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Queft. What is the outward part or fign of the Lords Supper?
Anfw. Bread and Wine, which the Lord hath commanded to be received.e
Quest. What is the inward part, or thing fignified? Anfw. The Body and Blood of Chrift, which are verily and indeed taken and received by the faithful in the Lords Supper.
Quest. What are the benefits whereof we are partakers thereby ?
Anfw. The ftrengthening and refreshing of our fouls by the Body and Blood of Chrift, as our bodies are by the Bread and Wine.
Quest. What is repuired of them who come to the Lords Supper?
Anfw. To examine themselves, whether they repent them truly of their former fins, ftedfaftly purpofing to lead a new life; have a lively faith in Gods mercy through Chrift, with a thankful remembrance of his death; and be in charity with all men.
The Curate of every Parifh fhall diligently upon Sundays and Holy-days, after the fecond Leffon at Evening Prayer, openly in the Church inftruct and examine fo many Children of bis Parish fent unto him, as he shall think convenient, in fome part of this Catechifm.
And all Fathers, Mothers, Mafters, and Dames, shall caufe their Children, Servants, and Apprentices (which have not learned their Catechifm) to come to the Church at the Time appointed, and obediently to hear, and be ordered by the Curate, until fuch Time as they have learned all that is here appointed for them to learn.
So foon as Children are come to a competent Age, and can say in their Mother Tongue, the Creed, the Lords Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and alfo can answer to the other Queftions of this fhort Catechism; they all be brought to the Bishop. And every one shall have a Godfather, or a Godmather, as a witness of their Confirmation.
And whenfoever the Bishop shall give knowledge for Children to be brought unto him for their Confirmation, the Curate of every Parish fhall either bring or fend in Writing, with his Hand fubfcribed thereunto, the Names of all fuch Perfons within his Parish, as he shall think fit to be presented to the Bishop to be Confirmed. And if the Bishop approve of them, he shall Confirm them in manner following.
The Order of CONFIRMATION, or laying on of Hands upon those that are baptized, and come to Years of Difcretion.
Upon the Day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed, and Aanding in order before the Bishop; he (or fome other Minifter appointed by him) fhall read this Preface following:
NO the end that Confirmation may be miniftered to the more edifying of fuch as fhall receive it, the Church hath thought good to order, That none hereafter shall be confirmed, but fuch as can fay the Creed, the Lord'sPrayer, and the Ten Commandments; and can also answer fuch other Questions, as in the fhort Catechism are contained: Which Order is very convenient to be observed; to the end that children being now come to the years of difcretion, and having learned what their Godfathers and Godmothers promised for them in Baptifm, they may themfelves, with their own mouth and confent, openly before the Church, ratify and confirm the fame, and alfo promife, that, by the grace of God, they will evermore endeavour themselves faithfully to obferve fuch things as they, by their own confeffion, have affented unto.
Then fball the Bishop fay.
O ye here in the prefence of God, and of this Congregation, renew the folemn promife and vow that was made in your name at your Baptifm; ratifying and confirming the fame in your own perfons, and acknowledging yourfelves bound to believe and to do all thofe things which your Godfathers and Godmothers then undertook for you?
And every one fhall audibly answer, I do.
UR help is in the Name of the Lord;
Anfwer. Who hath made heaven and earth.
Bishop. Lord, hear our prayers;
Bifhop. Let us pray.
Lmighty and everliving God, who has vouchfafed to regenerate these thy fervants by water and the Holy Ghoft, and haft given unto them forgivenefs of all their fins; Strengthen them, we beseech thee, O Lord, with the Holy Ghoft the Comforter, and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace; the fpirit of wisdom and underftanding; the fpirit of counfel and ghoftly ftrength, the fpirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill them, Q Lord, with the fpirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever. Amen C.
Then all of them in order kneeling before the Bishop, he shall lay bis Hand upon the Head of every one feverally, faying.
Lord, this child, [or this thy
with thy heavenly grace; that be may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until be come unto thy everlafting Kingdom. Amen.
Then fall the Bishop fay,
And all kneeling down the Bishop fhall add.
Let us pray."
UR Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done in Earth, As it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trefpaffes, As we forgive them that trefpafs against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen."
And this Colle&t.
Lmighty and everlafting God, who makeft us both to
A that be good and ac
ceptable unto thy Divine Majefty; We make our humble fupplications unto thee for these thy fervants, upon whom
(after the example of thy holy Apoftles) we have now laid our hands; to certify them (by this fign) of thy favour and gracious goodnefs towards them. Let thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee ever be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and fo lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy Word, that in the end they may obtain everJafting life, through our Lord Jefus Chrift; who, with thee and the Holy Ghoft, liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Almighty Lord, and everlasting God, vouchfafe, we befeech thee, to direct, fanctify, and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy moft mighty protection, both here and ever, we, may be preferved in body and foul, through our Lord and Saviour Jefus Chrift. Amen.
Then the Bishop fhall bless them, saying thus:
HE bleffing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft, be upon you, and remain with for ever. Amen.
And there shall none be admitted to the holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and defirous to be confirmed.
The Form of Solemnization of MATRIMONY.
First the Banns of all that are to be married together, must be published in the Church; Three feveral Sundays or Holy-days, in the Time of Divine Service, immediately before the Sentence for the Offertory; the Curate fay ing after the accustomed Manner,
Publish the Banns of Marriage between M of and N. of. If any of you know caufe, or juft impediment, why thefe two perfons fhould not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it; This is the first [fecond or third] time of afking,
And if the Perfons that are to be married, dwell in divers Parishes, the Banns must be afked in both Parishes; and the Curate of the one Parish fhall not folemnize Matrimony betwixt them, without a Certificate of the Banns being Thrice afked, from the Curate of the other Parish.
At the Day and Time appointed for Solemnization of Matrimony the Perfons to be married fhall come into the Body of the Church with their Friends and Neighbours; and there ftanding together, the Man on the Right Hand, and the Woman on the Left, the Prieft shall say,"
Early beloved, we are gathered together here in the fight of God, and in the face of this Congregation, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony, which is an honourable Eftate, inftituted of God in the time of man's innocency; fignifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Chrift and his Church: which holy Eftate Chrift adorned and beautified with his prefence, and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee, and is commended of Saint Paul to be honourable among all men; and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand unadvifedly, lightly, or wantonly, to fatisfy mens carnal luits and appetites, like brute beafts that have no underftanding; but reverently, difcreetly, advisedly, foberly, and in the fear of God; duly confidering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained."
First, it was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy Name.
Secondly, it was ordained for a remedy against sin, and to avoid fornication; that fuch perfons as have not the gift of continency, might marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Chrift's body.
Thirdly, it was ordained for the mutual fociety, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in profperity and adverfity: Into which holy Eftate thele two perfons prefent come now to be joined. Therefore if any man can fhew any juft caufe, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now fpeak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.