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tion and fatisfaction according to the uttermost of your powers, for all injuries and wrongs done by you to any other; and being likewife ready to forgive others that have offended you, as ye would have forgiveness of your offences at Gods hand: for otherwife the receiving of the holy Communion doth nothing else but increase your damnation. Therefore if any of you be a blafphemer of God, an hinderer or flanderer of his Word, an adulterer, or be in malice, or envy, or in any other grievous crime; Repent you of your fins, or elfe come not to that holy Table, left after the taking of that holy Sacrament, the devil enter into you, as he entered into Judas, and fill you full of all iniquities, and bring you to deftruction both of body and foul.
And because it is requifite that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full truft in Gods mercy, and with a quite confcience; therefore if there be any of you, who by this means cannot quiet his own confcience herein, but requireth further comfort or counfel; let him come to me, or to fome other discreet and learned Minifter of Gods Word, and open his grief, that by the miniftry of Gods holy Word he may receive the benefit of Abfolution, together with ghoftly counsel and advice, to the quieting of his conscience, and avoiding of all scruple and doubtfulness. The Exhortation at the Communion.
Early beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come to the
holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour
Chrift, muft confider how Saint Paul exhorteth all Perfons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they prefume 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, (for then we fpiritually eat the flesh of Chrift, and drink his Blood; then we dwell in Chrift, and Chrift in us; we are one with Christ, and Chrift with us:) fo is the danger great, *if we receive
If we receive the fame unworthily. That is indecently, as the Corinthians did: of whom St. Paul fays, that in eating every one took before other his own Supper :
and one was hungry, and another was drunken, 1 Cor. xi. 20, &c.
the fame unworthily. For then we are guilty of the Body and Blood of Chrift our Saviour; we eat and drink our own damnation, not confidering the Lords Body: we kindle Gods wrath against us; we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and fundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your fins past; have a lively and ftedfaft 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 myfteries. And above all things ye muft give most humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft, for the redemption of the world by the death and paffion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man, who did humble himself even to the death upon the Cross, for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness, and the fhadow of death, that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should alway remember the exceeding great love of our Master and only Saviour Jefus Chrift, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-fhedding he hath obtained to us; he hath inftituted and ordained holy myfteries, 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, fubmitting ourselves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and ftudying to ferve him in true holiness and righteoufnefs all the days of our life. Amen.
E that do truly and earnestly repent you of your fins, 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 confeffion to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
We eat and drink our own damnation. That is, before, as if it were a common Feaft, provoke God they who eat and drink fo indecently, as is mentioned to inflict his judgments upon them. And for this cause
The general Confeffion..
Lmighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Chrift, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold fins and wickedness, which we from time to time moft grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed against thy Divine Majefty, Provoking moft juftly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily forry for thefe our mifdoings; 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 Son our Lord Jefus Chrifts 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 Jefus Chrift our Lord.
God our Fathers, who, of his
hath promifed forgiveness of fins, to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him; Have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your fins, confirm and ftrengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Chrift faith unto all that truly turn to him.
Ome unto me, all that travel, and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.
S. Matt. II. 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. S. John 3. 16.
Hear alfo what S. Paul faith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jefus came into the world to fave finners. 1 Tim. 1. 15.
St. Paul fays many of the Corinthians were weak and See the Notes on the Epiftle for Thursday before Fickly, and many fapt, i. e. died, 1 Cor. xi. 30.
Here alfo what S. John faith.
If any man fin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jefus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our fins. 1 S. John 2. 1, 2.
Prieft. Lift up your hearts.
Anfw. We lift them up unto the Lord.
Prieft. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
we should (Holy Father)
* Thefe words
must be omitted on Trinity Sunday.
T is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that at all times, and in all places give thanks unto thee, O Lord, *Holy Father, Almighty Everlasting God. Here fhall follow the proper Prefaces, according to the time, if there be any fpecially appointed: or else immediately fall follow,
Herefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name, evermore praifing thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hofts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. Amen.
Upon Chriftmas-day, and feven days after.
Ecaufe thou didft give Jefus Chrift thine only Son to be born as at this time for us, who by the operation of the Holy Ghoft, was made very man of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother, and that without fpot of fin, to make us clean from all fin. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Upon Eafter-day, and feven days after.
UT chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious Refurrection of thy Son Jefus Chrift our Lord: for he is the very Pafchal Lamb which was offered for us, and hath taken away the fin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his rifing to life again hath reftored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Upon Afcenfion-day, and feven days after.
Hrough thy moft dearly beloved Son Jefus Christ our Lord, who after his moft glorious Refurrection manifeftly appeared to all his Apoftles, and in their fight afcended up into heaven to prepare a place for us; that where he is, thither we might also afcend, and reign with him in glory. Therefore with Angels, &c. Upon Whitfunday, and fix days after.
Hrough Jefus Chrift our Lord; according to whofe most true promife, the Holy Ghoft came down as at this time from heaven with a fudden great found, 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 alfo boldness with fervent zeal conftantly 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 of thy Son Jefus Chrift. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Upon the feast of Trinity only.
WHO art one God, one Lord; not one only Perfon, but three Perfons in one fubftance. For that which we believe of the glory of the Father, the fame we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels, &c.
E do not prefume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trufting in our own righteousnefs, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy fo much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the fame Lord, whofe property is always to have mercy; Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, fo to eat the Flesh of thy dear Son Jefus Chrift, and to drink his Blood, that our finful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our fouls washed through his most precious. Blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.