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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 Bishop say to those who come to receive the Communion, YE

E who 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 humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling. 1 Then shall this general Confession be made, by the Bishop, and all those who are

minded to receive the Holy Communion, humbly kneeling. A

LMIGHTY 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, 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 burthen of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have 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.

9 Then shall the Bishop stand up, and turning to the People, say, ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great

mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him; Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

1 Then shall the Bishop 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. 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. 1

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 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. 1 St. John ii. 1, 2.

1 After which the Bishop shall proceed, saying, | Lift up your hearts.

Answer. We lift them up unto the Lord.
Bishop. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
Answer. It is meet and right so to do.
Then shall the Bishop turn to the Lord's Table, and

say, IT T 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. Here shall follow the Proper Preface, according to the time, if there be any specially appointed; or else immediately shall be said or sung by the Bishop 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 and earth are full of thy glory: Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High. Amen.



Upon Christmas-day, and seven days after.
ECAUSE 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, &c.

* These words (Holy Father) must be omitted on Trinity Sunday.


Upon Easter-day, and seven days after. Bo

UT 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 everlasting life. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon Ascension-day, and seven days after. T HROUGH thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ 'our

Lord; who, after his most glorious Resurrection, manifestly appeared to all his Apostles, and in their sight ascended 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.

Upon Whit-Sunday, and six days after.
THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose

most true promise, the Holy 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 true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon the Feast of Trinity only, may be said, WH0 art pone 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, 8c. s or else this may be said, the words Holy Father being retained in the introductory

Address. FOR

TOR the precious death and merits of thy Son Jesus Christ

our Lord, and for the sending to us of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter; who are one with thee in thy Eternal Godhead. Therefore with Angels, &c.


Then shall the Bishop, kneeling down at the Lord's Table, say, in the name of all

those who shall receive the Communion, this Prayer following: E do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful

Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to 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.

9 When the Bishop, 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 fol

loweth. A'

LL glory be to thee Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

for that thou, of thy 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 sacri

(a) Here the Bishop fice, until his coming again: For in the is to take the Paten night in which he was betrayed, (a) he took into his hands.

(b) And here to break Bread; and when he had given thanks, (b) he

the Bread. brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, (c) And here to lay

his hand upon all the Take, eat, (c) this is my Body, which is

Bread. given for you; do this in remembrance of

(d) Here he is to take Likewise, after supper, (d) he took the the Cup into his hand.

(e) And here he is to Cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave lay his hand upon every it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this; for vessel, in which there is (e) this is my Blood of the New Testament, any Wine to be consewhich 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.


WHEREFORE, O Lord and heavenly Father,

according to the institution of thy dearly

The Oblation.

beloved Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy Divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word 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, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and 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, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in them, and they in him. And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice; yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.

The Invocation.

| Here shall be sung a Hymn, or part of a Hymn, from the Selection for the Feasts

and Fasts, fc. 1 Then shall the Bishop first receive the Communion in both kinds himself, and pro

ceed to deliver the same to the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, in like manner, and after that, to the People also in order, into their hands, all devoutly kneeling. And when he delivereth the Bread, he shall


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