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1 The Priest shall answer :
I HAVE inquired concerning them, and also examined them, and
1 Then the Bishop shall say unto the People :
ment, or notable crime in any of these Persons presented to be ordered Deacons, for the which he ought not to be adınitted to that Office, let him come forth in the name of God, and show what the crime or impediment is. 1 And if any great Crime or Impediment be objected, the Bishop
shall cease from Ordering that person, until such time as the
Party accused shall be found clear of that Crime. 11 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be found meet 10
be Ordered, to the Prayers of the Congregation) shall, with the
Clergy and People presert, say the Litany. 1 Then shall be said the Service for the Communion, with the Col. lect, Epistle, and Gospel, us followeth,
divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church, and didst inspire thine Apostles to choose into the Order of Deacons the first Martyr Saint Stephen, with others; 'mercifully behold these thy servants now called to the like Office and Administration; so replenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that both by word and good example they may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy name, and the edification of thy Church, through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and for ever. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 8. IKEWISE must the Deacons be grave, not double-tongued,
the mystery of the faith in. a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the Office of a Deacon, being found blameless. Even so inust their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the Deacons be the hus. bands of one wife, ruling their children and their own Houses well. For they that have used the Office of a Deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 1 Or else this, out of the sixth Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.
Acts vi. 2. MEN the Twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto
thein, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye ont among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give our. selves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a nan full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of
Antioch: whom they set before the Apostles; and when they nad prayed, they laid their hands on them. And the word of God increased, and the number of the disciples inultiplied in Jerusalem greatly, and a great company of the Priests were obedient to the faith. 1. Then shell the Bishop examine every one of those who are to be
Ordered, in the presence of the People, after this manner fol
lowing: Diyou take
upon you this Office and Ministration, to serve God for the promoting of his glory, and the edifying of his people ? Answer. I trust so.
The Bishop. Do
our Lord Jesus Christ, and according to the Canons of this Church, to the Ministry of the same? Answer. I think so.
The Bishop Dood and New Testament ?
you unseignedly believe all the Canonical Scriptures of the Answer. I do believe them.
he shall be appointed to serve, to assist the Priest in Divine Service, and specially when he ministereth the Holy Communion, and to help him in the distribution thereof; and to read holy Scriptures and Homilies in the Church; and to instruct the Youth in the Catechisın; in the absence of the Priest to baptize Infants; and to preach, if he be admitted thereto by the Bishop. And furthermore, it is his Office, where provision is so made, to search for the sick, poor, and impotent People of the Parish, to intimate their estates, names, and places where they dwell, unto the Curate, that by his exhortation they may be relieved with the alms of the Parishioners, or others: Will you do this gladly and willingly? Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.
to own lives, and the lives of your families, according to the Doctrine of Christ; and to make both yourselves and them, as much as in you lieth, wholesome examples of the flock of Christ ? Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
, ters, who according to the Canons of the Church, may have the charge and government over you; following with a glad mind and will their godly admonitions ? Answer. I will endeavour so to do, the Lord being my helper
1 Then the Bishop, laying his Hand severally upon the Head of
every one of them humbly kneeling before him shall say, TAEN WAKE thou Authority to execute the Office of a Deacon in the
Church of God coinmitted unto thee; In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 1 Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of them the New
Testament, saying, TAKE TAKE thou Authority to read the Gospel in the Church of God,
and to preach the same, if thou be thereto licensed by the Bishop himself. 1 Then one of them apppointed by the Bishop shall read the
Gospel. St. Luke xii. 35.
yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding ; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when he cometh, shall find watching : Verily I say unto you, That he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meal, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 1 Then shall the Bishop proceed in the Communion ; and all who
are Ordered, shall tarry, and receive the Holy Communion the
same day with the Bishop. 1 The Communion ended, after the last Collect, and immediately
before the Benediction, shall be said this Collect following:
ness hast vouchsafed to accept and take these thy servants unto the Office of Deacons in thy Church; make them, we beseech thee, O Lord, to be modest, humble, and constant in their Ministration, to have a ready will to observe all spiritual Discipline; that they, having always the testimony of a good conscience, and con. tinuing ever stable and strong in thy Son Christ, may so well be. have themselves in this inferior Office, that they may be found wor. thy to be called unto the higher Ministries in thy Church, through the same thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; to whom be glory and honour, world without end. Amen.
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. 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 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 rohereof, if he be found faithful and diligent he may be admitted 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 manner and form as hereafter followeth.
FORM AND MANNER OF ORDERING
" 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 ; bow necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the People ought to esteem them in their office. 1 A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in his Chair near
to the holy Table, all those who are to receive the Order of Priesthood that day, each of them being decently habited, and
shall say: RS EVEREND Father in God, I present unto you these Persons present, to be admitted to the order of Priesthood.
* The Bishop. TAKE heed that the Persons whom ye present unto us, be apt
and meet for their learning and godly conversation to exercise their Ministry duly to the honour of God, and the edifying of the Church.
1 The Priest shall answer : I HAVE inquired concerning them, and also examined them, and
Then the Bishop shall say unto the People : G Wood People, these are they whom we purpose, God willing to
receive this day unto the Holy Office of Priesthood : For after due examination, we find not to the contrary, but that they are lawfully called to their Function and Ministry, and that they are Persons meet for the same. But yet if there be any of you, who knoweth any impediment or notable crime in any of them, for the which he ought not to be received into this holy Ministry, let him come forth in the name of God, and show what the crime or im. pediment is. 11 And if any great Crime or Impediment be objected, the Bishop
shall cease from Ordering that person, until such time as the Party accused shall be found clear of that Crime. Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be found meet to be Ordered, to the Prayers of the Congregation) shall, with the Clergy and People present, say the Litany, with the Prayers as is before appointed in the Form of Ordering Deacons ; save only, that in the proper suffrage there added, the word Deacons
shall be omitted, and the word Priests inserted instead of it. 1 Then shall he said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.
hast appointed divers orders of Ministers in the Church; mer. cifully behold these thy servants, now called to the Office of Priesthood; and so replenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that both by word and good ex.
ample they may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy name, and the edification 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.
The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. every one of us is given grace according to the meas of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now, that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended, is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he inight fill all things.) And he gave some Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some Pastors and Teachers, for the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the Ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ; till we all come, in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect inan, unto the mea. sure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. 1 After this shall be read for the Gospel, part of the ninth Chapter
of Saint Matthew, as followeth.
, ; sion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few : Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. 1 Or else this that followeth, out of the tenth Chapter of Saint John
St. John x. 1. VERILY, verily, I say junto you, He that entereth not by the door
into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door, is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth be. fore them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them, but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture. The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly: I am the good Shepherd : the good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and feeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hire. ling fleeth because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father,