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how St. Paul exhorteth all lively faith to this holy facrament, perfons diligently to try and and the great danger of coming examine themfelves before unworthily, that is, without rethey prefume to eat of that penting of your fins, and withbread, and drink of that cup. out trufting in God's mercy For as the benefit is great, if thro' Chrift.
with a true penitent heart, and lively faith, we receive that holy facrament (for then we fpiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink his blood; then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us) fo is the danger great if we receive the fame unworthily: for then we are guilty of the body and blood of Chrift our Saviour; we eat and drink our own damnation, not confidering the Lord's body; we kindle God's wrath against us; we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and fundry kinds of death: judge therefore yourfelves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your fins paft; have a lively and ftedfaft faith in Chrift our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men, fo fhall ye be meet partakers of thofe holy mysteries; and above all things, ye must give most humble and hearty thanks to God the father, the fon, and the holy ghoft, for the redemption of the world by the death and parfion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man, who did humble himself even unto the death upon the cross for us miferable finners, who lay in darkness, and the fhadow of death, that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we fhould always remember the exceeding great love of our mafter, and only Saviour Jefus Chrift thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood shedding he hath obtained to us; he hath inftituted and ordained holy mysteries as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death to our great and endless comfort. To him, therefore, with the father, and the holy ghoft, let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks, fubmitting ourselves
wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to ferve him in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen.
Then fall the priest fay to them that come to receive the holy
Ye that do truly and ear
Directions. Being thus called upon to neftly repent you of your fins make your humble confeflion to and are in love and charity almighty God, be fure to let your with your neighbours, and whole heart be lift up to the throne intend to lead a new life, fol- of divine grace, and humbly pray, lowing the commandments that you may have a fare in that of God, and walking from pardon, which is focn after to be henceforth in his holy ways:pronounced by the minifter.
draw near with faith, and take this holy facrament to your comfort, and make your humble confeffion to almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
Then fhall this general CONFESSION be made in the name of all thofe that are minded to receive the holy communion, by one of the minifters, both he and all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees, and Jaying,
The Minister. Almighty God, father of In this confeffion of fins, our Lord Jefus Chrift, ma-join with the minifter both in ker of all things, judge of all heart and voice, with the men; we acknowledge and eft humility, for you are equally bewail our manifold fins and therein concern'd with him. wickedness, which we from time to time moft grievouЛly have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine majefty, provoking moft juftly thy wrath and indig nation against us. We do earneftly repent, and are heartily forry for these our mifdoings: the remembrance of them is grievous unto us; the burden of them is intolerable; have F
mercy upon us, have mercy upon us most merciful father; for thy fon our Lord Jefus Chriít's fake, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may ever hereafter ferve and please thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy name, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
¶Then fhall the priest (or bishop being present) ftand up, and turning himself to the people, pronounce this ABSOLUTION.
The Minister. When the absolution beAlmighty God, our heavenly father, who of his great attend to the minifter with all gins, then hold your peace and mercy hath promised for-your heart; and placed in an humgiveness of fins to all them ble pofture, beg earnestly of God that with hearty repentance, that he will pleafe to confirm in and true faith, turn unto heaven the abfolution of your him; have mercy upon you, fins, pronounced at this time, by pardon and deliver you from his minifter. But for any one to all your fins, confirm and repeat the abfolution word for ftrengthen you in all good-word with the minifter, is very nefs, and bring you to ever-abfurd, and fhews much ignorance: lafting life, thro' Jefus Chrift for the people's part here is to be filent and to attend, and to fay our Lord. Amen. nothing but a moft earnest Amen, with a firm refolution to lead a new life. And therefore let me warn you in all the publick prayers, that you join with the minister where you are bid, and at all other times be filent, attend and make it your own, by faying a hearty Amen.
The obferving order and decency in prayer tends much to edification; whereas the contrary begets difiraclion, and difturbs both yourself and your neighbour; it offends devout and understanding peaple mightily, to hear men and women say their prayers abfurdly and indecently, holding their tongues where they should fpeak, and joining with the minifter aloud, where they should only hearken and Jay Amen. But what can be more improper than to hear them promifcufly abfolve themselves, and one another, and taking the priestly office on them in a part of it, which is one of the most diftinguishing he
When the absolution is over, attend diligently to the sentences of fcripture, which the minifter is to read: and when he bids you lift up your hearts to God, you must be fure not only to do it in word, but in deed, and with great carnefinefs.
Then fhall the Prieft Say;
Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Chrift faith unto all that truly turn to him.
Come unto me all ye that travel and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Matth. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that he gave his only begotten fon, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John iii. 16.
Hear alfo what Saint Paul faith.
This is a true faying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Chrift Jefus came into the world to fave finners. 1 Tim. i. 15.
Hear alfo what St. John faith.
If any man fin, we have an advocate with the father, Jefus Chrift the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our fins. 1 John ii. 1.
¶ After which the Priest shall proceed, faying;
Lift up your
Anfw. We lift them up unto the Lord.
Prieft. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
¶ Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's table and say, It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we fhould at all times, and in all places, give thanks to thee, O Lord, t holy father almighty, everlasting God.
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Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praifing thee, and faying, Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hofts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord moft high. Amen.
¶ Upon Christmas-day, and feven days after.
Because thou didft give Jesus Christ thine only son to be born, as at this time, for us; who by the operation of the holy ghoft was made very man, of the fubftance of the virgin Mary his mother, and that without fpot of fin, to make us clean from all fin. Therefore, with angels, &c.
Upon Eafter-day, and feven days after.
But chiefly we are bound to praise thee for the glorious refurrection of thy son Jefus Chrift our Lord: for he is the very pafchal lamb, which was offer'd for us, and hath taken away the fin of the world; who by his death hath destroy'd death, and by his rifing to life again hath restored us to everlafting life. Therefore, with angels, &c.
¶Upon Afcenfion-day, and seven days after.
Through thy moft dearly beloved fon Jefus Chrift our Lord, who after his moft glorious refurrection manifeftly appeared to all his apostles, and in their fight afcended into heaven to prepare a place for us, that where he is, thither we might also afcend, and reign with him in glory. Therefore with angels, &c.
Upon Whit-funday, and fix days after.
Through Jefus Chrift our Lord, according to whose moft true promife the holy ghoft came down as at this time from heaven, with a fudden great found, as if it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the apoftles, to teach them and lead them into all truth