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BOOK FOUR
AN INVITATION TO HOLY COMMUNION

LIBER QUARTUS
De devota exhortatione ad sacram Corporis Christi communionem.

Chapter 6
AN INQUIRY ON THE PROPER THING TO DO
BEFORE COMMUNION

Cap. 6.
Interrogatio de exercitio ante communionem.

THE DISCIPLE - WHEN I consider Your dignity, O Lord, and my own meanness, I become very much frightened and confused. For if I do not receive, I fly from Life, and if I intrude unworthily, I incur Your displeasure. What, then, shall I do, my God, my Helper and Adviser in necessity? 1. Cum tuam dignitatem, et meam vilitatem penso, valde contremisco, et in me ipso confundor. Si enim non accedo vitam fugio; et si indigne me ingesserio, offensam incurro. Quid ergo faciam, Deus auxiliator meus et consiliator meus in necessitatibus?
Teach me the right way. Place before me some short exercise suitable for Holy Communion, for it is good to know in what manner I ought to make my heart ready devoutly and fervently for You, to receive Your Sacrament for the good of my soul, or even to celebrate so great and divine a sacrifice. 2. Tu doce me viam rectam, propone aliquod breve exercitium sacrŠ Communioni congruum. Utile est enim scire, qualiter scilicet devote et reverenter tibi prŠparare debeam cor meum ad recipiendum salubriter tuum Sacramentum, seu etiam celebrandum tam magnum et divinum sacrificium.
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