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company of the Priests were obe- to baptize Infants; and to preach. dient to the faith.
if he be admitted thereto by the Then shall the Bishop examine every
Bishop. And furthermore, it is one of those who are to be Ordered, his Office, where provision is so in the presence of the People, after made, to search for the sick, poor, this manner following:
and impotent people of the PaDo you trust that you are in- rish, to intimate their estates,
wardly moved by the Holy names, and places where they Ghost to take upon you this Office dwell, unto the Curate, that by and Ministration, to serve God his exhortation they may be refor the promoting of his glory, lieved with the alms of the Paand the edifying of his people? rishioners, or others: Will you Answer. I trust so.
do this gladly and willingly? The Bishop.
Answer. I will so do by the
help of God. Do you think that you are truly called, according to the will
The Bishop of our Lord Jesus
apply all your dilicording to the Canons of this
gence to frame and fashion Church, to the Ministry of the your own lives, and the lives of same?
your families, according to the Answer. I think so.
Doctrine of Christ ; and to make The Bishop.
both yourselves and them, as
much as in you lieth, wholesome Do you unfeignedly believe all examples of the flock of Christ?
the Canonical, Scriptures of Answer. I will so do, the Lord the Old and New Testa nient?
being my helper. Answer. I do believe them.
The Bishop The Bishop.
WILL you reverently obey WILL you diligently read the
your Bishop, and other chief same unto the people as- Ministers, who, according to the sembled in the Church where you Canons of the Church, may have shall be appointed to serve ? the charge and government over Answer. I will.
you; following with a glad mind The Bishop.
and will their godly admonitions?
Answer. I will endeavour so to IT appertaineth to the office of do, the Lord being my helper. he shall be appointed to serve, to
T Then the Bishop, laying his Hands
severally upon the Head of every one assist the Priest in Divine Service, of them humbly kneeling before him, and especially when he ministereth the Holy Communion, and
to TAKE thou Authority to exehelp him in the distribution there- cute the Office of a Deacon of; and to read holy Scriptures in the Church of God committed and Homilies in the Church ; and unto thee; In the name of the to instruct the Youth in the Cate-Father, and of the Son, and of obium; in the absence of the Priest the Holy Ghost. Amen.
9 Then shall the Bishop deliver to'every Church; make them, we beseech
one of them the New Testament, say-thee, O Lord, to be modest, huming,
ble, and constant in their MinisTAKE thou Authority to read
the Gospel in the Church of tration, to have a ready will lo God, and to preach the sanje, if
observe all spiritual Discipline ;
that they having always the testithou be thereto licensed by the Bishop himself.
mony of a good conscience, and
continuing ever stable and strong & Then one of them appointed by the in thy Son Christ, may so well Bishop shall read,
behave themselves in this inferios The Gospel. St. Luke, xii. 35. Office, that they may be found LET your loins be girded about worthy to be called unto the
higher Ministries in thy Church, ye yourseives like unto men that through the saine thy Son our wait for their Lord, when be will Saviour Jesus Christ; to whom return from the wedding; that be glory and honour, world with when he cometh and knocketh,
out end. Amen. they may open untu bim immediately. Blessed are those ser- THE peace of God, wbich passvants whom the Lord when he eth all understanding, keep cometh shall find watching: Veri- your hearts and minds ly I say unto you, That he shall knowledge and love of God, and gird himself, and make them to of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: sit down to meat, and will come And the blessing of God Almighforth and serve them. And if he ty, the Father, the Son, and the shall come in the second watch, Holy Ghost, be amo
you. or come in the third watch, and and remain with you always find them so, blessed are those Amen. servants.
And bere it must be declared unto 1 Then shall the Bishop proceed in the
the Deacon, that he must continue in Communion; and all who are Order
that Office of a Deacon the space of a ed, shall tarry, and receive the Holy
whole Year (except for reasonable Communiun the same day with the
Causes it shall otherwise seem good Bishop
unto the Bishop) to the intent he may 1 The Communion ended, after the last
be perfect, and well expert in the Collect, and immediately before the
thing appertaining to the Ecclesias
tical Administration; in executing Benediction, shall be said this Collect following:
whereof, if he be found faithful and
diligent, he may be admitted by his ALMIGHTY God, giver of all Diocesan to the Order of Priesthood, good things, who of thy great
at the times appointed in the Canon,
or else, on urgent oc on, upon some goodness bast vouchsafed to ac
other day, in the face of the Church, cept and take these thy Servants in such manner and form as hereafter anto the office of Deacons in thy
# When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended,
there shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Priests; how necessary that Order is in the Church
of Christ, and also how the People ought to esteem them in their office. T A Priest shall present unto the Bishop./9 And if any great Crime or Impedi
sitting in his Cbair near to the holy ment be objected, the Bishop shall Table, all those who are to receive cease from Ordering that Person, unthe Order of Priesthood that day, til such time as the Party accused
shall be found clear of that Crime. oach of them being decently habited, and shall say:
I Then the Bishop (commending such
as shall be found incet to be Ordered, REVEREND Father in God, to the Prayers of the Congregation) 'I present unto you these per
shall, with the Clergy and People
present, say the Litany, with the Praysons present, to be adınitted to
ers as is before appointed in the Forin the order of priesthood.
of Ordering Deacons; save only, that
in the proper suffrage there added, 1 The Bishop
the word Deacons shall be omitted,
and the word Priests inserted instead TAKE heed that the persons of it.
whom ye present unto us, be " Then shall be said the Service for the apt and meet for their learning Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and godly conversation, to exer
and Gospel, as followeth. cise their ministry duly to the
The Collect. honour of God, and the edifying ALMIGHTY God, giver of all of the Church,
good things, who by thy holy
Spirit hast appointed divers OrThe Priest shall answer:
ders of Ministers in the Church; I
them, and also examined them, vants now called to the Office of and think them so to be.
Priesthood; and so replenish them 1 Then the Bishop shall say unto the with the truth of thy Doctrine, Peopie :
and adorn them with innocency GOOD People, these are they of life, that both by word and good
whom we purpose, God wil- example they may faithfully serve ling, to receive this day unto the thee in this Office, to the glory of Holy Otfice of Priesthood: For thy name, and the edification of after due examination, we find thy Church, through the merits aot to the contrary, but that they of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who are lawfully called to their Func- liveth and reigneth with thee and tion and Ministry, and that they the Holy Ghost, world without are persons meet for the same. end. Amen. But yet if there be any of you, The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. who knoweth any impediment or UNTO every one of us is given notable crime in any of them, for grace according to the meathe which he ought not to be re-sure of the gift of Christ. Where. ceived into this holy Ministry, let fore he saith, When he ascended him come forth in the name of up on high, he led captivity capGod, and show what the crime tive, and gave gifts unto med. er irepediment is.
(Now that he ascended, what is
it but that he also descended first his voice. And a stranger will into the lower parts of the earth ? they not follow, but will fee from He that descended, is the same him; for they know not the voice also that ascended up far above of strangers. This parable spake all heavens, that he might fill al|Jesus unto them, but they underthings.) And he gave some Apos- stood not what things they were tles, and some Prophets, and which he spake unto them. Then some Evangelists, and some Pas- said Jesus unto them again, Ve-:tors and Teachers, for the per- rily, verily, I say unto you, I am fecting of the Saints, for the work the door of the sheep. All that of the Ministry, for the edifying ever came before me are thieves of the Body of Christ; till we all and robbers; but the sheep did come, in the unity of the faith and uot hear them. I am the door; of the knowledge of the Son of by me if any man enter in, be God, unto a perfect man, unto shall be saved, and shall go in the measure of the stature of the and out, and find pasture. The fulness of Christ.
thief cometh not but for to steal, 9 After this shall be read for the Gos- and to kill, and to destroy: I am
pel, part of the ninth Chapter of Saint come that they might have life, Matthew, as followeth.
and that they might have it inore St. Matt. ix. 36. WHEN Jesus saw the multi- abundantly: I am the good Shep
tudes, he was moved with his life for the sheep. But he compassion on them, because they that is an hireling, and not the fainted, and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd.
Shepherd, whose own the sheep Then saith he unto his disciples, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth;
are not, seeth the wolf coming, The harvest truly is plenteous, and the wolf catcheth them, and but the labourers are few : Pray ye
therefore the Lord of the har scattereth the sheep. The hire vest, that he will send forth la lling fleeth because he is an hire
ling, and careth not for the sheep. bourers into his barvest. Or else this that followeth; out of the I am the good Shepherd, and know tenth Chapter of Saint John. my sheep, and am known of St. John, x. 1.
As the Father knoweth VERILY, verily, I say unto you, me, even so know
I the Father: He that entereth not by the and I lay down my life for the door into the sheep-fold, but sheep. And other sheep I bave, climbeth up some other way, the which are not of this fold; them same is a thief and a robber. also I must bring, and they shall But he that entereth in by the hear my voice and there shall door, is the shepherd of the sheep. be one fold, and one Shepherd. To him the porter openetb, and Then the Bishop shall say unto them the sheep hear his voice ; and be calleth his own sheep by name, YE have heard, brethren, as and leadeth them out. . And when well in your private examinahe putteth forth his own sheep, tion, as in the exhortation which he goeth before them, and the was now made to you, and in the sheep follow him; for they know holy lessons taken out of the Gase
pel, and the writings of the Apos- that there be no place left among tles, of what dignity, and of how you, either for error in religion great importance this office is, or for viciousness in life. whereunto ye are called. And Forasmuch then as your Office now again we exhort you in the is both of so great excellency, and name of our Lord Jesus Christ, of so great difficulty, ye see with that ye have in remembrance. how great care and study ye ought into how high a dignity, and to to apply yourselves, as well to show how weighty an office and charge yourselves dutiful and thankful ye are called : That is to say, to unto that Lord who hath placed be Messengers, Watchmen, and you in so high a dignity; as also to Stewards of the Lord; to teach, beware that neither you your and to premonish, to feed and selves offend, nor be occasion that provide for the Lord's family; to others offend. Howbeit ye cannot seek for Christ's sheep. tbat are have a mind and will thereto of dispersed abroad, and for his chil-yourselves; for that willand ability dren who are in the midst of this is given of God alone: therefore naugbty world, that they may be ye ought, and have need to pray saved through Christ for ever. earnestly for his Holy Spirit. And
Have always therefore printed seeing that ye cannot by any in your remembrance, how great other means compass the doing of a treasure is committed to your so weighty a work, pertaining to charge. For they are the sheep the salvation of man, but with docof Christ, which he bought with trine and exhortation taken out his death, and for whom he shed of the holy Scriptures, and with bis blood. The Church and Con-la tife agreeable to the same: congregation whom you must serve, sider how studious ye ought to is his spouse, and his Body. And be in reading and learning the if it shall happen that the same Scriptures, and in framing the Church, or any member thereof, manners both of yourselves, and do take any hurt or hinderance of them that specially pertain unto by reason of your negligence, ye you, according to the rule of know the greatness of the fault, the same Scriptures: and for this and also the horrible punishment self-same cause, how ye ought that will ensue. Wherefore oon- to forsake and set aside, as much sider with yourselves the end of as ye nay, all wordly cares and the Ministry towards the children studies. of God, towards the Spouse and We have good hope that ye Body of Christ; and see that ye bave well weighed these things never cease your labour, your with yourselves long before this care and diligence, until ye have time; and that ye have clearly done all that lieth in you, accord- determined, by God's grace, to ing to your bounden duty, to bring give yourselves wholly to this all such as are or shall be commit- Office, whereunto it hath pleased ted to your charge, unto that God to call you: so that, as inuch agreement in the faith and know-as lieth in you, ye will apply yourledge of God, and to that ripeness selves wholly to this one thing, sud perfectness of age in Christ, and draw all your cares and slu