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Curate, that by his exhortation whom the Lord when he cometh they may be relieved with the alms shall find watching: Verily I say of the Parishioners, or others: Will unto you, That he shall gird himyou do this gladly and willingly? self, and make them to sit down to

Answer. I will so do by the meat, and will come forth and help of God.

serve them. And if he shall come The Bishop.

in the second watch, or come in TILL you apply all your dili- the third watch, and find them so,

gence to frame and fashion blessed are those servants. your own lives, and the lives of 1 Then shall the Bishop proceed in the Communion ;

and all who are Ordered, shall tarry, and receive your families, according to the

the Holy Communion the same day with the Bishop. Doctrine of Christ; and to make 1 The Communion ended, after the last Collect, and both yourselves and them, as much

immediately before the Benediction, shall be said

this Collect following: as in you lieth, wholesome exam

LMIGHTY God, giver of all ples of the flock of Christ?

good things, who of thy great Answer. I will so do, the Lord goodness hast vouchsafed to accept being my helper.

and take these thy Servants unThe Bishop.

to the Office of Deacons in thy TILL you reverently obey Church; make them, we beseech

your Bishop, and other chief thee, O Lord, to be modest, humMinisters, who, according to the ble, and constant in their MinisCanons of the Church, may have tration, to have a ready will to obthe charge and government over serve all spiritual Discipline; that you; following with a glad mind they having always the testimony and will their godly admonitions? of a good conscience, and continu

Answer. I will endeavour so ing ever stable and strong in thy to do, the Lord being my helper. Son Christ, may so well behave 1 Then the Bishop, laying his Hands severally up themselves in this inferior Office, on the Head of every one of them humbly kneeling before him, shall say,

that they may be found worthy to VAKE thou Authority to exe- be called unto the higher Ministries

cute the Office of a Deacon in thy Church, through the same in the Church of God committed thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; unto thee; In the name of the to whom be glory and honour, Father, and of the Son, and of the world without end. Amen. Holy Ghost. Amen. 1 Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of

THE peace of God, which passTH

eth all understanding, keep them the New Testament, saying, AKE thou Authority to read your hearts and minds in the know

the Gospel in the Church of ledge and love of God, and of his God, and to preach the same, if Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And thou be thereto licensed by the the blessing of God Almighty, the Bishop himself.

Father, the Son, and the Holy Then one of them appointed by the Bishop shall Ghost, be amongst you, and re

main with you always. Amen. The Gospel. St. Luke xii. 35. And here it must be declared unto the Deacon,

that he must continue in that Office of a Deacon ,

the space of a whole Year (except for reasonable and your lights burning, and Causes it shall otherwise seem good onto the ye yourselves like unto men that Bishop) to the intent he may be perfect, and well

experi in the thing appertaining io the Ecclesiaswait for their Lord, when he will tical Administration : in executing whereof, if he return from the wedding; that be found faitbful and diligent, he may he admit

ted by his Diocesan to the Order of Priesthood, at when he cometh and knocketh,

the times appointed in the Canon, or else, on ar. they may open unto him immedi gent occasion, upon some other day, in the lace of

the Church, in such manner and form as hereafter ately. Blessed are those servants followeth.

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THE Form and Manner of Ordering Priests. When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duiy and Office of such as come to be admitted Priests; how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the People ought to esteem them in their

Office.
I A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, siting in

The Collect. his Chair near to the holy Table, all those who are to receive the Order of Priesthood that day, LMIGHTY God, giver of each of them heing decently habited,and shall say: A

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all good things, who by thy I present unto you these per: Holy Spirit hast appointed divers sons present, to be admitted to the Orders of Ministers in the Church; order of Priesthood.

mercifully behold these thy ser| The Bishop.

vants now called to the Office of TAK VAKE heed that the persons Priesthood; and so replenish them

whom ye present unto us, be with the truth of thy doctrine, and apt and meet for their learning and adorn them with innocency of life, godly conversation, to exercise their that both by word and good exministry duly to the honour of God, ample they may faithfully serve and the edifying of the Church. thee in this Office, to the glory of | The Priest shall answer :

thy name, and the edification of thy I

HAVE inquired concerning Church, through the merits of our

them, and also examined them, Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and think them so to be.

and reigneth with thee and the 1 Then the Bishop shall say unto the People: Holy Ghost, world without end. G90D OOD People, these are they

Amen. whom we purpose, God willing, to receive this day unto the

The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. Holy Office of Priesthood: For af

: UNTO exery role of cushie given to the contrary, but that they are sure of the gift of Christ. Wherelawfully called to their Function fore he saith, When he ascended and Ministry, and that they are up on high, he led captivity cappersons meet for the same. Buttive, and gave gifts unto men, yet if there be any of you, who (Now that he ascended, what is knoweth any impediment or nota- it but that he also descended first ble crime in any of them, for the into the lower parts of the earth? which he ought not to be received He that descended, is the same into this holy Ministry, let him also that ascended up far above come forth in the name of God, all heavens, that he might fill all and show what the crime or im- things.) And he gave some Apospediment is.

tles, and some Prophets, and some 1 And if any great Crime or Impediment be ob. Evangelists, and some Pastors and Person, until such time as the Party accused shall Teachers, for the perfecting

of the be found clear of that Crime.

Saints, for the work of the Minis1 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be found meet to be ordered, to the Prayers of the try, for the edifying of the Body Congregation) shall, with the Clergy and People of Christ; till we all come, in the before appointed in the form of Ordering Dea- unity of the faith and of the cons; save only, that in the proper suffrage there knowledge of the Son of God, added, the word Deacons shall be omitted, and the word Priests inserted instead of it. unto a perfect man, unto the

Then shall be said the Service for the Commu- measure of the stature of the fulnion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.

Iness of Christ.

ter of Saint John,

After this shall be read for the Gospel, part of the that is an hireling, and not the ninch Chapter of Saint Matthew, as followeth. St. Matt. ix. 36.

Shepherd, whose own the sheep HEN Jesus saw the multi- are not, seeth the wolf coming, and tudes, he was moved with the wolf catcheth' them, and scat

leaveth the sheep, and fleeth ; and compassion on them, because they tereth the sheep. The hireling fainted, and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. Then and careth not for

the sheep.

fleeth because he is an hireling, saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the am the good Shepherd, and know labourers are few: Pray ye there

my sheep, and am known of mine.

As the Father knoweth me, even fore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into so know I the Father: and I lay he will send forth labourers into down my life for the sheep. And his harvest. 5 Or else this that followeth, out of the tenth Chap- other sheep I have, which are not

of this fold; them also I must St. John x. 1.

bring, and they shall hear my ERILY, verily, I say unto you, voice: and there shall be one

He that entereth not by the fold, and one Shepherd. door into the sheep-fold, but climb- 1 Then the Bishop shall say unto them as followeth. eth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he YE bave heard, brethren, as

well in your private examthat entereth in by the door, is the ination, as in the exhortation which shepherd of the sheep. To him was now made to you, and in the the porter openeth, and the sheep holy lessons taken out of the Goshear his voice; and he calleth his pel, and the writings of the Aposown sheep by name, and leadeth tles, of what dignity, and of how them out. And when he putteth great importance this office is, forth his own sheep, he goeth be-whereunto ye are called. And fore them, and the sheep follow now again we exhort you in the him; for they know his voice. name of our Lord Jesus Christ, And a stranger will they not fol- that ye have in remembrance, into low, but will flee from him; for how high a dignity, and to how they know not the voice of stran- weighty an office and charge ye are gers. This parable spake Jesus called: That is to say, to le Mes unto them, but they understood sengers, Watchmen, and Stewards not what things they were which of the Lord; to teach, and to prehe spake unto them. Then said monish, to feed and provide for Jesus unto them again, Verily, veri- the Lord's family; to seek for ly, I say unto you, I am the door Christ's sheep that are dispersed of the sheep. All that ever came abroad, and for his children who before me are thieves and robbers; are in the midst of this naughty but the sheep did not hear them. world, that they may be saved I am the door; by me if any man through Christ for ever. enter in, he shall be saved, and Have always therefore printed shall go in and out, and find pas- in your remembrance, how great ture. The thief cometh not but a treasure_is committed to your for to steal, and to kill, and to des-charge. For they are the sheep troy: I am come that they might of Christ, which he bought with have life, and that they might have his death, and for whom he shed it more abundantly: I am the good his blood. The Church and ConShepherd: the good Shepherd giv- gregation whom you must serve, eth his life for the sheep. But helis his Spouse, and his Body. And

if it shall happen that the same cause, how ye ought to forsake Church, or any member thereof, and set aside, as much as ye may, do take any hurt or hinderance by all worldly cares and studies. reason of your negligence, ye know We have good hope that ye have the greatness of the fault, and also well weighed these things with the horrible punishment that will yourselves long before this time; ensue, Wherefore consider with and that ye have clearly determinyourselves the end of the ministry ed, by God's grace, to give yourtowards the children of God, selves wholly to this Office, wheretowards the Spouse and Body of unto it hath pleased God to call Christ; and see that ye never cease you: so that, as much as lieth in your labour, your care and dili- you, ye will apply yourselves wholgence, until ye have done all that ly to this one thing, and draw all lieth in you, according to your your cares and studies this way; bounden duty, to bring all such as and that ye will continually pray are or shall be committed to your to God the Father, by the mediacharge, unto that agreement in the tion of our only Saviour Jesus faith and knowledge of God, and Christ, for the heavenly assistance to that ripeness and perfectness of of the Holy Ghost; that by daily age in Christ, that there be no place reading and weighing the Scripleft among you, either for error in tures, ye may wax riper and stronreligion, or for viciousness in life. ger in your Ministry; and that ye

Forasmuch then as your Office may so endeavour yourselves from is both of so great excellency, and time to time to sanctify the lives of so great difficulty, ye see with of you and yours, and to fashion how great care and study ye ought them after the rule and doctrine of to apply yourselves, as well to show Christ, that ye may be wholesome yourselves dutiful and thankful un- and godly examples and patterns to that Lord who hath placed you for the people to follow. in so high a dignity; as also to be And now, that this present Conware that neither you yourselves gregation of Christ may also unoffend, nor be occasion that others derstand your minds and wills in offend. Howbeit ye cannot have these things, and that this your a mind and will thereto of your-promise may the more move you selves; for that will and ability is to do your duties; ye shall answer given of God alone; therefore ye plainly to these things, which we, ought, and have need to pray ear in the name of God, and of his nestly for his Holy Spirit

. And Church, shall demand of you seeing that ye cannot by any other touching the same. means compass the doing of so

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O you think in your heart, , weighty a work, pertaining to the that you are truly called, acsalvation of man, but with doctrine cording to the will of our Lord Jeand exhortation taken out of the sus Christ, and according to the holy Scriptures, and with a life Canons of this Church, to the Oragreeable to the same; consider der and Ministry of Priesthood? how studious ye ought to be in Answer. I think it. reading and learning the Scrip

The Bishop. tures, and in framing the manners both of yourselves, and of thens ARE you persuaded that the

holy Scriptures contain all that specially pertain unto you, ac- Doctrine required as necessary for cording to the rule of the same eternal salvation through faith in Scriptures; and for this self-same Jesus Christ? and are you deter

Answer. I'am so persuaded, and WILL you maintain and set

mined, out of the said Scriptures as in you lieth, wholesome examto instruct the people committed ples and patterns to the flock of to your charge, and to teach Christ? nothing, as necessary to eternal Answer. I will apply myself salvation, but that which you shall thereto, the Lord being my helper. be persuaded may be concluded

The Bishop. and proved by the Scripture?

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forwards, as much as lieth have so determined, byGod's grace. in you, quietness, peace, and love The Bishop.

among all Christian people, and VILL you then give your especially among them that are or

faithful diligence, always so shall be committed to your charge? to minister the Doctrine and Sa Answer. I will so do, the Lord craments, and the discipline of being my helper. Christ, as the Lord hath com

The Bishop. manded, and as this Church hath WILL Kho reverentier obey the commandments of God; so Ministers, who, according to the that you may teach the people com- Canons of the Church, may have mitted to your cure and charge, the charge and government over with all diligence to keep and ob- you; following with a glad mind serve the same?

and will their godly admonitions, Answer. I will so do, by the and submitting yourselves to their help of the Lord.

godly judgments? The Bishop.

Answer. I will so do, the Lord WILL you he ready with all being my helper.

I Then shall the Bishop, standing up, say, and drive away from the

Church ALMIGHTY God, who hath trines contrary to God's word, these things, grant also unto you and to use both public and private strength and power to perform the monitions and exhortations, as well same; that he may accomplish his to the sick as the whole within work which he hath begun in you, your

cures, as need shall require, through Jesus Christ our Lord. and occasion shall be given? Answer. I will, the Lord being cretly in their prayers, to make their humble sup.

After this, the Congregation shall be desired, semy helper.

plications to God for all these things: for the The Bishop.

which prayers thereshall be silence kept for a space.

1 After which, shall be sung or said by the Bishop, TILL you be diligent in pray-" the persons to be ordained Priests all kneeling, ers, and in reading the holy Veni, Creator Spiritus ; the Bishop beginning,

and the Priest and others that are present an Scriptures, and in such studies as

swering by verses, as followeth. help to the knowledge of the same, COME, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, laying aside the study of the world And lighten with celestial fire:

Thou the anointing Spirit art, and the flesh?

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

Is comfort, life, and fire of love :

Enable with perpetual light
The Bishop.

The dullness of our blinded sight:
TILL

Anoint and cheer our soiled
and fashion your own selves, Keep far our foes, give peace at home;
and your families, according to the Teach us to know the Father, Son,
Doctrine of Christ; and to make And thee, of both to be but one:
both yourselves and them, as much! This may be orir endless song;

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