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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. T Upon the Sundays and other Holy-days (if there be no Communion) shall be said all that is appointed at the Communion, until the end of the general Prayer (For the whole state of Christ's 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 Communion ; 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 shail suffice that the Bread be such as is
usual to be eaten ; but the best and purest Wheat Bread that conveniently may be gotten. 9 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 shalt think fit. Wherein if they disagree, it shall be disposed of as the Ordinary shall appoint.
“ W H EREAS it is ordained in this Office for the Administration of the Lord's Sup" W 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.”
C O N F I R M ATION,
OR LAYING ON OF HANDS UPON THOSE THAT ARE BAPTIZED AND
* 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
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
forter, and daily increase in them
thy manifold gifts of grace; the divine Majesty; We make our spirit of wisdom and understand humble supplications unto thee ing; the spirit of counsel and for these thy servants, upon ghostly strength; the spirit of whom (after the example of thy knowledge and true godliness ; holy Apostles) we have now laid and fill them, O Lord, with the our hands, tó certify them (by spirit of thy holy fear, now and this sign) of thy favour and grafor ever. Amen.
cious goodness towards them. q Then all of them in order kneeling before | Let thy fatherly hand, we bethe Bishop, he shall lay his hand upon the seech thee, ever be over them :
head of every one severally, saying, N EFEND, O Lord, this thy
| let thy Holy Spirit ever be with D Child (or this thy Servant]
them; and so lead them in the with thy heavenly grace, that he
knowledge and obedience of thy may continue thine for ever ; and
Word, that in the end they may daily increase in thy holy Spirit
obtain everlasting life; through
our Lord Jesus Christ, who with more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom.
thee and the Holy Ghost liveth Amen.
and reigneth, ever one God,
world without end. Amen. I Then shall the Bishop say, The Lord be with you.
n Almighty Lord, and everAnsw. And with thy spirit.
U lasting God, vouchsafe, we 9 And (all kneeling down) the Bishop shall
beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, add,
and govern, both our hearts and Let us pray.
bodies, in the ways of thy laws, M UR Father, which art in and in the works of thy command
heaven, Hallowed be thy ments; that, through thy most Name. Thy kingdom come. mighty protection both here and Thy will be done in earth, As it ever, we may be preserved in is in heaven. Give us this day body and soul; through our Lord our daily bread. And forgive us and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. our trespasses, As we forgive 1 Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying them that trespass against us.
thus, And lead us not into temptation;
THE Blessing of God AlBut deliver us from evil. Amen.
I mighty, the Father, the Son, And this Collect.
and the Holy Ghost, be upon A LMIGHTY and everliving you, and remain with you for A God, who makest us both to ever. Amen. will and to do those things that
9 And there shall none be admitted to the holy 14
Communion, until such time as he be confirmbe good and acceptable unto thy edporbe readya
ed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed.
SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
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,
| Publish the Banns of Mar- , holy estate Christ adorned and 1 riage between M. of — and beautified with his presence, and N. of. If any of you know first miracle that he wrought, in cause, or just impediment, why Cana of Galilee; and is comthese two persons should not be mended of Saint Paul to be hojoined together in holy Matri- nourable among all men: and mony, ye are to declare it. This therefore is not by any to be enis the first [second, or third] timeterprised, nor taken in hand, unof asking
advisedly, lightly, or wantonly, And if the persons that are to be married
to satisfy men's carnal lusts and dwell in divers Parishes, the Banns must be asked in both Parishes; and the Cu
have no understanding ; but rerate of the one Parish shall not solemnize Matrimony betwixt them, without a Cer verently, discreetly, advisedly, tificate of the Banns being thrice asked, soberly, and in the fear of God; from the Curate of the other Parish.
duly considering the causes for | At the day and time appointed for solem
| which Matrimony was ordained. nization of Matrimony, the persons to be married shall come into the body of the First, It was ordained for the Church with their friends and neighbours:
procreation of children, to be and there standing together, the Man on the right hand, and the Woman on the
brought up in the fear and nurleft, the Priest shall say,
ture of the Lord, and to the N EARLY beloved, we are praise of his holy Name.
D gathered together here in Secondly, It was ordained for the sight of God, and in the face a remedy against sin, and to avoid of this congregation, to join toge | fornication; that such persons as ther this Man and this Woman have not the gift of continency in holy Matrimony; which is an might marry, and keep themselves honourable estate, instituted of undefiled members of Christ's God in the time of man's inno- | body. cency, signifying unto us the Thirdly, It was ordained for mystical union that is betwixt the mutual society, help, and Christ and his Church; which comfort, that the one ought to