Another most Christian and deuout praier, to be said before the receiuing of the holie Communion.
O Christ our Lord and Sauior, which before thy greeuous agonie, and heapes of trouble, thorough the wrath of thine almightie Father lighting vpon thee, commandedst thy Disciples Peter and Iohn to prepare the passouer, that together they might eate the same. Thou longedst for our saluation, and didst eate of the lambe, which was a figure of thy selfe; and expressedst the image of that banket, which thy people the Israelits, vnder the conduction of thy seruant Moses, about to depart out of Aegypt, did celebrate. Hauing finished the supper of the old couenant, thou begannest a new couenant, testifieng of thy presence and benefits in the Church. Mooue thou our harts to thankfulnesse, that with like desire we may desire to come vnto thy table, and seeke the nourishment to eternall life. Suffer vs not to loath thine heauenlie banket, as prophane and curious men doo, which contend with thee, & contemne the order which thou hast appointed. Amend all abu∣ses and prophanings of thine holie table, horriblie de∣formed with filthinesse; for the which we are punished in all places with manifold plagues and diseases. By thy wisedome thou healest our diseases and infirmi∣ties, and by the visible signes of Sacraments thou confirmest our faith. Thou art effectuall by them in Page 579 the beleeuers, according to thy promise. We blesse the bread and wine as thou hast willed; and beleeue that with them we receiue thee in true faith and puritie of mind.
Thou declarest by this thy Supper, that trulie thou tookedst our flesh vpon thee, for our sakes; euen to in∣graffe vs to thine owne flesh, and bring vs to eternall life. This is eternall life, which is begunne in this world, whereby the soule is renewed vnto eternall happinesse.
Moreouer, this blessed meate doth witnesse and te∣stifie, that our bodies, which are replenished with the sense of thy liuing flesh, shall rise againe to perpetuall glorie. Increase and nourish, by the profitable taking of thee, this light within vs. Worke, that thy Sacra∣ments taken and digested, thou maist come into vs, and we into thee. Assist vs thy ghests, O sweet houshol∣der; that woorthilie we may feed vpon thy meate. Trie our soule with earnest and vnfeined conuersion. Let vs not plaie the hypocrites, nor prophanelie dallie with thee and thy holie Sacraments. Cause vs right∣lie to discerne thy bodie and bloud from other common meate. Let vs neuer eate the bodie of the Lord against the Lord. Grant in true and vnfeined faith we may enter into this thy sacred couenant, that we may al∣waies abide in thee, and thou in vs.
Likewise, by thine holie spirit, which is the bond of loue, in this publike and common banket, ioine vs to thine other members of thy Church. Giue grace, that all which feed of this bread, may be one bodie, knit vnto thee, which art the head, working all things in all. Let the diuell at no time disturbe this pleasant concord be∣tweene thee and vs, as is betweene the head and other members of the bodie.
Let vs gather also by the same, the summe of doctrine which is preached in the Church. Let it raise vs vp Page 580 vnto thankfulnesse for thy benefits. Increase our de∣sire to continuall praier, whereby we craue all things which we stand in need of. Continue that custome, euen till thou returnest gloriouslie in the clouds to iudge∣ment. Maintaine some places for preaching, and god∣lie ceremonies, and bring in at no time barbarous ig∣norance.
Furthermore, the dooing herof is a ministerie of our profession, against Sathan and all his instruments. Confirme in our minds, by thy spirit, this sound and pure vnderstanding. Let vs not be oppressed with ido∣latrous darknesse, approouing horrible abuses; in car∣rieng about, in laieng vp, in offring the halowed bread without any vse: not so much as one sillable of all these things can be seene in thy first institution. Wherefore, represse the diuell, blasphemouslie dealing with this thine ordinance. And first consume this world vtterlie with fire, before we be wrapped againe in such horri∣ble darknesse of idolatrie and superstition. Mitigate the punishments, sicknesse, infections, warre and mise∣ries, which for the prophaning of this Supper, the whole world doth endure. Let thine Angel spare such, as with griefe of hart bewaile these abuses. Feed vs, and fill vs thy ghests with thy liuelie presence. Dwell thou in vs. Worke in vs. Sharpen the remembrance of thy benefits within vs. And finallie, at our resurre∣ction from the graue, giue vs a place in thy seat; where we shall find a new taste in the kingdome of thy Fa∣ther: So be it.