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unto thee; humbly beseeching thee that all we who are partakers of this holy communion may be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we be sech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses, through Jesus Christ our Lord : by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
Then shall be said, Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good-will toward men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, wo 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, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon
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 Elder, if he see it expedient, may put up an extemporary prayer; and afterward shall let the people depart with this blessing:
May the peace of God, which passeth all mderstanding, 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 among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
N. B. If the Elder be straitened for time, he may omit any part of the service except the prayer of consecration,
Form of Solemnization of Matrimony.
First, the bans of all that are to be married to
gether must be published in the congregation three several Sundays in the time of Divine seroice, (unless they be otherwise qualified accord ing to law,) the Minister saying after the accus tomed manner,
I PUBLISH the bans 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
third] time of asking.
At the day and time appointed for solemnization
of matrimony, the persons to be married stand ing together, the man on the right hand, and the woman on the left, the Minister shall say,
Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the presence
of these witnesses, to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony: which is an honorable estate, instituted of God in the time of man's inno. cency, signifying unto us the mystical union that is between Christ and his Church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee, and is commended of St. Paul to be honorable among all men: and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, or taken in hand unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, ad visedly, and in the fear of God.
Into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. Therefore, if any can show any just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.
And also speaking unto the persons that are to be
married, he shall say,
I require and charge you both, (as you will answer at the dreadful day of judgment, when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed,) that if either of you know any impediment why you may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony, you do now confess it: for be ye well assured, that so many as are coupled together otherwise than God's word doth allow, are not joined together by God, neither is their matrimony lawful.
If no impediment be alleged, then shall the minio
ter say unto the man, M., Wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her, in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?
The man shall answer,
Then shall the minister say unto the woman,
N., Wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, serve him, love, honor, and keep him, in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?
The woman shall answer,