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increase in them thy manifold gifts of ceptable unto thy divine Majesty ; We grace; the spirit of wisdom and under- make our humble supplications unto standing; the spirit of counsel and thee for these thy servants, upon whom ghostly strength; the spirit of know. (after the example of thy holy Apostles) ledge and true godliness; and fill then, we have now laid our hands, to certify O Lord, with the spirit of thy holy fear, them (by this sign) of thy favour and now and for ever. Amen.
gracious goodness towards them. Let Then all of them in order kneeling before the thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee, ever Bishop, he shall lay his hand upon the head be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever of every one severally, saying,
be with them; and so lead them in the EFEND, O Lord, this thy Child that in the end they may obtain ever
knowledge and obedience of thy Word, DEF
(or this thy Servant] with thy lasting life; through our Lord Jesus heavenly grace, that he may continue Christ, who with thee and the Holy thine for ever; and daily increase in Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one thy holy Spirit more and more, until God, world without end. Amen. he come unto thy everlasting kingdom, Amen. Then shall the Bishop say,
ALMIGHTY Lord, and everO
lasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech The Lord be with you.
thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, Answer. And with thy spirit.
both our hearts and bodies, in the ways And (all kneeling down) the Bishop
of thy laws, and in the works of thy shall add,
commandments; that, through thy most
mighty protection both here and ever, Let us pray.
we may be preserved in body and soul; OUR. Father, which art aime heaven; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this Then the Bishop shall bless them, day our daily bread. And forgive us
saying thus, our trespasses, As we forgive them that mHE Blessing of God Almighty, the trespass against us. And lead us not
Father, the Son, and the Holy into temptation; But deliver us from Ghost, be upon you, and remain with evil. Amen.
you for ever. Amen. And this collect.
And there shall none be admitted to the
holy Communion, until such time as he be who makest us both to vill and confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be to do those things that be good and ac confirmed.
AGATTY and everliving Goda
SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
shew Joined. persons
T first the Banns of all that are to be married together must be published in the
Church three several Sundays, during the time of Morning Service, or of Evening
| keep themselves undefiled members of If any of you know cause, or just im- Christ's body. pediment, why these two persons should | Thirdly, It was ordained for the munot be joined together in holy Matri. | tual society, help, and comfort, that the mony, ye are to declare it. This is the one ought to have of the other, both in first second, or third] time of asking. prosperity and adversity. Into which And if the persons that are to be married
holy estate these two persons present dwell in divers Parishes, the Banns must be
come now to be joined. Therefore if any asked in both Parishes; and the Curate of man can shew any just cause, why they the one Parish shall not solemnize Matri may not lawfully be joined together, mony betwixt them, without a Certificate | let him now speak, or else hereafter for of the Banns being thrice asked, from the ever hold his peace. Curate of the other Parish.
And also, speaking into the persons that At the day and time appointed for solemnt
shall be married, he shall say, sation of Matrimony, the persons to be married shall come into the body of the Church
T REQUIRE and charge you both, as with their friends and neighbours : and I ye will answer at the dreadful day there standing together, the Man on the of judgement when the secrets of all right hand, and the Woman on the left, the hearts shall be disclosed, that if either Priest shall say,
of you know any impediment, why ye EARLY beloved, we are gathered may not be lawfully joined together in
together here in the sight of God, Matrimony, ye do now confess it. For and in the face of this congregation, to be ye well assured, that so many as are join together this Man and this Wo. coupled together otherwise than God's man in holy Matrimony; which is an Word doth allow are not joined together honourable estate, instituted of God in by God; neither is their Matrimony the time of man's innocency, signifying lawful. unto us the mystical union that is be
At which day of Marriage, If any man do twixt Christ and his Church; which
alledge and declare any impediment, why holy estate Christ adorned and beauti.
they may not be coupled together in Matrified with his presence, and first miracle mony, by God's Law, or the Laws of this that he wrought, in Cana of Galilee; Realm; and will be bound, and sufficient and is commended of Saint Paul to be rreties with him, to the parties ; or else put honourable among all men : and there. in a Caution to the full value of such charges fore is not by any to be enterprised, nor
as the persons to be married do thereby taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or
sustain) to prove his allegation : then the
solemnization must be deferred, until such wantonly, to satisfy men's carnal lusts
time as the truth be tried. and appetites, like brute beasts that have no understanding; but reverent.
18 no impediment be alledged, then shall
the Curate say unto the Man, ly, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God; duly considering
M. W ILT thou have this Woman the causes for which Matrimony was
to thy wedded wife, to live ordained.
together after God's ordinance in the First, It was ordained for the pro
holy estate of Matrimony ? Wilt thou creation of children, to be brought up
love her, comfort her, honour, and in the fear and nurture of the Lord,
keep her in sickness and in health; and, and to the praise of his holy Name.
forsaking all other, keep thee only unto Secondly, It was ordained for a remedy
her, so long as ye hoth shall live ? against sin, and to avoid fornication ;
The Man shall answer, that such persons as have not the
Then shall the Priest say unto the Woman,
Let us pray. N. W ILT thou have this Man to ETERNAL God, Creator and Prethy wedded husband, to live
server of all mankind, Giver of all together after God's ordinance in the
spiritual grace, the Author of everlastholy estate of Matrimony ? Wilt thou ing life: Send thy blessing upon
ing life; Send thy blessing upon these obey him, and serve him, love, ho.
| thy servants, this man and this woman, nour, and keep him in sickness and in whom we bless in thy Name; that, as health; and, forsaking all other, keep
Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully tothee only unto him, so long as ye both gether, so these persons may surely shall live ?
perform and keep the vow and coveThe Woman shall answer,
nant betwixt them made, (whereof this I vill.
Ring given and received is a token and Then shall the Minister say,
pledge,) and may ever remain in per.
fect love and peace together, and live Who giveth this Woman to be married
according to thy laws; through Jesus to this Man ?
Christ our Lord. Amen. Then shall they give their troth to each other
Then shall the Priest join their right hands in this manner. The Minister, receiving the Woman at her |
together, and say, father's or friend's hands, shall cause the
Those whom God hath joined togeMan with his right hand to take the Woman ther let no man put asunder. by her right hand, and to say after him
| Then shall the Minister speak unto the as followeth.
people. TM. take thee N. to my wedded wife,
FORASMUCH as M. and N. have 1 to have and to hold from this day
consented together in holy wedforward, for better for worse, for richer
lock, and have witnessed the same before for poorer, in sickness and in health,
God and this company, and thereto have to love and to cherish, till death us
given and pledged their troth either to do part, according to God's holy ordi.
other, and have declared the same by nance; and thereto I plight thee my
giving and receiving of a Ring, and troth.
by joining of hands; I pronounce that Then shall they loose their hands; and the
they be Man and Wife together, In the Woman, with her right hand taking the Man
Name of the Father, and of the Son, by his right hand, shall likewise say after
and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. the Minister, TN. take thee M. to my wedded hus
And the Minister shall add this Blessing. 1 band, to have and to hold from this WOD the Father, God the Son, God day forward, for better for worse, for the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, richer for poorer, in sickness and in and keep you; the Lord mercifully with health, to love, cherish, and to obey, his favour look upon you, and so fill till death us do part, according to God's you with all spiritual benediction and holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee grace, that ye may so live together in my troth.
this life, that in the world to come ye Then shall they again loose their hands; and
may have life everlasting. Amen. the Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring, Then the Minister or Clerks, going to the laying the same upon the book with the Lord's Table, shall say or sing this Psalm accustomed duty to the Priest and Clerk. And the Priest, taking the Ring, shall deliver
Beati omnes. Psalm cxxviii. it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the IPLESSED are all they that fear the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by D Lord : and walk in his ways. the Priest, shall say,
For thou shalt eat the labour of thine W ITH this Ring I thee wed, with hands : 0 well is thee, and happy shalt
TV my body I thee worship, and with thou be. all my worldly goods I thee endow: In Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine : the Name of the Father, and of the Son, upon the walls of thine house: and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Thy children like the olive-branches : Then the Man leaving the Ring upon the to
the round about thy table. fourth finger of the Woman's left hand, they
Lo, thus shall the man be blessed : shall both kneel down; and the Minister that feareth the Lord. shall say,
The Lord from out of Sion shall so
Lord's Table, shall
holy worec arts; that period of eternal like
all profitamer in thy
and bless O Lord in deed
let the nat judge the folk on earth.
bless thee : that thou shalt see Jeru- Minister. O Lord, hear our prayer, salem in prosperity all thy life long; I Answer. And let our cry come unto
Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's thee. children : and peace upon Israel.
Minister. Glory be to the Father, and to the n GOD of Abraham, God of Isaac, Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
God of Jacob, bless these thy serAs it was in the beginning, is now, vants, and sow the seed of eternal life and ever shall be : world without end. in their hearts; that whatsoever in thy Amen.
holy Word they shall profitably learn, I Or this Psalm.
they may in deed fulfil the same. Look, Deus misereatur. Psalm lxvii.
| O Lord, mercifully upon them from WOD be merciful unto us, and bless heaven, and bless them. And as thou U us : and shew us the light of his didst send thy blessing upon Abraham countenance, and be merciful unto us. and Sarah, to their great comfort, so
That thy way may be known upon vouchsafe to send thy blessing upon earth : thy saving health among all these thy servants; that they obeying nations.
thy will, and alway being in safety un. Let the people praise thee, O God : der thy protection, may abide in thy yea, let all the people praise thee. love unto their lives' end ; through Je
O let the nations rejoice and be glad : sus Christ our Lord. Amen. for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
This Prayer next following shall be omitted, Let the people praise thee, O God :
where the Woman is past child-bearing. yea, let all the people praise thee.
MERCIFUL Lord, and heavenly Then shall the earth bring forth her
Father, by whose gracious gift manincrease : and God, even our own God, kind is increased ; We beseech thee, shall give us his blessing.
assist with thy blessing these two perGod shall bless us : and all the ends
sons, that they may both be fruitful of the world shall fear him.
in procreation of children, and also Glory be to the Father, and to the live together so long in godly love and Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
honesty, that they may see their chil. As it was in the beginning, is now,
dren christianly and virtuously brought and ever shall be : world without end.
up, to thy praise and honour; through Amen.
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Psalm ended, and the Man and the GOD, who by thy mighty power Woman kneeling before the Lord's Table, the hast made all things of nothing; Priest standing at the Table, and turning who also (after other things set in order) his face towards them, shall say,
didst appoint, that out of man (created Lord, have mercy upon us.
after thine own image and similitude) Answer. Christ, have mercy upon us. woman should take her beginning ; Minister. Lord, have mercy upon us. and, knitting them together, didst teach
UR Father, which art in heaven, that it should never be lawful to put a
Hallowed be thy Name. Thy king- sunder those whom thou by Matrimony dom come. Thy will be done in earth, hadst made one : 0 God, who hast conAs it is in heaven. Give us this day secrated the state of Matrimony to such our daily bread. And forgive us our an excellent mystery, that in it is sig. trespasses, As we forgive them that nified and represented the spiritual trespass against us. And lead us not marriage and unity betwixt Christ and into temptation; But deliver us from his Church; Look mercifully upon these evil. Amen.
thy servants, that both this man may Minister. O Lord, save thy servant, love his wife, according to thy Word, (as and thy handmaid;
Christ did love his spouse the Church, Answer. Who put their trust in thee. who gave himself for it, loving and
Minister. O Lord, send them help cherishing it even as his own flesh,) from thy holy place;
and also that this woman may be lov. Answer. And evermore defend them. ing and amiable, faithful and obedient
Minister. Be unto them a tower of to her husband; and in all quietness, strength,
sobriety, and peace, be a follower of holy Answer. From the face of their and godly matrons. O Lord, bless them enemy.
both, and grant them to inherit thy
everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Hear also what Saint Peter, the Christ our Lord, Amen.
Apostle of Christ, who was himself a Then shall the Priest say,
married man, saith unto them that are
married ; Ye husbands, dwell with your ALMIGHTY God, who at the begin
wives according to knowledge ; giving 1 ning did create our first parents,
honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker Adam and Eve, and did sanctify and
vessel, and as being heirs together of join them together in marriage; Pour
the grace of life, that your prayers be upon you the riches of his grace, sanc- not hindered. tify and bless you, that ye may please
Hitherto ye have heard the duty of him both in body and soul, and live to the husband toward the wife. Now gether in holy love unto your lives' end.
likewise, ye wives, hear and learn your Amen.
duties toward your husbands, even as it After which, if there be no Sermon declaring is plainly set forth in holy Scripture. the duties of Man and Wife, the Minister Saint Paul, in the aforenamed Eshall read as followeth.
pistle to the Ephesians, teacheth you ALL ye that are married, or that thus; Wives, submit yourselves unto 21. intend to take the holy estate of your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Matrimony upon you, hear what the For the husband is the head of the holy Scripture doth say as touching the wife, even as Christ is the head of the duty of husbands towards their wives, | Church : and he is the Saviour of the and wives towards their husbands. body. Therefore as the Church is sub
Saint Paul, in his Epistle to the ject unto Christ, so let the wives be to Ephesians, the fifth Chapter, doth give their own husbands in every thing. this commandment to all married men; | And again he saith, Let the wife see Husbands, love your wives, even as that she reverence her husband. Christ also loved the Church, and gave And in his Epistle to the Colossians, himself for it, that he might sanctify Saint Paul giveth you this short lesson; and cleanse it with the washing of Wives, submit yourselves unto your own water, by the Word ; that he might husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. present it to himself a glorious Church, Saint Peter also doth instruct you not having spot, or wrinkle, or any very well, thus saying; Ye wives, be such thing; but that it should be holy, I in subjection to your own husbands; and without blemish. So ought men that, if any obey not the Word, they to love their wives as their own bodies. I also may without the Word be won by He that loveth his wife loveth himself: the conversation of the wives; while for no man ever yet hated his own they behold your chaste conversation flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, coupled with fear. Whose adorning, let even as the Lord the Church: for we it not be that outward adorning of are members of his body, of his flesh, plaiting the hair, and of wearing of and of his bones. For this cause shall gold, or of putting on of apparel; but a man leave his father and mother, I let it be the hidden man of the heart, and shall be joined unto his wife; and in that which is not corruptible; even they two shall be one flesh. This is a the ornament of a meek and quiet spi. great mystery; but I speak concerning rit, which is in the sight of God of great Christ and the Church. Nevertheless, I price. For after this manner in the old let every one of you in particular so love time the holy women also, who trusted his wife, even as himself.
in God, adorned themselves, being in Likewise the same Saint Paul, writing subjection unto their own husbands; to the Colossians, speaketh thus to all even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling men that are married; Husbands, love him lord ; whose daughters ye are as your wives, and be not bitter against long as ye do well, and are not afraid them.
with any amazement. It is convenient that the new-married persons should receive the holy Com. munion at the time of their Marriage, or at the first opportunity after their Marriage.