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our Saviour Jesus Christ, who [ Then shall the Bishop examine liveth and reigneth with thee every one of those who are to be and the Holy Ghost, now and for Ordered, in the presence of the ever. Amen.AT
people, after this manner follor 3 The Epistle. 1 Tim. ill. 8.
O you trust that you are in: be
doubletongued, not given to much
Ghost to take upon you this
Office and Ministration, to serve wino, not greedy os filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith
God for the promoting of his in a pure conscience. And let glory, and the edifying of his these also first be proved; then people ?
Answer. I trust so. let them 1180 the Office of a Deacon, being found blameless
The Bishop. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, gober, Do faithful in all things. I et the
truly called, according to
the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Deacons be the husbands of one
and according to the Canons of wite, ruring their children and this Chirch, to the Ministry of their own houses well.
For the same? they that have used the Office Answer. I think so. of a Deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and
The Bishop. great boldness in the faith which
O is in Christ Jesus,
the Canonical Scriptures of Or else this, out of the Sixth Chap- the Old and New Testament? ter of the Acts of the Apostles.
Answer. I do believe them. Acts vi. 2.
The Bishop. THEN the twelve called the
Wish you diligently
read the unto them, and said, It is not senibled in the Church where reason that we should leave the you shall be appointed to serve ? Word of God, and serve tables. Answer. I will. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of
The Bishop and wisdom, whom we a Deacon, in may appoint over this business. where he shall be appointed to But we will give ourselves con- serve, to assist the Priest in tinually to prayer, and to the Divine Service, and specially ininistry of the Word. And the when he ministereth the Holy saying pieased the whole mul- Communion, and to help him in titude. And they chose Stephen, the distribution thereof; and to & man full of faith and of the read Holy Scriptures and HomiHoly Ghost, and Philip, and Pro. lies in the Church; and to inchorus, anii Nicanor, and Timon, struct the youth in the Cateand Parmenas, and Nicolas a chism; in ihe absence of the proselyte of Antioch; whom they Priest to baptize infants; and to set before the Apostles; and preach, if he be admitted thereto when they had prayed, they laid by the Bishop. And furthertheir hands on them. And the more, it is his Office, where Word of God increased, and the provision is so made, to search number of the disciples multi- for the sick, roor, and impotent plied in Jerusalem greatly, and people of the Parish, to intimate a great compa!:y of the Priests iheir estates, names, and places were obedient to the faith. where they dwell, unto the Cu
rate, that by his exhortation when he will return from tho they may be relieved with the wedding; that when he cometh alms of the Parishioners, or and knocketh, they may open others. Will you do this giadly unto him immédiately Blessed and willingly will so do, by the Lord when he cometh shall find 2
are those servants, whom the Answer. help of God.
watching. Verily I say unto The Bishop.
you, that he shall gird himself,
and make them to sit down to ILL you apply all your dili.
meat, and will come forth ani gence to frame and fashi: n
serve them. And if he shall come your own lives and the lives of in the second watch, or come in your families, according to the the third watch, and find them Doctrine of Christ; and to make so, blessed are those servants. both yourselves and them, as much as in you lie th, wholesome Then shall the Bishop proceed in examples of the flock of Christ?
the Communion; and all who are Answer I will so do, the Lord Ordered shall tarry, and receive being my helper.
the Holy Communion the same
day, with the Bishop. The Bishop.
I The Communion enderl, after the ILL
last Collect, and immediately be your Bishop, and other
fore the Benediction, shall be said chief Ministers, who, according this Collect following to the Cavons of the Church, may have the charge an't gov.
LMIGHTY God, giver of all
A ernment over you; following with a glad mind and will their great goodness hast vouchsafed godly admonitions ?
to accept and take these thy Answer. I will endeavour 80
servants unto the Office of Deato do, the Lord being my helper. cong in thy Church; Make them,
we beseech thee, O Lord, to be Then the Bishop, laying his hands modest, humble, and constant 86verally upon the Head of every in their Ministration, to have a one of them, humbly kneeling be ready will to observe all spiritfore him, shall say,
ual Discipline: that they having JAKE thou Authority to exe. always the testimony of a good
cute the Office of a Deacon conscience, and continuing ever in the Church of God committed
stable and strong in thy Son unto thee; In the Name of the Christ, may so well behave themFather, and of the Son, and of selves in this inferior Office, the Holy Ghost. Amen.
that they may be found worthy ( Then shall the Bishop deliver to istries in thy Church; through
to be called unto the higher Minevery one of them the New Testa- the same thy Son our Saviour ment, saying,
to whom be glory in Church of . God, and to preach the same, if
HE Bishop .
eth all understanding Then one of them, appointed by your hearts and minds in the the Bishop, shall read the Gospel. knowledge and love of God, and
of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord : St. Luke xii. 35.
And the Blessing of God Al
mighty, the Father, the Son, about, and your lights burn- and the Holy Ghost, be amongst ing; and ye yourselves like unto you, and remain with you always. men that wait for their Lord, Amen.
1 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 reasona. Ole causes it shall otherwise seem good unto the Bishop,) to the intent he
may be perfect and well expert in the things appertaining to the Ecclesiastical Administration. In executing whereof, if he be found faithful and diligent, he may be adınitted by his Diocesan to the Order of Priesthood, at the times appointed in the Canon; or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Church, in such man ner and form as hereafter followeth.
THE FORM AND MANNER OF
When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, 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 Church of Christ, and also, how the People ought to
esteem them in their Office. | A Priest shall present unto the are persons meet for the same.
Bishop, sitting in his chair near But yet, if there be any of you to the Holy Table, all those who who knoweth any Impediment, are to receive the Order of Priest- or notable Crime, in any of them, hood that day, each of them being for the which he ought not to be decently habited, a:id shall say, received into this holy Ministry,
EVEREND Father in God, let him come torth in the Name persons present, to be admitted or Impediment is. to the Order of Priesthood. [ And if any great Crime or ImneThe Bishop.
diment be objected, the Bishop
shall cease from Ordering that VAKE heed that the persons, T
person, until such time as the whom ye present unto us,
party accused shall be found clear be apt and meet, for their learn.
of that Crime. ing and godly conversation, to exercise their Ministry duly, to I Then the Bishop (commending the honour of God, and the 'edify
such as shall be found meet to be ing of His Church.
Ordered, to the Prayers of the
Congregation) shall, with the The Priest shall answer: Clergy and People present, say
the Litany, with the Prayers, as HAVE inquired concerning I them, and also examined
is before appointed in the Form them, and think them so to be.
of Ordering Deacons ; save only,
that in the proper Suffrage there Then the Bishop shall say unto added, the word Deacons shall the people:
be omitted, and the word Priests LOOD People, these are they
inserted instead of it. whom we purpose, God will. | 1 Then shall be said the Service for ing. to receive
this day unto the the Communion, with the Collect, holy Office of Priesthood: for Epistle, and Gospel, as follovieth. after due examination, we find
The Collect. not to the contrary, but that they lawfully called to
God, giver of all
tronland Ministry, and that they | A good things, whoong tay
Holy Spirit hast appointed di- of the harvest, that he will send vers Orders of Ministers in the forth labourers into his harvest. Church; Mercifully behold these
I or else this that followeth, out of thy servants now called to the
the tenth Chapter of Saint John. Office of Priesthood; and so re
St. John x. 1. plenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that, both y u. He that entereth not by word and good example, they by the door into the sheep-fold, may faithfully serve ihee in bit climbeth up some other this Office, to the glory of thy way, the same is a thief and a Name, and the edification of thyrobber. But he that entereth in Church; through the merits of by the door is the Shepherd of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who the sheep. To him the porter liveth and reigneth with thee openeih, and the sheep hear his and the Holy Ghost, world with voice; and he calleth his own out end. Amen.
sheep by name, and leadeth
them out. And when he putteth The Epistlo. Eph. iv 7. forth his own sheep, he goeth
, to the low ; for they know measure of the gift of Christ. voice. And a stranger will they Wherefore he saith, When he not follow. but will flee from him; ascended up on high, he led for they kuow not the voice of captivity captive, and give gifts strangers. This parable spake unto men. (Now that he as- Jesus unto them, but they un cended, what is it but that he derstood not what things they also descended first into the were which he spake unto them lower parts of the earth? He Then said Jesus unto them that descended, is the same also again, Verily, verily, I say into that ascended up far. above all you, I am the door of the -heep. heavens, that he might fill all All that ever came before me things.) And he gave some are thieves and robbers; but Apostles, and some Prophets, the sheep did not hear them. and some Evangelists, and some I am the door; by me if any Pastors and Teachers; for the man enter in, he shall be saved, perfecting of the Saints, for the and shall go in and out and find work of the Ministry, for the pasture. The thief cometh not edifying of the Body of Christ: but for to steal, and to kill, and till we all come in the unity of to destroy: I am come that they the faith, and of the knowledge might have life, and that they of the Son of God, unto a perfect might have it more abundantly. man, unto the measure of the. I am the good Shepherd: the stature of the fulness of Christ. good Shepherd. giveth his life
After this shall be read for the for the sheep. But he that is an Gospel part of the ninth Chapter hireling, and not the Shepherd, of Saint Matthew, as followeth.
whose own the sheep are not,
seeth the wolf coming, and leav. St. Matt. ix. 36.
eth the sheep, and fleeth; and W
HEN Jesus saw the multi-the wolf catcheth thm, and
tudés, he was moved with scattererh the sheep. The hirecompassion on them, because ling fleeth, because he is an hirethey fainted, and were scattered ling, and careih not for the sheep. abroad as sheep having no shep I am the good Shepherd, and herd. Then saith he unto his know my sheep, and am known disciples, The harvest truly is of mine. As the Father knoweth plenteous, but the labourers are me, even so know I the Father: faw. Pray ye therefore the Lord and I lay down iny life for the sheep. And other sheep. I have to your bounden duty, to bring which are not of this fold: them all such as are or shall be comalso I must bring, and they shall mitted to your charge, unto that hear my voice; and there shall agreement in the faith and be one fold, and one Shepherd. knowledge of God, and to that I Then the Bishop shall say unto
ripeness and perfectness of age
in Christ, that there be no place them as followeth.
left among you, either tor error Y: E have heard, Brethren, as in religion, or for viciousness
well in your private exam. in life, ination, as in the exhortation Forasmuch then as your Office which was now made to you, and is both of so great excellency, in the holy Lessons taken out of and of so great difficulty, ye see the Gospel, and the writings of with how great care and study the Apostles, of what dignity. ye ought to apply yourselves, as and of how great importance well to show yourselves dutiful this Office is, whereunto ye are and thankful unto that Lord, called. And now again we ex. who ha!h placed you in so high hort you, in the Name of our a Dignity; as also to beware that Lord Jesus Christ, thai ye have neither you yourselves offend, in remembrance, into how high nor be occasion that others of a Dignity, and to how weighty fend. Howbeit ye cannot have an Office and Charge ye are
a mind and will thereto of your. called: that is to say, to be selves; for that will and ability Messengers,
Watchmen, and is giver of God alone: Therefore Stewards of the Lord; to tearh. ye ought, and have need, to pray and to premonish, to feed and earnestly for his Holy Spirit. provide for the Lord's family; And seeing that ye cannot by io seek for Christ's sheep that any other means compass the are dispersed abroad, and for doing of so weighty a work, perhis children who are in the taining to the salvation of man, midst of this naughty world, but with doctrine and exhortathat they may be saved through tion taken out of the Holy Scrip Christ for ever.
tures, and with a life agreeable Have always therefore printed to the same; con-ider how studi. in your remembrance. how great ous ye ought to be in reading a treasure is committed to your and learning th- Scriptures, and charge. For they are the sheep in framing the manners both of of Christ, which he bought wiih yourselves, and of them that big deaih, and for whom he shed specially pertain unto you, achis blood. The Church and Con- cording to the rule of the same gregation whom you must serve, Scriptures; and for this selfis his Spouse, and his Body: same cause, how ye ought to And if it shall happen that the forsake and set aside, as much same Church, or any Member as ye may, all wordly cares and thereof, do take any hurt or hin- studies. drance by reason of your negli- We have good hope that yo gence, ye know the greatness of have well weighed these things the fault, and also the horrible with yourselves long before this punishment that will
time; and that ye have clearly Wherefore consider with your determined, by God's grace, to selves the end of the Minisiry give yourselves wholly to this towards the children of God. Office, whereunto it haih pleased towards the Spruse and Body of God to call you: so that, as much Christ; and see that ye never as lieth in you, ye will al ply yourcease your labour, your care and selves wholly to this one thing, diligence, until ye have done and draw all your cares and all that lieth in you, accordin studies this way; and that ye