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Order for the Administration
of the Lords Supper,

Or holy Communion

So many as intend to be partakers of the holy Communion, shall signifie their Names to the Curate at least sometime the day before.
And if any of those be an open and notorious evilliver, or have don any wrong to his Neighbours in word or Deed, so that the congregation is thereby offended: ye Curate having knowledge thereof, shall call him and advertise him, that in any wise he presume not to come to the Lords Table, until he have openly declared himselfe to have truly repented, and amended his former naughty life, that the Congregation may thereby be satisfied which before were offended; and that he have recompensed the parties to whom he hath don wrong, or at least declare himse1fe to be in full purpose so to do, assoon as he conveniently may.
    The same order shall the Curate use with those betwixt whom he perceiveth Malice, and hatred to reign: not suffering them to be partakers of the Lords Table, until he know them to be reconciled. And if one of the parties so at variance be content to forgive from the bottom of his heart all that the other hath trespassed against him, and to make Amends for that he himselfe hath offended, and the other party wl11 not be perswaded to a godly Unity, and remain still in his frowardnes, and Malice: the Minister in that case ought to admitt the penitent person to the holy Communion, and not him that is obstinate. Provided that every Minister so repelling any, as is specified in this or the next precedent Paragraph of this Rubrik shall be obliged to give an Account of the same to the Ordinary within fourteen Dayes after, at the farthest. And the Ordinary shall proceed against the offending person according to the Canon.

The Table at the Communion time having a fair white Linen cloth upon it, shall stand in the body of the Church, or in the Chancel, where Morning & Evening Prayer are appointed to be said. And the Priest standing at the north side of the Table shall say the Lords Prayer with the Collect followeing, the people kneeling.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. thy Kingdom come. Thy will be don in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespasse against us, And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evill Amen.


The Collect.

Almighty God unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no Secrets are hid: clense the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy holy spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnifie thy holy Name through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Priest, turning to the people rehearse distinctly all the ten Commandments: And the People still kneeling, shall after every Commandment ask God mercy for their Transgression thereof for the time past, and grace to keep the same for the time to come, as followeth.

God spake these words and said, I am the Lord thy I God, Thou shalt have none other Gods but me.
Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this Law.
Thou shalt not make to thy selfe any graven Image, nor the likenes of any thing that is in heaven above; or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them. For I the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the Fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and shew mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep my Commandments.
Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this Law.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vaine, for the Lord will not hold him guiltles that taketh his name in vaine.
Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this Law.
Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. six dayes shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do, but the seaventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy Cattel, and the stranger that is within thy Gates. For in six daies the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seaventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it.
Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this Law.
Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy dayes may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this Law.
Thou shalt do no murther.
Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this Law.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this Law.
Thou shalt not steal.
ord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this Law.
Thou shalt not bear fals witnes against thy neighbour.
Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this Law.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbours wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his Ass, nor any thing that is his.
Lord have mercy upon us, and write all these thy Lawes in our hearts, we beseech thee.

Then shall follow one of these two Collects for the King, the Priest standing as before, and saying.


Let us pray.

Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting, and power infinite, have mercy upon the whole Church, and so rule the heart of thy chosen servant Charles, our King, and Governour, that he (knowing whose minister he is) may above all things seek thy honour and glory; And that we and all his subjects (duly considering whose Authority he hath) may faithfully serve, honour, and humbly obey him in thee, and for thee according to thy blessed word, and ordinance, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. Amen.


Almighty and everlasting God, we are taught by thy holy word, that the hearts of Kings are in thy Rule and governance, and that thou dost dispose and turne them as it seemeth best to thy godly wisdom: we humbly beseech thee so to dispose and govern the heart of Charles, thy servant, our King and Governour, that in all his thoughts, words and works, he may ever seek thy honour and glory, and study to preserve thy people comitted to his charge, in wealth peace and godlines; Grant this O mercifull Father for thy dear sons sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall be said the Collect of the day and immediatly after the Collect, the Priest shall read the Epistle, saying, The Epistle [or The Portion of Scripture appointed for the Epistle] is written in the      Chapter of         beginning at the       verse. And the Epistle ended he shall say, Here endeth the Epistle. Then shall he read the Gospell (the People all standing up) saying, The holy Gospell is written in the         Chapter of beginning at          the          verse. And the Gospell ended, shall be sung, or said the Creed following, the People still standing as before.

I beleeve in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible, and invisible:
    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, Begotten of his Father before all Worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God, Begotten not made, Being of one substance with the Father, By whom all things were made: Who for us men, and for our Salvation came downe from heaven, And was incarnate by the holy Ghost of the Virgine Mary, And was made man, And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, And the third day he rose againe according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come againe with glory to judge both the quicke and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end.
    And I believe in the holy Ghost, The Lord and giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spake by the prophets. And I believe one Catholick and Apostolick Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of Sins, And I looke for the Resurrection of the dead, And the life of the world to come. Amen.

Then the Curate shall declare unto the People what holy-Dayes, or fasting-dayes are in the week following to be observed. And then alsoe (if occasion be) shall notice be given of the Communion: and the Bannes of Matrimony published, and Briefs, Citations and excommunications read. And nothing shall be proclaimed or published in the Church during the time of divine Service, but by the Minister: nor by him any thing but what is prescribed in the Rules of this Book, or enjoyned by the King, or by the Ordinary of the place.
Then shall follow the Sermon or one of the Homilies already set forth, or hereafter to be set forth by Authoritie
Then shall the Priest return to the Lords Table, and begin the Offertory saying one or more of these sentences following, as he thinketh most convenient in his discretion.


    Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good Works and glorifie your Father which is in heaven.

St: Matt. 5.

    Lay not up for your selves treasure upon the earth, where the rust and moth doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for your selves treasures in heaven, where neither rust, nor moth doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal.

St: Matt. 6.

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

St: Matt. 7.

    Not every one that sayth unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven, but he that doth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

St: Matt. 7.

    Zaccheus stood forth, and said unto the Lord, Behold Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have don any wrong to any man, I restore four fold.

St: Luke. 19.

    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. 9.

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

1. Cor. 9.

    Do ye not know that they who minister about holy things, live of the sacrifice? and they who wait at the Altar, are partakers with the Altar? even so hath the Lord also ordeined that they who preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel. 

1. Cor. 9.

    He that soweth little, shall reap little: and he that soweth plenteously shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is disposed in his heart, not grudging or of necessity for God loveth a cheerfull giver.

1. Cor. 9.

    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.

Gal. 6.

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

Gal. 6.

    Godlines 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.

    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 eternall life.

1. Tim. 6.

    God is not unrighteous that he will forget your works and labour that proceedeth of love, which love ye have shewed for his Names sake, who have ministred unto the saints, and yet do minister.

Heb. 6.

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

Heb. 13.

    Whoso hath this worlds good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him.

1. S. John 3.

    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.

Tob. 4.

    Be mercifull after thy power. If thou hast much, give plenteously. If thou hast little, do thy diligence gladly to give of that little: for so gatherest thou thy self a good Reward in the day of necessitie.

Tob. 4.

    He that hath pitie upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord: and looke what he layeth out it shall be payed him again.

Prov. 19.

    Blessed be the man that provideth for the sick, and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble.

Whilest these sentences are in reading, the Deacons, Church-wardens, or other fit person appointed for that purpose, shall receive the Almes for the Poore, and other devotions of the People, in a decent Bason to be provided by the parish for that purpose; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present, and place it upon the holy Table.
    And when there is a Communion, the Priest shall then place upon the Table so much bread and Wine as he shall think sufficient. After which don the Priest shall say

¶ Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church militant here in Earth.

Psal. 41.

Almighty and everliving God, who by thy holy Apostle 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 & Oblations and) to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy divine Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the universall 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 unity and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all christian Kings, Princes and Governors, and specially thy servant Charles 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 wickednes, and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion and Vertue. Give grace (O heavenly Father) to all Bishops, and Curats, 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 specially to this Congregation here present that with meek heart and due reverence they may hear and receive thy holy word, truly serving thee in holines and righteousnes all the dayes of their life. And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodnes (O Lord) to comfort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sicknes, 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 kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christs sake our only Mediatour and Advocate. Amen


If there be no Alms or Oblations, then shall the words [of accepting our Alms and oblations] be left out unsaid.

When the Minister giveth warning for the Celebration of the holy Communion, which he shall alwayes do upon the Sunday, or some holy day immediatly preceding. After the Sermon or Homilie ended, he shall read this exkortation following.

Dearly beloved, On     -day next I purpose, through Gods 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 remembrance of his meritorious Cross and passion, whereby alone we obtein, 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 Jesus Christ, not only to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food, and sustenance in that holy sacrament. Which being so divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and so dangerous to them that will presume to receive it unworthily: My duty is to exhort you in the mean season to consider the dignity of that holy mystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving 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 garment required by God in holy Scripture, and be received as worthy partakers of that holy Table. The way and means thereto is: First to examine your lives and conversations by the rule of Gods Commandments, and whereinsoever ye shall perceive your selves to have offended, either by will, word or deed, there to bewail your own sinfulnes, and to confess your selves to Allmighty 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 your selves 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 offended you, as you would have forgiveness for your Offences at Gods hand: for otherwise the receiving of the holy Communion doth nothing else but increase your damnation. Therfore if any of you be a blasphemer of God, an hinderer, or slanderer of his Word, an adulterer, or be in malice, or envie, or in any other grievous crime; Repent you of your Sins, or els come not to that holy Table, lest, after the taking of that holy Sacrament, the Devil enter into you, as he entred into Judas, & fill you full of all iniquities, & bring you to destruction both of body, & soule. And because it is requisite that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full trust in Gods mercy, and with a quiet Conscience: therefore if there be any of you who by this meanes 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 Gods word, and open his grief, that by the Ministry of Gods holy word, he may receive the benefit of Absolution, together with ghostly counsel and advice, to the quieting of his Conscience, and avoyding of all scruple, and doubtfulness.

Or in case he shall see the people negligent to come to the holy Communion; in stead of the former, he shall use this exhortation.

Dearly beloved brethren, On         I intend, by Gods grace, to celebrate the Lords Supper. unto which in Gods behalfe, I bid you all that are here present, and beseech you for the Lord Jesus Christs sake, that ye will not refuse to come thereto, being so lovingly called and bidden by God himselfe. 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 soe that there lacketh nothing, 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 thinke a great injury and wrong don unto him? Wherefore, most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good heed, lest ye withdraweing your selves from this holy Supper provoke Gods indignation against you. It is an easie matter for a man to say, I will not communicate, because I am otherwise hindred with worldly busines. But such excuses are not so easilie accepted and allowed before God. If any man say I am a grievous sinner, and therefore am afraid to come: wherefore then do ye not repent, and amend? When God calleth you, are ye not ashamed to say, you will not come? When ye should returne to God, will ye excuse your selves, and say ye are not ready? Consider earnestly with your selves, how little such feigned excuses will avail before God. They that refused the feast in the Gospell, because they had bought a farm, or would try their Yokes of Oxen, or because they were marryed, 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 Christs behalfe, 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 yeild up his Soule 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 he himselfe hath commanded: Which if ye shall neglect to do, consider with your selves how great injury ye do unto God, and how sore punishment hangeth over your heads for the same; when ye wilfully abstain from the Lords Table, and separate from your brethren, who come to feed on the banquet of that most heavenly food. These things if ye earnestly consider, ye will by Gods grace returne to a better mind: for the obteyning whereof we shall not cease to make our humble petitions unto Almighty God our heavenly Father.

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 exhortation.

Dearly 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 benefitt is great, if with a true penitent heart, and lively faith we receive that holy Sacrament (for then we spiritually eate the flesh of Christ, and 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 drinke our own damnation, not considering the Lords body: we kindle Gods wrath against us,: we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death. Judge therefore your selves, 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 Saviour. 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 saviour Christ, both God and Man, who did humble himselfe 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 dyeing for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his pretious bloodshedding he hath obteined to us: he hath instituted and ordeined holy mysteryes as pledges of his love, and for a continuall remembrance of his death, to our greate and endless comfort. To him therefore with the Father and the holy Ghost, let us give, (as we are most bounden) continuall thanks, submitting our selves wholly to his holy Will and pleasure, and studying to serve him in true holiness and righteousness all the dayes of our life. Amen.


Then shall the Priest say to them that come to receive the holy Communion.

Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your Sins 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 wayes, Draw neer 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 this generall 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.

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men, We acknowledge and bewail Our manifold Sins and Wickednes, 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 remembrance of them is grievous unto us, The burthen of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us most mercifull Father; For thy son our Lord Jesus Christs sake, Forgive us all that is past, And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newnes 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 himselfe to the people, pronounce this Absolution.

Almighty God our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness 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 goodnes, and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Priest say.

¶ Hear what comfortable words our saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn to him


    Come unto me all that travel and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.

St: Matt 11.28.

    So God loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, to the end that all that beleeve in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

St: John 3.16.

¶ Hear also what Saint Paul saith
    This is a true sayeing, and worthy of all men to be received, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.

1. Tim. 1.15.

¶ Hear also what Saint John sayeth.
    If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins.

After which the Priest shall proceed, saying.
    Lift up your hearts.
    We lift them up unto the Lord.
Let us give thancks unto our Lord God
It is meet and right so to do.

Then shall the Priest turn to the Lords Table, and say.

1. St: John. 2.1.

    It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should att all tymes and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty everlasting God.

Here shall folloe the proper Preface, according to the tyme, if there be any specially appointed: or else immediatly shall follow,

    Therefore with Angells and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnifie thy glorious Name, evermore prayseing thee, and sayeing, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and Earth are full of thy Glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. Amen.

Proper Prefaces.

Upon Christmas day, and seven dayes after.

Because thou didst give Jesus Christ thine only Son to be born as at this time for us, who by the operation of the holy Ghost, was made very man of the substance of the Virgin Mary his Mother, and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin. Therefore with Angels &c.

Upon Easter Day, and seaven dayes after.

But chiefly are we bound to prayse thee for the glorious Resurrection of thy son Jesus Christ our Lord, for he is the very paschal Lamb which was offered for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world, who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his riseing to life againe, hath restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Angels &c.

Upon Ascension day, and seaven dayes after.

Through thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who after his most glorious resurrection manifestly appeared to all his Apostles, and in their sight ascended up into heaven, to prepare a place for us; that where he is, thither we might also ascend, and reign with him in Glory. Therefore with Angels &c.

Upon Whitsunday, and six dayes after.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, according to whose most true promise the holy Ghost came down, as at this time, from heaven with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery Tongues lighting upon the Apostles to teach them, and to lead them to all truth, giving them both the gift of divers languages, and alsoe boldness with fervent zeal, constantly to preach the Gospell unto all Nations, whereby we have been brought out of darknes, and errour into the cleer light, and true knowledge of thee, and of thy son Jesus Christ. Therefore with Angels &c.

Upon the Feast of Trinity only.

Who art one God, one Lord, not one only person, but three persons in one substance. For that which we beleeve of the glory of the Father, the same we beleeve of the son, and of the holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels &c.

After each of which Prefaces shall immediatly be sung or said,

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the Company of heaven, we laud and magnifie thy glorious Name, evermore praysing thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen.

Then shall the Priest kneeling down at the Lords Table, say in the Name of all them that shall receive the Communion, this prayer followilng.

We do not presume to come to this thy Table (O mercifull Lord) trusting in our own righteousnes, but in thy manifold, and great mercyes. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the Crumb. under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is alwayes to have mercy: grant us therefore gratious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinfull bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most pretious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

When the Priest, standing before the Table, hath so ordered the bread and Wine, that he may with the more readines and decency break the Bread before the people, and take the Cup into his hands; he shall say the Prayer of Consecration as followeth.

These words, holy Father, must be omitted on Trinitie Sunday.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption, who made there (by his one oblation of himselfe once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficient Sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole World, and did institute and in his holy Gospell comand us to continue a perpetuall memory of that his pretious death, until his coming again: Hear us, (O mercifull Father, we most humbly beseech thee, and grant that we receiving these thy Creatures of Bread and Wine, according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christs holy Institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood: who in the same night that he was betrayed (a) took bread, and when he had given thanks, (b) he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, take, eat, (c) this is my body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of me. Likewise after supper (d) He took the Cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this, for this (e) is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of Sins: Do this as oft as ye shall drink it in remembrance of me. Amen.

(a) Here the Priest is to take the Patten into his hands.
(b) And here to break the bread.
(c) And here to lay his hand upon all the bread.
(d) Here he is to take the Cup into his hands.
(e) And here to lay his hand upon every Vessel (be it Chalice or Flagon) in which there is any Wine to be consecrated.

Then shall the Minister first receive the Communion in his hands himselfe, and then proceed to deliver the same to the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons in like manner (if any be present) and after that to the people also in order, into their hands, all meekly kneeling. And when he delivereth the bread to any one he shall say.

The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soule unto everlasting life: take and eat this in remembrance that Christ dyed for thee, and feed on him in thy heart: by faith with thanksgiving.

And the Minister that delivereth the Cup to any one, shall say.

The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soule unto everlasting life: drinke this in remembrance that Christs blood was shed for thee, and be thankfull.

If the consecrated Bread or Wine be all spent before all have communicated, the Priest is to consecrate more, according to the forme before prescribed: Beginning at [Our Saviour Christ in the same night &c] for the blessing of the Bread; and at [Likewise after Supper &c.] for the blessing of the Cup.

When all have communicated, the Minister shall return to the Lords Table; and reverently place upon it what remaineth of the consecrated Elements, covering the same with a fair Linnen cloth.

Then shall the Priest say the Lords Prayer, the People repeating after him every petition.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be don in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our Trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power and the glory, For ever & ever, Amen.

After shall be said as followeth.

O Lord and heavenly Father, We thy humble servants entirely desire thy fatherly goodnes mercifully to accept this our Sacrifice of prayse and thanksgiving, most humbly beseeching thee to grant that by the merits and death of thy sonn Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole Church may obtein Remission of our Sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our soules and Bodies to be a reasonable holy and lively sacrifice unto thee, humbly beseeching thee, that all we who are partakers of this holy Communion, may be fullfilled with thy Grace, and heavenly Benediction. And although we be unworthy through our manifold sins to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, World without end. Amen,

Or this.

Almighty and everliving God, We most heartily thank thee for that thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have duly received these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most pretious body and blood of thy sonn our saviour Jesus Christ, and dost assure us thereby of thy favour and goodnes towards us, and that we are very members incorporate in the mistical body of thy son which is the blessed Company of all faithfull people, and are also heirs through hope of thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most pretious death and passion of thy dear Son. And we most humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walke in, through Jesus Christ our Lord to whom with thee and the holy Ghost be all honour and glory world without end  Amen.

Then shall be said or sung.

Glory be to God on high, and in Earth peace, good will towards men. We prayse thee, we bless thee, we worship thee  We glorifie thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty:
    O Lord the only begotten Son, Jesu Christ, O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the World, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayers, Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father have mercy upon us. For thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord, thou only, O Christ, with the holy Ghost, art most high in the Glory of God the Father. Amen.

Then the Priest (or Bishop if he be present) shall let them depart with this blessing.

The peace of God which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almightie, the Father, the Son, and the holy Ghost be amongst you, and remain with you alwayes. Amen.


Collects to be said after the 0ffertory, when there is no Communion, every such day one, or more; and the same may be said also as often as occasion shall serve, after lhe Collects either of Morning or Evening Prayer, Communion, or Litany by the discretion of the Minister.

Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting Salvatlon; that among all the changes and chances of this mortall life, they may ever be defended by thy most gratious and ready help, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Almighty Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctifie, and govern both our hearts and bodyes in the wayes of thy lawes, and in the Works of thy Commandments, that through thy most mighty Protection both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soule, through our Lord and Saviour Iesus Christ. Amen.

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the words which we have heard this day with our outward ears, may through thy grace be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and prayse of thy Name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gratious favour, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in thee, we may glorifie thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtein everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, the Fountain of all Wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we aske, and our ignorance in asking; We beseech thee to have compassion upon our Infirmities; And those things which for our unworthiness we dare not,—and for our blindness we cannot—aske, vouchsafe to give us for the worthiness of thy son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of them that aske in thy sons Name, we beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us that have made now our prayers and supplications unto thee, and grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually be obteined, to the Relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Upon the Sundaies, and other Holy dayes (if there be no Communion) shall be said all that is appointed at the Communion, until the end of the generall Prayer. [for the whole state of Christ's Church militant here in earth] together with one or moe of these Collects last before rehearsed, concluding with the blessing.

And there shall be no Celebracion of the Lords supper, except there be a convenient number to communicate with the Priest, according to his discretion.

And if there be not above twenty persons in the parish of discretion to receive the Communion, yet there shall be no Communion, except four (or three at the least) communicate with the Priest.

And in Cathedrall, and Collegiate Churches, and Colledges, where there are many Priests and Deacons, they shall all receive the Communion with the Priest every Sunday at the least, except they have a reasonable cause to the Contrary.

And to take away all occasion of dissension and superstition, which any person hath or might have concerning the Bread, and Wine, it shall suffice that the bread be such as is usuall to be eaten, but the best, and purest wheat bread that conveniently may be gotten.

And if any of the Bread and Wine remain unconsecrated, the Curate shall have it to his own use: but if any remain of that which was consecrated, it shall not be carried out of the Church, but the Priest, and such other of the communicants as he shall then call unto him, shall, immediatly after the blessing, reverently eat and drink the same.

The Bread and Wine for the Communion shall be provided by the Curate, and the Church-wardens at the charges of the parish.

And note, that every parishioner shall communicate at the least three times in the year, of which Easter to be one. And yearly at Easter every parishioner shall reckon with the Parson, Vicar, or Curate, or his or their Deputie or Deputies, and pay to them or him all Ecclesiasticall Duties accustomably due, then and at that time to be paid.

After the Divine Service ended, the mony given at the Offertory shall be disposed of to such pious, and charitable uses, as the Minister, and Church-wardens shall think fitt. Wherein if they disagree, it shall be disposed of as the Ordinary shall appoint.

Whereas ii is ordained in this Office, for the Administration of ye Lord's Supper, that ye Communicants should receive ye same kneeling; (Wich Order is well meant, for a signification of our humble, & gratefull acknowledgement of ye Benefits of Christ, therein given to all worthy Receivers, & for ye avoiding of such profanation, and disorder in the holy Communion, as might otherwise ensue:} Yet lest ye same kneeling should by any Persons, either out of ignorance, & infirmity, or out of malice, & obstinacy, be misconstrued, & depraved; It is here declared; that thereby no Adoration is intended, or ought to be done, either unto ye Sacramentall bread, or wine, there bodily received, or unto any Corporal Presence of Christ's naturall Flesh, & Blood. For ye Sacramentall bread, & wine remazn still in their very naturall Substances, & therfore may not be adored, (for that were Idolatrie, to be abhorred of all faithfull Chnstians,) And ye naturall body, & blood of our Savior Christ are in Heaven, & not here, it being against ye truth of Chist's naturall body, to be at one time in more places, than one.




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