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these thy servants now called to the like

The Bishop. Mice and Administration; so replenish there with the truth of thy' Ductrice, mais Do you think that you are truly caller,

according to the will of oia Lord adoro them with innocency of life, that both Jesus Christ and according to the Canons by word and good example they may failli- of ihis Church, is the Ministry of the same! fully serve thee in this Office, to the glory Answer. I think so. of ihy name, and the edification of thy

The Bishop: Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigre Do you unfeignedly believe all the

Canonical Scriptures of the Old and thee and the Holy Ghost, now and for ever. New Testainent? dnien.

Answer. I do believe ihem.
The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 8.

The Bishop grave, not double-tongued, not given unto the people assenabled in the to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Church where you shall be appointed to holding the mystery of the faith in a pure serve ? Couscience. And let these also first be Answer. I will. proved; then let them use the Office of a

The Bishop: must their wives be grave, not slanderers, I appertaineth to the office of a Deacon,

in the Church where he shall be apsobyer, faithful in all things. Let the Dea-pointed to serve, to assist the Priest in cons be the husbands of one wise, ruling Divine Service, and specially when ne their Children and their own Houses well. ministereth the Holy Communion, avd to i or they that have used the Office of a help him in the distribution thereof; and Deacon well, purchase to themselves a to read holy Scriptures and Homilies in Ecod degree, and great boldness in the the Church; and io instruct the Youth in faith which is in Cluist Jesus.

the Catechism; in the absence of the 1 or else this, out of the sixth Chapter Priest to baptize Infants; and to preach, of the Acts of the Apostles. if he he admitted thereto by the Bishop. Acts vi. 2.

And furthermore, it is bis Office, where THEN WHEN the Twelve called the multitude provision is so made, to search for the sick,

of the disciples unto them, and said, poor, and impotent people of the Parish It is not reason ihat we should leave the io intimate their estales, nanies, and places word of God, and serve tables. Where where they dwell, unto the Curate, thal fore, brethren, look ye out among you by his exhortation they may be relieved seven men of honest report, -full of the with the alıns of the Parishioners, or others : Iloly Ghost and wisdom, whom we may Will you do this gladly and willingly? appoint over this business. But we will Answer. I will so do by the help of God the ministry of the Wore and the Whame and fashion your own lives, and give ourselves continually to prayer, and

The Bishop. saying pleased the whole multitude. And they cho e Stephen, a man full of faith the lives of your families, according to the end of the Iloly Ghost, and Philip, and Doctrine of Chris! ; and to make both your. Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and selves and them, as much as in you lieth, Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyle of An- wholesome examples of the flock of Christ ? tioch: whom they set before the Apostles; Answer. I will so do, the Lord being and when they had prayed, they laid their my helper. hands on them. And the word of God in

The Bishop. mulriplied in Jerusalem greatly, and a shop, and other chief Ministers, who, g;eat company of the Priests were obe according to the Canons of the Church, dient to the faith.

may have the charge and government over Then shall the Bishop examine every you; following with a glad mind and will one of those who are to be Ordered, in their godly admonitions? the presence of the People, after this Answer. I will endeavour so to do, the manner following:

Lord being my helper. O vou trust that you are inwardly " Then the Bishop, laying his Hands

mowed by the Holy Ghost to take severally upon the Head of every one upon you this Office and Ministration, to of them humbly kneeling before hin, serve God for the proinoting of his glory, shall

say, and the edilying of his peoples ?

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Office of a Deacou in the Church of

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God committed unto thee; In the name thy Servants unto the Office of Deacom in of the Father, and of the Son, and of the thy Church; make them, we heseech thee, Iloly Ghost. Amen.

oʻLord, to be modest, humble, and cou1 Then shall the Bishop deliver to every stant in their Ministration, to have a ready

one of them the New Testament, say- will to observe all spiritual Discipline; that ing,

they having always the testimony of a good pel in the Church of God, and to strong in thy, Son Christ, may so well bepreach the same, if thou be thereto licens- have themselves in this inferior Office, that ed by the Bishop himself.

they may be found worthy to be called I Then one of them appointed by the unto the higher Ministries in thy Church, Bishop shall read,

through the same thy Son our Saviour The Gospel. St. Luke xii. 35. Jesus Christ; to whom be and honour, L

ET your loins be girded about, and world without end. Amen.
your lights burning, and ye yourselves Tu

THE peace of God, which passeth all

understanding, keep your hearts and when he will return from the wedding; minds in the knowledge and love of God, that when he cometh and knocketh, they and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: may open unto him immediately. Blessed And the blessing of God Almighty, the are those servants whom the Lord when Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghosi, be he cometh shall find watching: Verily 1 amongst you, and remain with

you always. say unto you, That he shall gird himself, Amen. and make them to sit down to meat, and I And here it must be declared unto the will come forth and serve them. And if Deacon, that he must continue in that he shall come in the second watch, or come Office of a Deacon the space of a whole in the third watch, and find them so, bless Year (except for reasonable Causes it ed are those servants.

shall otherwise seem good unto the Bi9 Then shall the Bishop proceed in the shop) to the intent he may be perfect,

Communion; and all who are Order and well expert in the thing apper. ed, shall tarry, and receive the Holy tuining to the Ecclesiastical AdminiCommunion the same day with the stration; in exccuting whereof, if he Bishop:

be found faithful and diligent, he I The Communion ended, after the last may be admitted by his Diocesan to

Collect, and immediately before the the Order of Priesthood, at the times Benediction, shall be said this Collect appointed in the Canon, or else, on following:

urgent occasion, upon some other day, . things, who of thy great goodness

in the face of the Church, in such

manner and form as hereafter fola hast vouchsafed to accept and take these loweth.

The Form and Manner of Ordering Priests. # IFhen the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is end.

ed, there shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Priests; how necessary that Order is in the Churcà

of Christ, and also how the People ought to esteem them in their office. I A Priest shall present unto the Bi-| their learning and godly conversation, to

shop, sitting in his Chair near to the exercise their ministry duly to the honour holy Table, all those who are to re- of God, and the edifying of the Church. ceive the Order of Priesthood that The Priest shall answer : day, each of them being lecently ha I

Have inquired concerning them, and bited, and shall say:

also examined them, and think thein REDENEN Du Friber in God, I pre so to be.

sent unto you these persous present, " Then the Bishop shall say unto the tc be admitted to the order of Priesthood.

People:
I The Bishop

OOD People, these are they whom

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TAKE
AKE heed that the persons whom ye

present unto us, be apt anul meet for this day unto the Holy Otice of Priest

same.

hood Frs after due examination, we find | fect wan, unto the measure of the stature got to the contrary, but that they are law. or the fulness of Christ. fuil; called !o theft Functich and Ministry, 9 After this shall be read for the Gospel and that they are persons meet for the part of the ninth Chapter ojo siiné

But yet if there be any of you, Matthew, as followeth. who knoweth any impediment or notable

Si. Matt. ix. 36. ought not to be received into this holychlin WHEN Jesus saw the multitudes, he

was moved with compassion on isiry, let him come forth in the pame of them, because they fainted, and were scatciod, and show what the crime or impedi- tered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. meni is.

Then saith he unto his disciples, The har. 9 And if, any great Crime or Impedi- vest truly is plenteous, hui the labourers

ment be objected, the Bishop shall are few: Pray ye therefore the Lord of cease from Ordering that person, un- the harvest, that he will send forth labourtil such time as the Party accused ers into his harvest. shall be found clear of that Crime. 1 Or else this that followeth, out of the Then the Bishop (commending such tenth Chapter of Saint John. as shall be found meet to be Ordered,

Sr. John X. 1.

. V ERILX veriliyor. Isay unto you, shall, with the Clergy and People pre

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that entereth not by the door into the sent, say the Litany, with the Prayers sheep-fold, but climbeth up some other as is before appointed in the Form of way, the same is a thief and a robber. Ordering Deacons ; save only, that in But he that entereth in by the door, is the the proper suffrage there added, the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter word Deacons shall be omitted, and openeth, and the sheep hear his voice; and

the word Priests inserted instead of it. he calleth his own sheep by name,' and 4 T'hen shall be said the Service for the leadeth them out. And when he puttetb

Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, forth his own sheep, he gocth before them, and Gospel, as followeth.

and the sheep follow him; for they know The Collect.

his voice. And a stranger will they not А

LMIGHTY God, giver of all good follow, but will Aee froin him; for they things, who ty thy holy Spirit hast know not the voice of strangers. This

par appointed divers Orders of Ministers in the able spake Jesus unto them, but they unChurch; mercifully behold these thy ser- derstood not what things they were which rants now called to the Office of Priest-he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto hood; and so replenish them with the truth them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, of thy Doctrine, and adorn them with in- I am the door of the sheep. All that ever pocency of life, that both by word and good came before me are thieves and robbers, example they may faithfully serve thee in but the sheep did not hear thein. I am this Office, to the glory of thy name, and the door; by me if any man enter in, he ile edification of thy Church, through the shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who find pasture. The thicf cometh not but uveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: ! Ghost, world without end. Amen. am come that they might have liic, and

The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. that they might have it more abundantly: INTO every one of us is given grace I am the good Shepherd: the good Shep

according to the measure of the gitt herd giveth his life for the sheep. But he of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he that is an hireling, and not the Shepherd, ascended up on high, he led captivity cap- whose own the sheep are not, seeth the tive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and he ascended, what is it but that he also neeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and descended first into the lower parts of the scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth earth? He that descended, is the same also because he is an hireling, and careti not thai ascended up far above all heavens, for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd, that he inight fill all things.) And he gave and know my sheep, and am known of some Apostles, and some Prophets, and mine. As the Father knoweth me, even some Evangelists, and some Pastors and so know I the Father: and I lay down Teachers, for the perfecting of the Saints, my life for the sheep. And other sheep I for the work of the Ministry, for the edi- have, which are not of this fold; them also fying of the Body of Christ; till we all I must bring, and they shall hear my come in the unity of the faith and of the voice: and there shall be ope fondy w knowledge of the Son of God, unto a per: 'one Shepherd

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I Then the Bishop shall say unto them the salvation of man, but with doctrine and as followeth.

exhortation taken out of the holy Scrip. VE have heard, brethren, as well in tures, and with a life agreeable to the same;

your private examination, as in the consider how studious ye ought to be in exhortation which was now made to you, reading and learning the Scriptures, and in and in the holy lessons taken out of the framing the manners both of yourselves and Gospel, and the writings of the Apostles, of them that specially pertain unto you, acof what dignity, and of how great import-cording to the rule of the same Scriptures; ance this office is, whereunto ye are called and for this self-same cause, how ye ought And now again we exhort you in the name to forsake and set aside, as much as ye may, of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye have in all worldly cares and studies. remembrance, into how high a dignity, and We have good hope that ye have well to how weighty an office and charge ye weighed these things with yourselves long are called: That is to say, to be Messen- before this time, and that ye have clearly gers, Watchmen, and Stewards of the determined, by God's grace, to give your Lord; to teach, and to premonish, to feed selves wholly to this difice, whereunto it and provide for the Lord's family; to seek hath pleased God to call you: so that, as for Christ's sheep that are dispersed abroad, muchas lieth in you, ye will apply yourand for his children who are in the midst selves wholly to this one thing, and draw of this nauglity world, that they may be all your cares and studies this way; and saved through Christ for ever.

that ye will continually pray to God the Have always therefore printed in your Father, by the mediation of our only Sa remembrance, how great a treasure is com- viour Jesus Christ, for the heavenly assistmitted to your charge. For they are the ance of the Holy Ghost : that by daily sheep of Christ, which he bought with his reading and weighing the Scriptures, ve death, and for whom he shed his blood. may wax riper and stronger in your Miris The Church and Congregation whom you try; and that ye may so endeavour your must serve, is his Spouse, and his Body.selves from time to time to sanctify the And if it shall happen that the same Church, lives of you and yours, and to fashion them or any member thereof, do take any hurt after the rule and doctrine of Christ, that or hinderance by reason of your negli- ye may be wholesome and godly examples gence, ye know the greatness of the faul, and patterns for the people to follow. and also the horrible punishment that will And now, that this present Congregation ensue. Wherefore consider with your- of Christ may also understand your ininis selves the end of the ministry towards and wills in these things, and that this your the children of God, towards the Spouse promise may the more move you to do and Lody of Christ ; and see that ye never your duties; ye shall answer plainly 19 cease your labour, your care and diligence, these things, which we, in the name of God, antil ye have done all that lieth in you, and of his Church, shall demand of according to your bounden duty, to bring touching the same. all such as are or shall be committed to Do you think in your heart that you faith and knowledge of God, and to that will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and accordripeness and perfectness of age in Christ, ing to the Canons of this Church, to the Or that there be no place left among you, der and Ministry of Priesthood ? either for error in religion, or for vicious Answer. I think it. Dess in life.

The Bishop. of so great excellency, and of so great bodia A Esou persuaded that the holy Scrip

tures contain all Doctrine required as ficulty, ve see with how great care and sto necessary for eternal salvation through dy ye ought to apply yourselves, as well to faith in Jesus Christ? and are you detershow yourselves dutiful and thankful unto mined, out of the said Scriptures to instruct that Lord who hath placed you in so high the people committed to your charge, and a dignity; as also to beware that neither you to teach nothing, as pecessary fo eternal yourselves offend, nor be occasion that salvation, but that which you shall be perothers offend. Howbeit ye cannot have a suaded, may be concluded and proved by mind and will thereto of yourselves; for that the Scripture ? will and ability is grven of God alone: there Answer. I am so persuaded, and hara fore ye ought, and have need to pray ear- so determined, by God's grace. nestly for his Holy Spirit. And seeing that

'The Bishop. pe cannot by any other means compass the WILL you then give your faithful dili doing of so weighty a work, pertaining to! gence, always so to minister the Doc.

trnie and Sacraments, and the discipline of plish his work which he hath begun in you, Christ, as the Lord hath commanded, and through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. as this Church hath received the same, ac- " After this, the Congregation shall be cording to the commandments of God; so desired, secretly in their prayers, to tha: you may teach the people committed make their humble supplications to to your cure and charge, with all diligence God for all these things : for the which to keep and observe the same?

prayers there shall be silence kept for Answer. I will so do, by the help of the a space. Lord.

s After which, shall be sung or said by The Bishop.

the Bishop, the persons to be ordained

Priests all kneeling,. Veni, Creator diligence to banish and drive away Spiritus ; the Bishop beginning, and from the Church all erroneous and strange

the Priest and others that are present doctrines contrary to God's word; and to answering by verses, as followeth. use both public and private monitions and COME Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, whole within your cures, as need shall re

Thou the anointing spirit art, quire, and occasion shall be given?

Who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart: Answer. I will, the Lord being my Thy blessed Unction from above, helper.

Is comfort, life, and fire of love :
The Bishop:

Enable with perpetual light
WILL you be diligent in prayers, and The dulness of our blinded sight :

in reading the lioly Scriptures, and Anoint and cheer our soiled face in such studies as help to the knowledge of With the abundance of thy grace: the same, aying aside the study of the Keep far our foes, give peace at home; world and the flesh?

Where thou art Guide, no ill can come. Answer. I will endeavour so to do, the Teach us to know the Father, Son, Lord being my helper.

And Thee, of both to be but One

That through the ages all along,
The Bishop.
WILL, you be diligent to frame and Phis may be our endless songs

fashion your owu selves, and your Fulher, Son, and Holy Spirit. faivilies according to the Doctrine of Christ;

1 Or this: and to make both yourselves and them, as avuch as in you lieih, wholesome example: COME,

Holy Ghost, eternal Goch Answer. I will apply myself thereto, Both from the Father and the Son, the Lord being my helper.

The God of peace and love ;

Visit our minds, into our hearts
The Bishop.

Thy heavenly grace inspire ;
WILL.h maintain and

set foretares, That truth and endliness we may peace, and love among all Christian peo- Thou art the very Comforter ple, and especially among them that are In grief and all distress; or shall be committed to your charge? The heavenly gift of God rost Higk; Answer. I will so do, the Lord' being

No tongue can it express ;, my Belper.

The fountain and the living spring
The Bishop.

of joy celestial;
shop, and other chief Ministers, who,

The firesc bright, the love so sweet, according to the Canons of the Church, Thou in thy gifts art manifold, may have the charge and government over

By them Christ's Church doth stand: you; following with a glad mind and will In faithful hearts thou writ'st thy leroy ibeir godly admonitions, and submitting the finger of God's hand. Ansiver. I will so do, the Lurd being According

to thy promise, Lord,

Thou givest speech with grace; my helper.

T'hat, through thy help, God's praises Then shall the Bishop, standing up, may say,

Resound in every place. you this will to do all these things, Send down thy heavenly light; grant also unto you strength and power to Kindle our hearts with fervent zeala perform the fame; that he may accome! To sayne God day and night:

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