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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.
1 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 isle of ine Charch or Chapel, to the Communion Table, repeating the 24th, Psalm alternately, the Bishop one verse, and the Clergy another. Peelin xxiv.
jeven the Lord of Hosts, he is the THE earth is the Lord's and King of Glory. all that therein is : the com- The Bishop sholl go within the rails,
with such of the Clergy as can be pags of the world, and they that|
there accommodated. The Bishop, dwell therein.
sitting in his chair, shall have the in2 For he hath founded it upon struments of donation and endowment,
if there be any presented to him, and the seas, and prepared it upon the
then standing up, and turning to the floods.
Congregation, shall say, 3 Who shall ascend into the DEARLY beloved in the Lord ; hill of the Lord, or who shall rise D forasmuch as devout and holy up in his holy place ?
men, as well under the law as 4 Even he that hath clean under the gospel, moved either bands and a pure heart; and that by the express command of God, bath not lift up his mind unto or by the secret inspiration of vanity, nor sworn to deceive his the blessed Spirit, and acting neighbour.
agreeably to their own reason 5 He shall receive the blessing and sense of the natural decency from the Lord, and righteousness of things, have erected houses from the God of his salvation for the public worship of God,
6 This is the generation of and separated them from all un them that seek him; even of them hallowed, worldly, and common that seek thy face, O Jacob. uses, in order to fill men's minds
7 Lift up your heads, O ye with greater reverence for his gates; and be ye lift up, ye ever- glorious Majesty, and affect their lasting doors : and the King of hearts with more devotion and Glory shall come in. · Thumility in his service ; which
8 Who is the King of Glory?pious works have been approved it is the Lord strong and mighty. of and graciously accepted by our even the Lord mighty in battle. heavenly Father: Let us not
9 Lift up your heads, O ye doubt but that he will also favourgates; and be ye lift up, ye everably approve our godly purpose lasting doors : and the King of of setting apart this place in so. Glory shall come in.
lemn mannor, for the perform10 Who is the King of Glory (ance of the several offices of re
ligious worship, and let us faithwrath and eternal death, and refully and devoutly beg his bless-ceived as a living member of ing on this our undertaking Christ's Church, and may ever 1 Then the Bishop kneeling, shall say remain in the number of thy
the following Prayer. faithful children. Amen. o Eternal God, mighty in Grant, O Lord, that they who
power and of majesty incom- at this place shall in their own prehensible, whom the heaven of persons renew the promises and heavens cannot contain, much vows which they made, or which less the walls of temples made were made for them by their with hands; and who yet hast been sureties at their Baptism, and "graciously pleased to promise thy thereupon shall be confirmed by especial presence, wberever two the Bishop, may receive such a or three of thy faithful servants measure of thy holy Spirit, that shall assemble in thy name to of- they may be enabled faithfully to fer up their praises and suppli- fulfil the saine, and grow in grace cation's unto thee; vouchsafe, Olunto their lives' end. Amen. Lord, to be present with us, who Grant, O Lord, that whosoever are here gathered together, with shall receive in this place the all bumility and readiness of blessed sacrament of the body beart, to consecrate this place to and blood of Christ, may come the honour of thy great name; to that holy ordinance with faith, separating it henceforth from all charity, and true repentance: and unhallowed, ordinary, and com- being filled with thy grace and mon uses, and dedicating it to thy heavenly benediction, may, to service, for reading thy holy their great and endless comfort, word, for celebrating thy holy obtain remission of their sins, sacraments, for offering to thy and all other benefits of his pas. glorious Majesty the sacrifices of sion. Amen. prayerand thanksgiving, for bless. Crant, O Lord, that by thy ing thy people in thy name, and holy word 'which shall be read for the performance of all other and preached in this place, and holy offices : accept, O Lord, this by thy holy Spirit grafting it inservice at our hands, and bless it wardly in the heart, the hearers with such success as may tend thereof may both perceive and most to thy glory, and the fur know what things they ought to do therance of our happiness both and may have power and strength temporal and spiritual, through to fulfil the same. Amen. Jesus Christ our blessed Lord! Grant, O Lord, that whosoever and Saviour. Amen. i
shall be joined together in this After this the Bishop shall stand up, place in the holy estate of matri. and turning his face towards the Con-P gregation, shall say,
mony, may faithfully perform and REGARD, O Lord, the suppli- keep the vow and covenant be
cations of thy servants, and tween them made, and may re. grant that whosoever shall be de- main in perfect love together dicated to thee in this house by unto their lives' end. Baptism, may be sanctified by the Grant, we beseech thee, blessed Holy Ghost, delivered from thy Lord, that whosoever shall draw
- near to thee in this place, to givej shall be the Collect, Epistle, and Gos thee thanks for the benefits whichl pel, for the occasion. tbey have received at thy hands,
The Collect. to set forth thy most worthy o Moet alo praise, to confess their sins unto V knowledge that we are not
TO Most glorious Lord, we acthee, and to ask such things aslwor
lings as worthy to offer unto thee any are requisite and necessary asltbing belonging unto us ; yet we well for the body as for the soul, bese
soul: beseech thee in thy great goodmay do it with such steadiness of Iness, graciously to accept the defaith, and with such seriousness, Idication of this place to thy seraffection, and devotion of mind, lvice, and to prosper this our un. that thou mayest accept their dertaking : receive the prayers bounden duty and service, and land intercessions of all those thy vouchsafe to give whatever in
servants, who shall call upon thee thy infinite wisdom thou shalt see
in this house; and give them to be most expedient for them : all which we beg for Jesus Christ's
Igrace to prepare their hearts to
serve thee with reverence and sake our most blessed Lord and
and godly fear; affect them with an Saviour. Amen.
awful apprehension of thy Divine I Then the Bishop sitting in his chair, Majesty, and a deep sense of their the sentence of Consecration is to be read by some person appointed by own unwortbiness; that so aphim, and then said by him upon the proaching thy sanctuary with Columunion Table--after which the lowliness and devotion, and com
Bishop shall say, PLESSED be thy name. Oling before thee with clean
Lord. that it hath pleased thoughts and pure hearts, with thee to put it into the hearts of bodies undefiled, and minds thy servants, to appropriate and sanctified, they may always perdevote this house to thy honour form a service acceptable to thee, and worship ; and grant that all through Jesus Christ our Lord. who shall enjoy the benefit of this|Amen. pious work, may show forth their The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi, verse 14 ihankfulness, by making a right
to verse 17. use of it, to the glory of thy bless- RE ye not unequally yoked toed name, through Jesus Christ|D gether with unbelievers ; for our Lord. Amen.
what fellowship hath righteous. 1 After this the Minister appointed isness with unrighteousness? And
to read the service for the day PROPER PSALMS, 84.....122..
what communion hath light with
darkness? And what concord hath 132. FIRST LESSON. 1 Kings, 8th,
Christ with Belial ? Or what part
hath he that believeth with an In. verse 22 to verse 63. SECOND LESSON. Heb. 10th.
fidel? And what agreement hath verge 19 to verse 27.
the temple of God with Idols ? Morning Prayer being ended, there. For ye are the temple of the Livshall be sung from the book of 'Psalms Jing God : as God hath said. I will in metre, Psal. xxvi. verse 6, 7, 8, dwell in them and walk in them, with the Gloria Patri.
Jand I will be their God, and they
The Gospel. St. John, ii. verse 13. be worshipped in truth and purity AND the Jews' Passover was at through all generations, through A hand, and Jesus went up to Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Jerusalem, and found in the tem- THE peace of God, which pass. ple those that sold oxen, and eth all understanding, keep sheep, and doves, and the chan- your hearts and minds in the gers of money sitting: And when knowledge and love of God, and he had made a scourge of small of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord cords, he drove them all out of and the blessing of God Almighty, the temple, and the sheer, and the Father, the Son, and the Holy the oxen, and poured out the Ghost, be amongst you, and remair changers of money, and overthrew with you always. Amen. the tables, and said unto them A Prayer to be used at tbe Meetings that sold doves, " Take these
of Convention. things hence; make not my Fa-L ALMIGHTY and everlasting ther's house an house of merchan-ja God, who, by thy Holy Spirit, dise.” And his disciples remem- didst preside in the councils of bered that it was written, The the blessed Apostles, and hast zeal of thine house hath eaten promised, through thy Son Jesus me up.
Christ, to be with thy Church to ? Then shall be said or sung the 100th the end of the world; we beseech Psalm.
(thee to be present with the coun
cil of thy Church here assembled 1 Here shall follow the Sermon.
Jin thy name and presence. Save
them from all error, ignorance, The Sermon being ended, the Bishop shall proceed in the service for the Communion, if it is to be administered great mercy vouchsafe, we be. at that time.
seech thee, so to direct, sanctify, T After the Communion, or if it is not and govern us in our present administered at that time, after the
e) work, by the mighty po wer of Sermon, and immediately before the final blessing, the Bishop shall say the the Holy Ghost, that the comfort. following Prayer.
Jable gospel of Christ may be BLESSED be thy name, O Lord truly preached, truly received, D God, for that it hatb pleased and truly followed, in all places, thee to have thy habitation among to the breaking down the king. the sons of men, and to dwell in dom of sin, satan, and death; till the midst of the assembly of the at length the whole of thy dis saints upon the earth; bless, we persed sheep, being gathered into beseech thee, the religious persone fold, shall become partakers formance of this day, and grant of everlasting life, through the that in this place now, set apart to merits and death of Jesus Christ thy service, thy holy name may our Saviour. Amen.
INSTITUTION OF MINISTERS
INTO PARISHES OR CHURCHES, Prescribed by the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States
of America; established in General Convention of the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity, 1804; and set forth, with Alterations, in General Convention, 1808.
T The Bishop having received due Notice of the election o a Minister into a
Parish or Church, as prescribed by the Canon “ concerning the Election and
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B. Presbyler, Greeting.
do by these Presents give and grant unto you, in " whose Learning, Diligence, sound Doctrine, and Prudence, we do fully confide, our License and Authority, to perform the Office of a Priest in the Parish [or Church)
of E. And also herehy do institute you into said Parish Signat. [or Church,] possessed of full power to perform every Act
of sacerdotal Function among the People of the same; you continuing in communion with us, and complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church, and with suci lawful directions as you shall at any time receive from us. .
And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector [Associated Rector, or Assistant Minister, as the case may be] of
Parish [or Church,] you are faithfully to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now entrusted to you; not as a manpleaser, but as continually bearing in mind, that you are account. able to us here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all hereafter.
And as the Lord hath ordained, that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar; so we authorize you to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in yoli, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal relation between you and them; of all which you will give us dus notice •