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ANSWER.—It is meet and right so to do.

PRIEST.--It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlast

ing God.

[These words, “ Holy Father,” are to be omitted

on Trinity Sunday.]

Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name, evermore praising Thee, and saying,

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to Thee, O Lord, Most High. Amen.

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Proper Prefaces.

UPON CHRISTMAS DAY.

BECAUSE Thou didst give Jesus Christ thine only Son, to be born as at this time for us; who, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, was made very man of the substance of the Virgin Mary, his mother, and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin. Therefore, with angels, &c.

UPON EASTER DAY.

But chiefly are we bound to praise Thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ, our Lord; for he is the very Paschal Lamb which was offered for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; who, by his death hath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life. Therefore, with angels, &c.

U PON ASCENSION DAY.

THROUGH thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, who after his most glorious resurrection manifestly appeared to all his Apostles, and in their sight ascended

up

into heaven to prepare a place for us, that where he is, thither we might also ascend, and reign with him in glory. Therefore, with angels, &c.

UPON WHITSUNDAY.

THROUGH Jesus Christ, our Lord, according to whose most true promise, the Holy Ghost came down as at this time from heaven with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty wind in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the apostles, to teach them, and to lead them to all truth ; giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness, with fervent zeal, constantly to preach the Gospel unto all nations, whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error, into the clear light and true knowledge of Thee, and of Thy Son Jesus Christ. Therefore, with angels, &c.

UPON THE FEAST OF TRINITY.

Who art one God, one Lord ; not oue only person, but three persons in one substance; for that which we believe of the glory of the Father, the same we believe of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, with

difference or inequality. Therefore, with angels, &c.

out any

After each of these Prefaces shall immediately

be said

THEREFORE, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising Thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to Thee, O Lord, Most High. Amen.

We do not presume to come to this thy Table, 0 merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table; but thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood ; and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.

Amen.

BEFORE THE CONSECRATION.

What reward shall I give unto the Lord for all the benefits that he hath done unto me? I will receive the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. O Lord, my God, enter not into judgment with thy servant, but send out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to thy holy hill,

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