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how St. Paul exhorteth all lively faith to this holy facrament, persons diligently to try and and the great danger of coming examine themselves before unworthily, that is, withoutres they presume to eat of that penting of your fins, and withbread, and drink of that

out trusting in God's mercy сир.

. For as the benefit is great, if

thro' Chrift. with a true penitent heart, and lively faith, we receive that holy facrament (for then we spiritually eat the flesh of Chrift, and drink his blood; then we dwell in Chrift, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us) so is the danger great if we receive the same unworthily : for then we are guilty of the body and blood of Christ our Saviour; we eat and drink our own damnation, not confidering the Lord's body; we kindle God's wrath against us; we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death : judge itherefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your fins past; have a lively and stedfast faith in Chrift our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men, fo fhall ye be meet partakers of those holy mysteries; and above all things, ye must give moft humble and hearty thanks to God the father, the fon, and the holy ghoft, for the redemption of the world by the death and parfion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man, who did humble himself even unto the death


the cross for us miserable finners, who lay in darkness, and the shadow of 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 shedding he hath obtained to us; he hath instituted and ordained holy mysteries as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death to our great and endless comfort. To him, therefore, with the father, and the holy ghoft, let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks, submitting ourselves



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wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve
him in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our
life. Amen.

Then fall the priest say to them that come to receive the holy
The alpinigter.

Ye that do truly and ear- Being thus called upon to
nestly repent you of your fins make your humble confession to
and are in love and charity almighty God, be sure to let your
with your neighbours, and whole heart be lift up to the throne
intend to lead a new life, fol- of divine grace, and humbly pray,
lowing the commandments that you may have a fare in that
of God, and walking from pardon, which is soon after to be
henceforth in his holy ways : Pronounced by the minifter.
draw near with faith, and take this holy facrament to your
comfort, and make your humble confession to almighty
God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.

Then shall this general CONFESSION be made in the name of all
those that are minded to receive the holy communion, by one of the mi-
nisters, both be and all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees,
and saying,
The Miniter.

Almighty God, father of

In this confession of sins, our Lord Jesus Christ, ma- join with the minister both in ker' of all things, judge of all heart and voice, with the greatmen; we acknowledge and eft humility, for you are equally bewail our manifoldsins and therein concern’d zvith him. 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 indiga nation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings: 'the remembrance of them is grievous unto us; the burden of them is intolerable; have




mercy upon us, have mercy upon us moft merciful father; for thy fon our Lord Jesus Chriít's fake, 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.

Rubrick. Then shall the priest (or bishop being present) Atand up, and furning himself to the people, pronounce this ABSolution. The ginider.

Directions. Almighty God, our hea

When the absolution bevenly father, who of his great attend to the minister with all

gins, then hold your peace and mercy hath promised for your heart; and placed in an humgiveness of sins to all them ble pofture, beg. earneftly of God that with hearty repentance, that he will please to confirm in and true faith, turn unto heaven the abfolution of your him ; have mercy upon you, fins, pronounced at this time, by pardon and deliver you from his minifter. But for any one to all your fins, confirm and repeat the absolution word for, ftrengthen you in all good-word with the minister, is very ness, and bring you to ever-abfurd, and shews much ignorance: lasting life, thro' Jesus Christ for the people's part here is to be

silent and to attend, and to say our Lord. Amen.

nothing but a most earnest Amen, with a firm resolution to lead a new life. And therefore let me warn you in all the publick prayers, that you join with the minister where you are bid, and at all other times be silent, attend and make it your own, by saying a hearty Amen.

The observing order and decency in prayer tends much to edification; whereas the contrary begets difiraclion, and disturbs both yourself and your neighbour; it offends devout and understanding peaplz mightily, to hear men and women say their prayers absurdly and indecently, holding their tongues where they should speak, and joining with the minister aloud, where they spould only hearken and say Amen. But what can be more improper than to hear them promiscuously ahsolve themselves, and one ano: ber, and taking the priestly of. fice on them in a part of it, which is one of the most diftinguishing be bas?

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When the absolution is over, attend diligently to the sentences of scripture, which the minister is to read: and when he bid's you lift up your hearts to God, you must be sure not only to do it in ward, but in deed, and with great carnefiness.

Then fall the Priest say; Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ faith unto all that truly turn to him.

Come unto me all ye that travel and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Matth. xi. 28.

So God loved the world, that he gave his only begotten fon, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John iii. 16.

Hear also what Saint Paul saith.

This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sin


I Tim. i. 15.

our fins.

Hear also what St. John faith.

If any man sin, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for

1 Johm ii. 1.

After which the Priest shall proceed, saying ;
Lift up your hearts..

Answ. We lift them up unto the Lord.

. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
Anjw. It is meet and right fo to do.

I Then shall the Priest turn is the Lord's table and fay,

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we Thould at all times, and in all places, give thanks to thee, O Lord, + holy These words (holy fafather almighty, everlasting God. Trinity Sunday.

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Therefore 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.

Proper Prefaces. Upon Christmas-day, and feven days after. Because thou didft 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 without spot of fin, to make us clean from all fin. Therefore, with angels, &c.

Upon Easter-day, and seven days after. But chiefly we are bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy son Jesus Christ our Lord: for he is the very paschal lamb, which was offer'd for us, and hath taken away the fin of the world; who by his death hath destroy'd death, and by his rising to life again hiath restored us to everlasting life. Therefore, with angels, &c.

Upon Ascension-day, and seven days after. Through thy most dearly beloved son Jesus Christ our Lord, who after his most glorious resurrection manifestly appeared to all his apostles, and in their fight afcended 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.

Upon Whit-sunday, and six 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 found, as if it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the apostles, to teach them and lead them into all truths

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