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And to take away all occasion of dissension, and superstition, which any person hath or might have concerning the Bread and Wine, it shall suffice that the Bread be such as is usual to be eaten; but the best and purest Wheat Bread that conveniently may be gotten. And if any of the Bread and Wine remain unconsecrated, the Curate shall have it to his own use : but if any remain of that which was consecrated, it shall not be carried out of the Church, but the Priest and such other of the Communicants as he shall then call unto him, shall, immediately after the Blessing, reverently eat and drink the same. The Bread and Wine for the Communion shall be provided by the Curate and the Church-wardens at the charges of the Parish. And note, that every Parishioner shall communicate at the least three times in the year, of which Easter to be one. And yearly at: Easter every Parishioner shall reckon with the Parson, Vicar, or Curate, or his or their Deputy or Deputies; and pay to them or him all Ecclesiastical Duties, accustomably due, then and at that time to be paid. After the Divine Service ended, the money. given at the Offertory shall be disposed of to such pious and charitable uses, as the
Minister and Churchwardens shall think fit. Wherein if they disagree, it shall be disposed of as the Ordinary shall appoint.
“WHEREAS it is ordained in this Office for “the Administration of the Lord's Supper, “ that the Communicants should receive the
same kneeling ; (which Order is well meant, " for a signification of our humble and great“ful acknowledgment of the benefits of “ Christ therein given to all worthy Receivers, “and for the avoiding of such profanation and “ disorder in the holy Communion, as might “otherwise ensue;) yet, lest the same kneeling "should by any persons, either out of igno"rance and infirmity, or out of malice and obstinacy, be misconstrued and depraved ; "it is hereby declared, That thereby no adora“tion is intended, or ought to be done, either “ unto the Sacramental Bread or Wine “there bodily received, or unto any corporal “ Presence of Christ's natural Flesh and Blood. “For the Sacramental Bread and Wine re“main still in their very natural substances, "and therefore may not be adored ; (for that “were idolatry, to be abhorred of all faithful
Christians;) and the natural Body and “ Blood of our Saviour Christ are in heaven, " and not here; it being against the truth of “ Christ's natural Body to be at one time in
more places than one."
DIRECTIONS TO COMMUNICANTS.
- 1. Receive the Holy Communion wheneyer an opportunity offers, remembering the. words of Jesus Christ Himself to St. Paul, “As often as ye eat this Bread, and drink this Cup, ye do show the Lord's death until He come.
1 Cor. xi. 26. II. Bear in mind that the true preparation for Holy Communion is a deep sense of our own sin, an earnest desire for pardon through the precious Blood of Christ, and a firm resolve by God's grace to live more truly as Christ's disciples, and to take up our cross daily and follow Him.
III. Come, if possible, to the Early Celebration of Holy Communion, as the mind is then more fresh and vigorous, and better
fitted to enter into the prayer of the Psalmist, “ O God, Thou art my God, early will I seek Thee.”
IV. When the Service has begun, pray especially to be kept from wandering thoughts and vain desires, and join heartily and audibly in the Responses, Confession, and Hymns.
V. Always stand at the reading of the Offertory Sentences, the Exhortation, and the “Gloria in Excelsis.” During the rest of the Service it is better to kneel than to sit, as being more devotional, and giving us a fuller opportunity for quiet meditation and prayer.
VI. Come reverently to the Holy Table in your turn, take off both gloves, and avoid all extravagant postures.
VII. Seek that every Communion may bring you nearer to your Lord, and make you more watchful in daily life and more wholly consecrated to His blessed service.
St. MATTHEW xxvi. 26-30. And as they were eating, Jesus took Bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat ; this is My Body.
And he took the Cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
For this is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remis sion of sins.