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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. 'It is evident unto all men, diligently reading Holy Scrifiture and Ancient Authors, that from the Ahostles’ time there have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church, Bishofis, Priests, and Deacons. Which Offices were evermore had in such reverend estimation, that no man might firesume to eacecute any of them, ercefit he were first called, tried, eacamined, and known to have such qualities as are requisite for the same ; and also by hublic Prayer, with Imposition of Hands, were affiroved and admitted thereunto by lawful Authority. And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be continued, and reverently used and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishof, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered to execute any of the said Functions, eaccept he be called, tried, examined, and admitted thereunto, according to the Form hereafter following, or hath had Efiscopal Consecration or Ordination. And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishon, except he be of the age which the Canon in that case firovided may require. And the Bishofi, knowing, either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, any Person to be a man of virtuous conversation, and without crime ; and, after examination and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the Holy Scripture, and otherwise learned as the Canons require, may, at the times anfointed, or else, on urgent occasion, usion some other day, in the face of the Church, admit him a Deacon, in such Manner and Form as followeth,

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The Form and Manner of making Deacons.

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

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The Collect. A LMIGHTY God, who by thy Divine Providence hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church, and didst inspire thine Apostles to choose into the Order of Deacons the first Martyr Saint Stephen, with others; mercifully behold these thy servants now called to the like Office and Administration; so replenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn them withinnocency of life, that both by word and good example they may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy name, and the edification of thy Church, through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now

and for ever. Amen.

The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 8.

IKEWISE must the Deacons be graye, not doubletongued, not given to much

wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the Office of a Deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the Deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their Children and their own Houses well. For they that have used the Office of a Deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. * Or else this, out of the siacth Chapter of the Acts of the •Apostles. Acts vi. 2. HEN the Twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: whom they set before the Apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid their hands, on them. And the word of God increased, and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly, and a great company of the Priests were obedient to the faith.

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he be admitted thereto by the Bishop. And furthermore, it is his Office, where provision is so made, to search for the sick, r, and impotent people of the arish, 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 P JAnswer. I will so do by the help of God. The Bishop. WI; you apply all your diligence to frame and fa. shion your own lives, and the lives of your families, according to the Doctrine of Christ; and to make both yourselves and them, as much as in you lieth, wholesome examples of the flock of Christ? .Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper. The Bishop. ILL you reverently obey your Bishop, and other chief Ministers, who, according to the Canons of the Church, may have the charge and government over you; following with a glad mind and will their godly admonitions? ...Answer. I will endeavour so to do, the Lord being my helper.

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

TA; 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.

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ET your loins be girded about, 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 who are Ordered, shall

tarry, and receive the Holy Communion the same day with the Bishop.

T The Communion ended, after the last Collect, and immediately before the Benediction, shall be said this Collect fol.

LMIGHTY God, giver of all good things, who of thy great goodness hast vouchsafed

to acceptand take these thy Servants unto the Office of Deacons in thy Church; make them, we beseech thee, O Lord, to be modest, humble, and constant in their Ministration, to have a ready will to observe all spiritual Discipline; that they having always the testimony of a good conscience, and continuing ever stable and strong in thy Son Christ, may so well behave themselves in this inferior Of. fice, that they may be found worthy to be called unto the higher Ministries in thy Church, through the same thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; to whom be glory and honour, world without end. Amen.

HE Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

TI And here it must be declared unto the Deacon, that he must continue in that Of: fice of a Deacon the space of a whole Year (except for reasonable causes it shaly 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 erecuting whereof, if he be found faithful and dii;. gent, 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 day, in the face of the Church, in such manner and Jorm as hereafter followeth:

* When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon, or Echortation, 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 haza. the People ought to esteem them in their Office.

* A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in his Chair near to the Holy Table, all those who are to receive the Order of Priesthood that day, each of them being decently habited, and shall say:

EVEREND Father in God, I present unto you these persons present, to be admitted to the Order of Priesthood.

T The Bishop.

AKE heed that the persons whom ye present unto us, be apt and meet for their learning and godly conversation, to exercise their Ministry duly to the honour of God, and the edifying of the Church.

T The Priest shall answer:

Have inquired concerning them, and also examined them, and think them so to be.

T. Then the Bishop shall say unto the Poeple:

Go People, these are they whom we purpose, God willing, to receive this day unto the Holy Office of Priesthood: For after due examination, we find not to the contrary, but that they are lawfully called to their Function and Ministry, and that they are persons meet for the same. But yet if there be any of you, who knoweth any impediment or notable crime in any of them, for the which he ought not to be received into this holy Ministry, let him come forth in the name of

God, and show what the crime. or impediment is. * ..?nd if any great Crime or Impediment be objected, the Bishop shall cease from Ordering that Person, until such time as the Party accused shall be found clear of that Crime. T Then, the Bishop (commending such as shall be found meet to be Ordered, to the Prayers of the Congregation_) shall, with the Clergy and People present, say the Litany, with the Prayers as is before appointed in the Form of Ordering Deaconis; save only, that in the proper suffrage there added, the word Deacons shall be omitted, and the word Priests inserted instead of it.

* Then shall be said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.

The Collect.

LMIGHTY God, giver of

all good things, who by thy Holy Spirit hast appointed divers orders of Ministers in the Church; mercifully behold these thy servants now called to the Office of Priesthood; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that both by word and good examplethey may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy name, and the edification of thy Church, through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

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