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Draft Revision 1923




FOR the avoidance of all controversy and doubtfulness, it is hereby prescribed that notwithstanding anything that is elsewhere enjoined in any Rubrick or Canon, the Priest in celebrating the Holy Communion shall wear either a surplice with stole or with scarf and hood, or a white alb plain with a vestment or cope.

¶ It is convenient that so many as intend to be partakers of the Holy Communion should signify their names to the Curate.

¶ And if any of those be an open and nutritious evil liver, or have done any wrong to his neighbours by word or deed, so that the Congregation be thereby offended; the Curate having knowledge thereof, shall call him and advertise him, that in any wise he presume not to come to the Lord's Table, until he have openly declared himself 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 done wrong; or at least declare himself to be in full purpose so to do, as soon 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 Lord's 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 himself hath offended; and the other party will not be persuaded to a godly unity, but remain still in his frowardness and malice: the Minister in that case ought to admit the penitent person to the holy Communion, and not him that is obstinate.

¶ And when any person is warned as in the two precedent paragraphs not to come to the Lord's Table, the Minister shall inform him that the case shall be laid before the Bishop of the Diocese without delay, and that pending the judgement of the Bishop he cannot be admitted to the Holy Communion.

¶ And on every such occasion as is set forth in the three precedent paragraphs, the Minister shall immediately give an account of the case to the Bishop and shall await his directions. And if occasion require, the Ordinary shall proceed against the offending person according to the Canon.

¶ The Priest shall say the Service following in a distinct and audible voice.

¶ 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 and Evening Prayer are appointed to be said. And the Priest standing at the north side of the Table shall say the Lord's Prayer, with the Collect following, the people kneeling.

OUR 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 trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Then shall the Priest, turning to the people, rehearse distinctly all the TEN COMMAND MENTS; and the people, still kneeling, shall after every Commandment ask God's mercy for their transgression of every duty therein (either according to the letter or according to the spiritual import thereof) for the time past, and grace to keep the same for the time to come, as followeth :

    I. God spake these words, and said; I am the Lord thy God: Thou shalt have none other gods but me.
    II. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of anything 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.
    III. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.
    IV. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt thou labour and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.
    V. Honour thy father and thy mother.
    VI. Thou shalt do no murder.
    VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
    VIII. Thou shalt not steal.
    IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
    X. Thou shalt not covet.

¶ The Ten Commandments may be omitted, provided that they be rehearsed at least once on each Lord's Day in Advent and Lent; and when they are so omitted, then shall follow either


OUR Lord Jesus Christ said: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord, and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
    On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
    People. Lord have mercy upon us, and write these thy laws in our hearts, we beseech thee.

Or else the following:

Priest. Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

¶ Then shall be said the Collect of the day, the Priest standing as before, and first saying,

The Lord be with you.
    Answer. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

¶ Immediately after the Collect, he that readeth the Epistle shall say, The Epistle [or, The Lesson] is written in the —— chapter of ——, beginning at the —— verse. And the Epistle ended, he shall say, Here endeth the Epistle [or, the Lesson]. Then the Deacon or Priest that readeth the Gospel (the people all standing up) shall say, The Holy Gospel is written in the —— chapter of ——, beginning at the —— verse. He that readeth the Epistle or the Gospel shall so stand and turn himself as he may best be heard of the people. And, the Gospel ended, shall be sung or said the Creed following, the people still standing as before.


I BELIEVE 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 down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin 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 again according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick 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 look 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-days, or Fasting-days, are in the Week following to be observed. And then also (if occasion be) shall notice be given of the Holy Communion or of other services; Banns of Matrimony may be published, and Briefs, Citations, and Excommunications shall be read, and Bidding of Prayers shall be made. 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 enjoined by the King, or enjoined or permitted 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 authority.

¶ Upon such days as the Minister giveth warning for the celebration of the Holy Communion, he may read to the people at such times as he shall think convenient one of the two Exhortations placed at the end of this Order; and one or other of them shall be read on three several occasions at the least in each year before great Festivals.

¶ Then shall the Priest return to the Lord's 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 glorify your Father which is in heaven.   St. Matthew 5.
    Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  St. Matthew 6.
    Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, even so do unto them; for this is the law and the prophets.  St. Matthew 7.
    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 7.
    Zacchaeus 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 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 Corinthians 9.
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your worldly things? 1 Corinthians 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 ordained that they who preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel.   1 Corinthians 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 cheerful giver.   2 Corinthians 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. Galatians 6.
    While we have time, let us do good unto all men; and specially unto them that are of the household of faith. Galatians 6.
    Godliness is great gain, 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 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 eternal life.   1 Timothy 6.
    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 to the saints, and yet do minister.   Hebrews 6.
    To do good, and to distribute, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.   Hebrews 13.
    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 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.   Tobit 4.
    Be merciful 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 thyself a good reward in the day of necessity.   Tobit 4.
    He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord: and look, what he layeth out, it shall be paid him again.   Proverbs 19.
    Blessed be the man that provideth for the sick and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble.   Psalm 41.
    Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.   Acts 20.
    Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows unto the most Highest.   Psalm 50.
    I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness: I will sing and speak praises unto the Lord.   Psalm 27.
    Melchizedek king of Salem brought. forth bread and wine; and he was the Priest of the most high God.   Genesis 14.
    I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the Name of the Lord: I will pay my vows unto the Lord in the sight of all his people.   Psalm 116.
    All things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.   1 Chronicles 29.

¶ Whilst these Sentences are in reading, the Deacons Church-wardens, or other fit person appointed for that purpose, shall receive the Alms for the Poor, 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 thank sufficient. It is the ancient tradition of the Church to mingle a little Water with ,the Wine. The Priest may here bid special prayers and thanksgivings. After which the Priest shall say.

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


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 and oblations and to receive these our prayers, .which we offer unto thy divine majesty; beseeching thee to inspire continually 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 unity, and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governors; 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 Bishops 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 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 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 trouble, sorrow, need, 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 kingdom: Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

¶ At the time of the celebration: of the Communion the Communicants being conveniently placed for the receiving of the holy. Sacrament, the Priest may say this Exhortation.

NOTE — That if this Exhortation be not read at the time of the celebration of the Communion, it shall, nevertheless, be read to the people by the Curate at such times as he shall think fit, and at the least three times in the year.

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 St. 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, and spiritually 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 steadfast 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 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 innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-shedding he hath obtained to us; he hath instituted and ordained holy mysteries, 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 Ghost, let us give (as we are most bounden) 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.

¶ 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 ways: Draw near 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 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,

ALMIGHTY 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 remembrance 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, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In 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 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 goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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

¶ 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 travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.   St. Matthew 11. 28.
    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.   St. John 3. 16.

Hear also what St. Paul saith:
    This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.   1 Timothy 1. 15.
Hear also what St. John saith:
    If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins.   1 St. John 2. 1.

¶ Then shall the Priest, kneeling down at the Lord's Table, say in the name of all them that shall receive the Communion this Prayer following.

WE do not presume to come to this thy table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through hi's most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

¶ Then shall the Priest stand up, and turning himself to the people say,

The Lord be with you.
    Answer. And with thy spirit.

¶ After which the Priest shall proceed, saying,

LIFT up your hearts.
Answer. We lift them up unto the Lord.
Priest. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
Answer. It is meet and right so to do.

¶ Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's Table, and say,

IT is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God.

¶ Here shall follow the Proper Preface, according to the time, if there be any specially appointed: or else immediately shall follow,

THEREFORE with Angels and Arch­angels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising 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.


Upon Christmas-day, and until the Epiphany.

The same Preface shall be used on the Feasts of the Purification and the Annunciation, the words as at this time for us being omitted, and the words for our salvation substituted therefor.

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 the Epiphany and seven days after.

THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; who, in substance of our mortal flesh, manifested forth his glory, that he might bring us out of darkness into his own marvellous light, and from the power of Satan unto God. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon the Thursday before Easter.

THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; who, having loved his own which were in the world, loved them unto the end, and on the night before he suffered, sitting at meat with his disciples, did institute these holy mysteries, that we, redeemed by his death and Passion, and quickened by his Resurrection, might be made partakers of his divine nature, receiving of his fulness. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon Easter-day, and until Ascension-day.

BUT chiefly are we bound to praise 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 rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon Ascension-day, and until Whit-Sunday.

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 Whit-Sunday, and six days after.

THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; who, after that he had ascended up far above all the heavens and was set down at the right hand of thy Majesty did as at this time pour forth upon the children of adoption thy holy and life-giving Spirit, that through his glorious power the joy. of the everlasting gospel might go forth into all the world, whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon the Feast of Trinity only.

WHO with thine only-begotten Son and the Holy Ghost art one God, one Lord; in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Substance; for that which we believe of thy Glory, O Father, the same we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon the Feast of the Transfiguration.

BECAUSE by the mystery of thine incarnate Word the light of thy glory did shine anew upon mankind; to the intent that we might be transformed into his image from glory to glory. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon All Saints' Day, and (except when. the Proper Preface of any of the Great Festivals is appointed to be said) upon the Festivals of Apostles and Evangelists, and the Nativity of St. John Baptist.

WHO in the righteousness of thy Saints hast given us an ensample of godly living and in their blessedness a glorious pledge of the hope of our calling, that, being compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, we also with patience may run the race that is set before us, and with them receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away. Therefore with Angels, &c.

Upon the Consecration of a Church, or Anniversary of the Consecration.

WHO, though thy glory is in all the world, and thy greatness is unbounded, dost vouchsafe to hallow for thy Name places meet for thy worship, and through them to stir up in the hearts of thy people the spirit of grace and supplication. Therefore with
Angels, &c.


¶ After each of which Prefaces shall immediately be sung or said,

THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising 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.

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

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death on the Cross for our redemption; who made there (by his one oblation of himself 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 Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again:
    Hear us, O merciful 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 Christ's 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, he d took the Cup; and, when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this; for e this is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins; Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. Amen.

  a Here, the Priest is to take the Paten in 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 hand:
  e And here to lay his hand upon every vessel (be it Chalice or Flagon) in which there is any Wine to be consecrated.

WHEREFORE, O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy humble, servants, having in remembrance the precious death of thy dear Son, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, looking also for his coming again, do render unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits Which he hath procured unto us; and we entirely desire thy Fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his Passion.
    And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls 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 fulfilled 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 weiging 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.

    And now as our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us, we are bold to say:


    *Our 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 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 and ever. Amen.

¶ Then shall the Minister first receive the Communion in both kinds himself, 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 soul unto everlasting life: Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died 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 soul unto everlasting life: Drink this in remembrance that Christ's blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.

¶ When occasion requires, the Minister may, with the consent of the Ordinary, instead of saying all the above Words of Administration to each Communicant, say them first in an audible voice to the whole number of them that come to receive the Holy Communion. And then in delivering the Bread to each Communicant he shall say, either The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto ever­lasting life, or, Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith with thanksgiving. And in delivering the Cup to each Communicant he shall say, either The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life, or Drink this in remembrance that Christ's Blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.

¶ Or else, with the consent of the Ordinary, he may say the whole form of words once to each row of Communicants instead of saying them to each Communicant severally.

¶ If the consecrated Bread or Wine be all spent before all have communicated, the Priest is to consecrate more according to the Form before prescribed. Beginning at the second paragraph with the words [Hear us O merciful Father, &c.], he shall say for the blessing of the Bread, [who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took .Bread, &c.] or for the blessing of the Cup, if that alone be required [who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took the Cup, &c.], and shall continue the prayer with [Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, &c.] down to the end of the third paragraph. And after the words [benefits of his Passion] the people shall say Amen.

¶ When all have communicated, the Minister shall return to the Lord's Table, and reverently place upon it what rernaineth of the consecrated Elements, covering the same with a fair linen cloth.

¶ After shall be said as followeth .

V. O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious:
R. And his mercy endureth for ever.

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 precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs through hope of thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious 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 walk 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 praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify 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 prayer. 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 Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.

*Here shall the People join with the Priest.

¶ Collects to be said after the 0ffertory, when there is no Communion, every such day one or more and the same or other Collects contained in this Book or sanctioned by the Ordinary may be said also, as often as occasion shall serve, after the 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 salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O ALMIGHTY LORD, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus 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 praise of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, 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 ask, 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 ask in thy Son's 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 obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O GOD of the spirits of all flesh, We praise and magnify thy holy Name for all thy servants who have finished their course in thy faith and fear, for the Blessed Virgin Mary for the holy Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles and Martyrs, and for all other thy righteous servants, known to us or unknown; and we beseech thee that, encouraged by their examples, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may be found meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints m light; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O ETERNAL Lord God, who holdest all souls in life: We beseech thee to shed forth upon thy whole Church in Paradise and on earth the bright beams of thy light and heavenly comfort; and grant that we, following the good example of those who have loved and served thee here and are now at rest, may with them at length enter into the fulness of thine unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Upon the Sundays and other Holy-days (if there be no Communion) shall be said all that is appointed at the Communion, until the end of the general Prayer [For the whole state of Christ's Church militant here in earth] together with one or more of these Collects last before rehearsed, concluding with the Blessing.

¶ And there shall be no Celebration of the Lord's Supper, except there be a convenient number to communicate with the Priest, according to his discretion.

¶ And in Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, and Colleges, 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 usual to be eaten; but the best and purest Wheat Bread that conveniently may be gotten.

¶ And if any remain of the Bread and Wine 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, immediately after the Blessing, reverently eat and drink the same, except so far as is otherwise provided in the Order for the Communion of the Sick.

¶ 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 Deputy or Deputies; and pay to them or him all Ecclesiastical Duties, accustomably due, then and at that time to be paid.

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

¶ The Order here provided ought not to be supplemented by additional prayers, save so far as may be ordered or permitted by the Ordinary, nor should the private devotions of the Minister be such as to hinder, interrupt, or alter the course of the service.

¶ Whereas it is ordained in this office for the Administration of the Lord's Supper, that the Communicants should receive the same kneeling; (which order is well meant, for a signification of our humble and grateful acknowledgement of the benefits of Christ therein given to all worthy Receivers, and for the avoiding of such profanation and disorder in the holy Communion, as might otherwise ensue;) yet lest the same kneeling should by any persons, either out of ignorance and infirmity, or out of malice and obstinacy, be misconstrued and depraved: It is here declared, that thereby no Adoration is intended, or ought to be done, either unto the Sacramental Bread or Wine there bodily received, or unto any Corporal Presence of Christ's natural Flesh and Blood. For the Sacramental Bread and Wine remain still in their very natural substances, and therefore may not be adored; (for that were Idolatry, to be abhorred of all faithful Christians;) and the natural Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ are in Heaven, and not here; it being against the truth of Christ's natural Body to be at one time in more places than one.

(Here follow the other two Exhortations, unchanged from 1662)


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