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[Then the Bishop shall administer the Lord's Supper, with whom the newly ordained Bishop and other persons present shall communicate.]
Immediately before the benediction shall be said
the following prayers : Most merciful Father, we beseech thee to send down upon this thy servant thy heavenly blessing, and so endue him with thy Holy Spirit, that he, preaching thy word, may not only be earnest to reprove, beseech, and rebuke with all patience and doctrine, but also may be to such as believe a wholesome example in word, in conversation, in love, in faith, in chastity, and in purity; that faithfully fulfilling his course, at the latter day he may receive the crown of righteousness laid up by the Lord, the righteous Judge, who liveth and reigneth, one God with the Father and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Ameno
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 among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
II. THE FORM AND MANNER OF OR
[When the day appointed by the Bishop is come,
there shall be à sermon or exhortation, declaring the duty and office of such as come to be admitted Elders; how neces sary that order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the
people ought to esteem them in their office.] After which, one of the Elders shall present un.
to the Bishop all them that are to be ordained,
I PRESENT unto you these persons present to be ordained Elders.
Then their names being read aloud, the Bishop
shall say unto the people, Brethren, these are they whom we pur. pose, God willing, this day to ordain elders. For after due examination we find not to the contrary, but that they are lawfully called to this function and ministry, and that they are persons meet for the same. But if there be any of you who knoweth any impediment or crime in any of them, for the which he ought not to be received into this holy ministry, let him come forth in the name of God, and show what the crime or impediment is.
[If any crime or impediment be objected, the Bishop shall surcease from ordaining that person until such time as the party accused shall be found clear of the crime.]
Then shall be said the Collect, Epistle, and Gas
pel, as followeth
The Collect. Almighty God, Giver of all good things, who by thy Holy Spirit hast appointed divers orders of Ministers in thy Church, mercifully behold these thy servants now called to the office of Elders, and replenish them so with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that both by word and good example they may faithfully serve thee in this office, to the glory of thy name, and the edification of thy Church, through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Eph. iv, 7–13. Unto every one of us is given grace ao cording to the measure of the gift of Christ Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that he ascended,
what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended ap far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. And he gave some, apostles ; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
After this shall be read for the Gospel, part of the
tenth chapter of St. John.
St. John x, 1-16. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. And a