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An Hymn to be used, dt fke C O M M u N i o N. 6-j
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Through Jesus Christ our Lord, according to whose 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 the Gift of speaking divers Languages, and also Boldness with fervent Zeal necessary to preach the Gospel to all Nations \ by winch Spirit we have been brought out of Darkness t6 Light, and from Error, to the Truth, and to the Knowledge of Thee, O God, and of Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent: Therefore with Angels, &c. '-" ~.v*
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who after his glorious Resurrection, ascended above all the Heavens, and was placed upon the Throne of thy Glory, and is set at thy Right-hand, from whence He has shed abroad the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, and upon the Children of thy Adoption: Wherefore all the Earth rejoices, and we ofler Thee our Praises, saying with the Angelsj &c.
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At the September Communion..
Because Thou hast sent thy Son Jesus Christ into the World % because Thou hast delivered Him to Death, to redeem us from our Sins \ and because He shall come again from Heaven on the Day of his glorious Appearance: Who has also instituted the holy Supper, and has commanded us to eat ot this Bread and to drink of this Cup, to the end, that as often as we shall do it, we may shew forth his Death until his coming again.
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Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the Hosts of Heaven, we laud* and magnifie thy glorious Name, we sing a Hymn to thy Glory, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and Earth are full of thy Glory, O God most high. Amen
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Tie Hymn called Te Deum; which is to be read upon
WE praise Thee, O God, we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord. All the Earth doth worship Thee, the Father Everlasting.
To Thee all-Angels cry aloud, the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
The Cherubims and Seraphims continually do cry,. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts: Heaven and Earth are fall of the Majesty of thy Glory.
The glorious Company of the Apostles, of the Prophets, and of the Martyrs, celebrate thy Praises.
The holy Catholick Church throughout all the World doth acknowledge Thee, who art the Father of an infinite Majesty; with thy only and adorable Son, and. the Holy Ghost our Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory, © Christ. Thou-, art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver Man, Thon didst not abhor the Virgin's Womb. When Thou hadst overcome the Sharpness of Death, Thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all Believers. . r •
Thou fittest at the Right-hand of God, in the GlOry of the Father.
We believe that Thou Oialt come to be our Judge. We therefore pray Thee help thy Servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious Blood. Make them to be numbred with thy Saints in-Gloryeverlasting.
O Lord save thy People-, and- bless thine Heritage. Govern them and lift them up for ever. Day by Day we magnifieThce r And we worship thy Name ever World without end.'
Vouchsafe, O Lord^ to keep us this Day without Sin. O Lord have Mercy upon us. Let thy Mercy lighten upon us, O God, as our Trust is in Thee. O Lord,-*in•Thee have we trusted, let us-never be confounded.
Glory be to the Father, &c
'An Hymn for the Days of Communion, or for the following Day.
WE will praise Thee,. O God, and we will celebrate thy Name for ever: For all the Earth is full of thy good Deeds, of thy Glory, and of thy Mercy.
Bless the Lord, O my Soul, and all that is within- me praise his holy Name. Tis He that pardoneth all thy Sins, and heals all thy Infirmities.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, flow to Anger, and of great Goodness. He does not deal with us as our Sins have deserved; nor has He done to us according unto our Transgreflions.
For as far as the East is from the West, and as high as the Heavens are above the Earth, so far does his Mercy and Goodness furpass our Sins. As a Father pities his Children, so has God Compassion-upon us.
For when we were his Enemies, and when we were in our Sins,,, He gave his only Son for us, to the end that we might have Life jn Him.
'Tis He that hath given us his Flesh and his Blood, for our Nourishment, and that hath brought us to Life by his Death.
He is the Lamb of God, the Propitiation- for our Sins, the perfect and" onfy Pledge of his Grace!
Since God has given us. his only Son, and has delivered'Him to Death for us, He will refuse us nothing else, but He will shew us Grace and Mercy. '" . ;' •
Let then my Heart and my Mouth declare the Praises of the Lerd, and exalt Him. And let all Men celebrate for ever his Goodness and Mercy through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Tie EKD as-the H Y M N S.
Tfo Manner of receiving the C At E Chu*
Mens, according as it is observed in the Churches of the Principality of Neufchatel and Vallangio, fy Me Society of
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AC H'•«/ fie Catechumens /mt/»*»£ fo«j igstru&td for Six Weeks by
their Minister, and having, for some Days, been publickly examined
us on all the Parts of the Catechism; the last- Time that they appear
in the Face of the Congregation, they make this Promise., one of them fay'
ing in the Name of the reft: .mi.■
WE ratifie and confirm our Baptismal Vow •, We renounce the Devil and his Works, the World and its Pomp, the Flesh and its Lusts. We promise to live and die in the Christian Faith ^ 'and to keep the Commandments of God all the Days of our Life. i. i ..:.il I'iw Orl JL ^ ,;• is ,-!■--.'•; i: "fs Jl.tj: I i/7 a.j J ,- \ci rs-sijT After this is said, they are asked: Do you all promise this before God and his Church?
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The Minister fays: God give you Grace to fulfil this Promise.
The Minister goes on thus: After this Promise thus made, and in hopes that you will religiously perform it, 1 receive you into the Number of adult Believers, and in this Quality I give you Liberty to partake of the Holy Sacrament of the Lord's-Supper. And you, Christians, who are here present, I call yon to bear Witness of the Promise which these Young Persons have made •, and I exhort you to look upon them hereafter as your Brethren, who are Partakers of the fame Grace with yon, to render them all the Duties of Christian Charity, and to pray to God for them.
This being done, an Exhortation is addressed to the Catechumens, the Form of which is left to the Discretion of the Minister; and when it is finished, the Catechumens fall down upon their Knees, and ike Minister reads the following Prayer.
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A Lmighty God, we thank Thee, for that Thoti hast bee.npleakd /\, to call us to the Knowledge of Thee, and particularly for that, having granted to these Children, the Blessing of being born in thy Church, and of being admitted into it by Baptism: Thou hast permitted them to arrive to Years of Discretion, and to pass this Day from the State of Children, into that of adult Believers. We beseech Thee, that as they have now dedicated themselves to Thee9 by C£afirming the Vow made at their Baptism, and are now admitted to at Participation of the Sacrament of the Death of thy Son •, that Thou wilt ratifie in Heaven, what we have now done in thy Name and in thy Church. Receive them, O Lord, and bless them, and let thy Grace be with them now and for ever. Amen
MOST Gracious God, Father of Mercy, grant that they may constantly persevere in the Holy Profession whereinto they have now entred, that being made Christians by their Birth and Baptism, they may be so henceforward by Knowledge and Choice. The* •have here now renounced the Devil and his Works, the World and its Pomp, the Flesh and its Lusts. ' Let not then the Prince of thi$ World have any Share in them: Grant that from their Youth upwards, their Faith may be victorious over the World, the Flesh, and all its evil Desires.
Holy Father, keep them in thy Name, and preserve them from Evil: Sanctifie them by thy Truth, thy Word is the Truth: Preserve them from the Contagion of this Age. Do not suffer the Instructionswhich they have received, nor the Promises which they have made to Thee, ever to • be blotted out of their Memories. Do not suffer these good Purposes • which Thou hast put into them, ever tobedestroyed by the evil Communication of the World. Encrease them more and more, and grant that these young Plants may grow and bring forth Fruit abundantly, in Knowledge, in Faith, in Holiness, and in Consolation, all the Days of their Life. Gfftftt that iliu new Generation maybe better than their Fathers", and that thy Children, after having in this World served the Designs of thy Providence, may by thy Mercy obtain everlasting Salvation Amen
A Lmighty God, we pray to Thee for all the Youth of this Church. Bless the Instructions which are given them, preserve them from Corruption, and sanctifie them, to the End that our Children may, one Day, become Ornaments to thy House, and Heirs of thy Kingdom.
Grant to us all, to the Young and to the Old, to the High and to the Low, that we may throughly consider what it is to he Christians, and may bear in Mind continually, what a Vow, what Promises, and what a solemn Profession we have all made to Thee by our Baptism, as well as by Coinaiuiucating in the Holy Sacrament. Amu- A L