Imatges de pÓgina

tisfaction, doing as I wrong c, or are not able to pay would be done to.

their debts d. And I must seek c Mark 11. 25, 26. See the Command the forgiveness of all that I have ments, 61 2. d Matth. wrong'd, and make them a-18. 23 to the end. mends and satisfaction to the e Matth. 5. 23 to 27. utmost of my power.e. See the Commandments, 75. 2

XXVII. Q. Now tell me in port the whole DoEtrine of the Lord's Supper?

A. They, that well understand the Catechism, and the Communion Service; that diligently live Christian lives ; that are truly Confirm’d, or ready to be Confirm'd.

They diligently prepare themselves by performing the work of Repentance; and with the Faith, and Thankfulness, and Charity that are requir'd.

They come to the Lord's Table:-where for a Comfortable and Thankful Remembrance of the Infinite Love of our Saviour ;

The Minister takes bread and wine : and both he and the people bless them by giving Thanks; and by declaring how they receive them according to Christ's Word; and by praying for a blessing upon their receiving them.

Then the bread being broken by the Minister, ing shed is receiv’d with remembring Christ's Body broken for the for- for us.

And the wine is receiv'd with remembring giveness of his Blood shed out of his broken Body for the for

giveness of our sins, and thereby a the Seal of all the Promises and Commands of the new Testa

a By be.

our sins.


This Remembrance is with stedfast Believing that God hears their prayers for the pardon and grace, and all other mercies promised in the New Testament, Seald with Christ's Death.

With most humble and hearty Thanksgiving for
the Infinite Mercy of Christ's Dying for us, and
for all the Benefits we receive thereby: And
· With Thankful giving up themselves to Obey
all the Commands of the New Testament Seald
with his Death ; and particularly his Commands
and Example of Love.

To those that do this whole Duty, God surely gives according to their Faith b. And their Re-6 Their ceiving his mercies is their eating and drinking lieving that Christ's Body and Blood, that is, receiving the God hears mercies obtain’d by his Body broken, and Blood their Prayshed.

ers for the Of the receiving of which they are assur’d, by pardon&r. receiving Christ's own signs of his Body broken, and Blood Thed for us.


To be Learn’d after the


[ocr errors]

I. Question QU have now given a good ac

count of your Catechism. What must you learn after the Catechism?

A. I must learn to Undera The Prayers and stand the Prayers and Service Hymns and Exhorta

of the Church a, that I may tions. b Ecclef. 5.1, 2. Fobn 4. 24. Matth. Devoutly joyn with the Con15. 8, 9. That I gregation b.

Before I am may renew my Vow brought to be Confirm’d, I made in Baptism, as I

must learn to Understand the ought to do; and that I may devoutly pray Service of Confirmation c.

I 3


8. 150

with the Bishop for the And before I go to the Lord's Graces of the Holy Supper, I must likewise learn Spirit. d That I may joyn in all the parts of

to Understand the Service of it with such Devotion, it d. And the fame I must do as becomes the Re- for all the other Services of the membrance of the Son

Church e. of God his Laying down his life for us. e The Services of Baptifm, Matrimony, Visitation of the sick, Thanksgiving of women after child-birth, Burial of the dead. I may never be a Spectator idley looking on, without attending and joyning in the Service.

II. Q. When you have learn'd to understand the Catechism, and the Services of the Church, what must you then do ?

A. I must be very careful Deut. 4. 8, 9, 10, to Remember, and to Pracch. 6..5 to 10. Luke

tice what I have learn'd, and to

Teach those that belong to me. III. Q. What else must you learn ?

Á. Í must always, Diligenta PS: 1. 2. bMali ly learn the Holy Scriptures á, 2. 7. Heb. 13. 7. 17. and attend to the teaching of c i Thes. 4. 1. 2 Pet.

my Minister b; that I may j

grow more and more in the knowledge of God, and Christian living c.

IV. O. Wben yu have le ar n'd, and do live according to wbat you must

, learn before you are Confirm'd; what is requir’d of you when you are to be brought to be Confirm'd?

A. I must examine my felf

whether I do stedfastly purpose, 4 John 7. 38. ch. 14. 15, 16 ch. 15. by the Grace of God, to believe 2.6 AES 2. 38. See and do all that


Godfathers the Commandments and Godmothers promised for 27, 29, 30, 31 2

me a, and whether I truly re< Heb. i 1. 6. d See Baptism, 14, 21 2. But if pent of my sins b; And whe- . we desire the benefit of ther I do stedfastly believe a


3. 17, 18.

Confirmation, it must that God will perform to me
be done in a Decent, his Promises to those that are
not rude Order;
(1 Cor. 14. 33, 40) Baptiz’d and Confirm'd d.
the easy Orders of the
Church at the end of the Catechism, and in the Order of
Confirmation, must be duly obey'd ; (Eph. 6. 2, 3) and every
part of the short Sevice of it must be attended to with all the
Reverence and Devotion that is poffible. Heb. 12. 28, 29.

[ocr errors]

The Order of Confirmation

of those that are Baptized, and come to years of Discretion, Explain'd.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

O soon as children are come years

of Dif- . cretion to Understand,

to a competent age a, and and take upon


can say in their mother tongue selves what their God- the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, fathers and Godmo- and the Ten Commandments, thers promised for and also can answer to the other them. b Saying, supposes both Underitand Questions of this short Cateing, and diligent Liv- chism b; they shall be brought ing according to it. to the Bishop c. Matth. 13• 19; 23. one shall have a Godfather, or c They must Únder

a Godmother, as a Witness of stand what they are brought to the Bishop their Confirmation d. for, and the Service of Confirmation; and be prepar'd accord ing to the fourth Answer of the Exposition of the Catechism.

d By no means to be. neglected, because the Church commands it. Eph. 6. 2, 3. And the Witness ought to be one


And every


that is fit to put the person Confirm'd in mind of his Solemn Vow, and of his Praying with the Bishop to increase daily in Grace and Knowledge. Matth. 25. 14 to 31.

2 Pet. 3. 17, 18. Read seriously those Texts: and see the danger of not earnestly endeavouring to grow in grace.

And whensoever the Bishop e May the most Re: shall give knowledge for chilverend 'Fathers "duly dren to be brought unto him consider what Reason there is for their giving for their Confirmation ė, the not short warning, nor Curate of every Parish shall a few days warning

of either bring or send in Writmay be convenienting, with his hand fubfcribed time for the Ministers thereunto, the names of all such Deliberately to inquire persons within his parish, as he and find who are fit; shall think fit f to be presented that none through business or absence may

to the Bishop to be Confirm'd. lose the opportunity; And if the Bishop approve of that all may be duly them g, he shall Confirm them prepar’d for a strict Ex

in manner following b. amination; and that they may be also duly prepar'd for their receiving the Grace of Confirmation, by Fasting, and truly Repenting of all their. breaches of their Vow of Baptism. John 14. 15, 16. Jam. 4. 8, 9, 10

f To this end nothing is more necessary than a strict Exami. nation, both in knowledge, and in practice. And nothing can be more wisely done by those that seem not to need it, than to submit to it; both that they may see and amend their Imperfections, and for Example to others. For through neglect of such Examination, few of those that come to Confirmation are tolerably fit. When Prince Charles (afterwards a truly most Religious and Gracious King and Martyr) was Confirm'd, he firft answer'd to a long and strict Examination by the Arch. Bishop of Canterbury, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells. When full Satisfaction is given to the Minister, and to the Bishop; then they will Affečtionately and Effectually pray for the Grace of God. 1 Sam. 1. 15, 16, 17. But to refuse to give full Satisfaction to those that must give account to God of thy Soul, is to deprive thy self of receiving benefit by their Ministry, Heb. 13. 17.

g I cannot but pray that they would approve of none without a satisfactory Account from their Minister, not only that they



« AnteriorContinua »