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For Thursday.!! ing the bread and wine. 1117

A

prayer

A meditation for the morning. 61

before recciving. 117

A prayer for the morning.

A prayer just before receiving the

bread.

A meditation for the evening.

66'

119

A prayer for the evening.

Directions concerning the receiving

68

the brcad,

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For Friday.

A prayer after the breati

119

before the cup. IZO

A meditation for the morning.

concerning the receiving

A prayer for the morning.

710.

A meditation for the evening.

77 A prayer when you have received

A prayer for the evening.

81 both kinds.

For Saturday.

A thanksgiving when retired from

the Lord's table.

A meditation for the morning. 83 A short prayer when the communi.

A prayer for the morning. 86 on-service is ended.

126

A meditation for the evening. 87 Inftru&ions how to live well after

A prayer for the evening. 90 a worthy receiving the holy fa-

crament.

127

For Sunday. A prayer after you have returned

A meditation for the morning.

91

home,

131

A prayer for the morning, 951

Directions for a christian behaviour

Ejaculations wlien first come into

in the afternoon on the day we

church,

97

receive the blessed facrament of

A prayer before or after the prayers

the Lord's supper. 133, 134

of the church.

98

A prayer after sermon.

Daily Prayers..

99

Directions before receiving.

A morning prayer.

135.

An evening prayer.

The Companion for the Altar.

Ejaculations before you leave your

Occasional Prayers.

Seat.

101 A prayer during sickness.

142

Ejaculations when you approach the A prayer on taking physic.

Altar.

when labouring under a-

Directions concerning the Offertory. ny grievous pains.

145

to be usedför a fick child.

A prayer at offering our alms. 105

146

Directions concerning the prayer

for a woman with child.

for the church militant. 106

147

the exhortation,

1071

for a person under affic

the confeffion, 1091 tion.

148

the absolution.

for a person troubled in

the humiliation,

mind.

150

the confecration.

for all states and condi-

A

prayer after consecration, 115. tions of men.

151

A prayer when the priest is receiv- A general tanksgiving. 152

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Reasons for publishing this BOOK. THOI miery pollably incur the displeasure of those whose secular

views may be frustrated or disappointed by the publication of this New Week's Preparation ; yet I have the confolation of being fully assured that this present undertaking will want noapology to those who have religion truely at heart, if they will, with a little attention, compare this performance with the Old IV eek's Preparation, formerly printed for SAMUEL KÉBLE. Nor am I under any apprehenfon of being condemned for adding one more to the number of devotional books, already extant upon the subject of the holy sacrament of the Lord's Supper; because the tempers and talents of men are fo different, that what does not affect one may possibly touch another; and, provided that fubftantial pietý and devotion are improving, too many instruments connct be employed for that purpose. I am also perfuaded that the present Proprietors of Keble's Old Week's Preparation, carnat, as christians, be so deftitute of principle and good-will to the public cause of the christian religion, as to endeavour, or even defire the continuance of a book which has already been found

so in-
jurious to christianity, and has brought so great and many scan-
dals upon the reasonable service of almighty God, as it will ap-
pear that book has already done : and therefore it is certainly
most unfit to be put into the hands of devout and well-meaning,
but otherwise undiscerning christians.. To demonstrate that these
complaints are just and fairly grounded, I have transcribed a
few passages from the editions of KEBLE's Week's Preparation;
the one printed 1738, the other in the year 1742; and desire
the impartial reader, after he has considered the tendency of those.
rapturous and wanton expressions, to judge whether that book
deserves to be blamed and set aside, or not.
( The pages before the lines refer to the small edition printech

1742, and the pages after the lines to the pompous Edios
tion printed 1738.1
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67 my Desire
, my Delight

, Change my Life, iny Love,

Page. CAVO: CHUAST Page. 129 Art thou afraid of being too much enamoured with this

142 b1 137. Jesus, bo my Loves my Foy, my Fgus, my Lord, bé try 152

thou present with me in the Sacrament, present more -39611.j" than by Inspiration, and make me pretunt with thec, 973 1:35 and that more than by Meditatiunt in a spiritual, resh 67.

in my Mind, nigh in my Heart, and nigh to aid me, for I 13.47 s. 117 languish thra' Love, O avhat mall I do, to have my Soul 1,115 wholly poffeft with, and storlenged by thee, plot to enjoy

129 the perpetual Embraces of 142,

5 thee O my Life take my Soul; my Joy draw my Heart 157 i 142 unto thes. When hall I fully please thee ? I will not 1. 111 5.195 15:12 . let iter ge till thou hart bleijia

may faint in myMf *67, 114 and depend on thee. Satisfy me with ihy Blood. He V. 74

bowed down his Head to kiss nie. Heltretclıçd forth 743 726 So his Arm to enibrace me. From his in:erior Lợve burft 81 forth such exterior Signs and Demonfirations as were suf- 89

ficient to mollify a Heart more frozen than' Ice itfelf, 166 and more hard than any Marble. Such are thy Gifis,

96 fweeț Saviour, such are the Works and Delights of thy 184 143 Love. O that I was so faflined unto thee that 'I might 706 142 never depart. Thou wert within me. Thcu only pleaf- 159 eliine, and thee only I delite, &c. & C. SC.

158 These without dispute, are the wanton exercises of a warm imagination, and of a luscious fancy; where warmth of conftitution, not reason, much less religion, has the chief and fovereign influence. and to

Undoubtedly writers of this caft, have shamefully suffered the fofter Passions to mix too strongly with their Zeal for religion.t

By † The following is ibe APOLOGY of no lesson Aurbor rhan Dr, Isaac Watts bin:felf:

* Let it be observed, that it was much the Fashion, even among some Divines of : Eminence in former Years; to exprefs ibe Ferriors of devout Love to our Saviour

of the Song of Solomon: And I must confess, that several of my

in Verfe, written in younger Life, were led by these Examples unrarily into tbis Track, But, if I may be permitted to speak ibe Senfe of ma. turer Age, I can bardly think this the bappief Language in which Cbriftians

pould discover Ibéir warm Sentiments of Religion, fince ibe clearer and more fpi

ritual Revelations of tbe New Testament." Torbis Apology xe may cdd, thai ir {bese our Meditations and Prayers are no visionary Scenes of suild Extravagance; no Affectations of rbar Style, wbicb spreads a glaring Confusion over the Underfanding. Here are none of tbofa incon.prebenfible Pbrafos wbich may amese the Ear aviso founding Vanity, and bold Reafun in fovereign Contempt, In phort, bere are Refuirt Pontings after a mortal Love, in tbe Language of Devotion and Piery

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The AUTHOR to the READER.

1:1 US 043 211.17 ! By what Means true Devotion is destroyed.

Here the true spirit of devotim, which is in its own nature a liberal and reasonable Tervice, is made wholly to evaporate in unnatural become, and extatic fervours, such as are a disgrace and reproach to the dignity of a rational natiere. And instead of speaking the language of a serious, rational, unaffected piety, tbey abound wholly with rapturous fights of unhallowed love, and strains of myftical diffoluteness or as an ingenious author terms it, spiritualized concupiscence, invented by the carnal and wanton appetites and wishes of the unmarried nuns and friars; and thence either by design, or by the delufion of the deyil, or both, foifted into the devotions of the reformed Church, under a pretence of purer filames of divine love and spiritual rapture; whereas they pollute' the foul with luscious images, warm it into irregular fermeuts, and fire it with a falle palfan; dilipating all due composure: and recollcetion of mind, and laying open the heart to all the wild extravagancies of frana tic enthufiam: a manner of address mitch fitter for a dissolute lover, 'than for an acceptable worshiper of the all-pure und all-knowing God. !!!

It was against this kind of devotion, that great light of the church of England, the learned and pious bishop STILLINGFLEET thus exclaimed...". Is it paffible (faid he) that any man u can imagine, it is no disponour to the christian religion to u make the perfetion of the devotion of it to confift in fuch

frange unaccountable unions and raptures, which take away " the use of all (modesty) reason, and coinmon sense!” Some causes of the decay of christian piety.

It is to such effusions as these que may aferibe, in a great meafure; the decay of christian piety. Becauses they tend to mislead mers minds from the true fubject both of their duty and happiness, and bring them to acquiefce in their False and mistaken substitutes: they give great and signal Discouragement to the general practice of pięty in the world, by exposing it to ridieule,

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and the charge of affected singularity. On the one hand, they throw many honift and well-meaning, but weak minds into a de pair of ever succeeding in the Bufmess of religion;' because, upon examination, they discover in themselves, little or no acquaintance with those tumultuous heats, and ungoverned fallies of paftion, upon which so great a stress is laid by these pretenders to puch glorious frenzies and heavenly follies: and on the ottur, they harden the diffolute and unthinking part of mankind into abftinate mization, by confirming the Wards the v felves tao willing to entertain against religion: that it is a rigorous impracticable service; a state of unnatural refinement, aliogether incompatible with the common measures of human life. And

This is ng mre than what the above-mertioned bifhop had before alerted against the Romith devotions. Tiis myftical << divinity, fass be, is not only unintelligible, but it leads perfons into strange issions of fancy; and this I take to be a very

great injury, not only to those melancholy fouls, that are léd through this valley of fhades and darkness; but even to the chri“ ftian religion itself, as though the way of perfection tavght big 4 it were a low, mean, contemptible thing, in comparifon of these mystical flights.

In what the love of GOD. consists. It is true, we are commanded often to love God with all our $ heart, but withal we are told, we must not fancy this love to es be a mere languishing passion; 10, the love of Christians " towards God is no fond amorous affection, but a due ap

prehension and esteem of the divine excellencies, a hearty Jense

of all his kindness to us, and a constant readiness of mind to do « his will. And thus the beloved for of God hath declared what He mens by the love be expects from his disciples: If ye love “ me, (Jxys Christ,) keep iny commandments; and ye are “ my friends if

ye do whatsoever I command you. And if (Pays St. John) any man, say I love God, and hateth his

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