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Art. XXXIII. Of excommunicate Persons, how 16. Of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost, they are to be avoided.
17. For the Rogation-days. That person which by open denunciation of the 18. Of the State of Matrimony. Church is rightly cut off from the Unity of the
19. Of Repentance. Church, and excommunicated, ought to be taken 20. Against Idleness. of the whole multitude of the faithful, as an Hea 21. Against Rebellion. then and Publican, until he be openly reconciled by Penance, and received into the Church by a [This Article is received in this Church, so far Judge that hath authority thereunto.
a's it declares the Books of Homilies to be an expli
cation of Christian doctrine, and instructive in pieART. XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the Church. ty and morals. But all references to the constitu
tion and laws of England are considered as inapIt is not necessary that Traditions and Ceremonies be in all places one, or utterly like; for at all plicable to the circumstances of this Church, which times they have been divers, and may be changed milies in Churches until a revision of them may be
suspends the order for the reading of said Hoaccording to the diversity of countries, times, and men's manners, so that nothing be ordained against well from obsolete words and phrases, as from the
conveniently made, for the clearing of them, as God's word. Whosoever, through his private judy: local references.] ment,
willingly and purposely doth openly break the Traditions and Ceremonies of the Church; Art. XXXVI. Of Consecration of Bishops and which be not repugnant to the word of God, and
Ministers. be ordained and approved by common authority, ought to be rebuked openly (that other may fear The Book of Consecration of Bishops, and Or. to do the like) as he that oftendeth against the com- dering of Priests and Deacons, as set forth by the mon Order of the Church, and hurteth the Autho- General Convention of this Church in 1792, doth rity of the Magistrate, and woundeth the Con- contain all things necessary to such consecration sciences of the weak Brethren.
and ordering; neither hath it any thing that, of itEvery Particular or National Church bath Au- self
, is superstitious and ungodly: and, therefore, thority to ordain, change, and abolish Ceremonies whosoever are consecrated or ordered according or Rites of the Church, ordained only by man's to said form, we decree all such to be rightly, orauthority, so that all things be done to edifying. derly, and lawfully consecrated and ordered.
Art. XXXV. Of Homilies. ART. XXXVII. Of the Power of the Civil MaThe second Book of Homilies, the several titles
gistrates. whereof we have joined, under this Article, doth The power of the Civil Magistrate extendeth to contain a godly and wholesome Doctrine, and ne- all men, as well Clergy as Laity, in all things tomcessary for these Times, as doth the former Book poral; but hath no authority in things purely spiof Homilies, which were set forth in the time of Ed-ritual. And we hold it to be the duty of all men ward the Sixth; and therefore we judge them to who are professors of the Gospel, to pay respectful be read in Churches by the Ministers diligently and obedience to the civil authority, regularly and ledistinctly, that they may be understanded of the gitimately constituted. people.
Art. XXXVIII. Of Christian Men's Goods, Of the Names of the Homilies.
which are not common. 1. Of the right use of the Church.
The Riches and Goods of Christians are not com2. Against Peril of Idolatry. 3. Of Repairing and keeping clean of Churches. mon, as touching the right, title, and possession of
the same, as certain Anabaptists do falsely boast. 4. Of good Works: first of Fasting.
Notwithstanding, every man ought of such things 5. Against Gluttony and Drunkenness. 6. Against Excess of Apparel.
as he possesseth, liberally to give alms to the poor, 7. Of Prayer.
according to his ability. 8. Of the Place and Time of Prayer.
Art. XXXIX. Of a Christian Man's Oath. 9. That Common Prayers and Sacraments
ought to be ministered in a known Tongue. As we confess that vain and rash swearing is for. 10. Of the reverent Estimation of God's Word. bidden Christian inen by our Lord Jesus Christ, 11. Of Alms-Doing.
and James his Apostle : so we judge that Christian 12. Of the Nativity of Christ.
Religion doth not prohibit, but that a man may 13. Of the Passion of Christ.
swear when the Magistrate requireth, in a cause 14. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
of Faith and Charity, so it be done according to 15. Of the worthy receiving of the Sacrament the Prophets teaching in Justice, Judgment, and of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND DEACONS,
According the Order of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, as esta.
blished by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of said Church, in General Convention, in the month of September, A. D. 1792.
THE PREFACE. It is evident unto all men, diligently reading holy Scripture and ancient Authors, that from the Apogtles' time there have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church,--Bishops, Priests, and Dea
Which Offices were evermore had in such reverend estimation, that no man might presume to execute any of them, except he were first called, tried, examined, and known to have such qualities as are requisite for the same; and also by public Prayer, with imposition of hands, were approved and admitted thereunto by lawful Authority. And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be continued, and reverently used and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered to execute any of the said Functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted thereunto, according to the Form
hereafter following, or hath had Episcopal Consecration or Ordination. And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, except he be of the age which the Canon in
that case provided may require. And the Bishop knowing, either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, any Person to be a man of vir.
tuous conversation, and without crime; and, after examination and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the holy Scripture, and otherwise learned as the Canons require, may, at the times appointed, or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Church, admit him a Deacon, in such Manner and Form as followeth.
The Form and Manner of Making Deacons. TWhen 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 Deacons ;
crime or impediment is.
jected, the Bishop shall cease from Ordering that
Person, until such time as the Party accused sons present, to be admitted Dea
shall be found clear of that Crime. cons.
1 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be | The Bishop
found meet to be Ordered, to the Prayers of the VAKE heed that the persons
Congregation) shall, with the Clergy and Peo
ple present, say the Litany. whom ye present unto us, 1 Then shall be said the Service for the Commube apt and meet for their learning
nion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as
followeth. and godly conversation, to exer
The Collect. cise their Ministry duly to the honour of God, and the edifying ALMIGHTY God, who by of his Church. The Priest shall answer:
appointed divers orders of MinisI
HAVE inquired concerning ters in thy Church, and didst inand think them so to be.
to the Order of Deacons the first 1 Then the Bishop shall say unto the People: Mariyr Saint Stephen, with others; RETHREN, if there be any mercifully behold these thy ser
of you, who knoweth any im- vants now called to the like Ofpediment, or notable crime in any fice and Administration; so reof these persons presented to be plenish them with the truth of thy ordered Deacons, for the which Doctrine, and adorn them with he ought not to be admitted to that innocency of life, that both hr
word and good example they may increased, and the number of the faithfully serve thee in this Office, disciples multiplied in Jerusalem to the glory of thy name, and the greatly, and a great company of edification of thy Church, through the Priests were obedient to the the merits of our Saviour Jesus faith. Christ, who liveth and reigneth " Then shall the Bishop examine every one of those with thee and the Holy Ghost, People, after this manner following:
who are to be Ordered, in the presence of the now and for ever. Amen.
you are inThe Epistle. 1 Tim. ii. 8. wardly moved by the Holy
be grave, not double-tongued, fice and Ministration, to serve God not given to much wine, not gree-for the promoting of his glory, and dy of filthy lucre; holding the mys- the edifying of his people ? tery of the faith in a pure con Answer. I trust so. science. And let these also first
think that you
DO a blameless. Even so must their of our Lord Jesus Christ, and acwives be grave, not slanderers, so-cording to the. Canons of this ber, faithful in all things. Let the Church, to the Ministry of the same? Deacons be the husbands of one Answer. I think so. wife, ruling their Children and
For they that have used the Office of a Deacon well, purchase to themselves the Old and New Testament? a good degree, and great boldness Answer. I do believe them. in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The Bishop. for else this, out of the sixth Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.
WILL you diligently read the
same unto the people asActs vi. 2.
sembled in the Church where you T NHEN the Twelve called the shall be appointed to serve ?
multitude of the disciples unto Answer. I will. them, and said, It is not reason
The Bishop. that we should leave the Word of TT appertaineth to the Office of Godand serve tables. Where
the Church where fore, brethren, look ye out among he shall be appointed to serve, to you seven men of honest report, assist the Priest in Divine service, full of the Holy Ghost and wis- and specially when he ministereth dom, whom we may appoint over the Holy Communion, and to help this business. But we will give enim in the distribution thereof; ourselves continually to prayer, and to read holy Scriptures and and to the ministry of the Word. Homilies in the Church; and to inAnd the saying pleased the whole struct the Youth in the Catechism ; multitude. And they chose Ste-in the absence of the Priest to bapphen, a man full of faith and of the tize Infants; and to preach, if he Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Pro-be admitted thereto by the Bishop. chorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, And furthermore, it is his Office, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a pro- where provision is so made, to selyte of Antioch: whom they set search for the sick, poor, and imbefore the Apostles; and when they potent people of the Parish, to inhad prayed, they laid their handstimate their estates, names, and on them.
And the word of God places where they dwell, unto the
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 : Willjunto 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 ILL 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 " Then shall the Bishop proceed in the Communion;
and all who are Ordered, shall tarry, and receive your families, according to the
the HolyCommunion the same day with
the Bishop: Doctrine of Christ; and to make " The Communion ended, after the last Collect, and
immediately before the Benediction, shall be said both yourselves and them, as much this Collect following: as in you lieth, wholesome exam LMIGHTY God, giver of all ples of the flock of Christ? A 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 to ing ever stable and strong in thy 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 AKE 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.
peace of God, which
passI Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of eth all understanding, keep
them the New Testament, saying, TAKE 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 T 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. 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 reasonable your lights burning, and Causes it shall otherwise seem good unto the ye yourselves like unto men that Bishop) to the intent he may be perfect, and well
expert in the thing appertaining to the Ecclewait for their Lord, when he will siastical Administration; in executing whereof, return from the wedding; that
if he be found faithful and diligent, he may be admitted by his Diocesan to the Order
of Priestwhen he cometh and knocketh, hood, at the times appointed in the Canon, or they may open unto him immedi- else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day:
in the face of the Church, in such manner and ately. Blessed are those servants form as hereafter followeth.
LET your loins be girded about
The Form and Manner of Ordering Priests.
9 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. TA Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in
The Collect. his Chair near to the holy Table, all those who are to receive the order of Priesthood that day, each
LMIGHTY God, giver of of them being decently habited, and shall say : EVEREND Father in God, Holy Spirit hast appointed divers
all good things, who by thy I present unto you these per- Orders of Ministers in the Church; sons present, to be admitted to the mercifully behold these thy serorder of Priesthood. I The Bishop
vants now called to the Office of NAKE heed that the persons Priesthood ; and so replenish them 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 HAVE inquired concerning Church, through the merits of our
UNTO every one of us is given
and think them so to be.
and reigneth with thee and the # Then the Bishop shall say unto the People: Holy Ghost, world without end.
YOOD People, these are they Amen.
NTO ter due examination, we find not to the contrary, but that they are sure of the gift of Christ. Where
grace according to the mealawfully 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. But
tive, 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 i And if any great Crime or Impediment be objected, the Bishop shall cease frorn Ordering that Evangelists, and some Pastors and Person, until such tiine as the Party accused Teachers, for the Perfecting of the
shall be found clear of that Crime. 1 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be Saints, for the work of the Minis
found meet to be Ordered, to the Prayers of the try, for the edifying of the Body Congregation) shall, with the Clergy and Peo
of Christ; till we all come, in the ple present, say the Litany, with the Prayers as is before appointed in the form of Ordering unity of the faith and of the Deacons; save only, that in the proper sulfrage knowledge of the Son of God,
and the word Priests inserted instead of it. unto a perfect man, unto the I Then shall be said the Service for the Commu- measure of the stature of the ful
nion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as folloiveth.
ness of Christ.