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OF

MAKING, ORDAINING, AND CONSECRATING

BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND DEACONS,

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. 1792.

THE PREFACE.

It is evident unto all men, diligently reading holy Scripture and ancient authors, that from the Apostles' time there have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church,-Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Which offices were evermore had in such reverent estimation, that no man might presume to execute any of them, except he were first called, tried, examined, and known to have such qualities as are requisite for the same; and also by public prayer with imposition of hands, were approved and admitted thereunto by lawful authority. And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be continued, and reverently used and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered to execute any of the said functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted thereunto according to the form hereafter following, or hath had Episcopal Consecration or Ordination.

And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, except he be of the age which the Canon in that case provided may require.

And the Bishop knowing, either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, any person to be a man of virtuous conversation, and without crime; and, after examination and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the holy Scripture, and otherwise learned as the Canons require, may, at the times appointed, or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Church, admit him a Deacon, in such manner and form as followeth.

THE FORM AND MANNER OF MAKING DEACONS.

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 Deacons; how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the people ought to esteem them in their office.

TA Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting | in his chair near to the holy table, such as desire to be ordained Deacons, each of them being decently habited, saying these words:

REVEREND father in GOD, I present unto you these persons present, to be admitted Deacons.

¶ The Bishop.

TAKE heed that the persons whom ye present unto us, be apt and meet for their learning and godly conversation, to exercise their ministry duly to the honor of GOD, and the edifying of his Church.

The Priest shall answer:

I HAVE inquired concerning them, and also examined them, and think them so to be.

Then the Bishop shall say unto the People: BRETHREN, if there be any of you, who knoweth any impediment, or notable crime in any of these persons presented to be ordered Deacons, for the which he ought not to be admitted to that Office, let him come forth in the name of GOD, and show what the crime or impediment is.

And if any great crime or impediment be ob- leave the word of GOD, and serve jected, the Bishop shall cease from Ordering

that person, until such time as the party ac

cused shall be found clear of that crime.

The Collect.

tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the HOLY GHOST and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give our. selves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude. ALMIGHTY GOD, who by thy of faith and of the HOLY GHOST, and And they chose Stephen, a man full divine Providence hast appointed Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, divers orders of ministers in thy and Timon, and Parmenas, and NiChurch, and didst inspire thine colas a proselyte of Antioch: whom Apostles to chose into the Order of Deacons the first martyr Saint Ste- when they had prayed, they laid they set before the Apostles: and phen, with others; mercifully be- their hands on them. And the word hold these thy servants now called to of GOD increased, and the number the like office and administration; so of the disciples multipled in Jerusareplenish them with the truth of thy lem greatly, and a great company of doctrine, and adorn them with inno- the priests were obedient to the faith. cency 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, now and for ever.

Then shall the Bishop examine every one of

those who are to be Ordered, in the presence of the people, after this manner following:

Amen.

Then the Bishop (commending such as shall of the congregation) shall, with the clergy and people present, say the Litany.

meet to the prayers

Then shall be said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.

The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 8. LIKEWISE must the Deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a Deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the Deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a Deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in CHRIST JESUS.

Or else this, out of the sixth Chapter of the
Acts of the Apostles.
Acts vi. 2.

THEN the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should

DO you trust that you are inward. ly moved by the HOLY GHOST to take upon you this office and minis tration, to serve GOD for the promoting of his glory, and the edifying of his people?

Answer. I trust so.

The Bishop.

DO you think that you are truly called, according to the will of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, and according to the Canons of this Church, to the ministry of the same? Answer. I think so.

The Bishop.

DO you unfeignedly believe all the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testament?

Answer. I do believe them.

The Bishop.

WILL you diligently read the same unto the people assembled in the church where you shall be ap. pointed to serve ? Answer. I will.

The Bishop.

IT appertaineth to the office of a Deacon, in the church where he shal

be appointed to serve, to assist the Priest in divine service, and specially when he ministereth the Holy Communion, and to help him in the distribution thereof; and to read holy Scriptures and Homilies in the church; and to instruct the youth in the Catechism; in the absence of the Priest to baptize infants; and to preach, if he be admitted thereto by the Bishop. And furthermore, it is his office, where provision is so made, to search for the sick, poor, and impotent people of the parish, to intimate their estates, names, and places where they dwell, unto the Curate, that by his exhortation they may be relieved with the alms of the parishioners, or others: Will you do this gladly and willingly ? Answer. I will so do by the help of GOD.

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Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of

them the New Testament, saying, TAKE thou authority to read the Gospel in the Church of GOD, and to preach the same, if thou be thereto licensed by the Bishop himself. Then one of them appointed by the Bishop

shall read

TAKE thou authority to execute the office of a Deacon in the Church of GOD committed unto thee; in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST. Amen.

The Gospel. St. Luke xii. 35. LET your loins be girded about, and your lights burning, and ye your. selves like unto men that wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching: Verily I say unto you, That he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third

watch, and find them so, blessed are

those servants.

Then shall the Bishop proceed in the Com

munion; and all who are Ordered, shall tarry, and receive the Holy Communion the same day with the Bishop.

The Communion ended, after the last collect, and immediately before the Benediction, shall be said this Collect following:

ALMIGHTY GOD, giver of aH good things, who of thy great goodness hast vouchsafed to accept and take these thy servants unto the office of Deacons in thy Church; make them, we beseech thee, O LORD, to be modest, humble, and constant in their ministration, to bave a ready will to observe all spiritual discipline; that they having always the testimony of a good conscience, and continuing ever stable and strong in thy Son CHRIST, may so well behave them. selves in this inferior office, that they may be found worthy to be called unto the higher ministries in thy Church, through the same thy Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST; to whom be glory and honor, world without end. Amen.

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 here it must be declared unto the Deacon, that he must continue in that office of a Dea

THE FORM

AND MANNER OF

ORDERING PRIESTS.

con the space of a whole year (except for rea sonable causes it shall otherwise seem good unto the Bishop) to the intent he may be perfect, and well expert in the things appertaining to the ecclesiastical administration; in execu ting whereof, if he be found faithful and dili gent, he may be admitted by his Diocesan to the Order of Priesthood, at the times appointed in the Canon, or else, on urgent occasion, upon sotne other day, in the face of the Church, in such manner and form as hereafter followeth

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.

TA Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in his hair near to the holy table, all those who are to receive the order of Priesthood that day, each of them being decently habited, and shall say:

REVEREND father in GOD, I present unto you these persons present, to be admitted to the order of Priesthood.

¶ The Bishop.

TAKE heed that the persons whom ye present unto us, be apt and meet for their learning and godly conversation, to exercise their ministry duly to the honor of GOD, and the edifying of the Church.

The Priest shall answer:

I HAVE inquired concerning them, and also examined them, and

think them so to be.

And if any great crime or impediment be ob-
Jected, the Bishop shall cease from Ordering
that person, until such time as the party ac
cused shall be found clear of that crime.
Then the Bishop (commending such as shall
be found meet to be Ordered, to the prayers of
the congregation) shall, with the clergy and
people present, say the Litany, with the
prayers as is before appointed in the Form of
Ordering Deacons; save only, that in the pro-
per suffrage there added, the word Deacons
shall be omitted. and the word Priests inserted
instead of it.

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Then shall be said the Service for the Commu nion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY GOD, giver of all good things, who by thy HOLY SPIRIT hast appointed divers orders of ministers in the Church; mercifully behold these thy servants, now called to the office of Priesthood; ¶ Then the Bishop shall say unto the People: of thy doctrine, and adorn them with and so replenish them with the truth GOOD people, these are they innocency of life, that both by word whom we purpose, GOD willing, to and good example they may faithreceive this day unto the holy office of Priesthood: for after due examina- fully serve thee in this office, to the tion, we find not to the contrary, but glory of thy name, and the edification that they are lawfully called to their of thy Church, through the merits of function and ministry, and that they liveth and reigneth with thee and our Saviour JESUS CHRIST, who are persons meet for the same. But the HOLY GHOST, world without yet if there be any of you, who knoweth any impediment or notable crime in any of them, for the which he ougut 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.

end. Amen.

The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. UNTO every one of us is given grace according 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 you, I am the door of the sheep. unto men. (Now that he ascended, All that ever came before me are what is it but that he also descended thieves and robbers; but the sheep first into the lower parts of the earth? did not hear them. I am the door; He that descended, is the same also by me if any man enter in, he shall that ascended up far above all hea- be saved, and shall go in and out, and vens, that he might fill all things.) find pasture. The thief cometh not And he gave some Apostles, and some but for to steal, and to kill, and to Prophets, and some Evangelists, and destroy: I am come that they might some Pastors and Teachers, for the have life, and that they might have it perfecting of the saints, for the work more abundantly: I am the good of the ministry, for the edifying of the shepherd: the good shepherd givett body of CHRIST; till we all come, his life for the sheep. But he that is in the unity of the faith and of the a hireling, and not the shepherd, knowledge of the Son of GOD, unto a whose own the sheep are not, seeth perfect man, unto the measure of the the wolf coming, and leaveth the stature of the fulness of CHRIST. sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth because he is a hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know WHEN JESUS saw the multi-my sheep, and am known of mine. tudes, he was moved with compassion As the Father knoweth me, even so on them, because they fainted, and know I the Father: and I lay down were scattered abroad as sheep having my life for the sheep. And other no shepherd. Then saith he unto his sheep I have, which are not of this disciples, The harvest truly is plen- fold; them also I must bring, and teous, but the laborers are few: Pray they shall hear my voice: and there ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, shall be one fold, and one shepherd.. that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.

St. Matt. ix. 36.

After this shall be read for the Gospel, part of the ninth chapter of Saint Matthew, as

followeth.

¶ Then the Bishop shall say unto them as followeth.

Or else this that followeth, out of the tenth chapter of Saint John.

St. John. x. 1.

YE have heard, brethren, as well in your private examination, as in the exhortation which was now made to you, and in the holy lessons taken out of the gospel, and the writings of the Apostles, of what dignity, and of how great importance this office is, whereunto ye are called. And now again we exhort you in the name of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, that ye have

VERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheep-fold, 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 in remembrance, into how high a his own sheep by name, and leadeth dignity, and to how weighty an office them out. And when he putteth forth and charge ye are called: that is to his own sheep, he goeth before them, say, to be messengers, watchmen, and and the sheep follow him; for they stewards of the LORD; to teach, and know his voice. And a stranger will to premonish, to feed and provide for they not follow, but will flee from the LORD's family; to seek for him; for they know not the voice of CHRIST'S sheep that are dispersed strangers. This parable spake JESUS abroad, and for his children who are unto them, but they understood not in the midst of this naughty world, what things they were which he that they may be saved through spake unto them. Then said JESUS CHRIST for ever. unto them again, Verily, verily, I say

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