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A tle haft taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all men ; We humbly beseech thee .. If there be no most 'mercifully [* to accept our Alms and Aims or Oblations, Oblations, and to receive chese our prayers, then frall the words which we offer unto thy Divine Majesty, [of accepting our

la. beseeching thee to inspire continually the tions) be left our universal Church with the spirit of truth, unfaid.

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. 2. We beleech 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 quierly governed : and grant unto his whole Council, and

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On tbe Prayer for the State of Christ's Churcb. 1. O omnipotent and everlasting God, who, by thy apottle St Paul, haft exhorted us to make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks for all men, li Tim. ii. 1) We therefore in conformity to this thy divine command do most humbly offer up our petitions to thee, O God, in behalf of thy holy church, which is composed of all the faithful believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, wherever they are dispersed throughout the world, and however distinguished by various appellations among men ; most humbly intreating thee to inspire them with the spirit of truth, (john xiv. 17.) which may be their protection and defence against all crrors and mistakes in important articles of belief; give them grace to live quiet and rober lives, that the peace of the church may not be dif. turbed, by unwarrantable separations, and grant that those who continue members of thy true church, may be uniform in their worship and communion one with another, and that they may live in unity and the bond of peace, rendering mutually to each other every service in their power.

2. In the next place, we offer up our hamble prayers for Kings, and all that are in authority over as, but more particularly for thy faithful fervant GEORGE our only rightful king and sovereign : Grant, o Lord, that under his care, and through his conduct, we may live quiet and peaceable lives : we pray likewise for thy bleffing upon all his councellors, and upon all who execute justice throughout the kingdom" ; grant, o Lord, that they may administer jufticc with an impartial hånd, and to be no respecters of persons, may they be in all respect's punishers of vice and encouragers of virtue, always preserving and maintaining thy holy religion established amongst uś.

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3. We so all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punithinent of wickedness and vice, and to the inaintenance of thy true Religion and Virtue. 3. Give grace, Q heavenly Father, to all Bishops and Curates, that they may boch 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, and especially to this congregation here present, that with nieek heart and due reve. rence they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. 4. And we most humbly befcech thee of thy goodness, O Lord,' to comfort and succour all them who in this tranfitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. 5. And we also bless thy holy Name, for all thy fer. vants departed this life in thy faith and fear; heleeching 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 Father, for. Jesus Christ's fake our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

PA RA PHRASE. 3. We pray likewise, O Lord, that thou wouldest extend thy grace to all the ministers of thy holy gospel, whether they are bishops or inferior minifters, that by the conformity of their lives and doctrines, they may at once explain thy holy will, and enforce the observance of it. Rightly and duly adminiltering thy holy facraments ; and give grace, O Lord, to all thy people, especially to all those who are present at this time, that with all proper reverence and humility, they inay hcar and receive chy. holy word, and improving daily in all spiritual knowledge and virtue, may serve thee in fincerity and trath all the days of their life.

4. Furthermore we extend our prayers in behalf of all the fors of af. fiction, humbly beseeching thee, who are the God of all comfort, to give them confolation under all their misfortunes, and, finally, to deliver them out of all their troubles and adversities.

s. We also offer up our most hearty thanksgivings to thy heavenly majesty, for the multitude of good examples which thou haft ser before us, in the lives of the holy martyrs and confessors, and other persons eminent for piety and godliness, beseeching thee to grant us thy grace, that by treading in their steps, he may hereafter enjoy, together with them, a crown of glory which adeth not away; and this, O molt grarious God, we beg for the sake of thy Son, our Saviour, Mediator, and Advocate, Amen.

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U God's affistance, to administer to all such as shall be religiously and devoucly dispored, the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, to be by them received in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Passion, whereby alone we obtain remission of our fins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render moft 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, but also to be our spiritual food and sustenance in that holy Sacrament, Which being so divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and soʻdangerous to them that will prefume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you, in the mean leason, to consider the dignity of that holy mystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof, and so to search and examine your own consciences (and that not fightly, and after the manner of diffemblers with God; but fo) that ye may come holy and clean to such a heavenly Fealt, in the marriagr-garment required by God in holy Scripture, and be riceived as worthy partakers of that holy Table.

The way and means thereto is : First, to examine your lives and conversations by the rule of God's command. ments; and whereinfoever ye shall perceive yourfelves to have offended, either by will, word,' or deed, there to bewail your own finfulness, and to confess yourselves to Al. mighty God, with full purpofe of amendment of life. And if ye shalt perceive your offences to be such as are not only against God, but also against your neighbours, then ye shall reconcile yourselves unco them, being ready to make resti. rution and satisfaction according to the uttermost of your powers, for all injuries and wrongs done by you to any other; and being likewise ready to forgive others that have offended you, as ye would have for veness of your offences

at God's hand : for otherwise the receiving of che holy Com, munion doth nothing else but increase your damnation. Therefore if any of you be a blasphemer of God, an hinderer or Nanderer of his Word, an adulterer, or be in ma. Ice or envy, or in any ocher grievous erime ; Repent you of your fins, or else come not to that holy Table, left after the taking of that holy Sacrament, the devil enter into you, as be entered into Judas, and fill you full of all iniquities, and bring you to destruction both of body and soul.

And because it is requisite, that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full trust in God's mercy, and with a quiet conscience; therefore if there be any of you, who by this means cannot quiet his own conscience herein, but requireth further comfort or counse; let him come to me, or to fome other discreet and learned Minister of God's Word, and open his grief, that by the ministry of God's holy Word he may receive the benefit of absolution, together with ghostly counsel and advice, to che quieting of his conscience, and avoiding of all scruple and doubtfulness,

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grace, to celebrate the Lord's Supper: unto which, in God's behalf, I bid you all that are here present į and beleech you for the Lord Jesus Christ's fake, that ye will noc refule to come thereto, being so lovingly called and bidden by God himself. Ye know how grievous and unkind a thing it is, when a man hach prepared a rich feast, decked hiş table with all kind of provision, so that there lackech nothing but the guests to sit down, and yet they who are cal. led (without any cause) most unthankfully refuse to come, Which of you in such a case would not be moved? Who would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him Wherefore, most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good heed, lest ye withdrawing yourselves from this holy Supper, provoke God's indignation against you. It is an easy matter for a man to fay, I will not communicate, because I ain otherwise hindered with worldly business. But such excufes

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are not so easily accepted and allowed before God. If any man say, I am a grievous sinner, and therefore am afraid to come : Wherefore then do ye not repent and amend ? When God calleth you, are ye not ashamed to say you will riot cone? When ye should return to God, will ye excuse yourselves, and say ye are not ready ? Consider earnestly with yourselves, how little such feigned excuses will avail before God. They that refused the feast in the Gospel, be. cause they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of oxen, or because they were inarried, were not so excused, ' but counted unworthy of the heavenly feast. I for my part shall be ready, and according to mine Office, I bid you in the Name of God, I call you in Christ's behalf, I exhort you, as you love your own salvation, that ye will be partakers of this holy Communion. And as the Son of God did vouchsafe to yield up his soul by death upon the Cross for your salvation : so it is your duty to receive the Communion in remembrance of the sacrifice of his death, as he himself hath commanded : Which if ye shall neglect to do, consider with yourselves how great injury ye do unto God, and how fore punishment hangeth over your heads for the fame; when ye wilfully abstain from the Lord's Table, and separate from your brethren, who come to feed on the banquet of that most heavenly food. These things if yé carnestly consider, ye will by God's grace return to a better mind : for the obtaining whereof we shall not cease to make our humble petitions unto Almighty God our heavenly Facher,

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