The Lord's Supper is Holy
The following revelation is a confirmation of the instructions given in Section 73 concerning the administration of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The holiness of this ordinance is reaffirmed. The Elders are admonished to wash their hands in front of the congregation before administering the emblems as a token of the cleanliness of heart that the Lord requires of communicants [Rosenborg, Oslo, Norway].
1. It is verily pleasing unto the Lord your God that the saints are desirous to partake worthily of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, for as ye are true and faithful in your covenants to this ordinance, making the outer inner, behold, the countenances of the saints shall shine brightly, for the Covenant shall blossom in them unto a reworking of their whole souls.
2. And the excellency of the Light within them shall be the voice of God unto all whom they meet, turning the parched ground of the soils of men into pools and springs of everlasting refreshing.
3. And surely as ye are faithful in observing the inward Sacrament shall your hearts be made glad unto eternal rejoicing.
The Public Washing of Hands
4. What thou hast written on the Sacrament is acceptable (NC&C 73); nevertheless, because the saints are forgetful and must continually be reminded of the solemnity and binding character of the covenants, let those who administer and pass the emblems wash their hands in view of the congregation of the saints, that the poignancy and extreme necessity of coming before the Covenant Table with clean hands is not lost.
5. Therefore before the emblems are uncovered and blessed, let those who administer and pass the emblems wash their hands before the congregation, examining themselves honestly that they may not make a solemn mockery of God in what they do.
6. Let a bowl of water and a towel be placed to the side or behind the Sacrament Table for this purpose, as is expedient, that it not become the object of attention and detract from the emblems themselves.
7. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord, remembering that ye are also vessels and are consecrated an Holy House, even the tabernacle of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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