Imatges de pàgina

him any thing, but what is prescribed in the Rules of this Book, or enjoined by the Queen, or by the Ordinary of the place.

Then shall follow the Sermon, or one of the Homilies already set forth, or hereafter to be set forth, by authority.

| Then shall the Priest return to the Lord's Table,

and begin the Offertory, saying one or more of these sentences following, as he thinketh most convenient in his discretion.?

ET your light so shine before men, that they

may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. St. Matt. v. 16.


Lay not up for yourselves treasure upon the earth; where the rust and moth doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal : but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven ; where neither rust nor moth doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal. St. Matt. vi. 19, 20.


Whatsoever would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.

St. Matt. vii. 12.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he

Observations. If you hear the Sermon | disposed to receive the with a religious attention, Sacrament worthily. you will be much better

Now say secretly: I say, Lord, pardon all my will give as I am able, vain expenses; and accept according to the blessing of this testimony of my of the Lord my God, which gratitude for what I have He has given me. And received from Thee. when you give your alms,

O heavenly Father, give that Thou mayest be glorius all grace that we may fied by those that receive honour Thee, both in our them. lives and by our alms, and

Magnify the power of greatest part of our treasThy grace, O God, upon ure in heaven; and that us, in freeing our souls our hearts may be there from the love of riches. also. That we may have the

May this rule of eternal | love nor interest may lead justice be ever present us to transgress it. with us, that neither self

Grant, O God, that we | may never build our hopes 2 The following Prayer was used by the pious Author before receiving and administering the Sacrament:

Give me grace, O merciful God, now I am going to Thine Altar, that I may in some measure answer the work appointed me, in offering a

that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. St. Matt. vii. 21.

Zacchæus stood forth, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have done any wrong to any man, I restore four-fold. St. Luke xix. 8.

Who goeth a warfare at any time of his own cost ? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock ? I Cor. ix. 7.

If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we should reap your worldly things? I Cor. ix. II.

Do ye not know, that they who minister about holy things live of the sacrifice; and they who wait at the altar are partakers with the altar ? Even so hath the Lord also ordained, that they who preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel.

I Cor. ix. 13, 14.

He that soweth little shall reap little ; and he that soweth plenteously shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is disposed in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.

2 Cor. ix. 6, 7.

Observations. of salvation upon an out- out a life of holiness, and ward profession only, with good works.

If Thou, O God, givest | est say unto me as Thou me ability, give me didst unto this publican, heart to be both just and Salvation is come to thy charitable, that Thou may- | house.


Shall the soldier, the husbandmen, and the shepherd, all have their wages, and Thy Ministers only, O Jesus, begrudged theirs?

God forbid. Vouchsafe unto me and to all Christians, a better mind, I beseech thee.

May the good Spirit of ters, that both they and God bless the heavenly we may reap the fruit of secd sown by His Minis- | their labour.

Since Thou, O Jesus, deprive Thy servants of hast ordained this, far be the right which 'Thou hast it from me to envy, or to given them.

It will be our own fault, if we provoke God to prowereap not a plentifulcrop. portion His blessings to

“Let us proportion our our alms."--Bishop Bevealms to our ability, lest I ridge.

sacrifice unto Thee, in order to communicate the Bread of Life to Thy people.

O that I may never obstruct Thy grace by any unworthiness, for Thy Son Jesus Christ His sake.

Keep from my heart and mind, O God, all vain and worldly thoughts. Bless my devotions, increase my faith, pardon my infirmities, and make me an acceptable guest at Thine Altar.

Let him that is taught in the Word minister unto him that teacheth, in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he reap. Gal. vi. 6, 7.

While we have time, let us do good unto all men; and specially unto them that are of the household of faith. Gal. vi. 1o.

Godliness is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath : for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out. I Tim. vi. 6, 7.

Charge them who are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life.

I Tim. vi. 17-19.

God is not unrighteous that He will forget your works, and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye have shewed for his Name's sake, who have ministered unto the saints, and yet do minister.

Heb. vi. Io.

To do good, and to distribute, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii. 16.

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