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2 Praise him in his noble acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him in the sound of the trumpet: praise him upon the lute and harp.
4 Praise him in the cymbals and dances : praise him upon the strings and pipe.
5 Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals: praise him upon the loud cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath : praise the Lord. transport, and seems to have been fenn'd on purpose to design of them all, that is to aflift us in praifing God, be a conc,ufion of the sacred Songs, to thew what is the in which let us all anite now and for ever more:
PRAYERS and MEDITATIONS
Preparotary to: a SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION,
Agreeable to what
The Church of England requires from her COMMUNICANTS.
SHEFFIELD; Printed for W: WARD.
HE usual Reason which Men afegn for ibeir not coming so often to the Holy Sacra.
ment as they would do, is their Fear of eating and drinking unworthily, and consequently, of, incurring their own Damnation thereby. . The Design then of this poort Discourse is, to love wbat Sacramental Preparation is, which is absolutely necessary to qualify Men for a warthy Perlis cipation of the Lord's Supper, that so Men may come without the least Fear of eating and drinking Damnation to themselves : For bobicb purpose, I conceive no Rule, no Instruktion more fate, eaf and instructive, than that of our Church Catechism, wbich I have endeavoured t explain, án to accomodate for the Use and Benefit of the meane Capacity.
The concluding Part of this Discourse contains Prayers and Medications preparative to a ca cramental Preparation ; and though they be few in Number, yet I hope they fully answer all those reveral Parts of a Communicant's Duty, according to that Rule and Standard wbich our Church has fired for our Guide and Companion to the holy Altar. By the Addition of those. Pfalms, and proper Leffons annexed to each particular Prayer and Meditation, the Communicant ma enlarge bis Devotions to what Degree or Length be pleaseth. By wbich Metbed you bave as much Matter for actual Preparation in this little Book, as in any other Discourse of this Nature whatfocuer
COMPANION to the ALTAR.
LL those Bleslings which we now enjoy, and hope hereafter to re
ceive from Almighty God, are purchased for us, and muft be obtained A
through the merits and intercession of the holy Jesus, who has 66 instituted and ordained Holy mysteries, as pledges of his love, ani
« for a continual remembrance of his death and passion, to our great and endless comfort.” Luke xxii. 19. I Cor. xi. 24. But then we must remember, that these benefits and blessings, which the Son of God has purchased tor us, are r:o where promised, but upon condition that we ourselves are first duly qualified for them. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is a tolemn ratification of our Baptismal Cuvenant, where in God for his part harh faithfully promiled “ pardon « and remission of fins to all true penitents," and we for our parts are thercin folemnly bound to be faithful and obedient unto him, 2 Tim. ii. 19. Before then we can promise to ourselves' any benefit or advaritage from the participation of this, folcmn Rite and Covenant between God and us, we must endeavour (what in us lies) to poffefs our Souls with all thote divine qualifications which this Sacramerit of the Lord's Supper requires to render us worthy partakers thereof.
And what those are, it is the design of this discourse to enquire; wherein I shall eneavour to fhew what that Preparation of heart and mind is, which must dispose us for a worthy participation of the blessed Sacrament: and herein I hope to remove all those Fears and Scruplus which arise in our minds, about “ Eating and
Drinking unworthily, and of incurring our own Damnation thereby," groundless and unwarrantable; and to do this I Mall take occasion to explain that part of our CHURCH CATECHISM, designedly intended for our instruction, with relation to this duty of a Sacramental Preparation ; namely,
Q. What is required of them who come to the Lord's Supper?"
A. “To examine themselves whether they repent them truly of their former e fins, ftedfastly purposing to lead a new life, have a lively faith in God's
mercy " through Chrift, with a thankful remenibrance of his death, and tɔ be in charia
ty with all men.' This is that Sacramental Preparation which our Church (in as few words as is possible) hath provided for our Companion of Guide to the Holy Altar. The duty then of a devout Communicant consisteth in these fix following particulars : 1 Sull-Examination; to examine themselves. 2. Repentance towards God; whether they repent them truly of their foriner sins. 3. Holy purposes or resolutions of a new life; Stedfastly purpofing to lead a new life. 4 Faith in God's Mercy through Chrift; to have a lively faith, &c. 5. A thankful f:membrance of bis death. 6thly and lastly, Unteigned love or charity for all mankind; and to be in charity with all mcn.
The first Past then of a Communicant's Duty is Self-Examination: A duty not
cnly enjoined by human authority, but likewise commanded by St. Paul. But ict a Man. examine kimself, and so let him eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cud i Cor. xi 28. Intimating, that no Man should presume to eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cup, without a previous Preparation, if he mean to escap; that same Judgement of Condemnation which thefe Corinthians brought upon themdelves for their irreverent, sinful and disorderly: Behaviour at this Sacrament; and This was the Occasion of St Paul's Caution and Reproof: He that eateth and drinketb unwirthily, says the Apostle, eateth and drinketh Damnation * to himself, net discerning the Lord's Body, Vet 29.
Put that our Preparation may be so well performed by us as to prevent the like Danger, let us, as the wise man adviseth, Remember the End, and we shall upor do amiss
, Eccl. vii. 16. Firl then, That' we inay come to this heavenly
and adorned with the Wedding Garment, Matt. xxii. 11. we must search our hearts, and exanize our Consciences, not only till we see our Sins, but until we hite them ; and instead of those filthy Rags of our Righteousness, we must adorn our minds with pure and pious Dispositions; even that clean Linen, ibe Righteousness of the Saints, Rev. xix. With these Ornaments are holy Souls fitted for the Society of that celestial Company, which are to be met with at this Solemnity. 20ly, Another End or Design of this strict Preparation, is, that we may be accepted by God as worthy Communicants; that be who knoweth the Secrets of all our Hearts, neither is there any Creature that is not manifell in his fight, l'ut alittings are naked and opened unto the Eyes of him with whom we have to do, Jer. xvii. 10. Heb. iv. 13. may approve of the Sincerity of our Repentance; and the King, who comes in to view the Guests, Matt. xxii. 11. may (though striály speaking we are not fo) count us worthy of his Favour and Countenance. And how to attain so great a Blessing these following instructions will help and assist us.
Firl, we are directed to repent uj truly of all our former Sins. This is that preparation which Christ himielt requires of us, Matt. iii23. A Duty
Repentance you know, which our sinful Lives n:ake always neceflary for our Conlideration, if ever we expect eternal Happiness hereafter, Luke iii
But more especially the Dignity of this Sacrament requires that it thould be enquired into with more than ordinary Care and Circumpection, because without sincere Repentance, we cannot expect any Benefit or Advantage from the Death and Passion of Christ, which ia this Sacrament we commentorate, and have the Merits-of it conVcyed to us by this sacred Memorial. Suppofing then that this is sufficient to convince you of the Neceflity and Importance of this Duty, that upon it depends
( * Note, This Word Damnation, does not signify 21, 22.) and the Damnation here threatened, hath no eternal Condemnation, but on the contrary some temporal Relation to us, unless it could be proved, that any of us Punishment or Judgment, (as you have it in the Margin of w.re crer guilty of the fame Wickednels with belé Corin. your Biblc) fichas tickness or Death with which the City of thians ; which I believe no Man ever was or would be Corinth was ættlicted, for their great Abuse and Protanation suffered to approach the Lord's Table atierluch a disorderly of this filen institution ; fo ihat the Sins here reproved, inanner as they did, if Men were so lewd and profane.] (namely, Glut.ony, D.unkennits and faction, ver. 13,