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respectful obedience to the civil autho-Jalms to the poor, according to his ability, rity, regularly and legitimately consti- Art. XXXIX. Of a Christian man's Orth. tuted.
As we contess that vain and rash Art. XXXVIII. of Christian men's
swearing is forbidden Christian men by Goods, which are not common.
our Lord Jesus Christ, and James his
Apostle : so we judge that Christian ReThe Riches and Goods of Christians ligion doth not prohibit, but that a man are not common, as touching the right, may swear when the Magistrate requirtitle, and possession of the same, as cer- eth, in a cause of Faith and Charity, so tain Anabaptists do falsely boast. Not- it be done according to the Prophets withstanding, every man ought of such teaching in Justice, Judgment, and things as he possesseth, liberally to give Truth.
MANNER OF MAKING, ORDAINING, AND CONSECRATING BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND DEACONS, 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. 1792.
THE PREFACE. I is evident unto all men, diligently reading boly Scripture and ancient Author that from the Apostles' time there bave been these Orders of Ministers in Ohrist's Church-Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Which offices were evermore had in such reverend estimation, that no man might presume to execute any of them, except he were first called, tried, examined, and known to have such qualities as are requisite for the same; and also by public Prayer, with Imposition of Hands, were approved and admitted thereunto by lawful Authority. And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be continued, and reverently ased and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered to execute any of the said Functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted there anto, according to the Form hereafter following, or bath had Episcopal Con
secration or Ordination. And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, except be be of the age
which the Canon in that case provided may require. And the Bishop, knowing, either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, any Per.
son to be a man of virtuous conversation, and without crime; and, after exami, nation and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the holy Scripture, and otherwise learned as the Canons require, may, at the timos appointed, or elit, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the church, admit bis
Deacon, in such Dianner and Form as followeth.
The Form and Manner of making Deacons. s 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 admitied Deacons ; how necessary that Order is in the Church of
Christ, and also how the Pecple ought to esteem them in their Office. PA Priest shall present unto the Bishop,
The Bishop: sitting in his Chair near to the holy Table, such as desire to be ordained Dea: TAKE
heed that the persons cons, each of them being decently ha whom ye present unto us, be
bited, saying these words: apt and meet for their learning REVEREND Father in God, and godly conversation, to exer
: I present unto you these per-cise their Ministry duly to the sons present, to be admitted Doa-honour of God, and the edifying cons.
of his Church
found clear of that Crime.
# The Priest shall answer:
The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 8. I Have inquired concerning LIKEWISE must the Deaconi them, and also examined them,
be grave, not double-tongued, and think them so to be.
not given to much wine, not I Then the Bishop shall say unto the greedy of blthy lucre ; holding People:
the mystery of the faith in a pure BRETHREN, if there be any conscience. And let these also
of you, who knoweth any im- first be proved; then let them pediment, or notable crime in any use the Office of a Deacon, being of these persons presented to be found blameless. Even so must ordered Deacons, for the which their wives be grave, not slandephe ought not to be admitted to ers, sober, faithful in all things. that office, let him come forth in Let the Deacons be the husbando the name of God, and show what of one wise, ruling their Children the crime or impediment in. and their own Houses well. For 9 And if any great Criine or Impediment they that have used the Office of
be objected, the Bishop shall cease a Deacon well, purchase to them. from Ordering that Person, until such selves a good degree, and great time as the Party accused shall be boldness in the faith which is in i Then the Bishop (cummending such as Christ Jesus.
shall be found meet to be Ordered, to 1 or else this, out of the sixth Chapa
Acts, yi. 2. say the Litany. 1 Then shall be said the Service for the THEN the Twelve called the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle,
multitude of the disciples upand Gospel, as followeth.
to them, and said, It is not reason The Collect.
that we should leave the word of ALMIGHTY God, who by thy God, and serve tables. Where
Divine Providence hast ap- fore, brethren, look ye out among pointed divers Orders of Minis- you seven men of honest report, ters in thy Church, and didst in- full of the Holy Ghost and wise spire thine Apostles to choose dom, whom we may appoint over into the Order of Deacons the this business. But we will give first Martyr Saint Stephen, with ourselves continually to prayer, others ; mercifully behold these and to the ministry of tha Word.
thy servants now called to the like And the saying pleased the whole i Office and Administration; so re- multitude. And they chose Ste.
plenish them with the truth of|phen, a man full of faith and of thy Doctrine, and adorn them the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and with innocency of life, that both Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Tiby word and good example they mon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas may faithfully serve thee in this a proselyte of Antioch: whom Office, to the glory of thy vame, they set before the Apostles ; and and the edification of thy Church, when they had prayed, they laid through the merits of our Saviour their hands on them. And the Jesus Christ, who liveth and word of God increased, and the reigneth with thee and the Holy number of the disciples multiplied Ghost, now and for ever. Ameri, in Jerusalem greaty, and a great
company of the Priests were obe- to baptize Infants ; and to preach, dient to the faith.
if he be admitted thereto by the Then shall the Bishop examine every
Bishop. And furthermore, it is one of those who are to be Ordered, his Office, where provision is so in the presence of the People, after made, to search for the sick, poor, this manner following:
and impotent people of the Pa. Do you trust that you are in- rish, to intimate their estates,
wardly moved by the Holy names, and places where they Ghost to take upon you this Office dwell, unto the Curate, that by and Ministration, to serve God his exhortation they may be refor the promoting of his glory, lieved with the alms of the Paand the edifying of his people? rishioners, or others: Will you Answer. I trust so.
do this gladly and willingly? The Bishop
Answer. I will so do by the
help of God. Do you think that you are truly called, according to the will
The Bishop. of our Lord Jesus Christ
, and ae- WILL you apply all your dilicording to the Canons of this
gence to frame and fashion Church, to the Ministry of the your own lives, and the lives of
your families, according to the Answer. I think so.
Doctrine of Christ ; and to make The Bishop.
both yourselves and them, as
much as in you lieth, wholesome Do you unfeignedly believe all examples of the flock of Christ?
the Canonical Scriptures of Answer. I will so do, the Lord the Old and New Testanient?
being my helper. Answer. I do believe them.
The Bishop The Bishop
WILL you reverently obey WILL you diligently read the
your Bishop, and other chief same unto the people as- Ministers, who, according to the sémbled in the Church where you Canons of the Church, may have shall be appointed to serve ? the charge and government over Answer. I will.
you; following with a glad mind The Bishop.
and will their godly admonitions?
Answer. I will endeavour so to IT appertaineth to the office of do, the Lord being my helper. he shall be appointed to serve, to
T Then the Bishop, laving his Hands
severally upon the Head of every one assist the Priest in Divine Service, of them humbly kneeling before him, and especially when he ministereth the Holy Communion, and
to TAKE thou Authority to exehelp him in the distribution there cute the Office of a Deacon of; and to read holy Scriptures in the Church of God committed and Homilies in the Church; and unto thee; In the name of the to instruct the Youth in the Cate-Father, and of the Son, and of chim; in the absence of the Priest the Holy Ghost. Amen.
9 Then shall the Bishop deliver to'every Church; make them, we beseech
one of them the New Testament, say-thee, O Lord, to be modest, huming,
ble, and constant in their MinisTAKE thou Authority to read
the Gospel in the Church of tration, to have a ready will lo God, and to preach the sanje, if
observe all spiritual Discipline ;
that they having always the testithou be thereto licensed by the Bishop himself.
mony of a good conscience, and
continuing ever stable and strong & Then one of them appointed by the in thy Son Christ, may so well Bishop shall read,
behave themselves in this inferios The Gospel. St. Luke, xii. 35. Office, that they may be found LET your loins be girded about worthy to be called unto the
higher Ministries in thy Church, ye yourseives like unto men that through the saine thy Son our wait for their Lord, when be will Saviour Jesus Christ; to whom return from the wedding; that be glory and honour, world with when he cometh and knocketh,
out end. Amen. they may open untu bim immediately. Blessed are those ser- THE peace of God, wbich passvants whom the Lord when he eth all understanding, keep cometh shall find watching: Veri- your hearts and minds ly I say unto you, That he shall knowledge and love of God, and gird himself, and make them to of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: sit down to meat, and will come And the blessing of God Almighforth and serve them. And if he ty, the Father, the Son, and the shall come in the second watch, Holy Ghost, be amo
you. or come in the third watch, and and remain with you always find them so, blessed are those Amen. servants.
And bere it must be declared unto 1 Then shall the Bishop proceed in the
the Deacon, that he must continue in Communion; and all who are Order
that Office of a Deacon the space of a ed, shall tarry, and receive the Holy
whole Year (except for reasonable Communiun the same day with the
Causes it shall otherwise seem good Bishop
unto the Bishop) to the intent he may 1 The Communion ended, after the last
be perfect, and well expert in the Collect, and immediately before the
thing appertaining to the Ecclesias
tical Administration; in executing Benediction, shall be said this Collect following:
whereof, if he be found faithful and
diligent, he may be admitted by his ALMIGHTY God, giver of all Diocesan to the Order of Priesthood, good things, who of thy great
at the times appointed in the Canon,
or else, on urgent oc on, upon some goodness bast vouchsafed to ac
other day, in the face of the Church, cept and take these thy Servants in such manner and form as hereafter anto the office of Deacons in thy