Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Order for Holy Communion

The Order for Holy Communion
¶ At the Communion time the Holy Table shall have upon it a fair white linen cloth. After the entrance hymn the Priest, standing reverently before the Holy Table, shall say the Lord’s prayer and the Collect following, the people kneeling.

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts are 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.

The Introit

Then shall the Choir sing in English for the office, or Introit, the Psalm appointed for that day. With the antiphon appointed to be sung with the Invitatory if any.
 Then shall the Priest, turning to the People, rehearse distinctly The Ten Commandments; and the People, still kneeling, shall, after every Commandment, ask God mercy for their transgressions for the time past, and grace to keep the law for the time to come.
¶ And NOTE, that in rehearsing the Ten Commandments, the Priest may omit that part of the Commandment which is inset.
¶ The Decalogue may be omitted, provided it be said at least one Sunday in each month. But NOTE, That whenever it is omitted, the Minister shall say the Summary of the Law, beginning, Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith.
GOD spake these words, and said:
I am the LORD thy 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 thyself any graven image, nor the likeness 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 show 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 vain;
for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, that taketh his Name in vain.
    Lord, have mercy upon vs, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
    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. In it thou shalt do no manner of work; thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh 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 days 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 murder.
    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.
    Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
    Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
    Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
    Thou shalt not covet
thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s 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 laws in our hearts, we beseech thee.

¶ Then may the Priest say,

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 neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

Here, if the Decalogue hath been omitted, shall be said in the three fold, six fold or nine fold form,
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Then shall be said or sung the Gloria in excelsis, all standing, or some proper Hymn.
GLORY be to God on high, and on 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, Jesus 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, 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 may say,
OALMIGHTY 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

¶ Here shall be said,

Minister:       The Lord be with you.
Answer:         And with thy spirit.
Minister:       Let us pray.

¶ Then shall the Priest say the Collect of the Day and the collects for the season etc. But in no case shall the number of collects exceed seven. And after the Collect the Minister appointed shall read the Epistle, first saying, The Epistle is written in the — Chapter of —, beginning at the — Verse. The Epistle ended, he shall say,Here endeth the Epistle.

¶ Here may be sung a Psalm, Hymn or Anthem.

¶ Then, all the People standing, the Minister appointed shall read the Gospel, first saying, The Holy Gospel is written in the — Chapter of —, beginning at the — Verse.

¶ Here shall be said,

Glory be to thee, O Lord.

¶ And after the Gospel may be said,

Praise be to thee, O Christ.

¶ Here, or immediately after the Creed, may be said the Bidding Prayer, or other authorized Prayers and intercessions. Then followeth the Sermon.

¶ Then shall be said the Creed commonly called the Nicene, or else the Apostles’ Creed; but the Creed may be omitted, if it hath been said immediately before in Morning Prayer; Provided, That the Nicene creed shall be said on Christmas-day, Easter-day, Ascension-day, Whitsunday, and Trinity-Sunday.
IBELIEVE 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 Catholic and Apostolic 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 shall be declared unto the People what Holy-days, or Fasting-days, are in the week following to be observed; and (if occasion be) shall Notice be given of the Communion, and of the Banns of Matrimony, and other matters to be published.

¶ Then shall be sung or said one of the offertory sentences following.

REMEMBER the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.  Acts xx. 35.
    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  St. Matt. v. 16.
    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. Matt. vi. 19, 20.
    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. Matt.vii. 21.
    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 grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.  2 Cor. ix. 6, 7.
    While we have time, let us do good unto all men; and especially unto them that are of the household of faith.  Gal. vi. 10.
    God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works, and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye have showed for his Name’s sake, who have ministered unto the saints, and yet do minister.  Heb. vi. 10.
To do good, and to distribute, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.  Heb. xiii. 16.
    Whoso hath this world’s goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him’?  1 St. John iii. 17.
    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 iv. 8,9.
    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.  St. Matt. xxv. 40.
    How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed’? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard’? and how shall they hear without a preacher’? and how shall they preach, except they be sent’?  Rom. x. 14, 15.
    Jesus said unto them, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.  St. Luke x. 2.
    Ye shall not appear before the L
ORD empty; every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.  Deut.xvi. 16, 17.
    Thine, O L
ORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.  1 Chron. xxix. 11.
    All things come of thee, O L
ORD, and of thine own have we given thee.  1 Chron. xxix. 14.

¶ And NOTE, That these Sentences may be used on any other occasion of Public Worship when the offerings of the People are to be received.

¶ The Deacons, Church-wardens, or other fit persons appointed for that purpose, shall receive the Alms for the Poor, and other Offerings of the People, in a decent Basin to be provided by the Parish; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present and place it upon the Holy Table.

¶ And the Priest shall then offer, and shall place upon the Holy Table, the Bread and the Wine.

¶ And when the Alms and Oblations are being received and presented, there may be sung one of the verses afore said or a Hymn, or an Offertory Anthem in the words of Holy Scripture or of the Book of Common Prayer, under the direction of the Priest.

¶ Here the Priest may ask the secret intercessions of the Congregation for any who have desired the prayers of the Church.

¶ Then shall the Priest say,

Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church.
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 those who 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, so to direct and dispose the hearts of all Christian Rulers, that they may truly and impartially administer 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 other Ministers, 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 especially 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 those 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 grant them continual growth in thy love and service, and 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.

¶ Then shall the Priest say,

YE who 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, devoutly kneeling.

¶ Then shall this General Confession be made, by the Priest and all those who are minded to receive the Holy Communion, humbly kneeling.

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 (the Bishop if he be present) stand up, and turning to the People, say,

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who 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 unto all who truly turn to him.

COME unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.  St. Matt. xi. 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. Johniii. 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. i. 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 ii. 1, 2.

¶ After which the Priest shall proceed, saying,

                      The Lorde be with you.
 Answer.       And with thy spirite.
Priest:            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 Holy 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 specialty appointed; or else immediately shall be said or sung by the Priest,
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. Blessed is he that commeth in the name of the Lord: Glory to thee, O lord in the highest.

Proper Prefaces

Lord's Day
To be used on Sundays when another Preface is not appointed
CREATOR of the light and source of life, who hast made us in thine image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

Prefaces for Feasts and Seasons
To be used on Sundays and weekdays alike
BECAUSE thou didst send thy beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

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 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, etc.

For the rest of Christmas and on Feasts of the Incarnation
BECAUSE in the Mystery of the Word made flesh, thou hast caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of thy glory in the face of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

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 glorious light.
    Therefore with Angels, etc.
To be used on Sundays and weekdays alike
WHO dost bid thy faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by thy Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which thou hast prepared for those who love thee.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

Passion Week & Holy Week
To be used on Sundays and weekdays alike
Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who for our sins was lifted high upon the cross, that he might draw the whole world to himself; who by his suffering and death became the author of eternal salvation for all who put their trust in him.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

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, etc.

For the rest of Easter Season

THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

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, etc.

Upon the Feast of Whitsunday, 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, lighting upon the Apostles, to teach them, and to lead them into all truth; giving them boldness with fervent zeal constantly to preach the Gospel 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, etc.

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 of inequality.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

Upon All Saints’ Day, and seven days after.
WHO, in the multitude of thy saints, hast compassed us about with so great a cloud of witnesses that we, rejoicing in their fellowship, may run with patience the race that is set before us, and together with them may receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

Prefaces for Other Occasions
For Saint’s Days
FOR the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all thy saints, who have been chosen vessels of thy grace, and the lights of the world in their generations.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

or this
WHO in the obedience of thy saints hast given us an example of righteousness, and in their eternal joy a glorious pledge of the hope of our calling.
Therefore with Angels, etc

or this

BECAUSE thou are greatly glorified in the assembly of thy saints. All thy creatures praise thee, and thy faithful servants bless thee, confessing before the rulers of this world the great Name of thine only Son.
Therefore with Angels, etc

For Feasts of Apostles and For Ordinations
THROUGH the great shepherd of thy flock, Jesus Christ our Lord; who after his resurrection sent forth his apostles to preach the Gospel and to teach all nations; and promised to be with them always, even unto the end of the ages.
Therefore with Angels, etc

For the Dedication of a Church
THROUGH Jesus Christ our great High Priest; in whom we are build up as living stones of a holy temple, that we might offer before thee a sacrifice of praise and prayer which is holy and pleasing in thy sight.
Therefore with Angels, etc

For Baptisms
BECAUSE in Jesus Christ our Lord thou hast received us as thy sons and daughters, made us citizens of thy kingdom, and given us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.
Therefore with Angels, etc

For a Nuptial Mass
BECAUSE in the love of wife and husband, thou hast given us an image of the heavenly Jerusalem, adorned as a bride for her bridegroom, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who loveth her and gave himself for her, that he might make the whole creation new.
Therefore with Angels, etc
For Votive Masses
Sunday: of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
FOR the precious death and merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and for the sending to us of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter; who are one with thee in thy Eternal Godhead. 
Therefore with Angels, etc.

Monday: of the Holy Angels
May also be used on the Feast of St. Michael and all Angels
WHO didst create Michael and Gabriel and all the Heavenly Host in a wonderful order to do thy will without ceasing.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

Tuesday: of the Holy Ghost
WHO by water and the Holy Spirit hast made us a new people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth thy glory in all the world.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

Wednesday: for any necessity
FOR in thy grace thou didst say ask and thou shall receive.
                Therefore with Angels, etc.
Thursday: of the Blessed Sacrament
WHO by his one oblation gave unto us the fruit of his sacrifice in the sacrament of his body and blood.
            Therefore with Angels, etc.

Friday: of the Holy Cross
May also be used for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
FOR that thou caused the salvation of mankind on the hard wood of the holy and life giving Cross that as death came from the fruit of a tree so likewise came life eternal.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

Saturday: of the Blessed Virgin Mary
May also be used for all Feasts of the BVM
WE give thee thanks for in choosing the blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of thy Son thou hast exalted the humble and meek. As thy angel hailed her; so we with all generations call her blessed, and with her we praise and magnify thy holy name.
Therefore with Angels, etc.

Any Day: for the Faithful Departed
THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; who rose victorious from the dead, and doth comfort us with the blessed hope of everlasting life; for to thy faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body doth lie in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens.

Therefore with Angels, etc.

¶ 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.

ALL glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, 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 the death and sacrifice, until his coming again: For in the night in which he was betrayed, (a) he 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 (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 oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.

(a) Here the Priest is to take the Paten into his hands.
(b) And here tp break the Bread.
(c) And here to lay his hand on all the Bread.
(d) Here he is to take the Cup into his hands.
(e) And here he is to lay his hand upon every vessel in which there is any wine to be consecrated.

WHEREFORE O Lord and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy Divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.
AND we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them 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.
AND we earnestly 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, our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him. And although we are 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.

And now, as our Saviour Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

¶ Then shall the Priest, kneeling down at the Lord’s Table, say, with the congregation, 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.

¶ Then shall the Priest first receive the Holy Communion in both kinds himself, and 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 devoutly kneeling. And sufficient opportunity shall be given to those present to communicate. And when he delivereth the Bread, 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 who delivereth the Cup 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.

In the Communion tyme the Clarkes shall syng,

    O lamb of god, that takest away the sins of the world : have mercy upon us.
    O lamb of god, that takest away the sins of the world : have mercy upon us.
    O lamb of god, that takest away the sins of the world : grant us thy peace.

Beginning so soon as the Priest doeth receive the holy Communion, then shall the Clarkes syng the Communion.
Sentences of holy Scripture, to be said or sung every day, after the holy Communion, called the Communion.

IF any man will follow me, let him forsake himself, and take up his cross and follow me. Matt. xvi.
    Whosoever shall endure unto the end, he shall be saved.
Mark. xiii.
    Praised be the Lord god of Israel, for he hath visited and redeemed his people : therefore let us serve him all the days of our life, in holiness and righteousness accepted before him.
Luke. i.
    Happy are those servants, whom the Lord (when he cometh) shall find waking.
Luke. xii.
    Be ye ready, for the son of man will come at an hour when ye think not.
Luke. xii.
    The servant that knoweth his masters will, and hath not prepared himself, neither hath done according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
Luke. xii.
    The hour cometh, and now it is, when true worshippers shall worship the father in spirit and truth.
John iiii.
    Behold, thou art made whole, sin no more, lest any worse thing happen unto thee.
John v.
    If ye shall continue in my word, then are ye my very disciples, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John viii.
    While ye have light, believe on the light, that ye may be the children of light.
John xii.
    He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, the same is he that loveth me. John xiiii.
    If any men love me, he will keep my word, and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and dwell with him.
John xiiii.
    If ye shall bide in me, and my word shall abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall bee done to you.
John xv.
    Herein is my father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, and become my disciples.
John xv.
    This is my commandment that you love together as I have loved you.
John xv.
    If God be on our side, who can be against us? which did not spare his own son, but gave him for us all.
Rom. viii.
    Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's chosen? it is GOD that justifeth, who is he that can condemn?
Rom. viii.
    The night is passed and the day is at hand, let us therefore cast away the deeds of darkness, and put on the armor of light.
Rom. xiii.
    Christ Jesus is made of GOD, unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctifying, and redemption, that (according as it is written) he which rejoiceth should rejoice in the Lord.
1 Cor. i.
    Knowe ye not that ye are the temple of GOD, and that the spirit of GOD dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of GOD, him shall God destroy.
1 Cor. iii.
    Ye are dearly bought, therefore glorifies God in your bodies, and in your spirits, for they belong to God.
1 Cor. vi.
  Be you followers of God as dear children, and walk in love, even as Christ loved us, and gave himself for us an offering and a Sacrifice of a sweet savor to God.
Ephes. v.

¶ If the consecrated Bread or Wine be spent before all have communicated, the Priest is to consecrate more, according to the Form before prescribed; beginning at, All glory be to thee, Almighty God, and ending with these words, partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood.
¶ When all have communicated, the Priest 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,

Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY and ever living God, we most heartily thank thee, for that thou dost feed us in these holy mysteries with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior 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 his most precious death and passion. 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, the people kneeling, the Priest (the Bishop if he be present) shall let them depart with this Blessing.
MAY 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 Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
¶ Here may be sung a hymn

General Rubrics

¶ In the absence of a Priest, a Deacon may say all that is before appointed unto the end of the Gospel.
¶ Upon the Sundays and other Holy-days, (though there be no Sermon or Communion,) may be said all that is appointed at the Communion, unto the end of the Gospel, concluding with the Blessing.
¶ And if any of the consecrated Bread and Wine remain after the Communion, it shall not be carried out of the Church; but the Minister and other Communicants shall, immediately after the Blessing, reverently eat and drink the same.
¶ If among those who come to be partakers of the Holy Communion, the Minister shall know any to be an open and notorious evil liver, or to have done any wrong to his neighbours by word or deed, so that the Congregation be thereby offended; he shall advertise him, that he presume not to come to the Lord’s Table, until he have openly declared himself to have truly repented and amended his former evil life, that the Congregation may thereby be satisfied; and that he hath 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 Minister 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 wherein he himself hath offended; and the other party will not be persuaded to a godly unity, but remain still in his forwardness and malice; the Minister in that case ought to admit the penitent person to the Holy Communion, and not him that is obstinate. Provided, That every Minister so repelling any, as is herein specified, shall be obliged to give an account of the same to the Ordinary, within fourteen days after, at the farthest.

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