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the receiving of the Holy Communion doth nothing else but increase your condemnation. Therefore, if any of you be a blasphemer of God, an hinderer or slanderer of his Word, an adulterer, or be in malice or envy, or in any other grievous crime; repent ye of your sins, or else come not to that holy Table. And because it is requisite that no man should come to the Holy Communion, but with a full trust in God’s 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 counsel; let him come to me, or to some other Minister of God’s Word, and open his grief; that he may receive such godly counsel and advice, as may tend to the quieting of his conscience, and the removing of all scruple
T Or, in case he shall see the People negligent to come to the Holy Communion, instead of the former, he shall use this Erhortation.
EARLY beloved brethren,
On I intend, by God’s grace, to celebrate the Lord's Supper; unto which, in God’s behalf, I bid you all who are here present; and beseech you forthe Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, that ye will not refuse to come thereto, being so lovingly called and bidden by God himself. Ye know how grievous and unkind a thing it is, when a man hath prepared a rich feast, decked his table with all kinds of provision, so that there lacketh nothing but the guests to sitdown; and yet they who are called (without any cause) most unthankfully refuse to come,
Which of you in such a case would not be moved? Who would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him? Wherefore, most dearly belov. ed in Christ, take ye good heed, lest ye, withdrawing yourselves from this holy Supper, provoke God’s indignation against you. It is an easy, matter for a man to say, I will not communicate, because I am otherwise hinder. ed with worldly business. But such excuses are not so easily accepted, and allowed before God if any man say, I am a grievous sinner, and therefore am afraid to come; wherefore then doyenotrepentandamend? When God calleth you, are ye not ashamed to say, ye will not come? When ye should return to God, will ye excuse yourselves, and say, ye are not ready? Consider earnestly with yourselves, howlittlesuch feigned excuses will availbefore God. They who 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 heavenly feast. Wherefore, according to mine Office, Ibid you in the name of God, I call you in Christ’s behalf, f exhort you, as ye love your own salvation, 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 sacrifice of his death, as he himself hath commanded: Which ifye shall neglect to do, consider with yourselves, how great is your
EARLY beloved in the Lord, ye who mind to come to the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider how St. Paul exhorteth all persons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume to eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cup. For as the benefit is great, if with a true penitent heart and lively faith we receive that holy Sacrament; so is the danger great, if we receive the same unworthily. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent ye truly for your sins}. have a lively and steadfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men: so shall ye be meet partakers of those holy Mysteries. And above all things, ye must give most humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man; who did humble himself, evento the death upon the cross,
for us miserable sinners, who lav in darkness and the shadow o death; that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should always remember the exceeding great love of our Master and only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-sheddinghehath obtained
for us, he hath instituted and
ordained holy Mysteries, as
pledges of his love, and for a con
tinual remembrance of his death, to our great and endless comfort. To him therefore, with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, letus give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks; submitting ourselves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve him in true holiness and righteousness, all the days of our life. Amen,
1. Then shall the Priest say to those who come to receive the Holy Communion,
E who do truly and earn. estly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways; draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling.
T Then shall this general Confession be made, by the Priest and all those who are minded to receive the Holy Communion, humbly kneeling.
LMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine Majesty; provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us; the burthen of them isintolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant, that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
| Then shall the Priest (the Bishop, if he be present_) stand up, and turning to the People, say,
LMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you; pardon, and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. * Then shall the Priest say, Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all who truly turn to him,
Co. unto me, all ye that travel and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt. xi, 28. So God loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16. Hear also what St. Paul saith. This is a true saying, and
worthy of all mento be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15. Hear also what St. John saith. If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1 St. John ii. 1, 2. T.After which the Priest shall proceed, saying, Lift up your hearts. Answer. We lift them up unto the Lord. Priest. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God. ...Answer. It is meet and right So to do.
1 Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord’s Table, and say,
IT is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all laces, give thanks unto thee, O ord, [*Holy Father, Almighty everlasting God:
T Here shall follow the proper Preface, according to the time, if there be any specially appointed; or else immediately shall be said or sung by the Priest and People,
HEREFORE with Angels
and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory: Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High. Amen.
T PROPER PREFACEs.
TI Upon Christmas Day, and seven days after.
Boo. thou didst give Jesus Christ, thine only Son, to be born as at this time for us; who, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, was made very man, of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother; and that withoutspot of sin, to make us clean from all sin: Therefore with Angels, &c. * Upon Easter Day, and seven days after. UT chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: For he is the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and, by his rising to life again, hath restored to us everlasting life: Therefore with Angels, &c. * Upon. Ascension Day, and seven days after.
* These words [Holy Father] must be omitted on Trinity Sonday,
Too! thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who, after his most glorious Resurrection, manifestly appeared to all his Apostles, and in their sight ascended up into heaven, to prepare a place for us; that where he is, thither we might also ascend, and reign with him in glory: Therefore with Angels, &c. T Upon Whitsunday, and vic days after. THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose most true promise, the Holy Ghost came down as at this time from heaven, with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the Apostles, to teach them, and to lead them to all truth; giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness with serventzeal, constantly to preach the gospel unto all nations; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error, into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and hy. Son Jesus Christ: There- with Angels, &c.
T Then shall the Priest, kneeling down at the Lord's Table, say, in the name of all those who shall receive the Communion, this Prayer following:
W. do not presume to come to this thy Table, O mer. ciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifok and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to
gather up the crumbs under thy
Table. But thou art the same
Ilord, whose o; is always
to have mercy: Grant us there
fore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus
Christ, and to drink his blood,
that our sinful bodies may be
made clean by his body, and
our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him,
and he in us. Mmen.
tier mercy, didst give thine onl Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there (by his one oblation of himself once offered) a full, perfect, and suf. ficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy gospel command us to continue a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice until his coming again: For in the night in which he was betrayed roß, (a/hetook bread; and ::::::::: * when he, had given to: here thanks, f by he brake ...” “ it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,Take, 2.ÉÉ eat, Ye/. This is my #.” “Body, which is given - for you; Do this in remembrance of me. Likewise after supper a'; ; (d) he took the cup; #, into his and when he had given - thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drinkye
:*.*... the New Testament, .** which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins: Do this as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.
sed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks, for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same. And we mosthumbly ro,
beseech thee, O mer-" roof. ciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of
bread and wine; that we, re
ceiving them according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution,in remembrance of his Death and Passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood. And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness, mercifully to accept this oum'sacrificeofpraiseandthanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we, and all thy whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls, and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and hea. venly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in them, and they in him. And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice; yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and Service,