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Luke xiv. 16_24.

I, for my

fore, most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good heed,
lest ye, withdrawing yourselves from this holy Supper, pro-
voke God's indignation against you. It is an easy matter
for a man to say, I will not communicate, because I am
otherwise hindered with worldly business. But such ex-
cuses are not so easily accepted and allowed before God.
If any man say, I am a grievous sinner, and therefore am
afraid to come : wherefore then do ye not repent and amend?
When God calleth you, are ye not ashamed to say ye will
not come? When ye should return to God, will ye excuse
yourselves, and say ye are not ready; Consider earnestly
with yourselves how little such feigned excuses will avail
before God. They that refused the feast in the Gospel, be-
cause they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of
oxen, or because they were married, were not so excused,
but counted unworthy of the heavenly feast.
part, shall be ready ; and, according to mine Office, I bid
you in the Name of God, I call you in Christ's behalf, I ex-
hort you, as ye love your own salvation, that ye will be
partakers of this holy Communion. And as the Son of God
did vouchsafe to yield up his soul by death upon the Cross
for your salvation ; so it is your duty to receive the Com-
munion in remembrance of the sacrifice of his death, as he
himself hath commanded ; which if ye shall neglect to do,
consider with yourselves how great injury ye do unto God,
and how sore punishment hangeth over your heads for the
same ; when ye wilfully abstain from the Lord's Table, and
separate from your brethren, who come to feed on the ban-
quet of that most heavenly food. These things, if ye ear-
nestly consider, ye will by God's grace return to a better
mind : for the obtaining whereof we shall not cease to make
our humble petitions unto Almighty God our heavenly

At the time of the Celebration of the Communion, the Com-
municants being conveniently placed for the receiving of the
holy Sacrament, the Priest shall say this EXHORTATION.

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Erbortation at Communion.

DEARLY beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come to the holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider how Saint Paul exhorteth all persons

diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume i Cor. xi. 28. to eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cup. For as the benefit is great, if with a true penitent heart and lively faith we receive that holy Sacrament; (for then we spiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink his blood ; then we John iv.56, dwell in Christ, and Christ in us ; we are one with Christ, 57. and Christ with us ;) so is the danger great, if we receive the same unworthily. For then we are guilty of the Body and Blood of Christ our Saviour ; we eat and drink our own damnation, not considering the Lord's Body ; we kindle 1 Cor. xi. God's wrath against us ; we provoke him to plague us with 29, 30, 31. divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord ; repent you truly for your sins past ; have a lively and stedfast faith in Christ our Saviour ; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men : so shall ye be meet partakers of those holy mysteries. And above all things ye must give most humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man; who did humble himself, even to the death upon the Cross, for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness and Luke i. 78,

79, the shadow of death ; that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should alway remember the exceeding great love Master, and only Saviour, Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious bloodshedding he hath obtained to us ; he hath instituted 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 Ghost, let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks :

: submitting ourselves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve him in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen. Then shall the Priest say to them that come to receive the

holy Communion.


Invitation. Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to

lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways ; Draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort ; and make your holy confession to Almighty God, meekly kneel. ing upon your knees.

T Then shall this GENERAL CONFESSION be made, in the name

of all those that are minded to receive the holy Communion, by one of the Ministers ; both he and all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees, and saying,

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men ; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word,

deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.

We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings ; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us ; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us,


mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past ; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee in newness of life, To the honour and glory of Thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

1 Then shall the Priest (or the Bishop, being present, ) stand

up, and turning himself to the people, pronounce this Abso


ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great Dan. ix. 9. mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with

hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him ; Have

mercy upon you ; pardon and deliver you from all your sins ; 1 Cor. i. 7, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness ; and bring you to 8.

everlasting life ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sentences of Scripture.

I Then shall the Priest say,

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto

all that truly turn to him. Come unto me all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matth. xi. 28.

So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.

Hear also what Saint Paul saith.

This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I Tim. i. 15.

Hear also what Saint John saith.

If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous ; and he is the propitiation for our sins. | St. John ii. 1.

Lauds and Anthem.
After which the Priest shall proceed, saying,
Lift up your hearts.
Answer. We lift them up unto the Lord.
Priest. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
Answer. It is meet and right so to do.

Ps. cxii. ). 1 Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's Table, and

say, It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, * Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God. [*These words (Holy Father) must be omitted on Trinity

Sunday.] 1 Here shall follow the Proper Preface, according to the time, if

there be any specially appointed : or else immediately shall follow,

Trisagium. THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord Rev. iv. 8. God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory : Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen.

PROPER PREFACES. Upon Christmas-day, and seven days after. Because thou didst give Jesus Christ thine only Son to be born as at this time for us ; who, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, was made very man of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother ; and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin. Therefore with Angels, 8c.

Upon Easter-day, and seven days after.
But chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious

Resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: for he is John i. 29. the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath

taken away the sin of the world ; who by his death bath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon Ascension-day, and seven days after.
Through thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our
Lord ; who after his most glorious Resurrection manifestly

appeared to all bis Apostles, and in their sight ascended up John xiv. 2, into heaven to prepare a place for us ; that where he is, thither

we might also ascend, and reign with him in glory. Therefore with Angels, &c.


Upon Whit-Sunday, and six days after.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord ; according to whose most

true promise, the Holy Ghost came down as at this time from Acts ii. 1–4. heaven with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty

wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the Apostles, to teach them, and to lead them to all truth : giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness with fervent zeal constantly to preach the Gospel unto all nations ; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon the Feast of Trinity only. Who art one God, one Lord ; not one only Person, but three Persons in one Substance. For that which we believe of the glory of the Father, the same we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels, fc.

1 After each of which Prefaces shall immédiately be sung or said, THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name ; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory : Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen.

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