Grey - BX9329 G7 1736

,, Iiftory ofthePuritans, examin'd. Y 39 the Altar, for Adoration of the Eucharift on- ' ly ; and ours, in bowing, as well when there is % no Eucharift on the Table, as when there is ; which is not to the Table of the Lord, but to the Lord of the Table ; to teftify the Communion of all the faithful Communicants therewith, even as the People of God did, in adoring him before the Ark of his Footftool. Pfalm xcix.' Neal, Ibid. All his Majefty'sChaplains, and even the Common People, were enjoin' d thefame Prac- tice. One of the Canons of 1640, (viz. Canon 7.) ex- plains the Church's Senfe in this particular, and (hews that the People were then left at their liber- ty, and that no Worfhip was defign'd to be paid to the Altar. Whereas the Church is the Houfe of God, de- ' dicated to his Holy Worfhip, and therefore ought to mind us both of the Greatnefs and Goodnefs of his Divine Majefty ; certain it is, ' that the Acknowledgment thereof, not only in- wardly in our Hearts, but outwardly in our Bo- ' dies, mutt needs be pious in itfelf, profitable un- to us, and commended to all good, and well- ' affeEted People, Members of this Church ; that they be ready to render unto the Lord the faid Acknowledgment, by their doing Reverence and Obeifance, both at their coming in and goingout of ,the faid Churches, Chancels, or Chappels, according to the moft ancient Cuftom of the P imitiae Church, in the pureft Times ; and of the Church alto for many Years in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. The reviving of this ancient and laudable Cuftom, we, not with any intent to exhibit any Religious Worfhip to the Corn- ' munion-Table, the Fall, or the Church, or any Thing therein contain'd in fo doing, or to per- form the faid Gefturp in the Celebration of the