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thieves do not break through and steal. St. Matthew vi.

Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them; for this is the Law and the Prophets. St. Matthew vii.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. St. Matthew vii.

While we have time, let us do good unto all men; and specially unto them that are of the houshold of faith, Galatians vi.

Let him that is taught in the Word minister unto him that teacheth, in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he reap. Gul. vi.

Godliness is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out. 1 Timothy vi.

Charge them who are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life. 1 Timothy vi.

Zacchæus stood forth, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have done any wrong to any man, I restore four-fold. St. Luke xix.

Who goeth a warfare at any time of his own cost? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 1 Cor. ix.

If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your worldly things? 1 Cor. ix.

Do ye not know, that they who minister about holy things live of the sacritice; and they who wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord also ordained, that they who preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel. 1 Cor. ix.

Give alms of thy goods, and never turn thy face from any poor man; and then the face of the Lord shall not be turned away from thee. Tobit iv.

He that soweth little hall reap little; and he that soweth

Be merciful after thy power. If thou hast much, give plenteplenteously shall reap plente-ously: if thou hast little, do thy ously. Let every man do ac- diligence gladly to give of that cording as he is disposed in his little: for so gatherest thou thyheart, not grudgingly, or of ne-self a good reward in the day of cessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix.

necessity. Tobit iv.

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord: and look, what he layeth out, it shall be paid him again. Proverbs xix.

Blessed be the man that provideth for the sick and needy:

God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works, and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye have shewed for his Name's sake, who have ministered unto the saints, and yet do minister. Hebrews vi.

To do good, and to distribute, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebrews xiii.

Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 St. John iii.

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ALMIGHTY and everliving stle hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks, for all men; We humbly beseech thee most mercifully [to accept our alms and oblations, and] If there be to receive these no alms or obour prayers, which shall the words we offer unto thy [of accepting our Divine Majesty; tions] be left out beseeching thee to unsaid. inspire continual

lations; then

ly the universal 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 unithee also to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governours; and specially 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 indifferently 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 Bi

shops and Curates, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer 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 days 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 trou

ble, sorrow, 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 so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdoin: Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

When the Minister giveth warning "for the celebration of the holy Com munion, (which he shall always do upon the Sunday, or some Holy-day, immediately preceding,) after the Sermon or Homily ended, he shall read this Exhortation following.

DEARLY beloved, on- -dav next I purpose, through God's 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 re membrance of his meritorious Cross and Passion; whereby alone we obtain remission of our sins, 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 crease your damnation. There. Jesus Christ, not only to die fore if any of you be a blasfor us, but also to be our spirit-phemer of God, an hinderer or ual food and sustenance in that slanderer of his Word, an adulholy Sacrament. Which being terer, or be in malice, or envy, so divine and comfortable a or in any other grievous crime, thing to them who receive it repent you of your sins, or else worthily, and so dangerous to come not to that holy Table; them that will presume to re- lest, after the taking of that ceive it unworthily; my duty is holy Sacrament, the devil enter to exhort you in the mean sea- into you, as he entered into son to consider the dignity of Judas, and fill you full of all that holy mystery, and the iniquities, and bring you to degreat peril of the unworthy re-struction both of body and soul. ceiving thereof; and so to search and examine your own consciences, (and that not lightly, and after the manner of dissemblers with God; but so) that ye may come holy and clean to such a heavenly Feast, in the marriage-by garment required by God in holy Scripture, and be received as worthy partakers of that holy Table.

And because it is requisite, that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full trust in God's mercy, and with a quiet conscience; therefore if there be any of you, who

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 God's Word, and open his grief; that by the ministry of God's 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 doubtful

The way and means thereto is; First, to examine your lives and conversations by the rule of God's commandments; and whereinsoever ye shall perceive yourselves to have offended, either by will, word, or deed, there to bewail your own sinfulness, and to confess your-ness. selves to Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life. And if ye shall perceive your offences to be such as are not only against God, but also against your neighbours; then ye shall reconcile yourselves unto them; being ready to make restitution 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 of fended you, as ye would have forgiveness of your offences at God's hand for otherwise the receiving of the holy Communion doth nothing else but in

Or, in case he shall see the people negligent to come to the holy Com munion, instead of the former, he shall use this Exhortation.

DEARLY beloved brethren,

intend,

grace, to celebrate the Lord's Supper: unto which, in God's behalf, I bid you all that are here present; and beseech you, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, that ye will not refuse to come thereto, being so lovingly called and bidden by God himself. Ye know how grievous and unkind a thing it is, when a man hath prepared a rich feast, decked his table with all kind of provision, so that there lacketh no

thing but the guests to sit down; and yet they who are called (without any cause) most unthankfully refuse to come. Which of you in such a case would not be moved? Who would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him? Wherefore, most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good

he himself hath commanded: which if ye shall neglect to do, consider with yourselves how great injury ye do unto God, and how sore punishment hangeth over your heads for the same; when ye wilfully abstain from the Lord's Table, and separate from your brethren, who come to feed on the banquet of heed, lest ye, withdrawing your-that most heavenly food. These selves from this holy Supper, things if ye earnestly consider, provoke God's indignation a- ye will by God's grace return gainst you. It is an easy mat- to a better mind: for the obter for a man to say, I will not taining whereof we shall not communicate, because I am cease to make our humble petiotherwise hindered with world- tions unto Almighty God our ly business. But such excuses heavenly Father. are not so easily accepted and allowed before God. If any man say, I am a grievous_sinner, and therefore am afraid to come: wherefore then do

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. They that 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. I, for my part, shall be ready; and, 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 Cross for your salvation; so it is your duty to receive the Communion in remembrance of the sacrifice of his death, as

At the time of the celebration of

the Communion, the Communicants being conveniently placed for the receiving of the holy Sacrament, the Priest shall say this Exhorta tion.

DE

EARLY beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come to the 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, aud 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 the same unworthily. For then we are guilty of the Body and Blood of Christ our Saviour; we eat and drink our own damnation, not considering the Lord's Body; we kindle God's wrath against us; we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren,

that ye be not judged of the
Lord; repent you truly for your
sins past; have a lively and
stedfast faith in Christ our Sa-
viour; amend your lives, and be
in perfect charity with all men;
so shall 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 Sa-A

viour Christ, 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 innumera-

ble benefits which by his pre-brance 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 Christ's sake, For

cious blood-shedding he hath
obtained to us; he hath insti-
tuted and ordained holy myste-
ries, as pledges of his love, and
for a continual remembrance of
his death, to our great and end-give
less comfort. To him therefore,
with the Father and the Holy
Ghost, let us give (as we are
most hounden) 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.

forth in his holy ways; Draw rear with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.

Then shall the Priest say to them. that come to receive the holy Com munion,

¶Then shall this general Confession be made, in the name of all those that are minded to receive the holy Communion, by one of the Ministers; both he and all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees, and saying,

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 remem

us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee lu newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Priest (or the Bishop, being present,) stand up, and turning himself to the people, pronounce this Absolution."

ALMIGHTY God, our hea

YE
E that do truly and
estly repent you of your
sins, and are in love and cha-
rity with your neighbours, and
intend to lead a new life, fol-
lowing the commandments of

venly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forearn-giveness of sins to all them that 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 good

God, and walking from hence-ness; and bring you to everlast

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