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moft unthankfully refufe to come. Which of you in fuch a cafe would not be moved? Who would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him? Wherefore, moft dearly beloved in Chrift, take ye good heed, left ye, withdraw ing yourselves from this holy Supper, provoke God's indignation against you. It is an eafy matter for a man to fay, I will not communicate, because I am otherwife hindered with worldly bufinefs. But fuch excufes are not fo eafily accepted, and allowed before God. If any man say, I am a grievous finner, and therefore am afraid to come; wherefore then do ye not repent and amend? When God calleth you, are ye not afhamed to fay, ye will not come? When ye fhould return to God, will ye excufe yourfelves, and fay, ye are not ready? Confider earnestly with yourfelves, how little fuch feigned excufes will avail before God. They who refufed the feaft in the Gospel, because they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of oxen, or because they married, were not fo excufed, but counted unworthy of the heavenly feast. Wherefore, according to mine Office, I bid you in the Name of God, I call you in Chrift's behalf, I


exhort you, as ye love your own falvation, that ye will be partakers of this Holy Communion. And as the Son of God did vouchfafe to yield up his foul by death upon the crofs, for your falvation; fo it is your duty to receive the Communion in remembrance of the facrifice of his death, as he himfelf hath commanded : Which if ye fhall neglect to do, confider with yourselves, how great is your ingratitude to God, and how fore punish→ ment hangeth over your heads for the fame, when ye wilfully abstain from the Lord's Ta ble, and feparate from your brethren who come to feed on the banquet of that most heavenly food. These things if ye earnestly confider, 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.

¶ At the time of the celebration of the Communion, the Prieft fhall fay this Exhortation.

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felves, before they prefume ding he hath obtained for us, to eat of that Bread, and drink he hath inftituted and orof that Cup. For as the be- dained holy Mysteries, as

nefit is great, if with a true penitent heart and lively faith we receive that holy Sacrament; fo is the danger great, if we receive the fame unworthily. Judge therefore yourfelves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent ye truly for your fins paft; have a lively and ftedfaft faith in Chrift our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men: fo fhall ye be meet partakers of thofe holy Myfteries. And above all things, ye must give most humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft, for the redemption of the world by the death and paffion of our Saviour Chrift, both God and man; who did humble himfelf, even to the death upon the cross, for us miferable finners, who lay in darkness and the fhadow of death that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we fhould always remember the exceeding great love of our Master and only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-fhed


pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death, to our great and endlefs comfort. To him therefore, with the Father, and the Holy Ghoft, let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks; fubmitting ourselves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to ferve him in true holinefs and righteousness, all the days of our life. Amen.

Then fhall the Priest fay to those who come to receive the boly Communion;


E who do truly and ear

Yneftly repent you of your fins, 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 humble confeffion to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling. ¶ Then fhall this general Confeffion be made, by the Priep and all thofe who are minded to receive the holy Communion, bumbly kneeling.

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Judge of all men; we ac- goodness; and bring you to

knowledge and bewail our manifold fins and wickednefs, which we from time to time moft grievously have committed, by thought, word,

everlafting life, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

¶Then fball the Prieft fay,

Hear what comfortable

OME unto me, all ye h that travel and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matth. xi. 28.

and deed, against thy divine words our Saviour Chrift faith. Majefty; provoking moft unto all who truly turn to him. justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earneftly repent, and are heartily forry for these our mifdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us; the burthen of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, moft merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jefus Chrift's fake, forgive us all that is paft; and grant, that we may ever hereafter ferve and pleafe thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy Name, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

¶Then fhall the Prieft (the BiShop, if he be prefent)ftand up, and turning to the people, jay,

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So God loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him fhould not perifh, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16. Hear alfo what St. Paul faith.

This is a true faying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Chrift Jefus came into the world to fave finners. 1 Tim. i. 15. Hear alfo what St. John faith.

If any man fin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jefus Chrift the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our fins. 1 St. John ii. 1, 2.

LMIGHTY God, our
heavenly Father, who ¶ After which the Priest fhall

of his great mercy hath proaifed forgivenefs of fins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your fins; confirm and ftrengthen you in all

proceed, faying,

Lift up your hearts. Anfwer. We lift them up unto the Lord.

Prieft. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

Anfwer. It is meet and right fo to do.

¶ Then

Then Shall the Prieft turn to the Lord's Table, and say, IT T 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.

Here fhall follow the proper Preface, according to the time, if there be any Specially appointed; or elfe immediately Thall be faid or fung by the Prieft and People.


spot of fin, to make us clean from all fin: Therefore with Angels, &c.

¶ Upon Eafter Day, and feven Days after.


UT chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious refurrection of thy Son Jefus Christ our Lord; For he is the very Pafchal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath taken away the fin of the world; who by his death hath deftroyed death, and, by his rifing to life again,

hath restored to us everlasting life: Therefore with

HEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, Angels, &c. and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify¶Upon thy glorious Name; evermore

Afcenfion Day, and Seven Days after.

HROUGH thy most

praifing thee, and faying dearly beloved Son JeHoly, holy, holy, Lord God of Hofts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory: Glory be to thee, O Lord Moft High. Amen.

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was made very man,


fus Chrift our Lord; who, after his moft glorious Refurrection, manifeftly appeared to all his Apostles, and, in their fight afcended up into heaven, to prepare a place for us; that where he is, thither we might also afcend, and reign with him in glory : Therefore with Angels, &c.

¶ Upon Whitfunday, and fix Days after.

THROUGH Jefus Chrift

our Lord; according substance of the Virgin Mary to whofe moft true promife,

his mother; and that without the Holy Ghoft came down as


at this time from heaven, with ¶ Then shall the Prieft, kneeling

down at the Lord's Table, fay, in the name of all those who fhall receive the Communion, this Prayer following: E do not prefume to


a fudden great found, as it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the Apoftles, to teach them, and to lead them to all truth; giving them both. come to this thy Tathe gift of divers languages, ble, O merciful Lord, truftand alfo boldness with fervent ing in our own righteoufnefs, zeal, conftantly to preach the but in thy manifold and great gofpel unto all nations; where- mercies. We are not worthy by we have been brought out fo much as to gather up the of darkness and error, into crumbs under thy Table. But the clear light and true know- thou art the fame Lord, ledge of thee, and of thy Son Jefus Chrift: Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon the Feast of Trinity only may be faid,

W HÓ art one God, one

Lord; not one only perfon, but three perfons in one fubftance: For that which we believe of the glory of the Father, the fame we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft, without any difference or inequality: Therefore with Angels, &c.

Or elfe this may be said, the words [Holy Father] being retained in the introductory Addrefs.

OR the precious death and merits of thy Son Jefus Christ our Lord, and for the

whofe property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, fo to cat the fleth of thy dear Son Jefus Chrift, and to drink his blood, that our finful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our fouls washed through his moft precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

When the Prieft, ftanding before the Table,bath fo ordered the Bread and Wine, that he may with the more readiness and decency break the Bread before the People, and take the Cup into his Hands; be hall fay the Prayer of Confecration, as followeth:

FOR fending to us of the Holy Almighty boto, there


LL be Al-
God, our

Ghost the Comforter; who venly Father, for that thou, are one with thee in thy eternal Godhead: Therefore with Angels, &c.

of thy tender mercy, didít give thine only Son Jefus Chrift to fuffer death upon


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