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To do good, and to distribute, forget not;for with such acrifices God is well pleased. Heb. 13. 16. Whoso hath this worlds good, and seeth his brother rave need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, ow dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 S. John 3. 17. Give alms of thy goods, and never turn thy face from ny poor man, and then the face of the Lord shall not e turned away from thee. Tob.4.7. Be merciful after thy power. If thou hast much, give lenteously. If thou hast little, do thy diligence gladly o give of that little : for so gatherest thou thy self a pod reward in the day of neccslity. Tob. 4.8, 9.
8,9 He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the ord : and look what he layeth out, it shall be paid’him gain. Prov, 19. 17. Blessed be the man that provideth for the sick and neely: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble. "fal. 41. 1.
Whilst these sentences are in reading the Deacons, Church-wardens, or her fit person appointed for that purposeball receive the alms for the for, and other devotions of the people, in a decent basin, to be provided ushe parish for that purpose and reverently bring it to the priest, who xl bimbly present and place it upon the holy Table.
And when there is a Communion, the priest shall then place upon the able so much bread and wine, as he shall think sufficient. After which me the priest shall say, Let us pray for the whole state of Christs Church mi. tant here in earth.
postle hast taught us to make prayers and suppliations and to give thanks for all men; We humbly be
feech thee most mercifully (tto ac# If there be no alms or lations, then shall the cept our alms and oblations, and) to jords (of accepting our reseive these our prayers, which we ms and oblations) be offer unto thy Divine Majesty, beoft out unsaid.
seeching thee to inspire continually he universal Church with the spirit of truth,unity,and concord:and grant that all they that do confess thy holy Vame, may agree in the truth of thy holy wordhandlive in unity and godly love. We beseech thee allo to fave and defend all christian kings, princes and governours ;
; and especially thy servant CHARLES our King, that urder him we may be godly and quietly governed: and grant unto his whole Council
, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion and vertue. Give grace, O heavenly Father,to all BiNiops and Curates, 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 molt humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them, who'ín this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, fickness,or any other adversity. And we also bless thy holy Name, for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; befeeching thee to give us grace fö to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this,
Father , for Jesus Christs fake our only Mediatour and Advocate. Ainen..
Iihen the Ministero di peth warning for the celebration of the holy com
onion, (arhich he stall always do upon the Sinday or some Holy-day immediately precedint) Afier ihe Sermon, or Homily ended, he shall read 1125 Exhortation fellom 11.3. Early beloved, on---day next, I purpose, through
I Geds assistance to administer to all such as shall be religioully and devontly disposed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Bloud of Christ, to be by then received in remembrance of his meritorious crois
paliion, whereby alone we obtain remillion of our and are mode partakers of the kingdom of heaven.
Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and nearty thanks to Almighty God our heavenly Father, or that he hath given his Son our Saviour Jelus Christ, ot only to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food nd sustenance in that holy Sacrament. Which being so ivine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it forthily and fo dangerous to them that will presume to eceive it unworthily my duty is to exhort you in the nean season to consider the dignity of that holy mystey, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving therefand so to search and examine your own consciences, and that not lightly, and after the manner of dislemhirs with God; but fo) that ye may come holy, and clean o such a heavenly feast, in the marriage garment requied by God in holy Scripture, and be received as worhy partakers of that holy Table. The way and means thereto is : First to examine your tes and conversations by the rule of Gods commandvents; and wherein foever ye shall perceive your felves əhave offended, either by will, word, or deed, there o bewail your own sinfulness, and to confess your selves o Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of ife. And if ye shall perceive your offences to be such as re not only against God, but also against your neighours, then ye shall reconcile your selves unto them, beag ready to make restitution and satisfaction according o the uttermost of your powers, for all injuries and vrongs done by you to any other; and being likewise eady to forgive others that have offended you, as ye vould have forgiveness of your offences at Gods hand : or otherwise the receiving of the holy Communion loth nothing else but increase your damnation. Thereore if any of you be a blasphemer of God, an hinderer or slanderer of his Word, an adulterer, or be in malice, orenvy, or in any other grievous crime; Repent you ofyour fins, or elle come not to that holy Table, left efter the taking of that holy Sacrament, the devilénte
into you,as he entred into Judas, and fill you full of al iniquities and bring you to destruction both of body and foul.
And because it is requisite, that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full trust in Gods mercy, and with a quiet conscience ; therefore if there be any of you, who by this means cannot quiet his own conscience herein,but requireth further comfort or counfel , let him come to me, or to some other discreet and learned Minister of Gods word, and open his grief, that by the ministry of Gods holy word he may receive the benefit of absolution, together with ghostly counsel and advice to the quieting of his conscience, and avoiding of all scruple and doubtfulness.
9 Or in case be shall see the people negligent to come to the holy Communion, in stead of the former, be shall use this Exhortation,
grace,to celebrate the Lords Supper: unto which in Gods behalf I bid you all that are here prosent, and beseech you for the Lord Jesus Christs fake, that ye will not reíuse to come thereto,being so lovingly called and bidder by God himself. Ye know how grievous and unkind a thing it is, when a man hath prepared a rich feast
, decked histable with all kind of provision,so that there lacketh nothing but the guests to sit down, and yet they who are called (without any cause) molt unthankfully refuse to come. Which of you in such a case would not be moved ? wko would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him? Wherefore most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good heed, lest ye withdrawing your selves from this holy Supper, provoke Gods indignation against you. It is an easie matter for a man to say, I will not communicate, because I am otherwise hindred with worldly business. But such excuses are not to easily accepted and allowed before God. If any man
V, 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 you will not come? When ye should return to God, will ye excuse your felves, and say ye are not ready ? Consider earnestly with your selves,how little such feigned excuses will avail before God. They that refused the feast in the Gospel, because they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of oxen, or because they were married, were not so excused, but counted unworthy of the heaverily feast. I for my part shall be ready, and according to nine office, I bid you in the name of God, I call you in Christs behalf, I exhort you, as you love your own falvation, 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 facrifice of his death, as he himself hath commanded : Which if ye shall neglect to do, consider with your felves, how great injury ye do unto God, and how fore punishment hangeth over your heads for the fame ; when ye wilfully abstain from the Lords 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 Gods 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. 9 At the time of the celebration of the Communion, the Communicants being conveniently placed for the receiving of the holy Sacrament,the Priest shall say this Exhortation.
Early beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come pur Saviour Christ, must consider how Saint Paul exhorteth all persons diligently to try and examine themfelves
, before they presume to eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For as the benerīt is great, if with a true penitent heart and lively faith, we receive that ho