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vice, except he have some Infirmity ; in which case let him wear a Night-cap or Coif. All manner of Persons then present shall reverently kneel upon their Knees, when the general Confession, Litany, and other Prayers are read : and shall stand up at the saying of the Belief, according to the Rules in that behalf prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer : and likewise when in time of Divine Service the Lord Jesus shall be mentioned, due and lowly Reverence shall be done by all Persons present, as it hath been accustomed ; testifying by these outward Ceremonies and Gestures, their inward humility, Christian Resolution, and due acknowledgment, that the Lord Jesus Christ, the true eternal Son of God, is the only Saviour of the World, in whom alone all the Mercies, Graces, and Promises of God to Mankind, for this Life, and the Life to come, are fully and wholly comprised. None, either Man, Woman, or Child, of what calling soever, shall be otherwise at such times busied in the Church, than in quiet attendance to hear, mark, and understand that which is read, preached, or ministered ; saying in their due places audibly with the Minister, the Confession, the Lord's Prayer, and the Creed ; and make such other Answers to the Public Prayers, as are appointed in the Book of Common Prayer ; neither shall they disturb the Service, or Sermon, by walking or talking, or any other way ; nor depart out of the Church, during the time of Service, or Sermon, without some urgent or reasonable Cause.
| 11. RESPECTING THE RECEIVING OF THE HOLY
COMMUNION. In Cathedral and Collegiate Churches and Colleges where there are many Priests and Deacons, they shall all receive the Communion with the Priest every Sunday at the least, except they have a reasonable cause to the contrary.--Fourth Rubric after the Order of the Holy Communion.
Note, that every parishioner shall communicate at the least three times in the year, of which Easter to be one.-Eighth Rubric after the Order of the Holy Communion.
THE XXI, CANON OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.
The Communion to be Thrice a Year received. In every Parish Church and Chapel, where Sacraments are to be administered within this realm, the Holy Com
munion shall be administered by the Parson, Vicar, or Minister, so often, and at such times as every parishioner may communicate at the least thrice in the year, (whereof the feast of Easter to be one,) according as they are appointed by the Book of Common Prayer. Provided, That every Minister, as oft as he administereth the Communion, shall first receive that Sacrament himself. Furthermore, no Bread or Wine newly brought shall be used ; but the first words of Institution shall be rehearsed, when the said Bread and Wine be present upon the Communion Table. Likewise, the Minister shall deliver both the Bread and the Wine to every Communicant severally.
THE XXIII. CANON.
Students in Colleges to receive the Communion Four times a
Year at the least. In all Colleges and. Halls within both Universities, the Masters and Fellows, such especially as have any pupils, shall be careful that all their said pupils, and the rest that remain amongst them, be well brought up, and thoroughly instructed in points of religion, and that they do diligently frequent public Service and Sermons, and receive the Holy Communion; which we ordain to be administered in all such Colleges and Halls the first or second Sunday of every month, requiring all the said Masters, Fellows, and Scholars, and all the rest of the Students, Officers, and all other the servants there, so to be ordered, that every one of them shall communicate four times in the year at the least, kneeling reverently and decently upon their knees, according to the order of the Communion Book prescribed in that behalf.
THE CXII. CANON.
Non-Communicants at Easter to be presented. The Minister, Churchwardens, Quest-men, and Assistants of every Parish Church and Chapel, shall yearly, within forty days after Easter, exhibit to the Bishop or his Chancellor the names and surnames of all the Parishioners, as well men as women, which being of the age of sixteen years received not the Communion at Easter before.
FORM OF PRIVATE PRAYER.
Confirmation. O Almighty God, I beseech thee graciously to look upon me, thy servant, who am now called by thy Providence to be a partaker of the holy rite of Confirmation.
1 yield Thee most humble and hearty thanks that Thou hast vouchsafed to regenerate me by Water and the Holy Ghost ; to receive me into covenant with Thee ; and to make me a Member of Christ, a Child of God, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Fill my mind, I beseech Thee, with a lively sense of these thine inestimable benefits ; and give me grace duly to remember what a solemn vow, promise, and profession, I made by my Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptism, and am now about to ratify and confirm in my own person, in the presence of Thee, the all-seeing God, and of thy Holy Church ; so that coming with meek heart and due reverence to this sacred ordinance, I may be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction : and may be endued with power from on high to resist the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and to continue thy faithful soldier and servant to my life's end. Let thy Fatherly hand be ever over me ; thy Holy Spirit ever with me : and so lead me in the knowledge and obedience of thy Word, that I may attain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
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