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wine; that we receiving them accord. When all have communicated, the Bish. ing to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's 1 op shall return to the Lord's Table, holy institution, in remembrance of his and reverently place upon it that reDeath and Passion, may be partshers of maineth 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. 1 Then shall the Bishop say the Lord's rifice of praise and thanksgiving; most Prayer, the People repeating after hiun Irumbly beseeching thee to grant, that every petition by the merits and death of thy Son Je. aus Christ, and through faith in his
OUR Father, wbo art in Heaven, Hal. blood, we, and all thy whole Church, may
lowed be thy Name : Thy Kingdom 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
Bot 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 ever. Amen. worthily receive the most precious Body
141 or which shall be said as followetk: and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be Alled with thy grace and heavenly bene
ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we diction, and made one body with him,
1 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 hoiy 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 therevice, 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 beirs Father Almighty, world without end.
through hope of thy everlasting kingdom, Amen.
by the merits of the most precious death Here shall be sung a Hymn, or Part
and passion of thy dear Sun And we
most hombly beseech thee, O heavenly of a Hymn from the Selection for the
Father, 80 to assist us with thy grace, Feasts and Fasts, gc.
that we may continue in that holy fel. Then shall the Bishop first receive the
lowship, and do all such good works as Communion in both kinds himself, and
thou hast prepared for us to walk in, proceed to deliver the same to the Bish
through Jesus Christ our Lord; to ops, Priests, and Deacons, in like
whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be manner, and, after that, to the People
all honour and glory, world without cod. 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 surg, all stand. THE Body of our Lord Jesus Christ,
ing, Gloria in excelsis, or some proper 1 which was given for thee, preserve
Hymn from the Selection. thy body and soul unto everlasting life: LORY be to God on high, and in Take and cat this in remembrasce that U earth 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, O Lord God, shall say,
heavenly King, God the Fatber Almighty
O Lord, the only begotten Son Jesus THE Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, 1 which was shed for thee, preserve
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 sittest 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 us. 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, Christ, with the words.... Partakers of bis most blessed Holy Ghost, art most High in the glory Body and Blood.
of God the Father Ausen.
Then the Bishop shall let them depart Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with soith this blessing.
you always. Amen. THE peace of God, which passeth all TI any of the consecrated Bread and
I understanding, keep your hearts Wine 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, ty, 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 Churchseardens and Vestrymen, or some other persons appointed for that purpose. The Bishop and the Cergy who are present, shall go up the aisle of the Church or Chapel, to the Communion Table, repeating the 24ch Psalm alternately, the Bishop one verse, and the Clergy another. Psalm xxiv.
pel, moved either by the express comTHE earth is the Lord's and all that mand of God, or by the secret inspiration 1 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
fill men's minds with greater reverence place? * 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 bis 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
approve our godly purpose of setting God of his salvation.
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
and devoutly beg his blessing on this 7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and
our undertaking. be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors : 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 nighty in battle.
ETERNAL God, mighty in power 9 Lilt up your heads, O ye gates; and
U 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.
lain, much less the walls of temples 10 Who is the King of Glory ! 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 soith such of the Clergy us can be there
supplications unto thee ; vouchsafe, accommodated. The Bishop, sitting in
Lord, to be present with us, who are his chair, shall have the instruments of
here gathered wgether, with all humility donation and endowment, v there be
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 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 boly * well under the law as under the gos. sacrainents, for offering to thy glorious
Majesty the sacrifices of prayer and service, and vouchsafe to give whateve thanksgiving, for blessing thy people in in thy infinite wisdom thou shalt see to thy name, and for the periormance of all be most expedient for them all which other boly offices : accept, Lord, thus we beg for Jesus Christ's sake our most service at our nands, and bless it with blessed Lord and Saviour Amer such success as nay tend most to thy
Then the Bishop sitting in his chair, glory, and the fo therance of our happi
the sentence of Consecration is to be ness both temporal and spiritual, through
read by some person appointed by him, Jesus Christ our blessed Lurrt and Sa.
and then laid by him upon the CORM viour Amen
nion Table, after which the bishop After this the Bishop shall stand up,
shall say, and turning his face towards the Con. DLESSED be thy name, O Lord, that gregativn, shu I say,
D it hath pleased thee to put it into DEGARD, O Lord, the supplications
the hearts of thy servants, to appropriate Il of thy servants, and grant that who.
and devote this house to thy honour and soever shall be dedicated to thee in this worship; and grant that all who shall house by Baptism, may be sanctified by
enjoy the benefit of this pious work, may
show forth their thankfulness, by making the Holy Ghost, delivered from thy wrath
& right use of it, to the glory of thy and eternal leath, and received as a liv. ing member of Christ's Church, and blessed name, through Jesus Christ our may ever remain in the number of thy Lord. Anuen. faithful children. Amen.
1 After this the Minister appointed is to 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 fihverso or which were made for them by their
22 to verse 63 sureties at their Baptism, and thereupon
SECOND LESSON. Heb 10th, verso shall be confirmed by the Bishop. may
19 to verse 27 receive such a measure of thy Holy
1 Morning Prayer being ended, there Spirit, that they may be enabled faithful.
shall be sung from the Book of Psalms ly to fulfil the same, and grow in grice unto their lives' end Amen.
in metre, Psal. xxvj. rerse 6. 7. 8, Grant, O Lord, that whosoever shall with the Gloria Patri
The Bishop shall then proceed to the receive in this place the blessed sacra.
Communion Serrice. ment of the body and blood of Christ,
The following may come to that holy ordinance with
shall be the Collect, Epistle, and Gus faith, charity, and true repentance ; and pel. for the occasion being filled with thy grace and heavenly
The Collect benediction, may, tu their great and end
MOST glorious Lord, we acknow less comfort, obtain remission of their
ledge that we are not worthy to oí. sins, and all other benefits of his pas
fer unto thee any thing belonging unto sion. Amen.
us; yet we beseech thee in thy great Grant, O Lord, that by thy holy word
goodness, graciously to accept the deds. 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 upon thee in things they ought to do, and may bave
this house, and give them grace to prepover and strength to fulfil the same
pare their hearts to serve thee with reve. Amen
rence and godly fear : affect them with Grani, O Lord, that whosnever shall be
an awful apprehension of thy Divine Ma. Joined 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 hands, to set forth thy most worthy
The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. verse 14 to praise, to confess their sins unto thee,
verse 17. and to ask such things as are requisite DE ye not unequally yoked together and necessary as well for the body as for D with unbelievers ; for what fellow. the soul, may do it with such steadiness ship hath righteousness with bright. of faith, and with such seriousness, af! eousness? And what communion bath fection, and devotion of mind, that thou light with darkness? And what concord Biayest accept their bounden duty and hath Christ with Belial ? Or what non
hath he that believeth with an Infidel? The Sermon being ended, the Bishop And what agreement bath 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 vil 15 ROC 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 AND the Jews' Passover was at hand,
following Prayer and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. DLESSED be thy name, O Lord God, and found in the temple those that sold
D 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 assem. he 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 perform sheep, and the oxen, and poured out the
ance of this day, and grant thai in thre changers of money, and overthrew the
place now set apart to thy service, thy tables. and said unto them that sold
holy name may be worshipped in truth doves, Take these things bence; 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
T e bered that it was written, The zeal of
peace of God, which passeth all thine house hath esten me up.
I 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, T Here shall follow the Sermon.
be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
A PRAYER TO BE USED AT THE MEETINGS OF CONVENTION ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, by thy Holy Spirit didst preside in the
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 greai mercy vouchsafe we beseech thee. so to direct, sanctify, and govern es 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 theep, 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 PARISHES 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 Paris, or Church, as prescribed by the Canon " concerning the Election and Institution of Ministers," and being satisfied that the Person chosen is a qualified Minister of this Church," may transmit the following Letter u Institution, for the proposed Rector, Associated Rerior, ur Assistant Minister. to one of his Presbyters, whorn he may appoint as the Institutor
In any State or Diocese the concluding Paragraph in the Letter of Institution may be omitted, there it interferes with the Usages, Laws, or Charters of the Church in the same.
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B. Presbyter, Greeting. Sigillum. W
W E do by these Presents give and grant unto you, in whose Learning,
V Diligence, sound Doctrine, and Prudence, we do fully confide, our
License and Authority, to perform the Office of a Priest in the Parish for Signat. Church of E. And also hereby do institute you into said Parish or
Church, possessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among the People of the samie ; 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 failafully 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 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 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 relation between you and them; of all which you will give us due notice: and in case of any difference be. tween you and your congregation, as to a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal 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 this 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 which there is no Bishop, the Clerical Members of the Standing Corrmittee 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.
WE do by these Presents authorise and empower you to exercise the Sigillum. VV office of a Priest in the Parish for Church] of E. And by virtue of the power vested in us, do institute you into said Parish or Church,] possessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among 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 Sovereiga 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 difference 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
in the year 1 The day being appointed for the nero Ery) standing on the right and left of
Incumbent's Institution, at the usual the Altar, without the ruls; the Senior hour of Morning Pruyer, the Institt. Warden, (or the Member of the Vestry tor, ettended by the new Incumbent, supulying his place) holding the keys of and one or more Presbyters appointed the Church in his hand, in open view, by the Bishop, or, tohere there is no the officiating Priest shall read Morn Bishop, by the Clerical Members of the ing Prayer. Standing Committee) for that purpose, shall enter the Church: Then, all the
Proper Psalms are, Clergy present standing without the Psalm cxxii. Psalm cxxi. Psalms rails of the Altar, except the officiating
cxxxiii. Priest, who shall go into the desk; the
Proper Lessons. Wardens, (or, in case of their neces. First Eżek. Chap. xxxii, verse I to ory obsence, two Members of the Ves. I