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Author: Paybody, Thomas, b. 1597 or 8.
Title: A iust apologie for the gesture of kneeling in the act of receiving the Lords Supper. Against the manifold exceptions of all opposers in the Churches of England, and Scotland. Wherein this controversie is handled, fully. Soundly. Plainly. Methodically. By T.P.
Publication Info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service
2011 December (TCP phase 2)
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Print source: A iust apologie for the gesture of kneeling in the act of receiving the Lords Supper. Against the manifold exceptions of all opposers in the Churches of England, and Scotland. Wherein this controversie is handled, fully. Soundly. Plainly. Methodically. By T.P.
Paybody, Thomas, b. 1597 or 8.

London: Printed by William Iones, dwelling in Red-crosse-streets, 1629.
Alternate titles: Just apologie for the gesture of kneeling in the act of receiving the Lords Supper Just apologie for the gesture of kneeling in the act of receiving the Lords Supper.
Notes:
Dedication signed: Thomas Paybody.
The words "fully. .. Methodically." are enclosed in brackets on the title page.
Reproduction of the original in the Bodleian Library.
Subject terms:
Posture in worship -- Early works to 1800.
Lord's Supper -- Church of England -- Early works to 1800.
URL: http://name.umdl.umich.edu/A09175.0001.001

Contents
title page
TO THE RIGHT WORppfull. SIR Thomas Grantham, and Sr. Thomas Hutchinson, Knights, all prosperity and Happinesse.
To the Christian Reader.
ERRATA.
A Table of my order in this Booke.
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A IVST APOLOGY FOR THE GESTVRE OF of kneeling in the act of receiuing the Lords Supper.
CHAPTER 1.
Of Gestures in generall.
The first rule of Gestures.
The second rule of Gestures,
The third, and last rule of Gestures.
Instance of Prayer.
Of Thanksgiuing, and singing of Psalmes.
Of the exercise of the word.
Of Sacrifice.
Of Circumcision.
Of Baptisme.
Of the Passeover.
An Observation added of all Divine worship vnder the Gospell.
CHAP. 2. Of the manner how the Word directeth in ge∣stures.
Of Gods Commandement in Gestures.
Of good examples of Gestures.
Of Naturall light in Gestures.
Lastly, of good Collections, or inferences for direction in gestures.
CHAP. 3. Of things indifferent, and of Divine worship.
2. Of Divine Worship.
3. Of things indifferent and Divine worship joyntlie.
VVHAT GESTVRE IS LAWFVLL IN THE ACT OF receiuing the Sacramentall Bread, and Wine.
CHAPTER 1.
Whether kneeling be will-worship?
CHAP. 2.
CHAP. 3.
The first Paragraph.
The second Paragraph.
The third and last Paragraph.
Arguments of our brethren pressing the imita∣tion of Christs gesture.
Grounds whereby it may appeare, that the imita∣tion of Christs gesture is not necessary.
An appendice to the argument of Christs example.
CHAP. 4.
Of decency of the gesture of kneeling in the act of receiving.
Arguments against the decency of kneeling.
Proofe, that kneeling is a decent gesture.
CHAP. 5. Of the argument of a Table-gesture.
Consideration 1.
Consideration. 2.
Consideration. 3.
Consideration. 4.
Arguments against the necessitie of a Table-gesture.
A Recapitulation of my reasons against the necessitie of a Table-gesture.
Arguments collected out of Scripture against kneeling, answered. CHAP. 6.
The first proofe of this first Argument.
Of the first Proposition.
Of the second Proposition.
Reasons that Kneeling at Sacrament is not con∣trary to the person of a coheire.
The second proofe of the first Argument.
The third and last proofe of the first Argument.
CHAP. 7.
Object. 1. Kneeling in the act of receiuing is said to distract our thoughts, and hinder meditation, and so cannot accord with the disposition of heart required.
Object. 2. Kneeling accords not with that dis∣position of heart, required in the act of re∣ceiving, which is of dutie, namely, faith, and thankfulnesse.
Obiect. 3. Kneeling accords not with that disposition of heart required in the act of re∣ceiving, which is of comfort, namely assu∣ance, and ioyfullnesse.
CHAP. 8.
THE THIRD PART OF THIS TREATISE, IN WHICH are answered the objections against kneeling, which are drawne from Christian liberty, piety, and charity.
CHAP. 1.
Argum of Christian libertie.
Our first answer.
Our second answer.
Our third answer.
Our fourth, and last answer.
Of the bond of kneeling by Act of Parliament.
Of the bond of kneeling by the Canon.
Of the bond of the Kings sole, and Sove∣raigne authority.
Of the bond of kneeling taken from the necessity of seeking the peace and edification of the Church.
Reasons, or Considerations, to shew further that Kneeling at Sacrament enioyned in this Church, is not against Chri∣stian libertie.
Obiections against kneeling drawne from Pie∣ty, answered. CHAP. 2.
Of the Argument of Kneeling drawne from the signification which the Church put∣teth vpon it.
Reasons of your Proposition.
Obiections drawne from the manner of the Churches enioyning, answered. CHAP. 3.
Answer to the Proposition.
Of Popish Image-worship.
Answer to the Assumption.
Paragraph. 1. Kneeling at Sacrament is not Idolatrous in it selfe.
Considerations tending to shew, that kneeling may bee vsed vpon occasion of the bread, and wine, without committing idola∣trie with them.
A Direction annexed shewing vpon what re∣spects wee may be lavvfully mooved to kneele dovvne in the act of receiving the Sacra∣mentall elements, vvithout idolatry.
First respect is the speciall presence of God in the Sacrament.
Second respect is, the humble, and thankefull remembrance, vvhich the Sacrament occa∣oneth of Christs sufferings.
The third respect is the gracious gift which God communicates vnto vs in the very act of receiving.
Of another respect of kneeling at Sacrament, which is onely consequent from the principall respect before-named, namely, that the Sacrament may bee received more reverently.
Paragraph. 2. Kneeling at Sacrament is not I∣dolatrous, as it is enioyned by this Church.
First coniecture whereby our brethren would shew the Churches meaning to bee idolatrous, because kneeling was enioyned at first to stop the mouthes of the Papists.
Second coniecture, whereby they would shew the Churches meaning to be idolatrous, is because King Edwards second Booke professeth, that kneeling is enioyned, that the Sa∣crament might not bee profaned, butheld in a reverent, and holy estimation amongst vs.
The third coniecture whereby they would shew the Churches meaning to be idolatrous, is, be∣cause shee tyes all her Communicants to a∣dore God before the creatures.
Of coniectures taken from certaine nega∣tiue considerations.
First Negatiue. The Church enioynes not knee∣ling as a fit Table-gesture.
Second Negatiue. The Church enioynes not knee∣ling for any lawfull, or convenient reverence, that is due to the Sacrament.
Third Negatiue. The Church enioynes not knee∣ling, for Adoration of the Lord.
Of kneeling at Sacrament in respect of Prayer.
Of receiuing at Sacrament for adoring God without prayer.
Considerations tending to cleere the Church (in imposing the gesture of kneeling) from intent of idolatry.
Obiections against kneeling, drawne from con∣formitie with Idolaters, answered. CHAP. 4.
Answer to the Proposition.
A Direction tending to shew, that the former Proposition cannot bee applyed against natu∣rall gestures in Gods worship.
Answer to the Assumption.
Of the first branch of your Assumption. Whether kneeling at Sacrament be de∣vised by man.
Of the second part of your Assumption, that kneeling at Sacrament is notoriously knowne to haue beene of old and still to be abused vnto Idolatry by the Papists.
Of the third branch of your Assumption, whe∣ther kneeling at Sacrament be now of necessary vse in the Church?
An Appendice to the former Answer.
Obiections against kneeling drawne from the breach of the bond of charity, answered. CHAP. 5.
Of Scandall.
Of the Assumption, that kneeling at Sa∣crament is scandalous.
Whether kneeling at Sacrament bee an appea∣rance of Idolatry, such as for which the Lord therefore condemneth the vse of it.
Whether kneeling at Sacrament be an occasion of Idolatry, such as for which the word therefore condemneth the vse of it.
Of the scandall of Papists by kneeling.
Of the scandall of ignorant persons by kneeling.
Of scandall of prophane persons by knee∣ling.
Of Scandalls of Separatists by kneeling.
Of Scandall of non-conformers by kneeling.
CHAP. 6.
Consideration 1. for Stating of the question.
Consideration 2. for instruction about the proofe.
First generall reason against kneeling in the An∣cient Church, taken from the gesture appoin∣ted at prayer on the Lords dayes.
Our Answer.
2. Generall reason against kneeling in the ancient Church, taken from the silence of some Ancients in their Treatises of Ceremonies.
3. Generall reason against kneeling in the ancient Church, taken from the gene∣rall opinion and testimonie of some late Writers.
A Counterpoise of generall considerations for kneeling in the Ancient Church.
Of the first Century, or hundred of yeeres.
Of the second Century.
Of the fifth Century.
Our further Counterpoise.
Of the fourth Century.
Our further Counterpoise.
Of the fifth Centurie.
Our further Counterpoise.
Of the 6th. 7th. 8th. 9th. 10th. 11th. 12th. 13th. Centuries.
Our further Counterpoise.