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Excommunications read. And nothing shall be proclaimed or published in the Church, during the time of Divine Service, but by the Minister : nor by him any thing, but what is prescribed in the Rules of this Book, or enjoined by the King, or by the Ordinary of the place.

Then shall follow the Sermon, or one of the Homilies already set forth, or hereafter to be set forth, by authority.

Then mall the Priest return to the Lord's Table, and begin the Offertory, saying one or more of these Sentences following, as he thinketh most convenient in his discretion.

ET L your light so shine before men, that they may

fee your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. St. Matth. 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. Matth. vi. 19, 20.

Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them: for this is the law and the prophets. St. Matth. vii. 12.

Not every one that faith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into ihe kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Ver. 21.

Zaccheus stood forth, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have done any wrong to any man, I restore four-fold. St. Luke xix. 8.

Who goeth a warfare at any time of his own cost? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 1 Cor. ix. 7. blood of our Saviour Christ, then shall the Curate give this exhortation to those that be minded to receive the same.”

Offertory] So called because the sentences are said or sung while the people are making their offerings at the altar. In Edward Vith’s firft book the following rubrick preceded the sentences : " Then thall follow for the Offertory one or more of these sentences of holy scripture, to be sung, while the people do offer, or else one of them to be said by the Minister immediately before the offering."

If we have fown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your worldly things? 1 Cor. ix. 11.

Do ye not know, that they who minister about holy things, live of the facrifice? and they who wait at the altar, are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord also ordained, that they who preach the Gospel, hould live of the Gospel, Ver. 13, 14.

He that soweth little, shall reap little: and he that soweth plenteoully, shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according as he is difpofed in his heart; not gradgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix. 6, 7,

Let him that is taught in the Word, minifter unto him that teacheth, in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatfoever a man foweth, chat fhall be reap. Gal. vi. 6, 7.

While we have time, let us do good unto all men, and {peciallyunto them that are of the houshold of faith. Ver. 10.

Godliness is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath: for we brought nothing into the world, neither may we carry any thing out.

I Tim. vi. 6, 7. Charge them who are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute; laying up in Nore for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, chat they may attain eternal life. Ver. 17, 18, 19.

God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your works and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye bave Thewed for his Name's fake, who bave ministered unto the faints, and yet do minifter. Heb. vi. 10. .

To do good, and to diftribute, forget Dot; for with such facrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xii. 16.

Whoso hath this world's good, and feeth his brother have need, and fhurreth up his compaffion 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 mercifal after thy power: If thou hast much, give plenteously; if thou haft little, do thy diligence gladly to


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give of that little: for so gatherest thou thyself a good re. ward 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 fick and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble. Psalm xli. 1.

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 Bafon, to be provided by the Parish for that purpose ; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present and place it upon the holy Table.

And when there is a Communion, the Priest small then place upon the Table so much Bread and Wine as he shall

think sufficient. After which done, the Priest shall say, Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church militant

here in earth. Whilst these sentences &c.] These rubrics were fettled at the last Review, 1662. In Edward Vith's first book the following rubricks occur: “When there be clerks, they shall sing one or many of the sentences above written, according to the length or shortness of the time that the people be offering. In the mean time, whilst the clerks do sing the offertory, fo many as are disposed, fhall offer to the poor men's box, every one accord. ing to his ability and charitable mind; and at the offering days appointed every man and woman shall pay to the curate the due and accustomed offerings. Then so many as shall be partakers of the Holy Communion shall tarry still in the choir, or in some convenient place nigh the choir, the men on the one side, and the women on the other lide. All others that mind not to receive the said Holy Communion, Thall depart out of the choir, except the Ministers and Clerks. Then shall the Minister take so much bread and wine as shall fuffice for the persons appointed to receive the Holy Communion, laying the bread upon the corporas, or else in the paten, or in some other comely thing prepared for that purpose; and putting the wine into the chalice, or else into fome fair and convenient cup prepared for that purpose, (if the chalice will not ferve) putting thereto a little pure water, he shall set both the bread and wine upon the altar." Then followed these sentences: “The Lord be with you; and with thy spirit;” and that part of the Communion Service, “ Lift up your hearts

, &c.” to “Glory be to thee, O Lord most high.” After this came in the prayer “for the whole state of Christ's Church,” which was drawn up in words very similar to the present prayer, though with many additions ; and comprizing also the prayer of confecration in it, as well as the poit Conimunior prayer, beginning, “O Lord and heavenly Father."

Apostle, hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all men; We humbly beseech thee, most mercifully [* to accept if there be no alms or gur alms and oblations, and] to receive words Lof accepting our these our prayers, which we offer unto left unfaid. thy Divine Majesty ; beseeching thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: and grant that all they that do confess thy holy Name, may agree in the truth

of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governors; and especially thy servant GEORGE our King; that under him we may be godly and quietly governed: and grant unto his whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and Curates; that they may both by their life and dcetrine 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 reve

Almighty &c.] In the Liturgy of St. Chryfoftom, there is a prayer before the confecration, very similar to this. It was adopted into the communion fervice in its present dress, in Edward VIth's second book, (to the petition, “And we also bless &c.” which was added 1662) and preceded by this rubric: “Then shall the church wardens, or some other by them appointed, gather the devotion of the people, and put the fame into the poor man's box; and upon the offering days appointed every man and woman shall pay to the curate the due and accustomed offerings."

Oblations] It is frequently a matter of doubt with the clergy, whether or not this word should be introduced or omitted by the ininister in the performance of the Holy Communion; those who omit it, considering it to refer to the perquisites which the clergy anciently received for saying mass, or, in other words, adminiftering the facrament; for till the fourth century the church had no fixed revenues, nor any other means of subsistence than the voluptary oblations which were offered for the support of its minifters, principally upon these occasions. But those clergymen are probably right who introduce the word, as it appears to apply to the elements themselves, which are oblata, or offered to the Lord; according to that injunction in the African Canons: "Ut in Sacramentis Corporis et Sanguinis Domini, nihil amplius offeratur, quam quod ipfe Dominus tradidit, hoc est, panis et vinum aquâ mixtum." Conc. Afric. Can. iv. Ap. Crab. tom.i. p. sog.

rence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word, troly serving thee in holinefs and righteousness all the days of their life. And we inost humbly befeech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them, who in this transitory life are in trouble, forrow, need, fick. ness, or any other adversity. And we also bless thy holy Name, for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly Kingdom: Grant this, O Farber, for Jesus Christ's fake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Árnen.

When the Minister giveth warning for the celebration of the Holy Communion, ( which he shall always do upon the Sunday, or fome Holy-day, immediately preceding;) after the Sermon, or Homily ended, he shall read this Exhor. tation following EARLY beloved, on day next, I purpose,

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shall be religiously and devoutly disposed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the body and Blood of Chrift; to be by them received, in remembrance of his meritorious cross and pallion; whereby alone we obtain remission of our lins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of hearen. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and hearty thanks to Almighty God our heavenly Father, for that he hath given his Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, not only to die for us, bu also to be our fpiritual food and fuftenance in that holy Sacrament. Which being so die vine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and fo dangerous to them that will presume to receive it unworihily; my duty is to exhort you in the mean season to consider the dignity of that holy Mystery,

When the minister! This rubric was inserted at the laft review 1662. In Edward VIth's first book, there were but two instead of three exhortations; the one which is now read at the celebration of the Coinmunion, (which stands first in order) and another fimilar in fense, but differiog in words, to the first exhortation in our books; both thefe came immediately after the creed. The second exhortation was added at the review in Edward Vith's reign, 1552 ; but very differently worded to the prefent one. At the last review in Charles Ild's reign, 1662, they were both altered and arranged as they now ftand.

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