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Psalm 43:3, 4. O send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to Your holy hill, and to Your tabernacles.  Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy.

Father of the spirits of all flesh, be merciful to me a sinner. Oh! send forth Your light and Your truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to Your holy hill, and to Your tabernacles. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy. Yes, I will praise You, O God, my God.

Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.

Hear my voice, according to Your loving-kindness^ O Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies, and God of all comfort.

Lord, You hear the desire of the humble: You will prepare their hearts.

How great, O Lord, how solemn is the duty to which I am called this day! Blessed be Your name, that, amidst all the sinfulness and weakness of my nature, there have occasionally appeared some whom it is my duty and my honor to remember with veneration.

O heavenly Father, I am this day commemorating the perfect obedience and redeeming love of Your eternal and well-beloved Son.  My Lord who came from the heavenly kingdom, as the herald of peace and reconciliation to men. My Lord Jesus, whose life was one spotless sacrifice of obedience to Your will,—whose death was the propitiation for human guilt,—and whose perfect satisfaction was declared to have been well-pleasing in Your sight, by his resurrection from the dead and ascension to Your right hand. I am this day remembering the mortal grief’s of him who is hereafter to appear on the clouds of heaven, and to render to every man according to his works.

I look back with sorrow and with deep abasement on the many sins that have stained my life,—how then shall my polluted hands presume to take the symbols of the body and blood of him who did no sin, but who was holy, harmless, and undefiled? or how, O Lord, shall I, who have so often erred, venture to take that great oath which binds me, in all coming time, to a zealous fulfilment of all Your commandments?

Yet, blessed be Your name, that You have given every encouragement to those who prepare themselves for this service in sincerity. For he, whose death I am this day commemorating, came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance; and he is now exalted at Your right hand, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins.

Trusting in this gracious encouragement, I will take the cup of salvation, and pay my vows before all Your people. I will go to Your holy hill, and to Your tabernacles, O You who are the health of my countenance, and my God.

O God, let me not advance to this service with a rash or precipitate step, for You require a contrite and humble spirit; and You only, O Lord, can give the preparation of the sanctuary.

O send forth Your light and Your truth: take away from me all vain, sinful, and presumptuous feelings; grant me all holy, humble, meek, and grateful, and charitable dispositions; and lead my mind to such thoughts as may prepare me for offering this day an acceptable sacrifice.

Enable me to look with fervent gratitude to that wonderful life, which was concluded by the death I am this day to commemorate.  That life in which there was no sin and no weakness; the life which was spent in doing Your holy will; and which gave to all men a perfect example of those graces and virtues which are well-pleasing in Your sight.

Enable me to look with deep abasement of spirit, but yet with holy thankfulness, to that death, of the memorials of which I am this day to participate. May I see in it the fulfilment of all the sacrifices, which have been offered, by the piety of all Your servants, from the beginning of the world. May I regard it as the great and sealing event of that humiliation to which Jesus submitted for my salvation.  May I regard sacrifice as the earnest of that glory and eternal honor which began by his being raised from the dead and set at Your right hand, that all things might be committed to him in heaven and in earth, for the redemption of this world.

Make me truly thankful, that he, who died for sinners, has appointed this memorial of his dying love; and when I seat myself at his table, and receive the bread and wine which has been consecrated in his name.  May I be joyful in Your sanctuary, and feel how blessed a thing it is to be permitted, on this earth, to receive the privilege to honor Christ by remembering Your gift of Christ, the one and only holy sacrificial lamb that takes away the sin of the world.

But, oh! my Father, make me also humble in spirit, because it was for the sins of that race, of which I also am a member, that Christ died; and may the recollection of my individual offences bow down my heart, and induce me to flee to that refuge which has been offered to me in the gospel.

Grant, O Lord, that, in partaking of this feast, I may feel fervent charity to all men; may every revengeful thought die in my bosom; and, remembering that You are in this service offering forgiveness to all who have offended, and who repent of their offences, may I also extend my forgiveness to those who have done me wrong.

Above all, grant, O Lord, that I may be prepared for taking the oath which the service of this day imposes. An oath of earnest and ceaseless endeavors to do Your will; to imitate the perfect example of Your beloved Son; and to free myself from every sin which may have gained dominion over me during the days that are past. Oh! Let me not lightly take so great a vow.  When I have sworn, thus to live, may Your grace enable me to perform my vow, and never to forget how great must be the condemnation of those who, by again falling into sin, set at naught so fearful an obligation.

You only, O God, can give the preparation of the heart. Keep me in Your fear till the hour of communion has arrived; and may my conduct this day, and all the days of my life, be so ordered by Your grace, that it may prepare me for finally joining in the perfect services of the temple that is above.

I go forward in Your strength: Oh! Let not Your grace desert me; and to Your holy name, Father, Son, and blessed Spirit, be ascribed all glory, dominion, and praise, world without end. Amen.

Book: The Morning and Evening Sacrifice or Prayers for Private Persons and Families (9th Edition)
Author: Edinburgh Published by: Oliver & Boyd, Tweeddale Court; and Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., London 1837
Revised & Edited by: Karrol 2014