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    It is thought good that at this time (in the presence of you all) there should be made a remembrance. of the admonitions of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. For as we are taught by the Apostle Saint Paul that the old Law was but our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, so are we bounden first of all (if we profess ourselves followers of Christ) to remember what he would have us both to eschew and perform.
    And whereas the former Law doth denounce unto us the curse of God, if we do those things that we ought not, so the Law of Christ declareth unto us no whit less fearful a penalty, if we do not those that we ought; to wit, the losing of our membership in his kingdom, and our separation after this life from his presence. For unto us also by this his commandment sin is made exceeding sinful; and that greater light which he hath brought unto us maketh us the more inexcusable if we follow it not.
    Which sentences of his Law we shall now rehearse unto you, desiring you to answer to every sentence, Amen. Lord have mercy upon us: by which is signified that we verily acknowledge his word to be a law unto us all, whereof we confess ourselves to be daily transgressors.

    Minister. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy strength, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
    Answer. Amen. Lord have mercy upon us.

    Minister. And the second is like unto it, namely this,. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    Answer. Amen. Lord have mercy upon us.

    Minister. This his Law he leaveth us to fulfil by help of his precepts, whereof take these for an example.
    Except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
    Answer. Amen. Lord have mercy upon us.

    Minister. Whosoever doth not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
    Answer. Amen. Lord have mercy upon us.

    Minister. If ye forgive not men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
    Answer. Amen. Lord have mercy upon us.

    Minister. Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.
    Answer. Amen. Lord have mercy upon us.

    Minister. Beware of covetousness, for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he posseseth.
    Answer. Amen. Lord have mercy upon us.

    Minister. Furthermore, we put you in mind that those outward offences and violences which are forbidden by the Law are by our Saviour Christ more effectually forbidden, inasmuch as by his Apostle he assigneth us that single reason why we should not commit any of them, saying, Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the Law. For those things, which Moses spake of the outward man, Christ speaketh of the inward, saying, A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit: and again: Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. And that he might by example shew in what manner the Law must needs be interpreted by them that would follow him, he said:
    Think not that I am come to destroy the Law and the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
    Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgement; But I say unto 'you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement.
    Answer. Amen. Lord have mercy upon us.

    Minister. Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
    Answer. Amen. Lord have mercy upon us.

    Minister. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
    Answer. Amen. Lord have mercy upon us.

 This Exhortation appears in the Final Draft and 1928 Book only
    Minister. And this manner of interpreting the Law he leaveth us to fulfil by help of these and other his precepts: whereof take this for example, that where Moses saith, Cursed is he that maketh the blind to go out of his way, Christ saith, Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
    Finally, before his death and passion, he declared unto his Apostles by a parable that account which he will take of men's works done in this life: wherein is to be marked that he upbraideth not the sinners for that evil which they did, but because they did not that good which they might have done. Which parable, as it standeth last in the Gospel, so it shall be the end of our exhortation.
    When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me,: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto -me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hung red, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in ? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer, and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer unto them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment;; but the righteous into life eternal.
    Unto which life he vouchsafe to bring us all, for his infinite mercy. Amen.
 Then shall be said or sung Psalm 130.

OUT of the deep have I called unto thee, o Lord: Lord, hear my voice.
    2 O let thine ears consider well: the voice. of my complaint.
    3 If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss: O Lord, who may abide it?
    4 For there is mercy with thee : therefore shalt thou be feared.
    5 I look for the Lord; my soul doth wait for him : in his. word is my trust.
    6 My soul fleeth unto the Lord : before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.
    7 O Israel, trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy: and with him is plenteous redemption.
    8 And he shall redeem Israel : from all his sins.
    Glory be to the Father, and to the son: and to the Holy Ghost;
    As it was· in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

After which the Minister shall say,

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
    Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

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.

    Minister. O Lord, save thy servants;
    Answer. That put their trust in thee.
    Minister. Send unto them help from above;
    Answer. And evermore mightily defend them.
    Minister. Help us, O God our Saviour.
    Answer. And for the glory of thy name deliver us; be merciful to us sinners, for thy name's sake.
    Minister. O Lord, hear our prayer;
    Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.

O GOD, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive: Receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us; for the honour of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

LORD of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of thy name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth: Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you;
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Let us bless the Lord;
R. Thanks be to God.

    To God the Father, who loved us, and made us accepted in the Beloved:
    To God the Son, who loved us, and loosed us from our sins by his own blood:
    To God the Holy Ghost, who sheddeth the love of God abroad in our hearts:
    To the one true God be all love and all glory for time and for eternity. Amen.



Printed for the information of Members of the

Proposed Rules Concerning Reservation.

To the end that due reverence may be observed in all arrangements concerning the reservation of the Consecrated Bread and Wine for the Communion of the Sick, the Archbishops and Bishops have agreed, in the event of the Prayer Book Measure becoming law, to put forth the rules following, as to the manner of carrying into effect the Rubricks of the Alternative Order of the Communion of the Sick.

    1. The consecrated Bread and Wine set apart under the Rubricks of the Alternative Order of the Communion of the Sick shall be reserved in an Aumbry set in the North Wall of the Sanctuary or of the Chapel; or, if need be, shall be reserved in some other place approved by the Bishop.
    2. The Aumbry shall consist of a safe firmly fixed into the wall and provided with an adequate lock, the key of which shall be deposited in a secure place accessible only to those who have the right to move the consecrated Bread and Wine.
    3. The receptacle in which the consecrated Bread and Wine are reserved shall be kept locked, and the door shall only be opened when it is necessary to move or replace the consecrated Elements for the purpose of Communion or renewal.
    4. The consecrated Bread and Wine shall be renewed at least once a week.
    5. The manner in which the Reserved Sacrament is to be conveyed to the Sick is to be subject to the direction of the Bishop.


    The Licence issued under the second Rubrick shall have effect only within the Church (or Churches) named in the Licence. The authority given by such Licence shall be exercised by the Priest to whom the Licence is given or by his deputy.
    In order to secure unity of procedure, a common form of Licence will be used in all the Dioceses of the Provinces of Canterbury and York.

March 1927.

This appears in my copy of the Final 1927 Draft. It does not appear to be part of the original book.

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