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in the Christian faith, which we confess in the Apostles'
Creed. You profess to worship the only true God, and
promise to call upon him in all y^our necessities, and to
ascribe glory to him for all good. You profess to be-
lieve that all your righteousness is in Christ Jesus, and
all your strength in the sanctification of the Holy Spirit.
You promise, depending on Divine aid, to renounce Sa-



Fourth.] THE LITURGY OF BAPTISM FOR ADULTS. 131

tan and his works, the world and its pomps, the flesh
and its sinful desires ; to deny yourself^ to take up
your cross, and to keep the commandments of God,
the substance of which is, that we should love God with
all our hearts, and our neighbour as ourselves. Finally,
you promise, to watch and pray, that you may live in
the fear of God, and accoi*ding to his holy word ; to
the end, that your whole life may be employed for the
glory of God, and for the edification of your neighbour.

Then the Minuter shall a»k,

Are these your professions and promises ?

He shaM answer,

Yes,

The Minister shall then baptize the Person, naming him, and
saying,

IS". N. I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

After ichich, the Minister shall say to the Baptized Person,

V OU are now received into the number of the faith-
ful, to be a partaker of the holy sacrament of the
Supper.

May God give you grace to remember constantly the
holy profession which you have embraced. May he



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ratify in heaven, that which we have done, in his namey
and in his church on earth ; and give you his blessing
now and evermore. Amen.

Tlie Mhuster shall then sm/,

A ND I call upon you. Christian brethren, who are here

present, to witness the profession which this2>erson

has made, in his baptism ; and I exhort you to look upon

him henceforth, as a partaker with you o^f the same grace,

and to offer up your prayers to God in his behalf.

The person Baptized shall then kneel, and the Minister shall
offer the following Prayer:

Let us pray.
A GRACIOUS God I Father of Mercy \ we bless thee
that thou hast been pleased to call us to a know-
ledge of thyself; and especially that thou hast given
grace unto this person to enter into covenant with thee
by baptism.

Grant, O Merciful God ! that he may constantly
persevere in his holy profession. Since he has re-
nounced Satan and his works, the world and its pomps,
the flesh and its sinful desires, let the prince of darkness
have no power over him ; and grant that, henceforth,
his faith may triumph over the world, the flesh and
its wicked propensities. Holy Father ! sanctify him
through thy truth ; and make him fruitful in know-
ledge and in faith, in holiness and in comfort, all the days
of his life ; and, after having ministered in this world
to the designs of thy providence, may he obtain from



Fourth.] THE LITURGY OF BAPTISM FOR ADULTS.



133



thy goodness eternal salvation ; through Jesus Christ |
our Lord. Amen. |

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of ;
God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be j
with us all, evermore. Amen.



. SECTION THIRD.



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The Minister shall commence the Service with the following
Invocation.

Here the People rise.

TIST the Dame of the Fatlier, of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost.

Here, and at the end of the several Prayers, the Peojile answer,

Amen.

Then the Minister shall say.

Let US pray.

A ETERNAL and Ahnighty God! whom all crea-
tures praise and glorify as their Creator and Sove-
reign Lord ; we beseech thee, as we are now assembled



THE LITURGY OF THE HOLY SUPPER. 135

to partake of tlie holy Supper, whicli thy Son, our
Saviour, Jesus Christ, commanded us to celebrate in
remembrance of his death, that thou wouldst give us
grace to perform this sacred duty, in a manner accepta-
ble unto thee ; through the same Jesus Christ. Amen.

Then the Minister shall say,

II EAR, my brethren, the institution of the Holy Sup-
per, as it is related by St. Paul, in the' eleventh
chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians.

Here the People rise.

T HAVE received of the Lord, that which also I deli-
vered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night
in which he was betrayed, took bread : and when he had
given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat : this is my
body, which is broken for you : this do in remembrance
of me. After the same manner also he took the cup,
when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testa-
ment in my blood : this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in re-
membrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and
drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come.
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this
cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body
and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine him-
self, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of
that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily,
eateth and drinketh condemnation to himself, not dis-
cerning the Lord's body.



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The People being seated, the Minister shall continue,

VOU have now Leard in what manner onr Lord Jesiis
Christ instituted the Holy Supper; and with what
purity and reverence it should be celebrated, even unto
the end of the world, by all believers.

We learn from holy Scripture, that none but true
Christians should come thereunto, and that all such as
are not of the number of the faithful are unworthy to
be partakers thereof. To wit : the impious, the un-
beheving, the profane, the blasphemous, those who
live in strife and in hatred, impure, sensual and car-
nal men, drunkards, the unjust, those wdio withhold
the goods of others, the covetous, the proud, evil speak-
ers; and generally, all those in whom i-eigneth the
love of the world and of its evil desires : upon all of
whom, whilst they amend not, the anger of God rest-
eth.

As for you, Christian brethren, who intend to come to
this holy communion, you ought carefully to consider the
solemnity of what you are about to do, lest you eat of this
bread and drink of this cup unworthily. Judge ye your-
selves, and ye shall not be judged of the Lord. And in all
things, wherein ye know that ye have oflended him, whe-
ther in word or in deed, in thought or in will, make confes-
sion thereof, with a humble reliance upon his mercy, and a
true desire to live, henceforth, a righteous and godly life.
Be ye, also, filled with sincere love towards your neigh-
bour ; if ye have done wrong to any, make reparation ;
and forgive ye one another, even as ye desire from God



Fourth.] THE LITURGY OF THE HOLY SUPPER. 137

the forgiveness of your sins. If ye are thus minded,
and if your consciences thus bear witness for you before
God, who knoweth your hearts, ye may come to this
holy table ; and ye ought not to doubt that the Lord
Jesus will there make you partakers of all the fruits of
his passion and death.

But, above all things, je must give at this time, your
humble and hearty thanks to God, for the redemption of
the world through Jesus Christ his Son; who did hum-
ble himself even to the death of the cross, for us mise-
rable sinners, that he might make us children of God,
and exalt us. to everlasting life ; and, to the end that
we should always remember his exceeding great love,
did institute this holy sacrament, to be unto us a pledge
of his love, and a perpetual memorial of his death, to
our great and endless comfort. To this merciful Re-
deemer, therefore, as well as to the Father and the Holy
Spirit, let us now and always offer, as we are most boun-
den, our benedictions and our praises.

The7i the Minister shall say,

Let us pray.

T T is meet and right, and our profitable duty, that we
should, at all times and in all places, give thanks unto
thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Everlasting God ! through
Jesus Christ our Lord ; who for us was made very man, yet
without sin ; who died for our offences, and rose again for
our justification ; who by his death hath destroyed
death, and by his resurrection hath given us eternal life ;



138 Tf{E LITURGY OF THE HOLY SUPPER. [Part

who liath ascended up on high, far above all heavens,
where he ever hveth to make intercession for us ; who
also, according to his gracious promise, sent down upon
the Apostles the Holy Spirit, to lead them into all truth,
and to bestow upon them the gift of tongues, that they
might preach the gospel unto all nations ; whereby we
have been brought out of darkness into light, and to a
knowledge of thee ; who also giveth us the Spirit of
Adoption, and the blessed hope of pardon and peace, at
the day of his glorious appearing : —

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all
the company of heaven, we magnify thy glorious name;
evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy.
Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are fall of thy
glory. O God, most high !

A XD since, O Lord 1 Jesus Christ, thy Son, did offer
up himself as a sacrifice on the Cross, to redeem
mankind, we beseech thee, in consideration of this sacri-
fice, that thou wouldst receive the supplications which
■we offer unto thy Divine Majesty, for the peace of the
whole world, and for the salvation of all people.

We pray thee to bless the Church Universal, with the
spirit of truth, unity and concord ; and to give grace to
all who profess thy name, to follow with one consent
thy holy word, and live in harmony and godly love.

Vouchsafe, O God ! who art the source of all power,
to bless and defend all Christian rulers and magistrates.
So replenish them with the grace of thy Holy Spirit,



Fourth.] THE LITURGY OF THE HOLY SUPPER. 139

that they may perform their duties with faithfulness,
that religion may floui'ish, and righteousness advance
among us.

Shed thy grace, O Sovereign Shepherd of our souls !
upon all the ministers of thy church, that they may set
forth the truth and power of thy holy word, both by
their life and doctrine ; that they may faithfully admin-
ister thy holy sacraments, and diligently watch over the
flocks committed to their charge.

We beseech thee, of thy goodness, to succour all per-
sons who, during this transitory life, are in trouble, sor-
row, need, sickness, or any other adversity.

Finally, O Lord ! we pray thee for all this congrega-
tion here present, for all thy servants who desire to be
partakers at thy table, and for all who show forth the
death of their Saviour, and wait for his last and glorious
coming ; that through the communion in the death of
thy Son, and through the efficacy of the precious blood
which he shed upon the cross, we may be delivered from
the wrath to come, and be found worthy to be received,
with all thine elect, into the glory of thy kingdom.

Hear us, O God, our Father ! in the name of Jesus
Christ, our Saviour and Intercessor, who hath taua'ht us
to pray, saying :

AUR 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



140 THE LITURGY OF THE HOLY SUPPER. [Part

■who trespass against us ; and lead us not into tempta-
tion ; but deliver us from evil : for thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

A LMIGHTY God ! Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
before whom we now come to pai-take of the sacra-
ment of the death of thy Son, graciously hear the con-
fession of our sins. We acknowledge, O Lord! our
unworthiness ; we deplore the enormity and number of
the sins which we have committed against thee ; and we
do not presume to come to thy holy sacrament, trusting
in our own righteousness, but in thy great compassion.
Have mercy upon us, O merciful Father ! have mercy
upon us. Pardon us, for the love of Jesus Christ ; and
give us grace this day, so to receive these sacred mys-
teries of bread and wine, that being united to thy holy
Son through faith, we may hve in him and he in us.
We beseech thee to hear us, for the sake of the same
Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Minister shall then give the following Invitation :



VE who truly repent of your sins, and rely with con-
fidence on the mercy of God ; who also are in
sincere charity with all your neighbours ; and are re-
solved, to conform your lives more and more to the
commandments of God ; draw near, and partake of
the holy communion of the body and blood of our
Lord.

The People shall then come to the Table.



Fourth.] THE LITURGY OF THE HOLY SUPPER. 141

The Minister shall then say,

Let us pray.

Q ALMIGHTY God and Heavenly Father! who,
through thy great mercy, didst deliver up thy Son
to sufter death upon the cross for our redemption, we
ascribe unto thee all glory and praise, through Jesus
Christ our Lord ; who offered up his own body as a sacri-
fice for the sins of the whole world, and commanded that
a perpetual memorial of his death should be kept in his
church, until his coming at the last day : For, the same
night in which he was betrayed, he took bread ;* and
when he had given thanks to thee, O Eternal Father ! he
brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying. Take, eat :
this is my body, which is broken for you : this do in
remembrance of me.f Likewise, after supper, he took
the cup ;]; and when he had given thanks, he gave it
to them, saying, Drink ye all, of it; for this is my
blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many,
for the remission of sins ; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it,
in remembrance of me.S



Then the Minister shall deliver the Communion to the People
and shall say,



* Here the Minister takes the bread in his hands.
+ Here the Minister partakes of the bread, and gives bread to
other Ministers, who may be at the table with him.
X Here he takes the cup.
§ Here he drinks of the cup, and gives it to the other Ministers.



142 THE LITURGY OF THE HOLY SUPPER. [Part

III giving the Bread.

Remember that Jesus Christ, thy Saviour, died for
thee, and be thankful.

In giving the Cup.

Remember that Jesus Christ, thy Saviour, shed his
blood for thee, and be thankful.

The Communicants having returned to their Pews, a Ili/mn shall
be sung ; during which, offerings for the Poor may he received.

After which, the Minister shall say,



Let us pray.

TTEAVENLY Father! we bless thee that thou hast
been pleased so to favour us miserable sinners, as
to receive us at the communion of thy Son, Jesus Christ,
our Lord ; who of God, is made unto us wisdom, and
righteousness, sanctification and redemption. AVe bless
thee, for having given him unto us as the bread of eter-
nal life. Give us grace, never to forget these great bene-
fits, but rather, having them graven upon the table of
our hearts, to grow constantly in faith, and be fruitful in
every good work, that our lives may be devoted to the
advancement of thy glory, and to the edification of our
neighbour ; through the same Jesus Christ, who liveth
and reigneth with thee, God blessed for ever and ever.
Amen.



Fourth.] THE LITURGY OF THE HOLY SUPPER. 143

Then shall be sung the folloiving Boxology ; during which all
statid.

rj.LORY be to God on tigli, 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, who takest away
the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou, who
takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou, who takest away the sins of the world, receive our
prayer. Thou, who 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, Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in
the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Minister shall then give the following

EXHORTATION TO THOSE WHO HAVE COMMUNED.

The People continue to stand.

T NOW exhort and beseech you, my beloved brethren,
by the mercies of God, and by the love of the Lord
Jesus, to consider well what we have just done, in the
holy rite which we have celebrated.

We have solemnly acknowledged, by this act of



144 THE LITURGY OF TfiE HOLY SUPPER. [Part

thanksgiving, and by tLis public profession of our faith,
that we have been ransomed from our sins and from
eternal condemnation, by the death of Jesus Christ.
We have testified that we are all brethren, and members
of one body, and that we have a brothei'ly and sincere
love towards each other. We have also promised to
glorify God in our minds and bodies, by a life of holi-
ness, worthy of our vocation.

May God give us grace to remember well these pro-
mises, to perform them religiously, and to have the
death of our beloved Redeemer so deeply graven in our
hearts, that we may die daily, more and more, unto
sin, and that we may walk in the ways of hohness all
our lives, to the glory of God, and to our mutual edifi-
cation. Ainen.

The Minister shall then conclude the Service with one of the fol-
lowing

BENEDICTIONS.

\rOW the God of peace, that brought again from the
dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the
sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight,
through Jesus Christ ; to whom be glory for ever and
ever. Amen. Heb. xiii., 20, 21.

THE Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make
his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto



Fourth.] THE LITURGY OF THE HOLY SUPPER. 145

you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and
give you peace. Amen. Numbers, vi., 24, 25,26.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with
us all evermore. Amen. ii. Cor., xUi., 14.



SECTIOX FOURTH.



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The Service may commence icith a Canticle, Psalm or Hymn,
during which all stand.

Then the Minister shall say,

AUR help is in the name of the Lord, who made
heaven and earth. Fsalm cxxiv., 8.

Here, and at the end of tJie following Prayer, the People answer,

Amen.

Then the Minister shall say.

Let us pray.

r\ LORD, our God and our Father ! since we are come

together for the instruction of the young people of '
this church in the teachings of thy holy word ; we
give thee thanks, for having enlightened us by the know-



CATECHETICAL INSTRUCTION. 147

ledge of thy gospel, and for having made known unto
us through Jesus Christ, thy Son, the way that leadeth
to eternal life.

We pray thee to bless these exercises, and to give to
these young persons such docility, as may enable them
to profit by our instructions. Thou hast caused them to
be born into thy church ; they have been dedicated to j
thee in baptism ; thou art their Father and their God.
O Lord 1 for the love of thy Son, who blessed the child-
ren that were brought unto him, and prayed for them ;
vouchsafe to bestow thy blessing on those whom we in-
struct, and to fill them betimes, with love and fear of
thee. May the precepts of thy word not only enlighten
their minds, but sanctify their hearts, and become the
rule of their conduct; to the end that now, in the days
of their youth, they may walk in the paths of piety, and
thus attain to the glory of the kingdom of heaven.

Give thy grace to fathers and mothers, to Bring up
their childi'^n under thy guidance. Bless all the fami-
lies of this church. Sanctify the young people. Grant
the knowledge and the fear of thee to persons of every
age and condition*, so that all of us may increase in
faith and piety, as we advance in years. Make us all to
be as children in innocence and humility ; grant that
the knowledge which thou hast given us, and the glory
which we look for, may lead us to love thee, and to live
in those good works which thou hast ordained that we
should walk in. Favourably hear us, O Almighty God!
for the love of Jesus Christ, who hath taught us thus to
pray, saying:



148 CATECHETICAL INSTRUCTION. [Part







UR 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 om* 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.

Or this.

r\ LORD ! as we are now about to instruct the youth
of this church, we implore thee to shed thy bless-
ing on our labours, and to give unto these young per-
sons the docility requisite to profit thereby. Since they
have been consecrated to thee from their infancy ; and
thou art their Father and their God, vouchsafe to take
them under thy protection, to sanctify them by thy
Spirit, and to fill them with the love and the fear of
thee ; to the end, that they may hereafter.be among
the truly faithful in thy church, and among the ever
blessed in thy kingdom ; through the mercy and love of
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A UR 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 tres-
pass 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. A7ne7i.



Fourth.] CATECHETICAL INSTRUCTION. 149

Then the Recitation of the Children shall follow.
After which, a Benediction.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with
us all evermore. Amen. //. Cor„ xiii., 14.



SECTION FIFTH.



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The Minister shall commence the Service uith the following
Sentence :

UR help is in the name of the Lord, ^vho made
heaven and earth. Psahn cxxiv., 8.

Then the Minister shall say,



p OD our Father, having created heaven and earth,

and all that in thern is, made man in his own

image, and gave him dominion over the beasts of the

field, over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air,

and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

And after he had created man, God said, It is not good

that the man should be alone : I will make him a help

I meet for him. And the Lord God made woman, bone

I of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, signifying thereby that

, they two were one.



THE LITURGY OF MARRIAGE. 151

Wherefore, our blessed Lord, when the Pharisees
came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him.
Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every
cause ? answered and said unto them : — Have je not
read, that he which made them at the beginning:, made
them male and female, and said. For this cause shall
a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to
his wife : and they twain shall be one flesh ? So then
they are no more twain, liut o^ie flesh. AVhat there-
fore God hath joined together, let not man put asun-
der.

And the Apostle St. Paul, who commendeth marriage
as honourable in all, saith : — So ought men to love their
wives as their own bodies ; he that lovetli his wife,
loveth hijnself. For no man ever j-et hated his own
flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it. Likewise, let
the wife see that she reverence her husband, and submit
herself unlo lier own husband, as it is fit in the Lord.

Seeing then, that this holy covenant of Matrimony,
wdiich God hath ordained, is of such authority and
obligation ; it is not to be entered into unadvisedly or
lightly, but reverently, discreetly, and soberly, in the
fear of God, and with holy purpose to live therein in
all purity, according to his will.

Addressing the Persons to he married, the Jlinister shall say,

M. and X. — Are you willing to enter into the holy
state of Matrimony, which God hath instituted, to live
together therein, according to his commandments ? And



152 THE LITURGY OF MARRIAGE. [Part

do you desire to make known Lere, before God and this
company, (or congregation^ this your purpose 1

They shall answer,
Yes.

Then the Miaister shall say,

God confirm and bless your purpose.

Let us pray.
A ETERNAL God! the author of every good and
perfect gift, we thank thee that thou hast ordained
the institution of marriage ; and we beseech thee to send
thy blessing upon these thy servants, who are now about
to be joined together in this holy estate. Give them a


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