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Luke xiv. 16_24.
I, for my
fore, most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good heed,
At the time of the Celebration of the Communion, the Com-
Erbortation at Communion.
DEARLY beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come to the holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider how Saint Paul exhorteth all persons
diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume i Cor. xi. 28. to eat of that Bread, and drink 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 John iv.56, dwell in Christ, and Christ in us ; we are one with Christ, 57. 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 ; we eat and drink our own damnation, not considering the Lord's Body ; we kindle 1 Cor. xi. God's wrath against us ; we provoke him to plague us with 29, 30, 31. divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord ; repent you truly for your sins past ; have a lively and stedfast 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 Saviour Christ, both God and man; who did humble himself, even to the death upon the Cross, for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness and Luke i. 78,
79, the shadow of death ; that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should alway remember the exceeding great love Master, and only Saviour, Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious bloodshedding he hath 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. Then shall the Priest say to them that come to receive the
Invitation. Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, 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 holy confession to Almighty God, meekly kneel. ing upon your knees.
T Then shall this GENERAL CONFESSION be made, in the name
of all those that are minded to receive the holy Communion, by one of the Ministers ; both he and all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees, and saying,
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men ; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word,
deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly 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,
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 Serve and please thee in newness of life, To the honour and glory of Thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 Then shall the Priest (or the Bishop, being present, ) stand
up, and turning himself to the people, pronounce this Abso
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great Dan. ix. 9. mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with
hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him ; Have
mercy upon you ; pardon and deliver you from all your sins ; 1 Cor. i. 7, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness ; and bring you to 8.
everlasting life ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sentences of Scripture.
I Then shall the Priest say,
Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto
all that truly turn to him. Come unto me all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matth. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.
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 sinners. I Tim. i. 15.
Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous ; and he is the propitiation for our sins. | St. John ii. 1.
Lauds and Anthem.
Ps. cxii. ). 1 Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's Table, and
say, It 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.] 1 Here shall follow the Proper Preface, according to the time, if
there be any specially appointed : or else immediately shall follow,
Trisagium. THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord Rev. iv. 8. God of hosts, 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 sin, to make us clean from all sin. Therefore with Angels, 8c.
Upon Easter-day, and seven days after.
Resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: for he is John i. 29. the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath
taken away the sin of the world ; who by his death bath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Upon Ascension-day, and seven days after.
appeared to all bis Apostles, and in their sight ascended up John xiv. 2, into heaven to prepare a place for us ; that where he is, thither
we might also ascend, and reign with him in glory. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Upon Whit-Sunday, and six days after.
true promise, the Holy Ghost came down as at this time from Acts ii. 1–4. heaven with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty
wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the Apostles, to teach them, and to lead them to all truth : giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness with fervent zeal constantly to preach the Gospel unto all nations ; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Upon the Feast of Trinity only. Who art one God, one Lord ; not one only Person, but three Persons in one Substance. For that which we believe of the glory of the Father, the same we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels, fc.
1 After each of which Prefaces shall immédiately be sung or said, THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name ; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory : Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen.