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to men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended, is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some Pastors and Teachers, for the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the Ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ; till we all come, in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
ter openeth, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strongers. This parable spake Jesus unto them, but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly: I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf .# them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and there shall
be one fold, and one Shepherd. T Then the Bishop shall say unto them as followeth. E have heard, brethren, as well in your private examination, as in the exhortation which was now made to you, and in the holy lessons taken out of the Gospel, and the writings of the Apostles, of what dignity, and of how great importance this Office is, whereunto ye are called. And now again we exhort you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye have in remembrance, into how high a dignity, and to how weighty an office and charge ye are called: That is to say, to be Messengers, Watchmen, and Stewards of the Lord; to teach, and to premonish, to feed and provide for the Lord’s Family; to seek for Christ’s sheep that are dispersed abroad, and for his children who are in the midst of this naughty world, that they may be saved through Christ for ever. Have always therefore printed in your remembrance, how great a treasure is committed to your charge. For they are the sheep of Christ, which he bought with his death, and for whom he shed his blood. The Church and Congregation whom you must serve, is his Spouse, and his Body. And if it shall hap
pen that the same Church, or
any member thereof, do take any hurt or hinderance by reason of your negligence, ye know the greatness of the fault, and also the horrible punishment that will ensue. Wherefore consider with yourselves the end of the Ministry towards the Children of God, towards the Spouse and Body of Christ; and see that ye never cease
your labour, your care and diligence, until ye have done all that lieth in you, according to your bounden duty, to bring all such as are or shall be committed to your charge, unto that agreement in the faith and knowledge of God, and to that ripeness and perfectness of age in Christ, that there be no place left among you, either for error # religion, or for viciousness in
Forasmuch then as your Of. fice is both of so great excellency, and of so great difficulty, ye see with how great care and study ye ought to apply yourselves, as well to show yourselves du. tiful and thankful unto that Lord who hath placed you in so high a dignity; as also to beware that neither you yourselves offend, nor be occasion that others of. fend. Howbeit ye cannot have a mind and will thereto of your. selves; for that will and ability is given of God alone: therefore ye ought, and have need to pray earnestly for his Holy Spirit, And seeing that ye cannot by any other means compass the doing of so weighty a work, pertaining to the salvation of man, but with doctrine and exhortation taken out of the holy Scriptures, and with a life agreeable to the same: consider how studious ye ought to be in reading and learning the Scriptures, and in framing the manners both of yourselves, and of them that specially pertain unto you, according to the rule of the same Scriptures: and for this selfsame cause, how ye ought to forsake and set aside, as much as ye may, all worldly cares and studies.
We have good hope that ye
have well weighed these things with yourselves long before this time; and that ye have clearly determined, by God’s grace, to ive yourselves wholly to this ffice, whereunto it hath pleased God to call you: so that, as much as lieth in you, ye will apply yourselves wholly to this one thing, and draw all your cares and studies this way; and that ye will continually pray to God the Father, by the mediation of our only Saviour Jesus Christ, for the heavenly assistance of the Holy Ghost; that by daily reading and weighing the Scriptures, ye may wax riper and stronger in your Ministry; and that ye may so endeavour yourselves from time to time to sanctify the lives of you and yours, and to fashion them after the rule and doctrine of Christ, that ye may be wholesome and godly examples and patterns for the people to follow. And now, that this present Congregation of Christ may also understand your mindsand wills in these things, and that this your promise may the more move you to do your duties; ye shall answer plainly to these things, which we, in the name of God, and of his Church, shall demand of you touching the same. D? you think in your heart, that you are truly called, according to the will of our Lord Jésus Christ, and according to the Canons of this Church, to the Order and Ministry of Priesthood 2 ...Answer. I think it. The Bishop. Ao. you persuaded that the holy Scriptures contain all
Doctrine required as necessay,
for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ? and are you determined, out of the said Scriptures to instruct the people committed to your charge, and to teach nothing, as necessary to eternal salvation, but that which you shall be persuaded, may be concluded and proved by the Scripture? .Answer. I am so persuaded, and have so determined, by God’s grace. - - - - The Bishop. ILL you then give your faithful diligence, always so to minister the Doctrine and Sacraments, and the discipline of Christ, as the Lord hath commanded, and as this Church hath received the same, according to the commandments of God; so that you may teach the people committed to your cure and charge, with all diligence to keep and observe the same? ...Answer. I will so do, by the help of the Lord. * The Bishop. Wo: you be ready with all faithful diligence to banish and drive away from the Church allerroneousandstrange doctrines contrary to God’s word; and to use both public and private monitions and exhortations, as well to the sick as to the whole within your cures, as need shall require, and occasion shall be given? .Answer. I will, the Lord being my helper. * The Bishop. ILL you be diligent in prayers, and in reading the holy Scriptures, and in such studies as help to the knowledge of the same, laying aside the
jul, of the world and the flesh? .Answer. I will endeavour so to do, the Lord being my helper.
The Bishop. Wol. you be diligent to
frame and fashion your
own selves, and your families, according to the Doctrine of Christ; and to make both yourselves and them, as much as in you lieth, wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of Christ?
...Answer. I will fo myself thereto, the Lord being my helper. - - -,
The Bishop. Wol. you maintain and set forwards, as much as lieth
in you, quietness, peace, and love among all Christian people, and especially among them that are or shall be committed to your charge?
...Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
. . . The Bishop. W W WILL you reverently obey your Bishop, and other chief Ministers, who, according to the Canons of the Church, may have the charge and government oyer you; following with a glad mind and will their godly admonitions, and submitting yourselves to their godly judgments? Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
* Then shall the Bishop, stand. tng up, say, LMIGHTY God, who - hath given you this will to do all these things, grant also unto you strength and power to perform the same; that he may accomplish his work which he hath begun in you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* ..ofter this, the Congregation shalf be desired, secretly in their prayers, to make their humble supplications to God for alo these things: for the which prayers there shall be silence kept for a space.
T ofter which, shall be sung or said by the Bishop, the persons to be ordained Priests
- all kneeling, Veni, Creator Spiritus; the Bishop beginning, and the Priests and others that are present answering by verses, as followeth.
OME, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, .4nd lighten with celestial fire: Thou the anointing Spirit art, Who dost thy sevenfold'gifts impart: Thy blessed Unction from above, Is comfort, life, and fire of love: Enable with perpetual light The dulness of our #. sights' Anoint and cheer our soiled face * JWith the abundance of thy grace: Keep far our foes, keep peace at home; }Where thou art Guide, no ill can come. Teach us to know the Father, Son, , ./lnd Thee, of both to be but One: ' ' That through the ages all along, . . . This may be our endless song; - Praise to thy eternal merit, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. - | Or this: OME, Holy Ghost, eternal God, Proceeding from above, Both from the Father and the Sox, The God of peace and love; Visit our minds, into our hearts Thy heavenly grace inspire; That truth and gadliness we may Pursue with full desire. Thou art the very Comforter n of...; and all distress; The heav'nly gift of God most High, ...Wo tongue can it express; The fountain and the living spring Of joy celestial; The fire so bright, the love so sweet, The Unction spiritual. Thou in thy gifts art manifold, By them Christ’s Church doth stand: In faithful hearts thou writ'st thy law, The finger of God’s hand. According to thy promise, Lord, Thou givest speech with grace; * That, through thy help, God's praises may, Resound in ev'ry place. ~ * O Holy Ghost, into our minds ~ * Send down thy heav'nly light; Rindle our hearts with fervent zeal, To serve God day and night : i Our weakness i. and confirm, For, Lord, thou know'st us frail; That neither devil, world, nor flesh ...Against us may prevail. Put back our enemies far from us, And help us to obtain Peace in our hearts with God and man, The best, the truest gain; * And grant that thou being, O Lord, .." Our leader and our guide, 2 . . . We may escape the snares of sin, vind never from thee slide. --
at thou may’st be our Comforter
34t the last dreadful day. Of strife and of dissension Dissolve, O Lord, the bands, ...And knit the knots ace and love Throughout all Christian lands. Grant us the grace that we may know The Father of all might, That we of his beloved Son, JMay gain the blissful sight; And that we may, with perfect faith Ever acknowledge thee; The Spirit of Father, and of Son, One food in Persons Three. To God the Father laud and praise, .*. to his *::: ; to the Holy Spirit of grace Co-equal %. in 6.3 And pray we, that our only Lord Would please his Spirit to send On all that shall }}. his name, From hence to the world’s end. Amen.
"I That done, the Bishop shall pray in this wise, and say, Let us pray.
LMIGHTY God and heavenly Father, who, of thine infinite love and goodness towards us, hast given to us thy only and most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer, and the author of everlasting life; who, after he, had made perfect our redemption by his death, and was ascended into heaven, sent abroad into the world his Apostles, ProÉ. Evangelists, Doctors, and astors; by whose labour and ministry he gathered together a great Flock in all the parts of the world, to set forth the eternal praise of thy holy name: these so great benefits of thy eternal goodness, and for that thou hast vouchsafed to call these thy servants here present to the same Office and Ministry appointed for the salvation of mankind, we render unto thee most hearty thanks, we praise and worship thee; and we humbly beseech thee by the Same thy blessed Son, to grant
unto all, which either here or elsewhere call upon thy holy. name, that we may continue to show ourselves thankful unto thee for these and all thy other benefits; and that we may daily increase and go forwards in the knowledge and faith of thee and thy Son, by the Holy Spirit: So that as well by these thy Ministers, as by them over whom they shall be appointed thy Ministers, thy holy name may be for ever glorified, and thy blessed kingdom enlarged, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.