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Praise to thy eternal merit,
Christ, to be our Redeemer, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. | Or this:
the Author of everlasting life; NOME, Holy Ghost, eternal God,
who after he had made perfect our
redemption by his death, and was Both from the Father and the Son, The God of peace and love;
ascended into heaven, sent abroad Visit our minds, into our hearts
into the world his Apostles, ProThy heavenly grace inspire ; That truth and godliness we may
phets, Evangelists, Doctors, and Pursue with full desire.
Pastors; by whose labour and Thou art the very Comforter In grief and all distress;
ministry he gathered together a The heavenly gift of God most High; No tongue can it erpress;
great Flock in all the parts of the The fountain and the living spring
world, to set forth the eternal Of joy celestial; The fire so bright, the love so sweet,
praise of thy holy name: For these The Unction spiritual.
so great benefits of thy eternal Thou in thy gifts art manifold, By them Christ's Church doth stand
goodness, and for that thou hast In faithful hearts thou writ'st thy law,
vouchsafed tocallthese thy servants The finger of God's honl. According to thy promise, Lord,
here present to the same Office Thou givest speech with grace ;
and Ministry appointed for the salThat, through thy help, God's praises may Resound in every place.
vation of mankind, we render unto O Holy Ghost, into our minds
thee most hearty thanks, we praise Send down thy heavenly light; Kindie our hearts with fervent zeal,
and worship thee; and we humbly To serve God day and night :
beseech thee by the same thy blessOur weakness strengthen and confirm, For, Lord, thou know'st us frail;
ed Son, to grant unto all, which That neither devil, world, nor flesh
either here or elsewhere call upon Against us may prevail. Put back our enemies far from us,
thy holy name, that we may conAnd help us to obtain
tinue to show ourselves thankful Peace in our hearts with God and man, The best, the truest gain;
unto thee for these and all thy And grant that thou being, O Lord,
other benefits; and that we may Our leader and our guide, We may escape the snares of sin,
daily increase and go forwards in And never from thee slide.
the knowledge and faith of thee Such measures of thy powerful grace Grant, Lord, to us, we pray;
and thy Son, by the Holy Spirit : Thai thou may'st be our Comforter
So that as well by these thy MinisAt the last dreadful day. Of strife and of dissension
ters, as by them over whom they Dissolve, O Lord, the bands,
shall be appointed thy Ministers, And knit the knots of peace and love Throughout all Christian lunds.
thy holy name may be for ever Grant us the grace that we may know
glorified, and thy blessed kingdom The Father of all might, Thurt we of his beloved Son,
enlarged, through the same thy May guin the blissful sight;
Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who And that we may with perfeci faith Ever acknowledge thee,
liveth and reigneth with thee in The Spirit of Father, and of Son,
the unity of the same Holy Spirit, One God in Persons Three. To God the Father laud and praise,
world without end. Amen. And to his blessed Son,
I When this prayer is done, the Bishop with the And to the Holy Spirit of Grace,
Priests present, shall lay their hands severally Co-equal Three in One.
upon the head of every one that receiveth the or And pray we, that our only Lord
der of Priesthood; the Receivers humbly kneel. Would please his Spirit to send
ing, and the Bishop saying, On all that shall profess his name, From hence to the world's end. Amen."
ECEIVE the Holy Ghost for That done,the Bishop shall pray in thiswise,and say, the office and work of a Let us pray:
Priest in the Church of God, now LMIGHTY "God and hea- committed unto thee by the im
venly Father, who, of thine position of our hands: whose sins infinite love and goodness towards thou dost forgive, they are forgiven: us, hast given to us thy only and and whose sins thou dost retain, most dearly beloved Son Jesus they are retained: And be thou a
f Or this:
faithful Dispenser of the word of, lect, and immediately before the Benediction,
shall be said this Collect. God, and of his holy Sacraments: of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. these thy servants thy heavenly in the name of the Father, and MOST merciful Father, we Amen.
blessing; that they may be clothed
with righteousness, and that thy VAKE thou Authority to ex- word spoken by their mouths may
a the Church of God now commit- never be spoken in vain. Grant ted to thee by the imposition of our also, that we may have grace to hands; and be thou a faithful Dis-jhear and receive what they shall penser of the word of God, and of deliver out of thy most holy word, his holy Sacraments: In the name or agreeably to the same, as the of the Father, and of the Son, and means of our salvation; that in all of the Holy Ghost. Amen. our words and deeds we may seek
Then the Bishop shall deliver to every one of thy glory, and the increase of thy them kneeling, the Bible into his hand, saying, kingdom, through Jesus Christ our NTVAKE thou Authority to preach Lord. Amen.
the word of God, and to min. THE peace of God, which passister the holy Sacraments in the Congregation where thou shalt be your hearts and minds in the lawfully appointed thereunto. knowledge and love of God, and
When this is done, the Bishop shall go on in the of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord : receive Orders shall take together, and remain in And
of God Almighty, the same place where hands were laid upon them, the Father, the Son, and the Holy until such time as they have received the Commu-Ghost, be amongst you, and renion. The Communion being done, after the last Col-l main with you always. "Amen. And if, on the same day, the Order of Deacons be given to some, and the Order of Priesthood to others; the Deacons shall be first presented, and then the Priests; and it shall suffice that the Litany be once said for both. The Collects shall both be used ; first, that for Deacons, then that for Priests. The Epistle shall be Ephesians iv. 7 to 13, as before in this office. Immediately after which, they that are to be made Deacons, shall be examined, and ordained, as is above prescribed. Then one of them having read the Gospel, which shall be either out of Saint Matthew ix. 36, as before in this office; or else Saint Luke xii. 35 to 38, as before in the form for the Ordering of Deacons, they that are to be made Priests, shall likewise be examined, and ordained, as in this office before appointed.
THE FORM OF
Ordaining or Consecrating a Bishop.
When all things are duly prepared in the Church, and set in order, after Morning Prayer is ended, the Presiding Bishop, or some other Bishop appointed by the Bishops present, shall begin the Com munion Service, in which this shall be The Collect.
to the people, that they may obe. LMIGHTY God, who by diently follow the same; that all
thy Son Jesus Christ didst may receive the crown of everlastgive to thy holy Apostles many ing glory, through Jesus Christ excellent gifts, and didst charge our Lord. Amen. them to feed thy flocks ; give | And another Bishop shall read grace, we beseech thee, to all
The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 1. Bishops, the Pastors of thy Church, WHIS is a true saying, If a man that they may diligently preach desire the office of a Bishop, thy word, and duly administer the he desireth a good work. A godly discipline thereof; and grant Bishop then must be blameless,
the husband of one wife, vigilant, Grace of God. And now, behold, sober, of good behaviour, given to I know that ye all, among whom hospitality, apt to teach, not given I have gone preaching the kingdom to wine, no striker, not greedy of of God, shall see my face no more. filthy lucre, but patient, not a Wherefore I take you to record brawler, not covetous; one that this day, that I am pure from the ruleth well his own house, having blood of all men : For I have not his children in subjection with all shunned to declare unto you all gravity; for if a man know not the counsel of God. Take heed, how to rule his own house, how therefore, unto yourselves, and to shall be take care of the Church all the flock, over the which the of God ? not a novice, lest being Holy Ghost hath made you overlifted up with pride he fall into seers, to feed the Church of God, the condemnation of the devil. which he hath purchased with his Moreover he must have a good re-own blood. For I know this, that port of them which are without ; after my departing shall grievous lest he fall into reproach, and the wolves enter in among you, not snare of the devil.
sparing the flock.
Also of your
own selves shall men arise speakFor the Epistle. Acts xx. 17. ing perverse things, to draw away
ROM Miletus, Paul sent to disciples after them. Therefore
Ephesus, and called the El-watch, and remember, that by the ders of the Church. And when space of three years, I ceased not they were come to him, he said to warn every one, night and day, unto them, Ye know from the first with tears. And now, brethren, day that I came into Asia, after commend you to God, and to the what manner I have been with word of his grace, which is able you at all seasons, serving the to build you up, and to give you Lord with all humility of mind, an inheritance among all them and with many tears and tempta- which are sanctified. Thave covettions, which befel me by the lying ed no man's silver, or gold, or apin wait of the Jews: And how Iparel : yea, ye yourselves know, kept back nothing that was profit-that these hands have ministered able unto you, but have showed unto my necessities, and to them you, and have taught you publicly, that were with me. I have showand from house to house, testify- ed you all things, how that so laing both to the Jews, and also to bouring ye ought to support the the Greeks, repentance toward weak; and to remember the words God, and faith toward our Lord of the Lord Jesus, how he said, Jesus Christ. And now, behold, It is more blessed to give than to I go bound in the Spirit unto Je-receive. rusalem, not knowing the things
1 Then another Bishop shall read that shall befal me there; save The Gospel. St. John xxi. 15. that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in JESUS saith to Simon Peter
, afflictions abide me. But none of thou me more than these ? He these things move me, neither saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou count 1 my life dear unto myself, knowest that I love thee. He saith so that I might finish my course unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith with joy, and the ministry which to him again the second time, SiI have received of the Lord Je-mon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? sus; to testify the Gospel of thel He saith unto him, Yea, Lord ;
and shall cause them to be read.
thou knowest that I love thee. (dained and consecrated Bishop. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 1 Then shall the Presiding Bishop demand testiHe saith unto him the third time,
monials of the Person presented for Consecration, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou He shall then require of him the following Prom
ise of Conformity to the Doctrine, Discipline, me ? Peter was grieved because and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church. he said unto him the third time, TN the name of God, Amen. I Lovest thou me? And he said un- 1 N. chosen Bishop of the Protto him, Lord, thou knowest all estant Episcopal Church in N. things: thou knowest that I love do promise conformity and obedithee. Jesus saith unto him, Feedence to the doctrine, discipline, my sheep
and worship of the Protestant di Or this: St. John xx. 19,
Episcopal Church in the United
: me ing the first day of the week, God, through Jesus Christ. when the doors were shut where | Then the Presiding Bishop shall move the Con
gregation present to pray, saying thus to them: fear of the Jews, came Jesus and B the Gospel of St. Luke, That
is stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And our Saviour Christ continued the when he had so said, he showed whole night in prayer, before he unto them his hands and his side. chose and sent forth his twelve Then were the disciples glad, Apostles. It is written also, That when they saw the Lord. Then the holy Apostles prayed, before saith Jesus to them again, Peace they ordained Matthias to be of be unto you: As my Father hath the number of the twelve. Let sent me, even so send I you. And us, therefore, following the examwhen he had said this, he breath-ple of our Saviour Christ, and his ed on them, and saith unto them, Apostles, offer up our prayers to Receiveye the Holy Ghost;Whose Almighty God, before we admit soever sins ye remit, they are re- and send forth this person presentmitted unto them, and whose ed unto us, to the work whereunsoever sins ye retain, they are re- to we trust the Holy Ghost hath tained.
that after this place, That it may please thee to JE TESUS came and spake unto illuminale all Bishops, &c. the proper Suffrage
shall be, them, saying, All power is givGo ye therefore and teach all na- and to send thy grace upon him, en unto me in heaven and in earth. THAT it may, please thee to
bless this our brother elected, tions, baptizing them in the name that he may duly execute the ofof the Father, and of the Son, and fice whereunto
he is called, to the of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I edifying of thy Church, and to the have commanded you : and lo, I
honour, praise, and glory of thy
name ; anu with you alway, even unto the
Answer. We beseech thee to hear end of the world. 99 After the Gospel and the Sermon are ended, the us, good Lord. elected Bishop, vested with his Rochet, shall be
Then shall be said this Prayer following. presented by two Bishops of ibis Church unto the LMIGHTY God, giver of Presiding Bishop, or to the Bishop appointed, sil. Ling in his Chair near the holy Table ; the
all good things, who by thy Bishops who present bim saying,
Holy Spirit hast appointed divers EVEREND Father in God, orders of Ministers in thy Church;
we present unto you this god- mercifully behold this thy servant ly and well-learned man to be or- now called to the work and minis
Or this : St. Matt. xxviii. 18.
and adorn him with innocentyme WILL
you then faithfully ex
try of a Bishop; and so replenish The Presiding Bishop. him with the truth of thy doctrine,
ercise yourself in the holy life, that both by word and deed Scriptures, and call upon God by he may faithfully serve thee in this prayer for the true understanding office, to the glory of thy name, of the same; so that you may be and the edifying and well-govern- able by them to teach and exhort ing of thy Church, through the with wholesome doctrine, and to merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, withstand and convince the gainwho liveth and reigneth with thee sayers ? and the Holy Ghost, world with Answer. I will so do, by the out end. Amen.
help of God. Then the Presiding Bishop, sitting in his Chair, The Presiding Bishop. shall say to him that is to be consecrated,
BROTHER, forasmuch as the A RE you ready, with all faith
holy Scripture and the an-drive away from the Church all cient canons command that we erroneous and strange doctrine should not be hasty in laying on contrary to God's word; and both hands, and admitting any person privately and openly to call upon to government in the Church of and encourage others to the same? Christ, which he hath purchased Answer. I am ready, the Lord with no less price than the effu- being my helper. sion of his own blood; before we The Presiding Bishop. admit you to this administration, we will examine you in certain WILL you deny all ungodli
ness and worldly lusts, and articles, to the end that the con- live soberly, righteously, and godly gregation present may have a trial, in this present world, that you and bear witness, how you are may show yourself in all things minded to behave yourself in the an example of good works unto Church of God.
others, that the adversary may be AR
RE you persuaded, that you ashamed, having nothing to say
are truly called to this minis- against you? tration, according to the will of our
Answer. I will so do, the Lord Lord Jesus Christ, and the order being my helper. of this Church?
The Presiding Bishop. Answer. I am so persuaded.
TILL you maintain and set The Presiding Bishop.
forward, as much as shall A
RE you persuaded, that the lie in you, quietness, love, and
holy Scriptures contain all peace among all men; and dilidoctrine required as necessary for gently exercise such discipline, as eternal salvation through faith in by the authority of God's word, Jesus Christ? And are you deter- and by the order of this Church, is mined, out of the same holy Scrip-committed to you? tures, to instruct the people com
Answer. I will so do, by thic mitted to your charge, and to teach help of God. or maintain nothing, as necessary
The Presiding Bishop. to eternal salvation, but that which
JILL you be faithful in on you shall be persuaded, may be daining, sending, or laying concluded and proved by the same ? hands upon others?
Answer. I am so persuaded, Answer. I will so be, by the and determined by God's grace. Thelp of God.