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St. John the Evangelist's Day.
MERCIFULLY, O Lord, enlighten thy Church; that being taught by blessed John, thy Apostle and Evangelist, she may come to thy eternal rewards. Thro'.
For the Epistle. Eccles. xv. 1. 6.
HE that feareth God will do good: and he that possesseth justice shall lay hold on her; and she will meet him as an honourable mother, and will receive him as a wife married of a virgin. With the bread of life and understanding, she shall feed him, and give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink and she shall be made strong in him, and he shall not be moved: and she shall hold him fast, and he shall not be confounded: and she shall exalt him among his neighbours : and in the midst of the Church she shall open his mouth, and shall fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and shall clothe him with a robe of glory. She shall heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
The Gospel. John xxi. 19. 24.
At that time: Jesus said to Peter; Follow Peter turning about, saw that disciple whom Jesus loved, following, who also leaned on his breast at supper, and said: Lord, who is he that shall betray thee? Him therefore when Peter had seen, he saith to Jesus: Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith to him: So I will have him remain till I come, what is it to thee? Follow thou me. This saying therefore went abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die. And Jesus did not say to him he should not die; but so I will have him to remaia till I
What is it to thee? This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things; and hath written these things; and we know that his testimony is true.
THE BLESSING THE PEOPLE WITH HOLY
¶ Before the solemn service of High Mass, it is usual, though by no Means necessary, to sprinkle blessed Water upon the People*, the Quire singing:
THOU wilt sprinkle me, O Lord, with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. Ps. Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy. V. Glory, &c. Thou. &c.
¶ From Easter-Sunday to Whit-Sunday inclusive, the following Anthem is sung instead of the former.
I SAW water running from the right side of the *temple, Alleluia: and all those who were sprinkled with that water were saved, and they shall say,
Formerly men had so much respect for religion and the prayers of the church, that they made piety enter into all their actions and concerns of life; and as they knew that nothing happens without the permission of God, they would not undertake any thing until they had asked his benediction, through the prayers of the church; neither would they use medicine, food, or any thing else, until it had thus received the divine blessing. Then simple in mind, pure in intention, and full of faith in God,---men have since become proud in heart, independent in spirit, and corrupt in their lives. In the use of holy water, the church simply intends to express to the faithful, that as our corporal bodies are cleansed and purified by water, so our souls must be purified from sin by the prayers and sacraments of the church, and that we ought never to enter into the presence of our Creator but with pure hearts, and clean hands.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. Confess ye the Lord, because he is good, because his mercy is for ever. V. Glory, &c. I saw, &e.
¶ The Priest being returned to the alter says:
R. And give us thy salvation. V. Lord, hear my prayer. R. And let my cry come to thee. V. Our Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
HEAR US, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, and vouchsafe to send thy holy angels from heaven to keep, support, protect, visit, and defend all that dwell in this habitation: thro' Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD'S SUPPER,*
COMMONLY CALLED THE MASS.
There are two Forms in the Church of celebrating the sacrifice of the Lord's Supper; one called High Mass, the other Low Mass, both the same in essence and substance, and only differing in the quantity of ceremony which the Church displays in the service.
* This expression derived from the circumstance of the mystery being instituted at the last supper, and adopted by the church in her office on Holy-Thursday, and frequently used by the primitive Fathers is here introduced as more significant and familiar to our adversa. ries at present than the more common word Mass, which however is still retained by some Protestants. In the first edition of their Common
¶The sacrificial celebration of the Lord's Supper is the most holy Mystery of the Christian Religion, and therefore all Christians should make a particular point of assisting at it; especially as the Church lays them under the obligation of attending thereat on all Sundays and solemn Festivals, if they can.
Through respect to the holy Sacrament, the officiating Priest always communicates fasting.
The Ceremonies and Rubrics are all regularly marked out and appointed by the Church.
After placing the Communion Vessels (called the Paten or Plate, Chalice or Cup) upon the Altar, the Priest descends to the lowest step, and humbles himself with the Prayer of Confession made to God and to the whole Church, beginning with the Psalm of David, Judica me Deus, Judge me, O God, &c.
THE ORDER FOR THE SACRIFICIAL CELEBRATION OF THE LORD'S SUPPER, TOGETHER WITH HOLY COMMUNION, COMMONLY
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Anth. I will go unto the altar of God.
Prayer Book, the title of this office stands thus:
THE SUPPER OF THE
LORD AND HOLY COMMUNION, COMMONLY CALLED THE MASS. The English word Mass, in Latin Missa, is derived from the word Missio. It was the practice in the primitive Church, when the eucharistic mys➡ teries of the Lord's Supper were celebrating, to dismiss from the as. sembly all those who had not been fully admitted into the church and communion of the faithful; and this was called Missio, or the dismis. sal; whence are formed the corruptions Missa and Mass. Diximus de remissa peccatorum. Tertull. Lib. 4. ad Marcio. c. 18. REMISSIO REMISSA--MISSIO---MISSA.
P. JUDGE me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy: from the unjust and deceitful man deliver me.
R. Since thou, O God, art my strength, why hast thou rejected me? and why do I grow sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?
P. Send forth thy light and thy truth they have conducted me and brought me unto the holy mount, and into thy tabernacle.
R. I will go unto the altar of God: to God who rejoiceth my youth.
P. I will praise thee on the harp, O God, my God; why art thou sorrowful, O my soul? and why dost thou disturb me?
R. Hope in God, for him will I still praise; he is my God, and the Saviour I look for.
P. Glory be to the Father, and to, &c.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amem P. I will go unto the altar of God.
R. To God who rejoiceth my youth.
P. May our help be in the name of the Lord..
P. I confess to Almighty God, &c.
R. May Almighty God be merciful to thee, and, forgiving thee thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. P. Amen.
R. I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, thro' my fault, thro' my fault, thro' my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech blessed Mary, ever a virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints,