Why 1662 is sufficient

The changes to 1662 that should render it acceptable to catholics:

  • The restoration of the offertory: Then shall the Priest return to the Lord's Table, and begin the Offertory ...
  • The acts of oblation: ... the Deacons ... shall receive the Alms for the Poor, and other devotions of the people, in a decent basin to be provided by the Parish for that purpose; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present and place it upon the holy Table. And when there is a Communion, the Priest shall then place upon the Table so much Bread and Wine, as he shall think sufficient.
  • The prayer for acceptance: We humbly beseech thee most mercifully to accept our alms and oblations, and to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy Divine Majesty ...
  • The commemoration of the dead: And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom.
  • The prayer of consecration: When the Priest, standing before the 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.
  • The manual acts: (a) Here the Priest is to take the Paten unto his hands: (b) And here to break the Bread: (c) And here to lay his hand upon all the Bread. (d) Here he is to take the Cup into his hand: (e) And here to lay his hand upon every vessel (be it Chalice or Flagon) in which there is any Wine to be consecrated.
  • The requirements for further consecration: If the consecrated Bread or Wine be all spent before all have communicated, the Priest is to consecrate more according to the Form before prescribed: Beginning at [Our Saviour Christ in the same night, &c.] for the blessing of the Bread ; and at [Likewise after Supper, &c.] for the blessing of the Cup.
  • The mandated reverence for the consecrated species: When all have communicated, the Minister shall return to the Lord's Table, and reverently place upon it what remaineth of the consecrated Elements, covering the same with a fair linen cloth ... And if any of the Bread and Wine remain unconsecrated, the Curate shall have it to his own use: but if any remain of that which was consecrated, it shall not be carried out of the Church, but the Priest, and such other of the Communicants as he shall then call unto him, shall, immediately after the Blessing, reverently eat and drink the same.
  • The explicit instruction of the Catechism:

    Question. Why was the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper ordained?
    Answer. For the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of the death of Christ and of the benefits which we receive thereby.
    Question. What is the outward part or sign of the Lord's Supper?
    Answer. Bread and Wine, which the Lord hath commanded to be received.
    Question. What is the inward part, or thing signified?
    Answer. The Body and Blood of Christ, which are verily and indeed taken and received by the faithful in the Lord's Supper.
    Question. What are the benefits whereof we are partakers thereby?
    Answer. The strengthening and refreshing of our souls by the Body and Blood of Christ, as our bodies are by the Bread and Wine.


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