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hodies, in the ways of thy laws, Whatsoever ye would that men and in the works of thy com- should do to you, even so do to mandments, that, through thy them : for this is the law and the nost mighty protection, both here prophets. St. Matt. vii. 12. and ever, we may be preserved Not every one that saith unto in body and soul, through our me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. the kingdom of heaven; but he Amen.
that doeth the will of my Father T Then shall be said the Collect of the which is in heaven. St. Mait.
Day: and immediately after the Colivii. 1. lect, the Minister shall read the Epistle, saying, The Epistle (or, The portion Zaccheus stood forth, and said of Scripture appointed for the Epis- unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the tle) is written in the --- chapter of
half of my goods I give to the beginning at the - verse. And the Epistle ended, he shall say, Here end-poor; and if I have done any eth the Epistle. Then sho'l be read wrong to any man, I restore four. the Gospel (the people all standing. up) fold. St. Luke, xix, 8. saying, The Holy Gospel is written chapter of , beginning
Who goeth a warfare at any
time at his own cost ? Who 1 Here the people shall say, planteth a vineyard, and eateth Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
not of the fruit thereof? or who : l'hen shall be read the Apostles' feedetli a flock, and eateth not of
01 Nicene Creed: unless one of them hath been read immediately before, the milk of the flock? 1 Cor. ix. 7. in the Morning Service.
If we have sown unto you spiI Then the Minister shall declare unto ritual things, is it a great matter
days, are in the week following to be 06-[if we should reap your wordly served ; and (if occasion be) shall No. things ? 1 Cor. ix. 11. tice be given of the Communion, and of the Bans of Matrimony, and other
Do ye not know, that they who Matters to be published.
minister about holy things, live of ? Then shall follow the Sermon : after the sacrifice; and they who wait
which, the Minister, when there is a at the altar, are partakers with Communion, shali return to the Lord's the altar? Even so hath the Lord Table, and begin the Offertory, saying also ordained, that they who one or more of these sentences following, as he thinketh most convenient. preach the Gospel, should live of LET your light so shine before the Gospel. 1 Cor. ix. 13, 14.
men, that they may see your. He that soweth little, shall rear. good works, and glorify your Fa. little; and he that soweth plen ther which is in heaven. Sl. Mali. teously, shall reap plenteously v 16,
Let every man do according as hos Lay not up for yourselves trea- is disposed in his heart, not grudgsures upon earth, where moth and ingly, or of necessity; for God rust doth corrupt, and where loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cur thieves break through and steal : ix. 6, 7. But lay up for yourselves trea- Let him that is taught in the sures in heaven, where neither word, minister unto him that moth nor rust doth corrupt, and teacheth, in all good things. Be where thieves do not break not deceived, God is not mocked through nor steal. St. Malt. vi. For whatscever a man soweth 19, 20.
that shall he reap. "Gal. vi. 6, 7
he shall say,
While we have time, let us do look, what he layeth out, it shall good unto all men. and especially be paid him again. Proc. xix. 17. unto themi that are of the house- Blessed be the man that prohold of faith. Gal. vi. 10. videth for the sick and needy; the
Godliness is great riches, if a Lord shall deliver him in the man be content with that he hath: time of trouble. Psalm, xli. 1. For we brought nothing into this "Whilst these sentences are in reading, world, neither may we carry any fit persons appointed for that pus pussy
the Deacons, Church-wardens, or other thing out. 1 Tim. vi. 6, 7. shall reccive the Alms for the Poor, and
Charge them who are rich in other Devotions of the People, in a de. this world, that they be ready to for thut purpose and reverently bring
cent Basin to be provided by the Parish give, and glad to distribute; lay. it to the Priest, who shall humlly present ing up in store for themselves a and place it upon the Holy Table. good foundation against the time" And the Priese shall then place upon the
Table so much Bread and Wine as he to come, that they may attain
shall think sufficient. After which done, eternal life. 1 Tim. vi. 17, 18, 19.
God is not unrighteous, tbat he Let us pray for the whole state will forget your works, and la- of Christ's Church militant. bour that proceedeth of love ; ALMIGHTY, and everliving which love ye have showed for - God, who, by thy holy Apushis name's sake, who have minis- tle, hiast taught us to make prayers tered unto the saint: and yet do and supplications, and to give minister. Heb. vi. 10.
thanks for all men : We humbly To do good and to distribute, beseech thee most mercifully [*to forget not; for with such sacri- accept our alms and oblations, and} fices God is well pleased. Heb. to receive these our prayers, xiii, 16.
which we offer unto thy divine Whoso hath this world's good, Majesty ; beseeching thee to in. and seeth his brother have need, spire continually the Universal and shutteth up his compassion Church with the spirit of truth, from him, how dwelleth the love unity, and concord: and grant of God in him ?. 1 John, iii. 17. that all they who do confess thy
Give alms of thy goods, and holy name may agree in the never turn thy face from any truth of thy holy word, and live poor man; and then the face of in unity and godly love. We be. ihe Lord shall not be turned away iseech thee also, so to direct and from thee. Tob. iv. 7.
dispose the bearts of all Christain Be merciful after thy power. rulers, that they may truly and If thou hast much, give plente- impartially administer justice, to ously. If thou bast little, do thy the punishment of wickedness and diligence gladly to give of that vice, and to the maintenance of little : for so gatherest thou thy. thy true reiigion and virtue. Give self a good reward, in the day of grace, O heavenly Father, to all necessity. Tob. iv. 8, 9, Bishops and otber Ministers; that
He that hath pity upon the they may, both by their life and poor, lendeth unto the Lord: and doctrine, set forth thy true and
If there be no alms or oblations, then shall the lords (to accept our alms and oblations, and) be left unsaich
live!y Word, and rightly and duly hath given his Son our Saviour administer thy holy Sacraments. Jesus Christ, not only to die for And to all thy people give thy us, but also to be our spiritual heavenly grace; and especially ti food and sustenance in that holy this congregation here present ; Sacrament. Which being so di that with meek heart, and due vine and comfortable a thing to reverence, they may hear, and them who receive it worthily, receive thy holy Word; truly and su dangerous to those who serving thee in holiness and righ-will presume to receive it unie teousness all the days of their life. worthily; my duty is to 'exhort And we most humbiy beseech you in the mean season, to consi thee, of lliy goodness, O Lord, to der the dignity of that holy Mystem comfort and succour all those tery, and the great peril of the unwho, in this transitory life, are in worthy receiving thereof; and so trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, to search and examine your own or any other adversity. And we consciences, (and that not lightly, also bless thy holy name, for all and after the manner of dissem. thy servants departed this life in blers with God; but so) that
ye thy faith and fear;'beseeching may come holy and clean to such thee to give us grace so to follow a heavenly feast, in the marriagetheir good examples, that with garment required by God in holy them we may be partakers of thy Scripture; and be received as heavenly kingdom: Grant this, worthy partakers of that holy O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, Table. our only Mediator and Advocate. The way and means thereto is, Amen.
First, to examine your lives and T When the Minister giveth warning for conversation by the rule of God's the Celebration of the Holy Communion commandmenis; and wherein so. Sunday, or some Holy day, imrnediately ever ye shall perceive yourselves preceding ) he shall read this Errortá- to have offended, either by will, tion following; or so much thereof as, word, or deed, there to bewail in his discretion, he may think convenient.
your own sinfulness, and to con DEARLY beloved, on -day fess yourselves to Almighty God,
next, I purpose, through God's with full purpose of amendment assistance, to administer to all of life. And if ye shall perceive such as shall be religiously and your offences to be such as are devoutly disposed, the inost com- not only against God, but also fortable Sacrament of the Body against your neighbours ; then ye and Blood of Christ; to be by shall reconcile yourselves unto thein received, in remembrance them; being ready to make restiof his meritorious Cross and Pas- tution and satisfaction, according sion, whereby alone we obtain to the uttermost of your powers, remission of our sins, and are for all injuries and wrongs done made partakers of the kingdom of by you to any other; and being Heaven. Wherefore it is our du likewise ready to forgive others ty to render most humble and who have offended you, as ye hearty thanks to Almighty God, would bave forgiveness of your our heavenly Father, for that he offences at God's hand: For other
wise the receiving of the Holy a case would not be moved? Who Communion doth nothing else would not think a great injury but increase your condein nation, and wrong done unto him? Therefore if any of you be a Wherefore, most dearly beloved blasphemer of God, an hinderer in Christ, take ye good heed, lest or slanderer of his Word, an ye, withdrawing yourselves from adulterer, or be in malice or envy,this holy Supper, provoke God's or in any other grievous crime ; indignation against you. It is an repent ye of your sins, or else easy matter for a man to say, I come not to that holy Table. will not communicate, because
And because it is requisite that I am otherwise bindered with no man should come to the Holy worldly business. But such es. Communion, but with a full trust cuses are not so easily accepted, in God's mercy, and with a quiet and allowed before God. If any conscience; therefore, if there be man say, I am a grievous sinner, any of youi
, who by this means and therefore am afraid to come; cannot quiet bis own conscience wherefore then do ye not repent herein, but requireth further com- and amend? When God calleth fort or counsel, let him come to you, are ye not ashamed to say, me, or to some other Dinister of ye will not come? When ye God's word, and open his grief; should return to God, will ye exthat he may receive such Godly cuse yourselves, and say, ye are counsel and advice, as may tend not ready? Consider earnestly to the quieting of his conscience, with yourselves, how little such and the removing of all scruple feigned excuses will avail before and doubtfulness.
God. They who refused the * Or, in case he shall see the People neg-feast in the Gospel, because they
ligent to come to the Holy Communior: had bought a farm, or would try instead of the former, he shall use this
their yokes of oxen, or because DEARLY beloved brethren, on they were married, were not so
I intend, by God's excused, but counted unworthy of grace, to celebrate the Lord's the heavenly feast. Wherefore, Supper ; unto which, in God's according to mine office, I bid behalf, i bid you all who are here you in the name of God, I call present; and beseech you for the you in Christ's behalf, I exhort you, Lord Jesus Christ's sake, that ye as ye love your own salvation, will not refuse to come thereto, that ye will be partakers of this being so lovingly called and bid- Holy Communion. And as the den by God himself
. Ye know Son of God did vouchsafe to how grievous and unkind a thing yield up his soul by death upon it is when a man hath prepared the cross, for your salvation; so a rich feast, decked bis table with it is your duty to receive the all kinds of provision, so that Communion in remembrance of there lacketh nothing but the the sacrifice of his death, as he guests to sit down; and yet they himself has commanded : Which who are called (without any lif ye shall neglect to do, consider bause) most unthankfully refuse with yourselves. how great is your to coine. Which of yo in such itude to God, and how soro
punishment bangeth over your ness and the shadow of death heads for the same, when ye wil that he might make us the chil. fully abstain from the Lord's Ta-dren of God, and exalt us to ever ble, and separate from your breth-lasting life. And to the end that ren wbo coine to feed on the ban- we should always remember the quet of that most heavenly food. exceeding great love of our Mas These things if ye earnestly con- ter and only Saviour Jesus Christ sider, ye will by God's grace, re- thus dying for us, and the innu turn to a better mind; for the ob-merable benefits which by his pre taining whereof. we shall not cious blood-shedding he hath ob cease to make our humble peti- tained for us, he hath instituteu tions unto Almighty God, our and ordained holy Mysteries, as heavenly Father.
pledges of his love, and for a con At the time of th: Celebration of the tinual remembrance of his death, Communion, the Priest shall say this to our great and endless comfort. Eschortation.
To him therefore, with the Fa. DEARLY beloved in the Lord, ther, and the Holy Ghost, let us
yc who mind to come to the give (as we are most bounden) Holy Communion of the Body continual thanks; submitting our. and Blood of our Saviour Christ, selves wholly to his holy will and must consider how St. Paul ex- pleasure, and studying to servo horteth all persons diligently to bim in true holiness and righteous try and examine themselves, be-ness, all the days of our life. Amen fore they presume to eat of that. Then shall the Priest say to those who Bread, and drink of that Cup. For
come to receive the Holy Communion, as the benefit is great, if with a YE who do truly and earnestly true penitent heart andlively faith
repent you of your sins, and we receive that holy Sacrament;
are in love and charity with your so is the dangergreat, if we receive neighbours, and intend to lead a the same utworthily. Judge
new life, following the commandtherefore yourselves, brethren,ments of God, and walking from that ye be not judged of the Lord; henceforth in his holy ways; draw repent ye truly for your sins past; near with faith, and take this holy have a lively and steadfast faith Sacrament to your comfort; and in Christ our Saviour; amend make your humble confession to your lives, and be in perfect cha- Almighty God, devoutly kneeling. rity with all men : so shall ye be " Then shall this general Confession be meet partakers ofthose holy Mys- made by the Priest and all those who teries. And above all things, yel nion, humbly kneeling;
are minded to receive the Holy Commumust give most humble and hearty AT
LMIGHTY God, Father of thanks to God the Father, the our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the of all things, Judge of all men : redemption of the world by the we acknowledge and bewail our death and passion of our Saviour manifold sins and wickedness, Christ, both God and man; who which we from time to time' most did humble himself, even to the grievously have committed, by death upon the cross, for us mise. thought, word, and deed, against rable sinners, who lay in dark-/thy divine Majesty ; provoking