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we also bless thy holy Name, for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace fo to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christs fake our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
The Exhortation before the Communion.
assistance, to administer to all such as shall be religiously and devoutly disposed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, to be by them received in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Passion, whereby alone we obtain remiffion of our sins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and hearty thanks to Almighty God our heavenly Father, for that he hath given his Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, not only to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food and sustenance in that holy Sacrament. Which being so divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and so dangerous to them that will presume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you, in the mean season to consider the dignity of that holy mystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof; and fo to search and examine your own consciences, (and that not lightly, and after the manner of dislemblers with God: but fo) that ye may come holy and clean to such a heavenly feast, in the marriage garment required by God in holy Scripture, and be received as worthy partakers of that holy Table.
The way and means thereto, is: First, to examine your lives and conversations by the rule of Gods commandments; and wherein soever ye shall perceive yourselves to have offended, either by will, word, or deed, there to bewail your own finfulness, and to confess yourselves to Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life. And if ye shall perceive your offences to be fuch as are not only against God, but also against your neighbours, then ye shall reconcile yourselves unto them, being ready to make restitu
tion and satisfaction according to the uttermost of your powers, for all injuries and wrongs done by you to any other; and being likewise ready to forgive others that have offended you, as ye would have forgiveness of your offences at Gods hand: for otherwise the receiving of the holy Communion doth nothing else but increase your damnation. 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 you of your fins, or else 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 destruction both of body and soul.
And because it is requisite that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full trust in Gods mercy, and with a quite 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 discreet and learned Minister of Gods Word, and open his grief, that by the ministry of Gods holy Word he may receive the benefit of Absolution, together with ghostly counsel and advice, to the quieting of his conscience, and avoiding of all scruple and doubtfulness.
The Exhortation at the Communion.
holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider how Saint 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, (for then we spiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink his Blood; then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us:) so is the danger great, *if we receive
If we receive the same unwortbily. That is in and one was hungry, and another was drunker, 1 Cor. xi. decently, as the Corinthians did : of whom St. Paul fays, 20, sic. thai in eating every one tcek before orher bis oun Supper:
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the same unworthily. For then we are guilty of the Body and
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 confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
I We eat and drink cur own damnation. That is, before, as if it were a common Feart, prrivoke God they who eat and drink to indecently, as is mentioned to infli&t bis jud munts upon them. And for abis caule
The general Confeffion.,
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 burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christs fake, forgive us all that is part, And grant that we may ever hereafter ferve and please thee in newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name, Through: Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Abfolution. From:
hath promised 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 strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.com Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ faith unto all that
truly turn to him. YOme 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 Thould not perish, but have everlasting life. S. John 3.. 16.
Hear also what S. Paul faith. This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to fave finners.
1 Tim. 1. 15.
St. Paul says ma ny of the Corinthians were weak and See the Notes on the Epiftle for Thursday before fickly, and many lopt, i. e. died, i Cor. xi. 30.
must be omitted on Trinity Sunday.
Here also what S. John saith.
Prielt. Lift up your hearts.
at all times, and in all places give thanks unto thee, (htly father's O Lord,· * Holy Father, Almighty Everlasting God. Here fall follow the proper Prefaces, according to the time, if there be any specially appointed: or else immediately shall follow,
Herefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the com
pany 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.
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 are we bound to praise thee for the glorious Re
surrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: for he is the very Paschal 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 rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Angels, &c.