nounced him by Apostacy, yet have I not loved, desired or delighte: ia. other Things more than in God? Or, have I not feared men, and dreaded the Displeasure of the World, more than of God ? Or, have I not trusted in men, and relied upon the World, more than upon God? have. I not despaired of Gui's mercy ? Or, by preluming tuo much up nit, encouraged myselt in fin? Hive I not been unthankful for Merciesreceived ? Or, have I not ascribed the Glory and Honour of what I now enjoy to myself, more than to God ? :(Say) God be merciful to me a Sinner, and lay not this (or these) Sins to my Charge (Repeat the same at the End of every Commandment.)

II. Though I have not worshipped God by Images, yet have I not entertained, gross and falle Concep:ions of him? or, have I nut willully omittted coming to Church, or to the public Prayers, when I had no juft occasion to binder me? or have I not rudely, irreverently or wantonly behaved mytelf during the lime of divine Service ? or, have I not wilfully refuted to come to the Lord's Supper, when [. have been called to it? or have I not rafhly and unadvisedly received the Sacrament without due Preparation ? or have I not broken my Vows and Resolutions which I then made.

III. If I have not openly blasphemed the Name of God, yet have I not lightly or irreverently {poken of him ? or, have I not profanely jefted upon, or abuted his


holy Places or Persons, or any Thing elic dedicated to his Service ? or, have 1 not taken God's Name in vain, by common Swearing and Curling ? or, have I not: taken false and unlawlul Oaths ? or, have I nct broken my own Vows and Reloutions, especially my Baptimal ?

IV. Have I not neglected the worship of God on his Sabbiths ? have I not 1peof part thereof in vain Sports, idle Discourses, Visirs, and many other unnecessasy affairs ? or, have I not suffered others to profane the Sabbath, when it was in my Power to restrain them from so doing?

V. Havel not been stubborn, irreverent and undutiful towards mr Parents, rejecting their Counsels, despising their Government, and coveting their Eftate before their Death ? or, have I contributed toward their Nicesficies when they were in Want, and I had in my Power to help them? or, hive I not been disloyal to my Prince, stubborn and unfaithful to my Master, refractory and unchankful to my Minister, peevish and unkind to my Friend and Companion.

Vi. Ji I have not actually taken away the Life of any Person, yet have I not made my Neighbour's Life grievous by Oppression, Rage, and Vioknce against him? Or, have I not by Fighting or Quarrelling wounded his Person? Or, have : I not tempted him, by any other Vice or Intemperance, to destroy his Health, and so, shorten his Days? Or, have I not by false or contumelious Speeches wounded his good Name and Reputation? Or, bave I not, by my own Luxury and Intemperance in Eating and Drinking, been accessary to my own Death?

VII. if I have escaped the grosser A&s of Adultery and Fornication, yet have I not conceived Luft in my Heart, and neglected the Means to preserve my own and others Chastity ? Or, havel not by Gluttony and Drunkenness, or by any impure Thoughts or Words, defiled my Soul ? Or, have I not accustomed myself to filthy Talking, Jesting, and immodest Garbs, and unchaste Behaviour in common Conversation ?

VIII. If I have not been guilty of common and public stealing, yet have I been true and just in all my Dealings ? or, have I not contracted Debts, when I was conscious to myself that I was not able to pay, or make Restitution i or, have I not wafted my own or others Estates by riotous living i or, have I not by Violence and Oppression exacted of my luferiors, or by unlawful Usury taken advantage of their Necessities,

ix. If I have not before the Magiftrate sworn fallly against any Man, yet have I not accustomed myself to Lying and Slandering? or have I not accused my Neighbour unjustly? or have I not concealed the Truth of another, when Juftice and Charity obliged me to give Evidence of it? or, have I not unjustly fought to uphold my own Credit, or to blast any other Person's?

X. Have I not secretly complained against the Providence of God, as if others had too much, and I too little ? or, have I not by unlawful means endeavoured to deprive others of their Goods and Property? or, have I laboured truly and faithfully

to get my own Living and been content with that State of Life unto which it hith pleased God to call me? A penitential Confefion of Sins; with an bumble Supplication for Mercy and Pergiveness.

Lmighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hatt made, and

doft forgive the Sins of all them that are penitent, create and make in me a new and contrite Heart,that I worthily lamenting my Sins and to mind all acknowledging my Wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all grievous into Mercy, perfect Remission and Forgivenefs through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. See Psal. li. vi. xxxii, xxxviii.

An Ast of Con'rition.


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to be called thy Son. Wo is me, O Lord, who was conceived and born in fin. the Thoughts of my Heart were inclined unto Evil from my Youth. - Wo is me that I have finned against thee my Creator and kind Benefactor. Lord, I have done Evil continually in thy Sight, and my Life hath been little else than one continual Course of Impiety, Unthanktulness, and of unworthy Returns for all thy Goodneiš and Loving-kindness, to me. Wo is me that I should thus requite the Lord. O that my Head were Water, and mine Eyes a Fountain of Tears, that I might weep Day and Night for my Sin! O gracious Lord, look on me as thou didst on the Apostle St. Peter, and let thy compassionate look fo pierce' my stony Heart, that I nray weep bitterly for my sins, and may have that godly Sarrow which würketh Repentance unto Salvation not to be repented of, for Jesus's sake: Amen. See Pfal. xxv. xxxii. xxxvïïi.

A Refolution to lead a new Life.
ND now, O Lord, I do not only with Shame and Confusion of Face confess

and bewail the Sinfulness and Vanity of my own life, but I do Itedtaftly refolve and purpose (through the Aslistance of thy Grace and holy Spirit directing me) to “ renounce the Devil and all his Works; the Pomps and Vanities of this -« wicked World, and all the finful lufts of the Flesh.” Be pleased, O Lord, to strengthen and confirm all these good kesolutions in me.

And I heartily thank thee, O heavenly Father, for calling me to this State of Salvation through Jesus

Christ my Saviour, who died for my Sins, and rose again for my Juftification ; and I
bumbly befeech chee for his Sake, to give me grace to continue in the fame unto my
life's End : Amen..
See Psal. i. xxiii. xxiv. xxy.cxix. cxxvi.

A Prayer for faith in Gods mercy thro' Cbrit.
Lmighty God, our heavenly Father, who, for the greater confirmation

of our faith and confidence in thy mercy, hast in thy holy Gospel declared, that zubojoever believeth in thy : Son Jesus Cbrilt, hall not perish, but have everJajiing life ; and that this is hife: eternal, to know thee the only true God, and jein linea




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