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The Order for the
Administration of the Lord's Supper,


Holy Communion

As Printed in the Scottish "Book of Common Prayer",
being the 1764 Edition.

So many as intend to be partakers of the Holy Communion shall signify their names to the Presbyter or Curate over night, or else in the morning afore the beginning of Morning Prayer, or immediately after.

And if any of those be an open and notorious evil liver, so that the Church by him is offended, or have done any wrong to his neighbours by word or deed; the Presbyter or Curate having knowledge thereof, shall call him and advertise him, in any wise not to presume to come to the Lord's Table, until he have openly declared himself to have truly repented and amended his former naughty life, that the Church may thereby be satisfied, which afore was offended; and that he have recompensed the parties, whom he hath done wrong unto, or at the least declare himself to be in full purpose so to do, as soon as he conveniently may.

The same order shall the Presbyter or Curate 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 he himself hath offended,; and the other party will not be persuaded to a godly unity, but remain still in his frowardness and malice; the Presbyter or Minister in that case ought to admit the penitent person to the holy Communion, and not him that is obstinate.

The Holy Table having at the Communion-time a Carpet, and a fair white linen cloth upon it, with other decent furniture, meet for the high mysteries there to be celebrated, shall stand at the uppermost part of the Chancel or Church, where the Presbyter standing at the North-side or end thereof, shall say the Lord's Prayer, with this Collect following for due preparation.

The Communion.

OUR Father, which art in 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 trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts be 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.

Then shall the Presbyter, turning to the people, rehearse distinctly all the TEN COMMANDMENTS: the people still kneeling shall, after every Commandment, ask God mercy for their transgression thereof for the time past, and grace to keep the same for the time to come, as followeth.

The Presbyter.
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.

The Presbyter.
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 shew 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.

The Presbyter.
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 us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

The Presbyter.
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 is        
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.

The Presbyter.
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.

The Presbyter.
Thou shalt do no murder.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

The Presbyter.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

The Presbyter.
Thou shalt not steal.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

The Presbyter.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

The Presbyter.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour'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.

Or, in place of the Ten Commandments, he may, at his discretion, use the Summary of the Law as followeth.

The Presbyter.

AND Jesus answered and said unto him, Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one God, and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy mind, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength: this is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, namely, this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

The People.

Lord, have mercy upon us, and write these thy laws in our hearts, we beseech thee.

Then shall be said the Collect for grace and strength to keep the Commandments, the Presbyter standing as before, and saying,

Let us pray.

O ALMIGHTY 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.

Or he may use one of these two Collects for the King.

ALMIGHTY God, whose kingdom is everlasting, and power infinite; Have mercy upon the whole Church: and so rule the heart of thy chosen servant George, our King and Governor, that he (knowing whose minister he is) may above all things seek thy honour and glory; and that we, and all his subjects, (duly considering whose authority he hath) may faithfully serve, honour, and humbly obey him, in thee, and for thee, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we be taught by thy holy Word, that the hearts of Kings are in thy rule and governance, and that thou dost dispose and turn them as it seemeth best to thy godly wisdom; we humbly beseech thee so to dispose and govern the heart of George, thy servant, our King and Governor, that in all his thoughts, words, and works, he may ever seek thy honour and glory, and study to preserve thy people committed to his charge in wealth, peace, and godliness; Grant this, O merciful Father, for thy dear Son's sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall be said the Collect of the day. And immediately after the Collect, the Presbyter shall read the Epistle, saying, The Epistle [or, the portion of Scripture appointed for the Epistle] is written in the ----- Chapter of ----- at the ----- Verse. And the Epistle ended, he shall say; Here endeth the Epistle. Then shall he read the Gospel, saying, The holy Gospel is written in the ----- Chapter of ----- at the ----- Verse, when the people, standing up, shall devoutly sing or say, Glory be to thee, O God. And the Gospel ended, the people shall in like manner sing or say, Thanks be to thee, O Lord, for this thy glorious Gospel. Then shall be sung or said the Creed following, the people still standing as before.

I BELIEVE 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 at 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 the Presbyter or Curate shall declare unto the people what Holy-days or Fasting-days are in the week following to be observed.

Then shall follow the Sermon.

Then shall the Priest return to the Altar.

The Exhortation.

DEARLY beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come to the holy Communion of the body and blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider what St. Paul writeth to the Corinthians, how he 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, (for then we spiritually eat the Flesh of Christ and drink his Blood; then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we be one with Christ, and Christ with us); so is the danger great, if we receive the same unworthily; for then we be guilty of the Body and Blood of Christ our Saviour; we eat and drink our own damnation, not considering the Lord's Body; we kindle God's wrath against us; we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your sins past; have a lively and steadfast 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 himself, even to the death upon the cross, for us miserable sinners, 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 to 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.

Then the Presbyter, or Deacon, shall say,

LET us present our offerings to the Lord with reverence and Godly fear.

Then the Presbyter shall begin the Offertory, saying one or more of these sentences following, as he thinketh most convenient by his discretion, according to the length or shortness of the time that the people are offering.

In process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground, an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel, and to his offering; but unto Cain and to his offering, he had not respect. Gen. iv. 3,4,5.

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 your God which he hath given you. Deut. xvi. 16,17.

Give unto the Lord the glory due his Name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. Ps. xcvi. 8.

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. S. Matt. vi. 19,20.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father, which is in heaven. S. Matt. vii. 12.

Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into it; and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in than all they which have cast into the treasury. For all they did cast in of their abundance: but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. S. Mark xii. 41,42,43,44.

Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? 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.

If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 1 Cor. ix. 11.

Do ye not know, that they which minister about holy things, live of the things of the temple; and they which wait of the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained, that they which preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel. 1 Cor. ix. 13,14.

He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man, according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix. 6,7.

Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth, in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. Galat. vi. 6,7.

Charge them that are rich in this world that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy: that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Tim. vi. 17,18,19.

God is not unrighteous, to forget your work, and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his Name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Heb. vi. 10.

To do good, and to communicate forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii. 16.

While the Presbyter distinctly pronounces some or all of these sentences for the Offertory, the Deacon, or (if no such be present) some other fit person, shall receive the devotions of the people there present, in a basin provided for that purpose. And when all have offered, he shall reverently bring the said basin, with the oblations therein, and deliver it to the Presbyter; who shall humbly present it before the Lord, and set it upon the holy Table, saying,

Blessed be thou, O Lord God, for ever and ever: Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, 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; both riches and honour do come of thee, and of thine own do we give unto thee. Amen.

And the Presbyter shall then offer up, and place the Bread and Wine prepared for the Sacrament, upon the Lord's Table; and shall say,

                The Lord be with you.
  Answer. And with thy spirit.
Presbyter. Lift up your hearts.
  Answer. We lift them up unto the Lord.
Presbyter. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
  Answer. It is meet and right so to do.


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.
* These Words [Holy Father] must be omitted on Trinity Sunday.

Here shall follow the proper Preface, according to the time, if there be any especially appointed; or else immediately shall follow;

THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name, evermore praising thee, and saying,



Upon Christmas Day, and seven days after.
BECAUSE thou didst give Jesus Christ thine only Son to be born * as on this day for us; Who, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, was made very man of the substance of the blessed Virgin Mary his mother, and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin. Therefore with Angels, etc.
* During the seven days after Christmas, say, as at this time

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.

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 might we also ascend, and reign with him in glory. Therefore with Angels and Archangels, etc.

Upon Whitsunday, and six days after.
THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose most true promise, the Holy Ghost came down * as on this day 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 are 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.
* During the six days after Whitsun Day, say, as at this time.

Upon the Feast of the Trinity only.
Who art one God, one Lord; not one only Person, but 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.

After which Prefaces shall follow immediately this doxology.

THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,


Then the Presbyter, standing at such a part of the holy Table as he may, with the most ease and decency, use both his hands, 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 (by his one oblation of himself once offered) made 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 memorial of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.

FOR, in the night that 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.
(a) Here the Presbyter is to take the
        Paten into his hands:
(b) And here to break the Bread:
(c) And here to lay his hands upon
        all the Bread.

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.

(d) Here he is to take the Cup into
        his hand.
(e) And here to lay his hand upon every
        (vessel be it Chalice or Flagon) in
        which there is any Wine to be
WHEREFORE, O Lord and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy The Oblation.
dearly beloved Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, we thy humble servants do celebrate and make here before thine 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 The Invocation.
almighty goodness vouchsafe to bless and sanctify with thy Word and Holy Spirit these thy gifts and creatures of Bread and Wine, that they may become the Body and Blood of thy most dearly beloved Son. 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 humbly offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee; Beseeching thee, that whosoever shall be partakers of this holy Communion may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, and be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in them, and they 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.

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 they that do confess thy holy Name, may agree in the truth of they 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 who 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, Presbyters, and Deacons, 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, 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 commend especially to thy merciful goodness the congregation which is here assembled in thy Name, to celebrate the commemoration of the most precious death and sacrifice of thy Son, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

AND we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all those who in this transitory life be in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.

AND we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants who, having finished their course in faith, do now rest from their labours.

AND we yield unto thee most high praise and hearty thanks, for the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all thy saints, who have been the choice vessels of thy grace and the lights of the world in their several generations: Most humbly beseeching thee to give us grace to follow the example of their stedfastness in thy faith, and obedience to thy holy commandments, that at the day of the general resurrection, we, and all they who are of the mystical body of thy Son, may be set on his right hand, and hear that his most joyful voice, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

GRANT this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

Then shall the Presbyter say,

As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us, we are bold to say,

OUR Father, which art in 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 trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then the Presbyter shall say to them that come to receive the Holy Communion this invitation.

YOU that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and be 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 and take this holy sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.

Then shall this general Confession be made by the people, along with the Presbyter, he first kneeling down.

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 Presbyter, or the Bishop (being present), stand up, and turning himself to the people, pronounce the Absolution, as followeth.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy, hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them 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 Presbyter also say,

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith to all that truly turn to him.

COME unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. S. Matt. xi. 28.

God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. S. John iii. 16.

Hear also what S. Paul saith.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I Tim. i. 15.

Hear also what S. 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 S. John ii. 1,2.

Then shall the Presbyter, turning him to the Altar, kneel down and say, in the name of all them that shall communicate, this Collect of Humble Access to the holy Communion, as followeth.

WE do not presume to come to this thy holy 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 most sacred 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 Bishop, if he be present, or else the Presbyter that celebrateth, first receive the Communion in both kinds himself, and next deliver it to other Bishops, Presbyters, and Deacons, (if there be any present,) and after to the people in due order, all humbly kneeling.

And when he receiveth himself, or delivereth the Sacrament of the Body of Christ to others, he shall say,

The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life.

Here the person receiving shall say, Amen.

And the Presbyter or Minister that receiveth the Cup himself, or delivereth it to others, shall say this benediction.

The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life.

Here the person receiving shall say, Amen.

If the consecrated Bread or Wine be all spent before all have communicated, the Presbyter is to consecrate more according to the form before prescribed, beginning at the words, All glory be to thee, etc., and ending with the words, that they may become the Body and Blood of the most dearly beloved Son.

When all have communicated, he that celebrates shall go to the Lord's Table, and cover with a fair linen cloth, that which remaineth of the Consecrated Elements, and then say,

ALMIGHTY and everliving 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 incorporate in thy 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.

WE now most humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace and Holy Spirit, that we may continue in that holy communion and fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast commanded us to walk in, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

TO whom, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

Then shall be said or sung Gloria in excelsis, as followeth.

GLORY be to God in the highest, 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; and to thee, o God, the only begotten Son Jesu Christ, and to thee, O God the Holy Ghost.

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, 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 Presbyter, (or Bishop if he be present) shall let them depart with this Blessing:

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 God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

After the divine service ended, that which was offered shall be divided in the presence of the Presbyter, and the Churchwardens, whereof one half shall be to the use of the Presbyter to provide him books of holy divinity: the other half shall be faithfully kept and employed on some pious or charitable use, for the decent furnishing of that Church, or the public relief of their poor, at the discretion of the Presbyter and Churchwardens.

Collects to be said after the Offertory, when there is no Communion, every such day one, or more; and the same may be said also, as often as occasion shall serve, after the Collects either of Morning and Evening Prayer, Communion, or Litany, by the discretion of the Presbyter or Minister.

ASSIST us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help; Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and our 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.

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the words, which we have heard this day with our outward ears, may through thy grace be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PREVENT us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, which knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking; We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things, which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us, for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, which hast promised to hear the petitions of them that ask in thy Son's name; we beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us that have made now our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Upon the Holy-days, (if there be no Communion) shall be said all that is appointed at the Communion, until the end of the Homily, concluding with the general prayer [For the whole estate of Christ's Church militant here in earth] and one or more of these Collects before rehearsed, as occasion shall serve.

And there shall be no public celebration of the Lord's Supper, except there be a sufficient number to communicate with the Presbyter, according to his discretion.

And if there be not above twenty persons in the Parish, of discretion to receive the Communion; yet there shall be no Communion, except four (or three at the least) communicate with the Presbyter.

And in Cathedral or Collegiate Churches, where be many Presbyters and Deacons, they shall all receive the Communion with the Presbyter that celebrates every Sunday at the least, except they have a reasonable cause to the contrary.

And to take away the superstition which any person hath or might have, in the Bread and Wine, (though it be lawful to have wafer bread) it shall suffice that the bread be such as is usual: yet the best and purest wheat bread that conveniently may be gotten.

The bread and wine for the Communion shall be provided by the Curate and the Churchwardens, at the charges of the Parish.

And note, that every Parishioner shall communicate at least three times in the Year, of which Pasch or Easter to be one; and shall also receive the Sacraments, and observe other Rites, according to the order in this Book appointed.

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