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have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?" 1 St. John iii. 17.
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 iv. 7.
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.
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD: and look, what he layeth out, it shall be paid him again. Prov, xix. 17.
Blessed be the man that provideth for the sick and needy: the LORD shall deliver him in the time of trouble. Psalm xli. 1.
Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering; of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. Exod. xxv. 2.
Ye'shall not appear before the LORD 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 LORD, 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 LORD, and of thine own have we given thee. 1 Chron. xxix. 14.
Whilst these Sentences are in reading, the Deacons, Churchwardens, or other fit persons 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 Bishop, who shall humbly present and place it upon the Holy Table. And the Bishop shall then place upon the Table so much Bread
and Wine as he shall think sufficient. And when the Alms and Oblations are presented, there may be sung a Hymn, or an offertory Anthem in the words of Holy Scripture or of the Book of Common Prayer, under the direction of the Bishop.
Then shall the Bishop say, Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church militant. ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who by thy holy A Apostle hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for alle men; We humbly beseech thee most ,
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or oblations, then mercifully [*to accept our alms and chali the words (to oblations, and] to receive these our accept our alms and pravers' whiõh we offer into the oblations, and] 06
left unsaid. 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 forall thyservants 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.
The Bishop shall then say this Exhortation. But Note, That the Exhortation may be omitted if it hath been already said on one
Lord's Day in that same month. DEARLY beloved in the Lord, ye who mind to come to D 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; so is the danger great, if we receive the same unworthily. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your sins past; have a lively and stedfast 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 him. self, even to the death upon the Cross, for us, miserable sin. ners, 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. 1 Then shall the Bishop say to those who come to receive the Holy
Communion, VE 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. I Then shall this General Confession be made, by the Bishop and
all those who are minded to receive the Holy Communion, humbly kneeling. ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, A 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 ourmisdoings; Theremembrance 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 Bishop stand up, and turning to the People, say, ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his A 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.
1 Then shall the Bishop say, Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all who truly turn to him. MOME unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, U 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. John iii. 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.
1 After which the Bishop shall proceed, saying,
Lift up your hearts.
Then shall the Bishop turn to the Lord's Table, and say,
Father must be
all places, give omitted on Trinitsi. thanks unto thee, O Lord, [*Holy Sunday. Father,] Almighty, Everlasting God. | Here shall follow the Proper Preface, according to the time, if there be any specially appointed; or else immediately shall be
said or sung by the Bishop, MHEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with
T all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God Bishop and People. of hosts, Heaven and earth are full of thy glory : Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High. Amen.
PROPER PREFACES. Upon Christmas-day, and seven days after. DECAUSE thou didst give Jesus Christ, thine only Son, D 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.
Upon Easter-day, and seven days after. PUT chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the gloD rious 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 bis death hath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Angels, etc.
Upon Ascension-day, and seven days after, MHROUGH thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ
Tour 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 Whitsunday, and six days after. MHROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose
I 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 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, may be said, W HO art one God, one Lord; not one only Person, but
W 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, etc. 1 or else this may be said, the words (Holy Father) being retained
in the introductory Address. TOR the precious death and merits of thy Son Jesus T 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.
Then shall the Bishop, kneeling down at the Lord's Table, say, in the name of all those who shall receive the Communion, this
Prayer following. W E do not presume to come to this thy Table, 0 mer
W ciful 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.