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of our hands; and be thou a' faithful Dispenser of the word
of God, and of his holy Sacra
ments: In the name of the Fa
ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
T Then the Bishop shall deliver to every one of them kneeling, the Bible into his hand, saying, TAKE thou authority to preach the word of God, and to minister the holy Sacraments in the Congregation where thou shalt be lawfully appointed thereunto.
T. When this is done, the Bishop shall go on in the service of the Communion, which all they who receive Orders shall take together, and remain in the same place where hands were laid upon them, until such time as they have received the Communion.
* The Communion being done, after the last Collect, and immediately before the Benediction, shall be said this Collect.
OST merciful Father, we 1V1 beseech thee to send upon these thy servants thy heavenly blessing; that they may be clothed with righteousness, and that thy word spoken by their mouths may have such success, that it may never be spoken in vain. Grant also, that we may
have grace to hear and receive what they shall deliver out of thy most holy word, or agreeably to the same, as the means of our salvation; that in all our words and deeds we may seek thy glory, and the increase of thy kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
T.And if, on the same day, the Order of Deacons be given to some, and the Order a
• Priesthood to others ; the Deacons shall first presented, and them the Priests; and it shall suffice, that the Litany be once said for both. The Collects shall both be used; Jirst, that £" Deacons, then that for Priests. The Epistle shall be Ephesians iv. 7 to 13, as before in this office. Imme.
diately after which, they that are to be made
Deacons, shall be eacamined, 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 le. fore in this office; or else Saint Lukexii 35 to 38, as before in the form for the 0°dering of Deacons, they that are to be made Priests, shall likewise be examined, and ordained, as is in this office before appointed.
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is a true saying, If a
man desire the office of a Bishop, he desiretha goodwork. A Bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; for if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the Church of God? not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach, and the Snare of the devil.
T Or this: For the Epistle.
Acts xx. 17.
ROM Miletus, Paul sent to
Ephesus, and called the Elders of the Church. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears and temptations, which befel me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was o unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the
Greeks, entance toward God, and faith toward . our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I go bound in the Spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befal me there; save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying, That bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus; to testify the Gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men: For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all
the flock, over the which the
Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enterin among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years, Iceased not to warn every one, night and day, with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or ap
ESUS saith to Simon Peter, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that i love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou, knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. Jesussaith unto him, Feed my sheep.
T Or this: St. John xx, 19.
THE same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then saith Jesus to them again, Peace
be unto you: As my Father: hath sent me, even so send, I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.
T Or this: St. Matt, xxviii. 18.
João came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to ob: serve all things whatsoever I have commanded you : and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. T.After the Gospel and the Sermon are end. ed, the elected Bishop, vested with his Irochet, shall be presented by two Iłishops of this Church unto the Presiding Bishop, or to the Bishop appointed, sitting in his
Chair near the holy Table ; the Bishops who present him saying,
United States of America: So help me God, through Jesus Christ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * Then the Presiding Bishop ... shall move the Congregation present to pray, saying thus to them: ** RETHREN, it is written in the Gospel of St. Luke, That our Saviour Christ continued the whole night in prayer, before he chose and sent forth his twelve Apostles. It is written also, That the holy Apostles ayed, before they ordained Wiśs to be of the number of the twelve. Let us, there:
fore, following the example of .
our Saviour Christ, and his Apostles, offer up our prayers to Almighty God, before we admit and send forth this person presented unto us, to the work whereunto we trust the Holy Ghost hath called him."
os And them shall be said the Liotany; save only, that after this place, That it may please - thee to illuminate all Bishops, - &c. the proper Suffrage shall - be, HAT it may please thee to ..l.. bless this our brother elected, and to send thy grace upon him, that he may duly execute the office whereunto he is called, to the edifying of thy Church, and to the honour, praise, and glory of thy name; Answer. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
* Then shall be said this Prayer Jollowing. Aoi. God, giver of all good things, who by thy Holy Spirit hast appointed divers orders of Ministers in thy
Church; mercifully behold this thy servant now called to the work and ministry of a Bishop; and so replenish him with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn him with innocency of life, that both by word and deed he may faithfully serve thee in this of. fice, to the glory of thy name, and the edifying and well-governing of thy Church, through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
To Then the Presiding Bishop, sitting in his Chair, shall sa to him that is to be consecrated,
ROTHER, forasmuch as the holy Scripture and the ancient canons command that we should not be hasty in laying on hands, and admitting any person to government in the Church of Christ, which he hath purchased with no less price than the effusion of his own blood; before we admit you to this administration, we will examine you in certain articles, to the end that the congregation present may have a trial, and bear witness, how you are minded to behave yourself in the Church of God.
A. you persuaded, that you are truly called to this ministration, according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the order of this Church? ..Answer. I am so persuaded.
The Presiding Bishop. RE you persuaded, that the holy Scriptures contain all doctrine required as necessary for eternal salvation throug faith in Jesus Christ? And are you determined, out of the same holy Scriptures, to instruct the people committed to your charge, and to teach or maintain nothing, as necessary to eternal salvation, but that which you shall be persuaded, may be concluded and proved by the same? ..Answer. I am so persuaded, and determined by God’s grace. The Presiding Bishop. ILL you then faithfully exercise yourself in the holy Scriptures, and call upon God by prayer for the true understanding of the same ; so that you may be able by them to teach and exhort with wholesome doctrine, and to withstand and convince the gainsayers? ...Answer. I will so do, by the help of God. The Presiding Bishop. A}; you ready, with all faithful diligence, to banish and driveaway from the Church all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God’s word; and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to the same? ...Answer. I am ready, the Lord being my helper. The Presiding Bishop. Wol. you deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts, and live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; that you may show yourself in all things an example of good works unto others, that the adversary may be ashamed, having nothing to say against you? ...Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper. The Presiding Bishop. Wol. you maintain and set VW forward, as much as shall lie in you, quietness, love, and
* Then shall the Bishop elect put on the rest of the Episcopal Habit, and, kneeling down, Veni, Creator Spiritus, shall be sung or said over him, the Presiding Bishop beginning, and the Bishops, with others . that are present, answering by Verses, as jolloweth :
OME, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
Thou the anointing Spirit art,