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which he ought not to be received into them, because they fainted, and were scan this holy Ministry, let him come forth in tered abroad as sheep having no shep the name of God, and show what the herd. Then saith he unto his disciples, crime or impediment is.
The harvest truly is plenteous, but the la" And if any great Crime or Impediment bourers are few: Pray ye therefore the
be objected, the Bishop shail cease from Lord of the harvest, that he will send Ordering that person, until such tine as forth labourers into his harvest. the Party accused shall be found clear of 1 or else this that followeth, out of the that Crine.
tenth Chapter of Saint John. Then the Biskop (commending such as
St. John x. 1. shall be found meet to be Ordered, to the Prayers of the Congregation) shall with VERILY, verily, I say unto you, He
that entereth not by the door into the Clergy and People present, say the the sheep-fold, but clinibeth up some Litany, with the Prayers as is before ap- other way, the same is a thief and a robpointed in the Form of Ordering Dea- ber. But he that entereth in by the door, cons; save only, that in the proper suf- is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the frage there udded, the word Deacons porter openeth, and the sheep hear his shall be omitted, and the word Priests voice; and he calleth his own sheep by inserted instead of it.
name, and leadeth them out. And when ? Then shull be said the Service for the he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth
Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, before them, and the sheep follow him; and Gospel, as followeth.
for they know his voice. And a stranger The Collect.
will they not follow, but will flee fron A . ;
things, who by thy Holy Spirit hast gers. This parable spake Jesus unto them, appointed divers orders of Ministers in but they understood not what things they the Church; mercifully behold these thy were which he spake unto them. Then kervants now called to the Office of Priest- said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verihood; and so replenish them with the ly, I say unto you, I am the door of the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn them sheep. All that ever came before me are with innocency of life, that both by, word thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not and good example they may faithfully hear them. I am the door; by me if any serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy man enter in, he shall be saved, and shal) name, and the edification of thy Church, go in and out, and find pasture. The thief through the merits of our Saviour Jesus cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and to destroy: I am come thatthey might and the Holy Ghost, world without end. have life, and that they might have it Amen.
more abundantly: I am the good ShepThe Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. herd: the good Shepherd giveth his life "NTO U . ,
according to the measure of the gift and not the Shepherd, whose own the of Christ. Wherefore he saith,
when he sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and ascended up on high, he led captivity cap- leaveth the sheep, and floeth; and the tive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the he ascended, what is it but that he also sheep. The hireling fleeth because he is descended first into the lower parts of the an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. earth? He that descended, is the same I am the good Shepherd, and know my also that ascended up far above all hea- sheep, and am known of mine. As the vens, that he might fill all things.) And Father knoweth me, even so know I the he gave some Apostles, and some Pro- Father: and I lay down my life for the phets, and some Evangelists, and some sheep. And other sheep I have, which Pastors and Teachers, for the perfecting are not of this fold; them also I must of the Saints, for the work of the Ministry, bring, and they shall hear my voice. for the edifying of the Body of Christ and there shall be one fold, and one Shep till we all come, in the unity of the faith herd. and of the knowledge of the Son of God, Then the Bishop shall say unto tiem as unto a perfect man, unto the measure of
fölluweth. the stature of the fulness of Christ. After this shall be read for the Gospel,
E have heard, brethren, as well in YE
your private examination, as in the part of the ninth Chapter of Suint exhortation which was now made to you Matthew, as followeth.
and in the boly lessons taken out of the St. Matt. ix. 36.
Gospel, and the writings of the Apostles WHEN THEN Jesus saw the multitudes, he of what dignity, and of how great impo
was moved with compassion on tance this office is whereunto yearecullen
And now again we exhort you, in the , set aside, as much as ye may, all worldly name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye cares and studies. have in remembrance, into how high a We have good hope that ye have well dignity, and to how weighty
an office and weighed these things with yourselves charge ye are called: That is to say, to long before this time; and that ye have be Messengers, Watchmen, and Stewards clearly determined, by God's grace, to of the Lord; to teach, and to premonish, give yourselves wholly to this Ofice, to feed and provide for the Lord's family, whereunto it hath pleased God to call to seek for Christ's sheep that are dis- you: 80 that, as much as lieth in you, ye porsed abroad, and for his children who will apply yourselves wholly to this one are in the midst of this naughty world, thing, and draw all your cares and studies that they may be saved through Christ this way; and that ye will continually for ever
pray to God the Father, by the mediation Have always therefore printed in your of our only Saviour Jesus Christ, for the remer prance, how great treasure is heavenly assistance of the Holy Ghost; committed to your charge. For they are that by daily reading and weighing the the sheep of Christ,which he bought with Scriptures, ye may wax riper and stronghis death, and for whom he shed his blood. er in your Ministry; and that ye may so The Church and Congregation whom you endeavour yourselves from time to time to must serve, is his Spouse, and his Body. sanctify the lives of you and yours, and And if it shall happen that the same to fashion them after the rule and docChurch, or any member thereof, do take trine of Christ, that ye may be wholeany burt or hindrance by reason of your some and godly examples and patterns negligence, ye know the greatness of the for the people to follow. fault, and also the horrible punishment And now, that this present Congrega. that will ensue. Wherefore consider with tion of Christ may also understand your yourselves the end of the ministry, to- minds and wills in these things, and that wards the Children of God, towards the this your promise may the more move Spouse and Body of Christ; and see that you to do your duties; ye shall answer ye never cease your labour, your care and plainly to these things, which we in the diligence, until ye have done all that lieth name of
God, and of his Church, shall dein you, according to your bounden duty, mand of you touching the same. to bring all such as are or shall be committed to your charge, unto that agree-Do you think in your heart, that you ment in the faith and knowledge of God, will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and accord and to that ripeness and perfectness of age in Christ, that there be no place letting to the Canons of this Church, to use
Order and Ministry of Priesthood? among you, either for error in religion,
Answer. I think it. or for viciousness in life. Forasmuch then as your Office is both
The Bishop of the curreate excellancy, and of so great A Beriture persuaded that the holy studiyye ought to apply yourselves, as well quired as necessary for eternal salvation to show yourselves dutiful and thank through faith in Jesus Christ?
and are ful unto that Lord who hath placed you you deterinined, out of the said Scripin so bigh a dignity; as also to beware tures to instruct the people committed to that neither you yourselves offend, nor your charge, and to teach nothing, as ne be occasion that others offend. How beitcessary to eternal salvation, but that ye cannot have a mind and will thereto which you shall be persuaded, may be of yourselves; for that will and ability is concluded and proved by the Scripture? given of God alone: therefore ye ought,
Answer. I am so persuaded, and bave and have need to pray earnestly for his so determined, by God's grace. Holy Spirit. And seeing that ye cannot
The Bishop by any other means compass the doing of vation of man, but with doctrine and ex. the Doctrine and Sacraments, and the so weighty a work, pertaining to the sal. W ili pou then give your faithful hortation taken out of the holy Scrip-discipline of Christ, as the Lord hath comtures, and with a life agreeable to the manded, and as this Church hath received same; consider how studious ye ought to the same, according to the commande be in reading and learning the Scrip-ments of God; so that you may teach the tures, and in framing the inanners both people committed to your cure and of yourselves, and of them that special- charge, with all diligence to keep and obm ly pertain unto you, according to the rule serve the same? of the same Scriptures; and for this self Answer. I will so do, by the hela rame cause, how ye ought to forsake and the Lord.
Spiritus; the Bishop beginning, and the ILL you be ready with all faithful Priests and others that are present an
swering by verses, as followeth. way from the Church all erroneous and strange doctrines contrary to God's word; COME Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, tions and exhortations, as well to the sick Thou the anointing Spirit art, as the whole within your cures, as need! Who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart: shall require, and occasion shall be given! Thy blessed Unction from above, Answer. I will, the Lord being my Enable with perpetual light
Is comfort, life, and fire of love : helper. The Bishop:
The dulness of our blinded sight : ILL you be diligent in prayers, and Anoint and cheer our soiled face in such studies as help to the knowledge Keep far our foes, give peace at home;
Where thou art lide, no ill can comes, of the same, laying aside tậe study of the world and the flesh?
Teach us to kpow the Father, Son Answer. I will endeavour so to do, the And Thee, of both to be but One
That through the ages all along,
be our endless song;
may Wil you be diligent to frame and Praise to thy eternal merit, fashion your own selves, and your Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit. families, according to the Doctrine of
1 Or this: Clarist; and to make both ourselves and COMEDY, Glost all remain God, examples and patterns to the flock of Both from the Father and the Son, Christ?
The God of peace and love; Answer. I will apply myself thereto, Visit our minds, into our hearts the Lord being my helper.
Thy heavenly grace inspire;
That truth and godliness we may.
as much as lieth in you, quietness, Thou art the yery Comforter peace, and love among all Christian peo- In grief and all distress; ple, and especially among them that are The heavenly gift of God most High or shall be committed to your charge? No tongue can it express;
Answer. I will do so, the Lord being The fountain and the living spring my helper:
Of joy celestial;
The fire so bright, the love so sweet,
The Unction Spiritual, shop, and other chief Ministers,who, Thou in thy gifts art manifold, According to the Canons of the Church, By them Christ's Church doth stand may have the charge and government In faithful hearts thou writ'st thy laz over you; following with a glad mind The finger of God's hand. and will their godiy admonitions, and According to thy promise, Lord, submitting yourselves to their godly Thou givest speech with grace; judgments?
That, through thy help, God's praises may Answer. I will so do, the Lord being Resound in every place.. my helper.
O Holy Ghost, into our minds 9 Then shall the Bishop, standing up, say, Kindle our hearts with fervent zea
Send down thy heavenly light; AL
LMIGHTY God, who hath given you this will to do all these things, Our weakness strengthen and confirm,
To serve God day and night: grant also unto you strength and power to perform the same; that he may accom- That neither devil, world, nor flesh
For, Lord, thou know'st us frail plish his work which he hath begun in you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Put back our enemies far from us,
Against us may prevail. After this, the Congregation shall be And help us to obtain desired, secretly in their prayers, to Peace in our hearts with God and many make their humble supplications to God The best, the truest gain; for all these things: for the which pray- And grant that thou being, O Lord ers there shall be silence kept for a Our leader and our guide, space.
We may escape the snares of sing 17 After which, shall be sung or said by the And never from thee slide.
Bishop, the persons to be ordained Such measures of thy powerful grace Priests al kneeding, Veni, Crcator! Grant Lord, to us, we prayi
That thou may'st be our Comforter sederally upon the head of every one that At the last dreadful day.
receiveth the order of Presthood; the Of strife and of dissention
Receivers humbly kneeling, and the Dissolve, O Lord, the bands,
Bishop saying, And knit the knots
of peace and love Throughout all Christian lands.
RECEIVE. Che Holy Ghost for the
office and work of a Priest in the Grant us the grace that we may know Church of God, now committed unto thee The Father of all might,
by the imposition of our hands: whose That we of his beloved Son,
sins thou dost forgive, they are forgiven: May güin the blissful sight;
and whose sins thou dost retain, they are And that we may with perfect faith retained: And be thou a faithful DispenEver acknowledge thee,
ser of the word of God, and of his holy The Spirit of Father, and of Son, Sacraments: In the name of the Father, One God in Persons Three.
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. To God the Father laud and praise, Amen. And to his blessed Son,
Or this: And to the Holy Spirit of Grace,
NAKE thou Authority to execute the Co-equal Three in One. And pray we, that our only Lord now committed to thee by the imposition
Would please his Spirit to send of our hands; and be thou a faithful Dis. On all that shall profess his name, penser of the word of God, and of his holy From hence to the world's end. Amen. Sacraments: In the name of the Father
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. That done, the Bishop shall pray in this Amen.
wise, and say,
1 Then the Bishop shall deliver to every A
one of them kneeling, the Bible into his LMIGHTY God and heavenly Fa
hand, saying, goodness towards us, hast given to us thy TAKE thon Authority to preach the only and most dearly beloved Son Jesus word of God, and to minister the hoChrist, to be our Redeemer, and the Au- ly Sacraments in the Congregation where thor of everlasting life; who atter he had thou shalt be lawfully appointed there made perfectour redemption by his death, unto. and was ascended into heaven,sent abroad When this is done, the Bishop shall
go into the world his Apostles, Prophets, on in the Service of the Communion, Evangelists, Doctors, and l'astors; by zihich all they who receive Orders skali whose labour and Ministry he gathered take together, and remain in the same together a great Flock in all the parts of place where hands were laid upon them. the world, to set forth the eternal paise until such time as they have received the of thy holy name: For these so great Communion. benefits of thy eternal goodness, and for " The Communion being done, after the that thou hast vouchsafed to call these thy last Collect, and inmediately bi fore the servants here present to the same Office Benediction, shall be said this Collect. and Ministry appoioted for the salvation |
OST of mankind, we render unto thee most
thee to send upon these thy serhearty thanks, we praise and worship vants, thy heavenly blessing; that they thee; and we humbly beseech thee by the
may be clothed with righteousness, and same thy blessed Son, to grant unto all, that thy word spoken by their mouths which either here or elsewhere call upon may have such success, that it may never thy holy name, that we may continue to be spoken in vain, Great also, that we show ourselves thankful unto thee for these and all thy other benefits; and that may have grace to hear and receive what we may daily increase and go forwards they shall deliver out of thy most holy Son, by the Holy Spirit: So that as well words and deeds we may seek thy glory, in the knowledge and faith of thee and thy word, or agreeably to the same, as the by these thy Ministers, as by them over and the increase of thy kingdom, through whom they shall be appointed thy Min- Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. isters, thy holy name may be for ever glorified, and thy blessed kingdom en- T E peace of God, which passeth all larged, through the same thy Son Jesus and minds in the knowledge and love of Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our with thee in the unity of the same Holy Lord: And the blessing of God AlmighSpirit, world without end. Amen.
ty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy When this prayer is done, the Bishop with Ghost, be amongst you and remain with the Prieste present, shall lay their hands you 'ways. Amen.
1 And if, on the same day, the Order of, Deacons be given to some, and the Order
of Priesthood to others; the Deacons shall be first presented, and then the Priests; and it shall suffice that the Litany be once said for both. The Collects shall both be used; first, that for Deacons, then that for Priests. The Epistle shall be Ephesians iv. 7 to 13, as before in this office. Immediately after which, they that are to be made Deucons, shall be examined, and ordained, as is above prescribed. Then one of them having read the Gospel, which shall be either out of Saint Matthew ix. 36, as before in this office; or else Saint Luke xli. 35 to 38, as before in the form for the Ordering of Deacons, they that are to be made Priests, shall likewise be examined, and ordained, asisin thisofficebefore appointed.
THE FORM OF
Ordaining or Consecrating a Bishop.
! When all things are duly prepared in the Church, and set in order, after Morning
Prayer is ended, the Presiding Bishop, or some other Bishop, appointed by the
sons, serving the Lord with all humility sus Christ didst give to thy holy tations, which befel me by the lying in
, Apostles many excellent gifts, and didst wait of the Jews : And how I kept back charge them to feed thy flock; give nothing that was profitable unto yon, but grace, we beseech thee, to all Bishops, have showed you, and have taught you the Pastors of thy Church, that they may publicly, and from
house to house, testidiligently preach thy word, and duly ad-fying both to the Jews, and also to the minister the godly discipline thereof; Greeks, repentance toward God, and and grant to the People, that they may faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And obediently follow the same; that all now, behold, I go bound in the Spirit unmay receive the crown of everlasting to Jerusalem, not knowing the things glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. that shall befal me there; save that the Amen.
Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, say91 And another Bishop shall read
ing, That bonds and afflictions abide me.
But none of these things move me, neiThe Epistle. 1 Tiin. iji. 1. THIS is a true saying, If a man desire ther count I my life dear unto myself, so the office of a Bishop, he desireth a and the ministry which I have received
that I might finish my course with joy, good work. A Bishopthen must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, of the Lord Jesus; to testify the Gospel sober, of good behaviour, given to hospi- I know that ye all, among whom I have tality, apt to teach, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but pa. Shall see my face no more. Wherefore
gone preaching the kingdom of God, tient, not a brawler, not covetous; one I take you to record this day, that I am that ruleth well his own house, having bis children in subjection with all gravi-pure from the blood of all men: For I ty, for if a man know not how to rule have not shunned to declare unto you all his own house, how shall he take care of the counsel of God. Take heed, there the Church of God? not a novice, lest fore, unto yourselves, and to all the flock, being lifted up with pride he fall into over the which the Holy Ghost hati the condemnation of the devil. More-made you overseers, to feed the Church over he must
have a good report of them of God, which he hath purchased with which are without; lest he fall into re
his own blood. For I know this, that af proach, and the spare of the devil.
ter my departing shall grievous wolves Or this : For the Epistle.
enter in among you, not sparing the
flock. Also of your own selves shall men Acts xx. 17.
arise,speaking perverse things, to draw and caled the Elders of the Church watch, and remember, that by the space
, And when they were come to him, he of three years, I ceased not to warn every said unto them, Ye know from the first one, night and day, with tears. And now, day that I came into Asia, after what brethren, I commend you to God, and to sander I bave been witb you at all sea- the word of his grace, which is able to