An instruction for Christians, contei∣ning a fruitfull and godlie exercise, as well in wholsome and fruitfull praiers, as in reuerend dis∣cerning of Gods holie Commandements and Sa∣craments: translated out of French into Eng∣lish by a right vertuous and godlie Ma∣trone and Gentlewoman named Mistresse DORCAS MARTIN.
Psalme, 119. verses, 37, 133.
The Lords praier.
OUr Father which art in heauen, ha∣lowed be thy name. Thy kingdome come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heauen. Giue vs this daie our dailie bread. And forgiue vs our tres∣passes, as we forgiue them that tres∣passe against vs. And lead vs not in∣to temptation, but deliuer vs from euill: for thine is the kingdome, the power, and the glorie for euer and euer,
The Articles of the Christian faith.
I Beleeue in God the father Almightie, maker of heauen and earth. And in Iesus Christ, his onlie sonne, our Lord, which was concei∣ued by the holie Ghost. Borne of the virgin Marie. Suffered vnder Pontius Pilate, was cru∣cified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third daie, he rose againe from the dead. He ascended into heauen, and sitteth on the right hand of God the father almightie. From thence shall he come to iudge the quicke and the dead. I beleeue in the holie Ghost. The holie Catholike Church. The communion of Saints. The forgiuenesse of sinnes. The resurrection of the bodie. And the life euerlasting,
The ten Commandements of Almightie GOD, Exod. 20.
HEarken O Israel. I am the Lord thy God, which haue brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
The first Table.
_1 THou shalt haue none other gods before me.
2 Thou shalt make thee no grauen image, neither anie similitude of things that are in heauen aboue, neither that are in the earth beneath, nor that are in the waters vnder the earth. Thou shalt not bow downe to them, nor woor∣ship them. For I am the Lord thy God, a gealous God, visiting the iniquitie of the fathers vpon the children, vpon the third generation, and vpon the fourth of them that hate me: and shewing mercie vnto thou∣sands in them that loue me, and keepe my commande∣ments.
Page 223 3 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vaine; for the Lord will not hold him giltlesse that taketh his name in vaine.
4 Remember the Sabboth daie, to keepe it holie. Sixe daies shalt thou labour and doo all thy workes: but the seauenth daie is the Sabboth of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt not doo anie worke, thou, nor thy sonne, nor thy daughter, thy man-seruant, nor thy maide-seruant, nor the stranger that is within thy gates. For in sixe daies the Lord made the heauen and the earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seauenth daie: therfore the Lord blessed the Sabboth daie, and halowed it.
The second Table.
_5 HOnour thy father and thy mother, that thy daies may bee prolonged vpon the land which the Lord thy God giueth thee.
6 Thou shalt not kill.
7 Thou shalt not commit adulterie.
8 Thou shalt not steale.
9 Thou shalt not beare false witnesse against thy neighbour.
10 Thou shalt not couet thy neighbours house, nei∣ther shalt thou couet thy neighbours wife, nor his ser∣uant, nor his maide, nor his oxe, nor his asse, neither a∣nie thing that is thy neighbours.
THou shalt loue the Lord thy God with all thine hart, with all thy soule, and with all thy mind: This is the first and the greatest commandement. And the second is like vnto this. Thou shalt loue thy neighbour as thy selfe.
On these two commandements hangeth the whole Lawe and the Prophets.
Matth, 7. verse, 12.
Iohn, 15. verse, 12.
Iohn, 13. verse, 35.
A praier to be said in the Morning when one awaketh. Our helpe be in the name of the Lord, who hath made heauen and earth.
O My God and father, I most humblie praise and thanke thee for this, that of thine infinite goodnesse and mercie, it hath pleased thee to watch for me this night whiles I slept, pre∣seruing me from so manie kinds of dangers, wherevn∣to this miserable life is subiect. O Lord I beseech thee bring into my memorie thy other great and innume∣rable benefits also, according as I may be able to com∣prehend them, to the end that I may likewise render thanks for the same, least I be vngratefull towards thy maiestie, as thou hast done me this good, not to for∣get that thou alone hast preserued me from all incon∣uenience. And herewithall I beseech thee most grati∣ous father, through thy mercie, to continue this thy fatherlie care, which thou hast for me, vntill such time as I shall rest in that happie sleepe, whereof they re∣ioice which sleepe in peace, through our Lord Iesus Christ thy sonne, who in the vnitie of the holie Ghost, liueth and reigneth God with thee eternallie: So be it.
The exercise of an housholder with his familie to praie in the Morning.
O Our God, Father & Sauiour, seeing it hath pleased thee to giue vs grace to passe this night, to come vnto this daie present, vouch∣safe now also to bestowe this goodnesse vpon vs, that we may emploie our selues altogether to thy seruice, in such wise, that we neither thinke, saie, or doo anie thing, but onlie to please thee, and to obey thy good will: to the end that by this means, all our works may be to the praise of thy name, and to the edifieng of our neighbours. And as it hath pleased thee to cause thy Sunne to shine vpon the earth, to lighten vs corporal∣lie; vouchsafe also by the cleerenesse of thy spirit, to illu∣minate our vnderstandings, and our hearts, to direct vs vnto the streight waie of righteousnesse. Euen so, to what thing soeuer we may applie our selues, let our chiefe end & purpose be alwaies to walke in thy feare, to serue and honour thee: looking for all our wealth and prosperitie, from out of thy holie blessing, to the end we enterprise nothing which shall not be agreeable vn∣to thee. Moreouer, let vs so trauell for our bodie, and for the life present, that we alwaie haue a further re∣gard; namelie, to the life of heauen, which thou hast promised vnto thy children. Neuerthelesse, let it please thee to be our protector, both touching the bodie, and touching the soule, strengthening vs against all temp∣tations of the diuell, and deliuering vs from all the dangers that may come vnto vs. And because there is nothing well begun, which doth not continue, vouch∣safe to receiue vs into thy holie gouernance, not onlie for this present daie; but for our whole life, continuing and increasing dailie thy grace in vs, till thou hast brought vs vnto the full coniunction of thy sonne Ie∣sus Christ our Lord, who is the true Sun-light of our Page 226 soules, shining daie and night without end perpetual∣lie. And to the intent that we may obteine these graces of thee, O vouchsafe to forget all our faults past, par∣doning vs them through thine infinite mercie, as thou hast promised vnto all them that seeke thee with a good heart. Heare vs O father of mercie, for thy sonne our Lord Iesus Christ his sake: So be it.
Out of the 143 Psalme.
8 Let vs heare thy louing kindnesse in the morning, for in thee is our trust. O shew vs the waie that we should walke in, for we haue lift vp our hart vnto thee.
9 Deliuer vs O Lord, from our enimies, for we haue cried vnto thee.
10 Teach vs to doo thy will, for thou art our God.
A praier to saie before one begin his worke.
THE Lord God and Father vouchsafe to as∣sist vs through his holie spirit, and by him to gouerne and guide vs in such sort, as all that we shall doo, saie, or thinke, may be to his glo∣rie, in the name of his sonne Iesus Christ our Lord: So be it.
Another praier to the same purpose.
O Our God, Father and Sauiour, seeing it hath pleased thee to command vs to trauell for the sustentation of our necessitie; vouch∣safe through thy grace so to blesse our la∣bour, that thy blessing may extend vnto vs, without the which also we are not able to continue. And let such fauour of thine serue vs for a testimonie of thy bountifulnesse and assistance: and that we by the same may knowe the fatherlie care, which thou hast for vs. Moreouer, let it please thee, O Lord, to assist vs by thy holie spirit, to the end that we may be faithfullie exer∣cised Page 227 in our estate and vocation, without anie guile or deceit: but that we rather regard to followe thine or∣dinance, than to satisfie our owne desire of gaine. And if it please thee to prosper our labor, giue vs also a wil∣ling mind to succour those that are in necessitie, accor∣ding to the abilitie which thou hast granted vs: so yet that we mind not to lift vp our selues aboue those, which haue not receiued of thee such liberalitie. And when thou wilt handle vs with greater pouertie and necessitie than our flesh shall desire: let it please thee, O Lord, to shew vs this grace, euen to knowe that thou through thy bountifulnes wilt continuallie nou∣rish vs, least we be tempted with mistrust: but that we patientlie abide, vntill thou replenish vs, not onelie with thy corporall gifts; but also with thy spirituall graces; that we may still haue more ample matter and occasion to thanke thee, & sincerelie to staie our selues vpon thine onlie goodnesse. Heare vs, O Father of all mercie, through thy sonne Iesus Christ our Lord: So be it.
A praier to saie afore one begin to studie his lesson. Out of the 119 Psalme. verses, 9, 18, 34.
WHerewithall shall a yoong man redresse his waie? Euen in taking heede therevnto ac∣cording to thy word.
Open thou mine eies, that I may see the maruellous works of thy lawe.
O giue me vnderstanding, and I shall keepe thy lawe; yea, I shall keepe it with my whole hart.
O Lord, which art the fountaine of all wisdome and knowledge, seeing it hath pleased thee to giue mee the meanes to be instructed in the age of mine infan∣cie, to make mee knowe how to gouerne the whole course of my life holilie and honestlie: vouchsafe also to illuminate mine vnderstanding, (which of it selfe is Page 228 blind) that it may comprehend the learning which shall be taught me. O vouchsafe to confirme my me∣morie for to keepe it well. O let it be thy pleasure to dis∣pose my hart to receiue it willinglie, and with such a desire as is conuenient, that through mine ingrati∣tude the occasion that thou offerest me be not lost. For to doo this, vouchsafe to powre vpon me thy holie spi∣rit, the spirit (I saie) of all vnderstanding, veritie, iudg∣ment, prudence and learning, which may make me able to profit well, to the end that the trauell, which shall be taken to teach me be not lost. And to what stu∣die soeuer I applie my selfe, make me to reduce it vnto the true end; namelie, to knowe thee in our Lord Ie∣sus Christ, to haue full affiance of saluation and life in thy grace, and to serue thee vprightlie & purelie, accor∣ding to thy good pleasure: so as all that I shall learne, may be as an instrument to aid me vnto the same.
And seeing thou promisest to giue wisdome vnto babes, and to the humble, and to confound the proud in the vanitie of their owne minds: likewise to shew thy selfe vnto those that are of a right hart; and contrari∣lie to blind the wicked & peruerse: vouchsafe to bring me vnto true humilitie, whereby I may yeeld my selfe apt to learne; and obedient, first vnto thee, secondlie to my superiours, whom thou hast ordeined to rule and to teach me. Furthermore, vouchsafe to dispose my hart to seeke thee without feinednesse, renouncing all carnall and euil affections, and that in such sort I may prepare my selfe now to serue thee once, in that estate & vocation, to the which it shall please thee to ordeine me when I shall come to age. Heare me, O Father of mercie, through our Lord Iesus Christ: So be it.
Psalme, 25. verse, 13.
A praier or grace to saie afore meate.
ALl things wait vpon thee, O Lord, and thou giuest them meate in due season: when thou giuest it them, they gather it, and when thou openest thy hand, they are satisfied with good things. O Lord, in whom consisteth the fulnesse of all good things, vouchsafe to extend thy blessing vpon vs thy poore seruants, & sanctifie vnto vs thy gifts, which we receiue of thy liberalitie, that we may vse them so∣berlie and purelie, according to thy good will: and by this meanes to knowledge thee to be the Father and author of all goodnesse, still seeking principallie the spi∣rituall bread of thy word, whereby our soules may bee nourished eternallie, through Iesus Christ thy sonne our Lord: So be it.
Matthew, 4. verse, 4.
Grace after meate.
LEt all nations praise the Lord, let all people sing praise vnto him.
For his mercie is multiplied vpon vs, and his truth endureth for euer.
We render thanks vnto thee, O Lord God, for all the benefits that we receiue continuallie at thy hand; for that it pleaseth thee to sustaine vs in this corporall life, ministring vnto vs all our necessities: and special∣lie, for that it hath pleased thee to regenerate vs into the hope of a better life, which thou hast reuealed vnto vs by thy holie Gospell. We beseech thee not to suffer our affections to be here rooted in these corruptible things, but that we alwaies haue an higher respect, waiting for our Lord Iesus Christ, vntill he appeere in our redemption: So be it.
A praier to be said before sleepe. Exhortation.
LEt vs all fall downe, humbling our selues be∣fore the high and soeuereigne Maiestie of our good God and Father, acknowledging vs to be as we are; namelie, poore and mise∣rable sinners, praieng hartilie vnto him, as followeth.
O Lord God, Father eternall, we beseech thee, that it will please thee to cast the eie of thy fatherlie mercie vpon vs thy poore seruants, not laieng to our charge so manie faults and offences, whereby we are worthie to be brought vnto thy iudgement, and whereby wee cease not to prouoke thy wrath against vs. And foras∣much as we are too vnwoorthie to appeare before thy holie Maiestie; vouchsafe to receiue vs in the name of thy welbeloued sonne our Lord Iesus Christ, accep∣ting the merits of his death and passion for a recom∣pense of all our faults: regarding rather the obedience which he hath rendred vnto thee, and not the manifold faults that we dailie commit against thy Maiestie. O Lord God, seeing it hath pleased thee to create the night for mans rest, so as thou hast ordeined him the daie to trauell; grant vs grace so to take our bodilie rest this night, that our soules may alwaie watch vn∣to thee, that our harts be lift vp in thy loue; and that we so renounce all earthlie cares, that we succour our selues according as our infirmitie requireth. Let vs neuer forget thee, but let the remembrance of thy good∣nesse and grace continue alwaie printed in our memo∣rie; and by this meanes our consciences also shall haue their spirituall rest, as our bodies take theirs.
Furthermore, let not our sleepe be excessiue; to ac∣complish the ease of our flesh beyond measure, but one∣lie to satisfie the frailtie of our nature; that we may be disposed to serue thee. Moreouer, let it please thee to Page 231 preserue vs vnderfiled, both in our bodies, and in our spirits, and to keepe vs against all dangers, that our verie sleepe may be to the glorie of thy name. And see∣ing the daie is not so passed, but that we haue offended thee manie waies (according as we are poore sinners) so that all is now hid through the darknesse that thou sendest vpon earth; vouchsafe also to burie all our faults through thy mercie, least we thereby bee taken from thy presence. Let it please thee also, O Lord God, to illuminate vs by thy holie spirit, in the true vnder∣standing of thy holie will: and bring to passe also, that we may yeeld vnto thee the loue and feare that true and faithfull seruants doo owe vnto their masters, and children vnto their parents, seeing it hath pleased thee to shew vs such grace, as to receiue vs into the num∣ber of thy seruants and children,
The praier of the Church of the faithfull, to speake the word of God with all boldnesse. Acts, 4. verse, 24, &c.
O Lord thou hast made the heauen & the earth, the sea, & all things that be in them. Which through thine holie spirit hast said by the mouth of Dauid thy seruāt: Wherfore haue the nations raged, & the people haue imagined vaine thoughts? The kings of the earth haue assembled, and the princes are come togither against the Lord, and against his Christ. For trulie Herod and Pontius Pi∣late, with the Gentils, and the people of Israel, haue gathered themselues together in this citie, against the holie child Iesus, (whom thou hast annointed) to doo those things, which thy hand and thy counsell hath determined to be done. And now Lord, behold their threatnings, & giue vnto thy seruants that they may speake thy word with all boldnesse: so that thou stretch foorth thine hand, that healing, & signes, and woonders be done by the name of thy holie child Iesus,
¶ The maner how to examine such yong persons as be willing to receiue the Supper of our Lord Iesus Christ.
IN whome beleeue you?
In God the Father, and in Iesus Christ, and in the holie Ghost.
The Father, the Sonne, and the holie Ghost, are they more than one God?
Must God be serued after his owne commande∣ments, or after the traditions of men?
He must be serued according to his owne com∣mandements, and not according to the commande∣ments of men.
May you accomplish Gods commandements of your selfe?
Who is it then that accomplisheth them in you?
The holie spirit.
And when God giueth you his holie spirit, can you perfectlie accomplish them?
And yet notwithstāding God cursseth & reiecteth all such, as do not sincerelie fulfill his cōmandements.
It is true.
By what meanes then shall you be saued and de∣liuered from the cursse of God?
By the death & passion of our Lord Iesus Christ.
How is that?
Because that by his death he hath restored life vnto vs, and reconciled vs vnto God his father.
And whome praie you vnto?
In whose name praie you?
In the name of our Lord Iesus Christ, who is our aduocate and intercessor.
How manie Sacraments are in the Christian Church?
Which be they?
Baptisme, and the Lords Supper.
What is the signification of Baptisme?
It hath two parts. For our Sauiour doth there∣in represent vnto vs the remission of our sinnes, & then our regeneration or spirituall renouation.
And the Supper, what signifieth it vnto vs?
It signifieth vnto vs, that by the communion of the bodie and bloud of our Lord Iesus Christ, our soules are nourished in hope of the life euerlasting.
What is it that the bread and wine (which are giuen vs in the Supper) doo represent vnto vs?
They represent vnto vs, that the bodie and bloud of Iesus Christ haue such vertue towards our soules, as the bread and wine haue towards our bodies.
Understand you, that the bodie of Iesus Christ may be inclosed in the bread, and his bloud in the wine?
Where then must we seeke Iesus Christ to enioie him?
In heauen, in the glorie of his father.
What is the meanes to come vnto heauen, there as Iesus Christ is?
It is faith.
It behooueth vs then to haue true faith, before we can well vse this holie Sacrament.
It is so.
And how may we haue this faith?
We haue it by the holie spirit that dwelleth in Page 234 our harts, and assureth vs of Gods promises, which are made vnto vs in the Gospell.
Unto God the Father, of whom, and by whom, and in whome are all things. And vnto Iesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer of the world. And vnto the holie Ghost be honour and glorie for euer, So be it.
The true summe of all Christian Religion.
MY child, art thou a Christian?
Yea, by the grace of God, whereas of nature I was a child of wrath as well as o∣thers.
Art thou certaine that thou art a Christian?
Yea, through faith, and the holie spirit, who gi∣ueth witnesse vnto my spirit, that I am the child and heire of God.
What is it to saie a Christian?
It is the same which by faith in Iesus Christ, hath receiued the holie spirit, as a child of God, dooing his dutie in time and place.
What is the dutie of a Christian?
It is for to knowe God, for to serue him in spirit and truth, according to the doctrine of Iesus Christ.
In how manie points consisteth the true Chri∣stian adoration, and the true seruice of God?
It is faith, which is the onelie foundation of Christians.
The faith, commeth it of vs?
No, for it is the gift of God.
Where lieth this faith?
In the hart, for with the hart we beleeue to righ∣teousnesse, & with the mouth we confesse to saluation.
Be we then bound to render a reason of our faith and hope?
Yea, to all men that demand it of vs, so that it be done with wisedome, gentlenes, reuerence, and grati∣ous Page 135 words.
And he that confesseth not Iesus Christ in time and place, doth he not renounce him?
Yea: for he that is not with him, is against him: & he that gathereth not with him, scattereth abroade.
Giue me then a reason of thy faith, and first what confession makest thou of the Christian faith?
The same that the Church holdeth, being founded vpon the doctrine of the Prophets and Apostles, which is brieflie comprehended in our Creede.
Canst thou make confession in the common lan∣guage?
Yea, I thanke God.
Saie it with an high voice, and pronounce it well.
I beleeue in God the Father almightie, &c.
Beleeuest thou that thou art saued by this faith of the Church?
Yea well, if I haue it in my selfe, as the first word sheweth (I beleeue in God.) For the iust shall liue by his owne faith.
What is it to beleeue in God?
It is a full assurance and hope to trust and com∣mit all to him, according to his promises in Iesus Christ.
Can we haue this faith in perfection, whiles we be in this world?
No. For we haue neede with the Apostles to re∣quire augmentation of faith. The Lord increase it in vs, and make vs perseuere in it vnto the end.
WHat is the second part of Christian adoration, and seruice of God?
It is inuocation, whereby we haue all Page 236 our refuge vnto our father, through faith in the name of Iesus Christ.
Why puttest thou inuocation after faith?
Because it is one of the greatest and principall fruite of the same. For whosoeuer calleth vpon the name of the Lord in faith, shall be saued.
Haue we commandement to call vpon God onlie, and not vpon others?
Yea, euen as we are commanded, neither to be∣leeue nor worship anie other, but him alone.
Should we not praie to the father in the name of other, but of Iesus Christ?
No. For the father hath giuen vs none other ad∣uocate but him, who onlie is verie God and verie man: and we haue no promise to be heard in the name of a∣nie other, but in his name onlie.
Yea, but we knowe not what we ought to praie as apperteineth.
Iesus Christ teacheth vs by his holie spirit, accor∣ding to the forme that he hath giuen vs.
Rehearse it in the common language, to the end that we all may vnderstand it, and be edified.
Our father which art in heauen, &c.
Wherefore will he that we call him father?
To declare the loue that he beareth towards vs in Iesus Christ, to the end that in full assurance and boldnesse we may come to him onlie, and not to be a∣fraid of him, no more than a child is of his father.
What doth this word (our) shew?
The vnitie and charitable brotherhood which ought to be heere well practised among vs, according as the communion of Saints requireth.
Seeing that God is euerie where, and filleth hea∣uen and earth, ought not we to seeke and worship him in all his creatures?
No. For he is a spirit, and incomprehensible: Page 237 wherfore he willeth that in Iesus Christ we seeke and worship him in spirit and truth, lifting vp our hearts aboue all corruptible things.
What conteine the sixe petitions comprehended in this praier?
The three first, all yt which makes for the aduance∣ment of the honor and glorie of God, which we ought to desire with our whole hart, and before all things.
And the three last, what doo they conteine?
Our entertainement and saluation, which is also the glorie of God.
Why addeth he to the end: For thine is the king∣dome, the power, and the glorie, for euer?
To shew that the dignitie & efficacie of our prai∣ers consisteth not in vs, but altogether in that good fa∣ther by Iesus Christ, working in vs by the holie spirit.
Then is it to saie, that we all will liue and die in his obedience, subiection and glorie?
Yea, acknowledging him to be the author of all goodnesse; and vnto whome onelie apperteineth the true maiestie roiall, with all power and glorie for euer.
What is the conclusion of this praier?
It is, that all our desires, requests, and actions of grace be addressed vnto God alone, through Iesus Christ, confirming vs throughlie in substance vnto that which it conteineth, as vnto the perfect rule of all true godlinesse.
Why is this word added to the end Amen, or So be it?
To assure vs that our praier made thus in truth, and according to his will, is trulie heard.
WHat is the third point of Christian adoration, and seruice of God?
It is to obeie the lawe of God, in true charitie, Page 238 out of a pure hart, and out of a pure conscience, and of faith vnfained.
What is this charitie here required?
It is to loue God with all our hart, soule, vnder∣standing and power: and our neighbour as our selfe.
This true obedience and charitie, proceedeth it not of faith?
Yea, & all the good works here commanded, which God hath prepared that wee should walke in them.
Faith then, it is not an opinion vaine and flesh∣lie, to entise vs to sinne more boldlie, and to liue in all carnall libertie.
No. For if we by faith be trulie graffed in Iesus Christ, and call vpon God to saluation, we will no more bring foorth the works of the flesh, but the fruits of the spirit.
Which are the works of the flesh?
Adulterie, fornication, filthinesse, outragiousnes, idolatrie, enimitie, strife, emulation, anger, altercati∣on, sedition, sects, enuie, murther, dronkennesse, glutto∣nie, and things like vnto the same.
And which are the fruits of the spirit?
Loue, ioie, peace, patience, benignitie, goodnesse, faith, caurtesie, temperance.
Seeing we are all carnall, euill, and seruants of sinne, haue we power of our selues to doo good, and to keepe vs from euill?
No, not so much as to thinke anie good thing. For it is God that worketh in vs both the will and the deed, according to his good will.
We must not then doo euerie one of vs, what see∣meth vnto him good and right; what good nature, in∣clination, or free will soeuer he alledge.
No. For of vs can come nothing but perdition; but ail our goodnes, aid & saluation comneth of God onlie.
Our reason, wisdome, and intent, can the same be Page 239 the rule to knowe and discerne of our works, whether they be good or euill?
No. For we haue all but one Lawe-giuer, who hath giuen vs the true and perfect rule out of the ten commandements of the lawe.
What conteine the foure commandements of the first table?
How God declareth himselfe to be our God, and therefore by good right he requireth of vs faith, ho∣mage, adoration, obedience and dutie.
And the six commandements in the second table, what doo they conteine?
Our office and dutie towards our neighbour; which is to doo vnto him, as we would be done vnto our selues: and not to doo vnto him that, which wee would not to be done vnto our selues.
Go to, recite now this holie lawe.
Harken, O Israel; I am the Lord thy God, which haue brought thee out of the land of Aegypt, &c. as Exodus. 20.
And how is it, that Iesus Christ accomplished in vs this lawe so perfectlie?
In giuing vs his holie spirit, who ingendreth in vs a continuall desire and mind, to doo all that the lawe commandeth vs, as neere as we can.
And this obedience so vnperfect, doth it please God?
Yea, by this, that our imperfection is not impu∣ted vnto vs, bicause of Iesus Christ, whose iustice and perfect obedience is ours through faith.
Alas, who shall giue vs the hart and the power to doo the will of God, which he here hath declared vnto vs by his holie ordinances?
It shall be euen he himselfe by his spirit, in the name of Iesus Christ his sonne, whom he hath giuen vnto the death, to deliuer vs from the condemnation Page 240 of the lawe, and from the bondage of sinne, that is to saie from eternall death.
WHat is the fourth point of Christian adoration and seruice of God?
It is the solemne confession or acknow∣ledging that we make in the Church, through the vse of the Sacraments.
Of all good things, both generall and particular, which we receiue in the Church, through the commu∣nion that we haue with Iesus, and togither among our selues one with another.
Doo we not dailie make such a confession vnto God, in hearing his word, and calling vpon him, see∣king to obeie him, according to the benefits which hee hath giuen vnto vs?
YEa certainlie. But we make it also through the ex∣ercise of the Sacraments in greater force and e∣difieng.
Shew the reason.
Bicause they are annexed to the preaching and promises of the Gospell, to mooue our soules and bo∣dies to praise God with greater confirmation of our faith and loue.
Understandest thou not, that there is one like sal∣uation by preaching, and by the Sacraments offered vnto all, as well to the faithfull, as to the vnfaithfull?
Yea: but the vnfaithfull, in respecting this salua∣tion, receiue nothing but the word & outward signes to their condemnation.
Neuerthelesse, the Sacraments doo not signifie and represent lesse to one than to the other.
It is certaine. For God is alwaie true, and vseth not to teach lies.
The Lord then hath ioined the Sacraments with the preaching and promises of the Gospell, as the seales are ioined with the letters and instruments which they confirme.
Yea, to print & seale them the more in our soules & bodies, & to mooue all our senses vnto this confession.
The Sacraments then are vnto vs great succor and comfort.
Yea, in our infirmities, disquietnesse, and tempta∣tions, which come dailie vnto vs, as well from the di∣uell and the world, as from our owne flesh.
Which are the Sacraments that the Lord Ie∣sus hath instituted in his Church?
Baptisme and the Supper, putting end vnto Cir∣cumcision, and to the Paschall Lambe.
How is it that he himselfe hath authorised and sanctified them?
In that he would receiue Baptisme in his owne bodie, and to be the first administrator of the Supper.
Where is it yt the Lord commandeth Baptisme?
In S. Matthew the last Chapter: And Iesus came and spake vnto them, saieng: All power is giuen vnto me in heauen and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Sonne, and of the holie Ghost, tea∣ching them to keepe all those things that I haue com∣manded you.
Is Baptisme a washing of bodilie filthinesse?
No. For so little water can doo nothing to vs.
From what filthinesse then are we there washed?
From spirituall filthinesse, which are our sinnes.
We come then into the world all filthie and cor∣rupt.
If we were not conceiued in sinne, and borne in Page 242 iniquitie, we should not haue to doo with baptisme.
In whose name be we baptised?
In the name of the Father, and of the Sonne, and of the holie Ghost, who is our onlie and verie true God in three persons.
And with what water are we washed and rege∣nerated?
With the water of life, which is the holie spirit, in the bloud of Iesus Christ.
Baptisme then representeth vnto vs, & assureth vs of the full remission of our sinnes, and exchanging of our wicked nature.
Yea, and by the same both we and our children are receiued into the Church, as partakers of the coue∣nant of the Lord, as well as Abraham and his seed by circumcision.
Seeing that by baptisme we are borne, clothed, washed, and regenerated in the house of God, which is the Church: with what meat, and with what drinke are we nourished and fed?
Euen with himselfe, who hath begotten vs. For as he is our washing and clothing: so is he vnto vs meate and drinke.
Is this bicause he is the word of God, which is the true food of our soules?
Yea, and we must go further: seeing that his word became flesh, whereof it commeth that we are nouri∣shed with his flesh, & with his bloud into life eternall.
And how is it that his bodie was made meate or heauenlie bread, and his bloud drinke vnto vs?
By his death and passion, as he declareth in his holie Supper.
Where shall we find the institution of the holie Supper?
In three Euangelists, and verie largelie declared in the first to the Corinthians the xi. Chapter.
Reade the place.
I receiued of the Lord, that which I haue giuen vnto you; namelie, that the Lord Iesus, in the same night that he was be traied, tooke bread; and when he had giuen thanks, hee brake it, and said: Take, eate, this is my bodie, which is broken for you: doo this in remembrance of me. Likewise, after supper he tooke the cup, saieng: This cup is the new testament in my bloud: doo this as often as you shall drinke it in the re∣membrance of me. For as often as you shall eat of this bread, and drink of this cup, ye shall declare the Lords death vntill he come. Wherefore, whosoeuer shall eate of this bread, or drinke of this cup vnwoorthilie, shall be guiltie of the bodie and bloud of the Lord. But let a man examine himselfe, and so let him eat of this bread, and drinke of this cup. For whosoeuer eateth and drin∣keth vnwoorthilie, eateth and drinketh his owne dam∣nation, making no difference of the Lords bodie, (or not discerning the bodie of the Lord.)
Did not the Lord then minister vnto all equallie, one bread and one wine in his Supper?
Yea, as indifferentlie as he died for all, and com∣manded to take, eate, and drinke.
What signifieth then the bread of the Supper?
The pretious bodie of Iesus, which he gaue vnto the death of the Crosse for vs.
And what signifieth the wine?
His pretious bloud, which he shed vpon the Crosse for vs.
This bread and wine being called the bodie and bloud of the Lord, doo they change their substance and nature?
No: but as we corporallie eate the bread, & drinke the wine; so spirituallie we eate the bodie, and drinke the bloud of the Lord.
And how may we ascend vp to heauen (where he Page 244 is) to eate his flesh, and to drinke his bloud?
By loue, and liuelie faith; seeing that alreadie we haue there our conuersation, and that the words of the Lord are spirit and life.
And he being in heauen, how is it that he com∣municateth vnto vs his bodie and his bloud; we being heere belowe vpon the earth?
By the vertue of his holie spirit, by whome he ioi∣neth vs vnto himselfe, and maketh vs partakers of himselfe in true holinesse of soule and bodie.
The Infidels, may they eate the bodie, and drinke the bloud of the Lord?
Naie: for through their infidelitie, they receiue it to their condemnation, as did Iudas.
How must we prepare our selues, before we come to this holie Table?
Euerie one must proue himselfe, whether he come with true faith and repentance, and with Christian charitie, as he witnesseth.
The true preparation then, and worthinesse con∣sisteth not in this, that our faith & charitie be so great as it ought to be.
No: for though we ought continuallie to tend therevnto, yet shall we neuer be able to come at it.
How is it then, that our faith, so little and vnper∣fect, saueth vs, and maketh vs worthie to receiue that which is offered vnto vs by the Gospell, and the Sa∣craments?
In that, that it soundeth vs, and maketh vs who∣lie to rest in the righteousnesse, dignitie, and perfection of Iesus, vnto whome onlie the father hath regard.
Must all they be receiued, that present them∣selues to the Supper?
Yea, all those whom we knowe to be disciples, and members of Iesus, willing to liue and die in this faith and doctrine thereof.
A collection of the principall points, which they ought to knowe, that will communicate at the holie Supper of the Lord Iesus Christ.
THere is one onlie God, on whome all things depend.
1 The first point to honor God well, consi∣steth in this, that we haue all our confidence in him, and that we perceiue the meanes to knowe him; namelie, in Iesus Christ. Heerevnto serueth the confession of faith before recited. The said confession conteineth foure parts.
The first is of God the father, who is the beginning and principall cause of all things.
The second of his sonne Iesus Christ, who is the e∣ternall wisdome of God. And in this part is compre∣hended the whole historie of our redemption, to know, that by Iesus Christ alone we obteine saluation, and the meanes whereby he hath purchased it for vs:
The third of the holie spirit, who is the vertue and power of God, which he powreth vpon his creatures, and neuerthelesse is resident still in himselfe.
The fourth of the Church, and of the graces of God towards the same.
2 The second point to honour God aright, consisteth in this, that we obey his will. The rule to obey him, is giuen vs in the ten commandements of the lawe.
The foure first commandements conteine the dutie that we owe vnto God.
The sixe following conteine the dutie that we owe vnto our neighbours.
3 The third point to honor God aright, consisteth in this, that in all our necessities we call vpon him alone.
The instruction to call rightlie vpon God, is giuen vs in the praier of our Lord Iesus Christ.
The three first petitions of the same praier, concerne the glorie of God.
Page 246 The other three concerne our owne welfare & profit.
4 The fourth point to honour God aright, lieth in this, that we looke for all good things at his hand, as it is he onlie from whom all good things proceede.
The promises of this free goodnesse that God vseth towards his owne, are conteined in the Gospell.
The same promises are comprehended by faith.
Faith is an assured knowledge of the good will of God towards vs, grounded vpon the free promises, which is giuen vnto vs in Iesus Christ, and confirmed in our hearts by his holie spirit.
Because of the weakenesse of our faith, our Lord hath giuen vs the Sacraments.
A Sacrament is an outward testimonie, which by a visible signe representeth vnto vs the promises of God, spirituallie accomplished in vs.
Baptisme is vnto vs as an entrance into the Church of God, and representeth vnto vs the remission of our sinnes, and our renouation of life.
The water, as the propertie thereof is to wash, doth signifie the washing of our soules, which is done for vs through the bloud of Iesus Christ, in the forgiuenes of our sins.
The water also is put vpon the head, in signe of death: neuerthelesse, in that it is done but for a little time, it is a figure of our resurrection.
The Supper was instituted of our Lord, to assure vs, that by the communion of his bodie, & of his bloud, our soules are nourished in hope of life euerlasting.
The bread and the wine signifie vnto vs the bodie & bloud of Iesus Christ, which haue the same propertie towards our soules, that the bread and wine haue to∣wards our bodies; namelie, to nourish & strengthen.
The right vse of cōmunicating at ye supper, is chieflie, a man to proue himselfe, whether he haue true faith with repentance & charitie towards his neighbours.
A godlie exhortation to mortification of our sinfull affections, and to holinèsse of life: written by a vertuous Gentlewoman.
IF yee liue after the flesh, you shall die: but if ye through the spirit doo mortifie the deeds of the bodie, ye shall liue. For as many as are led by the spirit of God they are the sonnes of God. Rom. 8.
This also, we knowe the season that we should now awake out of sleepe. For now is our sal∣uation neere: the night is passed, the daie is come nie: let vs put on the armor of light, let vs walke honestlie, as it were in the day light, not in eating and drinking, neither in chambering and wantonnesse, neither in strife and enuieng: but put yee on the Lord Iesus Christ, and make no prouision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts of it. Rom. 13.
The reward of sinne is death: but eternall life is the gift of God through Iesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6.
Deerlie beloued, abstaine from fleshlie lusts, which fight against the soule: and see that ye haue honest con∣uersation among the Gentils, that wheras they back∣bite you as euill dooers, they may see your good works, and glorifie God in the daie of visitation. 1. Peter. 2.
I saie walke in the spirit, and fulfill not the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth contrarie to the spirit, and the spirit contrarie to the flesh. These are contra∣rie one to the other, so that ye can not doo whatsoeuer ye would: but and if ye be led of the spirit, then are ye not vnder the lawe. The deeds of the flesh are mani∣fest, which are these: adulterie, fornication, vnclean∣nesse, wantonnes, worshipping of images, witchcraft, hatred, variance, zeale, wrath, strife, seditions, sects, enuieng, murther, dronkennesse, gluttonie, & such like. Of the which I tell yee before, as I haue told you in Page 248 times past, that they which commit such things, shall not be inheritours of the kingdome of God. They tru∣lie that are Christs, haue crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts thereof. Galat. 5.
Let no filthie communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to edifie withall: as oft as neede is, that it may minister grace vnto the hea∣rers, and grieue not the holie spirit of God. Phil. 4.
Followe not thy lusts, but turne thee frō thine owne will. For if thou giuest thy soule hir desires, it shall make thine enimies to laugh thee to scorne. Sirac. 18.
An adulterous woman shall be troden vnder foot as mire of euerie one that goeth by the waie. Sirac. 9.
Ye adulterers, and women that breake matrimonie, knowe ye not how that the friendship of the world is enimitie to God-ward. Whosoeuer will be a friend of the world, is made enimie of God. Submit your selues to God, and resist the diuell, and he will flie from you: drawe nie to God, and he will drawe nie to you. Clense your hands ye sinners, and purge your harts ye waue∣ring minded: suffer afflictions, sorrowe ye, and weepe, let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your ioie to heauinesse. Cast downe your selues before the Lord, and he shall lift you vp. Iames. 4.
For the children of adulterers, they shall come to an end, and the seed of an vnrighteous bed shall be roo∣ted out. And though they liue long, yet shall they be no∣thing regarded, and their last age shall be without ho∣nour. If they die hastilie they haue no hope, neither shall they be spoken to in the daie of knowledge. For horrible is the death & end of the vnrighteous. Wisd. 3.
The children of the vngodlie are abhominable chil∣dren, and so are all they that accompanie with the vn∣godlie. The inheritance of vngodlie children shall come to naught, and their posteritie shall haue a perpetuall shame and confusion. Wo be vnto you ye vngodlie, Page 249 which haue forsaken the lawe of the highest. If ye doo liue, ye shall be cursed: if ye die, the curse shall be your portion. Labour to get thee a good name, for it shall continue surer by thee, than a thousand great trea∣sures of gold. Sirac. 41.
The Lord alloweth the righteous, but the vngodlie and him that delighteth in wickednesse, doth his soule abhor. Upon the vngodlie he shall raine snares, fire and brimstone, storme and tempest, this shall be their portion to drinke. For the righteous Lord loueth righ∣teousnesse. Psal. 11.
As for sinners, they shall be confounded out of the earth, and the vngodlie shall come to an end. Psal. 103.
Another godlie exhortation to moue vs to praier, and to cause vs to be in a continuall readinesse to waite on our Maister Christ, when he shall come againe to iudge both the quicke and dead: written by the same godlie Gentlewoman.
REioice in the Lord alwaies, and againe I saie reioice: let your softnesse be knowne to all men. The Lord is euen nie at hand, be carefull for nothing: but in all praier and supplication, let your petitions bee manifest vnto God with giuing of thanks. Be feruent in spirit: applie your selues to the time: reioice in hope: be patient in tribulation: continue in praier. Rom. 22.
Take heed therefore how ye walke: circumspectlie, not as vnwise, but as wise men redeeming the time, bicause the daies are euil. Wherfore be ye not vnwise, but vnderstand what the will of the Lord is. And be not dronken with wine, wherin is excesse: but be filled with the spirit, speaking vnto your selues in Psalmes and Hymnes, and in spirituall songs, singing and ma∣king melodie to the Lord in your harts: giuing thanks alwaies for all things vnto God the Father, in the Page 250 name of our Lord Iesus Christ, submitting your selues one to another in the feare of God. Epes. 5.
Praie alwaies with all maner of praiers and sup∣plications in the spirit, and watch therevnto with all instance and supplication. Ephes. 6.
Uerelie verelie I saie vnto you saith Christ, What∣soeuer yee aske the father in my name, he will giue it you. Aske, and yee shall receiue, that your ioie may be full. And when thou praiest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, for they loue to praie standing in the Synagogues, and in the corners of the streetes, be∣cause they would be seene of men: verelie I saie vnto you, they haue their reward. But when thou praiest, enter into thy Chamber, and when thou hast shut the dore, praie thou to thy father which is in secret, and thy father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee open∣lie. And when thou praiest, babble not much as the heathen do, for they thinke, that they shall be heard for their much babbling sake. Be yee not like them there∣fore, for your father knoweth whereof yee haue neede, before yee aske of him. After this maner therfore praie yee. Our father which art in heauen, halowed be thy name, &c. Matth. 6.
Watch and praie, for you knowe neither the daie, nor yet the houre when the sonne of man commeth in his glorie, & all the holie Angels with him. Then shall he sit vpon the seate of his glorie, and before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepheard diuideth the sheepe from the goates: and then he shall set the sheepe on his right hand, and the goates on the left. Then shall the King saie to them on his right hand, Come yee blessed children of my father, inherit the kingdome prepared for you from the beginning of the world, for I was an hungred, and yee gaue me meate. Then shall the King saie vnto them that shall be on the left hand, Depart Page 251 from me ye curssed, into euerlasting fire, which is pre∣pared for the diuell and his Angels. For I was an hungred, and yee gaue me no meate, I was thirstie, and ye gaue me no drinke. Then shall they answer him saieng: Lord; when sawe we thee an hunged, or a thirst, or naked, or sicke, or in prison, and did not mini∣ster vnto thee. Then shall he answere them saieng: Ue∣relie, I saie vnto you, in asmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not vnto me. And these shall go awaie into euerlasting paine, but the righte∣ous to life eternall. Matth. 25.
As Iesus sate in mount Oliuet, his disciples came vnto him secretlie, saieng: Tell vs when these things shall be, and what signe shall be of thy comming, and of the end of the world. And Iesus answered, and said vn∣to them: Take heed that no man deceiue you, for ma∣nie shall come in my name, saieng, I am Christ, and shall deceiue manie. Yee shall heare of warres, and of the fame of warres, but see that you be not troubled, for all these things must come to passe, but the end is not yet. Matth. 24.
And there shall be signes in the Sunne, and in the Moone, and in the Stars, and in the Earth: the Sea, and the waters shall roare, and mens harts shall faile them for feare, and for looking for those things which shall come on the earth. Behold the figge tree, and all other trees, when they shoote foorth their buds; ye see and knowe of your owne selues that Summer is then nigh at hand. So likewise yee, when ye see these things come to passe, vnderstand that the kingdome of God is then nigh at hand. Luke. 21.
But of that daie and houre no man knoweth, no not the Angels of heauen, but my father onlie. As the time of Noah was, so shall likewise the comming of the sonne of man be. For as in the daies before the floud, they did eate and drinke, marie and were maried, euen Page 252 vnto the daie that Noah entered into the ship, and knew of nothing till the floud came; and tooke them all awaie, so shall also the comming of the sonne of man be. Matth. 23.
Take heede to your selues, least your hearts be o∣uercome with surfeting and dronkennesse, and cares of this world, and that daie come on you vnwares. For as a snare shall it come vpon all them that sit on the face of the earth. Watch therefore continuallie, and praie, that ye may obtaine grace, and flie all this that shall come, and that ye stand before the sonne of God. Luke. 21.
Take heed, watch and praie, for ye knowe not when the time is. As a man which is gone into a strange Countrie, and hath left his house, and giuen authori∣tie to his seruants, and to euerie man his worke, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch therefore, for yee knowe not when the maister of the house will come, whether at euen, or at midnight, whether at the cocke-crowing, or in the dawning, least if he come sud∣denlie, he should find you sleeping, and that I saie vnto you, I saie vnto all men, Watch and praie. Matth. 13.
Be sober and watch, for your aduersarie the diuell, as a roring Lion, walketh about seeking whome hee may deuoure, whome resist yee stedfastlie in faith.
Finallie, let vs in all our praiers remember to praie for the Queenes most excellent Maiestie, that it will please the almightie God to prosper hir in all hir af∣faires, and send hir a long and triumphant reigne o∣uer vs, that she may ouercome all hir enimies, and that after this painefull life ended, she may reigne with Christ in his heauenlie king∣dome, there to receiue a glorious crowne that neuer shall perish: So be it.