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tions of them that ask in thy which we have faithfully asked Son's Name; We beseech thee according to thy will, may effecmercifully to incline thine ears tually be obtained, to the relief to us that have made now our of our necessity, and to the setprayers and supplications unto ting forth of thy glory; through thee; and grant, that those things, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

* Upon the Sundays and other Holy-days (if there be no Communion) shall be said all that is o inted at the Communion, until the end of the general Prayer [For the whole state of }. Church militant here in earth] together with one or more of these Collects last

before rehearsed, concluding with the Blessing.

* And there shall be no celebration of the Lord's Supper, except there be a convenient number to communicate with the Priest, according to his discretion.

*| And if there be not above twenty persons in the Parish of discretion to receive the Com

munion; yet there shall be no Communion, except four (or three at the least) communicate with the Priest.

And in Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, and Colleges, where there are many Priests and Deacons, they shall all receive the Communion with the Priest every Sunday at the least, except they have a reasonable cause to the contrary.

*| And to take away all occasion of dissention, and superstition, which any person hath or might have concerning the Bread and Wine, it shall suffice that the Bread be such as is usual to be eaten; but the best and purest Wheat Bread that conveniently may be gotten.

*| And if any of the Bread and Wine remain unconsecrated, the Curate shall have it to his own use; but if any remain of that which was consecrated, it shall not be carried out of the Church, but the Priest and such other of the Communicants as he shall then call unto him, shall, immediately after the Blessing, reverently eat and drink the same.

* The Bread and Wine for the Communion shall be provided by the Curate and the Church-wardens at the charges of the Parish.

*| And note, that every Parishioner shall communicate at the least three times in the year, of which Easter to be one. And yearly at Easter every Parishioner shall reckon with the Parson, Vicar, or Curate, or his or their Deputy or Deputies; and pay to them or him all Ecclesiastical Duties, accustomably due, then and at that time to be paid.

* After the Divine Service ended, the money given at the Offertory shall be disposed of to such pious and charitable uses, as the Minister and Church-wardens ...?"; jit. Wherein if they disagree, it shall be disposed of as the Ordinary shall appoint.

** HEREAS it is ordained in this Office for the Administration of the Lord's Supso per, that the Communicants should receive the same kneeling; (which order is “well meant, for a signification of our humble and grateful acknowledgement of the benefits “of Christ therein given to all worthy Receivers, and for the avoiding of such profanation “ and disorder in the holy Communion, as might otherwise ensue;) yet, lest the same kneel“ing should by any persons, either out of ignorance and infirmity, or out of malice and ob“stinacy, be misconstrued and depraved; It is hereby declared, That thereby no adoration “is intended, or ought to be done, either unto the Sacramental Bread or Wine there bodily “received, or unto any Corporal Presence of Christ's natural Flesh and Blood. For the “Sacramental Bread and Wine remain still in their very natural substances, and therefore “may not be adored; (for that were Idolatry, to be abhorred of all faithful Christians;) and “the natural Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ are in Heaven, and not here; it being “against the truth of Christ's natural Body to be at one time in more places than one.”



* Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed, and standing in order, before the Bishop; he (or some other Minister appointed by him) shall read this

Preface following.

O the end that Confirmation may be ministered to the more edifying of such as shall receive it, the Church hath thought good to order, That none hereafter shall be Confirmed, but such as can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and can also answer to such other Questions, as in the short Catechism are contained: which order is very convenient to be observed ; to the end, that children, being now come to the years of discretion, and having learned what their Godfathers and Godmothers promised for them in Baptism, they may themselves, with their own mouth and consent, openly before the Church, ratify and confirm the same; and also promise, that by the grace of God they will evermore endeavour themselves faithfully to observe such things, as they, by their own confession, have assented unto. * Then shall the Bishop say, O ye here, in the presence of God, and of this congregation, renew the solemn promise and vow that was made in your

name at your Baptism; ratifying and confirming the same in your own persons, and acknowledging yourselves bound to believe, and to do, all those things, which your Godfathers and Godmothers then undertook for you? * And every one shall audibly answer, I do. The Bishop. UR help is in the Name of the Lord ; Answ. Who hath made heaven and earth. Bishop. Blessed be the Name of the Lord ; Answ. Henceforth, world without end. Bishop. Lord, hear our prayCTS. Answ. And let our cry come unto thee. The Bishop. Let us pray. Asso, and everliving God, who hast vouchsafed to regenerate these thy servants by Water and the holy Ghost, and hast given unto them forgiveness of all their sins; Strengthen them, we beseech thee, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost the Com

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EFEND, O Lord, this thy Child [or this thy Servant] with thy heavenly grace, that he may continue thine for ever; and daily increase in thy holy Spirit more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen. * Then shall the Bishop say, The Lord be with you. Answ. And with thy spirit. * And (all kneeling down) the Bishop shall


Let us pray. UR. Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

And this Collect. LMIGHTY and everliving God, who makest us both to will and to do those things that be good and acceptable unto thy

divine Majesty; We make our humble supplications unto thee for these thy servants, upon whom (after the example of thy holy Apostles) we have now laid our hands, to certify them (by this sign) of thy favour and gracious goodness towards them. Let thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee, ever be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy Word, that in the end they may obtain everlasting life; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen. Almighty Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that, through thy most mighty protection both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. * Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying

thus, HE Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. Amen.

*| And there shall none be admitted to the holy Communion, until such time ashebe confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed.



* First the Banns of all that are to be married together must be published in the Church three several Sundays, during the time of Morning Service, or of Evening Service, (if there be no Morning Service,) immediately after the second Lesson; the Curate saying

after the accustomed manner,

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holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought, in Cana of Galilee; and is commended of Saint Paul to be honourable among all men: and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to satisfy men's carnal lusts and appetites, like brute beasts that have no understanding; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God; duly considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained. First, It was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy Name. Secondly, It was ordained for a remedy against sin, and to avoid fornication; that such persons as have not the of continency might marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Christ's body. Thirdly, It was ordained for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to

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