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CO N F I R M A TION,

OR LAYING ON OF HANDS UPON THOSE THAT ARE BAPTIZED

AND COME TO YEARS OF DISCRETION.

TO

Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed, and standing in order, before the Bishop; he (or some other Minister appointed by him) shall read this Preface following:

the end that Confirmation your Baptism ; ratifying and con

may be ministered to the more firming the fame in your own peredifying of such as shall receive it, fons, and acknowledging yourthe Church hath thought good to felves bound to believe, and to do, order, That none hereafter shall be all those things, which your

GodConfirmed, but such as can say the fathers and Godmothers then unCreed, the Lord's Prayer, and the dertook for you? Ten Commandments; and can also

And every one shall audibly answer, answer to such other Questions, as

I do. in the short Catechism are contain

The Bishop. ed: which order is very convenient

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the children, being now come to the years of discretion, and having and earth.

Answ. Who hath made heaven learned what their Godfathers and Godmothers promised for them in the Lord;

Bishop. Blessed be the Name of Baptism, they may themselves, with

Answ. Henceforth, world withtheir own mouth and consent, openly before the Church, ratify and Bishop. Lord, hear our prayers. confirm the same; and also pro

Answ. And let our cry come mise, that by the grace of God they willevermore endeavour themselves faithfully to observe such things, The Bishop. Let us pray. ,

LMIGHTY and everliving have assented unto.

God, who haft vouchsafed to Then shall the Bishop say,

regenerate these thy servants by Do ye here

, in the presence of Water and the holy Ghost, and God, and of this congregation, hast given unto them forgiveness renew the folemn promise and vow of all their fins; Strengthen them, that was made in your name at we beseech thee, O Lord, with the

out end.

of God they unto thee.

Holy Ghost the Comforter, and good and acceptable unto thy didaily increase in them thy manifold vine Majesty; We make our humgifts of grace; the spirit of wisdom ble supplications unto thee for these and understanding; the spirit of thy servants, upon whom (after the counsel and ghostly strength; the example of thy holy Apostles) we spirit of knowledge and true god- have now laid our hands, to certify linefs; and fill them, O Lord, with them (by this fign) of thy favour the spirit of thy holy fear, now and and gracious goodness towards for ever. Amen.

them. Let thy fatherly hand, we Then all of them in order kneeling before the Bi

beseech thee, ever be over them; shop, he shall lay his hand upon the head of every | let thy Holy Spirit ever be with one severally, saying,

them; and so lead them in the DE

EFEND, O Lord, this thy knowledge and obedience of thy

Child for this thy Servant] Word, that in the end they may with thy heavenly grace, that he obtain everlasting life; through our may continue thine for ever; and Lord Jesus Christ, who with thee daily increase in thy holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost liveth and more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen. reigneth, ever one God, world

without end. Amen. 1 Then shall the Bishop say, The Lord be with you.

O Almighty Lord, and everlastAnsw. And with thy spirit.

ing God, vouchsafe, we beAnd (all kneeling down) the Bishop shall add,

feech thee, to direct, fanctify, and

govern, both our hearts and boUR Father, which art in hea- dies, in the ways of thy laws, and in

ven, Hallowed be thy Name. the works of thy commandments; Thy kingdom come. Thy will be that, through thy most mighty prodone in earth, As it is in heaven. tection both here and ever, we may Give us this day our daily bread. be preserved in body and foul; And forgive us our trespasses, As through our Lord and Saviour

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sus Christ. Amen. we forgive them that trespass a

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| Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying thus, gainst us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from THE Blefling of God Almighevil. Amen.

ty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with for ever. Amen.

you A

LMIGHTY and everliving
God, who makeft us both to 1 And there shall none be admitted to the holy Con-

munion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be will and to do those things that be

ready and desirous to be confirmed.

And this Collect.

SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.

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mony was ordained.

| First the Banns of all that are to be married together must be published in the Church three several Sundays, during the time of Morning Service, or of Evening Service, (if there be no Morning Service,) immediately after the second Lesson ; the Curate saying after the accustomed manner, Publish the Banns of Marriage honourable among all men: and

between M. of—and N. of — therefore is not by any to be enIf any

of you know cause, or just terprised, nor taken in hand, unimpediment, why these two persons advisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to should not be joined together in fatisfy men's carnal lusts and apholy Matrimony, ye are to declare petites, like brute beasts that have it. This is the first [second, or no understanding; but reverently, third] time of asking.

discreetly, advisedly, foberly, and

in the fear of God; duly considerAnd if the persons that are to be married dwell in divers Parishes

, the Banns must be asked in both ing the causes for which MatriParishes; and the Curate of the one Parish shall not solemnize Matrimony betwirt them, without a

First, It was ordained for the Certificate of the Banns being thrice asked, from the Curate of the other Parish.

procreation of children, to be 9 At the day and time appointed for solemnization of brought up in the fear and nur.

Matrimony, the persons to be married shall come ture of the Lord, and to the praise into the body of the Church with their friends and

of his holy Name. neighbours : and there standing together, the Man on the right hand, and the Woman on the left, the Secondly, It was ordained for a Priest shall say,

remedy against fin, and to avoid DEA

EARLY beloved, we are ga- fornication; that such persons as

thered together here in the have not the gift of continency fight of God, and in the face of might marry, and keep themselves this congregation, to join together undefiled members of Christ's body. this Man and this Woman in holy Thirdly, It was ordained for the Matrimony; which is an honour- mutual fociety, help, and comfort, able estate, instituted of God in that the one ought to have of the the time of man's innocency, fig- other, both in prosperity and advernifying unto us the mystical uni- fity. Into which holy estate these on that is betwixt Christ and his two persons present come now to Church ; which holy estate Christ be joined. Therefore if any man adorned and beautified with his can hew any juft cause, why they presence, and first miracle that he may not lawfully be joined togewrought, in Cana of Galilee; and ther, let him now speak, or else is commended of Saint Paul to be hereafter for ever hold his peace.

this manner.

9 And also, speaking unto the persons that shall be nance in the holy estate of Matrimarried, he shall say,

mony ? Wilt thou obey him, and I

as ye will answer at the dread him in fickness and in health ; and, crets of all hearts shall be disclofed, forfaking all other, keep thee only

, as fhall that if either of you know any im

live? pediment, why ye may not be law

The Woman shall answer, fully joined together in Matrimony,

I will. ye do now confess it. For be ye

Then shall the Minister say, well assured, that so many as are coupled together otherwise than married to this Man ?

Who giveth this Woman to be God's Word doth allow are not

Then shall they give their troth to each other in joined together by God; neither is their Matrimony lawful.

The Minister, receiving the Woman at her father's or 1 At which day of Marriage, if any man do alledge

friend's hands, shall cause the Man with his right and declare any inpediment, why they may not be

hand to take the Woman by her right hand, and coupled together in Matrimony, by God's Law, or

to say after him as followeth. the Laws of this Realm; and will be bound, and M. take thee N. to sufficient sureties with him, to the parties; or else

wife, to have and to hold from put in a Caution (to the full value of such charges as the persons to be married do thereby sustain) to this day forward, for better for prove his allegation: then the solemnization must worse, for richer for poorer, in be deferred, until such time as the truth be tried.

fickness and in health, to love and 1 If no impediment be alledged, then shall the Curate

to cherish, till death us do part, M.

man to thy wedded wife, and thereto I plight thee to live together after God's ordi

Then shall they loose their hands; and the Woman, nance in the holy estate of Matri- with her right hand taking the Man by his right

hand, shall likewise say after the Minister, mony? Wilt thou love her, com

N. take thee M. to my wedded fort her, honour, and keep her in fickness and in health; and, forsak- from this day forward, for better ing all other, keep thee only unto

for worse, for richer for poorer, in her, so long as ye both shall live?

sickness and in health, to love, cheThe Man shall answer,

rish, and to obey, till death us do I will.

part, according to God's holy orThen shall the Priest say unto the Woman,

dinance; and thereto I give thee N.

this Man

my

troth. to thy wedded husband, to live together after God's ordi- Then shall they again loose their hands ; and the

Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring, laying the

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same upon the book with the accustomed duty to holy wedlock, and have witnessed the Priest and Clerk. And the Priest, taking the

the same before God and this comRing, shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And pany, and thereto have given and the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by pledged their troth either to other, the Priest, shall say,

and have declared the same by with my body I thee worgiving and receiving of a Ring,

proship, and with all my worldly goods and by joining of hands ; I I thee endow: In the Name of the

nounce that they be Man and Wife Father, and of the Son, and of the together, In the Name of the Fa

ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Holy Ghost. Amen. Then the Man leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand, they shall both

And the Minister shall add this Blessing. kneel down; and the Minister shall

OD the Father, God the Son,

God the Holy , Eternal God, Creator and Pre- preserve, and keep you; the Lord

server of all mankind, Giver mercifully with his favour look upof all fpiritual grace, the Author on you; and so fill you with all of everlasting life; Send thy blessing fpiritual benediction and grace, upon these thy servants, this man that ye may fo live together in and this woman, whom we bless this life, that in the world to in thy Name; that, as Isaac and come ye may have life everlasting. Rebecca lived faithfully together, Amen. fo these persons may surely per- Then the Minister or Clerks, going to the Lord's form and keep the vow and cove

Table, shall say or sing this Psalm following. nant betwixt them made, (where- Beati omnes. Psal. cxxviii. Ring

LESSED are a token and pledge,) and may ever

the Lord and walk in his remain in perfect love and peace ways. together, and live according to

For thou shalt eat the labour of thy laws; through Jesus Christ our thine hands : 0 well is thee, and Lord. Amen.

happy shalt thou be. Then shall the Priest join their right hands toge

Thy wife shall be as the fruitful ther, and say,

vine: upon the walls of thine house; Those whom God hath joined Thy children like the olivetogether let no man put asunder. branches : round about thy table. I Then shall the Minister speak unto the people. Lo, thus shall the man be bleff

ed : that feareth the Lord. in The Lord from out of Sion shall

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