A praier or thankesgiuing to be said after the receiuing of the Communion.
WE giue thee most hartie thanks, O heauen∣lie Father, that hast at this present fed vs, and refreshed our hungrie soules with the flesh and bloud of our Sauiour Christ; not carnallie, but spirituallie. Giue vs grace therefore continuallie, by the meanes of an increasing and fruit∣full faith, to beleeue that thy flesh is meate indeed, and thy bloud is drinke indeed: and that vnneths we eate thy flesh, and drinke thy bloud, we can not enter into thy kingdome, nor be saued in the daie of thy comming. Giue vs grace therefore, being vnprofitable seruants, and vnwoorthilie called, by the reason of the multitude of our sinnes, to banket at thy table, whereas the cele∣bration Page 167 of thy supper hath beene vsed, and thy death by the visible elements of bread and wine represented vn∣to vs, to offer vp vnto thee continuallie the fruits of true, repentant, and sorowfull harts, that thy name may be glorified, we by thy grace comforted, thy dis∣pleasure turned to loue, thy wrath to compassion, our sinnes pardoned and forgotten, and our names writ∣ten in the booke of life.
And as it hath pleased thee at this present to account vs for thy ghests, and not onlie to feede vs with visible creatures, namelie bread and wine: but also in soule, which is thine owne similitude, to cherish vs with thy flesh and bloud, wheron by the vertue of a liuelie faith we haue to our great comforts most plentifullie fed: so now, O Lord, we beseech thee of thine abundant goodnesse, to increase our faith, that it may wax strong in thee, and fruitfull to exercise the works of charitie and loue to all men; that therby as we haue now been at the celebration of thy glorious and blessed supper, so we may, whensoeuer it shall please thee to call vs to thine heauenly banket, be found furnished: not emptie, not naked, but armed and couered with fruitfull faith and truth, and so, as thy ghests or vessels of honour enioie the participation of thy heauenlie and rich pa∣lace, whereas ioies neuer vade, but continuallie en∣dure. Take from vs the burden of our corruption; set vs free from the cursed clog of sinne; deliuer vs from the snares of death and destruction. Giue vs willing minds to obeie and heare thy commandements, clense thou our harts from all iniquitie, and giue vs grace henceforth to walke in newnesse of life, and godlie con∣uersation, that thy name may be glorified, and we sa∣ued in the daie of thy comming to iudgement. Grant this for Jesus Christ his sake our mediatour and aduo∣cate: