Another thanks-giuing after the Communion.
I Thanke thee O Christ Lambe of God, for offering thy selfe vpon the altar of the crosse to thy Father an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet sauour to God, for our sinnes, to re∣concile vs vnto him: for certaintie whereof, and confirmation of our faith, thou hast instituted on our behalfe this holie Sacrament of the supper, that as oft as we receiue the same, we may celebrate thy me∣morie, and with thankes-giuing remember the merit and fruit of thy passion. I beseech thee by thy bitter death stirre vp our minds, that by often receiuing this thine ordinance and institution, we may consider how bitter a death thou didst suffer on our behalfe, and how great the loue was, which draue thee to take so cruell and shamefull a death to saue vs: and withall conti∣nuallie yeeld, as we are bound, hartie thanks vnto thee for the same, and after the like sort answer to our po∣wer, that vnspeakable good will by our good life, and carefull obseruation of thy commandements; and may when either through frailtie of our flesh, or by anie other fault preuented we sinne, runne by and by vnto thee by repentance, and through consideration of this new and eternall couenant, touching the remission of sinnes made with vs, be erected and vpholden vnto a liuelie and puissant hope.
Page 598 O sweet Iesu grant, that being fast linked vnto thee by this holy mysterie, I may receiue power & strength from thee, beleeuing thy promises, and be wholie addi∣cted therevnto without anie doubting, that so my con∣science in feare and troubles may haue perfect conso∣lation. Suffer me not to be separated from the mem∣bers of thy bodie, which is the Church; whereof thou art head, fulfilling all in all: but graunt, that abiding in thy word and kingdome, I may be without fault in the foundation, and without sinne against my consci∣ence, and walke worthie this Sacrament; forsaking vtterlie, and renouncing the diuell, and all idolatrie, all vices and carnall desires, which fight against the soule. For we cannot be partakers of the Lords table, and of the diuels too. Make me also to remember that by this Sacrament I am bound to doo good vnto o∣thers. For, as manie graines of corne doo make one loafe, and manie grapes make one wine: so being ma∣nie, yet are we but one loafe and one bodie, in asmuch as we all participate of one bread, and drinke of one cup. Ioine vs therefore togither, O Sauiour of the world, at this common banket, through the band of loue, that we may be fastened vnto thee our head, that as thou didst die for vs, so we againe may not feare to suffer, and to giue our liues for the glorie of thy name, that we neuer be separated from thee neither in life nor death. Make vs also hartilie to loue one another, like the true and liuelie members of thy bodie, that if neede require, we may giue our liues for our brethren. Suffer not concord of minds to be broken. For he that receiueth the mysterie of vnitie, and keepeth not the bond of peace, he doth not receiue the mysterie for himselfe, but a testimonie against himselfe.
Giue grace therefore, that leauing aside all wrath, fiercenesse, maliciousnesse and enuie, we may forgiue one another, euen as thou forgiuest vs, and beare one Page 599 with another for the better auoiding of strife, dissen∣tion, sectes and pernicious heresies. Keepe this thine ordinance, and right vse of thy Sacrament amongst vs euermore, that this good worke and diuine ceremo∣nie may alwaies be a note and badge of our publike profession, whereby we are knowne from pagans; and tokens of loue, confession and thankefulnesse. Remoue awaie all abuses, and prophanations of this holie and sacred supper, together with the horrible and idola∣trous adorations inuented by Sathan and his mem∣bers, to the shamefull deforming of thy godlie & goodlie institution: but maintaine, I humblie beseech thee, the true and vnpolluted vse thereof, till thy pleasure is to returne in the clouds to iudgement with great po∣wer and glorie, that it neuer be out of remembrance; and last of all, at our resurrection from death, appoint vs places of thine heauenly table, where we may taste the new wine in the kingdome of thy father, abiding with thine elect, Angels, and blessed Saincts for euer∣more,