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dwelleth the love of God in cations, and to give thanks, himn i St. John ni.
for ail men; We humbly beGive alms of thy goods, seech thee most mercifully and never turn thy face from 1 to accept our any poor man; and then the alms and oblatins, face of the Lord shall not and to receive bacted. be turned away from thee. these our prayers, which we Tobit ir,
offer unto the Divine MaBe merciful after thy pow- jesty; beseeching thee to in€. If thou hast much, give spire continually the univerplentervusly: if thou hast lit-sal Church with the spirit of tie, do thy diligence gladly truth, unity, and concord: to give ot that little: for so And grant, that all they that gatherest thou thyself a good do confess thy holy Name reward in the day of neces- may agree in the truth of sity. Tobit iv.
thy holy Word, and live in He that hath pity upon the unity, and godly love. We poor lendeth unto the Lord: beseech thee also to save and look, what he laveth out, and defend all Christian it shall be paid him again. Kings, Princes, and GoverProo. xix.
nours; and specially thy SerBlessed be the man that vant GEORGE our King; provideth for the sick and that under him we may be needy: the Lord shall deliver godly and quietly governed: him in the time of trouble. And grant unto his whole Psalm xli.
Council, and to all that are Whilst these Sentences are in reading, the put in authority under him, Deacons, Church-cardens, or other hit per that they may truly and inthe Alms for the poor, and other devotions differently minister justice, to vided by the Parish for that purpose; and the punishment of wickedkumudy present and place it upon the holyness and vice, and to the
maintenance of thy true And when there is a Communion, the Priest Bread and Wine, as he shall think suficient. grace, Ó heavenly Father, to skull then place upon the Table so much religion, and virtue. Give
After which done, the Priest shall say, all Bishops and Curates, that Let us pray for the whole they may both by their life
state of Christ's Church and doctrine set forth thy militant here in earth.
true and lively Word, and LMIGHTY and ever- rightly and duly administer
living God, who by thy thy holy Sacraments: And to holy Apostle hast taught us all thy people give thy hea.to make prayers, and suppli- venly grace; and especially to
this congregation here pre-ers of the Kingdom of heasent; that, with meek heart ven. Wherefore it is and due reverence, they may duty to render most humble hear, and receive thy holy and hearty thanks to AlWord; truly serving thee in mighty God our heavenly Fa: holiness and righteousness all ther, for that he hath given the days of their life. And his Son our Saviour Jesus we most humbly beseech thee Christ, not only to die for us, of thy goodness, O Lord, to but also to be our spiritual comfort and succour all them, food and sustenance in that who in this transitory life are holy Sacrament. Which bein trouble, sorrow, need, sick- ing so divine and comfortable ness, or any other adversity. a thing to them who receive And we also bless thy holy it worthily, and so dangerous Name for all thy servants de to them that will presume to parted this life in thy faith receive it unworthily; my and fear; beseeching thee to duty is to exhort you in the give us grace so to follow mean scason to consider the their good examples, that dignity of that holy mystery, with them we may be par- and the great peril of the untakers of thy heavenly king-worthy receiving thereof; dom: Grant this, O Father, and so to search and examine for Jesus Christ's sake, our your own consciences, (and only Mediator and Advocate. that not lightly, and after the Amen.
manner of dissemblers with When the Minister gireth warning for the God; but so) that ye may celebration of the holy Communion, (which he shall always do upon the Sunday, or some
come holy and clean to such Holy-day, immediately preceding, after the
2 heavenly Feast, in the marSermon or Homily ended, he shall read this Exhortation following:
riage-garment required by DE EARLY beloved, on God in holy Scripture, and
- day next I pur- be received as worthy par pose, through God's assist-takers of that holy Table. ance, to administer to all such The way and means thereas shall be religiously and to is; First, to examine your devoutly disposed the most lives and conversations by comfortable Sacrament of the the rule of God's commandBody and Blood of Christ; to ments; and whereinsoever ye be by them received in re- shall perceive yourselves to membrance of his meritorious have offended, either by will, Cross and Passion; whereby word, or deed, there to bewail alone we obtain remission of your own sinfulness, and to our sins, and are made partak- confess yourselves to Al
of the former, he shall use this Exhortation.
mighty God, with full pur- | any of you, who by this means pose
of amendment of life. cannot quiet his own conAnd if ye shall perceive your science herein, but requireth offences to be such as are not further comfort or counsel, only against God, but also let him come to me, or to against your neighbours; then some other discreet and learnye shall reconcile yourselves ed Minister of God's Word, unto them; being ready to and open his grief; that by make restitution and satisfac- the ministry of God's holy tion, according to the utter- Word he may receive the most of your powers, for all benefit of absolution, together injuries and wrongs done by with ghostly counsel and adyou to any other; and being vice, to the quieting of his likewise ready to forgive
to forgive conscience, and avoiding of others that have offended all scruple and doubtfulness. you, as ye would have for-Or, in case he shall see the people negligent giveness of your offences at to come to the holy Communion, instead God's hand: for otherwise the receiving of the holy EARLY beloved bre
DE Communion doth nothing
I else but increase your damna- by God's grace, to celebrate tion. Therefore if any of you the Lord's Supper: unto be a blasphemer of God, an which, in God's behalf, I bid hinderer or slanderer of his you all that are here present; Word, an adulterer, or be in and beseech you, 'for the malice, or envy, or in any Lord Jesus Christ's sake, that other grievous crime, repent ye will not refuse to come you of your sins, or else come thereto, being so lovingly not to that holy Table ; lest, called and bidden by God after the taking of that holy himself. Ye know how Sacrament, the devil enter in- grievous and unkind a thing to you, as he entered into it is, when a man hath preJudas, and fill you full of all pared a rich feast, decked his iniquities, and bring you to table with all kind of providestruction both of body and sion, so that there lacketh soul.
nothing but the guests to sit And because it is requisite, down; and yet they who are that no man should come to called (without any cause) the holy Communion, but most unthankfully refuse to with a full trust in God's come. Which of you in mercy, and with a quiet con- such a case would not be science; therefore if there be moved? Who would not think
a great injury
and wrong done did vouchsafe to yield up his unto him? Wherefore, most soul by death upon
the Cross dearly beloved in Christ, take for your salvation; so it is ye good heed, lest ye, with your duty to receive the Comdrawing yourselves from this munion in remembrance of holy Supper, provoke God's the sacrifice of his death, as indignation against you. It he himself hath commanded: is an easy matter for a man which if ye shall neglect to to say, I will not communi- do, consider with yourselves cate, because I am otherwise how great injury ye do unto hindered with worldly busi- God, and how sore punish
But such excuses are ment hangeth over your not so easily accepted and heads for the same; when ye allowed before God. If any wilfully _abstain from the man say, I am a grievous sin- Lord's Table, and separate ner, and therefore am afraid from your brethren, who come to come : wherefore then do to feed on the banquet of ye not repent and amend that most heavenly food. When God calleth you, are These things if ye earnestly ye not ashamed to say ye will consider, ye will by God's not come? When ye should grace return to a better mind: return to God, will ye excuse for the obtaining whereof yourselves, and say ye are not we shall not cease to make ready ? Consider earnestly our humble petitions unto with yourselves how little Almighty God our heavenly such feigned excủses will Father. avail before God. They that At the time of the celebration of the Com. refused the feast in the Gospel,
munion, the Communicants being convenient.
ly placed for the receiving of the holy Sacrabecause they had bought a ment, the Priest shall say this Exhortation. farm, or would try their yokes
DEARLY beloved in the of oxen, or because they were Lord, ye that mind to married, were not so excused, come to the holy Communion but counted unworthy of the of the Body and Blood of our heavenly feast. I, for my part, Saviour Christ, must consider shall be ready ; and, accord-how Saint Paul exhorteth all ing to mine Office, I bid you persons diligently to try and in the Name of God, I call examine themselves, before you in Christ's behalf, I ex- they presume to eat of that hort you, as ye love your own Bread, and drink of that Cup. salvation, that ye will be par- For as the benefit is great, if takers of this holy Commu- with a true penitent heart nion. And as the Son of God and ively faith we receive
that holy Sacrament; (for us to everlasting life. And then we spiritually eat the to the end that we should alflesh of Christ, and drink his way remember the exceeding blood; then we dwell in great love of our Master, and Christ, and Christ in us; we only Saviour, Jesus Christ,
with Christ, and thus dying for us, and the inChrist with us ;) so is the numerable benefits which by danger great, if we receive his precious blood-shedding the same unworthily. For he hath obtained to us; he then we are guilty of the hath instituted and ordained Body and Blood of Christ our holy mysteries, as pledges of Saviour; we eat and drink his love, and for a continual our own damnation, not con- remembrance of his death, to sidering the Lord's Body; we our great and endless comkindle God's wrath against fort. To him therefore, with us; we provoke him to plague the Father and the Holy us with divers diseases, and Ghost, let us give (as we are sundry kinds of death. Judge most bounden) continual therefore yourselves, bre-thanks; submitting ourselves thren, that ye be not judged wholly to his holy will and of the Lord; repent you truly pleasure, and studying to for your sins past; have a serve him in true holiness and lively and stedfast faith in righteousness all the days of Christ our Saviour; amend our life. Amen. your lives, and be in perfect . Then shull the Priest say to them that come charity with all men; so shall to receire the holy Communion, yo be meet partakers of those YE that do truly and earall thing's ye must give most your sins, and are in love and humble and hearty thanks to charity with your neighbours, God, the Father, the Son, and and intend to lead a new life, the Holy Ghost, for the re- following the commandments demption of the world by the of God, and walking from death and passion of our Sa- henceforth in his holy ways; viour Christ, both God and Draw near with faith, and man; who did humble him- take this holy Sacrament to nell, even to the death upon your comfort; and make the Cross, for us, miserable your humble confession to sinnern, who lay in darkness Almighty God, meekly kneeland the shadow of death ; | ing upon your knees. that he might make us the Then shall this general Confession be made children of God, and exalt
receive the holy Communion, by one of the