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we have sealed the servants of
our God in their foreheads. And
I heard the number of them which
were sealed; and there were
sealed an hundred and forty and
four thousand, of all the tribes of
the children of Israel.
Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. i Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people,and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God, which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And
all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders, and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
The Gospel. St. Matt. v. 1.
JESUS seeing the multitudes, went up into a mountain; and when he was set, his disciples came unto him. And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peace-makers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute yoUj and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
THE ORDER FOR THE
Administration of the Lord's Supper,
T If among those who come to be partakers of the Holy Communion, the Minister shall know any to be an open and notorious evil liver, or to have done any wrong to his neighbours by word or deed, so that the Congregation be thereby utTenned : he shall advertise him, that he presume not to come to the Loni s Table,
. uiinl he have openly declared himself to have u-hly repeated and amended his former evil life, that the Congregation may thereby be satisfied; and that he hath recompensed the parties to whom he hath done wrong; or at least declare himself to be in full purpose so to do, as soon as he conveinently may.
t! The same order shall the Minister use with those, betwixt whom he perceiveth malice and hatred to reign; not suffering them to be partakers of the Lord's Table, until he know them to be reconciled. And if one of the parties, so at variance, be content to forgive from the bottom of his heart all that the other hath trespassed against him, and to make amends for that wherein he himself hath offended: and the other party will not be persuaded to a godly unity, but remain still in his frowardness and malice; the Minister in that case ought to admit the
t^penitent person to the Holy Communion, and not him that is obstinate: Provided, that every Minister so repelling any, as is herein specified, shall be obliged to give an account of the same to the Ordinary, as soon as conveniently may be.
f The Table, at the Communion time, having a fair white linen cloth upon h, shall stand in the body of the Church, or in the Chancel; and the Minister standing at the north side of the table, or where Morning and Evening Prayer are appointed to be said, shall say the Lord's Prayer and the Collect following the People kneeling; but the Lord's Prayer may be omitted, if MorninE Prayer hath been said immediately before.
UR Father, who art in Hea
Minister. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them: For I the Lord thy God am a into temptation; But deliver jealous God; and visit the sins of from evil: For thine is the the fathers upon the children,
vert, Hallowed be thy Name,
Kingdom, and the Power, and the
unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and show mercy unto thousands in
ALMIGHTY God, unto whom them that love me, and keep my all hearts are open, all de- commandments, sires known, and from whom no People. Lord, have mercy upon secrets are bid; cleanse the us, and incline our hearts to keep thoughts of our hearts by the in- this law.
spiration of thy Holy Spirit; that Minister. Thou shalt not take
we may perfectly love thee, and the name of the Lord thy God in
worthily magnify thy holy name, vain": For the Lord will not hold
through Christ our Lord. amen. him guiltless that taketh his name
1 Then shall the Minister, turning to the ln vain.
People, rehearse distinctly the Tan | People. Lord, have mercy upon
Commandments; and the People still us, and incline our hearts to keep
kneeling, shall, after every command- this law.
merit, ask God mercy for their trans-; «./,•„.•„',,. t?«m„TMu«n "..o *u~.. gressions for the time past, and grace I, Minister. Remember that thou to keep the law for the time to come, I kecP holy the Sabbath-day. box
days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work; thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maidservant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For
in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it. People. Lord, have mercy upon Us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Minister. Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
People. Lord, have mercy upon as, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Minister. Thou shalt do no murder.
. People. Lord, have mercy upon as, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Minister. Thou shalt not com mil adultery.
People. Lord, have mercy upon as, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Minister. Thou suit not steal.
People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Minister. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Minister. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.
People. Lord, have mercy upon us, and write all these thy laws in our hearts, we beseech thee. IT Then the Minister may say,
Hear also what our Lord Jesus Christ saith.
THOU shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. IT Let us pray.
O 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 mostmightyprotection,both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul, through our Lord andSaviour Jesus Christ. Amen. tf Then 6hall be said the Collect of the Day: and immediately after the Collect, the Minister shall read the Epistle, saying, The Epistle for. The port ion of Scripture appointed for the Epistle]
is written in the — chapter of , be-
ginning at the — verse. And the Epistle ended, he shall say, Here endeth the Epistle. Then shall be read the Gospel (the people all standing up) saying, The holy Gospel is written in the —
chapter of ., beginning at the —
tf Here the people shall say, Glory be to thee, 0 Lord. Tf Then shall be read the Apostles' or Nicene Creed: unless one of them hath been read immediately before, in the Morning Service, tf Then the Minister shall declare unto the People whatHolydays,or Fasting days, are in the week following to be observed; and (if occasion be) shall Notice be given of the Communion, and of the Bans of Matrimony, and other Matters to be published, tf Then shall follow the Sermon: after which, the Minister, when there is a. Communion, shall return to the Lord's Table, and begin the Offertory, saying one or more of these Sentences following, as he thinketh most convenient. LET your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. StMatt. v. 16.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth where thieves do not break through nor steal. 8 . .'ait. vi 19,20.
with all thy soul, and with all thy and rust doth corrupt, and where mind: This is the first and great I thieves break through and steal: eommandment. And the second j But lay up for yourselves treats like unto it; Thou shalt lovelsures in heaven, where neither thy neighbour as thyself. On | moth nor rust doth corrupt, and
Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, even so do to them: for this is the law and the prophets. St. Matt. vii. 12.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. St.Matt.\\\.2\.
Zacciieus stood forth, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have done any wrong to any man, I restore fourfold. St. Luke xix. 8.
Who goeth a warfare at any time at his own cost? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 1 Cor. ix. 7.
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your worldly things? 1 Cor. ix. 11.
Do ye not know, that they who minister about holy things, live of the sacrifice; and they who wait at the altar, are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord also ordained, that they who preach the Gospel, should live of the Gospel. 1 Cor. ix, 13,14.
He that soweth little,shall reap little; and he that soweth plenteously, shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is disposed in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix. 6, 7.
Let him that is taught in the word, minister unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mocked: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap. Gal. vi.6,7.
While we have time, let us do good unto all men: and especially unto them that are of the household of faith Gal. vi. 10.
Godliness is great riches, if it man be content with that he hath: For we brought nothing into this world, neither may we carry any thing out. 1 Tim. vi.6,7.'
Charge them who are rich in this world, that thev be ready to give, and glad to distribute; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life. 1 Tim.vl 17, 18, 19.
God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works, and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye have showed for his name's sake, who have ministered unto the saints, and yet do minister. Heb. vi. 10.
To do good and to distribute, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii. 16.
Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? I John iii. 17.
Give alms of thy goods, and never turn thy face from any poor man; and then the face of the Lord shall not be turned away from thee. ToUt iv.7.
Be merciful after thy power. If thou hast much, give plenteously. If thou hast little, do thy diligence gladly to give of that little: for so gatherest thou thyself a good reward, in the day of necessity. roWtiv.8,9.
He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord: and look, what he layeth out, it shall be paid him again. Prov. xix. 17.
Blessed be the man that provideth for the sick and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble. Psalm xli. 1.
IT Whilst these sentences are in reading, the Deacons, Church-wardens, orolher fit personsappointed for that purpose, shall receive the Alms for the Poor, and other Devotions of the People, in a decent route to be provided by the Parishfor that purpose; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present and place it upon the Holy Table. IT And the Priest shall then place upon the Table so much Bread and Wine, as he shall think sufficient. After which done, he shall say,
Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church militant.
ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who, by thy holy Apostle, hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all men: We humbly beseech thee most mercifully [*fo accept our alms and oblations, and] to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy divine Majesty; beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: and grant that all those who do confess thy holy name may agree in the truth of thy holy word, and live in unity and godly love. We beseech thee also, so to direct and dispose the hearts of all Christian rulers, that they may truly and impartially administer justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and other Ministers; that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments. And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and especially to this congregation here present; that with meek heart, and due reverence, they may hear, and receive thy holy Word; truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all those
or any other adversity. And we also bless thy holy name, for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give Us grace so to follow their good examples, that with . them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom: Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Arnen.
IT When the Minister giveth warning for the Celebration of the Holy Communion (which he shall always do upon the Sunday, or some Holy day, immediately preceding) he shall read this Exhortation following; or so much thereof as, In his discretion, he may think convenient.
DEARLY beloved, on day next, I purpose, through God's assistance, to administer to all such as shall be religiously and devoutly disposed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ; to be by them received, in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Passion; whereby alone we obtain remission of our sins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of Heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and hearty thanks to Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that he hath given his Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, not only to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food and sustenance in that holy Sacrament. Which being so divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and so dangerous to those who will presume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you in the mean season, to consider the dignity of that holy Mystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof; and so to search and examine your own consciences (andthat notlightly,
who, in this transitory life, are in and after the manner of dissent' trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, heirs with God; but so) that ye * If there be no alms or oblations then shall the words (to accept our alms and oliaUons,and) be left unsaid.