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done wrong; or at least declare himself to be in full purpose so to do, as soon as he conveniently may.
The same order shall the Curate use with 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 varience be content to forgive from the botlom 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 penitent person to the Holy Communion, and not him that is obstinate. Provided that every Minister so repelling any, as is specified in this, or in the next precedent paragraph of this Rubric, shall be obliged to give an account of the same to the Ordinary within fourteen days after at the farthest. And the Ordinary shall proceed against the offending person according to the Canon.
If there be not above i wenty persons in the Parish of discretion to receive the Communion ; yet there shall be no Communion, except four (or three at the least) communicate with the Priest.
And to take away all occasion of dissention, and superstition, which any person hath or might have
concerning the Bread and Wine, it shall suffice that the Bread he such, as is usual to be eaten ; but the best and purest Wheat Bread that conveniently may be gallen.
And note that every Parishioner shall communicate at the least three times in the year, of which Easter to
« WHEREAS it is orilained in this Office for the “ Administration of the Lord's Supper, that the “ Communicants should receive the same kneeling; “ (which order is well meant, for a signification of
our humble and grateful acknowledgement of the “ benefits of Christ therein given to all worthy “ receivers, and for the avoiding of such profanation “ and disorder in the Holy Communion, as might “ otherwise ensue ;) yet, least the same kneeling “ should by any Person, either out of ignorance and “ infirmity, or out of malice and obstinacy, be mis“ construed and depraved; It is hereby declared, “ That thereby no Adoration is intended, or ought “ to be done, either unto the Sacramental Bread or “ Wine there bodily received or unto any Corporal « Presence of Christ's natural Flesh and Blood. For “ the Sacramental Bread and Wine remain still in “ their very natural substances; and therefore may “ not be adored; (for that were idolatry, to be ab“ horred of all faithful Christians;) and the natural & Body and Blood of our Savior Christ are in Hea“ ven and not here; it being against the truth of “ Christ's natural Body, to be at one time in more “ places than one.”
Articles of Religion.
The Articles that treat of the Sacrament are the XXV. Of the Sacraments.
XXVI. Of the unworthiness of Ministers, which hinders not the effect of the Sacraments.
XXVIII. Of the Lord's Supper.
XXIX. Of the wicked, which eat not the Body of Christ, in the use of the Lord's Supper.
XXX. Of both kinds.
Constitutions and Canons Ecclesiastical.
The following relate to the Communicant ;
XXIII. Studients in Colleges to receive the Communion four times a year.
XXVI. Notorious Offenders not to be admitted to the Communion.
XXVII. Schismatics not to be admitted to the Communion.
XXVIII. Strangers not to be admitted to the Communion.
The Homilies that treat of the Sacrament are the
IXth Homily, in the second Book, wherein is declared, That the Common Prayers and Sacraments ought to be administered in a tongue that is understood of the hearers.
XVth Homily, in the second Book, Of the worthy receiving and reverent esteeming of the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.