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yet there fhall be no Communion, except four, or
three at the least, communicate with the Prieft.
-1 And in Cathedral and Collegiate-Churches and
Colleges, where there are many Priests and Dea-
cons, they fhall, receive the Communion with the
Prieft every Sunday at the leaft, except they
have a reafonable caufe to the contrary.

d And the moft refrefhing (not heady) Pure red wine. Gen.


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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.


And if
any of the Bread and
Wine remain unconfecrated,
the Curate fhall have it to his
own ufe e. But if any of that
remain which was confecrated,
it fhall not be carried out of
the Church f: but the Prieft,
and fuch other of the Cominu-
nicants as he fhall then call un-
to him, fhall immediately af-
ter the Bleffing, reverently eat
and drink the fame g.

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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
for the use of the pre-
fent Communion. Therefore what remains of them is no more a
Sacrament, than the fanctified water of Baptifm, after the pre-
fent ufe of it. The Grace-cup after Supper, (which Chrift
made the Sacrament of his Blood) after it was bleffed with gi-
ving thanks, every one fealed the thanksgiving with drinking a
little of it. This being done, if any of it remain'd, it was, or
might be then, as other wine. In the old Rubrick, all that re-
main'd of the Bread and Wine, was given, without distinction,
to the use of the Curate.

However the remainder of the confecrated Bread and Wine
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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
Sacrament is instead of
the Paffover, which
was kept at Eafter, as
a Type of Chrift's
1 Cor. 5. 7.
But we may not con-
tent our felves with
communicating only at
Eafter: as the Remem-
brance of the Sacrifice

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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


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day, and other holy Feaft-day. And that they and we should
do fo, is intimated by our Saviour's confecrating the Grace-
cup after fupper, us'd in all the Jews Feafts. See the Lord's
Supper, 17 25 b...

Therefore we ought to endeavour after fuch holiness of life,
as that we may be fit to partake of it as often as they did; when
by our fo often coming to it, we do not leffen, but increase
our Reverend Efteem of it.


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
have them.

And in giving these
and other alms, the
good of Souls is firft to
confider'd. Nothing
can be better done than
to put poor children to
fchool. And except in great neceffity, no alms fhould be gi-
ven to any, but those that endeavour to live as Chriftians ought.
By this means how much good might a rich man do among
his neighbours!


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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




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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.



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The HONOUR due to it;

Very plainly fhewing what Confirmation was
in the Days of the Apostles:

That the fame, notwithstanding the Ceafing
of Miraculous Gifts, is Ordain'd of God for
the Means of a Plenteous Increase of Grace
to all Chriftians:

And what Preparation and Reverence it re-
quires, both of Those who are to be Con-
firm'd, and of Parents, Masters, Ministers,

Alfo the Deplorable Decay of True Christi-
anity through the Contempt of Confirma-

Heb. xii. 28.

Let us bave grace, whereby we may ferve
God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear.

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