06 July 2008

Prayer of Humble Access

I have come to believe that the following is the best form of this prayer
for Anglican Usage Catholics and anglo-catholics:

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;
In these holy mysteries, grant us therefore, gracious Lord,
so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood,
that our souls and bodies may be washed and cleansed
by the Sacrifice of his most precious Body and Blood
and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

phrase from the earliest form of this prayer
phrase from the Liturgy of Comprehension, 1689