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wine : that we, receiving them accord. When all have communicated, tte Bish. ing to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's op shall return to the Lord's Table, holy institution, in remembrance of his and reverently place upon it shat reDeath and Passion, may be pariskers of maincth of the consecrated Elements, his
most blessed Body and Blood. And covering the same with a fair linen we earnestly desire thy fatherly good- Cloth. ness, mercifully to accept this our sac- Then shall the Bishop say the Lord's rifice of praise
and thanksgiving ; most Prayer, the People repeating after hin humbly beseeching thee to grant, that acry petition by the merits and death of thy Son Je. sus Christ, and through faith in his
UR Father, who art in Heaven, Halblood, we, and all thy whole Church, may
; " obtain remission of our sins, and all oth
come ; Thy Will be done on Earth, as it er benefits of his passion. And here we
is in Heaven ; Give us this day our daily offer and present unto thee, O Lord, bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as ourselves, our souls, and bodies, to be a
we forgive those who trespass against reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice un
us; And lead us not into temptation; to thee; hunbly beseeching thee, that Bet deliver us from evil : For thine is we, and all others who shall be parta- the Kingdom, and the Power, and the kers of this Holy Communion, may
Glory, for ever and over. Amer. worthily receive the most precious Body
1 After which shall be said as followek: and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him,
most heartily thank thee, for that that he may dwell in them, and they in
thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have bim. And although we are unworthy, duly received these holy Mysteries, with through our manifold sins, to offer unto
the spiritual food of the most precious thee any sacrifice ; yet we beseech thee
Body and Blood of thy Son our Saviour to accept this our bounden duty and ser.
Jesus Christ; and dost assure us there vice, not weighing our merits, but par
by of thy favour and goodness towards doning our offences; through Jesus
us; and that we are very members in Christ our Lord; by whom, and with corporate in the mystical body of thy whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
Son, which is the blessed company of all all honour and glory be unto thee, O
faithful people ; and are also heirs Father Almighty, world without end through hope of thy everlasting kingdom, Amen.
by the merits of the most precious death and passion of thy dear Sun
And we Here shall be sung a Hymn, or Part of a Hymn. from the Selection for the
most humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Feasts and Fasts, gc.
Father, so to assist us with thy grace, Then shall the Bishop Arst receive the
that we may continue in that holy fel. Communion in hoth kinds himself, and
lowship, and do all such good works as
thou hast prepared for us to walk in, proceed to deliver the same to the Bish
through Jesus Christ our Lord; to ops, Priests, und Deacons, in like
whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be manner, and, after that, to the People
all honour and glory, world without end. also in order, into their hands, all de
Amen. tuutly kneeling: and when he delivereth the Bread, he shall say,
Then shall be said or sung, all standTHI THE Body of our Lord Jesus Christ,
ing, Gloria in excelsis, of some proper which was given for thee, preserve
Hymn from the Selection
peace, good will towards men. Christ died for thee, and feed on him in We praise thee, we bless thee, we wor. thy heart by faith, with thanksgiving ship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks And the Bishop, delivering the cup,
to thee for thy great glory, OʻLord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty
O Lord, the only begotten Son Jesus THE Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father, who takest away the thy body and soul unto everlasting life : sins of the world, have mercy upon us : Drink this in remembrance that Christ's Thou who takest away the sins of the blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.
world, have mercy upon us. Thou who If the consecrated Bread and Wine be takest away the sins of the world, receive spent before all have communicated, our prayer: Thou who siltest at the the Bishop is to consecrate more, ac right hand of God the Father, have mer. cording to the Form before prescribed , cy upon tis. Beginning at....All glory be to thee, For thou only art holy; thou only art Almighty God....and ending with these the Lord; thou only, o Christ, with the words....Partakers of his most blessed Holy Ghost, art most High in the glory Body and Blood.
of God the Father Amen.
I Then the Bishop shall let them depart Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with with this blessing
you always. Amen. THE peace of God, which passeth all 1 If any of the consecrated Bread and
itine remain after the Communion, it end minds in the knowledge and love of shall not be carried out of the Church, God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our but the Bishop and other communicants Lord: And the blessing of God Almigh. shall, immediately after the Blessing, 1, the Father, the Son, and the Holy reverently eat and drink the same,
Here endeth the Order for the Administration of the Holy Communion.
THE FORM OF Consecration of a Church or Chapel, According to the Order of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of
America, as established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of said Church, in General Convention, in the month of September, A. D. 1799.
The Bishop is to be received at the entrance of the Church or Chapel by the Church. sardens and Vestrymen, or some other Persons appointed for that purpose. The Bishop and the Cergy who are present, shall go up aisle of the Church or Chapel, to the Communion Table, repeating the 24th Psalm alternately, the Bishop one verse, and the Clergy another. Psalm xxiv.
pet, moved either by the express comTHE earth is the Lord's and all that
mand of God, or by the secret inspiration THE therein is the compass of the
of the blessed Spirit, and acting agreeaworld, and they that dwell therein. bly to their own reason and sense of the 2 For he hath founded it upon the seas,
natural decency of things, have erected and prepared it upon the floods.
houses for the public worship of God, 3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the and separated them from all unhallowed, Lord, or who shall rise up in his holy worldly, and common uses, in order to place?
fill men's minds with greater reverence 4 Even he that hath clean hands and a for his glorious Majesty, and affect their pure heart; and that hath not lift up his
hearts with more devotion and humility mind unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive
in his service; which pious works have his neighbour.
been approved of and graciously accepted 5 He shall receive the blessing from
by our heavenly Father: Let us not the Lord, and righteousness from the doubt but that he will also favourably God of bis salvation.
approve our godly purpose of setting 6 This is the generation of them that apart this place in solemn manner, for seek him ; even of them that seek thy
the performance of the several offices of face, Jacob.
religious worship, and let us faithfully 7 Lift up your heads, Oye gates; and
and devoutly beg his blessing on this be ye lift
our undertaking. up, ye everlasting doors i and the King of Glory shall come in.
Then the Bishop kneeling, shall say the 8 Who is the King of Glory ? it is the
following Prayer. Lord strong and mighty, even the Lord mighty in battle.
O , 9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and
and of majesty incomprehensible, be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors : and
whom the heaven of heavens carmot conthe King of Glory shall come in.
tain, much less the walls of temples 10 Who is the King of Glory P even made with hands; and who yet hast the Lord of hosts, he is the king of been graciously pleased to promise thy Glory.
especial presence, wherever two or three
of thy faithful servants shall assemble in The Bishop shall go within the rails,
thy name to offer up their praises aud toith such of the Clergy as can be there accommodated. The Bishop, sitting in
sedlons unto thee ; vouchsafe,
present with us, who are his chair, shall have the instruments of donation and endowment, is there be
here gathered lugether, with all humility
and readiness of heart, to consecrate this any presented to him, and then stand.
place to the honour of thy great name; ing up, and turning to the Congrega. Separating it henceforth from all unhal rion, shall say,
lowed, ordinary and common uses, and DEA EARLY beloved in the Lord; for- dedicating it to thy service, for
reading asmuch as devout and holy men, thy holy word, for celebrating thy holy as well under the law as under the gos. sacrainents, for offering to thy glorious
Majesty the sacrifices of prayer and service, and vonchsafe to give whateve thanksgiving, for blessing thy people in in thy infinite wisdom thou shalt see to thy name, and for the performance of all be most expedient for them all which other boly offices : accepi, Lord, this beg for Jesus Christ's sake our most service at our nands, and bless it with blessed Lord and Saviour such success as may tend most to thy
Then the Bishop sitting in his chair, glory, and the
therance of our happi- the sentence of Consecration is to le ness both temporal and spiritual, through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Sa.
read by some person appointed by kin,
and then laid by him upon the Comma. viour Amen
nion Table, after which the Bishop After this the Bishop shall stand up, and turning his face towards the Con. LESSED be thy name, O Lord, that gregation, shu I say, EGARD, O Lord, the supplications
the hearts of thy servants, to appropriate
and devote this house to thy honour and soever shall be dedicated to thee in this worship; and grant that all who shail house by Baptism, may be sanctified by enjoy the benefit of this pious work. may the Holy Ghost, delivered from thy wrath show forth their thankfulness, by making and eternal cleath, and received as a liv. & right use of it, to the glory of thy ing member of Christ's Church, and blessed name, through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Anen may ever remain in the number of thy faithful children Amen.
After this the Minister appointed is! Grant, O Lord, that they who at this read the service for the day place shall in their own persons renew
PROPER PSALMS, 84 122.. 132. the promises and vows which they made,
FIRST LESSON 1 Kings th, verse or which were made for them by their
22 to verse 63 sureties at their Baptism, and thereupon SECOND LESSON Heb 10th, verse shall be confirmed by the Bishop. may
19 to verse 27 receive such a measure of thy Holy Spirit, that they may be enabled faithful- Morning Prayer being ended, there ly to fulfil the same, and grow in grace
shall be sung from the Book of Psalms unto their lives' end Amen.
in metre, Psal. xxvi. verse 6. 7. 8, Grant, O Lord, that whosoever shall
with the Gloria Patri receive in this place the blessed sacra- The Bishop shall then proceed to the ment of the body and blood of Christ,
The folloring may come to that holy wrdinance with skal be the Collect, Epistle, and Gus faith, charity, and true relentance ; and pel. for the occasion being filled with thy grace and heavenly
The Collect benediction, , w
MOST glorious , we acknow. sins, and all other benefits of his pas
fer unto thee any thing belonging unte sion. Amen.
us; yet we beseech thee in thy great Grant, O Lord, that by thy holy word
goodness, graciously to accept the dedi. which shall be read and preached in this cation of this place to thy service, and to place, and by thy Holy Spirit grafting it
prosper this our undertaking; receive inwardly in the heart, the hearers there
the prayers and intercessions of all those of may both perceive and know what
thy servants, who shall call things they ought to do, and may have this house, and give them grace to prepo:ver and strength to fulfil the same
pare their hearts to serve thee with reve.
rence and godly fear; affect them with Grand, O Lord, that whosoever shall be
an awful apprehension of thy Divine MaJoined together in this place in the holy
jesty, and a deep sense of their own un. estate of matrimony, may faithfully per.
worthiness: that so approaching thy form and keep the vow and covenant be
sanctuary with lowliness and devotion, tween them made, and may remain in
and coming before thee with clean perfect love together unto their lives'
thoughts and pure hearts, with bodies end. Amen
undefiled, and minds sanctified, they may Grant, we beseech thee, blessed Lord,
always perform a service acceptable to that whosoever shall draw near to thee
thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. in th' place, to give thee thanks for the benefits which they have received at thy
Amen. hands, to set forth thy most worthy
T'he Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. verse 14 to praise, u confess their sins unto thee.
verse 17. and necessary as well
for the body as for with unbelievers; for what fellow the soul, may do it with such steadiness ship hath righteousness with unrightof faith, and with such seriousness, af. eousness? And what communion bath fection, and devotion of mind, that thou light with darkness? And what concord riayest accept their bounden duty and hath Christ with Belial? Or what pent
Dere comfora, obtain remission of their O ledge that one are not worthy kom
upon thee in
bath he that believeth with an Infidel ? The Sermon being ended, the Bishop And what agreement hath the temple of shall proceed in the service for the Com. God with Idols ? For ye are the temple munion, if it is to be administered at of the living God : as God hath said, i that time. will dwell in them and walk in them, and
After the Communion, or v it is not I will be their God, and they shall be my
administered at that time, after the people
Sermon, and immediately before the The Gospel St John ii. verse 13 final blessing, the Bishop shall say the ND the Jews' Passover was al hand,
following Prayer А and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
RLESSED be thy name, O Lord God, and found in the temple those that sold B for that it hath pleased thee to have oren, and sheep, and doves, and the
thy habitation among the sons of men, changers of money sitting And when
and to dwell in the midst of the assemhe had made a scourge of small cords, he
bly of the saints upon the earth : bless, drove them all out of the temple, and the we beseech thee, the religious performsheep, and the oxen, and poured out the
ance of this day, and grant thai in the changers of money, and overthrew the
place now set apart to thy service, thy taples, and said unto them that sold
holy name may be worshipped in truth doves. Take these things hence; make and purity through all generations, not my Father's house an house of mer
through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen. chandise And his disciples remem. bered that it was written,' The zeal of
THE peace of God, which passeth all thine house hath eaten me up.
understanding. eep your hearts
and minds in the knowledge and love of Then shall be said or sung the 100th God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Psalm.
Lord; And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Here shall follow the Sermon.
be amongst you, and remain with you always.
councils of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy Church to the end of the world; we beseech thee to be pre. sent with the council of thy Church here assembled in thy name and presence Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy Kreai mercy vouchsafe we beseech thee. so to direct, sanctify, and govem us in our present work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places. to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death , till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life, through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
AN OFFICE OF
INTO PARISUES OR CHURCHES, Prescribed by the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America ;
established in General Convention of the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity, 1804; and set forth, with alterations, in General Convention, 1808
The Bishop having received due Notice of the Election of a Minister into a Parisa or Church, as prescribed by the Canon " concerning the Election und Institution of Ministers," and being satisfied that the Person chosen is a qualified Minister of this Church." may transmit the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Rector, Associated Rector, ur Assistant Minister. to one of his Presbyters, whom he moy appoint the Institutor
In any State or Diocese the concluding Paragraph in the Letter of Instrtution may be omitted, where it interferes with the Usages, Laws, or Charters of the Church in the same.
Sigillum. on , ,
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B. Presbyter, Greeting.
License and Authority, to perform the Office of a Priest in the Parish (or Signat. Church) of E. And also hereby do institute you into said Parish for Function among the
People of the same ; you continuing in communion with us, and complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church, and with such lawful di. rections as you shall at any time receive from us
And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector (Associated Rector or Assistant Minister, as the case may be) of Parish (or Church. ] you are failofully to feed that portion of the Rock of Christ which is now entrusted to you; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind, that you are accountable to us here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all hereafter
And as the Lord hath ordained, that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar ; so we authorise you to claim and enjoy all the accustomed lemporalities appertaining to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all
sacerdotal relation between you and them; of all which you will give us due notice: and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdo. Lal connection between you and them, we, your Bishop, with the advice of our Presbyters, are to be the ultimate arbiter and judge. In witness whereof we have hereunto affixed our Episcopal seal and signature, at thi day of A. D.
and in the year of our consecration.
In the case of a Minister to be instituted in a state or Diocese in whick there is no Bishop, the Clerical Members of the Standing Committee shall send the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Minister, to the Presbyter whom they may appoint as Institutor.
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B. Presbyter, Greeting. Sigillum. IVE receby these Presents authorise and empower you to exercise the of the power vested in us, do institule you into said Parish Cor Church,) possessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function ainong the people of the same ; you complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church.
And as a canonically instituted Priest into the office of Rector (Associated Rector, or Assistant Minister, as the case may be) of Parish (or Church,) you are to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now entrusted to you ; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind that you are accountable to the ec clesiastical authority of the Church here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all hereafter.
And as the Lord hath ordained that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar; so you have our authority to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection between you and them; of all which you will give us due notice: and in case of any differ. ence between you and your congregation, as to a separation and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection between you and them, the ecclesiastical authority of the Church in this diocese (taking the advice and aid of a Bishop) shall be the ultimate arbiter and judge. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, this day of I T'he day being appointed for the nero try) standing on the right and left of
Incumbent's Institution, at the asual the Altar, without the mails; the Senior hour of Morning Prayer, the Institu- Warden, (or the Member of the V'estry tor, ettended by the new Incumbent, supplying his place) holding the keys of and one or more Presbyters appointed the Church in his hand, ta open viere, by the Bishop, (or, where there is no the officiating Priest shall read Morn Bishop by the Clerical Members of the ing Prayer shall enter the Church: Then, all
Proper Psalms are, Clergy present standing without the
Psalm cxxii. Psalm cilji. Psalm rails of the Altar, es cepi the officiating
cixxiii. Priest, who shall go into the desk; the
Proper Lessons Wardens, (or, in case of their neces. First Ezek. Chap. xuüi. verse I to ary absence, two Members of the Ves.
in the year