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received, in remembrance of mighty God, with full purpose his meritorious Cross and Pas- of amendment of life. And sion; whereby alone we obtain if ye shall perceive your ofremission of our sins, and are fences to be such as are not made partakers of the king only against God, but also dom of Heaven. Wherefore against your neighbours; then it is our duty to render most ye shall reconcile yourselves humble and hearty thanks to unto them; being ready to Almighty God, our heavenly make restitution and satisfacFather, for that he hath given tion, according to the utterhis Son our Saviour Jesus most of your powers, for all Christ, not only to die for us, injuries and wrongs done by but also to be our spiritual food you to any other; and being and sustenance in that holy likewise ready to forgive others Sacrament. Which being so who have offended you, as ye divine and comfortable a thing would have forgiveness of your to them who receive it wor-offences at God's hand: For thily, and so dangerous to those otherwise the receiving of the who will presume to receive Holy Communion doth nothing it unworthily ; my duty is to else but increase your condemexhort you in the mean sea. nation. Therefore, if any of son, to consider the dignity of you be a blasphemer of God, that holy Mystery, and the fan binderer or slanderer of great peril of the unworthy his Word, an adulterer, or be receiving thereof; and so to in malice or envy, or in any search and examine your own other grievous crime ; repent consciences, and that not ye of your sins, or else come lightly, and after the manner not to that holy Table. of dissemblers with God; but And because it is requisite so) that ye may come holy and that no man should come to clean to such a heavenly feast, the Holy Communion, but with in the marriage-garment re-a full trust in God's mercy, quired by God in holy Scrip- and with a quiet conscience ; ture ; and be received as wor. therefore, if there be any of thy partakers of that holy you, who by this means canTable.
not quiet his own conscience The way and means thereto herein, but requireth surther is, First, to examine your comfort er counsel ; let him lives and conversations by the come to me, or to some other rule of God's command- Minister of God's word, and ments; and wherein soever open vis grief ; that he may ye shall perceive yourselves to receive such Godly counsel have offended, either by will, and advice, as may tend to the word, or deed, there to be- quieting of his conscience, and wail your own sinfulness, and the removing of all scruple to confess yourselves to Al- and doubtfulness.
Or, in case he shall see the you, are ye not ashamed to People negligent to come to say, ye will not come? When the Holy Communion, in. ye should return to God, will stead of the former, he shall ye excuse yourselves, and say, use this Exhortation. ye are not ready ? Consider
earnestly with yourselves, how DEAR Early beloved brethren, little such feigned excuses will
I intend, by avail before God. They who God's grace, to celebrate the refused the feast in the GosLord's Supper; unto which pel, because they had bought in God's behalf, I bid you all a farm, or would try their who are here present; and yokes of oxen, or because they beseech you for the Lord Jesus were married, were not so Christ's sake, that ye will not excused, but counted unworrefuse to come thereto, being thy of the heavenly feast. so lovingly called and bidden Wherefore, according to mine by God himself. Ye know Office, I bid you in the Name how grievous and unkind auf God, I call you in Christ's thing it is, when a man hath behalf, I exhort you, as ye prepared a rich feast, decked love your own salvation, that his table with all kinds of pro-ye will be partakers of this vision, so that there lacketh Holy Communion. And as nothing but the guests to sit the Son of God did vouchsafe down ; and yet they who are to yield up his soul by death called (without any cause, upon the cross. for your salvamost unthankfully refuse to tion; so it is your duty to recome. Which of you in such a ceive the Communion in recase would not be moved ? membrance of the sacrifice of Who would not think a great his death, as he himselt hath injury and wrong done unto commanded: Which if ye shall him? Wherefore, mosc dearly neglect to do, consider with beloved in Christ, take ye yourselves, how great is your good heed, lest ye, withdraw-ingratitude to God, and how ing yourselves from this holy sore punishment hangeth over Supper, provoke God's indig- your heads for the same, when nation against you. It is an ea- ye willfully abstain from the sy matter for a man to say, I Lord's Table, and separate will not coinmunicate because from your brethren who come I am otherwise hindered with to feed on the banquet of that worldly business. But such most heavenly food. These excuses are not so easily ac-things if ye earnestly consider cepted, and allowed before ye will by God's grace, return God. If any man say, I am alto a better mind; for the obgrievous sinner, and therefore taining whereof we shall not am afraid to come : where-cease to make our humble pefore then do ye not repent and titions unto Almighty God, our amend? When God calleth heavenly Father.
At the time of the celebra great love of our Master and tion of the Communion, the only Saviour Jesus Christ, Priest shall say this Ex-thus dying for us, and the inhortalion.
numerable benefits which by EARLY beloved in the his precious blood-shedding
Lord, ye who mind to he hath obtained for us, he come to the holy communion hath instituted and ordained of the Body and Blood of our holy Mysteries, as pledges of Saviour Christ, must consider his love, and for a continual how St. Paul exhorteth all remembrance of his death, to persons diligently to try and our great and endless com- ; examine themselves, before fort. To him therefore, with they presume to eat of that the Father, and the Holy Bread, and drink of that Cup Ghost, let us give (as we are For as the benefit is great, if most bounden) continual with a true penitent heart and thanks ; submitting ourselves lively faith we receive that wholly to his holy will and holy Sacrament : so is the pleasure, and studying to danger great, if we receive serve him in true holiness and the same unworthily. Judge righteousness, all the days of therefore yourselves, breth- our life. Amen. ren, that ye be not judged of Then shall the Priest say to the Lord; repent ye truly
those who come to receive for your sins past; have a the Holy Communion. lively and steadfast faith in YE who do truly and carn. Christ our Saviour; amend estly repent you of your your lives, and be in perfect sins, and are in love and chacharity with all men ; so shall rity with your neighbours, ye be meet partakers of those and intend to lead a new life, holy Mysteries. And above following the commandments all things, ye must give most of God, and walking from humble and hearty thanks to henceforth in his holy ways; God the Father, the Son, and draw near with faith, and take the Holy Ghost, for the re-this holy Sacrament to your demption of the world by the comfort; and make your bumdeath and passion of our Sa-ble confession to Almighty viour Christ, both God and God, devoutly kneeling. man ; who did humble him- Then shall this general Conself, even to the death upon fession be made, by the the cross, for us miserable Priest and all those who are sinners, who lay in darkness minded to receive the Holy and the shadow of death ; Communion, humbly kneele that he might make us the ing. children of God, and exalt us
, to everlasting life. And to of our Lord Jesus Christ, the end that we should always Maker of all things, Judge of remember the exceeding all men ; we acknowledge and
bewail our manifold sins
TOME unto me, all ye that
travel, and are heavy time to time most grievously laden, and I will refresh you. have committed, by thought, St. Matt xi. 28. word, and deed, against thy So God loved the world, divine Majesty i provoking that he gave his only begotten most justly' thy wrath and in- Son, to the end that all that dignation against us. We do believe in him should not peearnestly repent, and are hear-rish, but have everlasting life: tily sorry for these our mis-Si John iii. 16. doings; the remembrance of
Dear also what St. Paul saith. them is grievous unto us ; the
This is a true saying, and burthen of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have
worthy of all men to be re
ceived, that Christ Jesus came mercy upon us, most merciful,
Vinto the world to save sinners. Father : for thy Son our Lord
I Tim. i. 15. Jesus Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant, Hear also what St. John saith. that wc may ever hereafter If any man sin, we have an serve and please thee in new-.\dvocate wit the Father. Jen ness of life, to the honour and sus Christ the righteous; and glory of thy Name, through he is the propitiation for our Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. sins. | St. John ii. 1, 2.'
Then shall the Pricst (th'
1 After which the Priest shall stand up, and turning to
Lift up your hearts,
Answer. We lift them up heavenly Father, who of
Junto the Lord. his great mercy hath promised
Priest. Let us give thanks forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance
unto our Lord God.
Auswer. It is meet and and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you; pardon
right so to do. and deliver you from all your sins ; confirm and strengthen Then shall the Priest turn you in all goodness; and bring to the Lord's Tuble, and you to everlasting life,through say, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(T is very meet, right, and Then shall the Priest say, our bounden duty, that we
Hear what comfortable should at all times and in all words Saviour Christ places, give thanks unto thec, saith unto all who truly turn O Lord, (*Holy Father,] Alto him.
mighty Everlasting God. • These words (Holy Father) must be omitted on Trinity Sunday.
Here shall follow the pro-4 Upon Ascension Day, and per Preface, according to seven Days after. the time, if there be any
"HROUGH thy most dearly specially appointed; or else
beloved Son Jesus Christ immediaiely shall be said our Lord; who, after his most or sung by the Priest and glorious Resurrection, mani. People,
festly appeared to all his AposTHEREFORE with angels ules, and, in their sight as
and Archangels, and with cended up into heaven, to preall the company of heaven, pare a place for us; that where we laud and magnify thy glo- he is, thither we might also rious Name; evermore prais-ascend, and reign with him in ing thee, and saying, Holy, glory : Therefore with Anholy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, gels, &c. heaven and earth are full of I Upon IVhitsunday, and thy glory : Glory be to thee, sir Days afier. O Lord Most High. Amen. O
'HROUGH Jesus Christ PROPER PREFACES. whose most true promise, the
our Lord; according to & Upon Christmas Day, and Holy Ghost came down as at
seven Days after. this time from heaven, with a
Jesus Christ, thine only been a mighty wind, in the Son, to be born as at this time likeness of fiery tongues,lightfor us ; who, by the operation ing upon the Apostles, to teach of the Holy Ghost was made them, and to lead them to all very man, of the substance of truth; giving them both the the Virgin Mary his Mother ; gift of divers languages, and and that without spot of sin, also boldness with fervent zeal, to make us clean from all sin : constantly to preach the gosTherefore with Angels, Sc. pel unto all nations; whereby q Upon Easter Day, and
we have been brought out of seven Days after.
darkness and error, into the UT
of thee, of thy Jesus rious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord : For he is the very Paschal Lamb, Upon the Feast of Trinity which was offered for us, and
only, may be said, hath taken away the sin of the WHO art one God, one world ; who by his death hath
Lord ; not one only perdestroyed death, and, by his son, but three persons in one rising to life again, bath re- substance: For that which we stored to us everlasting life : believe of the glory of the Therefore with Angels, &c. Father, the same we believe
Bu Tchiefly are we bound the chceş arand true knowledge