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lively Word, and rightly and duly
the Celebration of the Holy Communion : (which he shall always do upon the
Sunday, or some Holy day, immediately
preceding) he shall read this Echorta*:::::::::: or so much thereof as, in his discretion, he may think convemocrat.
DEARLY beloved, on — day
next, I purpose, through God's assistance, to administer to all such as shall be religiously and devoutly disposed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ; to be by them received, in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Passion; whereby alone we obtain remission of our sins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of Heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble ànd hearty thanks to Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that he
hath given his Son our Saviow
wise the receiving of the Holy
Communion doth nothing else but increase your condemnation. Therefore if any of you be a blasphemer of God, an hinderer or slanderer of his Word, an adulterer, or be in malice or envy, or in any other grievous crime ; repent ye of your sins, or else come not to that holy Table.
Aud because it is requisite that no man should come to the Holy Communion, but with a full trust in God's mercy, and with a quiet conscience; therefore, if there be any of you, who by this means cannot quiet his own conscience herein, butrequireth further comfort or counsel, let him come to me, or to some other Minister of God's word, and open his grief; that he may receive such Godly counsel and advice, as may tend to the quieting of his conscience, and the removing of all scruple
* Qr, in case he shall see the People negligent to come to the Holy Communion, instead of the former, he shall use this Erhortation.
DEARLY beloved brethren, on I intend, by God's ce, to celebrate the Lord's upper; unto which, in God's behalf, I bid you all who are here present; and beseech you for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, that ye will not refuse to come thereto, being so lovingly called and bidden by God himself. Ye know low grievous and unkind a thing it is when a man hath prepared a rich feast, decked his table with all kinds of provision, so that there lacketh nothing but the guests to sit down; and yet they who are called (without any cause) most unthankfully refuse
a case would not be moved? Who would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him : Wherefore, most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good heed, lest ye, withdrawing yourselves from this holy Supper, provoke 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 excuses are not so easily accepted, and allowed before God. If any man say, I am a grievous sinner, and therefore aim afraid to conie ; 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 who refused the feast in the Gospel, because 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. Wherefore, according to mine office, I bid you in the name of God, I call youin Christ'sbehalf, I exhortyou, 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 Communion in remembrance of the sacrifice of his death, as he himself has commanded: Which if ye shall neglect to do, consider with yourselves, how great is your
to come. Which of you in such
ingratitude to God, and how sore
o hangeth over your eads for the same, when ye wilfully abstain from the Lord's Table, and separate from your brethren who come to feed on the banquet of that most heavenly food. These things if ye earnestly 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 Father. 7 At the time of the Celebration of the Communion, the Priest shall say this Echortation. EARLY beloved in the Lord, ye who mind to come to the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider how St. Paul exhorteth all persons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume to eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cup. For
as the benefit is great, if with a Y
true penitent heartand lively faith we receive that holy Sacrament; so is the dangergreat, if wereceive the same unworthily. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent ye truly for your sins past; have a lively and steadfast 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 mustgive mosthumble 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 dark
ness and the shadow of death; that he might make us the chl. dren of God, and exaltus to ever, lasting life. And to the end that we should always remember the exceeding great love of our Mao ter and only Saviour Jesus Chril thus dying for us, and the innu. merable benefits which by hispro, cious blood-shedding he hath ob. tained for us, he hath instituted and ordained holy Mysteries, u pledges of his love, and for a colo tinual remembrance of his death to our great and endless comfort To him therefore, with the Fo ther, and the Holy Ghost, letus give (as we are most bounder) continual thanks; o selves wholly to his holy willan
pleasure, and studying to sero him intrue holiness and righteous ness, all the days of our life. Amo
T Then shall the Priest say to thos: " come to receive the Holy Communioh,
E who do truly and earnests repent you of your sins, are in love and charity with yout neighbours, and intend to lead; new life, following the command. ments of God, and walking from henceforthin his holy ways; draw near with faith, and take thish', Sacrament to your comfort; a make your humble confessioio Almighty God, devoutly kneeling T Then shall this general confusio made, by the Prist and all to are minded to receive the Holy Commo mion, humbly kneeling. ALMIGHTY God, Father," our Lord Jesus Čhrist,Male of all things, Judge of all men we acknowledge and bewail on manifold sins and wickedno which we from time to timemo grievously have committed." thought, word, and deed, ago thy divine Majesty; provokin
most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry forthese our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us; the burthen of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive is 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.
Then shall the priest (the Bishop, if he
iMo God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness ofsinstoall those who with hearty Tepentance and true faith turn into him, have mercy upon you ; Pardon and deliver you from all "oursins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring on to everlasting life, through Iesus Christ our Lord. Amen. " Then shall the Priest say, Hear what comfortable words jur Saviour Christ saith unto all who truly turn to him. OME unto me, all ye that traYvel and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt. Xi. 28. So God loved the world, that *gave his only begotten Son, to he endthat all that believe in him hould not perish, but have ever. *ing life. St. John, iii. 16. Hear also what St. Paul saith. is is a true saying, and woro to be received, that *ist Jesus came into the world 95°ve sinners. 1. Tim. i. 15. Hear also what St. John saith.
T PROPER PREFACES.
ECAUSE 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, &c.
"These words [Holy Father] must be omitted on Trinity Sunday.
BUT chiefly are we bound to
praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord : For he is the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and, by his rising to life again, hath restored to us everlasting life: Therefore with Angels, &c. W Upon Ascension Day, and seven Days
THROUGH thy most dearly
beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who, after his most glorious resurrection, manifestly appeared to all his apostles, and in their sight ascended up 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. to Upon Whitsunday, 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 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.
three persons in one substance:
e said, W HO art one God, one Lord; not one only person, but
for that thou, of thy tender me! cy, didst give thine only Son Je