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guests to sit down; and yet they who are called (without any cause) most unthankfully 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, provoke' God's indignation against you. It is an easy matter for a man to say, I will not communicate, because I am otherwise hindered with worldly business. Bút 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? 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 who refused the feast in the Gospel, because they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of oxen, or because they were married, were not so excused, but counted unworthy of the heavenly feast. Wherefore, according to mine office, ļ bid you in 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 separaté 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. 11 At the time of the celebration of the Communion, the Priest shall say this
the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour CHRIST, must consider how Saint Paul exhorteth 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 your sins past; have a lively and steadfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men: so shall ye be meet partakers of those holy mysteries. And above all things, ye 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
are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways; draw near with faith, and take this holy sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling. 1 Then shall this general Confession be made, by the Priest and all those
who are minded to receive the Holy Communion, humbly kneeling.
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 indignation 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, give 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. 1 Then shall the Priest (the Bishop, if he be present) stand up, and turn
ing to the people, say, 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 your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all
goodness, and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 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 travail and are heavy laden, 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 iï. 16.
Hear also what St. Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that CHRIST JESUS came into the world to save sinners. 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 St. John ii. 1, 2.
After which the Priest shall proceed, saying,
T Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's Table, and say,
at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O LORD, [* Holy Father,] Almighty, everlasting Gov. | Here shall follow the proper Preface, according to the time, if there be any specially appointed; or else immediately 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.
I PROPER PREFACES.
, , 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, fc.
1 Upon Easter-day, and seven days after. BUT chiefly are we bound to praise thee
for the glorious of 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, &c.
1 Upon Ascension-day, and seven days after.
Lord; who, after his most glorious resurrection, inanifestly 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 with him in glory. Therefore with angels, c.
* These words (Holy Father) must be omitted
1 Upon Whitsunday, and six days after. THROUGH JESUS CHRisT our Lord; according to whose this time from heaven, with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of hery 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, $c.
1 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 glory of the FATHER, the same we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with angels, fc. 5 Or else this may be said, the words (Holy Father) 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, fc. T Then shall the Priest, kneeling down at the Lord's Table, say, in the Trance of all those who shall receive the Communion, this Prayer following:
do not presume to come to this thy table, 0 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, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of 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. Amen.
When the Priest, standing before the table, hath so ordered the bread and
for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only
it (0) And here to break the to his disciples, saying, Take, eat bread.