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cy. Here all that we do is Divine Wor ship; the Mystery is a moft Solemn Eucharift, or Thanksgiving; a real and lively Form of praising God, as Psalms and Hymns are at other times: And all this is attended with devout Prayer from the beginning to the end; the whole Congregation praying for all Estates and Conditions of Men; the Minister praying for every particular Communicant; and each particular Communicant consenting to the Prayer, joyning his own suffrage, and praying in his own person for the preservation of his Soul and Body. So that Adoration and Worship being our whole work at this time, it ought to be performed in an adoring posture; not only with Eyes and Hands lifted up, but with bended Knees too, which all Nations have ever thought the most folemn and suitable posture of Adoration.
3. THE Church hath chosen, it as a Poiture that is most expressive, of our Gratitude to God for the astonishing Mercies which all Worthy Communicants receive at this Great Solemnity; Forgiveness of Sin, Peace with God, the Increase of the Holy Spirit, Divine Influences from above, from the Man Christ Jesus; with an Earnest, and Pledge of a Happy Resurrection, and a Glorious Inmortality
FROM all which considerations every Pious and Humble Soul may argue after this manner. Since this is the Symbol of the blood of God, which was Thed for me, and for many, for the Remission of all our Sins, shall I not receive it upon my Knees Since Heaven is his Throne, and the Earth his Footstool, what place can be too vile, or what gesture too lowly, for Sinful dust and alhes . Since we are now admitted to the presence of the Lamb, and to the Gate of Heaven; 0 come let us 'Worship, and fall down, and kneel before the Lord our Maker, and Redeemer. If the Blessed Jesus in his Agony fell down with his Knees placed on the bare ground, how can I now begrudge the bowing of mine? Since the Praises of God are now to be in my *mouth, what better Example can I fol"low, than those Elders in Heaven, who
fell down before Him that sat on the Throne, and Worshipt Him that liveth for ever, and ever,' saying --Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, which was; and is, and is to come? Since my Blessed Redeemer was pleased to humble himself even to the Death of the Cross, what humility can Be great enough-for Me, who am now to gather up my Life and Happiness at his feet ? Since I am now to beg for a Blef
sed Eternity, and to offer up my whole self a Reasonable, Holy, and Living Sacrifice; what more reasonable for me, than to beg God's acceptance of
my Prayers and Oblation upon my bended Knees ? And since my Eating and Drinking at the Lord's Table is a Pledge of so many stupendious Mercies to come, how can I* chuse but kneel, when I take the Seals of his Promises at his hands : :
THIS is enough to fhew what a becoming and suitable posture Kneeling is at this Great Solemnity, and how Naturally it follows, where people entertain right Notions of it, and come unto it with humble Minds. Nor can I fufficiently admire, that of all the Usages in the Christian Church, this fo Significant, lo Decent a Ceremony, should ever become a stumbling-block, and matter of Difpute. Certainly it must be an ill sign of very Lofty Imaginations, when there is such stiffness in Mens knees.
BUT it is high time for me to proceed.
CHA P. XII.
HEN we have thus devoutly
employ'd this blessed hour, we must not imagine that our great Business is at an end; that we may now drop those Religious Confiderations which hitherto took up our time and thoughts ; that we may now go home, leaving our Vows 'and Resolutions behind us in the Church, much less may we think our félves free to falf afrelh upon our former course of Life. I must tell you, the greatest part of our business is yet before us, and to stop and rest here in the performance of those things which have hitherto employ'd our minds, is the ready way to unravel our whole work, and to defeat the design of this Heavenly Ordi
For this Rite of Eating and Drinking at the Lord's Table, though it be of admirable use, yet it is not naturally and intrinfecally good, as those Acts and Dispofitions of the Mind, are, wherein the Substance and Excellence of Religion doth
confift; but it is a Relative thing, inftis tuted by our Saviour as 'a Means to pro. mote and carry on that Noble End, for which the Grace of God hath appeared unta all Men; that denying, all Ungodliness and Worldly Lusts, we should live Soberly, Righteously, and Godly in this present World, Tit. 2. 12: Here indeed we tay the Foundation of a life of Virtue, by devoting unto God the Powers and Fa. culties of our Souls, and the Members of our Bodies: but as the Ground-work is in order to a Superstructure; so are our Actions now in order to the further edifying and perfecting of us, that we may bę built up more and more in our most Holy Faith, and being fitly framed together and compacted, may grow and rise up by degrees to an Holy Temple for the Lord, to be an Habitation of God through the Spirit. 1 1
THIS you will easily perteive, if you observe, 1. The Nature of the Ordinance it felf. It is first, a Representation of the very Death of Christ; a Representation exhibited to our Sences, by the breaking of the Bread, and the effusion of the Wine. And what doth this mean, but to awaken our Fears; by shewing us the Terror of the Lord, who for the expiation of the World's Guilt, spared not his own Son, 'nor would be reconciled to the World at a