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may come holy and clean to such a heavenly feast, in the marriage-garment required by God in holy scripture; and be received as worthy partakers of that holy Table.

The way and means thereto is, First, to examine your lives and conversations by the rule of God's commandments; and wherein soever ye shall perceive yourselves to have^ffended, either by will, word, or deed, there to bewail your own sinfulness, and to confess yourselves to Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life. And if ye shall perceive youroffencesto be such as are not only against God, but also against your neighbours; then ye shall reconcile yourselves onto "them; being ready to make restitution and satisfaction, according to the uttermost of your powers, for all injuries and wrongs done by you to any other; and being likewise ready to forgive others who haveoffended you, as ye would have forgiveness of yourofiencesat God's hand: For otherwise the receiv

and the removing of all scruple and doubtfulness.

ft or, in case he shall see the People negligent to come to the Holy Communion, instead of the former, he shall use this Exhortation.

DEARLYbelovedbrethren, on I intend, by God's grace,

to celebrate the Lord's Supper, unto which, in God's behalf, I bid you all who are here present; and beseech you for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, that ye will not refuse to come thereto, being so lovingly called and bidden by God mmself. Ye know how grievous and unkind a thing it is, when a man hath prepared a rich feast, decked his table with all kinds of provision, so that there Iacketh nothing but the guests to sit down; and yet they who are called (without any cause) most untliaukfully refuse to come. Which of you in such a case would not be moved ? Who would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him ? Wherefore, most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good heed, lest ye, withdrawing yourselves from this holy Supper,

ing of the Holy Communion doth i' provoke God's indignation against nothing else but increase your —" "-■"''■

condemnation. Therefore,!! any of you be a blasphemer of God, an hinderer or slanderer of his Word, an adulterer, or be in malice oi'envy,or in any other grievous crime; repentyeofyour sins, orelse comenottothat holyTable. And because it is repuilite that no man should come to the Holy Communion, but with a full trust in God's mercy, and with a quiet conscience; therefore, if there be any of you, who by these means cannot quiet his own conscience herein, butrequireth further comfort or counsel; let him come to me, or to some other Minister of God's word, and open his grief; that he may receive such Godly counsel and advice, as may tend to the quieting of his conscience,

you. It is an easy matter for a man to say, I will not communicate, because I am otherwise hindered with worldly business. But such excuses are not so easily accepted, and allowed before God. If any man say I am a grievous sinner, and therefore am afraid to come; Wherefore then do ye not repent and amend? When God calleth you, are ye not ashamed to say, ye will not come? When ye should return to God, will ye excuse yourselves, and say, ye are not ready? Consider earnestly with yourselves,how little such feigned excuses will avail before God. Those whorefusedthefeast in the Gospel, because they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of oxen, or because they were married, were not so excuse

ed, but counted unworthy of the heavenly feast. Wherefore, according to mine office, 1 hid you Jn the name of God, I call you in Christ's behalf, I exhort you, as ye love your own salvation, that ye will be partakers of this Holy Communion. And as the Son of God did vouchsafe to yield up his soul by death upon the cross, for your salvation; so it is your duty to receive the Communion in remembrance of the sacrifice of his death, as he himself hath commanded: Which if ye shall neglect to do, consider with yourselves, how great is your ingratitude to God, and how sore punishment hangeth over your heads for the same, when ye wilfully abstain from the Lord's Table, and separate from yOur brethren who come to feed on the banquet of that most heavenly food These things if ye earnestly consider, ye will by God's grace, return to a better mind; for the obtaining whereof we shall not cease to make our humble petitions unto Almighty God, our heavenly Father. ff At the time of the Celebration of the

Communion, the Priest shall say this


DEARLY beloved in the Lord, ye who mind to come to the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider how St. Paul exliorteth all persons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume to eat of that Bread, "and drink of that Cup. For as the benefit is great, if with a true penitent heart and lively faith we receive that holy Sacrament; so is the danger great, if we receive the same unworthily. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent ye truly for yoursins past; have a lively and steadfast faith in Christ our Saviour; a mend your lives, and be in per

feet charity wilh all men. so shall ye be meet partakers o« those holy Mysteries. And above all thingsjye must give most humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world, by the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man; who did humble himself, even to the death upon the cross, for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness and the shadow of death; that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should always remember the exceeding great love of our Master and only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, aud the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-shedding he hath obtained for us, he hath instituted aud ordained holy Mysteries, as pledges ol his love, and for a continualremembrance of his death, to our great and endless comfort. To him, therefore, with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, let us give(as we are most bounden) continual thanks : submitting ourselves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and study ing to serve him in true holiness and righteousness, all the days of of our life. Amen.

IT Then shall the Priest say to tho«e who come to receive the Hoiy Communion,

YE who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, ami are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a neiv life,followingtlie cmuuiaudments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holv ways; draw near with faith,ancf take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling.

IT Then shall this general Confession be made, by the Priest and all those who are minded to receive the Holy Communion, humbly kneeling.

ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine Majesty: provoking most justly thy wrath and indienation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us; the burthen of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant, that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. a Then shall the Priest (the Bishop, if he

be present) stand up, and turning to

the People, say,

ALMIGHTY God,ourheavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all yoursins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. IT Then shall the Priest say, Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all who truly turn to him.

COME unto me, all ye that travel and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt. xi. 28.

So God loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.

Hear also what St. Paul saith.

This is a true saying, and wor

thy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.

Hear also what St. John saith.

If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1 John U. 1, 2.

IT After which the Priest shall proceed, saying,

Lift up your hearts.

Answer. We lift them up unto the Lord.

Priest. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

Answer. It is meet and right so to do.

1 Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's Table, and say,

T is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, f* Holy Father,] Almighty, everlasting God.

IT Here shall follow the Proper Preface, according to the time, if there be any specially appointed; or else immedi ately shall be said or sung by the Priest and People,

THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory: Glory be to thee, O Lord Most"High. Amen.


IT Upon Christmas Day, and seven Days


BECAUSE thou didst give Jesus Christ, thine only Son, to be born as at this time for us; who, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, was made very man, of the substance of the Virgin Mary his Mother; and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin: Therefore with Angels, fyc. V Upon Easter Day, and seven Days after

* Time words (Holy Father] wl be omitted on Trinity Sunday.

BUT chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: For he is the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and, by his rising to life again, hath restored to us everlasting life: Therefore with Angels, Sfc. lTUponAscensionDay,andsevenDaysafler. rpHROUGH thy most dearly A beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who, after his most glorious resurrection, manifestly appeared to all his Apostles, and in their sight ascended up into heaven, to prepare a place for us; that where he is.thither we might also ascend, and reign withhim in glory: Therefore with Angels, 4/c. IT Upon Whitsunday, and six Days after.

THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose most true promise, the Holy Ghost came down as at this time from heaven, with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the Apostles, to teach them, and to lead them to all truth; giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness with fervent zeal constantly to preach the gospel unto all nations; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error, into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ: Therefore with Angels, H. IT Upon the Feast of Trinity only, may be said,

WHO art one God, one Lord; not one only person, but three persons in one substance: For that which we believe of the

IT or else this may be said, the words [Holy i'WAtrl being retained in the introductory Address.

FOR the precious death and merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and for the sending to us of the Holy Ghost the Comforter; who are one with thee in thy eternal Godhead: Therefore with Angels, fyc. IT Then shall the Priest, kneeling down at the Lord's Table, say, in the name of all those who shall receive Com munion, this Prayer following:

WE do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have

mercy: Grant us therefore, gri cious Lord, so to eat the flesh i

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glory of the Father, the same we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality: Therefore with Augels, 'c.

thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him,and he in us. Amm. IT When the Priest, standing before the Table, hath so ordered the Bread and Wine, that he may with the more readiness and decency break the Bread before the People, and take the Cup into his hands; he shall say the Prayer of Consecration, as followeth:

ALL glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there (by his one oblation of himself once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy gospel command us to continue a perpetual memory of that his

{precious death and sacrifice until lis coming again: for in the

(a) Here the Priest is to take the Paten into his hands.

(b) And here to break the Bread.

(d) Here he is

to take the Cup into his hands.

(e) And here he is to lay his hand upon (wry Vessel, in which there is any wine to be consecrated.

night in which he was betrayed (a) be took bread; and when he had given thanks, (i) he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat, ..... 4 this is my Bo- , \r\ ? L? dy, which is given J# */"£ (Of you: Do this bread. to remembrance of me. Likewise, after supper (d) he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this; for (e) this is my Blood, of the New Testament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins: Do this as oft as ye shall drink it,in remembrance of me. The Oblation. WHEREFORE, v v O Lord and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate mid make here before thy divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion «nd precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascentsion; rendering unto thee most 1warty thanks,for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same. And we most humbly The tnvocaticn.h^e.e^^ee'0 merciful Father, to hear u»; and, of thy Almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures "f bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy

Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's holy institution, in remembrance of his Death and Passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood. And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness, mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we, and all thy whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls, and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in them, and they in him. And although weare unworthy, through our manifold sins, to "offer unto thee any sacrifice; yet we be- seech thee to accept thisourbounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences; through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen. H Here shall he sung a Hymn, or Part of a Hymn, from the Selection for the Feasts and Fasts, kc. T Then shall the Priest first receive the Communion in both kinds himself, and proceed todeliverthe same to the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, in like manner, (if any be present) and, after that, to the People also in order, into their hands, all devoutly kneeling: A nd when he delivereth the Bread, he shall say,

THE Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul

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