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man foweth, that shall he reap. Gal. 6. 6, 7.

While we have time, let us do good unto all men; and fpecially unto them that are of the hourhold of faith, Gal. 6. 10.


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 Tim. 6. 6, 7.

Charge them who are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to diftribute; laying up in ftore for themfelves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life. 1 Tim. 6. 17, 18, 19.

God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works, and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye have fhewed for his Name's fake, who have miniftered unto the faints, and yet do minifter. Hebr. 6. 10.

To do good, and to distribute forget not: for with fuch facri

fices God is well pleased. Hebr.

13. 16.

Whofo hath this world's good, and feeth his brother have need,

and shutteth up his compassion from him; how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 S. John 3. 17.

Give alms of thy goods, and never turn thy face from any poor man: and then the face of the Lord fhall not be turned away from thee. Tob. 4.7.

Be merciful after thy power: If thou hast much give plenteoufly: If thou haft little, do thy diligence gladly to give of that little for fo gathereft thou thy felf a good reward in the day of neceffity. Tob. 4. 8, 9.

He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord; and look, what he layeth out, it fhall be paid him again. Pro. 19. 17.

Bleffed be the man that provideth for the fick and needy: the Lord fhall deliver him in the time of trouble. Pfal. 41. 1.

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Whilft thefe Sentences are in reading, the Deacons, Churchwardens, or other fit perfon appointed for that purpose, fhall receive the alms for the poor, and other devotions of the Peaple, in a decent Bafon to be provided by the Parish for that purpofe and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall bumbly prefent and place it upon the boly Table,

And when there is a Communion, the Priest shall then place upon the table jo much Bread and wine, as he fhall think fufficient. After bich done, the Prieft fhall fay,

Let us pray for the whole ftate of Chrift's Church militant here on earth.

A who by thy holy Apoftle haft taught us to make prayers and fupplications, and to give

Lmighty and everliving God,


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thanks for all men; We humbly beseech thee moft mercifully *If there be no [* to accept our alms or oblations, alms and oblations, then shall the and] to receive ing our alms and thefe our prayers oblations] be left which we offer out unfaid. unto thy Divine Majefty; befeeching thee to infpire continually the univerfal Church with the spirit of truth, unity and concord: and grant that all they that do confefs thy holy Name, may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love. We befeech thee alfo to fave and defend all Christian Kings, Princes and Governors; and efpecially thy fervant 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 mi nifter justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintainance of thy true religion and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bifhops and Curates, that they may both by their life and doctrine fet forth thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly adminifter thy holy Sacraments. And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and efpecially to this congregation here prefent; that with meek heart and due reverence they may hear and receive thy holy word; truly ferving thee in holiness and righteoufnefs all the days of their life. And we most humbly befeech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and fuccour all them who in this tranfitory life are in trouble, forrow, need, ficknefs, or any other adverfity. And we alfo biefs thy holy Name, for all thy fervants de

parted this life in thy faith and fear; befeeching thee to give us grace fo to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jefus Chrift's fake our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

When the Minifter giveth warning for the celebration of the boly Communion, (which be fhall always do upon the Sunday or fome holy day immediately preceding, after the Sermon or Eomily ended, be shall read this Exhortation following.

DEarly beloved, on

day next I purpofe, through God's affiftance, to adminifter to all fuch as fhall be religiously and devoutly difpofed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Chrift; to be by them received in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Paffion; whereby alone we obtain remiffion of our fins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render moft humhle and hearty thanks to Almighty God our heavenly Father, for that he hath given his Son our Saviour Jefus Christ, not only to die for us, but also to be our fpiritual food and fuftenance in that holy Sacrament. Which being fo divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and fo dangerous to them that will prefume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you in the mean feafon to confider the dignity of that holy Mystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof; and fo to fearch and examine your own confciences (and that not lightly, and after the manner of diffemblers with God; but fo) that


may come holy and clean to fuch an heavenly feaft, in the marriage-garment required by God in hely Scripture, and be received as worthy partakers of that holy Table.

The way and means thereto is; First, to examine your lives and converfations by the rule of God's commandments; and wherein foever ye fhall perceive your felves to have offended, either by will, word, or deed, there to bewail your own fin. fulness, and to confefs yourfelves to Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life. And if ye shall perceive your offences to be fuch as are not only against God, but also against your neighbours: then ye fhall reconcile yourselves unto them, being ready to make reftitution, and fatisfaction, according to the uttermoft of your powers, for all injuries and wrongs done by you to any other; and being likewife ready to forgive others that have offended you, as ye would have forgiveness of your offences at God's hand for otherwife the receiving of the holy Communion doth nothing elfe but increase your damnation. Therefore if any of you be a blafphemer of God, an hinderer or fanderer of his Word, an adulterer, or be in malice or envy, or in any other grievous crime: repent ye of your fins, or elfe come not to that holy Table: left after the taking of that holy Sacrament, the devil enter into you, as he entered into Judas, and fill you full of all iniquities, and bring you to deftruction both of body and foul.

And because it is requifite that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with. a full trust in God's mercy, and

with a quiet confcience: therefore if there be any of you who by this means cannot quiet his own confcience herein, but requireth further comfort or counfel; let him come to me, or to fome other difcreet and learned Minifter of God's word, and open his grief; that by the miniftry of God's holy Word he may receive the benefit of abfolution, together with ghoftly counfél and advice, to the quieting of his confcience, and avoiding of all fcruple and doubtfulness.

Or, in cafe be fhall fee the People negligent to come to the holy Communion, inftead of the former, be fhall uje this Exhortation.. DEarly beloved brethren, on

intend, by God's grace, to celebrate the Lord's Supper : unto which in God's behalf I bid you all that are here prefent; and befeech you for the Lord Jefus Chrift's fake that ye will not refufe to come thereto, being fo lovingly called and bidden by God himself. Ye know how grievous and unkind. a thing it is, when a man hath prepared a rich feaft, decked his table with all kind of provifion, fo that there lacketh nothing but the guests to fit down; and yet they who are called without any caufe, moft unthankfully refufe to come. Which of you in fuch a cafe would not be moved? who would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him? Wherefore, moft dearly beloved in Chrift, take ye good heed, left ye withdrawing yourfelves from this holy Supper, provoke God's indignation against you. It is an eafy matter for a man to fay, I will not communicate, because I am otherwife hindered with world


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ly business. But fuch excufes are not fo eafily accepted and allowed before God. If any man fay, I am a grievous finner, and therefore am afraid to come: Wherefore then do ye not repen and amend? When God calleth you, are ye not afhamed to fay, ye will not come? When ye fhould return to God, will ye excufe yourselves, and fay, ye are not ready? Confider earnestly with yourselves, how little fuch feigned excufes will avail before God. They that refufed the feaft in the Gofpel, because they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of oxen, or because they were married, were not fo excufed, but counted unworthy of the heavenly feaft. I for my part fhall be ready and according to mine of fice, I bid you in the Name of God; I call you in Chrift's behalf; 1 exhort you, as ye love your own falvation, that ye will be partakers of this holy Communion. And as the Son of God did vouchfafe to yield up his foul by death upon the crofs for your falvation fo it is your duty to receive the Communion, in remembrance of the facrifice of his death, as he himself hath commanded: Which if ye fhall neglect to do, confider with yourfelves how great injury ye do unto God, and how fore punishment hangeth over your heads for the fame; when ye wilfully abstain from the Lord's Table, and feparate from your brethren, who come to feed on the banquet of that most hea. venly food. These things if ye earneftly confider, ye will by God's grace return to a better mind: for the obtaining whereof we fhall not cease to make our humble petitions unto Almighty God our heavenly Father..

¶At the time of the Celebratio

the Communion, the Communicants being conveniently placed for the receiving of the holy Sacrament, the Prieft fhall fay this Exhortation.


Early beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come to the holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Chrift, must confider how Saint Paul exhorteth all perfons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they prefume 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 fpiritually eat the flesh of Chrift, and drink his blood; then we dwell in Chrift, and Chrift in us; we are one with Chrift, and Chrift with us :) fo is the danger great, if we receive the fame unworthily. For then we are guilty of the Body and Blood of Chrift our Saviour; we eat and drink our own damnation, not confidering the Lord's body: we kindle God's wrath against us; we provoke him to plague us with divers difeafes, and fundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent ye truly for your fine paft; have a lively and ftedfast faith in Chrift our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men; fo fhall ye be meet partakers of thofe holy myfteries. And aabove all things ye muft 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 Christ, both God and man; who did humble himself even to the death upon the Crofs, før us miferable

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Angers, who lay in darkness and the shadow of death; that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlafting life. And to the end that we should alway remember the exceeding great love of our Mafter, 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 inftituted and ordained holy myfteries, as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death, to our great and endless comfort. To him therefore, with the Father and the Holy Ghoft, let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks; fubmitting ourfelves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and ftudying to ferve him in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen.

Then ball the Prieft fay to them that come to receive the boly Communion.

We acknowledge and bewa our manifold fins and wickednefs, which we from time to time moft grievously have com. mitted, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine Majetty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnettly repent, and are heartily forry for these our mifdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is into lerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father, for thy Son our Lord Jefus Christ's fake, forgive us all that is paft; And grant that we may ever hereafter ferve and please thee in newnefs of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name, Through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then fhall the Prieft (or the Bifhop, being prefent) ftand up, and turning himself to the People, pronounce this Abfolution. Almighty God our heavenly Father, who of his great

YE that do truly and earnest, mercy hath promifed forgive

ly 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 near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confeffion to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.

fion be made, in the name of all Then fball this general Confefthofe that are minded to receive the boly Communion, by one of the Minifters, both be and all the People kneeling bumbly upon their knees, and faying,

nefs of fins to all them, that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him; Have mer cy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your fins, confirm and ftrengthen you in all goodnefs, and bring you to everlast ing life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then fhall the Prieft fay, Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Chrift faith unto all that truly turn to him.

travel, and are heavy leaden, Ome unto me, all ye that and I will refresh you. S. Matth. 11. 28.

So God loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

Almighty God, Father of our to the end that all that believe

Lord Jefus Chrift, Maker of all things, Judge of all men;

in him fhould not perish, but have everlasting life. S. job. 3.16,


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