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A Prayer to be said in private upon giving our Alms. A Coops, gracious God, of this small Contribution to the re
lif of my necesītous Brethren ; as an humble Acknowledgment of thy Right to all I polless; and in grateful Remembrance of him, wko for my fake became poor, that I might be rich, even Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for the whole state of Christs Church militant here in earth. A
Línighty and everliving God, who by thy holy. Apostle hast
taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all men; we humbly beseech thee moft mercifully [to accept our alms and oblations, and] to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy divine the words of accept Majesty, besecching thee to inspire continually the leations
] be left out ununiversal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all they that do confess thy holy Name, may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defond all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governors; and especially thy servant GEORGE our King, that under him we may be godly and quietly governed: and grant unto his whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and in differently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true Religion and Virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and Curates, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly adıninister thy holy Sacraments: And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and especially to this Congregation here present, that with meek heart and due reverence they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the day's of their life. And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in trouble, forrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. And
we also bless thy holy Name, for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace fo to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christs fake our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
The Exhortation before the Communion.
---day next, I purpose, through Gods assistance, to administer to all such as shall be religiously and devoutly disposed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, to be by them received in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Passion, whereby alone we obtain remiffion of our fins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and hearty thanks to Almighty God our heavenly Father, for that he hath given his Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, not only to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food and sustenance in that holy Sacrament. Which being so divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and so dangerous to them that will presume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you, in the mean season to consider the dignity of that holy mystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof; and fo to search and examine your own consciences, (and that not lightly, and after the manner of diffemblers with God: but fo) that ye may come holy and clean to such a heavenly feast, in the marriage garment required by God in holy Scripture, and be received as worthy partakers of that holy Table.
The way and means thereto. is: First, to examine your lives and conversations by the rule of Gods coinmandments; and wherein soever ye shall perceive yourselves to have offended, either by will, word, or deed, there to bewail your own sinfulness, and to confess yourselves to Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life. And if ye shall perceive your offences to be fuch as are not only against God, but also against your neighbours, then ye shall reconcile yourselves unto them, being ready to make restitu
tion and satisfaction according to the uttermost of your powers, for all injuries and wrongs done by you to any other; and being likewise ready to forgive others that have offended you, as ye would have forgiveness of your offences at Gods hand: for otherwise the receiving of the holy Communion doth nothing else but increase your damnation. Therefore if any of you be a blasphemer of God, an hinderer or slanderer of his Word, an adulterer, or be in malice, or envy, or in any other grievous crime; Repent you of your fins, or else come not to that holy Table, lest after the taking of that holy Sacrament, the devil enter into you, as he entered into Judas, and fill you full of all iniquities, and bring you to destruction both of body and soul.
And because it is requisite that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full trust in Gods mercy, and with a quite conscience; therefore if there be any of you, who by this means cannot quiet his own conscience herein, but requireth further comfort or counsel; let him come to me, or to some other discreet and learned Minister of Gods Word, and open his grief, that by the ministry of Gods holy Word he may receive the benefit of Absolution, together with ghostly counsel and advice, to the quieting of his conscience, and avoiding of all scruple and doubtfulness.
The Exhortation at the Communion.
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 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 dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us:) so is the danger great, *if we receive
* If we receive the same unworthily. That is in and one was hungry, and another was drunken, 1 Cor. xi. decently, as the Conmibians did : of whom St. Paul fays, 20, &c. thal in eating every one teek before other bis ozun Supper:
the same unworthily. For then we are guilty of the Body and Blood of Christ our Saviour; Iwe eat and drink our own damnation, not considering the Lords Body: we kindle Gods wrath against us; we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and lundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your fins past; have a lively and stedfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect Charity with all men, so fhall 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 Chrift, both God and man, who did humble himself even to the death upon the Cross, for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness, and 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 of our Master and only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-thedding 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.
E that do truly and earnestly 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 confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
I we eat and drink our own damnation. That is, before, as if it were a common Fear, privoke God they who eat and drink so indecently, as is mentioned to infiet bis jud mints upon them. And for shis caufe
The general Confeffion.
our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold fins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and 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, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy. Son our Lord Jesus Christs sake, forgive us all that is ; past, fAnd grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name; -ThroughJesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
hath promised forgiveness of fins, to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him ; Have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your fins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness
, and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ faith unto all that truly turn to him. NOme unto me, all that travel, and are heavy laden, and I will
S. Matt. II. 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. S. John 3. 16.
Hear also what S. Paul faith. This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to fave sinners. 1 Tim. 1. 15.
the Notes on the Epistle for Thursday before
St. Paul says ma ny of the Corinthians were weak and See kickly, and many fept, i. e. died, i Cor. xi. 30. Easter.