Friday, 25 March 2011

From the BCP

One of my favourite prayers from the BCP is The Prayer of Humble Access:
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: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
In the original version the following words were added, after “and to drink his Blood” in these holy Mysteries, that we may continually dwell in him, and he in us.

1 comment:

  1. This is also one of my favorites and being a cradle Catholic had not heard it prior to becoming associated with an Anglican Use parish. It is only one of many special prayers that are part of the Anglican patrimony.