|The Book of Common Prayer|
An Order for the Communion of the
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
The following prayer may be said.
We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, [that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, au our souls washed through his most precious blood, and] that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
The minister shall administer the Blessed Sacrament, first saying the following invitation
The Gifts of God for the People of God
and may add take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts
or the following
Behold the Lamb of God; behold him that taketh away the sins of the world.
Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.
The Blessed Sacrament is then administered in one or both kinds, the minister saying
The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith, with thanksgiving.
The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ's Blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.
Priest The Lord be with you.
Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost vouchsafe to feed us who have duly received these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate In the mystical body of thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thine everlasting kingdom by the merits of his most precious death and passion. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such pod works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
The Priest gives the blessing
The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
A deacon or layman says
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
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