I am using contemporary English in this version of that prayer, but you will remember it goes like this:
We do not presume to come to this Your table, O merciful Lord,
trusting in our own righteousness, but in Your manifold
and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to
gather up the crumbs under your table. But You are
the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy.
Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to partake of this
sacrament of Your Son Jesus Christ, that we may walk
in newness of life, may grow into His likeness, and may
evermore dwell in Him, and He in us. Amen.
Since Vatican II not only the Roman Catholic Church but most Protestant Churches have revised their liturgies, especially the ones for Holy Communion. Communion has taken on the spirit of a joyous celebration of the resurrection power of Jesus Christ which it should always be, but usually “The Prayer of Humble Access” is omitted. This is regrettable.
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