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partakers of the kingdom of heaven.for envy, or in any other grievous Wherefore it is our duty to render crime; repent ye of your sins, oi most humble and hearty thanks to else come not to that holy table. ALMIGHTY GOD, our heavenly Fa- And because it is requisite that no ther, for that he hath given his Son man should come to the Holy Com. our Saviour Jesus Christ, not munion, but with a full trust in only to die for us, but also to be our God's mercy, and with a quiet con. spiritual food and sustenance in that science; therefore, if there be any of holy sacrament. Which being so you, who by these means cannot divine and comfortable a thing to quiet his own conscience herein, but them who receive it worthily, and so requireth further comfort or counsel ; dangerous to those who will presume let him come to me, or to some other to receive it unworthily ; my duty is minister of God's word, and open to exhort you in the mean season, to his grief; that he may receive such consider the dignity of that holy godly counsel and advice, as may mystery, and the great peril of the tend to the quieting of his conscience, unworthy receiving thereof; and so and the removing of all scruple and to search and examine your own con- doubtfulness. sciences, (and that not lightly, and 1 Or, in case he shall see the people negligent to after the manner of dissemblers with come to the Holy Communion, instead of the GOD; but so) that ye may come holy
former, he shall use this Exhortatiou. and clean to such a heavenly feast,
DEARLY beloved brethren, on in the marriage-garment required by I intend, by God's
grace, to God in holy Scripture; and be re- celebrate the Lord's Supper ; unto ceived as worthy partakers of that which, in God's behalf, 'I bid
you holy table.
all who are here present; and be. The way and means thereto is, seech you for the Lord Jesus First, to examine your lives and con- CHRIST's sake, that ye will not reversations by the rule of God's com- fuse to come thereto, being so lovingmandments; and whereinsoever ye ly called and bidden by God himself. shall perceive yourselves to have of Ye know how grievous and unkind fended, either by will, word, or deed, a thing it is, when a man hath pre. there to bewail your own sinfulness, pared a rich feast, decked his table and to confess yourselves to Al- with all kinds of provision, so that MIGHTY God, with full purpose of there lacketh nothing but the guests amendment of life. And if ye shall to sit down; and yet they who are perceive your offences to be such as called (without any cause) most un. are not only against God, but also thankfully refuse to come. Which against your neighbors; then ye shall of you in such a case would not be reconcile yourselves unto them ; be moved? Who would not think a ing ready to make restitution and great injury and wrong done unto satisfaction, according to the utter- him? Wherefore, most dearly be. most of your powers, for all injuries loved in Christ, take ye good heed, and wrongs done by you to any lest ye, withdrawing yourselves from other; and being likewise ready to this holy Supper, provoke God's inforgive others who have offended dignation against you. you, as ye would have forgiveness of matter for a man to say, I will not your offences at God's hand: for communicate, because I am otherwise otherwise the receiving of the Holy hindered with worldly business. But Communion doth nothing else but such excuses are not so easily acincrease your condemnation. There. cepted, and allowed before Gov. If fore, if any of you be a blasphemer of any man say, I am a grievous sinner, God, a hinderer or slanderer of his and therefore am afraid to come: word, an adulterer, or be in malicel wherefore then do ye not repent and
It is an easy
amend? When God calleth you, are so is the danger great, if we receive ye not ashamed to say, ye will not the same unworthily: Judge there. come? When ye should return to fore yourselves, brethren, that ye be God, will ye excuse yourselves, and not judged of the LORD; repent ye say, ye are not ready? Consider truly for your sins past ; have a liveearnestly with yourselves, how little ly and steadfast faith in Christ our such feigned excuses will avail be- Saviour; amend your lives, and be fore God. Those who refused the in perfect charity with all men: so feast in the gospel, because they had shall ye be meet partakers of those bought a farm, or would try their holy mysteries. And above all yokes of oxen, or because they were things, ye must give most humble and married, were not so excused, but hearty thanks to God the FATHER, counted unworthy of the heavenly the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for feast. Wherefore, according to mine the redemption of the world by the office, I bid you in the name of God, death and passion of our Saviour I call you in Christ's iehalf, I ex- CHRIST, both God and man; who hort you, as ye love your own salva- did humble himself, even to the death tion, that ye will be partakers of this, upon the cross, for us miserable sin. Holy Communion. And as the Son iners, who lay in darkness and the OF God did vouchsafe to yield up shadow of death; that he might make his soul by death upon the cross, for us the children of God, and exalt us your salvation; so it is your duty to to everlasting life. And to the end receive the Communion in remem- that we should always remember the brance of the sacrifice of his death, exceeding great love of our Master as he himself hath commanded : and only Saviour Jesus Christ, which if ye shall neglect to do, con- thus dying for us, and the innumer. sider with yourselves, how great is able benefits which by his precious your ingratitude to God, and how blood shedding he hath obtained for sore punishment hangeth over your us, he hath instituted and ordained heads for the same, when ye wilfully holy mysteries, as pledges of his love, abstain from the Lord's Table, and and for a continual remembrance of separate from your brethren who his death, to our great and endless come to feed on the banquet of that comfort. To him, therefore, with the most heavenly food. These things FATHER, and the Holy Ghost, if ye earnestly consider, ye will by let us give (as we are most bounden) Gon's grace, re:urn to a better mind; continual thanks; submitting our for the obtaining whereof we shall selves wholly to his holy will and not cease to make our humble peti. pleasure
, and studying to serve him tions unto ALMIGHTY GOD, our hea. in true holiness and righteousness, al venly Father.
the days of our life. Amen. SAthe time of the celebration of the Com- 1 Then shall the Priest say to those who come munion, the Priest shall say this Exhortation. to receive the Holy Communion,
DEARLY heloved in the LORD, YE who do truly and earnestly ye who mind to come to the Holy repent you of your sins, and are in Communion of the Body and Blood love and charity with your neigh. of our Saviour CHRIST, must consi- bors, and intend to lead a new life, der how Saint Paul exhorteth all per- following the commandments of God, sons diligently to try and examine and walking from henceforth in his themselves, before they presume to holy ways; draw near with faith, and eat of that bread, and drink of that take this holy sacrament to your comcup: For as the benefit is great, if fort; and make your humble conwith a true penitent heart and lively fession to ALMIGHTY Gon, devoutly faith we receive that holy sacrament; I kneeling.
* Then shall this General Confession be made, thy of all men to be received, tha to receive the Holy Communion, humbly CHRIST JEsus came into the world kneeling.
to save sinners.
1 Tim. i. 15. ALMIGHTY GOD, Father of our
Hear also what St. John saith. Lord Jesus CHRIST, Maker of all If any man sin, we have an advo. things, Judge of all' men; we ac- cate with the Father, JESUS CHRIST knowledge and bewail our manifold the righteous; and he is the propiti. sins and wickedness, which we from ation for our sins. 1 John ii. 1, 2. time to time most grievously have 1 After which the Priest shall proceed, saying, committed, by thought, word, and
Lift up your hearts. deed, against thy divine majesty ; provoking most justly thy wrath and LORD.
Answcr. We lift them up unto the indignation against us. We do earn. estly repent, and are heartily sorry
Priest. Let us give thanks unto
our LORD GOD. for these our misdoings; the remem. Answer. It is meet and right so brance of them is grievous unto us;
to do. the burthen of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy " Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's Table, upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's
IT is very meet, right, and our sake, forgive us all that is past; and
bounden duty, that we should at all grant, that we may ever hereafter times, and in all places, give thanks serve and please thee in newness of unto thee, O LORD, (Holy Fa. life, to the honor and glory of thy ther,) Almighty, everlasting God. name, through JESUS CHRIST our Here shall follow the proper Preface, accordLord. Amen.
ing to the time, if there be any specially ap.
pointed ; or else immediately shall be said or Then shall the Priest (the Bishop, if he be
sung by the Priest and People, present) stand up, and turning to the People, THEREFORE with angels and ALMIGHTY GOD, our heavenly of heaven, we laud and magnify thy
archangels, and with all the company Father, who of his great mercy
hath promised forgiveness of sins to all thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy,
glorious name; evermore praising those who with hearty repentance LORD God of hosts, heaven and and true faith turn unto him, have earth are full of thy glory : glory be mercy upon you; pardon and deliver
to thee, O LORD Most High. Amen, you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and
PROPER PREFACES. bring you to everlasting life, through
11 Upon Christmas-day, and seven days after. JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
BECAUSE thon didst give JESUS Then shall the Priest say,
CHRIST, thine only Son, to be born Hear what comfortable words our as at this time for us; who, by the Saviour Christ saith unto all who operation of the Holy Ghost, was truly turn to him.
made very man, of the substance of COME unto me, all ye that travail the Virgin Mary his mother; and and are heavy laden, and I will re- that without spui of sin, to make fresh you. St. Matt. xi. 28.
us clean from all sin : Therefore with So God loved the world, that he angels, &c. gave his only begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him
I Upon Easter-day, and seven days after. should not perish, but have everlast
BUT chiefly are we
bound to St. John iii. 16.
praise thee for the glorious resurreo. Hear also what St. Paul saith. This is a true saying, and worted on Trinity Sunday:
• These words (Holy Father) must be omit
tion of thy Son JESUS CHRIST ourly Ghost, the Comforter ; who are Lord: for he is the very Paschal one with thee in thy eternal GOD. Lamb, which was offered for us, and HEAD: Therefore with angels, &c. hath taken away the sin of the world; 1 Then shall the Priest, kneeling down at th: who by his death hath destroyed Lord's Table, say, in the name of all those who
shall receive the Communion, this Prayer feldeath, and, by his rising to life again,
lowing: hath restored to us everlasting life : Therefore with angels, &c.
WE do not presume to come to
this thy table, "O merciful LORD, 1 Upon Ascension-day, and seven days after. trusting in our own righteousness,
THROUGH thy most dearly be. but in thy manifold and great mer. loved Son Jesus Christ our Lord; cies. We are not worthy so much who, after his most glorious resur- as to gather up the crumbs under thy rection, manifestly appeared to all table. But thou art the same LORD, his apostles, and in their sight ascend whose property is always to have ed up into heaven, to prepare a place mercy: grant us therefore, gracious for us; that where he is, thither we LORD, so to eat the flesh of thy dear might also ascend, and reign with Son Jesus CHRIST, and to drink him in glory: Therefore with an his blood, that our sinful bodies may gels, &c.
be made clean by his body, and our
souls washed through his most pre1 Upon Whitsunday, and six days after.
cious blood, and that we may ever. THROUGH Jesus Christ our more dwell in him, and he in us. Lord; according to whose most true Amen. promise, the Holy Ghost came when the Priest, standing before the table, down as at this time from heaven, hath so ordered the bread and wine, that he with a sudden great sound, as it had
may with the more readiness and decency
break the bread before the people, and take been a mighty wind, in the likeness the cup into his hands : he shall say the Prayer of nery tongues, lighting upon the of Consecration, as followeth : apostles, to teach them, and to lead ALL glory be to thee, ALMIGHTY them to all truth; giving them both God, our heavenly Father, for that the gift of divers languages, and also thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give boldness with servent zeal, constantly thine only Son Jesus Christ to to preach the Gospel unto all na- suffer death upon the cross for our tionis; whereby we have been brought redemption ; who made there (by his out of darkness and error, into the one oblation of himself once offered) clear light and knowledge of thee, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, and of thy Son JESUS CHRIST : oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins Therefore with angels, &c.
of the whole world; and did insti. i Upon the Feast of Trinity only, may be said, us to continue, a perpetual memory
tute, and in his holy gospel command WHO art one God, one LORD; of that his precious death and sacri. not one only person, but three per- fice until his coming again : for in the sons in one substance; for that which night in which he we believe of the glory of the Fa. was betrayed a he
a Here the Priest THER, the same we believe of the took bread; and is to take the Palen
into his hands. Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with. when he had given out any difference or inequality : thanks, b he brake b And here to Therefore with angels, &c.
it, and gave it to break the bread. Or else this may be said, the words (Iloly
his disciples, saying, Fluther) being retained in the introductory Take, eat, c this is
C And here to lay address.
his hand upon all
my Body, which is the bread. FOR the precious death and merits given for you; do this. of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, in remembrance of and for the sending to us of the Ho.lme. Likewise, after
d Here he is to supper d he took the reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice take the cup into his
cup; and when he unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, hand
had given thanks, he that we, and all others who shall be gave it to them, say. partakers of this Holy Communion,
ing, drink ye all of may worthily receive the most pree And here he is this, for e this is my cious Body and Blood of thy Son to lay his hand up. Blood, of the new JESUS CHRIST, be filled with thy which there is any testament, which is grace and heavenly benediction, and wine to be consé- shed for you, and for made one body with him, that he
many; for the re. may dwell in them, and they in mission of sins; do this as oft as ye him. And although we are unwor. shall drink it, in remembrance of me. thy, through our manifold sins, to
offer unto thee any sacrifice ; yet we WHEREFORE, O beseech thee to accept this our bound. The Oblation.
LORD and heavenly en duty and service, not weighing Father, according to the institution our merits, but pardoning our ofof thy dearly beloved Son our Sav- fences; through Jesus Christ our jour Jesus Christ, we, thy hum. Lord; Ly whom, and with whom, in ble servants, do celebrate and make the unity of the Holy Ghost, all here before thy.divine majesty, with honor and glory be unto thee, o these thy holy gifts, which we now FATHER ALMIGHTY, world without offer unto thee, the memorial thy end. Amen. Son hath commanded us to make; Here shall be sung a Hymn, or part of a having in remembrance his blessed Hymn, from the Selection for the Feasts and
Fasts, &c. passion and precious death, his
Then shall the Priest first receive the Commighty resurrection and glorious as- munion in both kinds himself, and proceed to cension; rendering unto thee most deliver the same to the Bishops, Priests, and
Deacons, in like manner, (if any be present) hearty thanks, for the innumerable
and, after that, to the People also in order, into benefits procured unto us by the their hands, all devoutly kneeling: and when
he delivereth the Bread, he shall say, And we most humbly be.
seech thee, O merci. THE Body of our Lord JESUS The Invocation.
ful Father, to hear CHRIST, which was given for thee, us; and, of thy almighty goodness, preserve thy body and soul untó vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with everlasting life: Take and eat this thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy in remembrance that Christ died gifts and creatures of bread and for thee, and feed on him in thy heart wine; that we, receiving them ac- by faith, with thanksgiving. cording to thy Son our Saviour JE. 1 And the Minister who delivereth the Cup, shall sus CHRIST's holy institution, in
say, remembrance of his death and pas
THE Blood of our Lord JESUS sion, may be partakers of his most CHRIST, which was shed for thee, blessed Body and Blood. And we preserve thy body and soul unto earnestly desire thy fatherly good- everlasting life: Drink this in reness, mercifully to accept this our membrance that CHRIST's blood was sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; shed for thee, and be thankful. most humbly beseeching thee to If the consecrated bread and wine be spent begrant, that by the merits and death
of fore all have communicated, the Priest is to
consecrate more, according to the form before thy Son Jesus Christ, and through
prescribed ; beginning at-All glory be to thee, faith in his blood, we, and all thy Almighty God-and ending with these words whole Church, may obtain remission partakers of his most blessed Body and of our sins, and all other benefits of When all have communicated, the Minister his passion. And here we offer and shall return to the Lord's Table, and reverent present unto thee, O LORD, our- ly place upon it what remaineth of the conse
crated elements, covering the same with a fair selves, our souls, and bodies, to be al