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#pon the Sundays, and other Holy-days (if there be no Communion) shall be jaid all that is appointed at the Communion, until the end of the general Prayer (For the whole State of Christ's Church militant here on Earth) togerber with

one or more of these colleats lajt b fore rebearjed, concluding eitb ibe Bleffing. And there hall be no Celebration of the Lord's-Supper, except there be a cons

venient Number to communicate with the priest, according to his Discretion. And if there be not above twenty perfons in i be parish, of Difcretion to receive

ebé Communion ; yet there shall be no Communion, except four (or ebree at

the leaft) communicate with the prioft. And in Cathedral and Collegiate Churches and Colleges, where there are many

Priefts and Deacons, they mail all receive the Communion with the Prieji, every Sunday at the leafl, excipe they have a reasonable cauje to the contrary. And to take away all Occafion of Difenfion and Superftition, ubicb any per.

Jon barb or might have concerning ibe Bread and Wine, it shall difice, har rbe Bread be such as is usual to be eaten ; but the best and purest Wheat

Bread ibal conveniently may be gelten. And if any of the Bread and Wine remain unconfecrated, the Curate shall bave

is io bis own Uje; but if any remain of that which was consecrated, it shall ros be carried out of the Church, but she Priefi, and such other of the Como municants as be foalleben call unto bim, fall immediately after ihe Blessing,

reverently eat and drink the fame. The Bread and Wine for obe Communion shall be provided by the Curate and

ibe Church-wardens, at the Charges of the Parish. And note, That every Parisioner ßall communicare at the least three Times in

the Year, of which Easter to be one. And yearly ar Eatter every Parishioner soall reckon witb ibe Parjon, Vicar, or Curate, or his or their Deputy or Deputies, and pay to them or him all Ecclefiaftical Duties accuftomably due,

rben and at that time to be paid. After the Divine Service ended, tbe Money given at the Offertory fall be dif

fed of 10 fucb pious and charitable Ujes, as the Minifter and Church-war. dens, jball think fit; wherein if ibey duazre, it juall be disposed of as tbt Ordinary fall appoint.

Hereas it is ordained in this Office for the Adminif

tration of the Lord's Supper, that the Communicants should receive the faine kneeling ; (which Order is will meant, for a Signification of our humble and grateful Acknowledgment of the Benefits of Christ therein given to all worthy Receivers, and for the avoiding of such Profa. nation and Disorder in the holy Communion, as might other

mise ensue) Yti, leaft the same Kneeling should by any | Pestons, either out of Ignorance and Infirmity, or out of

Malice and Obstinacy, be misconstrued and depraved : It is here declared, That thereby no Adoration is intended, or



ought to be done, either unto the Sacramental Bread on Wine there bodily received, or unto any Corporal Presence of Christ's natural Flesh and Blood. For the Sacramental Bread and Wine remain still in their very natural Substances, and therefore may not be aclored, (for that were Idolatry, to be abhorred of all faithful Christians) and the natural Body and Blood of our Saviour Chriit are in heaven, and not here; it being against the Truth of Christ's natural Body, so be at one Time in more Places than one.


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Companion to the Altar :

Shewing the NATURE and



Sacramental Preparation,

In order to our Worthy

Receiving the Holy COMMUNION,


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Those FEARS and SCRUPLÉs about Eating and

Drinking Unwortbily, and of incurring our Damnation thereby, are proved groundless and unwarrantable.

Unto which are added,


Preparative to a SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION, according to what the Church of England requires from her Communicants.

I will was my Hands in Innocency, O Lord, and so wili i go to think

Altar. Psal. xxvi. V. 6.


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HE ufual Reason which Men assign for their not

coming so often to the Holy Sacrament as they would do, is their Fear of Eating and Drinking unworthily, and consequently of incurring their own Damnation thereby. The Design tben of this short Discourse is, to flew what that Sacramental Preparation is, which is absolutely necessary to qualify Men for a worthy Participation of the Lord's Supper, that so Mon may come without the least Fear of Eating and Drinking Damnation to themselves : For which Purpose, I conceive no Rule, no Instruction more safe, easy, and instructive, than that of our Church Catechism, which I bave endeavoured to explain, and accommodate for the Use and Benefit of the meanest Capacity.

The concluding Part of this Discourse contains PRAYERS and MedITATIONS preparative to SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION ; and though they be few in Number, yet I hope they fully answer all those Several Parts of a Communicant's Duty, according to that Rule and Standard wbich our Church has fixed for



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