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To do good, and to distribute, After which done, the Priest shall say, forget not; for with such sacri- Let us pray for the whole state fices God is well pleased. Heb.

of Christ's Church militant xiii.

here in earth. Whoso hath this world's good; ALMIGHTY and everliving and ,

by and shutteth up his compassion postle hast taught us to make from him, how dwelleth the love prayers, and supplications, and of God in him ? i St. John iii. to give thanks, for all men; We

Give alms of thy goods, and humbly beseech thee most mernever turn thy face from any cifully [to accept

If there be no poor man; and then the face of our alms and ob- alms or oblations, the Lord shall not be turned a- lations, and] to

[of accepting our way from thee. Tob. iv.

receive these our Be merciful after thy power. prayers, which we

be left out unsaid. If thou hast much, give plente- offer unto thy Divine Majesty ; ously: if thou hast little, do thy beseeching thee to inspire contidiligence gladly to give of that nually the universal Church with little: for so gatherest thou thy- the spirit of truth, unity, and self a good reward in the day of concord: And grant, that all necessity. Tob. iv.

they that do confess thy holy He that hath pity upon the Name may agree in the truth of poor lendeth unto the Lord: and thy holy Word, and live in unity, look, what he layeth out, it shall and godly love. We beseech thee be paid him again. Prov. xix. also to save and defend all Chris

Blessed be the man that pro- tian Kings, Princes, and Govervideth for the sick and needy: nours; and specially thy servant the Lord shall deliver him in the WILLIAM our King; that untime of trouble. Psal. xli. der him we may be godly and q Whilst these Sentences are in reading, the quietly governed: And grant un

Deacons, Church-wardens, or other fit per- to his whole Council, and to all son appointed for that purpose, shall receive the Alms for the Poor, and other de

that are put in authority under votions of the people, in a decent bason him, that they may truly and into be provided by the Parish for that differently minister justice, to the purpose; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present and punishment of wickedness and place it upon the holy Taðle.

vice, and to the maintenance of 1 And when there is a Communion, the thy true religion, and virtue. Priest shall then place upon the Table so

Give grace, O heavenly Father, much Bread and Wine, as he shall think sufficient.

to all Bishops and Curates, that they may both by their life and Body and Blood of Christ; to be doctrine set forth thy true and by them received in remembrance lively Word, and rightly and duly of his meritorious Cross and Pasadminister thy holy Sacraments : sion; whereby alone we obtain And to all thy people give thy remission of our sins, and are heavenly grace ; and especially made partakers of the Kingdom to this congregation here pre- of heaven. Wherefore it is our sent; that, with meek heart and duty to render most humble and due reverence, they may hear, hearty thanks to Almighty God and receive thy holy Word; tru- our heavenly Father, for that he ly serving thee in holiness and hath given his Son our Saviour righteousness all the days of their Jesus Christ, not only to die for life. And we most humbly be- us, but also to be our spiritual seech thee of thy goodness, O food and sustenance in that holy Lord, to comfort and succour all Sacrament. Which being so dithem, who in this transitory life vine and comfortable a thing to are in trouble, sorrow, need, sick- them who receive it worthily, ness, or any other adversity. And and so dangerous to them that we also bless thy holy Name for will presume to receive it unworall thy servants departed this life thily; my duty is to exhort you in thy faith and fear; beseeching in the mean season to consider thee to give us grace so to follow the dignity of that holy mystery, their good examples, that with and the great peril of the unworthem we may be partakers of thy thy receiving thereof; and so to heavenly kingdom : Grant this, search and examine your own O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, consciences, (and that not lightly, our only Mediator and Advo- and after the manner of dissemcate. Amen.

blers with God; but so) that ye 9 When the Minister giveth warning for the may come holy and clean to such

celebration of the holy Communion, (which a heavenly Feast, in the marhe shall always do upon the Sunday, or some Holy-day, immediately precedingi. in holy Scripture, and be receiv

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shall read this Exhortation following: ed as worthy partakers of that DEA

EARLY beloved, on—day holy Table.

next I purpose, through The way and means thereto God's assistance, to administer to is; First, to examine your lives all such as shall be religiously and conversations by the rule and devoutly disposed the most of God's commandments; and comfortable Sacrament of the whereinsoever ye shall perceive yourselves to have offended, ei- | trust in God's mercy, and with ther by will, word, or deed, there a quiet conscience; therefore if to bewail your own sinfulness, there be any of you, who by this and to confess yourselves to Al- means cannot quiet his own conmighty God, with full purpose of science herein, but requireth furamendment of life. And if ye ther comfort or counsel, let him shall perceive your offences to be come to me, or to some other dissuch as are not only against God, creet and learned Minister of but also against your neighbours; God's Word, and open his grief; then

ye shall reconcile yourselves that by the ministry of God's unto them; being ready to make holy Word he may receive the restitution and satisfaction, ac- benefit of absolution, together cording to the uttermost of your with ghostly counsel and advice, powers, for all injuries and to the quieting of his conscience, wrongs done by you to any and avoiding of all scruple and other; and being likewise ready doubtfulness. to forgive others that have of- f Or, in case he shall see the people neglifended you, as ye would have

gent to come to the holy Communion, in

stead of the former, he shall use this Exforgiveness of your offences at God's hand : for otherwise the

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EARLY beloved brethren, receiving of the holy Communion on — I intend, by God's doth nothing else but increase grace, to celebrate the Lord's your damnation. Therefore if Supper: unto which, in God's any of you be a blasphemer of behalf, I bid you all that are here God, an hinderer or slanderer of present; and beseech you, for his Word, an adulterer, or be in the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, that malice, or envy, or in any other ye will not refuse to come theregrievous crime, repent you of to, being so lovingly called and your sins, or else come not to bidden by God himself. Ye that holy Table ; lest, after the know how grievous and unkind taking of that holy Sacrament, a thing it is, when a man hath the devil enter into you, as he prepared a rich feast, decked his entered into Judas, and fill you table with all kind of provision, full of all iniquities, and bring so that there lacketh nothing but you to destruction both of body the guests to sit down ; and yet and soul.

they who are called (without any And because it is requisite, cause) most unthankfully refuse that no man should come to the to come. Which of you in such holy Communion, but with a full a case would not be moved ?

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Who would not think a great in- | his soul by death upon the Cross jury and wrong done unto him ? for your salvation; so it is your Wherefore, most dearly beloved duty to receive the Communion in Christ, take ye good heed, lest in remembrance of the sacrifice ye, withdrawing yourselves from of his death, as he himself hath this holy Supper, provoke God's commanded : which if

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shall indignation against you. It is an neglect to do, consider with youreasy matter for a man to say, I selves how great injury ye do will not communicate, because unto God, and how sore punishI am otherwise hindered with ment hangeth over your heads worldly business. But such ex- for the same; when ye wilfully cuses are not so easily accepted abstain from the Lord's Table, and allowed before God. If any and separate from your brethren, man say, I am a grievous sinner, who come to feed on the banquet and therefore am afraid to come: of that most heavenly food. These wherefore then do ye not repent things if ye earnestly consider, and amend ? When God calleth ye will by God's grace return to you, are ye not ashamed to say a better mind : for the obtaining ye will not come? When ye whereof we shall not cease to should return to God, will ye make our humble petitions unto excuse yourselves, and say ye are Almighty God our heavenly Fanot ready ? Consider earnestly ther. with yourselves how little such 4 At the time of the celebration of the Comfeigned excuses will avail before munion, the Communicants being conveni

ently placed for the receiving of the holy God. They that refused the feast

Sacrament, the Priest shall say this Exin the Gospel, because they had bought a farm, or would try their

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EARLY beloved in the yokes of oxen, or because they Lord,

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that mind to come were married, were not so excus- to the holy Communion of the ed, but counted unworthy of the Body and Blood of our Saviour heavenly feast. I, for my part, Christ, must consider how Saint shall be ready; and, according to Paul exhorteth all persons dilimine Office, I bid you in the gently to try and examine themName of God, I call you in selves, before they presume to Christ's behalf, I exhort you, as eat of that Bread, and drink of ye love your own salvation, that that Cup. For as the benefit is ye will be partakers of this holy great, if with a true penitent Communion. And as the Son of heart and lively faith we receive God did vouchsafe to yield up that holy Sacrament; (for then

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we spiritually eat the flesh of Master, and only Saviour, Jesus Christ, and drink his blood ; then Christ, thus dying for us, and we dwell in Christ, and Christ in the innumerable benefits which us; we are one with Christ, and by his precious blood-shedding Christ with us ;) so is the dan- he hath obtained to us; he hath ger great, if we receive the same instituted and ordained holy mysunworthily. For then we are teries, as pledges of his love, and guilty of the Body and Blood of for a continual remembrance of Christ our Saviour; we eat and his death, to our great and enddrink our own damnation, not less comfort. To him therefore, considering the Lord's Body; we with the Father and the Holy kindle God's wrath against us; Ghost, let us give (as we are we provoke him to plagueus most bounden) continual thanks; with divers diseases, and sundry submitting ourselves wholly to kinds of death. Judge therefore his holy will and pleasure, and yourselves, brethren, that ye be studying to serve him in true honot judged of the Lord; repent liness and righteousness all the you truly for your sins past; have days of our life. Amen. a lively and stedfast faith in , Then shall the Priest say to them that Christ our Saviour ; amend your come to receive the holy Communion, lives, and be in perfect charity E that do truly and earnestwith all men; so shall ye be meet ly repent you

of partakers of those holy mysteries. and are in love and charity with And above all things ye must your neighbours, and intend to give most humble and hearty lead a new life, following the comthanks to God, the Father, the mandments of God, and walking Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the from henceforth in his holy ways; redemption of the world by the Draw near with faith, and take death and passion of our Saviour this holy Sacrament to your comChrist, both God and man; who fort; and make your humble condid humble himself, even to the fession to Almighty God, meekly death upon the Cross, for us, mi- kneeling upon your knees. serable sinners, who lay in dark-q Then shall this general Confession be ness and the shadow of death ; made, in the name of all those that are

minded to receive the holy Communion, by that he might make us the chil

one of the Ministers; both he and all the dren of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end people kneeling humbly upon their knees, that we should alway remember A of our Lord Jesus Christ,

LMIGHTY God, Father the exceeding great love of our

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