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The Order for the Administration of

The Lord's Supper

Passover Communion Service


SO many as intend to be partakers of the Passover Communion Service shall signify their names to the minister over night, or else in the morning, before the beginnings of Morning prayer, or immediately after.


And if any of those be an open and notorious evil lier, so that the congregation by him is offended, or have done any wrong to his neighbors, by word or deed: The Minister having knowledge thereof, shall call him, and advertise him, in any wise not to presume to the Lord's Table, until he have openly declared himself to have truly repented, and amended his former naughty life, that the congregation may thereby be satisfied, which before were offended: and that he have recompensed the parties, whom he hath done wrong unto, or at the least declare himself to be in full purpose so to do, as soon as he conveniently may.


¶ The same order shall the Minister 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 variance be content to forgive, from the bottom 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 remains still in his frowardness and malice: The Minister in that case, ought to admit the repentant person to the Lord's Supper, and not him that is obstinate.


¶ The Table having at the Communion time a fair white linen cloth upon it, shall stand in the body of the Church, or in the chancel, where Morning prayer and Evening prayer be appointed to be said. And the Minister standing in the Pulpit shall call to worship.


Call to Worship


¶ Minister shall call to worship by reading one or more of the following verses.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psa. 34:3

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Rom. 11:36

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:8

If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1John 4:12

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Rom. 16:24

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 25

And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matt. 28:20


¶ Reading of the Ten Commandments

So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. Neh 8:8


¶ Then shall the Minister rehearse distinctly all the Ten Commandments: and the people standing, shall after every Commandment proclaim God's mercy and goodness, after this sort.


Minister: And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

People: O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psa. 107.1

Minister: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:

for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

People: O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good.

Minister: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

People: For his mercy endureth for ever.

Minister: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

People: O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good.

Minister: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

People: For his mercy endureth for ever.

Minister: Thou shalt not kill.

People: O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good.

Minister: Thou shalt not commit adultery.

People: For his mercy endureth for ever.

Minister: Thou shalt not steal.

People: O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good.

Minister: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

People: For his mercy endureth for ever.

Minister: Thou shalt not covet

thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

People: O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.


¶ After the Ten Commandments, here shall be said in unison the words of Jesus by the Minister and People, standing.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matt. 22:37-40


¶ Then the Minister shall stand and read from the following verses, the people sitting.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2Cor. 6:17

Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. Hebr. 11:28

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isa. 55:7

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. 1Cor. 5:7

Minister. The Lord be with thee.

Answer. And with thy spirit.

Minister. O Lord, teach us to pray.

A General Confession. Psa. 51:1-17


¶ All kneeling and reciting together.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psa. 51:1-17


Forgiveness of Sin

¶ To be read by the Minister alone, standing; the People still kneeling.

Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. Num. 14:19

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Psa. 86:5

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psa. 32:1

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: Heb. 1:1-3

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Eph. 1:6-7

Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Rom. 4:7

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Eph. 4:32

I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. 1John 2:12


¶ Here endeth the service for unbaptized Israelites.


¶ Then shall the Minister read the Epistle, first saying, The Epistle is written in the -----Chapter of -----, beginning at the -----Verse. The Epistle ended, he shall say, Here endeth the Epistle.

¶ Here may be sung an Hymn.

¶ Then, all the People standing, the Minister appointed shall read the Gospel, first saying, The Holy Gospel is written in the -----Chapter of -----, beginning at the -----Verse.


¶ Then shall all together unitedly say the Apostle's Creed.

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Christian* Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.


¶ Then followeth the Sermon, the people sitting. After which, the Minister shall return to the Communion Table and begin the Offertory, saying one or more of these Sentences following, as he thinketh most convenient.

Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt. 5:16

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. Matt. 6:19-20

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matt. 7:21

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2Cor. 9:6-7

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Gal. 6:10

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Heb. 6:10

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. 13:16

But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1John 3:17

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matt. 25:40

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Rom. 10:14

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Luke 10:2

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee. Deut. 16:16 -17

Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. 1Chr. 29:11

For all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. 1Chr. 29:14


Minister. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

Answer. The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be

gracious unto thee:

Minister: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee,

Answer. And give thee peace. [Amen]. Num. 6:24-26


¶ Then shall the Minister say to those who come to receive the Communion of the bread and wine.

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. 1Cor. 11:28-34


¶ Then shall the Minister stand up, and turning to the People, say.

But thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness. . . Neh. 9:17

For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. Psa. 25:11

The good Lord pardon every one that prepareth his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers. . . 2Chr. 30:18-21


¶ The People shall sit, then shall the Minister say, or Musicians sing.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest

unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matt. 11:28-30.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1Tim. 1:15

And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1John 2:1-2


¶ Minister and People, responsively.


Minister. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. Lam. 3:41

Answer. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. 1Chr. 16:34

Minister. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. Psa. 57:8

Answer. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. Rev. 4:8



¶ When the Minister, standing before the Communion Table, hath so ordered the bread and wine, that he may with the more readiness and decency break the bread before the People, and take the cup into his hands he shall say the Prayer of Consecration, as followeth.

Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God. Rev. 19:1

O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. Psa. 98:1

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 1Cor. 11:23-28


¶ Then shall the Musicians sing an Hymn from the Book of Psalms

¶ Then shall the Minister read.

Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. Matt. 26:26-29


¶ Then shall the Minister, kneeling down at the Communion Table, say, in the name of all those who shall receive these symbols, this Prayer following.

We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isa. 64:6

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Isa. 40:8

Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. Num. 14:19

Your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. 1John 2:12


¶ Here may be sung a Congregational Hymm from the Book of Psalms

¶ Then shall the Minister call the people to the prayer rail, where each person shall receive the bread and the wine.

¶ The Minister shall present the bread and wine by saying afterwards.


Minister. This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Luke 22:19


Minister. This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:20


¶ When all have taken the bread and wine, the Minister shall return to the Communion Table, and return what remaineth of the consecrated bread and wine.


¶ Then shall the Minister say with a loud voice.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour and glory, and blessing. Rev. 5:12


¶ Then shall be said or sung a Psalm of Thanksgiving, or other proper Hymn from the Book of Psalms


Psalm of Thanksgiving 1Chr 16: 8-12; 30-36

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.

Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord


Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth.

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord.


¶ Then shall all rise and sing together the Lord's Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


¶ Here endeth the Lord's Supper Passover Communion Service


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