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And it she Perlons that are to be married, dwell in divers Parishes, the Banns mus be asked in both Parishes,

and the Curate of the one Parish jall not folemnize Matrimony betwixt them, without a certificate of the

Perish Branns being thrice asked from the Ciernte of the other Harish. At the day appointed for the Sołexrinization of Matrimony, the perfors to be married Mall come into the body of the

church uith their Friencis and Neighbours : and thert landing together, the Man on the right band, and the 1V oman on the left, ile Priest shall far', EARLY beloved, we are gathered here together in the fight of God, and in the face of this con.

, is inliituted of God in the time of man's innocency, fignitying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church : which holy eltate Chrif 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 or wantonly, to satisfy men's carnal luits and appetites, like brute beasts that have no anderitanding, but reverently, discreetly, adviseuly, foberly, and in the fear 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 not the gift of continency, might marry; and keep themselves undefiled members of Chr it's body.

TŘirdly, 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 elate these two persuns present cone now to he joined. Therefore if any man can fheir any jutt cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now fpeak, or else here after for ever


And all speaking to the perfors that fall be married, be hall foy, I

Require 'and charge you buth (as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgment, when the secrets of ally

hearts fhall be disc oled) that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined Together in Matrimony, ye do now confess' it. For be ye well affured, that so many as are coupled together otherwise, chap Gods Word doth allow, are not joined together by God, neither is their Matrimony lawtul.

If 10 impediment be alledged, then }hall the Curate jay'unti tbe Man, N. IIT thou have this woman 'to thy wedded wite, to live together afier God's ordinance, in the holy

in and forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, fo long as ye boch shall live ? The Man fhall answer, I will.

Then all the Priest jay unto the Woman,

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ly eslate 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 i The Woman" fall aniver, I will.

Then fhail the Minifer say, , Who giveth this woman to be married to this Man?

Then fall tbey give their troth to each other in this manner ;
The Mlinijler receiving the woman at her Fatbers, or Friends hands, fhali canje the man tvith his right hand to iake the

Woman by her right kend and to yny after him as followerh:
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N. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for boly ordinance ;-and thereto I plight thee my trotr. I ben frall they loose their lands, and the Woman with ker right hand taking the Man by bis right band, fall likewija

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

for ? richer for poores, in sickness 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 hall sbev again loose their hands, and the man fall give unto ibe' Woman a Ring, laying the fame upan iba hook, wish the accufiomed duty to the

And ibe Priest taking the Ring, Jnali deliver it unto iba and utterly preverit that affectionate and mutual Affistance greatest happiness this world can afford: A happiness which which contributes so much to the Support as well as Propa. nutual Interest will strengthen, reciprocal kindness will gation of our Species; and without which the businets of - improve, a tiniting Offspring confirm, and death scarcely È ducation would be liable to be neglected; besides, where the diffolve. See Gen. 2. 18, 22, 23. John 2. d. 1 Cor. 732. Ma riage Union is founded upon Virtue, supported by Heb. 13. 4. Prudence and good nature; it bids fair for producing the


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Nan, 19 put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the man holding the Ring there, and

taught by rhe. Prief, fall say, W my goods T ehce

endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Then the Man leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of th Womans lef. hand, they shall both kneel down, and the

Moniler shall fay, Let us pray. Eternal God, creator and preserver of all mankind, giver of all fpiritual grace, the author of cverlasting that as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so thefe persons may furely 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 laws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then all the Priest join their right hands togeiber, and say, Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put


Then mall the Minister speak unto the people : F

Orasmuch as N. and N. have contented together in holy wedlock, and have witnesed the same be

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 of a 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 blessing.
OD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, blets, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully

with his favour lock upon you, and so fill you with ail spiritual bencdiction and grace, that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen. I len obe Minister, or Clerks going to the Lord's Table, shall say or fing this Psalm followinga

Bcati omnes, Psalm 128. B.

LESSED are all they that fear the Lord; and walk in his ways.

For ihou shalt eat the labour of thinc hands: O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be. Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine : upon the walls of thine house. Thy children like che olive-branches : round about thy table. Lo, shus Mall the man be blefled: 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 ihalt fee thy children's childsen ; ind peace upon Israel. Glorv be to the Father, &c. As it was in the, &c. · Or this Psaln'.

Deus miferatur. Psalm 67. Thac thy way may be known upon earth : thy faving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praife thee. Olet the nations rejoice and be glad: for thou thalt judge the folk rightoufly, and govern the nations upon earth Let the people praise thee, O God: let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; and God, even our own God, Ihall give us his blessing, God Mali blets us : ard all the ends of the world fall fear him. Glory de to the Father, &c.

As it was in the, &c. The Psalm ended and the Man and the Woman kneeling before the Lords Table, the Pricft ftanding at the table, and turs

ing bis face towards them fball foy, Lord, have mercy upon us. Answ. Cuiriit, have mercy upon us. Minister, Lord, have mercy upon us. UR 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 fora give them that trespass againit us. And lead us not into temptation ; Bus deliver us from evil. Amen.

Minister. O Lord, fave thy servant and thy handmaid ;
Answ. Who put

their truit in thee,
Minifter. O Lord, fend them help from thy holy place.
A fw. And evermore defend them.
Muister. Be into 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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GOD. of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, blefs these thy servants, and low the seed 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 didit fend chey blefling upon Abraham and Sarah, to their great comfort ; fo vouchsafe to send thy blelling upon these thy servants, shat 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 Iloman is past child-bearing: Merciful Lord and heavenly Father, hy whole gracious gift mankind is increased ; We beseech thee

alsi it with thy blesting these two person's, that they may both be fruitful in procreation of children, and also live together, so 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. O

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

didst appoint that out of man (created after thinc own image and fimilitude) woman should take her be. ginning : and knitting them together, didit teach that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom thou by Matrimony ladit made one : o God, who hait confecrated the state of Matrimony to such as excellant mystery, that in it is fignified and represented the spiritu I marriage and unity betwixt Chrit aad his Church ; Look mercifully upon these thy servants, that both this man may love his wife, according to cňy word, (as Chrit did love his spouse the Church, who gave himself for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own fleih) 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 matroas. O Lord, bless them botn, 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 our firt parents, Adam and Eve, and did San&ify and

join them together in marriage ; Pour upon you the riches of his grace, sanaify and bless yoa, that ye may pleafe him bo'b in body and soul, and live together in holy love onto your lives end. Amen.

After which if there be no Sermon declaring the duties of Man and Wife the Minister fball read as followeth :

LL ye that are married, or tiat intend to take the holy estate of Matrimony upon you, hear what the holy Saint Paul in bis 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 bimself for it, that he might fanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water, by the word ; that he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing ; but that it Kould be holy and without blemiih. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies : he that loveth his wife, loveth himself. For no mas ever yet hated his own fich, 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. Epbel. v. 25.

Likewise the f-ine St Paul, writing to the Colossians, speaking thus to all men that are married, 'Husbands, love your Wies, and be not bittet againit them.

COL. iii. 19, Hear also what St. Peter the Apostle 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. i S. Pet. iii. 7.

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

St. Paul in the aforenamed Epistl: to the Ephesians teacheth you thus ; Wives, submit yourse'ves unto your Church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Chrift, fo let the 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 lesson, Wives submit yourselves anto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. COL. ii. 18,

Saint Peter also doth inftruft you very well, thus saying, 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 wives; while they behold your chalte 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 apparel; but let it be the hidden man ofthe heart, in that which is not corruptable even the ornameot of a micek and quiet spirit, which is in the bght of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the ho y women also, who trusted in God,

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adorned themselves, being in subje&tion unto their own husbands ; even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord 3 whose daughters ye are as long as ye do well, and are not afraia with any amazement. 1S. PET. 'i 1. It is convenient that the new married persons should receive the Hory Communion at the time of their marriage,

or at the fir At opportunity after their Marriage.


* The ORDER for the
When any person is fick, notice

shall be given thereof to the Minister of the Parish; who coming to the fick per.

fons house, fall lay,
E ACE be to this house, and to all that dwell in it.

Iben he cometh into the fick mans presence, be fhall fay, kneeling down,
E MEMBER not, Lord, our iniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers. Spare us good Lord,

spare thy people, whom thou haft redeemed with thy mott precious blood, and be not angry with as for Answ. Spare us good Lord.

Then the Minifler fall


Let us Pray
Lord, have mercy upon us..
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

UR 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 trefpasses 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.
Minifler. Send him help from thy holy place,
Ant. And evermore mightily defend him.
Minifler. Let the enemy have no advantage of him ;
Aufw. Nor the wicked approach to hurt him.
Minister. Be unto him, O Lord, a trong tower,
Answ. From the face of his chemy.
Minister. O Lord, hear cur prayers.
Antw. And let cur cry come unto thee.

LORD, look down from heaven, behold, viit, and relieve this tly servant. Look tpon him with

the eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort and sure confidence in thee, defend him from the danger of the en my, and keep him in perpetual peace and fafety, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

E A R us, Almighty and most merciful God and Saviour, extend thy aceustomed goodness to this thy eliat the sense of his weakness may add strength to his faith, and ferioufness to his repentance. That it it thould be ihy good pleasure to r«fore 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,,hé may dwell with chee in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I len ball the Mixifler exhort the fick perfon after this form or other like :
EARLY beloved, know this, that Almighty God is the Lord of life and death, and of all things to

them pertaining, as youth, ftrength, health, age, weakness, and fickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your fickn. fs is, know you certainly, that it is Gods visitation. And for what cause foever this ficknefs is Sent 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, t the encrease of glory and endlefs felicity ; or elfe it

• This Office seems to be founded upon James 3, 14. of defering bis“ Repentance to a fick bed: let hiin make * Is any fck among you? let hin call for the Elders of hatte and delay out the time to keep God's ommandthe burch ; and let them pray over himn" But tho' the idents. For Life is unce: tain, a death bed Repentance is effectual te vent Prayer of a tighteous Man availeth much, doubtful an Eternity of happir els or Mifery, is a matter *tho the comtorts of Religion are inore peculiariy acceptable of too much Imponance to hazard upon such a precarious ja times of sickness and AMiction, yet let every Man beware Crisis.


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be sent ontoyou to correst and amend in you whatsoever doch offend the eyes of your heavenly Father.; kngst you certainly, that if you truly repent yuu of your fins and bear your fickness paticatly, cruiting in God's mers cy, for his dear Son Jesus Chritt's faké; and render. unto him humble tha ki for his fatherly visitation, fube 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 she Person visited be very fick, iben the Curate may end bis Exbortation in this place or alle process o Take the rebote in good part the chairement of the Lord or das Setas Paulry item in care te cilen er en If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with fons; for what fon is he whom the fathe.. chafteneth not? But if ye be without chaft fement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not tons. Further

, more, we have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: fhall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of Spirits, and live 2 For they ver:ly for a few days chaitened us after their own pleasure ; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiaels. These words, good brt. tber, are writt: n in holy Scripture for our comfort and instruction, that we should pacieatly, and with thank giving, bear our heavenly Fathers correction, whensouver by any manner of adverlity u Jhalt pleate his gra. cious goodness to visit us. And there should be no grea:er comfort to Christian perlons, than to be made like onto Chrilt, by iuffering patiently adversities, troubles, and sicknesses. Fur he himself went not up to jus, but first te fuffered pain; le entered nct his glosy before he was crucified. So truly our way to eternal' joy to fuffer here with Chrilt; and our door to enter into eternal life is gladly to die wich Chrut:jthat we may rise again from death, and dwell with lıım in everlasting life. Now therefore taking your tickneis

, 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 respect of perfons; I require you to examine yourself and you eftate, both toward God and man; 10 that acculing and condemning yourselt for your own faults

, you may find mercy at our heavenly Fathers hand for Chrill's fake, and not be accused and condemnea in that fearful judgment. Therefore I Mall rehearse to you the Articles of our Faith, that you may know whether you do believe as a Coristian man should, or no.

Here the Minijter shall rehearse the Articles of the Faith, saying thus, OST thou believe in God the Father Aimiglity, Maker of Heaven and earth ?

by the Holy Ghoks burn of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified dead, and buried; that he went down into Hell, and allo did rise again the third day; that he ascended into Heaven, and tilteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, and from thence hall come again at the end of the world, to judge we quick and the dead

And doft thou believe in the Holy Ghoft; the holy Catholick Church ; the Communion of faints ; the Remiflion of fins; the Resurrection of the tesh, and everlasting life after death?

The fick Perfon shall answer, All this I fedfastly believe. qlopfball the Minister examine whether be repeni Irim truly of his fans, and be in charity with all the world: exbora

ting bim to forgive, from the bottom of bibeart, all persons that have offended bim; and if be barb offended & vany erber to afk obem forgiveness ; ana uckere be hath done, njury or wrong y man, that be make amends so that - umoft of his power. And if be barb not before disposed of his goods, tei bim tben' be admonished to make bis Will,

and 10 declare bis Debts, what be ouerb, and what is owing unto him, for the better discharging of bis Celmo frience, and the quietness of his Executors. But men should often be put in remembrance to take order for the jeto Hling of their remporal estates whilft they are in bealib. These acords before rehearsed, may be juid before the Minister begin bis Prayer, as he mall fee cdx feu Tbe Minister phuuld not omit earnestly to move such fick persons as are of ability to be" hberal to the poor. 11 Here Mall ebe fick person be moves to make a specius Confesion of his fins, if he feel nis Conscience troubled with

any weigbey montere After rubich Confeilion, the priest fail ablolaye wima (if he humbly and beartily apareix

after ibis Jort O

U R 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 thine offences : And by his authority committed to mo, I absolve thee from all thy fins, In the Name of the Father, and ot the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amca,

And then tbe Priest hall jay sbe following Collea,


Let us pray.

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who truly repent, that thou rememberest them no more; Open chine eye of mercy upon this thy fece Vant, who molt carnestly defareth pardon and forgivenels. Renew in him, most loving Father, whatsoever bath been decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by his own carnal will änd frailness; preserve and coatique this lick member in the unity of the Church; consider his contrition, accept his tears, alfwage his pain, as

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