Before all things, this we must be sure of especially, that this Supper be in such wise done and ministered, as our Lord and Saviour did, and commanded to be done, as His holy Apostles used it, and the good fathers of the primitive Church frequented it. For (as that worthy man saith) he is unworthy of the Lord, that otherwise doth celebrate that mystery, than it was delivered by Him. Neither can he be devout, that otherwise doth presume than it was given by the Author.-Homily concerning the Sacrament.


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The Order of the Administration of the Lord's Supper,

or Holy Communion.

So many as intend to be partakers of the

holy Communion shall signify their names to the Curate, at least some time the day before. And if any of those be an open and notorious

evil liver, or have done any wrong to his neighbours by word or deed, so that the Congregation be thereby offended ; the Curate, having knowledge thereof, shall call him and advertise him, that in any wise he presume not to come to the Lord's Table,1 until he hath openly declared himself to have truly repented and amended his former naughty life, that the Congregation may thereby be satisfied, which before were offended; and that he hath recompensed the parties to whom he hath done wrong; or at least declare himself to be in full purpose to do so as soon as he conveniently may. The same order shall the curate use with

1 “ If it be said, S. Paul calls the Holy Board a Table . I answer, no, not simply a table, but the Lord's Table (1 Cor. x, 21). And I have elsewhere proved, that by this expression we are to understand an altar; for wherever else it is used in Scripture, that is clearly the meaning of it. As the reader may be satisfied, with perusing the four places where we meet with this word in the Old Testament; viz. Ezek. xli, 22, xliv, 16; and Mal. i, 7, 12.

those betwixt whom he perceiveth malice and hatred to reign; not suffering them to be partakers of the Lord's Table, until he know them to be reconciled. And if one of the parties so at variance be content to forgive from the bottom of his heart all that the other hath trespassed against him, and to make amends for that he himself hath offended ; and the other party will not be persuaded to a godly unity, but remain still in his frowardness and malice: the Minister in that case ought to admit

The truth is, the Table of the Lord was the most honourable title that the Prophets and Apostles could give to a proper altar."-Johnson, Unbl. Sac. i, 311.

Even the Council of Trent allows that the Communion Table inevitably implies an altar; for in commenting upon the passage in 1 Cor. x, 21, it says: “As we understand by the table of devils an altar whereon a sacrifice was offered to them; so likewise the Lord's Table can mean nothing else but an altar, on which sacrifice was made to the Lord."—Cat. Concil. Trident. lxxx.

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