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The Bishop shall go within the rails, with such of the Clergy as can be there accommodated. The Bishop, sitting in his chair, shall have the instruments of donation and endorment, if there be
any, presented to him; and then standing up, and turning to the Congregation, shall siny, DEARLY beloved in the Lord; forasmuch as devout and holy men, as well
under the Law as under the Gospel, moved either by the express command of God, or by the secret inspiration of the blessed Spirit, and acting agreeably to their own reason and sense of the vatural decency of things, have erected houses for the public worship of God, and separated them from all unhallowed, worldly, and common uses, in order to fill men's minds with greater reverence for his glorious Majesty, and affect their hearts with more devotion and humility in his service; which pious works have been approved of and graciously accepted by our heavenly Father: Let us not doubt but that he will also favourably approve our godly purpose of setting apart this place in sulem marmer, for the performance of the several offices of religious worship, and let us faithfully and devoutly beg his blessing on this our undertaking.
Then the Bishop, kneeling, shall say the following Prayer. O ETERNAL God, Inighty in power, and of majesty incomprehensible, whom
the heaven of heavens cannot contain, much less the walls of temples made with hands; and who yet hast been graciously pleased to promise thy especial presence, wherever two or three of thy faithful servants shall assemble in thy Name, to offer up their praises and supplications unto thee; Vouchsafe, O Lord, to be present with us, who are here gathered together with all humility and readiness of licart, to consecrate this place to the honour of thy great Name; separating it henceforth from all unhallowed, ordinary, and coinmou uses ; and dedicating it to thy service, for reading thy holy Word, for celebrating thy holy Sacraments, for offering to thy glorious Majesty the sacrifices of prayer and thanksyiving, for blessing thy people in thy Same, and for the performance of all other holy offices: accept, () Lord, this service at our hands, and bless it with such success as may tenol most to thy glory, and the furtherance of our happiness both temporal and spiritual; through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour. Imen.
: After this the Bishop shall stanil up, and turning his face tovurds the Congregation, shall say, REG EGARD, O Lord, the supplications of thy servants, and grant that whosoever
shall be dedicated to thee in this house by Baptism, may be sanctified by the IIoly Ghost, delivered from thy wrath and eternal death, and received as a living member of Christ's Church, and may ever remain in the number of thy faithful children. Amen.
Grant, () Lord, that they who at this place shall in their own persons renew the promises and vows which they made, or which were made for them by their sureties at their Baptism, and thereupon shall be Confirined by the Bishop, may receive such a measure of thy IIoly Spirit, that they may be enabled faithfully to fulfil the same, and grow in grace unto their lives' end. Imen.
Grant, () Lord, that whosoever shall receive in this place the blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, may come to that holy ordinance with faith, charity, and true repentance; and being filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, may, to their great and endless comfort, obtain remission of their sins, and all other benefits of his passion. men.
Grant, O Lor), that by thy holy Word which shall be real and preached in this place, and by thy IIoly Spirit grafting it inwardly in the heart, the hearers thereof
may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and may have power and strength to fulfil the same. Amen.
Grant, O Lord, that whosoever shall be joined together in this place in the holy estate of Matrimony, may faithfully perform and keep the vow and covenant between them made, and may remain in perfect love together unto their lives' end. Amen.
Grant, we beseech thee, blessed Lord, that whosoever shall draw near to thee in this place, to give thee thanks for the benefits which they have received at thy hands, to set forth thy most worthy praise, to confess their sins unto thee, and to ask such things as are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as for the soul, may do it with such steadiness of faith, and with such seriousness, affection, and devotion of mind, that thou mayest accept their bounden duty and service, and vouchsafe to give whatever in thy infinite wisdom thou shalt see to be most expedient for them: All which we beg for Jesus Christ's sake, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. | Then, the Bishop sitting in his chair, the Sentence of Consecration is to be read by some person
appointed by him, and then laid by him upon the Communion Table ; after which, the Bishop
BLESSED be thy Name, O Lord, that it hath pleased thee to put it into the
hearts of thy servants to appropriate and devote this house to thy honour and worship; and grant that all who shall enjoy the benefit of this pious work, may show forth their thankfulness, by making a right use of it, to the glory of thy blessed Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 After this, the Minister appointed is to read the service for the day.
Second. IIeb. chap. x. verse 19 to verse 26. ? Morning Prayer being ended, there shall be sung from the Book of Psalms, in Metre, Psalm
xxvi. verses 6, 7, 8, with the Gloria Patri. T The Dishop shall then proceed to the Communion Service. The following shall be the Collect,
Epistle, and Gospel, for the occasion.
The Collect. O MOST glorious Lord, we acknowledge that we are not worthy to offer unto
thee any thing belonging unto us; yet we beseech thee, in thy great goodness, graciously to accept the Dedication of this place to thy service, and to prosper this our undertaking; receive the prayers and intercessions of all those thy servants who shall call upon thee in this house; and give them grace to prepare their hearts to serve thee with reverence and godly fear; affect them with an awful apprehension of thy Divine Majesty, and a deep sense of their own unworthiness; that so approaching thy sanctuary with lowliness and devotion, and coming before theo with clean thoughts and pure hearts, with bodies undefiled, and minds sanctified, they may always perform a service acceptable to thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. verse 14 to verse 17. BE yo not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship bath
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness ? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he thai
believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols ? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
The Gospel. St. John ii. verse 13. AN
ND the Jews' Passover was at hard, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and
found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
| Then shall be said or sung the IIundredth Psalm.
Here shall follow the Sermon. The Sermon being ended, the Bishop shall proccell in the Service for the Communion, if it is to be
administered at that time. | After the Coinmunion, or, if it is not alministered at that time, after the Sermon, and immc
diately before the final Blessing, the Bishop shall say the following Prayer. BLESSED be thy Name, O Lord God, for that it hath pleased thee to have thy
habitation among the sons of men, and to dwell in the midst of the assembly of the saints upon the earth; bless, we beseech thee, the religious performance of this day, and grant that in this place now set apart to thy service, thy holy Name may be worshipped in truth and purity through all generations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. T!IE 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 Iloly Ghost, be amongst you, and reinain with you always. Amen.
AN OFFICE OF
INSTITUTION OF MINISTERS
INTO PARISIIES OR CIIURCHES.
PRESCRIBED BY TIIE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CIICRCI IN TIIE UNITED STATES OF AVE.
RICA; ESTABLISHIED IN GENERAL CONVENTION OF THE BISIIOPS, TIIE CLERGY, AND LAITY, 1804; AND SET FORTII WITII ALTERATIONS, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, 1603.
The Bishop having received due Notice of the Election of a Minister into a Parish or Church, as prescribed by the Canon, concerning "the Election and Institution of Jlinisters," and being satisfied that the person chosen is a qualified Minister of this Church, may transmit the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Rector, or Assistant Minister, to one of his Presbyters,
whom he may appoint as the Institutor. s In any Diocese, the concluding Paragraph in the Letter of Institution may be omilted, where it
interferes with the 'Usages, Laws, or Charters of the Church in the same.
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting.
License and Authority to perform the Office of a Priest, in the Parish [or Church] of E. And also hereby do institute you into said Parish, [or Church,] pos
Signat. sessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among the People of the same; you continuing in communion with us, and complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church, and with such lawful directions as you shall at any time receive from us.
And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector (or Assistant Minister, as the case may be] of
Parish, [or Church,] you are faithfully to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now intrusted to you; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind that you are accountable to us here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all, hereafter.
And as the Lord hath ordained that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar; so we authorize you to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal relation, between you and them: of all which you will give us due notice: and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection between you and them, we, your Bishop, with the advice of our Presbyters, are to be the ultimate arbiter and judge. In witness whereof, we have hereunto affixed our episcopal seal and signature, at this
A. D. and in the year of our consecration.
S In the case of a Minister to be instituted in a Diocese in which there is no Bishop, the Clerical
Jembers of the Stunding Committee shall send the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed linister, to the Presbyter whom they may appoint as Institutor.
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting.
Sigillum. Office of a Priest in the Parish [ox Church] of E. And by virtue of the power vested in us, do institute you into said Parish, [or Church,] possessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among the People of the same; you complying with the rubries and canons of the Church. .
And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector (or Assistant Minister, as the cuse may be] of
Parish, [or Church,] you are to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now intrusted to you; not as a man-plcaser, but as continually bearing in mind that you are accountable to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Church here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all, hereafter.
And as the Lord hath ordained that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar; so you have our authority to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until soine urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection, between you and them: of all which you will give us due notice: and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection between you and them, the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Church in this Diocese (taking the advice and aid of a Bishop) shall be the ultimate arbiter and judge.
In witness whercof, we have hereunto set our hands and seals, this day of
in the year
The day being appointed for the new Incumbent's Institution, at the usual hour of Morning Prayer, the Institutor, attended by the new Incumbent, and one or reore Presbyters appointed by the Bishop (or, where there is no Bishop, by the Clerical Members of the Standing Coinmittee) for that purpose, shall enter the Church. Then, all the Clergy present standing without the rails of the Altar, ercept the officiating Priest, who shall go into the Desk; the Wardens (or, in case of their rcccssary absence, two meinbers of the Vestry) standing on the right and left of the Altar, without the rails; the Senior Warden (or the member of the l'estry supplying his place) holding the keys of the Church in his hand, in open view, the officiating Priest shall read Morning Prayer.
Morning Prayer ended, the Priest who acts as the Institutor, standing within the rails of the
Altar, shall say, D EARLY beloved in the Lord, we have assembled for the purpose of instituting
the Rev. A. B. into this Parish, [or Church,] as Priest and Rector (or Assistant Minister] of the saine; and we are possessed of your Vote that he has been so elected; as also of the prescribed Letter of Institution. But if any of you can show just cause why he may not be instituted, we proceed no further, because we would not that an unworthy person should minister among you. If any objection be offered, the Priest who acts as the Institutor shall judge whether it afford just
cause to suspend the Service. Tato objection being offered, or the Priest who acts as the Institutor choosing to go on with the
Service, he shall next read the Letter of Institution. And then shall the Senior Warden (or the Member of the l'estry supplying his place) present the
keys of the Church to the new Incumbent, saying, IN the name and behalf of Parish, for Church,] I do receive and acknowl
edge you, the Rev. 1. B., as Priest and Rector (or Assistant Minister] of the same; and in token thereof, give into your hands the keys of this Church.
( Then the new Incumbent shall say, A. B., receive these keys of the IIouse of God at your hands, as the pledges of
my Institution, and of your parochial recoguition, and promise to be a faithful Shepherd over you, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Iloly Ghost.
(llere the Instituting Minister shall begin the Office. Minister. The Lord be with you. Answer. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
IRECT us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favour, and fur
ther us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy
obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who hath taught us to pray unto thee, O Almighty Father, in his prevailing Name and words, OUR
UR Father, who art in heaven, ITallowed bc thy Name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the king dom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.