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THE FORM OF SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
The laws respecting Matrimony, whether by publishing the Banns in churches, or by License, being different in the several States, every Minister is left to the direction of those laws, in every thing that regards the civil contract between the parties. I And when the Banns are published, it shall be in the following form : I publish the Banns of Marriage between M. of - and N. of
If any of you know cause, or just impediment, why these two persons should not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it. This is the first [second or third] time of asking. ? At the day and time appointed for Solemnization of Matrimony, the Persons to be married shall come into the body of the Church, or shall be ready in some proper house, with their friends and neighbours; and there standing together, the Man on the right hand, and the Woman on the left, the Minister shall say,
EARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight
of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is.commended of Saint Paul to be honourable among all men : and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.
1 And also speaking unto the Persons who are to be married, he shall say, T REQUIRE and charge you both, as ye will answer at the
I dreadful day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confess it. For be ye well assured, that if any persons are joined together otherwise than as God's Word doth allow, their marriage is not lawful. T The Minister, if he shall have reason to doubt of the lawfulness of the proposed Mar. riage, may demand sufficient surety for his indemnification : but if no impediment shall be alleged, or suspected, the Minister shall say to the Man, M WILT thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live M1, together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony ? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live ?
N. live togetheilt thou obey himin health ; and
. 1 The Man shall answer,
I will. Then shall the Minister say unto the Woman, N WILT thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, to IV. live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony ? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live ?
I The Woman shall answer, .
1 Then shall the Minister say, Who giveth this Woman to be married to this Man ? 1 Then shall they give their troth to each other in this manner. The Minister, receiving the Woman at her father's or friend's hands, shall cause the Man with his right hand to take the Woman by her right hand, and to say after him as followeth. I M. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold
from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance ; and thereto I plight thee my troth. I Then shall they loose their hands; and the Woman with her right hand taking the
Man by his right hand, shall likewise say after the Minister : T N. take thee M. to my wedded husband, to have and to 1 hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance ; and thereto I give thee my troth. I Then shall they again loose their hands; and the Man shall give unto the Woman a
Ring. And the Minister taking the Ring shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and
taught by the Minister, shall say, : . W ITH this Ring I thee wed, and with all my worldly goods
W I thee endow : In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. I Then the Man, leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand,
the Minister shall say,
Let us pray.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it
MATRIMONY. 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. Amen."
ETERNAL God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind,
Giver of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life; Send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy Name; that, as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring given and received is a token and pledge,) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Minister join their right hands together, and say, Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
I Then shall the Minister speak unto the company : TORASMUCH as M. and N. have consented together in holy
wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a Ring, and by joining hands ; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
1 And the Minister shall add this Blessing : MOD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless,
U preserve, and keep you ; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace ; that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.
THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
I When any person is sick, notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the
Parish ; who, coming into the sick person's house, shall say,
PEACE be to this house, and to all that dwell in it.
When he cometh into the sick Man's presence, he shall say, kneeling down, REMEMBER not, Lord, our iniquities, nor the iniquities of our 1 forefathers ; Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever. Answer. Spare us, good Lord.
I Then the Minister shall say,
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is
this thy servant. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort and sure confidence in thee, defend him from the danger of the enemy, and keep him in perpetual peace and safety ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. LTEAR us, Almighty and most merciful God and Saviour ; 11 extend thy accustomed goodness to this thy servant, who is grieved with sickness. Sanctify, we beseech thee; this thy fatherly correction to him; that the sense of his weakness. may add strength to his faith, and seriousness to his repentance : That, if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore him to his former health, he may lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory : or else, give him grace so to take thy visitation, that, after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 Then shall the Minister exchort the sick Person after this form, or other like. EARLY beloved, know this, that Almighty God is the Lord
of life and death, and of all things to them pertaining ; as youth, strength, health, age, weakness, and sickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your sickness be, know you certainly that it is God's visitation. And for what cause soever this sickness be sent unto you ; whether it be to try your patience for the example of others, and that your faith may be found, in the day of the Lord, laudable, glorious, and honourable, to the increase of glory and endless felicity; or else it be sent unto you to correct and amend in you whatsoever doth offend the eyes of your heavenly Father ; know you certainly, that if you truly repent you of your sins, and bear your sickness patiently, trusting in God's mercy for his dear Son Jesus Christ's sake, and render unto him humble thanks for his fatherly visitation, submitting yourself wholly unto his will, it shall turn to your profit, and help you forward in the right way that leadeth unto everlasting life.
1 If the Person visited be very sick, then the Minister may end his Exhortation in
this place, or else proceed. M AKE therefore in good part the chastisement of the Lord :
1 For (as Saint Paul saith in the twelfth Chapter to the Hebrews) whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons ; for what son, is he: whom the