PREPARATION FOR RECEIVING
THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
IN THE SPIRIT OF
O Lord thou knowest whereof we be made; thou remembrest
we are but dust, but filth, frayle flesh, but a wind that passeth away, and cometh not againe. Remember Lord what my substance is. O Lord consider my complaint for I am brought very low Let my present misery more prevayle to stir compassion, then my sinfull life past to provoke thine indignation O Lord God how longe wilt thour be angry with thy servant Behold I shew unto thee the lowliness of a poore supplyant,
shew not to me the rigour of a fearfull judge. (an act of trust)
Not for o Lord, not for us, not for any thinge of ours. 1. for thy selfe thine own selfe 2. for thy name, for the glory of that name. 3. for thy faythfullnes and truth. 4. for thy mercyes thy many great and wonderful mercyes. 5. for thy sonne our mediatour blessed spirit our comforter. O deliver not thine owne inheritance into the will of the enemy. Lord carest thou not that I perish? I am thine, o save me Behold o Lord how that I am thy servant I am thy servant and the sonne of thy handmayd, thy unprofitable wastfull thy unkind lost child, yet thy child. Though I have not reteyned the dutye and kindness of a sonne, yet doe not thou cast from thee the kindness & compassion of a father. (another act act of trust) Lord I have not denyed thy name, but confessed it ever, and in the confession of it, and invocation thereof I desire O Lord I have prepared my heart to seeke thee, though not accordinge to the rule of thy sanctuary. O Lord I believe, helpe my unbeleife. O Lord I freely forgive, whomsoever I have any thing against O Lord I have patiently borne whatsoever thy hand layeth upon me for my chastisement O Lord I come unto thee weary and heavy laden, thou hast bid me come, thou hast promised him that cometh to thee that thou wilt not cast him out. (another act act of trust) I have sinned but I hide it not excuse it not, like it not. I will confesse my wickedness and be sorry for my sinne. My con fusion is dayly before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me.
1. I have touchinge thee o Lord been full
of rovinge imaginations & evill thoughts I have not studied to seek & know thee as I ought.
thee I have not glorifyed thee nor beene thankfull to thee accordingly. I have doubted of thy promises & not trusted to thy helpe I have made flesh mine arme & hoped for prosperitye rather from man then from thee
2. I have neglected invocation & adoration,
with the duty and reverence that I should
I have not beene thankfull especially
not for thy chastisements
I have not worshipped thee in spirit & in truth I have beene more carefull of the outward ceremoniall part of thy worship, then of the inward & spirituall I have drawne neere to thee with my lips, but my heart hath beene farre from thee. 3. I have not spoken of thy name with due regard I have not given occasion to others to sanctifye thy name, but rather by my evill life, it hath I have not duly reverenced, and regarded I have with rash oaths and eager execrations oft abused thy holy name.
4. I have not brought to thy publike
service the care & reverence
that became me.
I have not spent the days consecrate
thereto in holy exercises
I have upon no sufficient cause
absented my selfe from thy holy
I have upon those dayes intended
mine owne private business
I have been content in them with the
use of the meanes alone, without
5. I have not so reverently spoken
nor so dutifully carryed my
selfe, towards some as thou hast
placed over me, as was meet I should.
I have not so carefully prayed for them as was requisite. I have not opposed to those who have unreverently spoken of them, chiefly of those who had in go- government touchinge my soule. 6. I have not wished and procured the good of my neighbours as I should, but rather maligned beene angry and quarrelled with them & sought revenge upon every light I have not had that compassion on the poore that I should, nor ministered to I have not defended them against the wronge of others as I might. I have not reioyced in the good suc- cesse of my neighbour, but envyed his wellfare.
7. I have not possessed my vessell
in holiness & honour, nor preserved it from pollution as the Temple
of the Holy ghost should be.
I have not eschewed the occasions of
lust, nor made that covenant with I have suffered my fancye to wander too licentiouslye
I have not brought under my body
nor kept it in subiection with such abstinence as I should.
I have more studiously intended &
with more cost my flesh then my spirit. I have not so kept mine eares and tongue as I should. 8. I have not beene content with mine own estate, but wished an higher I have not beene so exact in payinge have dealt withall as in iustice
I have by undue meanes intervervened
to mine own use that which was not mine.
I have not of that I had more then
enough beene willinge to part with to the releefe of the needye.
9. I have not beene so studious of
speakinge the truth as I should
I have desired to seeme and to be
I have not had that care of the good name of my brother, as I was bound.
I have not so hated flattery as I should.
I have not so stood and defended the truth as was meet I should. 10. I have beene full of wandrings desires, wicked affections, unlawfull concupiscences, evill suspicions & surmises, immoderate lusts touchinge
my neighbour, and that which is his.
(confession divided into ten sections
based on the Commandments)
PRAYERS IN CHURCH BEFORE MASS
PRAYERS BEFORE RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT
MOMENT OF RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT
AFTER RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT
"It is good for me to hold me fast by God, and to put my trust in the God of my salvation."
We have now, O Christ our God, finished and perfected, according to our ability, the mystery of Thy dispensation.
For we have (had the memorial of Thy death;
(seen the type of Thy resurrection;
(been filled with Thy endless life;
( enjoyed Thy never-failing dainties;
Whereof vouchsafe to make us all partakers in the world to come.
From Vol. 11, p. 336 of Andrewes' Works.