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devotions of the people, in a decent basin, due reverence, they may hear
and righteousness all the days
goodness, O LORD, to comfort Let us pray for the whole state and succour all those who, of Christ's Church militant. in this transitory life, are in
ALMIGHTY and everliving trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, God, who by thy holy Apostle, or any other adversity. And hast taught us to make prayers we also bless thy holy name, and supplications, and to give for all thy servants departed thanks, for all men: we humbly this life in thy faith and fear; beseech thee most mercifully
beseeching thee to give us [* to accept our alms and obla-grace so to follow their good tions, and] to receive these our examples, that with them, we prayers, which we offer unto may be partakers of thy heathy divine majesty ; beseeching venly kingdom: Grant this, thee to inspire continually the Father, for Jesus Christ's universal Church with the spirit sake, our only Mediator and of truth, unity, and concord: Advocate. Amen. and grant that all those who 9 When the Minister giveth warning for the do confess thy holy name may celebration of the Holy Communion (which agree in the truth of thy holy
he shall always do upon the Sunday, or
some Holy day, immediately preceding) word, and live in unity and he shall read this Exhortation following ; godly love. We beseech thee or so much thereof as, in his discretion, he
DEARLY beloved, on rulers, that they may truly and day next, I purpose, through impartially administer justice, God's assistance, to administer to the punishment of wick- to all such as shall be religiously edness and vice, and to the and devoutly disposed, the maintenance of thy true religion most comfortable sacrament of and virtue. Give
o the Body and Blood of CHRIST; heavenly Father, to all Bishops to be by them received, in and other Ministers; that they remembrance of his meritorious may, both by their life and cross and passion; whereby doctrine, set forth thy true and alone we obtain remission of lively word, and rightly and duly our sins, and are made paradminister thy holy sacraments. takers of the kingdom of heaven. And to all thy people give thy Wherefore it is our duty to heavenly grace; and especially render most humble and hearty to this congregation here pre- thanks to ALMIGHTY God, our sent; that with meek heart, and heavenly Father, for that he * If there be no alms or oblations, then Jesus Christ, not only to die
hath given his Son our Saviour shall the words to accept our alms and oblations, and be left unsaid.
for us, but also to be our
spiritual food and sustenance otherwise the receiving of the in that holy sacrament. Which Holy Communion doth nothing being so divine and comfortable else but increase your cona thing to them who receive it demnation. Therefore, if any worthily, and so dangerous to of you be a blasphemer of God, those who will presume to an hinderer or slanderer of his receive it unworthily; my duty word, an adulterer, or be in is to exhort you in the mean malice or envy, or in any other season, to consider the dignity grievous crime ; repent ye of of that holy mystery, and the your sins, or else come not to great peril of the unworthy that holy table. receiving thereof; and so to And because it is requisite search and examine your own that no man should come to the consciences, (and that not Holy Communion, but with a lightly, and after the manner full trust in God's mercy, and of dissemblers with God ; but with a quiet conscience; thereso) that ye may come holy and fore, if there be any of you, clean to such a heavenly feast, in who by these means cannot the marriage-garment required quiet his own conscience herein, by God in holy Scripture; and but requireth further comfort be received as worthy partakers or counsel ; let him come to of that holy table.
me, or to some other minister The way and means thereto of God's word, and open his is, First, to examine your lives grief ; that he
may receive and conversations by the rule such godly counsel and advice, of God's commandments; and as may tend to the quieting whereinsoever ye shall perceive of his conscience, and the yourselves to have offended, removing of all scruple and either by will, word, or deed, doubtfulness. there to bewail your own sin
Or, in case he shall see the people neglifulness, and to confess your
gent to come to the Holy Communion, selves to ALMIGHTY God, with instead of the former, he shall use this full purpose of amendment of life. And if ye shall perceive DEARLY beloved brethren, your offences to be such as are on I intend, by God's not only against God, but also grace, to celebrate the Lord's against your neighbours; then Supper ; unto which, in God's ye shall reconcile yourselves behalf, I bid you all who are unto them; being ready to here present; and beseech you make restitution and satisfac- for the Lord Jesus CHRIST's tion, according to the uttermost sake, that ye will not refuse to of your powers, for all injuries come thereto, being so lovingly and wrongs done by you to called and bidden by God himany other; and being likewise self. Ye know how grievous ready to forgive others who and unkind a thing it is, when have offended you, as ye would a man hath prepared a rich have forgiveness of your of- feast, decked his table with all fences at God's hand : forl kinds of provision, so that there
lacketh nothing but the guests cross, for your salvation ; so to sit down; and yet they who it is your duty to receive the are called (without any cause) Communion in remembrance of most unthankfully refuse to the sacrifice of his death, as
Which of you in such he himself hath commanded : a case would not be moved? which if ye shall neglect to do, Who would not think a great consider with yourselves, how injury and wrong done unto great is your ingratitude to: him? Wherefore, most dearly God, and how sore punishment beloved in Christ, take ye hangeth over your heads for good heed, lest ye, withdrawing the same, when ye wilfully yourselves from this holy Sup- abstain from the Lord's Table, per, provoke God's indignation and separate from your brethren against you. It is an easy who come to feed the matter for a man to say, I will banquet of that most heavenly not communicate, because I food. These things if ye am otherwise hindered with earnestly consider, ye will by worldly business. But such ex- God's grace, return to a better cuses are not so easily accepted, mind; for the obtaining whereof and allowed before God. If we shall not cease to make our any man say, I am a grievous humble petitions unto ALMIGHsinner, and therefore am afraid ty God, our heavenly Father. to come : wherefore then do
| At the time of the celebration of the ye not repent and amend ?
Communion, the Priest shall
say When God calleth you, are ye
Exhortation. not ashamed to say, ye will not DEARLY beloved in the come? When ye should return Lord, ye who mind to come to to God, will ye excuse your- the Holy Communion of the selves,and say, ye are not ready? Body and Blood of our Saviour Consider earnestly with your- CHRIST, must consider how St. selves, how little such feigned Paul exhorteth
all persons excuses will avail before God. diligently to try and examine Those who refused the feast in themselves, before they presume the gospel, because they had to eat of that bread, and drink bought a farm, or would try of that cup. For as the benefit their yokes of oxen, or because is great, if with a true penitent they were married, were not heart and lively faith we receive so excused, but counted un- that holy sacrament; so is the worthy of the heavenly feast. danger great, if we receive the Wherefore, according to mine same unworthily. Judge thereoffice, I bid you in the name of fore yourselves, brethren, that God, I call you in Christ's ye be not judged of the LORD; behalf, I exhort you, as ye love repent ye truly for your sins your own salvation, that ye past; have a lively and stead will be partakers of this Holy fast faith in Christ our Saviour; Communion. And as the Son amend your lives, and be in of God did vouchsafe to yield perfect charity with all men : up his soul by death upon the so shall ye bé meet partakers
of those holy mysteries. And ment to your comfort; and above all things, ye must give make your humble confession most humble and hearty thanks to ALMIGHTY GOD, devoutly to God the FATHER, the Son, kneeling. and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world by " Then shall this general Confession be
made, by the Priest and all those who are the death and passion of our minded to receive the Holy Communion, Saviour Christ, both God and humbly kneeling. man; who did humble himself,
ALMIGHTY GOD, Father even to the death
of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, cross, for us miserable sinners, Maker of all things, Judge of who lay in darkness and the all men; we acknowledge and shadow of death ; that he might bewail our manifold sins and make us the children of God, wickedness, which we from and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should time to time most grievously
have committed, by thought, always remember the exceeding word, and deed, against thy great love of our Master and
divine majesty ; provoking most only Saviour JESUS CHRIST, thus dying for us, and the justly thy wrath and indignation
against us. We do earnestly innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-shedding he repent, and are heartily sorry
for these our misdoings; the hath obtained for us, he hath instituted and ordained holy
remembrance of them is griev
ous unto us; the burthen of mysteries, as pledges of his
them is intolerable. Have love, and for a continual remembrance of his death, to our
mercy upon us, have mercy great
upon us, most merciful Father; and endless comfort. for thy Son our Lord JESUS To him, therefore, with the FATHER, and the Holy Ghost, that is past; and grant, that
Christ's sake, forgive us all let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks; and please thee in newness of
we may ever hereafter serve submitting ourselves wholly to life, to the honour and glory his holy will and pleasure, and of thy name, through Jesus studying to serve him in true Christ our Lord. Amen. holiness and righteousness, all the days of our life. Amen.
1 Then shall the Priest (the Bishop, if he be Then shall the Priest say to those who
present) stand and turning to the come to receive the Holy Communion,
People, say YE who do truly and ear
ALMIGHTY God, our nestly repent you of your sins, heavenly Father, who of his i and are in love and charity with great mercy hath promised your neighbours, and intend to forgiveness of sins to all those lead a new life, following the who with hearty repentance commandments of God, and and true faith turn unto him, walking from henceforth in his have mercy upon you ; pardon holy ways ; draw near with and deliver you from all your faith, and take this holy sacra-sins ; confirm and strengthen
you in all goodness; and bring 0 LORD, [* Holy Father, ] you to everlasting life, through Almighty, everlasting God. Jesus CHRIST our Lord. Amen. Here shall follow the proper Preface,
according to the time, if there be any spe. T Then shall the Priest say,
cially appointed; or else immediately shall
be said or sung by the Priest and People, Hear what comfortable words
THEREFORE with angels our Saviour Christ saith unto and archangels, and with all all who truly turn to him,
the company of heaven, we COME unto me, all ye that laud and magnify thy glorious travail and are heavy laden, and name ; evermore praising thee, I will refresh you. St. Matt. and saying, Holy, holy, holy, xi. 28.
LORD God of hosts, heaven So God loved the world, and earth are full of thy glory : that he gave his only begotten glory be to thee, O LORD Most Son, to the end that all that High. Amen, believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting
T. PROPER PREFACES, life. St. John iii. 16.
Upon Christmas-day, and seven days after. Hear also what St, Paul BECAUSE thou didst give saith.
JE&US CHRIST, thine only Son, This is a true saying, and to be born as at this time for worthy of all men to be received, us ; who, by the operation of that CHRIST JESUS came into the Holy Ghost, was made the world to sinners. very man, of the substance of 1 Tim. i. 15.
the Virgin Mary his mother; Hear also what St. John saith. and that without spot of sin, to
If any man sin, we have an make us clean from all sin: Advocate with the Father, Therefore with angels, fc. Jesus Christ the righteous; T Upon Easter-day, and seven days after. and he is the propitiation for
BUT chiefly are we bound our sins. I John ii. 1, 2.
to praise thee for the glorious 1 After which the Priest shall proceed, resurrection of thy Son JESUS saying,
CHRIST our Lord : for he is the Lift up your hearts.
very Paschal Lamb, which was Answer. We lift them
offered for us, and hath taken unto the LORD.
away the sin of the world; who Priest. Let us give thanks by his death hath destroyed unto our LORD God.
death, and, by his rising to life Answer. It is meet and right again, hath restored to us ever
lasting life: Therefore with
angels, fc. Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's Table, and say,
1 Upon Ascension-day, and seven days after. IT is very meet, right, and
THROUGH thy most dearly our bounden duty, that we
beloved Son JESUS CHRIST our should at all times, and in all
* These words - (Holy Father) must be places, give thanks unto thee, lomitted on Trinity Sunday.
so to do.