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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, I 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 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.
IT At the time of the Celebration of the Communion, the Priest shall say this Kxliortation.
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 the 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 ve truly for yoursins past: have a lively and steadfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in per
fect charity with all men. tw shall ye be meet partakers o< 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 cross, for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness and the shadow ofdeath; 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, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-shedding he hath obtained for us, he hath instituted and ordained holy Mysteries, as pledges of his love, aud for a continual remembrance of his death, to our great andendless 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.
T Then shall the Priest say to those who come to receive the Holy Communion,
YE who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life,followingthe 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.
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.
If PROPER PREFACES.
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.
* Time words (Holy Father] wl be omitted on Trinity Sunday.
#1 Upon Easter Day, and seven Days after. Or else this may be said, the words
(Holy Father) being retained in the B DUT chiefly are we bound to
praise thee for the glorious introductory Address. resurrection of thy Sou Jesus FOR the precious death and very Paschal Lamb, which was our Lord, and for the sending to offered for us, and hath taken us of the Holy Ghost the Comaway the sin of the world; who forter; who are one with thee in by his death hath destroyed death, thy eternal Godhead: Therefore and, by his rising to life again, with Angels, &c. hath restored to us everlasting 1 Then shall the Priest, kneeling down life: Therefore with Angels, fc. at the Lord's Table, say, in the name TUpon Ascension Day,andseven Daysafter.
of all those who shall receive the CoinTHROUGH thy most dearly
munion, this Prayer following: T Lord; who, after his most glori- ciful Lord, trusting in our own
beloved Son Jesus Christ our WE do not presume to come ous resurrection, manifestly appeared to all his Apostles, and in righteousness, but in thy mani. their sight ascended up into hea-fold and great mercies. We are ven, to prepare a place for us; not worthy so much as to gather that where he is, thither we might up the crumbs under thy Table. also ascend, and reign with him in But thoù art the same Lord, glory: Therefore with Angels, fc. whose property is always to have i Upon Whitsunday, and six Days after: cious Lord, so to eat the flesh of
mercy: Grant us therefore, graTHROUGH Jesus Christ our most true promise, the Holy Ghost to drink his blood, that our sinful came down as at this time from bodies may be made clean by his heaven, with a sudden great body, and our souls washed sound, as it had been a mighty through his most precious blood, wind, in the likeness of hery and that we may evermore dweli
in him, and he in us. tongues, lighting upon the Apostles, to teach them, and to lead " When the Priest, standing before the them to all truth; giving them
Table, hath so ordered the Bread and both the gift of divers languages,
Wine, that he way with the inore rea
diness and decency break the Bread and also boldness with fervent before the People, and take the Cup zeal, constantly to preach the into his hands; he shall say the Prayer gospel unto all nations; whereby of Consecration, as followetb: darkness and error, into the clear Alglory be to thee, Almighty
God, our heavenly Father, light and true knowledge of thee, for that thou, of thy tender mer and of thy Son Jesus Christ : cy, didst give thine only Son JeTherefore with Angels, &c. sus Christ to suffer death upon ( Upon the Feast of Trinity only, may the cross for our redemption; be said,
who made there (by his one W THO art one God, one Lord; oblation of himself once offered)
not one only person, but a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrithree persons in one substance: fice, oblation, and satisfaction, For that which we believe of the for the sins of the whole world; glory of the Father, the same we and did institute, and in his boty believe of the Son, and of the gospel command us to continue Holy Ghost, without any differ- a perpetual memory of that his enco or inequality: Therefore precious death and sacrifice until with Angels, 8c.
his coming again: for in the
mght in which he
Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's was betrayed (a) (a) Here the holy institution, in remembrance be took bread; and Priest is to take of his Death and Passion, may be when he had gi
partakers of his most blessed Boyen thanks, (6) he
(b) And here dy and Blood. And we earnestbrake it, and gave to
breal the lý desire thy fatherly goodness, it to his disciples, Breud.
mercifully to accept this our sasaying, Take, eat,
crifice of praise and thanksgiv(c) this is my Bo
(C) And here
to lay his hands ing; most humbly beseeching dy, which is given
all the thee to grant, that by the merito for you: Do this Bread. and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, in remembrance of
and through faith in his blood, me. Likewise, af
we, and all thy whole Church, ter supper (d) be (d) Here he is
may obtain remission of our sins, took the cup; and
to take the Cup and all other benefits of his pas
into his hands. when he had given
sion. And here we offer and prethanks, he gave it
sent unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, to them, saying,
our souls, and bodies, to be a reaDrink ye all of this;
sonable, holy, and living sacrifice
(e) And here for (e) this is my he is to say this unto thee; humbly beseeching Blood, of the New hand upon eve-thee, that we, and all others who Testament, which
ry. Vessel, in shall be partakers of this holy is shed for you, and which there is Communion, may worthily refor many, for the any Wine to be ceive the most precious Body and remission of sins: consecrated.
Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be Do this as oft as ye
filled with thy grace and heavenly shall drink it, in re
benediction, and made one body membrance of me.
with him, that he may dwell in The Oblation.
THEREFORE, them, and they in him. And al
O Lord and though we are unworthy, through heavenly Father, according to the our manifold sins, to offer unto institution of thy dearly beloved thee any sacrifice; yet we beSon our Saviour Jesus Christ, we, seech thee to accept this our bounthy humble servants, do celebrate den duty and service, not weighand make here before thy divine ing our merits, but pardoning our Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, offences; through' Jesus Christ which we now offer unto thee, our Lord; by whom, and with the memorial thy Son hath com- whom, in the unity of the Holy manded us to make; having in re- Ghost, all bonour and glory be membrance his blessed passion unto thee, O Father Almighty, and precious death, his mighty world without end. Amen. resurrection and glorious ascen- T Here shall be sung a Hymn, or Part of sion; rendering unto thee most a Hymn, from the Selection for the hearty thanks for the innumera- Then shall the Priest first receive the
Feasts and Fasts, &c. ble benefits procured unto us by
Communion in both kinds himself, and the same. And we most humbly proceed to deliver the same to the Bibeseech thee, O mer shops, Priests, and Deacons, in like
manner, (if any be present) and, after 18s; and, of thy Almighty good
that, to the People also in order, into
their hands, all devoutly kneeling: ness, vouchsafe to bless and sanc
And when he delivereth the Bread, he tify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, re
THE Body of our Lord Jesus THU
Christ, which was given for ceiving them according to thy thee, preserve thy body and soul
The Invocation. ciful Father, to hear