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Author: Parker, John, 1534-1592.
Title: A true patterne of pietie meete for all Christian householders to looke vpon, for the better education of their families, in the feare and seruice of almightie God. Collected out of the fountaine of holy scriptures, for the especiall vse of the faithfull in the congregation of Malpasse in Cheshire. By Iohn Parker.
Publication Info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service
2011 December (TCP phase 2)
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Print source: A true patterne of pietie meete for all Christian householders to looke vpon, for the better education of their families, in the feare and seruice of almightie God. Collected out of the fountaine of holy scriptures, for the especiall vse of the faithfull in the congregation of Malpasse in Cheshire. By Iohn Parker.
Parker, John, 1534-1592.

Imprinted at London: By [J. Danter for?] Iohn Wolfe, and are to be solde at his shop within the Popes head Alley, in Lumbard strete, 1592.
Notes:
Actual printer's name conjectured by STC.
Print faded on title page, affecting imprint.
Reproduction of the original in the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Subject terms:
Devotional literature -- Early works to 1800.
Christian family -- Early works to 1800.
Christian life -- Early works to 1800.
URL: http://name.umdl.umich.edu/A08940.0001.001

Contents
title page
TO THE CHRISTIAN and well affected Gentle∣men, together with the rest of the faith∣full in the Congregation of Malpasse, who haue giuen their names vnto Christ I. P. wisheth al holy and perfit increase of Gods gra∣ces, with the happie finishing of that good worke begun in them, euen through our Lord and Sauiour Christ Iesus.
THE PREPA∣ratiue to prayer.
Next to the preparatiue, before wee come to laye downe the formes of prayer it selfe: this is to be conside∣red of. vz.
3 The Scriptures of God contained in the holy Byble being thus prouided: It is next to bee obserued, that the word and prayer bee alwaies ioyned together. viz.
¶ Before the reading of the worde, and Cathechising, vse this short Prayer.
4 The word being thus read with reue∣rence and care, then let the Gouer∣nours, together with their whole fa∣mily, humbly fall downe on their knees, and the Master himselfe, or one in his absence, whome hee shall appoint to be the mouth for all, and with a true heart, inuocate vpon God as followeth.
A shorte forme of Morning prayer, to be vsed when want of opportunitie and vrgent affaires doe hinder vs to vse the other.
5 At dinner time, this must bee obser∣ued, that if there be any childe or ser∣uant which can reade in the house: that the Master cause him to reade a Chap. in time of dinner, or els if hee be able when he hath dyned, to reade one himselfe before he rise from ta∣ble, which will helpe well to season the meate, if the thinges that be read be rightly meditated of, alwayes pro∣uided, that we giue thankes both be∣fore and after meate.
7 Certaine petitions to be vsed in mor∣ning or euening prayer, as occasion shall serue.
In time of any generall visitation, as warre, sickenes, famine, &c. Say this petition.
In any particular visitation of thy selfe or anie of thy familie, say this peti∣tion.
8 Note, That the night season must not bee spent in idle and filthie talking, which becommeth not Christians, but shall be giuen accompt of. See E∣phes. 5, 4. Math. 12.36. Therfore foure nightes in the weeke, let them bee spent in honest and vertuous confe∣rence, that tendeth to edification, in reading Gods worde, in singing of Psalmes, as these scriptures com∣maunde: vz. Ephes. 4.29. Colloss. 4.6. Ephes. 5.19. Collossians. 3.16.
¶ The Lords day must thus bee spent, vz.
A breefe Cathechisme Conteining the principles of the Christian faith, meete to bee learned of all true Christian Families.
A Carde for Communi∣cants to looke vpon, before they presume to come to the Lordes Table, fit to be learned of all that will not receiue vnworthelye.
Certaine formes of Thankesgiuing.
Grace before meate.
Grace after meate.
A thankesgiuing, to be vsed after Cathechising.