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At the time of the celebration of the
Communion, the Priest shall say this
lacketh nothing but the guests cross, for your salvation; so to sit down; and yet they who it is your duty to receive the are called (without any cause) Communion in remembrance of most unthankfully refuse to the sacrifice of his death, as come. Which of you in such he himself hath commanded: a case would not be moved? which if ye shall neglect to do, Who would not think a great consider with yourselves, how injury and wrong done unto great is your ingratitude to him? Wherefore, most dearly GoD, and how sore punishment beloved in CHRIST, take ye hangeth over your heads for good heed, lest ye, withdrawing the same, when ye wilfully yourselves from this holy Sup- abstain from the Lord's Table, per, provoke GoD's indignation and separate from your brethren against you. It is an easy who come to feed on matter for a man to say, I will banquet of that most heavenly not communicate, because I food. These things if ye am otherwise hindered with earnestly consider, ye will by worldly business. But such ex- God's grace, return to a better cuses are not so easily accepted, mind; for the obtaining whereof and allowed before GOD. If we shall not cease to make our any man say, I am a grievous humble petitions unto ALMIGHsinner, and therefore am afraid TY GOD, our heavenly Father. to come: wherefore then do ye not repent and amend ? When GoD calleth you, are ye not ashamed to say, ye will not come? When ye should return to GOD, will ye excuse yourselves,and say, ye are not ready? Consider earnestly with yourselves, how little such feigned excuses will avail before GOD. Those who refused the feast in the gospel, because they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of oxen, or because they were married, were not so excused, but counted unworthy of the heavenly feast. Wherefore, according to mine office, I bid you in the name of GOD, I call you in CHRIST's behalf, I exhort you, as ye love your own salvation, that ye will be partakers of this Holy Communion. And as the SoN OF GOD did vouchsafe to yield up his soul by death upon the
DEARLY beloved in the LORD, ye who mind to come to the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour CHRIST, must consider how St. Paul exhorteth
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; so is the danger great, if we receive the same unworthily. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the LORD; repent ye truly for your sins past; have a lively and stead fast faith in CHRIST Our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men : so shall ye be meet partakers
And to the end that we should
Then shall this general Confession be made, by the Priest and all those who are minded to receive the Holy Communion, humbly kneeling.
of those holy mysteries. And ment to your comfort; and above all things, ye must give make your humble confession most humble and hearty thanks to ALMIGHTY GOD, devoutly to GOD the FATHER, the SON, kneeling. 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, ALMIGHTY GOD, Father even to the death upon the of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, cross, for us miserable sinners, Maker of all things, Judge of who lay in darkness and the all men; we acknowledge and shadow of death; that he might bewail our manifold sins and make us the children of GoD, wickedness, which we from and exalt us to everlasting life. time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, always remember the exceeding word, and deed, against thy great love of our Master and divine majesty; provoking most only Saviour JESUS CHRIST, thus dying for us, and the justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-shedding he repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the hath obtained for us, he hath remembrance of them is grievinstituted and ordained holy ous unto us; the burthen of mysteries, as pledges of his them is intolerable. Have love, and for a continual remercy upon us, have mercy membrance of his death, to our great and endless comfort. upon us, most merciful Father; To him, therefore, with the CHRIST's sake, forgive us all for thy Son our Lord JESUS FATHER, and the HOLY GHOST, that is past; and grant, that 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.
and please thee in newness of we may ever hereafter serve life, to the honour and glory of thy name, through JESUS
CHRIST Our Lord. Amen.
¶ Then shall the Priest (the Bishop, if he be present) stand up, and turning to the People, say
Then shall the Priest say to those who come to receive the Holy Communion, YE who do truly and ear- ALMIGHTY GOD, our nestly repent you of your sins, heavenly Father, who of his and are in love and charity with great mercy hath promised your neighbours, and intend to forgiveness of sins to all those lead a new life, following the who with hearty repentance commandments of GOD, and and true faith turn unto him, walking from henceforth in his have mercy upon you; pardon holy ways; draw near with and deliver you from all your faith, and take this holy sacra- sins; confirm and strengthen
you in all goodness; and bring | O LORD, [* Holy Father, ] you to everlasting life, through Almighty, everlasting God. JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Priest say, Hear what comfortable words our Saviour CHRIST saith unto all who truly turn to him,
COME unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt.
Here shall follow the proper Preface, according to the time, if there be any spe cially appointed; or else immediately shall be said or sung by the Priest and People, 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 So GOD loved the world, and earth are full of thy glory : that he gave his only begotten glory be to thee, O LORD Most Son, to the end that all that High. Amen, believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.
Hear also what St. 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. 1 Tim. i. 15.
Hear also what St. 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. 1 John ii. 1, 2.
¶ After which the Priest shall proceed, saying,
Lift up your hearts. Answer. We lift them unto the LORD.
Priest. Let us give thanks
unto our LORD GOD.
Answer. It is meet and right so to do.
Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's
IT is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee,
T PROPER PREFACES,
¶ Upon Christmas-day, and seven days after. BECAUSE thou didst givé 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, &c.
Upon Easter-day, and seven days after.
BUT chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son JESUS CHRIST Our Lord: for he is the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and, by his rising to life again, hath restored to us ever lasting life: Therefore with angels, &c.
Upon Ascension-day, and seven days after.
THROUGH thy most dearly beloved Son JESUS CHRIST our
*These words [Holy Father] must be omitted on Trinity Sunday.
Lord; who, after his most to us of the HOLY GHOST, the glorious resurrection, mani- Comforter; who are one with festly appeared to all his apos- thee in thy eternal GODHEAD : tles, and in their sight ascended Therefore with angels, &c. up 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.
Then shall the Priest, kneeling down at the Lord's Table, say, in the name of all those who shall receive the Communion, this Prayer following:
WE do not presume to come to this thy table, O merciful LORD, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.
Upon Whitsunday, and six days after. THROUGH JESUS CHRIST our Lord; according to whose most true promise, the HOLY are not worthy so much as to GHOST came down as at this time from 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 knowledge of thee, and of thy Son JESUS CHRIST : Therefore with angels, &c.
Upon the Feast of Trinity only, may be said,
gather up the crumbs under thy table. But thou art the same LORD, whose property is always to have mercy: grant us therefore, gracious LORD, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son JEsus CHRIST, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
¶ When the Priest, standing before the table, hath so 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: he shall say the Prayer of Consecration, as followeth :
ALL glory be to thee, ALWHO art one GOD, one MIGHTY GOD, our heavenly LORD; not one only person, Father, for that thou, of thy 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, &c.
Or else this may be said, the words [Holy
FOR the precious death and merits of thy Son JESUS CHRIST our Lord, and for the sending
tender mercy, didst give thine only Son JESUS CHRIST to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there (by his one oblation of himself once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice until his coming again;
for in the night | beseech thee, O The Invocation. in which he was merciful Father,
■ Here the Priest betrayed
into his hands.
break the bread.
And here to lay his hand upon all the bread.
brake it, and gave
d Here he is to after supper á take the cup into he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye
upon every vessel,
• And here he is all of this, for to lay his hand this is my Blood, in which there is of the new testaany wine to be con- tament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins; do this as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.
he to hear us; and, of thy almighty is to take the Paten took bread; and goodness, vouchsafe to bless when he had and sanctify, with thy Word And here to given thanks, he and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST's holy institution, is given in remembrance of his death for you; do this and passion, may be partakers in remembrance of his most blessed Body and of me. Likewise, Blood. And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness, mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son JESUS CHRIST, and through faith in his blood, we, and all thy whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O LORD, ourselves, our souls, and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that we, The Oblation. O LORD and hea- and all others who shall be venly Father, according to the partakers of this Holy Cominstitution of thy dearly beloved munion, may worthily receive Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST, the most precious Body and we, thy humble servants, do Blood of thy Son JESUS CHRIST, celebrate and make here before be filled with thy grace and thy divine majesty, with these heavenly benediction, and made thy holy gifts, which we now one body with him, that he may offer unto thee, the memorial dwell in them, and they in him. thy Son hath commanded us to And although we are unworthy, make; having in remembrance through our manifold sins, to his blessed passion and precious offer unto thee any sacrifice; death, his mighty resurrection yet we beseech thee to accept and glorious ascension; ren- this our bounden duty and serdering unto thee most hearty vice, not weighing our merits, thanks, for the innumerable but pardoning our offences; benefits procured unto us by through JESUS CHRIST Our the same. And we most humbly | Lord; by whom, and with