Page images

glory of thy Name turn from us | tongued, not given to much wine, all those evils that we most right- not greedy of filthy lucre, holdeously have deserved ; and grant, ing the mystery of the faith in a that in all our troubles we may pure conscience. And let these put our whole trust and confi- also first be proved; then let dence in thy mercy, and ever- them use the Office of a Deacon, more serve thee in holiness and being found blameless. Even so pureness of living, to thy honour must their wives be grave, not and glory; through our only slanderers, sober, faithful in all Mediator and Advocate, Jesus things. Let the Deacons be the Christ our Lord. Amen. husbands of one wife, ruling

their children and their own I Then shall be sung or said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle,

houses well. For they that have and Gospel, as followeth.

used the Office of a Deacon well The Collect.

purchase to themselves a good A LMIGHTY God, who by degree, and great boldness in the A thy Divine Providence hast faith which is in Christ Jesus. appointed divers Orders of Min

Or else this, out of the sixth of the Acts of isters in thy Church, and didst

the Apostles. inspire thine Apostles to choose

Acts vi. 2. into the Order of Deacons the THEN the twelve called the first Martyr Saint Stephen, with 1 multitude of the disciples others; Mercifully behold these unto them, and said, It is not thy servants now called to the reason that we should leave the like Office and Administration ; | Word of God, and serve tables. replenish them so with the truth Wherefore, brethren, look ye out of thy Doctrine, and adorn them among you seven men of honest with innocency of life, that, both report, full of the holy Ghost by word and good example, they and wisdom, whom we may apmay faithfully serve thee in this point over this business. But we Office, to the glory of thy Name, will give ourselves continually to and the edification of thy Church; prayer, and to the ministry of through the merits of our Savi the Word. And the saying pleasour Jesus Christ, who liveth and ed the whole multitude. And reigneth with thee and the Holy they chose Stephen, a man full Ghost, now and for ever. Amen. of faith, and of the holy Ghost,

The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 8. and Philip, and Prochorus, and TIKEWISE must the Dea- | Nicanor, and Timon, and ParmeU cons be grave, not double nas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch; whom they set before | Holy Ghost to take upon you the Apostles; and, when they this Office and Ministration, to had prayed, they laid their hands serve God for the promoting of on them. And the Word of God his glory, and the edifying of his increased, and the number of the people ? disciples multiplied in Jerusalem Answer. I trust so. greatly, and a great company of

The Bishop. the Priests were obedient to the

D o you think that you are faith.

|D truly called, according to 9 And before the Gospel, the Bishop, sit- the will of our Lord Jesus Christ,

ting in his chair, shall cause the Oath of and the due order of this Realm, the King's Supremacy, and against the power and authority of all foreign Poten- / to the Ministry of the Church ? tates, to be ministered unto every one of Answer. I think so. them that are to be Ordered. The Oath of the King's Sove

The Bishop reignty.

D o you unfeignedly believe

D all the Canonical Scriptures IA. B. do swear, that I do 1 from my heart abhor, detest,

of the Old and New Testament ?

Answer. I do believe them. and abjure, as impious and heretical, that damnable Doctrine

The Bishop. and Position, That Princes ex- | W ILL you diligently read communicated or deprived by the W the same unto the people Pope, or any Authority of the | assembled in the Church where See of Rome, may be deposed or you shall be appointed to serve ? murdered by their Subjects, or Answer. I will. any other whatsoever. And I do

The Bishop. declare, that no foreign Prince,

| TT appertaineth to the Office Person, Prelate, State, or Poten

I of a Deacon, in the Church tate, hath, or ought to have, any |

where he shall be appointed to Jurisdiction, Power, Superiority, |

serve, to assist the Priest in DiPre-eminence, or Authority, Ecclesiastical or Spiritual, within

vine Service, and specially when

he ministereth the holy Commuthis Realm. So help me God.

nion, and to help him in the disT Then shall the Bishop examine every one tribution thereof, and to read of them that are to be Ordered, in the presence of the people, after this manner

holy Scriptures and Homilies in following.

the Church; and to instruct the D o you trust that you are youth in the Catechism ; in the

inwardly moved by the absence of the Priest to baptize

infants, and to preach, if he be admitted thereto by the Bishop. And furthermore, it is his Office, where provision is so made, to search for the sick, poor, and impotent people of the Parish, to intimate their estates, names, and places where they dwell, unto the Curate, that by his exhortation they may be relieved with the alms of the Parishioners, or others. Will you do this gladly and willingly 2

Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.

[blocks in formation]

* Then the Bishop laying his Hands severally upon the Head of every one of them, humbly kneeling before him, shall say,

AKE thou Authority to execute the Office of a Deacon in the Church of God committed unto thee; In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of them the New Testament, saying,

AKE thou Authority to read the Gospel in the Church of God, and to preach the same, if thou be thereto licensed by the Bishop himself.

* Then one of them, appointed by the Bishop, shall read the Gospel.

St. Luke xii. 35.

L. your loins be girded a

bout, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching. Verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

* Then shall the Bishop proceed in the Communion, and all that are Ordered shall tarry, and receive the holy Communion the same day with the Bishop.

I The Communion ended, after the last to whom be glory and honour

Collect, and immediately before the Benediction, shall be said these Collects following

DREVENT us, O Lord, in A LMIGHTY God, giver of !

1 all our doings with thy most A all good things, who of thy |

hy gracious favour, and further us great goodness hast vouchsafed |

with thy continual help; that in to accept and take these thy ser- all our works begun, continued. vants unto the Office of Deacons

and ended in thee, we may gloin thy Church; Make them, we

| rify thy holy Name, and finally beseech thee, O Lord, to be mo

by thy mercy obtain everlasting dest, humble, and constant in their life: through Jesus Christ our Ministration, to have a ready

Lord. Amen. will to observe all spiritual Discipline; that they having always THE peace of God, which the testimony of a good consci 1 passeth all understanding, ence, and continuing ever stable keep your hearts and minds in and strong in thy Son Christ, the knowledge and love of God, may so well behave themselves and of his Son Jesus Christ our in this inferior Office, that they Lord : And the Blessing of God may be found worthy to be calle Almighty, the Father, the Son, ed unto the higher Ministries in and the Holy Ghost, be amongst thy Church ; through the same you, and remain with you althy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, ways. Amen.

And here it must be declared unto the Deacon, that he must continue in that Office of a Deacon the space of a whole year (except for reasonable causes it shall otherwise seem good unto the Bishop) to the intent he may be perfect, and well expert in the things appertaining to the Ecclesiastical Administration. In executing whereof if he be found faithful and diligent, he may be admitted by his Diocesan to the Order of Priesthood, at the times appointed in the Canon; or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other Sunday, or Holy-day, in the face of the Church, in such manner and form as hereafter followeth.



When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Priests ; how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the people ought to esteem them in their Office.

First, the Archdeacon, or, in his absence, 1 For after due examination we "one appointed in his stead, shall present find not to the contrary, but that unto the Bishop (sitting in his chair near to the holy Table) all them that shall re

they be lawfully called to their ceive the Order of Priesthood that day Function and Ministry, and that (each of them being decently habited) and they be persons meet for the say, D EVEREND Fatherin God,

same. But yet if there be any 1 I present unto you these

of you, who knoweth any Impepersons present, to be admitted diment, or notable Crime, in to the Order of Priesthood.

any of them, for the which he

ought not to be received into The Bishop.

this holy Ministry, let him come TAKE heed that the persons,

forth in the Name of God, and 1 whom ye present unto us,

shew what the Crime or Impebe apt and meet, for their learn

diment is. ing and godly conversation, to exercise their Ministry duly, to

And if any great Crime or Impediment

be objected, the Bishop shall surcease from the honour of God, and the edi Ordering that person, until such time as fying of his Church.

the party accused shall be found clear of

that Crime. q The Archdeacon shall answer, I Then the Bishop (commending such as I Have enquired of them, and shall be found meet to be Ordered to the I also examined them, and think

Prayers of the congregation) shall, with

the Clergy and people present, sing or say them so to be.

the Litany, with the Prayers, as is before

appointed in the Form of Ordering Dea9 Then the Bishop shall say unto the peo cons ; save only, that, in the proper Suf. ple;

frage there added, the word [Deacons] NOOD people, these are they shall be omitted, and the word [Priests]

inserted instead of it. U whom we purpose, God |

Then shall be sung or said the Service willing, to receive this day unto |

for the Communion, with the Collect, Ethe holy Office of Priesthood : pistle, and Gospel, as followeth.

« PreviousContinue »