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Bishop with all humble earnestness for the Graces of the Holy Spirit; thạt thou may'st not fail to .obtain the fame Graces, and thy full portion of them.
And that thou may'st Renew thy Vow, and Pray with the Bishop, as thou oughtest to do, read and consider carefully the Order of Confirmation: And see that thou doft Understand it, and
every part of it.
Remember the Commandment, Eph. 6. 2, Honour thy Father and Mother, that it may be well with thee: and that i Pet. 5. 5, Ye younger submit your felves unto the elder: yea all of you be subjeat one to another, and be clothed with bumility : for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the bumble. Therefore that it may be well with thee, and that God may give thee his Grace; be duly obedient in all things to the Orders of the Church, and of the Bishop; and also to the directions of thy Minifter, and of thy Parents or Master. And be not fo foolish as to refuse Examination, altho’thou árt past thy youth; and to give all the satisfaction of thy being fit, that any of them may require of thee: that thy Minister may with a good conscience chearfully present thee to the Bishop ; and that he may likewise with a good confcience chearfully Bless and Confirm thee. Heb. 13. 17.
But if thou art requir'd to go to Confirmation before thou art ready for it, or to do any thing else that is contrary to thy duty: then God is to be obey'd before man; and thou must, but in a dutiful manner, refuse that which ought not to be done.
And if when thou goeft to be Confirm'd, thou seeft crowding, and no care taken for Order, as the Church requires, depart: and hope for more grace by so doing, then by staying. 1 Cor. 14. 33, 40. Get thy Minister, or some other fit per
son, to pray the Bishop to Confirm thce wheresoever he pleafes, in that Decent Order, which God's Ordinance, and the Church require. If no body will petition the Bishop for thee, go to him thy self. If thou canst not speak to him, deliver thy petition in writing. It is impossible for a good man to deny thy request
. And chuse rather to go never so far to his place of residence, then to be Confirm in the rude accustomed manner. And afsure thy self that God will pay thee well for thy eare, and for thy journey.
4. Of Inf: The Order for the nite Digni
Order for the Adminity, and to
Atration of the LORD'S-SUPPER, or be administred and
Holy a COMMUNION, Explain’d. receiv'd with all Reverence.
O many as intend to be par. b Nothing can be
takers of the Holy Commore necessary than the strict observati.
munion, shall fignify their on of this; that the names to the Curate, at least Curates may have op- sometime the day before 'b. portunity to prevent the presumption of multitudes, that come in wilfull fin, or gross ignorance, or not so prepar'd as they ought to be; and also that they may have opportunity to speak a word in season, for the more perfect preparation even of the best.
It is necessary for all that are well prepard to give this notice, both that the Curate may have opportunity to be satisfied (if there be occafion) that they are duly prepar'd, and to give them counsel for their better preparation ; and also for an example to others. For if they think they need not give this notice, to be fare others will not give it.
And it may not without necessity be put off till the day before : but it ought to be given in the beginning of the week; that the Curate
have time to consider what is best to be done; and that both, he and they that desire to partake of the Communion, may have time to do what may then be necessary or expedient to be done.
Therefore if thou desirest to be a Worthy partaker of the Holy Communion, go to thy Minister, as soon as thou canst conveniently, after he has given warning for it: and let him know that thou art willing to give hım all reasonable satisfaction, and to receive any good counsel from him. Heb. 13. 17
Nothing can be more Fatal, than the admitting all that come, without careful inquiry who are fit. For by this means both the impenitent and the ignorant finding admittance, all necessary preparation is counted needless. And this great means of Grace is made the means of Hard'ning people in fin and ignorance. O Dreadful!
And if any of those be an open and notorious evil liver, or have done any wrong to his neighbours by word or deed, so that the Congregati
on be thereby offended c; the c Or have just cause Curate having knowledge to be offended. For thereof, shall call him and adhow much is there of the temper of Gallio, vertise him, that in
any wise Asts 18, 17:
he prelume not to come to the
Lord's Table, until he hath openly declar'd himself to have truly repented, and amended his former naughty life; that the Congregation may thereby be satisfied, which before were offended ; and that he hath recompensed the parties to whom he hath done wrong, or at least declare himself to be in full purpose fo to do, as soon as he may conveniently.
The same order shall the Curate use with those betwixt whom he perceiveth malice and hatred to reign; not suffering them to be partakers of the Lord's Table, until he know them to be recon. ciled. And if one of the parties so at variance, be content to forgive from the bottom of his
heart all that the other hath trespassed against him, and to make amends for what he himself hath of, fended; and the other party will not be perswaded to a Godly unity, but remain still in his frowardness and malice: the Minister in that case ought to admit the penitent person to the Holy Commu
nion, and not him that is obd Nor any evil doer, stinate d. Provided, that altho known only to Minister fo repelling any, as
every the Minister, without reasonable proof of his it specified in this, or the next repentance.
precedent paragraph, shall be
obliged to give an account of the same to the Ordinary, within fourteen days after at the farthest. And the Ordinary shall proceed against the offending person according to the Canon.
The Table at the Commue The general ap- nion time having a fair white proved custom of the Table standing at the linnen cloth upon it, shall Communion time in stand in the body
of the Church, the Chancel, altho' the or in the Chancel, where mornmorning and evening Prayer" are not faiš ing and evening Prayer are ap. there, is a fufficient rea pointed to be faid e. And the son for not observing Priest standing f at the north this Order. f Ecclus. side of the Table: shall say the 50. 12. g. Ver
. 17. Lord's Prayer, with the Collect following, the people kneeling g.
Our business at the Holy Table is, To Remember, as in a Feast, Christ's Body broken, and Blood shed for the Sealing of the New Testament, by their being broken and shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
This Remembrance therefore must be
First, With comfortable believing that God will give us that truly repent the pardon and grace, and all other mercies promis'd in the New Testameat Seal'd with Christ's Death.
Secondly, wșth our highest praise and thanksgiving for the Infinite Mercy of his Dying for us; and for all the Benefits we receive thereby :
And Thirdly, with most thankful giving up our felves to obey all the Commands of the New Testament Seaľd with his Death, and particularly his Commands and Great Example of Love.
When we thus Remember Christ's Body brokén, and his Blood shed for us ; then we truly eat his Flesh, and drink his Blood. That is, 'God then Gives us the pardon and grace, and all other mercies, for which his Body was broken, and Blood shed.
The Holy Feast begins with Lift up your bearts ; as Christ began with Giving thanks : and all that is before is Preparation.
First, We prepare our selves by hearing the Ten Commandments; and by Prayers for grace to keep them, and for the King, that he may govern us in our obedience to God b; and then hear b 1 Kings ing fome portions of Scripture, and a Sermon, 3.9. This
prepares us for a more devout remembrance of Christ's Sealing with his Death all the Commandments, as well as the Promises of the New Teftament.
And to prepare for our remembrance of his Sealing with his Death the Promifes of the New Testament, we do in a larger Creed folemnly profefs our belief of the Promises, and other truths of the Gospel.
And by our Prayer for the whole Church,
for our remembrance