The Easter Gift/Christ Blessing the Bread
CHRIST BLESSING THE BREAD
CHRIST BLESSING THE BREAD.
"This do in remembrance of me.
"This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you."
St. Luke xxii. 19,20.
"And as they were eating, Jesus look bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
"And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it:
"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
"But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."Matthew xxvi. 26-29.
Bow thee to earth, and from thee cast
All stubbornness of human will;
Then dare to drink the sacred cup
Thy God and Saviour died to fill.
If thou art humble as a child,
When lisping at his mother's knee,
His first meek words of earnest prayer;
That sacred cup may be for thee.
But if within thy sinful heart,
Lurk earthly crime or earthly care,
If hate, which broods upon the past,
Or pleasure's feverish dream, be there;
If thou against the widow's prayer,
Or orphan's cry, hast closed thine ear;
In mercy to thyself forbear,
Drink not thine own destruction here:
But from thee put all thoughts of earth,
As erst from Israel's camp were flung
Each worldly and unholy thing,
To which the secret sinner clung.
Come with thy guilt new washed in tears,
Thy spirit raised in faith above;
Then drink, and so thy soul shall live,
Thy Saviour's blood—thy Saviour's love.