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yet there fhall be no Communion, except four, or
d And the moft refrefhing (not heady) Pure red wine. Gen.
And to take away all occafion of diffenfion, and fuperftition, which any person hath, or might have concerning the Bread and Wine d; it fhall fuffice that the Bread be fuch as is ufual to be eaten, but the Beft and Pureft wheat bread that conveniently may be gotten.
Acts 2. 42, 46. Ch 20.7.
e But with a special care of fober and reverent use. No impenitent Perfon fhould taft of it; because it has been upon the holy Table. f Exod. 12. 10, 46. g Not now after the Bleffing, as the Sacrament, but only as that to which a Reverence is due. For the Bread and Wine
are confecrated only
However the remainder of the confecrated Bread and Wine
fhould be eaten and drank with thankful remembring Chrift's Body broken, and his Blood fhed for us.
But immediately after the Bleffing, or immediately before it, it would be well done to have fome imitation of the ancient Apoftolical Feafts of Charity, mention'd Acts 2. 46, and Jude 12; which, together with the Sacrament, are call'd the Lord's Supper I Cor. 11. 20. St. Paul would not have thofe Feafts laid afide, because they were abus'd; but he would have the abufe of them reform'd.
Therefore a Sober diftribution of the fame Bread and Wine, of which part was confecrated, would help us to think of The Strengthning and refreshing of our fouls by the Body and Blood of Christ, as our bodies are by the Bread and Wine; and fo ftir us up to blefs God for the fame.
The bread and wine for the Communion, fhall be provided by the Curate and the Churchwardens, at the Charges of the Parifh.
Eafter must be one of the times; becaufe at that time Chrift Di
ed; and becaufe this
of Chrift's Death,and of
the Benefits which we receive thereby, is not to be only at that time. By what is faid As 2. 42, 46. Ch. 2o. 7, and 1 Cor. 11. 20, we cannot well think that the Apoftles and firft Chriftians did partake of this Sacrament feldomer than every Lord's
day, and other holy Feaft-day. And that they and we should
Therefore we ought to endeavour after fuch holiness of life,
In the mean time they must be without excufe, who neglect to partake of it as often as the Church requires.
After the Divine Service ended, the money given at the Offertory fhall be difpofed of to fuch pious and charitable ufes i, as the Minister and Churchwardens fhall think fit: wherein if they disagree, it fhall be difpofed of as the Ordinary fhall appoint.
Care ought to be
taken that holy alms be
given to fuch good
Chriftians as are fit to
And in giving these
Whereas it is ordain'd in this Office for the Administration of the Lord's Supper, that the Communicants fhould receive the fame kneeling; which Order is well meant, for a fignification of our humble and grateful k acknowledgment of the Be-ful. nefits of Chrift therein given to all worthy recei- /Who then vers 1, and for the avoiding of fuch profanation pray, and as might otherwise enfue: Yet leaft the fame kneel- therefore ing fhould, by any perfons, either out of igno-pray kneelrance and infirmity, or out of malice and obfti- ing, nacy, be misconstrued and depraved m; it is here the fame declared, That thereby no adoration n is intended, or ought to be done, either unto the Sacramental Slander'd. n Worship. Bread and Wine there bodily received, or unto
Bodily. any corporal o prefence of Chrift's natural Flesh and Blood. For the Sacramental Bread and Wine remain in their very natural fubftances, and therefore may not be adored p: for that were idolatry, to be abhorred of all faithful Chriftians. And the natural Body and Blood of our Saviour Chrift are in heaven, and not here; it being against the truth of Chrift's natural Body, to be at one time in more places than one.
Matth.28. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghaft.
The HONOUR due to it;
Very plainly fhewing what Confirmation was
That the fame, notwithstanding the Ceafing
And what Preparation and Reverence it re-
Alfo the Deplorable Decay of True Christi-
Heb. xii. 28.
Let us bave grace, whereby we may ferve