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tisfaction, doing as I
would be done to.
ments, 61 2. d Matth.
wrong c, or.are not able to pay their debts d. And I muft feek the forgiveness of all that I have wrong'd, and make them amends and fatisfaction to the utmoft of my power e.
XXVII. Q. Now tell me in fort the whole Doarine of the Lord's Supper?
A. They that well understand the Catechifm, and the Communion Service; that diligently live Christian lives; that are truly Confirm'd, or ready to be Confirm'd.
They diligently prepare themselves by performing the work of Repentance; and with the Faith, and Thankfulness, and Charity that are requir❜d.
They come to the Lord's Table: where for a Comfortable and Thankful Remembrance of the Infinite Love of our Saviour;
The Minister takes bread and wine: and both he and the people blefs them by giving Thanks; and by declaring how they receive them according to Chrift's Word; and by praying for a bleffing upon their receiving them.
Then the bread being broken by the Minister, a By being fhed is receiv'd with remembring Chrift's Body broken for the for- for us. And the wine is receiv'd with remembring giveness of his Blood shed out of his broken Body for the forgiveness of our fins, and thereby a the Seal of all the Promifes and Commands of the new Testa
This Remembrance is with ftedfaft Believing that God hears their prayers for the pardon and grace, and all other mercies promised in the New Teftament, Seal'd with Chrift's Death.
With most humble and hearty Thanksgiving for the Infinite Mercy of Chrift's Dying for us, and for all the Benefits we receive thereby: And
With Thankful giving up themselves to Obey all the Commands of the New Teftament Seal'd with his Death; and particularly his Commands and Example of Love.
To thofe that do this whole Duty, God furely gives according to their Faith b. And their Receiving his mercies is their eating and drinking lieving that Chrift's Body and Blood, that is, receiving the God hears mercies obtain❜d by his Body broken, and Blood their Prayfhed.
ers for the
Of the receiving of which they are affur'd, by pardon. receiving Chrift's own figns of his Body broken, and Blood.fhed for us.
To be Learn'd after the
QU have now given a good account of your Catechifm. What muft you learn after the Catechifm?
a The Prayers and Hymns and Exhortations. b Ecclef. 5. 1, 2. Jobn 4. 24. Matth. That I may renew my Vow made in Baptifm, as I ought to do; and that I may devoutly pray
15. 8, 9.
A. I must learn to Under-
with the Bishop for the Graces of the Holy Spirit. That I may joyn in all the parts of it with fuch Devotion, as becomes the Remembrance of the Son of God his Laying down his life for us. e The Services of Baptifm, Matrimony, Vifitation of the fick, Thanksgiving of women after child-birth, Burial of the dead. I may never be a Spectator idley looking on, without attending and joyning in the Service.
II. Q. When you have learn'd to understand the Catechifm, and the Services of the Church, what must you then do?
And before I go to the Lord's Supper, I muft likewife learn to Understand the Service of it d. And the fame I must do for all the other Services of the Church e.
A. I must be very careful to Remember, and to Practice what I have learn'd, and to Teach those that belong to me. muft you learn?
A. Í must always, Diligently learn the Holy Scriptures a, and attend to the teaching of my Minifter b; that I may grow more and more in the knowledge of God, and Chriftian living c.
IV. Q. When yu have le ar n'd, and do live according to what you must learn before you are Confirm'd; what is requir'd of you when you are to be brought to be Confirm'd?
Deut. 4. 8, 9, 10, ch. 6.5 to 10. Luke 8. 15.
III. Q. What else
a Pf. 1. 2. b Mal 2. 7. Heb. 13. 7. 17 ci Theff. 4. 1. 2 Pet. 3. 17, 18. J
a John 7. 38. ch. r4. 15, 16. ch. 15. 2. b Acts 2. 38. See Commandments 27, 29, 30, 31 2 Heb. 11. 6. d See Baptifm, 14, 21 2. But if we defire the Benefit of
4. I muft examine my felf whether I do stedfaftly purpose, by the Grace of God, to believe and do all that and do all that my Godfathers: and Godmothers promised for me a, and whether I truly repent of my fins b; And whether I do ftedfaftly believe c that
Confirmation, it muft be done in a Decent, not rude Order; (1 Cor. 14. 33, 40)
the eafy Orders of the
that God will perform to me
Church at the end of the Catechifm, and in the Order of
The Order of Confirmation of thofe that are Baptized, and come to years of Difcretion, Explain'd.
O foon as children are come To years of Difto a competent age a, and cretion to Understand, can fay in their mother tongue and take upon themfelves what their God- the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, fathers and Godmo- and the Ten Commandments, thers promised for and alfo can answer to the other them.Saying, fup- Queftions of this fhort Cateposes both Understanding, and diligent Liv- chifmb; they fhall be brought ing according to it. to the Bishop c. And every Matth. 13. 19, 23. one fhall have a Godfather, or They muft Undera Godmother, as a Witness of ftand what they are brought to the Bishop their Confirmation d. for, and the Service of Confirmation; and be prepar'd according to the fourth Anfwer of the Expofition of the Catechifm.
d By no means to be neglected, because the Church commands it. Eph. 6. 2, 3. And the Witnefs ought to be one
that is fit to put the perfon Confirm'd in mind of his Solemn Vow, and of his Praying with the Bishop to increase daily in Grace and Knowledge. Matth. 25. 14 to 31. 2 Pet. 3. 17, 18. Read seriously thofe Texts: and fee the danger of not earneftly endeavouring to grow in grace.
And whenfoever the Bishop dren to be brought unto him fhall give knowledge for chilfor their Confirmation e, the Curate of every Parish shall either bring or fend in Writing, with his hand fubfcribed thereunto, the names of all fuch perfons within his parish, as he fhall think fit f to be prefented to the Bishop to be Confirm'd. And if the Bishop approve of them g, he fhall Confirm them in manner following b.
e May the moft Reverend Fathers duly
confider what Reason
there is for their giving not short warning, nor a few days warning of the day that there may be convenient time for the Minifters Deliberately to inquire and find who are fit; that none through bufinefs or absence may
lofe the opportunity; that all may be duly prepar'd for a ftrict Examination; and that
they may be alfo duly prepar'd for their receiving the Grace of Confirmation, by Fafting, and truly Repenting of all their breaches of their Vow of Baptifm. John 14. 15, 16. Jam. 4. 8, 9, 10.
f To this end nothing is more neceffary than a strict Exami nation, both in knowledge, and in practice. And nothing can be more wifely done by those that seem not to need it, than to fubmit to it; both that they may fee and amend their Imperfections, and for Example to others. For through neglect of fuch Examination, few of thofe that come to Confirmation are tolerably fit. When Prince Charles (afterwards a truly moft Religious and Gracious King and Martyr) was Confirm'd, he firft anfwer'd to a long and ftrict Examination by the Arch. Bishop of Canterbury, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells. When full Satisfaction is given to the Minister, and to the Bishop; then they will Affectionately and Effectually pray for the Grace of God. 1 Sam. 1. 15, 16, 17. But to refufe to give full Satisfaction to those that must give account to God of thy Soul, is to deprive thy felf of receiving benefit by their Miniftry, Heb.
I cannot but pray that they would approve of none without a fatisfactory Account from their Minifter, not only that they