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Directions. Dear beloved in the tend to this exhortation, for it
You must seriously at-' Lord, ye that mind toistullofexcellent intormation come to the holy com- and instruction ; it shows you munion of the body and the great benefit of coming blood of our Saviour worthily, that is, with a true Chrift, must confider how penitent heart and lively faith St. Paul exhorteth all per- great danger of coming, un
to this holysacrament, and the fons diligently to try and worthily, that is, reithout reexamine themselves be- penting of your sins, and with fore they presume to eat out trusting in God's mercy of that bread and drink through Christ. 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 dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Chrift, 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 i we eat and drink our own damnation, not conGidering the Lord's body; we kindle God's wrath against us, we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death ; judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord ; repent ye truly for your fias paft ; 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 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 Savi.. our Christ, both God and man, who did humble himself even unto death upon the cross for us miserable finners, who lay in darkness and the shadow of death, that he might make us the chil- dren of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should always remember the
exceeding great love of our Master, and only Sa. viour Jesus Christ thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood shedding he had 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.
Rubrick. I Then shall the priest say to them that cometh to receive the holy communion : The minifter.
Directions. Ye that do truly and 17 Being thus called upon to earnestly repent you of make your humble confession à your fins, and are in love
to almighty God, be sure to let and charity with yourline throneofdivine grace, and
your whole heart be lift up to neighours, and intend humbly pray, that you may to lead a new life, fol- have a share in that pardon, lowing the command- wbich is soon after to be proments of God, and walk
nounced by the minister. ing from henceforth in his holy ways : draw near with faith, and take this holy sacrament to your comfort, and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
Rubrick. I Then shall this general CONFESSION be made in the name of all those that are minded to receive the holy copi munion, by one of the ministers, both he and all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees, and saying, The tinifter.
Directions. Almighty God, Father 9 Inthisconfession of sins, of our Lord Jesus Chrift, join with the minister both in maker of all things, judge heart and voice with the greatof all men; we acknow.esthumility foryou are equally ledge and bewail our ma.
therein concerned with him.
nifold Gns and wickedness, which we from time to time most grieviously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most juftly 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, have 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 ferve and please thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Rubrick. 9 Then shall the priest, (or bishop being present) 'standi up, and turning himself to the people, pronounce this absolution. The sinister.
Directions. Almighty God, our When the absolution beheavenly Father, who of gins, then hold'your peace and
attend to the minister with all his great mercy hath pro your heart, and placed in an mised forgiveness of fins humble posture, beg earnestly to all them that with of God that he will please to hearty, repentance, and confirm in heaven the absolutrue faith, turn unto him ;
your sins, pronounced have mercy upon you. But for any one to repeat the
at this time by his minister. pardon and deliver you absolution word for word with from all your Gns, con- ihe minister, is very absurd, firm and strengthen you and shows much ignorance: in all goodness, and bring for the people's part here is to you to everlasting life, be silent and to attend, and to through Jésus Chriit our say nothing but a inostearnest
Ainen, with a firii resolution Lord. Amen.
to lead a new life. And there. fore let ine warn you in all the public prayers, that you join with the minister where you are bid, and all other times be silent, attend and makeit yourown, by saying a hearty Amer.
* Theobserving order and decencyin prayer, tends mucha do edification) ; whereas the contrary begets distraction, and disturbs both yourself and your neighbour; it offends devout and understanding people mightily, to hear men and women
saytheir prayers abfurdlyand indecently, holding their tongues where they should speak, and joining with the minister aloud, where they should only hearken and say Amen. But what can be more improper than to hear them promiscuously absolve themselves and one another, and taking the priestly office on them, in a part of it which is one of the inost distinguishing he has.
When the absolution is over, attend diligently to the sentences of scripture, which the minister is to read : and when he bids you lift up your hearts to God, you must be sure not only to do it in word but in deed, and with great earnestness.
Then shall the Priest say ; Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Chrift faith unto all that truly turn unto him :
Come unto me, all ye that travel and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Mat. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, to the ent that all that believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John iii. 10.
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 Ginners. 1 Tim. i. 15.
Hear also what Saint John faith
If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1. John ii. 1.
After which the priest shall proceed, saying ; Lift up your hearts. Answ, We lift them up unto the Lord. Priest. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God. Answ. It is meet and right so to do. I Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's table and say, It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, These words Holy
that we should at all times, and Fother) must be omit in all places, give thanks to ted on Trinity Sun- thee, O Lord, + Holy Father day.
Almighty, everlasting God.
Here shall follow the proper preface, according to the time, if there be any especially appointed; or else immediately shall follow, • Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and faying, Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hofts, 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 an, to make us clean from all fin. Therefore, with angels, &c.
9 Upon Easter-day, and seven days after. But chiefly we are bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Łord : for he is the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath taken away the fin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath restored us to 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 his apoftles, and in their fight afcended into heaven to prepare a plaee for us, that where he is, thither we might also ascend, and reign with him in glory. Therefore, with angels, &*c.
Upon Whitsunday, and six days after: Thro? 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 found, as if it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fery tongues, lighting upon the apostles, to teach