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in perfect charity with all men, fo fhall ye be meet partakers of thofe holy myteries. 5. And above all things ye muit give moft humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft, for the redemption of the world by the death and paffion of our Saviour Chrift, both God and man, who did humble hinfelf even to the death upon the Crofs, for us miferable finners, who lay in darkriefs, and the fhadow of death, that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. 6. And to the end that we should alway remember the exceeding great love of our Master, and only Saviour Jefus Chrift, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-fhedding he hath obtained to us; he hath instituted and ordained holy myfteries, as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death, to our great and endless comfort. 7. To him therefore, with the Father, and the Holy Ghoft, let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks, fubmitting ourselves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to ferve him in true holiness and righteoufnefs all the days of our life. Amen.
5. All thefe qualifications we ought to have before we approach the facramental table. But, as at all times in general, fo upon this occafion in particular, we must entertain fentiments of the fincereft gratitude for our redemption by the death and fufferings of our Lord and Saviour, who for our fakes bumbled himself and became obedient unto death; even the death of the cross, Phil. ii. 8. in order that we might be partakers of life everlafting.
6. And indeed one principal reafon of the inftitution of the Lord's fupper, is to give us frequent opportunities of exercising our gratitude; for thefe holy myfteries are to be confidered as a pledge or token, to put us in mind of the great advantages derived to us from his fufferings and death.
7. Let us therefore be conftant, fincere attd uniform, in our grateful acknowledgements to our blessed Lord and Saviour, who with the Father and the Holy Ghoft, is one God. And let our gratitude be teftified by conforming our lives in all refpects to his holy will, revealed to us in his written word, always endeavouring to ferve him in true holiness and righ teousness to the end of our lives.
Then fhall the Prieft fay to them that come to receive the holy Communion. E that do truly and earnestly repent you of your fins, 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 fear with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confeffion to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
Then fall this general Confeffion be made in the name of all those that are minded to receive the holy Communion, by one of the Minifters, both he and all the People kneeling humbly upon their knees, and faying,
our Lord Chrift,
Maker of all things, Judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold fins and wickedness, Which we from time to time moft grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, against thy Divine Majefty, Provoking molt justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily forry for thefe cur mifdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us, The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us,
So many of you as do truly and fincerely, through a deep sense of the Wrath of Almighty God, and the deplorablenefs of your condition, repent of your manifold fins and tranfgreffions, who are in love and charity with your neighbours, and fincerely from your heart forgive every one who have any way offended you, and who determine for the future to lead a better life than you have hitherto done, approach the facred table of the Lord with faith, in the merit of his facrifice, and partake of this holy facrament, which will be productive of the greatest comfort to you, by fealing the pardon of your fins, and beltowing upon you the gifts and graces of God's holy fpirit. Come then, and the better to qualify yourfelves to partake of thefe great benefits, and to testify the fincerity of your repentance, kneel before the Lord, and make a public confeilion of your fins in that most humble poiture.
Paraphraft on the Confeffion.
O Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jefus Christ, (Rom. xv. 6.) who madelt the world and all things therein, (A&ts xvii. 24.) thou Lord, art the Judge of all men; before thy throne, we most humbly acknowledge and lament the many and great tranfgreffions, which we have been committing in thought, word and deed, again thy divine
Have mercy upon us, moft merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jefus Chrift's fake, Forgive us all that is past, And grant that we mayever hereafter ferve and pleafe thee in newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name, Through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Priest (or the Bishop being present) ftand up, and turning bimfelf to the People, pronounce this Abfolution:
who of his
mercy hath promifed forgiveness of fins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him ; Have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your fins, confirm and ftrengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlafting life, through Jefus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Then hall the Priest fay,
1. Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Chrift faith unto all that truly turn to him :
HOME unto me all ye that travel, and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. S Matth. 11. 28.
Majefty, thereby most exciting thy anger, and indignation against us. We repent O Lord, we moft fincerely repent of, and are heartily forry for thefe oar crimes, and the recollection of them affords us matter of the fincerest grief, have mercy upon us O Lord, and pity us, for the fake of thy Son our Saviour, pardon O God, our paft faults, and enable us to ferve thee hereafter in purity of heart and newness of life, for the honour of thy holy name, through the merits and mediation, of thy Son, our bleffed Lord and Saviour, Jefus Chrift. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the Abfolution.
The Almighty Father of heaven and earth, who out of his great and abundant mercy, hath promifed to forgive the fins and blot out from his remembrance the tranfgreffions of all thofe who with faith unfeigned turn unto him; this gracious and merciful God, hath commanded me the minifter of his holy word, to pronounce his pardon to you on your fincere repentance. May the God of all mercy confirm and firengthen you in your refolutions of amendment, and finally conduct you to the regions of everlating blifs, through Jefus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
1. Attend, I befeech you, to the comfortable words of your Lord and Saviour, in favour of all thofe who fincerely repent of their fins.
2. 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. S. John 3. 16.
Hear alfo what Saint Paul faith :
This is a true faying, and worthy of all men to be reeived, that Chrift Jefus came into the world to faye finners. 1 Tim. 1. 15.
4. Hear alfo what Saint John faith;
If any man fin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jefus Chrift the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our fins. S John 2. 1, 2.
After which the Prief fhall proceed, faying,
1. Lift up your hearts.
Anfw. We lift them up unto the Lord.
Prieft. 2. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
Come unto me, all ye who are depreffed and weighed down with the infupportable burden of your fins, ahd I will make you eafy, I will relieve the burden of your minds, by acquitting you of your guilt.
2. The Almighty God, has given the moft convincing proofs of his love for the finful fons of Adam, by fending his only begotten Son to make fatisfaction for our tranfgreffions, to the end, that all who fincerely believe in him, and obey his commands, fhould not only avoid final deftruction, but obtain, through his merits, everlasting life.
3. Attend alfo, I pray you, to the words of the holy Apoftle, St Paul: This is a faying, not only true, but of the utmost importance, and well worthy of general acceptation, that the great defign and intention of Chrift's coming into the world, was to offer terms of falvation to the finful fons of men.
4. Give equal attention to what is faid of St John :
If any man fall into fin, let him not utterly defpair of pardon and reconciliation with God, inafmuch as we have a powerful advocate with the Father, even the holy Jefus, who will plead his merits and mediation, in our behalf.
Prieft. . Raife your minds, though depreffed with grief, from a fenfe of your fins, to join with me in the duty of praife and thanksgiving.
Anfer. As our duty demands, and in compliance with your defire, we raife our minds to heaven.,
Prief, z. Let us chearfully return our thanks to the Lord our God, for his many and great mercies towards us.
Anfer. It is by all means proper to com ply with your request.
Then fall the Priest turn to the Lord's Table, and jay,
T is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we fhould at all times, and in all places give thanks unto thee, O Lord, * Holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, Thefe words [Holy Father] must be omitted on Trinity-Sunday.
Hert fall follow the proper Preface, according to the time, if there be ang Specially appointed; or elje immediately fall follow,
Herefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name, evermore praifing thee, and faying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hofts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. Amen.
Upon Christmas-day, and seven days after.
be born as at this time for us, who, by the operation of the Holy Ghoft, was made very man of the fubftance of the Virgin Mary his mother, and that without fpot of fin, to make us clean from all fin. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Upon Eafter-day, and seven days after.
UT chiefly are we bound to praife thee for the glorious
3: It is no doubt our duty, at all times and in all places, both publicly and privately, to pay our acknowledgements unto thee, O Lord, who art our Father, our Almighty protector, and everlasting God.
1. Therefore with the glorious company of angels and arch-angels, and with all the hofts of heaven, we blefs and praife thy holy name. Conftantly finging Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hofts, the whole earth is full of thy glory, Ijaiah vi. 3.Glory to God in the highest, Luk ii. 14
1. Forafmuch as out of thy love to the fallen race of man, thou didit fend thy only begotten Son, that through the power of the holy ghoft, he might be ome in all things (fin only excepted) like unto us, to the end that he might, by his example and fufferings, purify us from fin
2. But in a particular manner are we constrained to render thee our moft humble and hearty thanks for the benefit of Chrift's refurrection ince by his death he hath abolished death, 2 Tim. i. 10, and by his