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truly repented and amend ed his former naughty life, that the congregation may thereby be satisfied, which before were offended; and that he hath recompensed the parties, to whom he hath done wrong; or at least declare himself to be in full purpose so to do, as soon as he conveniently may.
The same order shall the Curate use with those betwixt whom he perceiveth malice and hatred to reign; not suffering them to be partakers of the Lord's table until he know them to be reconciled.
And if one of the parties so at variance be content to forgive from the bottom of his heart all that the other hath trespassed against him, and to make amends for that he himself hath offended; and the other party will not be persuaded to a godly unity, but remain still in his frowardness and malice: the
doing of this one moment, lest you provoke God to leave you to yourself; for then you never will repent.
The Lord's Supper being a Sacrament and token of reconciliation and friendship with God and man; such as will not forgive the injuries they have received, nor make satisfaction for the injuries they have done to others, must not presume to go to the Lord's table, lest they receive a curse instead of a blessing.
But then such would do well to consider, that while they are under these bad dispositions, they are at enmity with God as well as with their neighbour; and therefore are not qualified even to ask, much less to
Minister in that case ought to admit the penitent person to the Holy Communion, and not him that is obstinate. Provided that every Minister so repelling any, as is specified in this or the next precedent paragraph of this Rubric, shali be obliged to give an account of the same to the Ordinary within fourteen days after at the farthest. And the Ordinary shall proceed against the offending person according to the Canon.
The table at the Communion time having a fair white linen cloth upon it, shall stand in the body of the Church, or in the Chancel, where Morning and Evening Prayer are appointed to be said. And the priest standing at the north side of the Table shall say the Lord's Prayer,with the Collect following, the people kneeling.
hope for any favour from Him: there being no mercy for him who will not show mercy to his neighbour: this being an express condition of our peace with God. (Matt. vi. 15.)
And we should always remember that "He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” (1 John iii. 14)
It is God who saith this: and dare we delay to be at peace with our neighbour, even one day, if we can help it?
It may so happen that you did not know that the Sacrament was to be administered, until you saw the Communion Table covered: However, if you have been a constant communicant before, do not turn your back upon the holy Ordinance; but say in your heart, I will most gladly close with this blessed occasion of remembering the death of my Redeemer.
The Communion Service.
When the Minister begins, lay aside all other Books, and attend to the service of the Church, than which there never was provided a better Help to Devotion.
UR* Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, unto
whom all hearts be open, , all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love Thee, and worthily magnify Thy holy Name, through Christ onr Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Priest, turning to the people, re
Because the love of God will make all His commands easy, and to be obeyed with cheerfulness; we therefore beg of Him to purify our hearts by faith, that we may love and fear Him, and keep His commandments, upon which all our happiness depends.
We see with what great judgment these command
The Lord's Prayer should always be said with the greatest deliberation and devotion; and especially at this time, when we beg of God the Bread which must nourish us unto life eternal, and all the graces necessary to obtain that invaluable blessing.
hearse distinctly all the Ten Commandments;' and the people, still kneeling, shall after every Commandment, ask God mercy for their transgression thereof for the time past, and grace to keep the same for the time to come, as followeth.
ments were appointed to be read in this service, since by the law is the knowledge of sin; and when we are convinced in our own conscience that we have not kept a law which is holy, just, and good, we shall then see the Need and the Blessing of a Redeemer; and how earnestly we ought to beg of God, for His sake, to have mercy upon us and to incline our hearts to keep these laws.
OBSERVATIONS AND DIRECTIONS.
That you may obey the following commands of God with cheerfulness, you ought to be firmly persuaded— That God, who standeth in no need of our obedience and service, hath given us these laws merely for our good, to restrain the disorders we are subject to, and to hinder us from ruining ourselves.
Consider these commands in this view, and as they are the effect of the great love of God for His poor creatures, or else you will look upon them as a burden, and obey them with an unwilling mind.
* When it is considered how many people there are who have no other way of coming to the knowledge of their duty, it will appear with what great reason the Priest is required to read these commands of God distinctly, and how religiously this Rubric ought to be observed.
OBSERVATIONS AND DIRECTIONS.
Prepare therefore to hear them with attention and reverence, suitable to Him whose commands they are, and then you will be more sensible what a blessing it is that Jesus Christ hath by His death delivered us from the curse and punishment due to those that break them; having prevailed with God to accept of our repentance, and to enable us by His grace to observe them better for the time to come.
OD spake these words and said, I am the Lord thy God: thou shalt have no other gods but Me.*
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
When consider how you apt every man is to have his idol-something which he admires, or loves, or fears, or trusts in, or adores, more than the God who made and redeemed him-you will see the reason and the necessity of this command, and will most heartily beg of God to keep you from such idolatry, and that you may love Him with all your heart, and above all things.
*The law of nature and right reason, being the law of man in the state of innocence, would still have been a sufficient guide, had it not been much obscured, and almost blotted out, and rendered ineffectual, by the transgression of our first parents, and the wickedness of their posterity. It was then that God republished these laws by Moses in writing, to awaken men, and to be a standing witness against all such as would not consult their own consciences, and the law written in their hearts.