Thomas Cartwright on our duties when receiving the Lord’s Supper

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Q. What heed is to be taken in the action?

A. That in the act of receiving, with the signs we consider and call to our remembrance the particular matters signified. Seeing the bread broken, and the wine poured out, we are affectionately to remember the body of Christ broken, and his blood shed for us; and by the eye of faith, behold him crucified (as it were) before our eyes. Further, beholding the Minister reaching forth these elements unto us, we are to behold Christ himself therein, offering himself, and all his merits unto us, if we will receive them by faith.

Lastly, in the stretching forth of our hands to receive these elements, we are to labour to have a sense and feeling of our faith, laying hold upon Christ and all his saving benefits: and in our eating of this bread, and drinking this wine, we are to labour to feel such a spiritual refreshing of our souls, with the body and blood of Christ, as wee feel in our bodies by the bread and wine. ...

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