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312

7"heLÌEE

of

the

LIB.J

In

the

Sentences

exciting to remember the Poor, the

Scriptures and Apochry-

phal Paffages

of

Tobit

are

confounded

without any note

of

fufftcient

digin

&ion ,

as

if

we would

have

the People

believe

that

Tobit is

Canonical

Scripture.

The

Prayer

for

the

Church

Militant

(one

of the heft)

is

very

defe&ive, having no

Petition

for

the

Church,

but thole

for [Truth,

Unity,

Love

and

Concord].

The

..Exhortation biddeth all

(

and intreateth them for the Lord

Jefus

fake)

even

the

wont

and mog unprepared that

be

prefena,

tocome to

the Lord's

Table,as invited thereto by God himfelf: which

is

a

great wrongto him

and them.

And it mifinterpreteth

the Parable,

Mateb.

zz.

(

to which it

feemeth plainly to

a1

lude) which fpeaketh not

of

our coming

to

the

Sacrament,

but of our

coming to

Chrift,

and into

his

Church: Though

indeed the

Exhortation

is

very good,

if

it

were made at a

fufficient

diftance

before

the

Sacrament,

that

they might

have

time

of

Preparation.

The

next Admonition againft unworthy Receiving

is

verygood ; but impertinent

and

unfeafonable, while

it

perfwadeth

them

to come to the

Minifterfor

Advice, in

order to the Sacramentwhich

is

perfe&ly

to

be

adminiáred.

It

is

a

diforder, for

one

o

f

the Communicants

to

be invited

to

be

the

Mouth

of

rberefb

in

Confefflon

of

Prayer.

If

the

People

may

pro tempere

make a

Minifter,

why not

for

continuance

;

and

fo

the CommonPrayer

Book

is

for

the

Principles

of

Popular

-Se.

paratilts.

The

proper

Prefaces for

CbrifImas

-day.

and

TYbirfunday,

repeat the word

[at

this

day]

which

is

either

a

falihood

or impertinent

; and

non-intelligible to

the

molt.

It

is a

disorder

in

the

next

words to begin in a

Prayer and

end

in

a Narra-

tive.

It

is

diforderly

for the Minifter to

receive

the Sacrament

in

both

kinds himfelf

before the

other Mini

ters, or People do receiveit in either.

There

is

no

fufficient

Explication

of

the Nature and Ufe of the

Sacrament pre

-

mifed

:

which

is

the greater

defe&

where

the

Sacrament

is

allowed

to

be admini-

fired without

a

Sermon ; and where

fo

many of the People never

learned

the Ca.

techifm, or underfrood what

'a

Sacrament

is.

The

Exhortation

is

too

defe

&ive for

the exciting the Faith'

and

other

Graces of

the Communicants;

which yet we can bear with,

if

the Minifter may

be allowed

himfelf

to

fpeak

filch

other quickeningWords of Exhortation

as

he findeth

fuitable

to the

temper

of

the Communicants.

The

ConfefGon

of

Sin

before the

Communion

is

too general and

defeetive.

The

Confecration, Commemoration,

and Delivery,

and Participation

are

not

di-

gin&ly enough

performed.

Sometime the Minister

is

to

kneelat

Prayer,

and fometimeto

Band up, without

any

fpecial reafon

given for it.

It

were moreorderly to

make

the Delivery diftin& in Scripture words;

and

not

to

confound Prayer and the Delivery together.

It

is

more

fuitable

to Chri

is

Example, that

the

Words

of

Delivery

be

(ordinari-

ly) in

the Plural

Number,

and to the

Church, or

to

many at once,

[

Take ye,

Eat

ye, Drink

ye,] than in the

Singular

Number recited to each

one.

It

is

diforderly for

the People to repeat

every

Petition

of

the

following

Prayers,

after the Minifter.

That

the Hymn be fang

in Prole feemeth diforderly.

The

Colleets appointed to be laid after the Offertory, have

no

reason

of

order

or

connexion with what went

before, or followeth after.

The

fir/ of

them

beggs

[

Affiance

in

tbefe

our Supplications

and Prayers]; which

should

rather

be towards

the beginning than

when

we are coneluding.And

it

beggs

but

the

oft repeated benefit

of

Defence againfb

the

Changes

and

(as

it

is

inconveniently

called)

rbe

Chances

of

cbir

Life.

And another

of

them again

asked,

chafe

things which

we dare

not

ask].

But

it

is

the greateft disorder

of

all,

that

every Parishioner

(hall

Communicateat

leali thrice in the

year, whether

he be

fit

or

unfit,

and

be

forced

to it.

In

Baptifm

it

is

the greatelt diforder,

that Mini

ters muff

be forced, though a

-,

gain/

their

Confciences,

to baptize

all

Children without Exception' the

Chil-

dren of Atheills,

Infidels, Hereticks,

unbaptized Perfons, Excommunicate

Perfons,

or

Impenitent

fornicators,or

filch

like.

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