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Belves like unto men that wait for their Christ, may so well behave themselves in Lord, when he will return from the wed. I this inferior Office, that they may be ding : that when he cometh and knocki found worthy to be called unto the higheth, they may open unto him immediate er Ministries in thy Church, through the ly. Blessed are those servants whom same thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; the Lord when he cometh shall find to whom be glory and honour, world watching : Verily I say unto you, That without end. Amen. he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth
THE peace of God, which pesseth all and serve them. And if he shall come
I understanding, keep your hearts in the second watch or come in the third
and minds in the knowledge and love of watch, and find them so. blessed are
God, and of bis Son Jesus Chris: our
Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, those servants.
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Then shat the Bishop proceed in the
be amongst you, and remain with you Communion, and a soko ure Ordered.
always Amer she tarry, and recetre the Holy Cummunion the same day with the Bishop. And here it must be declared unto the T The Communion ended, after the last Deacon, that he must continue in that
Collect, and immediate y before the Office of a Deacon the space of a whole Benediction, shall he said is Collect Year (except for reasonahle Causes it foloring
shall otherwise scem good unto the BishALMIGHTY God, giver of all good op tu the intent he may be perfect, and A things, who of hy great goodness well es pert in the things uppertaining hast vouchsafed to arcept and take these tu the Ecclesiastical Administration; thy Servants unto the Office o! Deacons in executing thereof, if he be found in thy Churcb ; mal e them, we beseech faithful and diligent, he may be admitthee. O Lord, to be modest, umble, and ter! hy his Diocesan to the Order of constant in their Ministration to have a Priesthood, at the times appointed in Teads will to observe al spiritual Disc the Canon, or else, on urgent ocorsion, pline; that they having ways the testi upon some other day, in the face of the mony of a good conscie, and contin-1 Church, in surk manner and formes uing ever stable and strong in thy Son! hereafter folloseth.
Th Form nd Marner of Oder ng Priests. I When the day appointed hy the Bishop us come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon, or Es hortation, derlaring the Duty and office of such as come to be admitted Priests; hom neressury that Order is in the Church of Christ,
and also how the People ought tu e term them in their opice. TA Priest shall present unto the bishop, find not to the coutrary, but that they
sitting in his Chair near to the holy 7a. are lawfully called to their Function and ble alt those who are tu rereire the or. Ministry, and that they are persons meet der of Priesthood that day, each of them for the same But yet if there be any being merently hahitert, anit shall say: of yon, who knoweth any impediment or D EVEREND Father in God, pre
notable crime in any of them, for the
which he ought not to be received into sent unto you these persons pres. ent, to be admitted to the order of Priest
this holy Ministry, let him come forth
in the name of God, and show what the hood
crime or impedimen is. The Bishop
And if any great Crime or Impediment YAKE beed that the persons whom ye b e ohjected. The Bishop shall cease from present uuilo us. be apt and meet
Ordering that person, until such time for their learning and godly conversa
as the Party arcused shall he found tion, to erercise their Ministry duly to
clear of that Crime. the honour of God, and the edifying of Then the Bishop (commending such as the Church
shall he found meet to be ordered, to The Priest shall anster.
the Prayers of the Congregation) shall, T HAVE inquired concerning them,
with the Clergy and People present, and also examined them, and think
say the Litany, with the Prayers as is chem so to be
before appointed in the form of Order.
ing Deacons, suve only. ther in the Then the Bishop stall say unto the
proper suffrage there added, the word Peop'? :
Deacons shall be omittert, and the word GOOD People, these cre they whom Priests inserted instead of it
we purpose. God willing to receive then shall be said the Service for the this day into the Holy Office of Priest - Communion, with the Collect, Epistle,
Communitie s bood: 'For after due examination, we and Gospel, as followeth.
Jesus unto them, but they understood ALMIGHTY God, giver of all good
not what things they were which he spake A things, who ly thy Holy Spirit unto them. Then said Jesus unto them hast appointed divers Orders of Minis. again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I ters in the Church; mercifully behold am the door of the sheep. All that ever these thy servants now called to the Of
came before me are thieves and robbers; fice of Priesthood; and so replenish them
but the sheep did not hear them I am with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn
the door ; by me if any man enter in, he them with innocency of life, that both by
shall be saved, and shall go in and out, word and good example they may faith
and find pasture. The thief cometh not fully serve thee in this Office, to the glo.
but for to steal, and to kill, and to de. ry of thy name, and the edification of
stroy: I am come that they might have thy Church, through the merits of our
life, and that they might have it more Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and
abundantly: I am the good Shepherd : reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,
the good Shepherd giveth his life for the world without end. Amen.
sheep. But he that is an hireling, and
not the Shepherd, whose own the sheep The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7.
are not, seeth the wolf coming, and lear. TTNTO every one of us is given grace
eth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf arcording to the measure of the
catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith,
The bireling feeth because he is an hireWhen he ascended up on high, he led
ling, and careth not for the sheep. I am captivity captive, and gave gifts unto
the good Shepherd, and know my sheep, men. (Now that he ascended, what is
and am known of mine. As the Father it but that he also descended first into
knoweth me, even so know I the Father: the lower parts of the earth? He that de.
and I lay down my life for the sheep. scended, is the same also that ascended
And other sheep I have, which are not up far above all heavens, that he might
of this fold, them also I must bring, and fill all things.) And he gave some Apos
they shall hear iny voice : and there shall tes, and some Prophets, and some Evan:
be one fold, and one Shepherd. gelists, and some Pastors and Teachers,
Then the Bishop shall say unto them for the Perfecting of the Saints, for the
as folloreth work of the Ministry, for the edifying of
VE have heard, brethren, as well in the Body of Christ, till we all come, in
1 your private examination, as in the the unity of the faith and of the know.
exhortation which was now made to you, ledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
and in the holy lessons taken out of the inan, unto the measure of the stature of
Gospel, and the writings of the Apostles, the fulness of Christ.
of what dignity, and of how great impor After this shall be read for the Gaspel, tance this office is, whereunto ye are part of the ninth Chapter of Saint called. And now again we exhort you Matthew, as followeth.
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, St. Matt. ix. 36.
that ye have in remembrance, into how W HEN Jesus saw the multitudes,
high a dignity, and to how weighty an V he was moved with compassion
office and charge ye are called : That is on them, because they sainted, and were
to say, to be Messengers, Watchmen, scattered abroad as sherp having no
and Stewards of the Lord; to teach, and shepherd. Then saith he unto his disci.
to premonish, to feed and provide for the ples, 'The harvest truly is plenteous, but
Lord's family; to seek for Christ's sheep the labourers are few : Pray ye there.
that are dispersed abroad, and for his fore the Lord of the harvest, that he will
children who are in the midst of this send forth labourers into his harvest.
naughty world, that they may be saved
through Christ for ever. 1 Oor else this that followeth, out of the
Have always therefore printed in your tentk Chapter of Saint John.
remembrance, how great a treasure is St. John . I.
committed to your charge. For they T ERILY, verily, I say unto you, He are the sheep of Christ, wbich he bought
that entereth not by the door into with his death, and for whom he shed lis the sheep-fold, but clinbeth up some blood." The Church and Congregation other way, the same is a thief and a rob. whom you must serve, is his Spouse, ber. But he that entereth in by the door, and his Body. And if it shall happen is the shepherd of the sheep. To him that the same Church, or any member the porter openeth, and the sheep hear thereof, do take any burt or hinderance his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by reason of your negligence, ye know by name, and leadeth them out. And the greatness of the fault, and also the when he putteth forth his own sheep, he horrible punishment that will ensure goeth before them, and the sheep follow Wherefore consider with yourselves the him ; for they know his voice. And al end of the ministry towards the children stranger will they not follow, but will of God, towards the Spouse and Body of flee from him ; for they know not the Christ; and see that ye never cease your voice of strangers. This parable spake labour, your care and diligence, until yo
have done all that lieth in you, accord will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and ac ing to your bounden duty, to bring all cording to the Canons of this Church, such as are or shall be committed to to the Order and Ministry of Priesthood ? your charge, unto that agreement in the Answer. I think it. faith and knowledge of God, and to that
The Bishop. ripeness and perfectness of age in Christ, that there be no place left among you, A RE you persuaded that the holy either for error in religion, or for vicious
1 Scriptures contain all Doctrine reness in life.
quired as necessary for eternal salvation Forasmuch then as your Office is both
through faith in Jesus Christ ? and are of so great excellency, and of so great
you determined, out of Use said Scrip. difficulty, ye see with how great care tures to instruct the people committed to and study ye ought to apply yourselves,
your charge, and to teach nothing, as as well to show yourselves dutiful and
necessary to eternal salvation, but that thankful unto that Lord who hath pla.
which you shall be persuaded may be ced you in so high a dignity; as also to concluded and proved by the Seripture ? beware that neither you yourselves of
Answer I am so persuaded, and have fend, nor be occasion that others offend.
so determined, by God's grace. How beit ye cannot have a mind and will
The Bishop. thereto o yourselves; for that will and ability is given of God alone : therefore
W ILL you then give your faithful
diligence, always so to minister ye ought, and have need to pray eamest the Doctrine and Sacraments, and the ly for his Holy Spirit. And seeing that
discipline of Christ, as the Lord hath ye cannot by any other means compass
commanded, and as this Church hath re. ihe doing of so weighty a work, per
ceived the same, according to the com. laining to the salvation of man, but with
mandments of God, so that you may doctrine and exhortation taken out of
teach the people committed to your curo the holy Scriptures, and with a life
and charge, with all diligence to keep agreeable to the same ; consider how
and observe the same ? studious ve ought to be in reading and
Answer. I will so do, by the help of learning the Scriptures, and in framing
the Lord. the manners both of yourselves, and of them that specially pertain tinto you.
The Bishop according to the rule of the same Scrip W ILL you be ready with all faithful tures ; and for this self-same cause, how
diligence to banish and drive away ye ought to forsake and set aside, as from the Church all erroneous and much as ye may, all worldly cares and strange doctrines contrary to God's studies.
word; and to use both public and pri We have good hope that ye have well vate monitions and exhortations, as well weighed these things with yourselves to the sick as the whole within your long before this time ; and that ye have cures, as need shall require, and occasion clearly determined, by God's grace, to shall be given ? give yourselves wholly to this Office. Answer. I will, the Lord being my whereunto it hath pleased God to call helper. you: so that, as much as lieth in you,
The Bishop. ye will apply yourselves wholly to this
W ILL you be diligent in prayers, one thing, and draw all your cares and VV and in reading the holy Scriptures, studies this way; and that ye will con- Land in such stud
and in such studies as help io the know. tinually pray to God the Father, by the ledge of the same, lay aside the study mediation of our only Saviour Jesus
of the world and the flesh ? Christ, for the heavenly assistance of the
Answer. I will endeavour so to do, Holy Ghost; that by daily reading and the Lord being my belper. weighing the Scriptures, ye may wax ri.
The Bishop per and stronger in your Ministry and that ye may so endeavour yourselves
W ILL you be diligent to frame and from time to time to sanctify the lives of VV fashion your own selves, and your you and yours, and to fashion them af.
families, according to the Doctrine of ter the rule and doctrine of Christ, that
Christ; and to make both yourselves and ye may be wholesome and godly exam
them, as much as in you lieth, whole. ples and patterns for the people to follow.
some examples and patterns to the flock
of Christ ?" And now, that this present Congrega. tion of Christ may also understand your
Answer. I will apply myself thereto, minds and wills in these things, and that
the Lord being my helper. this your promise maythe more move you
The Bishop to do your duties; ye shall answer plainly I W ILL you maintain and set for. to these things, which we, in the name VV wards, as much as lieth in you, of God, and of his Church, shall demand quietness, peace, and lose imong all of you touching the same.
Christian people, and especially among O you think in your heart, that you them that are or shall be committed to are truly called, according to the your charge ?
nswer. I will so do, the Lord being the fire so bright, the love so sweet, my helper.
The l'rction spiritual.
Thou in thy giits art manifold,
By them Christ's Church doth stand ILL you reverently obey your in fuithful hearts thuu norit'st thy law, V Bishop, and other chief Minis
The finger of God's hand ters who, according to the Canons of the
According to thy promise, Lord, Church, may have the charge and gov.
Thou givest speech with grace. ernment over you; following with a glad
That, through thy help. God s praises may mind and will their godly admonitions.
Resound in crery place. and submitting yourselves to their godly
O Holy Ghost, into our minds judgments ?
Send down thy heavenly light. Answer I will so do, the Lord being
Kindle our hearts toith fernent real, my helper.
To serve God day and night Then shall the Bishop, standing up. Our wenkness strengthen and confirms, say,
For, Lord, thou know 'St us frail ; ALMIGHTY God, who hath given
That neither devril, worla, nor festa A sou this will te do all these things,
Against ms may prerail grunt also unto you strength and power
Put back our enemies far from us, to perform the same that he may ac.
And help us to obtain complish his work which he hath begun
Peace in our hearts with God and man, in you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The hest, the truest gain. Amen
And grant that thou being, O Lord,
Our leader and our guide, After this, the Congregation shall be
He may escupe the snures of sin, desired. Secretly in their prayers, to
And nerer from thee slide. make their humble supplications to God
| Such mensures of thy powerful grace for all these things for the which pray.
Grant, Lord, to us, we prayi er's there shall be silence kept for a
That thou may'st be our Comforte space.
At the lust dreadful day
The Father of all might,
May guin the hissful sight,
And that we may with perfect faith Who dost thy seven-fuld gifts impart:
Ever acknowledge thee, Thy blessed Unction from above,
The Spirit of Father, and of Son, Is comfort, life, and fire of love :
One God in Persons three Enable with pei petual light
To God the Father laud and praise, The dulness of our blinded sight :
And tu his blessed Son, Anoint and cheer our soiled face
And to the Holy Spirit of Grece, With the abundance of thy grace :
Co-equal three in One. Keep far our foes, give peace at home;
And pray we, that our opiy Lord Where thou art (huide, no ill can come.
Would please his Spirit to send Teach us to know the Father, Son,
On all that shall profess his name, And thee, of both to be but one:
Frum hence to the sourld's end Amen. That through the ages all along,
| That done, the Bishop shall pray in this This may be our endless song:
wise, and say. Praise to thy eternal merit,
Let us pray Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
LMIGHTY God and heavenly Fa. Or this :
ther, who, of thine infinite love NOME Holy Ghost, eternal God,
and goodness towards us, hast given to U Proceeding from above,
us thy only and inost dearly beloved Son Both from the Father and the Son,
Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer, and The God of peace and love;
the Author of everlasting life : who after Visit our mirds, into our hearts
he had made perfect our redemption by Thy heavenly grace inspire ;
his death, and was ascended into heaven, That truth and godliness age may
sent abroad into the world his Apostles, Pursue with full desire.
Prophets, Evangelists, Doctors, and Thou art the very Comforter
Pastors : by whose labour and ministry In grief and ait distress;
he gathered together a great Flock in all The kenruly gift of God most High; the parts of the world, to set forth the No tongue can it ea press;
eternal praise, of thy holy name. For The fountain and the living spring these so great benefits of thy eternal Orjoy celestial;
goodness, and for that thou hast vouchwafed to call these thy servants here pres faithful Dispenser of the word of God, cDt to the same Office and Ministry ap. and of his boly Sacraments : In the pointed for the salvation of mankind, we name of the Father, and of the Son, and render unto the most hearty thanks, we of the Holy Ghost Amen. pruse and worship thee; and we numbly Then the Bishop shal' deliver tu enery beseech thee by the same thy blessed one them kneeling, the Bible into Son, to gra . unti all, which either here his hand, saying, or elsewhere call upon thy holy naine, TAKE thou Authority to preach the that we may continue to show ourselves 1 word of God, and to minister the thankful unto thee for these and all thy holy Sacraments in the Congregation uther benefitsand that we inay daily in. where thou shalt be lawfully appointed crease and go forwards in the knowledge thereunto. and faith of thee and thy Son, by the Ho. When this is done, the Bishop shall go ly Spirit. So that as well by these thy on in the Service of the Communion, Ministers, as by them over whom they which ul they who receine Ordk, shall shall be appointed thy Ministers, thy take together, and remain in the same holy same may be for ever glorified, place where hands were laid upon them, and thy blessed kingdom enlarged, unti such time as tiey have receired the through the same thy Son Jesus Christ Communion. Our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with The Communton being done, after the ther in the unity of the same Holy Spir. last Collect, and immediately before it, world without en Amen.
the Benediction, ska / be said this Col When this praye done, the Bishop
lec with the Priests present, shall lay their
M OSI merciful Father, we beseech hands senerally upon the head of every
V thee to send upon these thy ser one thus rerareth the urder of Priesi
vants thy heavenly blessing, that they houd, the Receiners humbly kneeling
may be clothed with righteousness, and and the Bukopaying,
that thy word spoken by their mouths
may have such success, that it may never DECEIVE the Holy Ghost for the of
be spoken in vain Grant also, that we Il fice und work of a Priest in the
may have giare to hear and receive what Church of God, now committed unto
they shall deliver out of thy most holy thee by the imposition of our hands :
word, or agreeably to the same, as the whose sins thou dost forgive, they are
means of our salvation; that in all our forgiven and whose sins thou dost re
words and deeds we may seek thy glory, main, they are relained. And be thou a
and the increase of thy kingdom, through Aithful Dispenser of the word of God,
Jesus Christ our Lord Amen and of his holy Sacraments : In the name
THE peace of God, which passeth all of the Father, and or the Son, and of the
1 understanding, keep your hearts Holy Ghost Amen.
and minds in the knowledge and love of for this.
God, and of his Son Jesus Chnst our TAKE thou Authority to execute the Lord : And the blessing of God Almigh.
1 office of a Priest in the Church of ty, the Father. the Son, and the Holy God now committed to theey the im- Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with position of our hands and be thou al you always Amen.
And if, on the same day, the Order Deucons be given to some, and the Order of Priesthood to others; the Deucons shall be first presented, and then the Priests; and it shall suffice that the Litany be once said for both The Collects shalt bock be used: first, that for Deacons, then that for Priests. The Epistle shull he Ephe. Binns iv. 7 to 13, as before in this office. Imniediately after which, they that are to be made Deutons, shall he examined, and ordained, as is ahore prescribed Then one of them haring read the Gospel, which shull he dither out of Saint Matthew is. 36, as before in this Office; or else Saint Luke xii. 35 to 39, as before in the forng for the Ordering of Deacons, they that are to be made Priests, shall likewise be ex. amined and ordained, as in this office before appointed.
THE FORM OF Ordainin, or Consecrating a Bishop. When all things are duly prepared in the Church, and set in order, after Morning Prayer is ended, the presiding Bishop, or some other Bishop appointed by the Bishops present, shall begin the Communion Service, in which this shall be The Collect
grace, we beseech ther, to all Bishop, ALMIGHTY God, who by thy Son the Pastors of thy Church, that they may A Jesus Christ didst give to thy holy diligently preach thy word, and duly ad. Apostles many excellent gifts, and didst minister the godly discipline thereof; charge them to feed thy flocke; give and grant to the people, that they may