Page images

ix. 7

By whom all things were made: Not every one that saith unto Who for us men, and for our me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into salvation, came down from hea- the kingdom of heaven; but he ven, And was incarnate by the that doeth the will of my Father Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, which is in heaven. Matt. vii. 21. And was made man, And was Zaccheus stood forth, and said crucified also for us under Pon- unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the tius Pilate: He suffered and was half of my goods I give to the buried, And the third day he rose poor; and if I have done any again according to the Scriptures,

wrong to any man, I restore four. And ascended into heaven, And fold. Luke xix. 8. sitteth on the right hand of the Who goeth a warfare at any Father : And he shall come again time of his own cost? Who with glory to judge both the planteth a vineyard, and eateth quick and the dead; Whose king- not of the fruit thereof? Or who dom shall have no end.

feedeth the flock, and eateth not And I believe in the Holy of the milk of the flock ? 1 Cor. Ghost, The Lord and giver of life; Who proceedeth from the If we have sown unto you spiFather and the Son; Who with ritual things, is it a great matter the Father and the Son together if we shall reap your worldly is worshipped and glorified, Who things ? 1. Cor. ix. 11. spake by the prophets. And I Do ye not know that they who believe one Catholic and Aposto- minister about holy things, live of lic Church; I acknowledge one the sacrifice ? and they who wait Baptism for the remission of sins; at the altar, are partakers with the And I look for the resurrection altar? Even so hath the Lord of the dead, And the life of the also ordained, that they who world to come. Amen.

preach the Gospel, should live

of the Gospel. i Cor. ix. 13,14 Let your light so shine before He that soweth little shall reap men, that they may see your good little; and he that soweth plenworks, and glorify your Father teously shall reap plenteouly

. which is in heaven. Matt. v. 16. Let every man do according as he

Lay not up for yourselves trea. is disposed in his heart, not grudg; sures upon earth, where the rust ingły, or of necessity; for God and moth doth corrupt, and where loveth a cheerful giver. 2. Cor. thieves break through and steal : but lay up for yourselves trea- Let him that is taught in the sures in heaven, where neither Word minister unto him that rust nor moth doth corrupt, and teacheth in all good things. Be where thieves do

not break

not deceived; God is not mocked: through nor steal. Matt. vi. for whatsoever a man soweth, that 20.

shall he reap. Gal. vi. 6, 7. Whatsoever ye would that men While we have time, let us do should do unto you, even so do good unto all men, and specially unta them; for this is the law and unto them that are of the housethe prophets. Matt. vii. 12. hold of faith. Gal. vi. 1o.

ix. 6, 7.



left unsaid.

Godliness is great riches, if a the Lord shall deliver him in the man be content with that he hath: time of trouble. Psal. xli. 1. for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any

Let us pray for the whole state of thing out. i Tim. vi. 6,7

Christ's Church militant here Charge them who are rich in

in earth. this world, that they be ready to Almighty and everliving God, give, and glad to distribute ; lay- who by thy holy Apostle hast ing up in store for themselves a

taught us to make prayers and good foundation against the time supplications, and to give thanks to come, that they may attain for all men; We humbly beseech eternal life. i Tim. vi. 17, 18, thee most mercifully • If there be no

[* to accept our alms alms or oblations, God is not unrighteous, that

and oblations, and] (to accept vur alms he will forget your works, and to receive these our and oblations] be labour that proceedeth of love;

prayers, which we which love ye have shewed for offer unto thy Divine Majesty ; his Name's sake, who have mi- beseeching thee to inspire connistered unto the saints, and yet tinually the universal Church with do minister, Heb. vi. 10.

the spirit of truth, unity, and To do good, and to distribute, concord: And grant that all they forget not; for with such sacri. that do confess thy holy Name, fices God is well pleased. Heb. may agree in the truth of thy xi16.

holy Word, and live in unity and Whoso hath this world's good, godly love. We beseech thee also and seeth his brother have need, to save and defend all Christian and shutteth up his compassion Kings, Princes, and Goverfrom him, how dwelleth the love nors ; and especially thy servant of God in him? 1 John iii. 17.

GEORGE our King; that un. Give alms of thy goods, and der him we may be godly and never turn thy face from any poor quietly governed: And grant man; and then the face of the unto his whole Council, and to Lord shall not be turned away

all that are put in authority unfrom thee. Tob. iv. 7.

der him, that they may truly and Be merciful after thy power indifferently minister justice, to If thou hast much, give plente- the punishment of wickedness and ously: if thou hast little, do thy vice, and to the maintenance of diligence gladly to give of that thy true religion and virtue. Give little: for so gatherest thou thy grace, O heavenly Father, to all self a good reward in the day of Bishops and Curates; that they necessity.' Tob. iv. 8,

may both by their life and docHe that hath pity upon the trine set forth thy true and lively poor, lendeth unto' the Lord : Word, and rightly and duly adand look, what he layeth out it minister thy holy Sacraments. shall be paid him again. Prov. And to all thy people give thy

heavenly grace; and especially to Blessed be the man that pro- this Congregation here present ; videth for the sick and needy: that with meek heart, and due


xix. 17.

reverence, they may hear and it unworthily; my duty is to ex. receive thy holy. Word ; truly hort


in the mean season to serving thee in holiness and consider the dignity of that holy righteousness all the days of their

mystery, and the great peril of life. And we most humbly be- the unworthy receiving thereof; seech thee of thy goodness, O and so to search and examine Lord, to comfort and succour all your own consciences (and that them who in this transitory life not lightly, and after the manner are in trouble, sorrow, need, of dissemblers with God, but so) sickness, or any other adversity. that ye may come holy and clean And we also bless thy holy Name to such a heavenly feast, in the for all thy servants departed this marriage garment required by life in thy faith and fear; be- God in holy Scripture, and be seeching thee to give us grace so to received as worthy partakers of follow their good examples, that that holy table. with them we may be partakers The way and means thereto is; of thy heavenly kingdom : Grant First, to examine your lives and this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's conversations by the rule of God's sake, our only Mediator and commandments: and whereinAdvocate, Amen.

soever ye shall perceive yourselves

to have offended, either by will, Notice of the Intention to administer the word, 'or deed, there to bewail Sacrament.

your own sinfulness, and to comDEARLY

EARLY beloved, on day fess yourselves to Almighty God, next, I purpose, through God's with full purpose of amendment assistance, to administer to all of life. And if ye shall perceive such as shall be religiously and your offences to be such as are devoutly disposed, the most com- not only against God, but also fortable Sacrament of the Body against your neighbours, then ye and Blood of Christ; to be by shall reconcile yourselves into them received, in remembrance them, being ready to make resti. of his meritorious Cross and tuțion and satisfaction, according Passion; whereby alone we ob. to the uttermost of your powers

, tain remission of our sins, and for all injuries and wrongs done are made partakers of the king by you to any other; and being dom of heaven. Wherefore it is likewise ready to forgive others our duty to render most humble that liave offended you, as ye and hearty thanks to Almighty would have forgiveness of your God our heavenly Father, for offences at God's hand: for other that he hath given his Son our wise the receiving of the holy Saviour Jesus Christ, not only to Communion doth nothing else die for us, but also to be our but increase your damnation. spiritual food and sustenance in Therefore if any of you be a that holy Sacrament. Which blasphemer of God, an hinderer being so divine and comfortable or slanderer of his Word, an a thing to them who receive it adulterer, or be in malice or worthily, and so dangerous to

envy, or in any other grievous them that will presume to receive

frime, repent you of your sins, or else come not to that holy | Which of you, in such a case, table ; lest after the taking of would not be moved ? Who that holy Sacrament, the devil would not think a great injury and enter into you, as he entered wrong done unto him?

Whereinto Judas, and fill you full of fore, most dearly beloved in all iniquities, and bring you to Christ, take ye good heed, lest destruction both of body and soul, ye, withdrawing yourselves from

And because it is requisite that this holy Supper, provoke God's no man should come to the holy indignation against you. It is an Communion but with a full trust easy matter for a man to say, I in God's mercy, and with a quiet will not communicate, because conscience, therefore if there be I am 'otherwise hindered with any of you who by this means worldly business. But such excannot quiet his own conscience cuses are not so easily accepted herein, but requireth further and allowed before God. If any comfort or counsel, let him come man say, I am a grievous sinner, to me, or to some other discreet and therefore am afraid to come; and learned Minister of God's wherefore then do ye not repent Word, and open his grief; that and amend? When God calleth by the ministry of God's holy you, are ye not ashamed to say, Word he may receive the benefit ye will not come?, When ye of absolution, together with ghost- should return to God, will ye ly counsel and advice, to the quiet- excuse yourselves, and say, ye are ing of his conscience, and avoiding not ready? Consider earnestly of all scruple and doubtfulness, with yourselves, how little such

feigned excuses will avail before Or in case the minister shall see the People

God. They that refused the feast negligent to come to the Holy Communion, in the Gospel, because they had instead of the former he shall use this bought a farm or would try their Exhortation.

yokes of oxen, or because they DEARLY beloved brethren, on were married, were not so ex

I intend, by God's grace, cused, but counted unworthy of to celebrate the Lord's Supper : the heavenly feast. . I, for my unto which, in God's behalf, I part, shall be ready; and accord. bid you all that are here present ; | ing to mine office, I bid you in and beseech' you for the Lord the name of God; I call you

in Jesus Christ's sake, that ye will Christ's behalf; I exhort you, as not refuse to come thereto, being ye love your own salvation, that so lovingly called and bidden by ye will be partakers of this holy God himself. Ye know how Conimunion. And as the Son grievous and unkind a thing it is, of God did vouchsafe to yield up when a man hath prepared a rich his soul by death upon the cross feast, decked his table with all for your salvation; so it is your kind of provision, so that there duty to receive the Communion lacketh nothing, but the guests in remembrance of the sacrifice to sit down; and yet they who of his death, as he himself hath are called, without any cause, commanded : Which if ye shall most unthankfully refuse to come. neglec to do, consider with yourselves, how great injury 'ye do For' as the benefit is great, i unto God, and how sore punish- with a true' penitent heart an ment hangeth over your heads lively faith we receive that hol for the same; when ye wilfully Sacrament; (for then we spiritu ábstain from the Lord's Table, ally eat (c) the Flesh of Christ and separate from your brethren, and drink his Blood; then w who come to feed on the banquet dwell in Christ, and Christ i of that most heavenly food. us; we are one with Christ (d These things if ye earnestly con- and Christ with us :) so is th sider, ye will by God's grace danger great, if we receive th return to a better mind : for the

same 'unworthily: For then w obtaining whereof we shall not are guilty' (e) of the Body an cease to make our humble peti- Blood of Christ our Saviour ; w tions unto Almighty God our eat and drink our own. damna heavenly Father.

tion, not considering the Lord'

Body; we kindle God's wratl Exbortation at the Communion. 13,'.,

against us ; we provoke him to DEARLY beloved in the Lord, plague us with divers diseases ye that mind to come to the holy and sundry kinds of death. Judgi Communion of the body and therefore yourselves, brethren blood of our Saviour Christ, that ye be not judged of the Lord must consider how Saint Paul'ex

repent ye truly for your sins horteth all persons diligently to past; have a lively and stedfast try and examine themselves, be

faith in Christ our Saviour; fore they presume to eat of that amend your lives, and be in perBread, and drink of that Cup: fect charity with all men ; so shall )...?

[ocr errors]

1(c) " Eat the flesh," &c. In John vi, 53. &c. our Saviour says, 5Verily ** verily I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of


and drink kr his blood, ye have no life in you;

whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath éternal life, and I will

rạise him up at the last day; for-my “flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is

I drink indeed : be that eateth my ftesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me,

and I'in him."

(d)One with Christ,” &c. In John-xvii. 21. &c. our Saviour


for all true believers, that “as thou, Father,

art in me, and I in thes, that they also may be one in us; that they may be one, even as we are one : I in them, “s"and thou in me, that they may be " made perfect in one." 3.30

(e) " Are guilty,” &c. ' These expressions of “ being guilty of the body

and blood of Christ," " eating and " drinking our own damnation," and " provoking God to plague us with sun

dry diseases and divers kinds of death,"
owe their introduction here to i Cor. II.
(ante Thursday before Easter :) and bị
reference to that passage we may collect
the sense in which they ought to be un-
derstood. The Corinthian converts were
guilty of great improprieties in their ce
kebration of the Lord's supper. Though
they met in the same place, they did not
communicate, together as one hody, or
company, bút divided themselves into
parties, each párty kept its own provie
sions to itself, and eat at its own time
without allowing others to partake with
them, and without regarding whether
others were ready or not, and they eat
and drank to the same extent as at ordi-
pary meals, and sometimes to excess;
it is this irreverent conduct which St.
Paul calls . eating and drinking unwor.
" thily, and eating and drinking damna-

tion, not discerning the Lord's body;" and. “ for this cause,” he says, " many “were weak and sickly among them, " and many slept, i.e. died."


« PreviousContinue »