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spiritual food and sustenance otherwise the receiving of the in that holy sacrament. Which Holy Communion doth nothing being so divine and comfortable else but increase your cona thing to them who receive it demnation. Therefore, if any worthily, and so dangerous to of you be a blasphemer of God. those who will presume to an hinderer or slanderer of his receive it unworthily ; my duty word, an adulterer, or be in is to exhort you in the mean malice or envy, or in any other season, to consider the dignity grievous crime ; repent ye of of that holy mystery, and the your sins, or else come not to great peril of the unworthy that holy table. receiving thereof; and so to And because it is requisite search and examine your own that no man should come to the consciences, (and that not Holy Communion, but with a lightly, and after the manner full trust in God's mercy, and of dissemblers with God; but with a quiet conscience ; thereso) that ye may come holy and fore, if there be any of you, clean to such a heavenly feast, in who by these means cannot the marriage-garment required quiet his own conscience herein, by God in holy Scripture; and but requireth further comfort be received as worthy partakers or counsel; let him come to of that holy table.
me, or to some other minister The way and means thereto of God's word, and open his is, First, to examine your lives grief ; that he may receive and conversations by the rule such godly counsel and advice, of God's commandments; and as may tend to the quieting whereinsoever ye shall perceive of his conscience, and the yourselves to have offended, removing of all scruple and either by will, word, or deed, doubtfulness. there to bewail your own sin
T Or, in case he shall see the people neglifulness, and to confess your
gent to come to the Holy Communion, selves to ALMIGHTY GOD, with instead of the former, he shall use this
Exhortation. full purpose of amendment of life. And if ye shall perceive DEARLY beloved brethren, your offences to be such as are on
I intend, by God's not only against God, but also grace, to celebrate the Lord's against your neighbours; then Supper ; unto which, in God's ye shall reconcile yourselves behalf, I bid you all who are unto them; being ready to here present; and beseech you make restitution and satisfac- for the Lord Jesus Christ's tion, according to the uttermost sake, that ye will not refuse to of your powers, for all injuries come thereto, being so lovingly and wrongs done by you toj called and bidden by God himany other; and being likewise self. Ye know how grievous ready to forgive others who and unkind a thing it is, when have offended you, as ye would a man hath prepared a rich have forgiveness of your of- feast, decked his table with all fences at God's hand : for kinds of provision, so that there
lacketh nothing but the guests cross, for your salvation; so to sit down; and yet they who it is your duty to receive the are called (without any cause) Communion in remembrance of most unthankfully refuse to the sacrifice of his death, as come. Which of you in sạch he himself hath commanded : a case would not be moved? which if ye shall neglect to do, Who would not think a great consider with yourselves, how injury and wrong done unto great is your ingratitude to him? Wherefore, most dearly God, and how sore punishment beloved in Christ, take ye hangeth over your heads for good heed, lest ye, withdrawing the same, when ye wilfully yourselves from this holy Sup- abstain from the Lord's Table, per, provoke God's indignation and separate from your brethren against you. It is an easy who come to foed on the matter for a man to say, I will banquet of that most heavenly not communicate, because I food. These things if ye am otherwise hindered with earnestly consider, ye will by worldly business. But such ex- God's grace, return to a better cuses are not so easily accepted, mind; for the obtaining whereof and allowed before God. If we shall not cease to make our any man say, I am a grievous humble petitions unto ALMIGHsinner, and therefore am afraid Ty God, our heavenly Father. to come: wherefore then dola
At the time of the celebration of the ye not repent and amend ? | Communion, the Priest shall say this When God calleth you, are ye Rxhortation. not ashamed to say, ye will not DEARLY beloved in the come? When ye should return LORD, ye who mind to come to to God, will ye excuse your- the Holy Communion of the selves,and say, ye are not ready? | Body and Blood of our Saviour Consider earnestly with your- CHRIST, must consider how St. selves, how little such feigned Paul exhorteth all persons excuses will avail before God. diligently to try and examine Those who refused the feast in themselves, before they presume the gospel, because they had to eat of that bread, and drink bought a farm, or would try of that cup. For as the benefit their yokes of oxen, or because is great, if with a true penitent they were married, were not heart and lively faith we receive so excused, but counted un- that holy sacrament; so is the worthy of the heavenly feast. danger great, if we receive the Wherefore, according to mine same unworthily. Judge thereoffice, I bid you in the name of fore yourselves, brethren, that God, I call you in Christ's ye be not judged of the LORD; behalf, I exhort you, as ye love repent ye truly for your sins your own salvation, that ye past; have a lively and stead will be partakers of this Holy fast faith in CHRIST our Saviour; Communion. And as the Son amend your lives, and be in of God did vouchsafe to yield perfect charity with all men : up his soul by death upon the so shall ye be meet partakers
of those holy mysteries. And ment to your comfort; and above all things, ye must give make your humble confession most humble and hearty thanks to ALMIGHTY GOD, devoutly to God the FATHER, the Son, kneeling. and the Holy Ghost, for the
a hyT Then shall this general Confession be redemption of the world by
made, by the Priest and all those who are the death and passion of our minded to receive the Holy Communion, Saviour Christ, both God and humbly kneeling. man ; who did humble himself, ALMIGHTY God. Father even to the death upon the of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, cross, for us miserable sinners, M.
*Maker of all things, Judge of · who lay in darkness and the
| all men; we acknowledge and shadow of death ; that he might
bewail our manifold sins and make us the children of God,
wickedness, which we from and exalt us to everlasting life.
time to time most grievously And to the end that we should
| have committed, by thought, always remember the exceeding |
ng word, and deed, against thy great love of our Master and
divine majesty ; provoking most only Saviour JESUS CHRIST, | thus dying for us, and the
justly thy wrath and indignation innumerable benefits which by
against us. We do earnestly
repent, and are heartily sorry his precious blood-shedding he hath obtained for us, he hath
for these our misdoings; the
remembrance of them is grievinstituted and ordained holy mysteries, as pledges of his them
Yous unto us; the burthen of
is intolerable. Have love, and for a continual re
mercy upon us, have mercy membrance of his death, to our
upon us, most merciful Father ; great and endless comfort. To him, therefore, with the
for thy Son our Lord Jesus
Christ's sake, forgive us all FATHER, and the Holy Ghost,
that is past; and grant, that let us give (as we are most
we may ever hereafter serve bounden continual thanks ;
and please thee in newness of submitting ourselves wholly to
| life, to the honour and glory his holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve him in true
of thy name, through JESUS holiness and righteousness, all
CHRIST our Lord. Amen. the days of our life. Amen. 9 Then shall the Priest (the Bishop, if he be I Then shall the Priest say to those who
present) stand up, and turning to the come to receive the Holy Communion, I come, say
YE who do truly and ear- ALMIGHTY God, our nestly repent you of your sins, heavenly Father, who of his and are in love and charity with great mercy hath promised your neighbours, and intend to forgiveness of sins to all those lead a new life, following the who with hearty repentance commandments of God, and and true faith turn unto him, walking from henceforth in his have mercy upon you; pardon holy ways ; draw near with and deliver you from all your faith, and take this holy sacra- sins ; confirm and strengthen
you in all goodness; and bring|0 LORD, [* Holy Father, ] you to everlasting life, through Almighty, everlasting God, JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. Here shall follow the proper Preface,
according to the time, if there be any speT Then shall the Priest say, cially appointed ; or else immediately shall
be said or gung by the Priest and People, Hear what comfortable words THEREFORE with angels our Saviour CHRIST saith unto and archangels, and with all all who truly turn to him.
the company of heaven, we COME unto me, all ye that laud and magnify thy glorious travail and are heavy laden, and name ; evermore praising thee, I will refresh you. St. Matt. and saying, Holy, holy, holy, xi. 28.
LORD GOD of hosts, heaven So God loved the world, and earth are full of thy glory : that he gave his only begotten glory be to thee, O LORD Most Son, to the end that all that High. Amen. believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting
PROPER PREFACES, life. St. John iii. 16. | Upon Christmas-day, and seven days after.
Hear also what St. Paul BECAUSE thou didst give saith.
JESUS CHRIST, thine only Son, This is a true saying, and to be born as at this time for worthy of all men to be received, us ; who, by the operation of that CHRIST JESUS came into the Holy GHOST, was made the world to save sinners. very man, of the substance of 1 Tim. i. 15.
the Virgin Mary his mother; Hear also what St. John saith. and that without spot of sin, to
If any man sin, we have an make us clean from all sin Advocate with the Father, Therefore with angels, foc. Jesus Christ the righteous; 1 Upon Easter-day, and seven days after. and he is the propitiation for BUT chiefly are we bound our sins. 1 John ii. 1, 2.
to praise thee for the glorious After which the Priest shall proceed, resurrection of thy Son Jesus saying,
CHRIST our Lord : for he is the Lift up your hearts.
very Paschal Lamb, which was Answer. We lift them up offered for us, and hath taken unto the LORD.
away the sin of the world; who. Priest. Let us give thanks by his death hath destroyed unto our LORD God,
death, and, by his rising to life Answer. It is meet and right again, hath restored to us ever so to do.
lasting life: Therefore with
angels, fc. 1 Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's Table, and say,
* Upan Ascension-day, and seven days after. IT is very meet, right, and
THROUGH thy most dearly our bounden duty, that we
wel beloved Son JESUS CHRIST our should at all times, and in all
| * These words (Holy Father) must be places, give thanks unto thee, I omitted on Trinity Sunday:
Lord; who, after his most to us of the Holy GHOST, the glorious resurrection, mani- Comforter; who are one with festly appeared to all his apos- thee in thy eternal GODHEAD: tles, and in their sight ascended Therefore with angels, fc. up into heaven, to prepare a Then shall the Priest, kneeling down at place for us; that where he is, the Lord's Table, say, in the name of all
those who shall receive the Communion, thither we might also ascend,
this Prayer following: and reign with him in glory :
WE do not presume to come Therefore, with angels, fc.
to this thy table, 0 merciful | Upon Whitsunday, and six days after. LORD, trusting in our own
THROUGH Jesus Christ righteousness, but in thy maniour Lord; according to whose fold and great mercies. We most true promise, the Holy are not worthy so much as to Ghost came down as at this gather up the crumbs under thy time from heaven, with a sudden table. But thou art the same great sound, as it had been a LORD, whose property is always mighty wind, in the likeness of to have mercy: grant us therefiery tongues, lighting upon fore, gracious LORD, so to eat the apostles, to teach them, the flesh of thy dear Son JESUS and to lead them to all truth; CHRIST, and to drink his blood, giving them both the gift of that our sinful bodies may be divers languages, and also made clean by his body, and boldness with fervent zeal, our souls washed through his constantly to preach the Gospel most precious blood, and that unto all nations ; whereby we we may evermore dwell in him, have been brought out of dark- and he in us. Amen. ness and error, into the clear |When the Priest, standing before the table, light and true knowledge of thee,
hath so ordered the bread and wine, that he
may with the more readiness and decency and of thy Son Jesus Christ:
break the bread before the people, and take Therefore with angels, fc.
the cup into his hands : he shall say the
Prayer of Consecration, as followeth : 1 Upon the Feast of Trinity only, may be said,
ALL glory be to thee, AlWHO art one God, one MIGHTY GOD, our heavenly LORD; not one only person, Father, for that thou, of thy but three persons in one sub- tender mercy, didst give thine stance : for that which we only Son JESUS CHRIST to believe of the glory of the suffer death upon the cross for FATHER, the same we believe our redemption ; who made of the Son, and of the Holy there (by his one oblation of Ghost, without any difference himself once offered) a full, or inequality : Therefore with perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, angels, grc.
oblation, and satisfaction, for
the sins of the whole world; Or else this may be said, the words (Holy
Father) being retained in the introductory and did institute, and in his address.
holy 'gospel command us to FOR the precious death and continue, a perpetual memory merits of thy Son Jesus CHRIST of that his precious death and our Lord, and for the sending sacrifice until his coming again;