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of our hands; and be thou a faithful Dispenser of the word of God, and of his holy Sacraments: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
¶ Then the Bishop shall deliver to every one of them kneeling, the Bible into his hand, saying, AKE thou authority to preach the word of God, and to minister the holy Sacraments in the Congregation where thou shalt be lawfully appointed thereunto.
¶ When this is done, the Bishop shall go on in the service of the Communion, which all they who receive Orders shall take together,
and remain in the same place where hands were laid upon them, until such time as they have received the Communion.
The Communion being done, after the last Collect, and immediately before the Benediction, shall be said this Collect.
have grace to hear and receive what they shall deliver out of thy most holy word, or agreeably to the same, as the means of our salvation; that in all our words and deeds we may seek thy glory, and the increase of Christ our Lord. Amen. thy kingdom, through Jesus
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.
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 Deacons, 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 be fore in this office; or else Saint Luke xii. 35 to 38, as before in the form for the Or dering of Deacons, they that are to be made Priests, shall likewise be examined, and ordained, as is in this office before ap pointed.
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 Bishops present, shall begin the Communion Service, in which this shall be
Bishops, the Pastors of thy Church, that they may diligentALMIGHTY God, who by ly preach thy word, and diny thy Son Jesus Christ didst administer the godly discipline give to thy holy Apostles many thereof; and grant to the people, excellent gifts, and didst charge them to feed thy Flock; give grace, we beseech thee, to all
that they may obediently follow the same; that all may receive the crown of everlasting glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ And another Bishop shall read The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 1. THIS is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a Bishop, he desireth a good work. A Bishop then must be blame. less, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; for if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the Church of God? not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach, and the snare of the devil.
TOr this: For the Epistle.
ROM Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus, and called the Elders of the Church. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears and temptations, which befel me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the
Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our behold, I go bound in the Spirit Lord Jesus Christ. And now, unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befal me there; save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying, That bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus; to testify the Gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men: For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years, I ceased not to warn every one, night and day, with tears. now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or ap
parel: yea, ye yourselves know, be unto you: As my Father
that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to sup. port the weak; and to remem. ber the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
¶ Then another Bishop shall read
The Gospel. St. John xxi. 15. ESUS saith to Simon Peter, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said
hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained. TOr this: St. Matt, xxviii. 18.
JES ESUS came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
After the Gospel and the Sermon are end ed, the elected Bishop, vested with his Rochet, shall be presented by two Bishops of this Church unto the Presiding Bishop, or to the Bishop appointed, sitting in his Chair near the holy Table, the Bishops who present him saying,
EVEREND Father in
unto him the third time, Lovest R God, we present unto you
thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
¶ Or this: St. John xx, 19.
THE same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then saith Jesus to them again, Peace
this godly and well-learned man to be ordained and consecrated Bishop.
Then shall the Presiding Bishop demand
He shall then require of him the following Promise of Conformity to the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church. TN the name of God, Amen.
I N. chosen Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in N. do promise conformity and obedience to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the
RETHREN, it is written in the Gospel of St. Luke, That our Saviour Christ continued the whole night in prayer, before he chose and sent forth his twelve Apostles. It is written also, That the holy Apostles prayed, before they ordained Matthias to be of the number of the twelve. Let us, therefore, following the example of
Then the Presiding Bishop, sitting in his Chair, shall say to him that is to be consecrated,
ROTHER, forasmuch as
Our Saviour Christ, and his B the holy Scripture and the
Apostles, offer up our prayers to Almighty God, before we admit and send forth this person presented unto us, to the work whereunto we trust the Holy Ghost hath called him. And then shall be said the Litany; save only, that after this place, That it may please thee to illuminate all Bishops, &c. the proper Suffrage shall be,
ancient canons command that we should not be hasty in laying on hands, and admitting any person to government in the Church of Christ, which he hath purchased with no less price than the effusion of his own blood; before we admit will examine you in certain aryou to this administration, we ticles, to the end that the congregation present may have a trial, and bear witness, how you are minded to behave yourself in the Church of God."
HAT it may please thee to bless this our brother elected, and to send thy grace upon him, that he may duly execute the office whereunto he is cal-you are truly called to this led, to the edifying of thy Church, and to the honour, praise, and glory of thy name; Answer. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
¶Then shall be said this Prayer
ALMIGHTY God, giver
RE you persuaded, that ministration, according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the order of this Church? Answer. I am so persuaded.
The Presiding Bishop. Aholy Scriptures contain all RE you persuaded, that the doctrine required as necessary
for eternal salvation through
faith in Jesus Christ? And are you determined, out of the same
holy Scriptures, to instruct the people committed to your charge, and to teach or maintain nothing, as necessary to eternal salvation, but that which you shall be persuaded, may be concluded and proved by the same?
Answer. I am so persuaded,
and determined by God's grace. The Presiding Bishop.
WILL you then faithfully exercise yourself in the holy Scriptures, and call upon God by prayer for the true understanding of the same; sọ
that you may be able by them
to teach and exhort with wholesome doctrine, and to withstand and convince the gainsayers? Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.
The Presiding Bishop.
ARE you ready, with all
faithful diligence, to banish and drive away from the Church all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God's word; and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to the same? Answer. I am ready, Lord being my helper.
The Presiding Bishop. VILL you deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts, and live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; that you may show yourself in all things an example of good works unto others, that the adversary may be ashamed, having nothing to say against you? Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
The Presiding Bishop. TILL you maintain and set WILL forward, as much as shall lie in you, quietness, love, and
peace among all men; and dili gently exercise such discipline, as by the authority of God's word, and by the order of this ? Church, is committed to you Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.
The Presiding Bishop. WILL you be faithful in or
daining, sending, or lay
ing hands upon others?
The Presiding Bishop.
gentle, and be merciful for Christ's sake to poor and needy people, and to all stran gers destitute of help?
Answer. I will so show myself, by God's help.
Then the Presiding Bishop, standing up, shall say, ALMIGHTY God, our hea
venly Father, who hath given you a good will to do all these things, grant also unto you strength and power to perform the same; that he accomplishing in you the good work which he hath begun, you may be found perfect and irreprehensible at the latter day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Bishop elect put on the rest
Cand lighten with celestial fire -
OME, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
Who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart :
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of thy grace: