Imatges de pàgina

Observations. There is nothing, O receive from them, who God, which we can give minister unto us the means to Thy ministers, equal of grace and salvation. to the blessings which we

Blessed be God that I | good, before the night have yet time! Lord, cometh, when no man can give me an heart to do work.

Give me, O God, a | mind : and for the rest, pious and a contented | Thy will be done.

Bless God, ye that have hand, and cheerful heart, riches, if He has given without which they will be you grace and power to the occasion of certain give them with a liberal ruin.

My God, we have no- we give to Thy poor, and thing but what is Thine : to Thy ministers. How and yet Thou makest Thy- great is this goodness ! self a debtor to us for what

May our prayers and graciously accept them for our alms go up before Jesus Christ's sake. Thee, O

God! And

Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him ? i St. John iii. 17.

Give alms of thy goods, and never turn thy face from any poor man; and then the face of the Lord shall not be turned away from thee.

Tob. iv. 7.

Be merciful after thy power. If thou hast much, give plenteously: if thou hast little, do thy diligence gladly to give of that little : for so gatherest thou thyself a good reward in the day of necessity. Tob. iv. 8, 9.


He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord: and look, what he layeth out, it shall be paid him again. Prov. xix. 17.

Blessed be the man that provideth for the sick and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble. Psalm xli. I.

Whilst these sentences are in reading, the Deacons, Church-wardens, or other fit person appointed for that purpose, shall receive the Alms for the Poor, and other devotions of the people, in a decent bason to be provided by the Parish

Observations and Directions. Thou, O God, canst | is by them that Thou triest support all Thy poor with- our faith, and our love for out our assistance ; but it Thee.

Give me, O Lord, a true | mayest have compassion compassion for the mi- on me, at the great Day. series of others, that Thou

I thank Thee, O God, but by the heart, and the that Thou judgest not by ability of the giver : and the greatness of the gift, I wilt reward accordingly.

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To Thy account, O God, me; and I know that I I place my charity to the shall be no loser. poor Thou sendest unto

Keep me, O God, from eth. At the hour of death, all idle and vain expenses, and in the day of judgthat I may always have ment, good Lord, deliver to give to him that need


You will now have the | upon the rest of your subcomfort of seeing your stance and labours, acalms presented unto God cording as you have been by His Minister, in order a niggardly or a cheerful to bring down His bless-giver. ings upon yourself, and

for that purpose; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present and place it upon the holy Table.

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[ And when there is a Communion, the Priest

shall then place upon the Table so much Bread and Wine, as he shall think sufficient. After which done, the Priest shall say,

Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's

Church militant here in earth.


* If there be no alms

alus and obla

out unsaid.

LMIGHTY and everliving God who by Thy

holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks, for all men ;

We humbly beseech thee most mercior obla; fully [* to accept our alms and oblations, tions, then shall the words [of and] to receive these our prayers, accepting

our which we offer unto thy Divine Mations) be left jesty ; beseeching thee to inspire con

tinually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: And grant, that all they that do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity, and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governors; and specially thy Servant VICTORIA our Queen ; that under her we may be godly and quietly governed: And grant unto her whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under

Observations and Directions. The Priest now, and not a public acknowledgment, till this time, placeth the that our lives, and whatbread and wine upon the ever is necessary for their Lord's Table in the sight preservation, are owing to of the communicants, as the gift of God.

We are now going to which you should seriously exercise another and most attend to, that you may extensive branch of Chris- add (secretly) Amen to tian charity towards the every petition. whole Church of Christ:

3 If this Rubric is not strictly observed, as in many places it is not, the intent of the Church is defeated, and a very instructive circundstance is omitted.

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