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And it she Persons that are to be married, dwell in divers Parishes, the Banns must be asked in both Parifbei, : and the Curata of the one Parishstall not folemnize Matrimony betwixt them, witbuut a certificate of the

Perish Panns being thrice asked from the Curate of the other Parish.'.i?.. Dri At the day appointed for the Sołegrinization ofl: Matrimony, the perfons to be married Mall come into the body of the

church uith their Friends and Neighbours : and there landing together, the Man on the right band, and the IV oman on the left, il e Priest Mall Jay, EARLY beloved, we are gathered here together in the fight of God, and in the face of this con.

gregation, to join together this Man and tiris Woman in holy Matrimony ; which is an honourable eltate, inliituted of God in the time of inan's innocency, lignitying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Chrit and his Church : which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee, and is commended of St. Paul to be honourable among all men, and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand unadvisedly, lightly drwantonly, to satisfy men's carnal luits and appetites, like brute beasts that have no understanding, but reverently, oiscreetly, advisedly, foberly, and in the rear of God ; duly considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained.

First, it was ordained for the procreation of children', to be brought up in the tear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy Name.

Secondly, it was ordained for a remedy against fin, and to avoid fornication, that such persons as have got the gift of continency, might'marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Chr it's body,

Thirdly, it was ordained for the mutual society, help and comfort that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adverfity. :

• Tato which holy efate these two person's present coine now to be joined. Therefore if any man can shew. any jutt cause why they may not lawfully be joined cogether, let him now fpeak, or else here after for ever hild his peace.

And also speaking to the perfons that hall be married, be hall say, T Require and charge you both (as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgment, when the secrets of alty I hearts shall be disc ofed) that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confefs' it. For be ye well assured, that fo many as are coupled together otherwise, chan Gods Word doth allow,, are not joined together by God, neither is their Matrimony lawful.

3. If no impediment be alledged, then shall the Curate Jay'unti tbe Man, N. TOTIUT thou have this woman 'to thy wedded wite, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy

VV estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and keep her in lickn:ls and in health, and forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, fo long as ye boch shall live ?

The Man fhall anfwer, I will. . ::.... " Iben all the Priest say unto the Woman, N. U ILT thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance, in the ho

VV ly effate of Matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, ferve him, love, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, fo long as ye both shall live . - The Woman fhall anficer, I will. .?.

Then fall the Miniser say, . Who giveth this woman to be married to this Man?

..!: . Then shall tbey give their troth to each other in this manner ; Ike Minister recciving the woman at her Fathers, or Friends bands, shali caujė the man with his right hand to take the ? Sino ano 13 Weman by her right hand and to Yay after him as followers: T N. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for I richer for poorer, in ficknels and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance ; and thereto I plight thee my trota. ***** Iben shall they loose their hands, and the Woman with ker right hand taking the Man by bis right band, fall likewise

is . . Jay after the Minister. T N. take thee N. to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse,

for 7 richer for poorer, in siekness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, aecording to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth. Then thall tbev again loose their hands, and the man shall give unto rbe Woman a Ring, laying the fame ypan tbe

book, wish.tre accufiomed duty to the Pries and Clerk. And the Priest taking the Rings Jhall deliver it unto be and utterly prevent that affectionate and mutual Asistance greatest happiness this world can afford: A happiness which which contributes so inuch to the Support as well as Propa. mutual Interest will strengthen,' reciprocal kindness will gation of our Species; and wishout which the bufinels of improve, a liniting Offspring confirm, and death scarcely Èducation would be liable to be neglected; besides, where the dissolve. See Gen, 2, 18, 22, 23. John 2: do Cor.'7. a. Ma riage Union is founded upon Virtue, supported by Heb, 13. 4.'' Prudence and good nature ; it bids fair for producing the ?

a lived these thy fervaankind; giver of all spiritual

Man, 19 put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the man holding the Ring there, and taught by sbe. Priest, hall say, ÝITH this Ring 1 thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee

endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Then the Men leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of th: Wimans left hand, they shall borb kneel down, and the

Minister shall say, Let us pray. Eternal God, creator and preserver of all mankind, giver of all fpiritual grace, the author of everlasting U lite ; Send thy blelling upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy pame; that as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring given and received is a token and pledge ; ) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy aws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Prieft jcin their right hands together, and say, Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

Then shalt the Minister speak unto the people : T Orasmuch as N. and N. have consented together in holy wettóck, and have witnessed the same bom

T fore God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving ofa Ring, and by joining of hands; I pronounce that they be man and wife together, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

And the Minister shall add this blefing M O D the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, blets, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully

U with his favour lock upon you, and so fill you with ail spiritual bencdi&tion and grace, that ye may
fo live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.
I ben ihe Minister, or Clerks going to the Lord's Table, fhall say ar fing this Pfalm followinga

Beáti omnes, Psalm 128.
LESSED are all they that fear the Lord; and walk in his ways.

For thou shalt eat the labour of thinc hands: O well is thee, and happy thalt thou be.
Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine : upon the walls of thine house.
Thy children like the olive-branches : round about thy table.
Lo, thus mall the man be blefed : that feareth the Lord.
'The Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee: that thou shall see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long;
Yea that thou shalt fee thy children's childsen': ind peace upon Israel.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the, &c. :

Or this Psaln'. Deus miferatur. Psalm 67. OD ve merciful unto us, and bless us : and fhew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto use: U Thac thy way may be known upon earth : thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee. O let the nations rejoice and be glad: for thou thalt judge the folk right oufly,and govern the nations upon earth Let the people praise thee, O God: let all the people praise thee. Then Thall the earth bring forth her increase; and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing. God shall blets us : ard all the ends of the world shall fear him. Glory de to the Father, &c.

As it was in the, &c. The Psalmended and the Man and the Woman kneeling before the Lords Table, the Prief ftanding at the table, and turismo

ing bis face towards then ball foy, Lord, have mercy upon us. • Answ. Clirit, have mercy upon us. . Minister, Lord, have mercy upon us. QUR Father, which art in heaven ; Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in

earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we for, give them that trespass againit us. And lead us not into temptation ; Bus deliver us from evil. Amen.

Minister. O Lord, save thy fervant and thy handmaid ; ! i . Answ. Who put their truit in thee,

, Minister. O Lord, fend them help from thy holy place... i .
· Ausw. And evermore defend them..

Minister. Be unto them a tower of strength,
Antw. From the face of their enemy.
Minister. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Answ. “And let our cry come unto thee., . .

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in tehni Iss 3 Tier GOD of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, blefs these thy fervants, and low the feed of eters

nal-life in their hearts, that whatsoever in thy holy word they shall proficably learn, they may indeed fulfil the same. Look, O Lord, mercifully upon them from Heaven, aod bless them. And as thou didh fend they blessing upon Abraham and Sarah, to their great comfort ; fo vouchsafe to send thy blelling upon thefe thy servants, that they obeying thy will, and alway being in safety under thy protection, may abide in thy love unto their lives end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This Prayer next following shall be omitted, where the woman is part child-bearing: Merciful Lord and heavenly Father, hy whole gracious gift mankind is increased ; We beseech thee

altist with thy blelling these two persons, that they may both be fruitful in procreation of children, and also live together, fo long in godly love and honesty, that they may fee their children christianly and virtu. ously brought up, to thy praise and honour, through Jesus ( hriít our Lordi Amen.

God, who by thy mighty power haft made all things of nothing, who allo (after other things set in order)

didit appoint that out of man (created after thine Own image and similitude) woman should take her be. ginning : and knitting thein together, didit teach that it mould never be lawful to put alunder those whom thou by Matrimony hadit made one : O God, who haft confecraicd the fate of Mitrimony to such an. excellant mystery, that in it is signified and represented the spiritu I marriage and unity betwixt Chrut aad his Church ; Look mercifully upon these thy servants, that both this man may love his wife, according to chy word, (as Christ did love his spouse the Church, who gave himself for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own fleth) and also that this woman may be loving and amiable, faithful and obedient to her husband, and in all quietness, sobriety and peace, be a follower of holy and godly 'matrons. O Lord, bless them both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.

Then shall the Priest say, A lmighty God; who at the beginning did create oun firt parents, Adam and Eve, and did fan&ify and A join them cogether in marriage ; Pour upon you che riches of his grace, sanaify and bless you, that ye may please him bo h in body and soul, and live together in holy love anto your lives end. Amen. :

After which if there be no Sermon declaring the duties of Man and Wife the Minister fball read as followerb : A LL ye that are married, or tiat intend to take the holy estate of Matrimony upon you, hear what the holy A Scripture doth say as touching the duty of husbands towards their wives, and wives towards their husbands,

Saint Paul in his Epifle to the Ephesians, the fifth Chapter, deth give this commandment to all married men, Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water, by the word ; that he inight present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing ; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies : he that loveth his wife, lovech himself. For no mas ever yet hated his own fuh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church : for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery ; but I fpeak concerning Christ and the Church. Nevertheless, let cvery one of you in particular fo love his wife, even as himself. Epbes. v. 25.

Likewise the foine St Paul, writing to the Colossians, speaking thus to all men that are married, Hulbands, love your Wi: es, and bę, not bitter against them. Col. iii, 1.9. silly

and - Hear also what St. Peter the Apoftle of Christ, who was himself a married man, faith unto them that are married ; Ye husbands dwell with your wives according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vesel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered. S. Piz. iii. 7. . '

Hitherto ye have heard the duty of the husband toward the wife. Now likewise, ye wives hear your duties toward your husbands, even as it is plainly set forth in holy Scripture... L e

St. Paul in the aforenamed Epistl: to the Ephesians teacheth you thus ; Wives, submit yourse'ves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ, is the head of the Church : and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Chrift, lo les che wives be to their own husbands in every thing. And again be faith, Let the wife see that the reverence her husband. EPHES. V, 22.

And in his Epistle to the Colo Gans, Saint Paul giveth you this fort leffon, Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Col. ii. 18,

Saint Peter also doth inftrust you very well, thus faying, Ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that if any obey not the word, they also may without the word, be won by the conversation of the awiyes; while they behold your chafte conversation coupled with fear. . Whose adorning let it not be, that ourwand adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparet; but let it be the bidden man of the heart, id that which is not corruptable even the ornament of a mieek and quiet fpirit, which is in the tght of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the ho y women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in fubje&lion unto their own busbands ; even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord ; whose daughters ye are as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement, iS. Pet. iii. It is convenient that the new married per fons jould receive the Hoy Communion al the time of their marriage, - for at the firft opportunity after their Marriage . . .

* The ORDER for the --". VISITATION of the SICK. When any person is fick, notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the Parish; who coming to the fick per,

fons house, hall lay, D EACE be to this house, and to all that dwell in it.

Iben he cometh into the fick mans presence, be fall fay, kneeling down, D) EMEMBER not, Lord, our iniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers. Spare us good Lord,

fpare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever. Answ. Spare us good Lord.

Then the Minifier shall say, Let us Pray
Lord, have mercy upon us. -
Chrilt, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

UK Father, which art in heaven ; Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in

ea th, as it is in heaven Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us fro.a evil. Amen. . "

Minifcr. O Lord, save thy servant; •
Answ. Which putteth his trust in thee.
Miniller. Send him help from thy holy place,
Aniw. And ever more mightily defend him.
Minister. Let the enemy have no advantage of him ;
Ausw. Nor the wicked approach to hurt him.
Minister. Be unto him, O Lord, a trong tower,
Answ. From the face of his enemy. -
Minister. O Lord, hear cur prayers.
Antw. And let cur cry come unto thee.

LORD, look down from heaven, behold, vilt, and relieve this they fervant. Look upon him with

the eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort and fure confidence in thee, defend him from the danger of the en my, and keep him in perpetual peace and safety, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. TTEAR us, Almighty and most merciful God and Saviour ; extend thy accustomed goodness to this thy

1 (crvant, who is grieved with fickness. Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction to him; that the sense of his weakness may add trength to his faith, and ferioufness to his repentance. That it it should be thy good pleasure to ristore him to his former health, he may lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory: or elfe give him grace so to take thy 'visitation, that after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then all the Mixifler exhort the fock perfon after this form or other like : T E ARLY beloved, know this, that Almighty God is the Lord of life and death, and of all things to

them per:aining, as youth, ' ftrength, health, age, weaknefs, and sickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your ficka fs is, know you certainly, that it is Gods visitation. And for what cause foever this ficknefs is fent unto you, whether it be to try your patience for the example of others, and that your faith may be found, in the day of the Lord, lauda.le, glorious and honourable, to the encrease of glory and endless felicity ; or elfe ic

• This Office seems to be founded upon James 3, 14. of defering his Repentance to a fick bed: let hiin make * Is any fick among you? let hin call for the Elders of hatte and delay out the time to keep God's ommand.

the hurch; and let them pray over hiin." But tho' the ments. For Life is unge tain, a death bed Repentance is 'effe&tual te vent Prayer of a ighteous Man availeth much, doubtful, an Eternity of happiress or Misery, is a matter *tho the comtorts of Religion are inore peculiariy acceptable of too much Imponance to hazard upon such a precarious in times of fickness and Affliction, yet let every Man beware Crisis..

be sent ontoyou to correct and amend in you whatsoever doch offend the eyes of your heavenly Father.; know you certainly, that if you truly repent you of your fins and bear your fickness patiently, trutting in God's mere cy, for his dear Son Jesus Chrift's fake, and render. unto him humble cha kifor his fatherly vifitation, sub miiting your elf wholly unto his will; it shall curn to your profit, and help you forward in the right way that

leadeth unto everlatting life.. .: " · If sbe Perfon vified be very fick, then the Curate may end bis Exhortation in this place, or ce prochede

T AKE Therefore in good part the chastisement of the Lord: For (as St. Paul faith in the twelfth Chapter

1 " to the Hebrews) whom the Lord loveth he chaiteneth, and, Scourgeth, every fon whom he receweupe If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with fons; for what fon as he whom the fathe chaltenech not? But if ye be without chaft, sement, whereof all are partakers, then are, ye bastards, and not ions. Further. more, we have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: Ihall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of Spirits, and live ? For they ver:ly for a few days chaitened us aster their own pleasure ; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holinels. Thcfe words, good bra. tber, are written in holy Scripture for our comfort and instruction, that we fhould paticatly, and with thanks giving, bear our lieavenly Fathers correction, whensouver by any manner of adverlity u Jhalt pleale his gra: cious goodness to visit us. And there snould be no grea:er comfort to Chriltian perions, than to be made like unto Chrift, by luffering patiently adversities, tioubles, and sicknesses. Fur he himnieli went not up to juy, but first le suffered pain; he entercd nct his glory before he was crucified. So truly oui way to eternal joy us to suffer here with Chrilt; and our door to enter into eternal life is gladly to die wich Chrui: j that we may rise again from death, and dwell with dum in everlasting life. . Now therefore taking your ticknels, which is thus profitable for you, patiently, I exhort you in the Name of God to remember the proiellion which you made unto God in your Baptism. And forasmuch as after this life there is an account to be given ' unto the righteous Judge, by whom all must be judged without relpect of persons; I require you to examine yourself and you efate, both toward God and man; to chat accusing and condemning yourfelt for your own faults, jou may find mercy at our heavenly Fathers hand for Christ's fake, and not be accused and condemned in that fearful judgment. Therefore I fall rehearse to you the Articles of our Faith, that you may know whepher you do believe as a Coristian man should, or no. within . Here the Minister fall rehearse the Articles of the Faith, saying thus,

LOST chou believe in God the Father Aimighty, Maker of Heaven and carthi D r. And in Jesus Chrift his only begotten Son our Lord ? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghoft: burn of the Virgin Mary; that he sufered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified dead, and buried; that he went down into He'l, and also did rise again the third day.; that he ascended in Heaven, and diseth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, and from thence shall come again at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead.

And dot thou believe in the Holy Gholt; the holy Catholick Church; the Communion of faints; the Remiflon of fins; the Resurrection of the telhs and everlasting life after death? .

..The fick Perfon shall answer,. . ... All this. I hedfastly believe in Tlepfball the Minister examine uhetber be repent lim truly of his fins, and be in tharity with all the world: exbore

ting bim to forgive, from the bottom of bisheart, all perfons that have offended bim; and if be bath offended

any orber to ask tbeo forgivenefs ; ana uckere he hath done injury or wrong to any man, that be make amends so that sicutmost of his power. And if be barb not before dyposed of his goods, let him iben' be admonished to make bis Will,

and to declare bis Debts, what be ouerb, and what is owing unto hini, for the better discharging of bis Cers

frience, and the quiet nejs of his Executors. But inen foould often be put in remembrance to sake order for the jet - fling of their remporal estates whilst they are in bealeb. Thejecucords before rehearsed, may be juid before the Minister begin bis Prayer, as he mall fee eduser: #111 Tbe Minister Juuld not omit earnestly to move such fick perfons as are of ability to be hberal to tbe spoor. bas sila a: Here fall ebe fick perfon be movea 10. make a speciul Confeflion of his fins, if ba feel nis Confuence troubled witb

any weighty, meitere After, wbuch Confeffion, the priest fail abfolve wim if he i humbly and baarity centri

after ibis Jort : ** O UR Lord Jesus Christ, who hath left power to his Church to abfolve all finners who truly repent, and be.

lieve in him, of his great mercy forgive thee thive offences: And by his authority committed to me, I absolve thee from all thy fins, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

And shen the Priest shall jay sbe following Collea, ..... .?

Les us pray.. !!, is
MOST merciful God, who according to the mulatude of thy mercies, dod to put away the fins of choke

who truly repent, that thou rememberest them no more; Open chinc eye of mercy upon this thy ferVant, who moft earnefly defirech pardon and torgiveness. Renew in him, most loving Father, whatsoever bach been decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by his own caraal will änd frailnels; preserve and Sontinue this lick member in the unity of the Church; confider his contrition, accept his tears, aftwage his pain, as

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