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promise, the HOLY GHOST came down as at this time from heaven, with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the apostles, to teach them, and to lead them to all truth; giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness with fervent zeal, constantly to preach the Gospel unto all nations; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error, into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son JESUS CHRIST: Therefore with angels, &c.
¶ Upon the Feast of Trinity only, may be said, WHO art one GOD, one LORD; not one only person, but three persons in one substance: For that which we believe of the glory of the FATHER, the same we believe of the Son, and of the HOLY GHOST, without any difference or inequality: Therefore with angels, &c. Or else this may be said, the words Holy Father being retained in the introductory address.
FOR the precious death and merits of thy Son JESUS CHRIST our Lord, and for the sending to us of the HOLY GHOST the Comforter; who are one with thee in thy eternal GODHEAD: Therefore with angels, &c.
Then shall the Bishop, kneeling down at the Lord's Table, say, in the name of all those who shall receive the Communion, this Prayer following:
WE do not presume to come to this thy table, O merciful LORD, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table. But thou art the same LORD, whose property is always to have mercy grant us therefore, gracious LORD, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son JESUS CHRIST, and to drink nis blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
When the Bishop, standing before the table, hath so ordered the bread and wine, that he may with the more readiness and decency break the bread before the people, and take the cup into his hands; he shall say the Prayer of Consecration, as followeth :
ALL glory be to thee, ALMIGHTY GOD, our heavenly Father, for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son JESUS CHRIST to suffer
into his hands.
b And here to
death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy gospel command us to continue a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice until his coming again: for, in the night in which he was betrayed, a a Here the Bishop he took bread; and is to take the Paten when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to break the bread. his disciples, saying, Take, eat, this is my Body, which is his hand upon all the given for you; do this in remembrance of me. Likewise, after supper, took the cup; and take the cup into his when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this, for e this is my blood of lay his hand upon every vessel in which the new testament, there is any wine to which is shed for be consecrated. you, and for many,
c And here to lay
d Here he is to
e And here he is to
for the remission of sins: do this as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.
WHEREFORE, O The Oblation. LORD and heavenly
Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy divine majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy in remembrance his blessed passion and Son hath commanded us to make; having precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the
same. And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST's holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood. And we earnestly
desire thy fatherly goodness, mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son JESUS CHRIST, and through faith in his blood, we, and all thy whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O LORD, ourselves, our souls, and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son JESUS CHRIST, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in them, and they in him. And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice; yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences; through JESUS CHRIST our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the HOLY GHOST, all honour and glory be unto thee, O FATHER ALMIGHTY, World without end. Amen.
Here shall be sung a Hymn, or part of a Hymn, from the Selection for the Feasts and Fasts, &c.
Then shall the Bishop first receive the Communion in both kinds himself, and proceed to deliver the same to the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, in like manner, and after that, to the People also in order, into their hands, all devoutly kneeling: and when he delivereth the bread, he shall say,
THE Body of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everfasting life: Take and eat this in remembrance that CHRIST died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith, with thanksgiving.
And the Bishop, delivering the cup, shall say,
THE Blood of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life: Drink this in remembrance that CHRIST's blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.
If the consecrated bread and wine be spent before all have communicated, the Bishop is to consecrate more, according to the form before prescribed; beginning at-All glory be to thee, Almighty God-and ending with these words partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood.
When all have communicated, the Bishop shall return to the Lord's Table, and reverently place upon it what remaineth of the consecrated elements, covering the same with a fair linen cloth.
Then shall the Bishop say the Lord's Prayer, the People repeating after him every petition.
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be 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 Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for ever and ever.
After which shall be said as followeth :
ALMIGHTY and everliving GOD, we most heartily thank thee, for that thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have duly received these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST; and dost assure us thereby of thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs through hope of thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious death and passion of thy dear Son. And we most humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord; to whom, with thee and the HOLY GHOST, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
Then shall be said or sung, all standing, Gloria in Excelsis, or some proper Hymn from the Selection.
GLORY be to GOD on high, and in earth peace, good will towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O LORD GOD, heavenly King, GOD the Father Almighty.
O LORD, the only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST: O LORD GOD, Lamb of GOD, Son of the Father, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us: Thou who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us: Thou who takest away the sins of
the world, receive our prayer: Thou who sittest at the right hand of GOD the FATHER, have mercy upon us.
For thou only art holy; thou only art the LORD; thou only, O CHRIST, with the HOLY GHOST, art most high in the glory of God the FATHER. Amen.
Then the Bishop shall let them depart with this blessing.
THE 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 HOLY GHOST, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
If any of the consecrated bread and wine remain after the Communion, it shall not be carried out of the Church; but the Bishop and other communicants shall, immediately after the blessing, reverently eat and drink the same.
Here endeth the Order for the Administration of the Holy Communion.
THE FORM OF
CONSECRATION OF A CHURCH OR CHAPEL,
ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS ESTABLISHED BY THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY OF SAID CHURCH, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, A. D. 1799.
The Bishop is to be received at the entrance of the Church or Chapel by the Church-wardens and Vestrymen, or some other persons appointed for that purpose. The Bishop and the Clergy who are present, shall go up the aisle of the Church or Chapel, to the Communion table, repeating the 24th Psalm alternately, the Bishop one verse, and the Clergy another.
THE earth is the LORD's and all that therein is the compass of the world, and they that dwell therein.
2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and prepared it upon the floods.
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD, or who shall rise up in his holy place?
4 Even he that hath clean hands and a pure heart; and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive his neighbour.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him; even of them that seek thy face, O Jacob.
7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is the King of glory? It is the LORD strong and mighty, even the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is the King of glory? Even the LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.
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 endowment, if there be any presented to him, and then standing up, and turning to the congregation, shall say,
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 ŠPIRIT, and acting agreeably to their own reason and sense of the natural 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 solemn manner, 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, mighty 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 heart, to consecrate this place to the honour of thy great name; separating it henceforth from all unhallowed, ordinary and common 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 thanksgiving, for blessing thy people in thy name, and for the peformance of all other holy offices: accept, O LORD, this service at our hands, and bless it with such success as may tend most to thy glory, and the furtherance of our happiness both temporal and spiritual, through JESUS CHRIST our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
After this the Bishop shall stand up, and turning his face towards the congregation, shall say,
REGARD, 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 HOLY 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, O 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 confirmed by the bishop,, may receive such a measure of thy holy SPIRIT, that they may be enabled faithfully to fulfil the same, and grow in grace unto their lives' end. Amen.
their sins, and all other benefits of his passion. Amen.
Grant, O LORD, that by thy holy word which shall be read and preached in this place, and by thy HOLY 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 shall say,
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.
After this the Minister appointed is to read
Grant, O 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 FIRST. being filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, may, to their great and SECOND. endless comfort, obtain remission of
the service for the day. PROPER PSALMS. lxxxiv. Psalm cxxii. cxxxii.
Kings, Chap. viii. verse 22 to verse 63.
Heb. Chap. x. verse 19 to verse 27.
Morning Prayer being ended, there shall be
The Bishop shall then proceed to the Com-
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 thee 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.
The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. verse 14 to verse 17.
BE ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath CHRIST with Belial? Or what part hath he that 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. AND the Jews' Passover was at hand, 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 merchandize. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
Then shall be said or sung the 100th Psalm.
Here shall follow the Sermon.
The Sermon being ended, the Bishop shall proceed in the Service for the Communion, if it is to be administered at that time.
After the Communion, or if it is not adminis. tered at that time, after the Sermon, and immediately 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.
THE 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 HOLY GHOST, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
TO BE USED AT THE MEETINGS OF CONVENTION.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, who, by thy HOLY SPIRIT didst preside in the councils of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son JESUS CHRIST, to be with thy Church to the end of the world; we beseech thee to be present with the council of thy Church here assembled in thy name and presence. Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee, so to direct, sanctify, and govern us in our present work, by the mighty power of the HOLY GHOST, that the comfortable Gospel of CHRIST may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death; till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life, through the merits and death of JESUS CHRIST Our Saviour. Amen.