|The Book of Common Prayer|
THE BOOK OF
ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS
AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES OF THE CHURCH
ACCORDING TO THE USE OF
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
IN THE DOMINION OF CANADA
THE PSALTER OR PSALMS OF DAVID
POINTED AS THEY ARE TO BE SUNG OR SAID IN CHURCHES
AND THE FORM OR MANNER OF MAKING
THE ORDER FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF
THE LORD'S SUPPER
SO many as intend to be partakers of the holy Communion shall signify
their names to the Curate, at least some time the day before.
¶ 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 who 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 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.
spake these words and said; I am the Lord thy God Thou shalt have none
other gods but me.
¶ Or, he may rehearse instead of the Ten Commandments (which however shall be said at least once on Sunday, and on the great Festivals, when there is a Celebration of the holy Communion, and that always at the chief Service of the day), our Blessed Lord's summary of the Law as followeth.
Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith.
THOU shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
People Lord, have mercy upon us, and write both these thy laws 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 GEORGE, our King and Governor, 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.
¶ Then shall be said the Collect of the day. And immediately 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, the people all standing up, he shall read the Gospel, saying, The Holy Gospel is written in the — Chapter of — beginning at the — Verse.
¶ Here shall be sung or said,
Glory be to thee, O Lord.
¶ And the Gospel ended, the people shall in like manner sing or say,
Thanks be to thee, O Lord.
¶ Then shall be sung or said this Creed following, the people still standing as before.
BELIEVE in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And
of all things visible and invisible.
¶ 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 Communion; and the Banns of Matrimony published, and Excommunications and other ecclesiastical notices 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 enjoined 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 authority.
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 treasure upon the earth; where the rust and moth doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither rust nor moth doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal. St. Matthew 6.
Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them; for this is the Law and the Prophets. 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 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 of the altar? Even s hath the Lord also ordained, 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 cheerful giver. 2 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 especially unto them that are of the household of faith. Gal. 6.
Godliness is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath: for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out. 1 Tim. 6.
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 Tim. 6.
God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works, and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye have showed for his Names sake, who have ministered unto the saints, and yet do minister. Hebr. 6.
To do good and to distribute forget not; for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebr. 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. Prov. 19.
Blessed be the man that provideth for the sick and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble. Psalm 41.
All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee. 1 Chron. 29.
And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made him willing, and they brought the Lord's offering. Exod. 35.
Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20.
¶ 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 basin 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 Communion, the Priest shall
then place upon the Table so much Bread and Wine as he shall think sufficient.
After which done, 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 impartially 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 living 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 nd 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.
When the Minister giveth warning for the Celebration
of the holy Communion, (which he shall always do upon the Sunday, or some
Holy-day, immediately preceding,) after the Sermon or Homily ended, or
else after the Nicene Creed, he may read this Exhortation following, or
the first paragraph thereof, at his discretion; provided always, that
he read the whole Exhortation upon some Sunday before Christmas Day, Easter
Day, and Whitsunday, the people all standing.
beloved, on — day next I purpose,
through God's 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 obtain remission of our sins, and are made
partakers of the kingdom of heaven.
¶ Or, in case he shall see the People negligent to come to the holy Communion, instead of the former, he shall use this Exhortation.
beloved brethren, on I intend, by Gods grace, to celebrate
the Lords Supper: unto which, in Gods behalf, I bid you all
who 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 himself. 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, so 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
think a great injury and wrong done unto him? Wherefore, most dearly beloved
in Christ, take ye good heed, lest ye, withdrawing yourselves from this
holy Supper, provoke Gods indignation against you. It is an easy
matter for a man to say, I will not communicate, because I am otherwise
hindered with worldly business. But such excuses are not so easily 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 ye will not come? When ye should
return to God, will ye excuse yourselves, and say ye are not ready? Consider
earnestly with yourselves how little such feigned excuses will avail before
God. Those who refused the feast in the Gospel, because they had bought
a farm, or would. try their yokes of oxen, or because they were married,
were not so excused, but counted unworthy of the heavenly feast. Wherefore,
according to mine office, I bid you in the Name of God, I call you in
Christs behalf, 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 yield up his soul 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 himself bath commanded which if ye shall neglect to
do, consider with yourselves how great is your ingratitude to 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 return to a better
mind: for the obtaining 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.
beloved in the Lord, ye who 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 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 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 condemnation, not discerning the Lord's Body. Judge
therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent
ye 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 always 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 for 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.
¶ Then shall the Priest say,
Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith to 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 Saint 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 Tim. 1:15
Hear also what Saint 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
¶ After which the Priest shall proceed, saying,
Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up unto the Lord.
¶ 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.
with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud
and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying:
¶ Upon Christmas-day and seven days after.
BECAUSE thou didst give Jesus Christ, thine only Son, to be born as at this time for us, who, by 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, is substance of our mortal flesh, manifested forth his glory, that he might bring us out of darkness into his own marvellous light. Therefore with Angels, &c.
¶ Upon Easter-day and seven days after.
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 seven days 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 Whitsun-day, and six days 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 also bold-ness with fervent zeal constantly to preach the Gos-pel unto all nations; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear 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 believe of the glory of the Father, the same we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels, &c.
¶ After each of which Prefaces shall immediately be sung or said,
with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud
and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying:
¶ Then shall the priest, kneeling down at the Lord's Table, say to 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 his most precious 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 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 upon 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, 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, atook Bread; and when he had given thanks, bhe brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat, cthis is my Body which is given for you: Do this in remembrance of me. Likewise after supper dhe took the Cup; and, when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this; for ethis 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.
¶ Then shall the Minister first receive the Communion in both kinds himself, and then proceed to deliver the same to the Bishops, Priest, and Deacons, in like manner, (if any be present,) and after that to the people also in order, in to 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,
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.
¶ 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 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 Lord's Table, and reverently place upon it what remaineth of the consecrated Elements, covering the same with a fair linen cloth.
¶ Then shall the Priest say the Lord's Prayer, the people repeating after him every petition.
OUR Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by 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.
¶ After shall be said as followeth.
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 to 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.
¶ Note that at the discretion of the Minister both the foregoing prayers may be used.
¶ Then shall be said or sung,
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
¶ Then the Priest (or the Bishop if he be present) shall let them depart with this Blessing.
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.
¶ Collects that may be said after the Offertory, 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 the Collects either of Morning or Evening Prayer, or Communion,or Litany, at 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 everliving 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 Savior 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, contin-ued, 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 com-passion 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.
God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in thy Sons
Name. We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us who have
now made 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.
¶ Upon the Sundays and other Holy-days (if there be no Communion) m may be said all that is appointed at the Communion, until the end of the general Prayer for the whole estate 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 if there be not above twenty persons in the Parish of discretion to receive the Communion: yet there shall be no Communion, except three (or two at the least) communicate with the Priest.
¶ And in Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, and Colleges, where be many Priests and Deacons, they shall all receive the Communion with the minister 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 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, immediately 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 every Parishioner shall contribute regularly of his substance to the worship of God, according as God shall prosper him.
¶ 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.
¶ 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 acknowledgements of the benefits of Christ therein given to all worthy Receivers, and for the avoiding of such profanation and disorder in the Holy Commuinion, as might otherwise ensue;) yet, lest the same kneeling by any persons, either out of ignorance or infirmity, or out of malice and obstinancy, be misconstrued and depreaved: 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 Body 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, 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.
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