The Book of Common Prayer
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    Selections from the 1789 U. S. Book of Common Prayer

 

ADMINISTRATION OF THE

HOLY COMMUNION.

The Collect.

    ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Minister, turning to the People, rehearse distinctly the Ten Commandments, and the People, still kneeling, shall, after every Commandment, ask God mercy for their transgressions for the time past, and grace to keep the law for the time to come as followeth.

 

 
The small portion of the Communion service given here is more commonly known as "Ante-Communion" and was often used when there was no actual celebration of the Eucharist.

 

 

Minister.

    GOD spake these words and said; I am the Lord thy God Thou shalt have none other gods but me. 
   People. Lord have mercy upon us and incline our hearts to keep this law. 
   Minister. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them nor worship them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and show mercy unto thousands in them that love me and keep my commandments. 
   People. Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law. 
   Minister. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, that taketh his Name in vain. 
   People. Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our to keep this law 
   Minister. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work; thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it. 
   People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law. 
   Minister. Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 
   People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law. 
   Minister. Thou shalt do no murder. 
   People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law. 
   Minister. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 
   People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law. 
   Minister. Thou shalt not steal. 
   People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law. 
   Minister. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 
   People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law. 
   Minister. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his. 
   People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and write all these thy laws in our hearts, we beseech thee. 
 

 

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