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God, and walking from hence-
forth in His holy ways ; draw
near with faith, and take this
holy Sacrament to your com-
fort ; and make your humble
confession to Almighty God,
meekly kneeling upon your

Directions and Devotions.

I do sincerely repent, and I am
sorry for my sins.

I forgive, as I hope to be for-

This I purpose by the grace of
God to do.

May it be to mine, and to the
comfort of every soul here present !


'^ Then shall this general Con- This most excellent Form of Con-
fession he made, in the name of fession may be made use of in pri-
77 ,7 ,7 , -11. vate, by every one who is preparing

all those that are minded to re- hii^^elf for the Sacrament.
ceive the holy Communio7i, hy one
of the ministers; loth he and
all the people kneeling humhly
upon their hnees, 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 have most grievously committed, by thought, word, and
deed, against Thy Divine Majesty, provoldng most justly Thy
wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent,
and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings ; the remem-
brance 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 heing present) stand
up), and turning himself to the
people, pronounce this Absolu-
tion :


Almighty God^ our hea-
venly 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 good-
ness ; and bring you to ever-
lasting hfe; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

% Then shall the Priest sag,

Hear^i what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith
unto all that truly turn to Him.

May this pardon, God, rest upon
my soul, aud seal the forgiveness of
all my sins !

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-be-
gotten Son, to the end that

Make me, Jesus, truly sensible
of mg sad condition, that I may more
gladly go to Thee for help.

I believe : Lord, increase my
faith, that I may ever love and obeg
Thee, who hadst such love and con-
cern for me to save me from perish-

'' These most comfortable words
should always be read with great de-
liberation, thnt the people may have
time to reflect upon them, aud to ap-

ply them every one to the comfort of
his own soul ; and to prevent all unrea-
sonable fears and doubts of God's gra-
cious pardon and acceptance.



all that believe in Him should
not perish; but have everlast-
ing life. St. John iii. 16.

Hear also what St. Paul saith:

This is a true sayings and
worthy of all men to be re-
ceived; That Christ Jesus
came into the world to save
siners. 1 Tim. i. 15.

Hear also what St. John saith:

If any man sin, we have an
Advocate with the Father^
Jesus Christ the righteous;
and He is the propitiation
for our sins. 1 St. John ii.


I receive this truth, O Lord, with
a thankful heart. let not t/iat
compassion be lost upon me, which
moved Thee to come into the world
to save sinners.

I have sinned, blessed Advocate;
and do therefore put my cause into
Thy hands, that by Thy Blood and
merits, and powerful intercession,
Thou mayest procui'e my pardon.

^ After ivhich the Priest shall proceed, saying.

Lift up your hearts.

Ans. We lift them up unto the Lord.

Priest. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

Ans. It is meet and right so to do.

^ Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord's table, and say.

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we
should at all times, and in all places, ^ y,^^,^ ^^,^^^^^ j-jj^ly
give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, holy Father,] must he omitted
Father'^, Almighty and everlasting °" >ini y , un ay.

^ Here shall folloio the Proper Preface, according to the time, if
there he any specially appointed: or else immediately shall folloio.

Therefore with angels
and archangels, and with all
the company of heaven, we

Directions and Devotions.

If this form of f raising the Most
High God were oftcner in Christians'
mouths than it is, it would most
certainly render them more worthy



laud and magnify Thy glori-
ous Name; evermore prais-
ing 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.

Directions and Devotions.

both to join in this service here, and
in heaven, with the angels of God,

Proper Prefaces.

Upon Christma-S-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 siu,
to make us clean from all sin.
Therefore with angels, &c.

These short Prayers following may he
made use of in your private Devotions,
either in Church or at home.

Form in me, God, by the power
of the same Spirit, all the graces and
virtues which Thy Hob/ Son came
to teach us, when He clothed Him-
self with our flesh, in'order to restore
us to Thy favour, and to fit us for

Upon Easter-day, and
seven days after.

But chiefly are we bound
to praise Thee for the glori-
ous 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.

May that all-powerful Spirit,
which raised up Jesus our Lord
from the dead, ixiise me from the
death of sin unto the life of righte-
ousness ; that living in Thy favoiu',
I may die in peace, and rest in hope
of a blessed resurrection !



Proper Prefaces.
Upon Ascension-day, and
seven days after.

Through Thy most dearly
beloved Son Jesvis Christ our
Lord ; who after His most
glorious resurrection mani-
festly appeared to all His
Apostles, and in their sight
ascended up into heaven to
prepare a place for usj that
where He is, thither we
might also ascend, and reign
with Him in glory. There-
fore with angels, &c.


St. John xii. 26.

Where I am, there also shall My
servant he.

Give me, God, such a lively
faith in this promise, as may influ-
ence my iviJl, my heart, and life,
that, devoting myself entirely to
Thy service, and following the holy
examrple of Thy Son, I may, through
His merits and mediation, be made
eternally happy.

Upon Whit-sunday, 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 sud-
den 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 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 wjth angels, &c.

I ADORE Thy goodness and mercy,
God, for the invaluable blessing
of the Gospel, established in these
nations by the power of the Holy
Ghost. May the same good Spirit,
sanctify, govern, and preserve this
Church ! Keep all her members
from the spirit of error and delu-
sion ! Guard her faith against the
restless attempts of Satan and his
agents ; and lead us all in the way
of life eternal, through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.



Proper Prefaces. Devotions.

Upon tlie Feast of Trinity

Who art one God^ one
Lord ; not one only Person^
bnt three Persons in one sub-
stance. For that which we
believe of the glory of the
Father, the same we believe
of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghostj without any difference
or inequality. Therefore with
angels, &c.

^ After each of wliiclv Prefaces shall immediately he sung or said.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the
company of heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious Name;
evermore praising Thee, and saying. Holy, holy, holy. Lord
God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of Thy glory ; Glory
be to Thee, O Lord most High. Amen.

O Eternal God, who hast mani-
fested Thyself to us Christians, by
Thy mighty love to lost mankind ;
accept of my devoutest thanks,
Father, for sending Thy Son to re-
deem us ; for Thy compassion,
Jesus, in laying down Thy life for
us';- and for Thy graces, Holy
Ghost, to make us fit objects of the
Divine mercy.

^ Then shall the Priest, Jcneel-
ing down at the Lord''s Table,
say in the name of all them that
shall receive the Communion,
this Prayer following :


When the Priest acknowledges,
in the following humble form, his
own and the communicants' umoor-
thiness, and God's unmerited kind-
ness, in admitting them to His table ;
make this act of humility your own,
by attending to it most devoutly.


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 om- sinful bodies
may be made clean by His Body, and oui- souls washed
through His most precious Blood, and that we may ever-
more dwell in Him, and He in us.




^ When the Priest, standing
hefore the table, hath so ordered
the Bread and Wine, that he
may with the more readiness and
decency Ireah the Bread hefore
the people, and taTce the Cup
into his hands, he shall say the
Prayer of Consecration as fol-
loiveth :

Directions and Devotions.

Here there will be a decent pause,
when you will have time privately
to ofer this short prayer for your-
self, and for all present.
The good Lord pardon me, and
every one here present, who hath
prepared his heart to seek the Lord,
though he be not cleansed accord-
ing to the purification of the sanc-
tuary ! 2 Chron. xxx. iS, 19.

Almighty God^ our heavenly Father^ who of Thy tender
mercy didst give Thine only Son Jesus Christ to sufl'er death
upon the cross for our redemption ; who made there (by His
one oblation of Himself once offered) a full, perfect, and suf-
ficient 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^, took bread;
and, when He had given thanks t^ He
brake it, and gave it to His disciples,
saying, Take, eat J, this is My Body,
which is given for you : Do this in
remembrance of Me. Likewise after
supper He * took the cup ; and when
He had given thanks. He gave it to
them, saying, Drink ye all of this ; for
this t is My Blood of the New Testa-
ment, 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.

* Here the Priest is to
take the Paten into his
hands :

f And here to break
the Bread :

X And here to lay his
hand upon all the Bread.

* Here he is to take
the Cup into his hand :

f And here to lay his
hand upon every vessel
(be it chalice or flagon)
in which there is any
Wine to be consecrated.


Directions and Devotions.

Say secretly, — Send down Thy Spirit and blessing upon
tliis means of grace and salvation, which Thou Thyself, O
Jesus, hast ordained.

Most merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
look graciously upon the gifts now lying before Thee ; and
send down Thy Holy Spirit on this sacrifice, that He may
make this Bread and this Wine the Body and Blood of Thy
Christ, that all they who partake of them may be confirmed
in godhness, may receive remission of their sins, may be de-
livered from the devil and his wiles, may be filled with the
Holy Ghost, may be worthy of Thy Christ, and obtain ever-
lasting life ; Thou, O Lord Almighty, being reconciled unto
them, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen'K

Grant, O God, that I may so eat the Flesh of Thy Son
Jesus Christ, and drink His Blood, that my sinful body may
be sanctified by His most holy Body, and my soul washed in
His most holy Blood, that I may evermore dwell in Him and
He in me. Amen \

Sulric. Directions.

Then shall the Minister first "While the Minister and others are

receive the Communion in loth receiving the Communion, you may

- . ^ . ^ -, employ the tune you have to spare

kinds kimseJf, and then proceed jn reading some of the ScrijHures

to deliver the same to the following, and the Meditations upon

Dishops, Priests, and Deacons, ^™'

in nice manner, (if any he pre- Eemember that no posture can be

sent,) and after that to the too humble, when we are to receive

. . a pardon, and a pardon which must

people also m order, into their deliver us from death eternal.
hands, all meekly kneeling.


St. Luke XV. 2. The Pharisees murmured, saying, This man
receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

I THANK Thee, O Jesus, for this instance of Thy charity
for sinners : I do indeed confess that I am one of that

' These Paragraphs cm. 1755.



wretched number; and do beseech Thee to receive me,
though a very unworthy Guest, that I may eat at Thy table,
and be partaker of Thy favours.

St. Matthew xx. 32, 38. Jesus said, What will ye that I
should do unto you ? The blind men said, Lord, that our
eyes may be opened.

O Lord, Thou knowest the desires of my heart ; for it is
Thy grace that has wrought them in me, and besides Thee
there is none else that can help me ; I pray Thee, therefore,
that Thou wouldest have compassion on me, as Thou hadst
on these blind men, that the eyes of my mind may be opened ;
that I may recover the light which sin hath deprived me of;
that 1 may see the great goodness of God, in sending Thee
to redeem us ; that I may see the due reward of sin in Thy
sufferings and death ; and that I may follow Thy holy ex-
ample all the days of my life.

St. Mark ii. 17. I came not to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance.

O Lord, who hast called me to repentance by Thy word,
and by this Ordinance, call me also by Thy grace ; but call
me so powerfully, that I may not turn a deaf ear, and that I
may not resist Thy call. I am forced indeed to bring my
sins along with me ; but it is to crucify them with Thee, and
with a full purpose, through Thy grace, never to return to
those sins I have repented of.

St. John vi. 58. He that eateth of this Bread shall live
for ever.

O Jesus, who hast made the life of our souls to depend
upon this Bread, grant that I may never render myself un-
worthy to receive so great a blessing, or deprive myself of it
by my own negligence. Make it a principle of immortal life
to me, by uniting me to Thee, and to Thy Body, that I may
be made partaker of a divine nature.

Exod. xii. 23. When He seeth the blood {of the Paschal
Lamb) on the door, He will not suffer the destroyer to come
in to smite you.

O Jesus, the true Paschal Lamb, who by Thy precious


Blood hast paid the debt due to the Divine Justice, and hast
dehvered us from the power of the destroyer ! Let me never
want ikns, token of my redemption, this saving mark of Thy
Almighty protection against the power of the devil, who is
continually seeking whom he may devour.

1 Cor. xi. 23. Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat
of that Bready and drink of that Cup.

That I am in^dted to Thy table, is not because / am worthy,
but because Thou, O God, art infinitely good and kind. Pity
my infirmities, which are known to Thee, and accept of my
imperfect obedience to this command. I acknowledge my
unworthiness ; I place all my hopes in Thy mercy and pro-
mises in Jesus Christ : I sincerely purpose to lead a Christian
life, and to use all diligence to make my calling and election
sure. With these purposes I go to Thine altar, trusting in
Thy goodness for the pardon of my defects, and for an in-
crease of all those graces that are necessary to make me more
worthy to eat of that Bread and drink of that Cup.

St. John ^A. 54. He that eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My
Blood, hath Eternal Life : and I will raise him up at the
last day.

" Let it be unto Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy
word.^^ Fix in my heart, O God, a firm purpose and habit
of leading a Christian life. May it be my constant care to
do every thing that I know will please Thee, and to avoid
whatever I know mil displease Thee^.


% Wlien tlie Minister deliver-
eth the Bread to any one lie shall

The Body of our Lord

'' This Paragraph oni. 175J.



Jesus Christy which was given
for thee^ preserve thy body
and soul unto everlasting life !
Take and eat this in remem-
brance that Christ died for
thee, and feed on Him in thy
heart by faith with thanks-


% And the Minister that de-
livereth the Cup to any one, shall

Directions and Devotions.

Amen. May it be unto me ac-
cording to Thy word, a seal of my
pardon, and a pledge of my salva-
tion M

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.

*^ Then shall the Priest say
the Lord''s Prayer, the people
repeating after him every peti-

Our Father, which art in

Amen. May the Blood of Christ
cleanse me from all sin ! And may
the remembrance of His death be
ever seasonably present with me !

Blessing, and honour, and glory,
and thanksgiving, and power, be
unto God, and unto the Lamb, for
ever and ever. Amen^.

Now return to your seat, that you
may not hinder others from coming
to the Altar. At the end of this ser-
vice you will find proper meditations
wherewith to entertain yourself, until
all have received the Communion.

Now being made one with Christ,

' [om. 175-5.] Devotions. Before


OF Salvation, and call upon the
Name of the Lord. Drink this
in remembrance that Christ died for
thee, and be thankful. I thank the
Lord with all my heart and soul for
this instance of His wonderful mercy
to me. May Thy death, O Jesus, be
the life of my soul ! GJory be to the
Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
Ghost, 8(c.

'" [om. 1755.] After the Cup. Vouch-
safe me, O God, all the graces neces-
Bary for leading a Christian life to the
end of my days, for Thy dear Son's
Sitke. O God, increase in us all Thy
manifold gifts of grace, — the spirit of

wisdom and understanding, the spirit
of counsel and ghostly strength, the
spirit of knowledge in divine truths,
and the spirit to practise them, and
preserve in our minds the remem-
brance [of our] vows when we were
made Christians, and which we have
renewed at Thy holy Altar. Grant
that I may glorify Thee, O God, by
an obedience answerable to the vows
that are upon me. Make me, O Lord,
conformable to Thy death, by dying
unto sin and rising again unto righte-
ousness. Let me tremble to hold the
truth in unrighteousness, by pretend-
ing to be a disciple of Jesus Christ,
and leading an ungodly life. Amen.



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 tres-
pass against us. And lead us
not into temptation ; But de-
liver us from evil : Eor Thine
is the kingdom. And the
power. And the glory, For
ever and ever. Amen.


and Christ xvitli us, we have full
liberty to apply to God, as owe hea-
venly Father, and to hope for all
the blessings which a tender Father
knows to be necessary for us.

T[ After shall he said as fol-
loioeth :

O Lord and heavenly Fa- Now join with the Church, and

ther, we Thy humble servants <1^<^/^^*^, ^^f ^^f ^ f^^ ^"^^^ f'^h
. ' •'. sold, and body, unto God, and to His

entirely desire Thy Fatherly service, with the greatest sincerity
goodness mercifully to accept ^^^ devotion.
this oui- sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving ; most humbly be-
seeching 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 Chiu'ch may obtain remission of our sins, and all
other benefits of His passion. And here we offer and present
unto Thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be
a reasonable, holy, and hvely sacrifice unto Thee; humbly
beseeching Thee, that all we, who are partakers of this Holy
Communion, may be fulfilled with Thy grace and heavenly
benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our
manifold sins, to offer unto Thee any sacrifice, yet we be-
seech 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.


Or this :

Almighty and ever-living 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 incor-
porate in the mystical body of Thy Son, which is the blessed
company of all faithful people ; and are also heirs through
hope of Thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most
precious death and passion of Thy dear Son. And we most
humbly beseech Thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with
Thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and
do all such good works as Thou hast prepared for us to walk
in ; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with Thee and
the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end.

•fl" Then shall be said or sung.

Glory be to God on high. After the example of our blessed

and in earth peace, good will ^'"i'^' ^^,^9' ^}''^'^% ^^^ instituted

^ ' ^ and ordained this bacrament, sung

towards men. We praise a hymn ; so do we praise God the

Thee, we bless Thee, Ave wor- ^^t^^^' ^<^°'. ^°^ Holy Ghost, for

our redemption, m this most excel-
ship Thee, we glorify Thee, lent hymn.

we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory, O Lord God,

heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ ; O Lord
God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the
sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest
away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that
takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou
that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy
upon us.

For Thou only art holy ; Thou only art the Lord ; Thou
only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the
glory of God the Father. Amen.

OF THE lord's SUPPER. 409


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