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upon us, and incline our hearts
Here the people shall say, to keep this law.
Glory be to thee, O LORD. Minister. Thou shalt not
11 Then shall be read the Apostles' or Nicene covet thy neighbour's house, Creed: unless one of them hath been read thou shalt not covet thy neigh- immediately before, in the Morning Service. bour's wife, nor his servant, 1 Then the Minister shall declare unto the nor his maid, nor his ox, nor People what Holy days, or Fasting days,
are in the week following to be observed; his ass, nor any thing that is his.
and (if occasion be) shall notice be given of People. LORD, have mercy the Communion, and of the Bans of Matri. upon us, and write all these thy mony, and other matters to be published. laws in our hearts, we beseech T Then shall follow the Sermon : after which, thee.
the Minister, when there is a Communion,
shall return to the Lord's Table, and begin T Then the Minister may say,
the Offertory, saying one or more of these
sentences following, as he thinketh most Hear also what our Lord convenient Jesus CHRIST saith.
LET your light so shine THOU shalt love the LORD
before men, that they may see thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all your good works, and glorify thy mind : this is the first and your Father which is in heaven.
St. Matt. v. 16. great commandment. And the
Lay not up for yourselves second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as moth and rust doth corrupt, and
treasures upon earth, where thyself.
On these two com- where thieves break through mandments hang all the law and steal : but lay up for and the prophets.
yourselves treasures in heaven, Let us pray
where neither moth nor rust O ALMIGHTY LORD, and doth corrupt, and where thieves everlasting God, vouchsafe, we do not break through nor steal. beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, St. Matt. vi. 19, 20. and govern, both our hearts Whatsoever ye would that and bodies, in the ways of thy men should do to you, even so laws, and in the works of thy do to them: for this is the law commandments; that, through and the prophets. St. Matt. thy most mighty protection, vii. 12. both here and ever, we may be Not every one that saith unto preserved in body and soul, me, LORD, LORD, shall enter through our Lord and Saviour into the kingdom of heaven; JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
but he that doeth the will of 9 Then shall be said the Collect of the day: my Father which is in heaven.
and immediately after the Collect, the St. Matt. vii. 21. Minister shall read the Epistle, saying, The Epistle [or, The portion of Scripture said unto the Lord, Behold,
Zaccheus stood forth, and appointed for the Epistle) is written in
chapter of beginning at the Lord, the half of my goods I
And the Epistle ended, he shall say, Here endeth the Epistle. Then shall give to the poor; and if I have he read the Gospel (the people all standing done any wrong to any man, I up) saying, The Holy Gospel is written
restore fourfold. St. Luke chapter of -, beginning at
Who goeth a warfare at any to give, and glad to distribute ; time at his own cost? Who laying up in store for themplanteth a vineyard, and eateth selves a good foundation against not of the fruit thereof? or who the time to come, that they may feedeth a flock, and eateth not attain eternal life. 1 Tim. vi. of the milk of the flock? 1 Cor. 17, 18, 19. ix. 7.
God is not unrighteous, that If we have sown unto you he will forget your works, and spiritual things, is it a great labour that proceedeth of love; matter if we shall reap your which love ye have showed worldly things ? 1 Cor. ix. 11. for his name's sake, who have
Do ye not know, that they ministered unto the saints, and who minister about holy things, yet do minister. Heb. vi. 10. live of the sacrifice; and they To do good and to distribute, who wait at the altar, are par- forget not; for with such sacritakers with the altar ? Even so fices God is well pleased. Heb. hath the LORD also ordained, xiii. 16. that they who preach the Gos- Whoso hath this world's pel, should live of the Gospel. good, and seeth his brother 1 Cor. ix. 13, 14.
have need, and shutteth up his He that soweth little, shall compassion from him, how reap little ; and he that soweth dwelleth the love of God in plenteously, shall reap plente- him? 1 John iii. 17. ously. Let every man
Give alms of thy goods, and according as he is disposed in never turn thy face from any his heart, not grudgingly, or poor man; and then the face of of necessity; for God loveth a the Lord shall not be turned cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix. 6, 7. away from thee. Tobit iv. 7. Let him that is taught in the
Be merciful after thy power. word, minister unto him that If thou hast much, give plenteteacheth, in all good things. ously; if thou hast little, do Be not deceived, God is not thy diligence gladly to give of mocked: for whatsoever a man that little: for so gatherest thou soweth, that shall he reap. Gal. thyself a good reward, in the day vi. 6, 7.
of necessity. Tobit iv. 8, 9. While we have time, let us He that hath pity upon the do good unto all men : and poor, lendeth unto the LORD: especially unto them that are and look, what he layeth out, it of the household of faith. Gal. shall be paid him again. Prov. vi. 10.
xix. 17. Godliness is great riches, if Blessed be the man that a man be content with that he provideth for the sick and hath : for we brought nothing needy: the LORD shall deliver into this world, neither may we him in the time of trouble. Ps. carry any thing out. 1 Tim. xli. 1. vi. 6, 7.
1 Whilst these Sentences are in reading, the Charge them who are rich in Deacons, Church-wardens, or other fit this world, that they be ready
persons appointed for that purpose, shall receive the Alms for the poor, and other
devotions of the people, in a decent basin due reverence, they may hear to be provided by the parish for that purpose; and receive thy holy word; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present and place it upon the truly serving thee in holiness Holy Table.
and righteousness all the days And the Priest shall then place upon the of their life. And we most table so much bread and wine, as he shall think sufficient. After which done, he humbly beseech thee, of thy
goodness, O LORD, to comfort Let us pray for the whole state and succour all those who, of Christ's Church militant. in this transitory life, are in
ALMIGHTY and everliving trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, God, who by thy holy Apostle, or any other adversity. And hast taught us to make prayers
we also bless thy holy name, and supplications, and to give for all thy servants departed thanks, for all men : we humbly this life in thy faith and fear; beseech thee most mercifully beseeching thee to give us [* to accept our alms and obla- grace so to follow their good tions, and] to receive these our examples, that with them, we prayers, which we offer unto may be partakers of thy heathy divine majesty; beseeching venly kingdom : Grant this, thee to inspire continually the O Father, for Jesus Christ's universal Church with the spirit sake, our only Mediator and of truth, unity, and concord: Advocate. Amen. and grant that all those who a When the Minister giveth warning for the do confess thy holy name may celebration of the Holy Communion (which agree in the truth of thy holy
he shall always do upon the Sunday, or
some Holy day, immediately preceding) word, and live in unity and he shall read this Exhortation following ; godly love. We beseech thee or so much thereof as, in his discretion, he
may think convenient. also, so to direct and dispose the hearts of all Christian
DEARLY beloved, on rulers, that they may truly and day next, I purpose, through impartially administer justice, God's assistance, to administer to the punishment of wick-to all such as shall be religiously edness and vice, and to the and devoutly disposed, the maintenance of thy true religion most comfortable sacrament of and virtue. Give grace, o the Body and Blood of CHRIST; heavenly Father, to all Bishops to be by them received, in and other Ministers; that they remembrance of his meritorious may, both by their life and cross and passion; whereby doctrine, set forth thy true and alone we obtain remission of lively word, and rightly and duly our sins, and are made paradminister thy holy sacraments. takers of the kingdom of heaven. And to all thy people give thy Wherefore it is our duty to heavenly grace; and especially render most humble and hearty to this congregation here pre- thanks to Almighty God, our sent; that with meek heart, and heavenly Father, for that he
hath given his Son our Saviour * If there be no alms or oblations, then Jesus Christ, not only to die shall the words (to accept our alms and oblations, and) be left unsaid.
for us, but also to be our
spiritual food and sustenance otherwise the receiving of the in that holy sacrament. Which Holy Communion doth nothing being so divine and comfortable else but increase your cona thing to them who receive it demnation. Therefore, if any worthily, and so dangerous to of you be a blasphemer of God, those who will presume to an hinderer or slanderer of his receive it unworthily ; my duty word, an adulterer, or be in is to exhort you in the mean malice or envy, or in any other season, to consider the dignity grievous crime ; repent ye of of that holy mystery, and the your sins, or else come not to great peril of the unworthy that holy table. receiving thereof; and so to And because it is requisite search and examine your own that no man should come to the consciences, (and that not Holy Communion, but with a lightly, and after the manner full trust in God's mercy, and of dissemblers with God; but with a quiet conscience; thereso) that ye may come holy and fore, if there be any of you, clean to such a heavenly feast, in who by these means cannot the marriage-garment required quiet his own conscience herein, by God in holy Scripture; and but requireth further comfort be received as worthy partakers or counsel ; let him come to of that holy table.
me, or to some other minister The way and means thereto of God's word, and open his is, First, to examine your lives grief ; that he may receive and conversations by the rule such godly counsel and advice, of God's commandments ; and as may tend to the quieting whereinsoever ye shall perceive of his conscience, and the yourselves to have offended, removing of all scruple and either by will, word, or deed, doubtfulness. there to bewail your own sin
TT Or, in case he shall see the people neglifulness, and to confess your- gent to come to the Holy Communion, selves to ALMIGHTY God, with instead of the former, he shall use this
Exhortation. full purpose of amendment of life. And if ye shall perceive DEARLY beloved brethren, your
offences to be such as are on I intend, by God's not only against God, but also grace, to celebrate the Lord's against your neighbours; then Supper ; unto which, in God's ye shall reconcile yourselves behalf, I bid you all who are unto them; being ready to here present; and beseech you make restitution and satisfac- for the Lord Jesus Christ's tion, according to the uttermost sake, that ye will not refuse to
your powers, for all injuries come thereto, being so lovingly and wrongs done by you to called and bidden by God himany other; and being likewise self. Ye know how grievous ready to forgive others who and unkind a thing it is, when have offended you, as ye would a man hath prepared a rich have forgiveness of your of- feast, decked his table with all fences at God's hand : forl kinds of provision, so that there
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
Which of you in such he himself hath commanded : 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
to feed on the matter for a man to say, I will banquet of that most heavenly not communicate, because I food. These things if ye
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
At the time of the celebration of the ye not repent and amend ?
Communion, the Priest shall say this When God calleth you, are ye not ashamed to say, ye will not DEARLY beloved in the come? When ye should return LORD, ye who mind to come to to God, will ye excuse your the Holy Communion of the selves,and say, ye are not ready? Body and Blood of our Saviour Consider earnestly with your Christ, must consider how St. selves, how little such feigned Paul exhorteth all
persons excuses will avail before God. diligently to try and examine Those who refused the feast in themselves, before they presume the gospel, because they had to eat of that bread, and drink bought a farm, or would try of that cup. For as the benefit their yokes of oxen, or because is great, if with a true penitent they were married, were not heart and lively faith we receive so excused, but counted un- that holy sacrament; so is the worthy of the heavenly feast. danger great, if we receive the Wherefore, according to mine same unworthily. Judge thereoffice, I bid you in the name of fore yourselves, brethren, that God, I call you in Christ's ye be not judged of the LORD; behalf, I exhort you, as ye love repent ye truly for your sins your own salvation, that ye past; have a lively and stead will be partakers of this Holy fast faith in Christ our Saviour; Communion. And as the Son amend your lives, and be in of God did vouchsafe to yield perfect charity with all men: up his soul by death upon the so shall ye be meet partakers