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"ens,] you must be very at:enfelves treasures upon tive, and with your eye [not earth, where the rust and voice) read along with bim : moth doth corrupt, and and be sure you make what where thieves break thro' short application you can to and steal : but laý vo for yourself of what is read, and 11: yourselves treasures
in wherein you perceive to have in
been wanting either in charity scaven, where', neither or justice to any one, and in ruft nor moth doth cor- particularof being just to those rupt, and where thieves, who are your spiritual guides, do not break through nor you will resolve to make up steal, St. Matt. vi. io, 20. those defects for the time to
Whatfoever von would coine; for assure yourself, you that men should do tolder
will be highly unjust if you
to detain from them what is their you, even so do unto due: them; for this is the law ** When it comes to your and the prophets. St. turn to make your offering, do! Matt. vii. 12
not let the plate or basin passa! Not every one that by you without putting some old faith unto me, Lord, .
od thing into it: for this reason,
amongst others, that you may Lord, thall enter into theljoin in that part of the pruwer kingdom of heaven : but for the Church militant, where he that doth the will of in you beseech God to accept my Father which is in your alms, and you may dea heaven. St. Matt. vii. 21./pend upon it, he will accept
Zaccheus stood forth them as it given to himself, if and said unto the Lord,lability, and are done in obe
they bear a proportion to your Behold, Lord, the half ofdience to his commands, and my goods I give to the with an eye to his glory, as a poor , and if I have done grateful acknowledgement of any wrong to any man, bis mercies to yourself, and as i restore fourfold. Si la testimony of your depende
Jence upon him for the contiLuke, xix. 8.
nuance of them. With such Who goeth a warfare reftcctions your present offere at any time of his ownjing, and all your other gifts, coft? who planteth a to the services of religion, and vineyard, and eateth not the uses of charity, ought to be of accompanied
of the fruit thereof? or They that are poor and canwho feedeth a flock, and not give as they are disposed eateth not of the mill of in their hearts, must rememthe flock?. I Cor. ix, 7.10
ber that the alms given on this
:7 occasion, are not matter of If we have lown unto necessitu, but a free gift; and you spiritual things, is it that their small contributions a great matter if we will, like the poor widow's should reap your worldly\two mites, be preferred to the things? i Cor. ix. U. Trichest oblations of the wealDo you not know, thatthy. Aud even he that hathi
nothing at all to give, is inthey who minister about vited
about vited freely to partake of these holy things, live of the spiritualblessings without inosacrifice ? and they who ney and without price. . wait at the altar, are partakers with the altar? even fo hath the Lord also
ordained, that they who preach the gospel, should : live of the gospel. 2 Cor. ix. 13, 14:
He that soweth little shall reap little ; and he that foweth plenteously shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is disposed in his own heart, not, grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix. 6, 7.
Let him that is taught in the word minister to him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived,
God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, Ir that shall he reap. Gal. vi. 6, 7,
While we have time let us do good unto all men, and cfpecially unto them that are of the household of faith. Gal. vi. 10.
Goduiness is great riches, if a man be content with what he hath : for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out. I Tim. vi. 6, 7.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute, laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life, I Timn. vi. 17, 18, 19. ..
God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works and labour that proceedeth of love ; which love ye have showed for his name's fake, who have ministered unto the saints, and yet do minister. Heb. vi. 10.
To do good, and to distribute, forget not; for with such facrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii. 16.
Whoso hath this world's good, and feeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 John iji. 17.
Give alms of thy goods, and never turn thy face ! from any poor man, and then the face of the Lord shall not be turned away from thee. Tob. iv. 7.
Be merciful after thy power. If thou hast much, give plenteously ; if thou hast little, do thy diligence gladly to give of that little; for fo gatherelt thou thyself a good reward in the day of neceffity: 1 Tob. iv. 8, 9.
He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord ; and look what he layeth out, it shall be paid. him again. Prov. xix. 17. :
Bleffed be the man that provideth for the Gck and needy: the Lord fhall deliver him in the time of trouble. Pfal. xli. 1.
A prayer at offering our alms.
I of all I poffefs ; for it is from thee
to thy holy name be the glory. Accept of this free-will offering of my hands, as an acknowledgement of thy right to all I enjoy, and as a testimony of that piety, love, and charity to my necessitous brethren, which thou requirest, and are pleased to take as done to thyself.'!""
Therefore I will dedicate a part of those good things which thou hast be
ftowed upon me, to relieve the poor; bei caufe thou hast made it an evidence of my :love to thee: And grant that all my alms
deeds may be performed with such purity of intention, and in such a proportion to what thou haft given me, that they may be acceptable, in thy sight, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. Amen. ,
1. Rubrick. And when there is a communion, the priest shall then place upon the table as much bread and wine as he shall think sufficient. After which done, the priest shall say :
The minister. I. Directions.
be Here the priest begin.
Tning the prayer for the whole Itate of Chriit's state of Christ's church militant church militant here on here on earth, &c. you must earth
ljoin with him in heart and spiA Lmighty and ever-rit in the same, and with the 71 living God, who by congregation in their atten• thy holy apostle hath tion, and say the Amen with
them, that you may reap with taught us to make prayers and
ke prayerJadvantage of that common and fupplications, and fervency with which those to give thanks for all prayers fly up to God. men; we humbly beleechthee most mercifully to ac- t If there be cept our alms and chlations t and] to no alms nor ob
lations, i then receive these our prayers, which shall the words we offer, unto thy Divine Majesty, alms and obla
beseeching thee to inspire continue tions] be left out ally the universal church with the Unsaid.. spirit of truth, unity, and concord: .......and grant that all they that do confess thy holy name, may agree in the truth of thy holy word, and live in unity and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian kings, princes, and governors; and especially thy fervant GEORGE our king, that under him we may be godly and quietly governed ; and grant unto his whole council, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently su minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and 'vice, and to the maintenance of thy true reli- ? gion and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and curates, that they may, both by an their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy fa! craments. "And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here*** present, that with meek heart and due reverence B1 they may hear and receive the holy word, truly i ferving thee in holiness and righteousness all the di days of their lives. And we most humbly beseech tar thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in hi trouble, sorrow, need, fickness, or any other adversity; and we also bless thy holy name for all all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, beseeching thee to give us grace, so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, o Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen..
1. Rubrick. :: At the time of the celebration of the communion, the
communicants being coaveniently placed for the receiving of the boly sacrament, the priest shall say this EXHORTA