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Lorde, wherein I truste in God to brynge nothing for me, but I shalbe able with Gods holy worde to declare and manifest it, and herein I take occasion to resyte the saying of Saynt Paule to the Cor. the first Epistle & xi. chap. That whiche I deliuered vnto you I receyued of the Lord, for the Lord Iesus the same night in whiche he was bretrayed, toke bread, thanked and brake it, and sayd: take ye, eate ye, this is my body, whiche is broken for you. Here me semeth S. Paule durst not take vpon hym his Lord and maisters autoritie, for as at Gods hande the breaking of the moste innocent and immaculate body and bloud of Christe, is the quietnes of all mens consciences, and the only remedy of our synnes, and the whole redemption of mankynde whiche is called in the scripture the dayly offring. So the masse whiche is the inuention of menne, whose author is the Pope of Rome, as it doth appeare in Pollidorus and many others. MarginaliaThe wickednes of the masse.The Masse is the vnquietnes of all Christendome, a blasphemy vnto Christes bloud, and a shame to all Christen Princes. And as Daniel calleth it the abhominable desolation, as the scripture shall hereafter more manifest it. S Paule was of lyke, to learne of the Romaines churche, the maner of the consecration (as they call it) with the breathing ouer the oste and other ceremonies besydes, that he durst not take vpon him, to saye: Hoc est corpus meum. But I will admit this, it was the Lorde Iesus that made the supper, whiche also did fynishe it, and made an end of the only acte of our saluation, not only here in this worlde, but with his father in heauen, as he declareth him selfe, that he will drynke no more of this bitter cuppe, tyll he drinke it new in his fathers kyngdome, where all bytternes shalbe taken away.

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Nowe if any man be able to fynishe the acte of our sauiour, in breaking of his body and shedyng of his bloud here, but also to fynyshe it with the father in heauen. Then let hym saye it. But I thynke that if men will looke vpon S. Paules wordes well, they shalbe forced to saye, as S. Paul saith: the Lorde Iesus said it, and ones for al, whiche only was the fulfyller of it. For these wordes, Hoc est corpus meum, was spoken of his natural presence, which no man is able to denie. Because the act was fynyshed on the crosse, & as the story doth plainly manifest it to them that haue eyes. Nowe this bloudy sacrifice is made an ende of, the supper is finished. For as muche as Christe hath once suffered for synnes, the iust for the vniust, for to bryng vs to god, and was kylled as pertaining to the fleshe, & hath entred in by his owne bloud ones for al into the holy place and founde eternall redemption.

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Here nowe followeth the administration of the supper of the Lorde, whiche I wyll take atChristes hādes after the resurrectiō, although other men will not be ashamed to brynge the wicked councels of folyshe inuentions for thē. And it came to passe as Christe sat at mete wt them, he toke bread, blessed it and brake it and gaue it to them, and their eyes were opened & they knewe hym, and he vanished out of theyr syght. And the Apostles did know him in breakyng of bread.

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Here also it semeth to me the Apostles to followe their maister Christ, and to take the right vse of the Sacrament, and also to teache it to these that were conuerted to Christe, as mention is made in the Actes of the Apostles: wher as is sayde, they continued in the Apostles doctrine and fellowshyp, in breakyng of bread & prayer, and they continued dayly with one accorde in the temple, and brake bread in euery house and did eate there with gladnes and singlenes of hart, praysing God and had fauoure with all the people. And S. Paule followinge the same doctrine, doth playnely shewe the dutie of the minister, and also of them that shall receiue it, as oft as you shall eate this bread & drinke this cup, ye shall shew the Lords death vntyll he come. Here I do gather that the mynister hath no farther power and authoritie, then to preache & pronoūce the Lordes death, or els to saye the Lorde Iesus sayde it, whiche did fulfyll it on the crosse. Furthermore I doo stedfastly beleue, that where the bread is broken according to the ordinaunce of Christe, the blessed and immaculate lambe is present with the eyes of our fayth, and so eateth his fleshe & drynketh his bloude, whiche is to dwell with God & God with vs. And in this we are sure we dwell with God, in that he geueth vs his holy spirite, euen as the forefathers that were before Christes commyng, did presently see the Lordes death, and did eate his body & drynke his bloude. In this doo I differ from the Popes churche, that the priestes haue autorite to make Christes naturall presence in the bread, for so doth he more then our Lorde and sauiour did. As the example is manifest in Iudas, whiche at Christes handes receyued the same wyne & bread as the other Apostles did. But the Pope our byshop of Rome & their ordinaunces, are euen they whome Daniell speaketh of, saying: he shall sett men to vnhallowe the sanctuarie, and to put downe the daily offryng and to set vp the abhominable desolation. Yea he of Rome shall speake marueylous thynges against the God of heauen, and God of all Goddes, wherein he shall prosper so long, tyll the wrath be fulfylled, for the conclusion is deuised already. He shal not regarde the God of heauen, nor the God of his fathers, yea in his place shall he worshyp the myghty Idoll, And the God whome his father knewe not, of whiche is the God Maysin, for lacke of

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