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your remembrance, how great a trea- of them that specially pertain unto sure is committed to your charge. you, according to the rule of the same For they are the sheep of CHRIST, Scriptures; and for this self-same which he bought with his death, and cause, how ye ought to forsake and for whom he shed his blood. The set aside, as much as ye may, all Church and congregation whom you worldly cares and studies. must serve, is his spouse, and his body. And if it shall happen that the same Church, or any member thereof, do take any hurt or hindrance by reason of your negligence, ye know the greatness of the fault, and also the horrible punishment that will ensue. Wherefore consider with yourselves the end of the ministry toward the children of GoD, toward the spouse and body of CHRIST; and see that ye never cease your labor, your care and diligence, until ye have done all that lieth in you, according to your bounden duty, to bring all such as are or shall be committed to your charge, unto that agreement in the faith and knowledge of GOD, and that ripeness and perfectness of age in CHRIST, that there be no place left among you, either for error in religion, or for viciousness in life.
We have good hope that ye have well weighed these things with your selves long before this time; and that ye have clearly determined, by GoD's grace, to give yourselves wholly to this office, whereunto it hath pleased GOD to call you: so that, as much as lieth in you, ye will apply your selves wholly to this one thing, and draw all your cares and studies this way; and that ye will continually pray to GoD the FATHER, by the mediation of cur only Saviour JESUS CHRIST, for the heavenly assistance of the HOLY GHOST; that by daily reading and weighing the Scriptures, ye may wax riper and stronger in your ministry; and that ye may so endeavor yourselves from time to time to sanctify the lives of you and yours, and to fashion them after the rule and doctrine of CHRIST, that ye may be wholesome and godly examples and patterns for the people to follow.
Forasmuch then as your office is both of so great excellency, and of so great difficulty, ye see with how great care and study ye ought to apply yourselves, as well to show your selves dutiful and thankful unto that Lord who hath placed you in so high a dignity; as also to beware that neither you yourselves offend, nor be occasion that others offend. Howbeit ye cannot have a mind and will thereto of yourselves; for that will and ability is given of GOD alone: therefore ye ought, and have need to pray earnestly for his holy Spirit. And seeing that ye cannot by any other means compass the doing of so weighty a work, pertaining to the salvation of man, but with doctrine and exhortation taken out of the holy Scriptures, and with a life agreeable ARE you persuaded that the holy to the same; consider how studious Scriptures contain all doctrine reye ought to be in reading and learn-quired as necessary for eternal salva. ing the Scriptures, and in framing tion through faith in JESUS CHRIST? the manners both of yourselves, and and are you determined out of the
And now, that this present congregation of CHRIST may also under stand your minds and wills in these things, and that this your promise may the more move you to do your duties; ye shall answer plainly to these things, which we, in the name of GOD, and of his Church, shall demand of you touching the same.
Do you think in your heart, that you are truly called, according to the will of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, and according to the Canons of this Church, to the order and ministry of Priesthood?
Answer. I think it.
said Scriptures to instruct the people | committed to your charge, and to WILL you maintain and set forteach nothing, as necessary to eternal ward, as much as lieth in you, quisalvation, but that which you shall be etness, peace, and love among all persuaded may be concluded and Christian people, and especially proved by the Scripture ? Answer. I am so persuaded, and among them that are or shall be committed to your charge? have so determined, by God's grace. The Bishop.
Answer. I wil so do, the LORD being my helper.
WILL you then give your faithful diligence, always so to minister the WILL you reverently obey your doctrine and sacraments, and the dis- Bishop, and other chief ministers, cipline of CHRIST, as the LORD hath who, according to the Canons of the commanded, and as this Church hath Church, may have the charge and received the same, according to the government over you; following with commandments of GOD; so that you a glad mind and will their godly admay teach the people committed to monitions, and submitting yourselves your cure and charge, with all dili- to their godly judgments? gence to keep and observe the same? Answer. I will so do, by the help
Answer. I will so do, the LORD being my helper.
of the LORD.
Then shall the Bishop, standing up, say, ALMIGHTY GOD, who hath WILL you be ready with all faith-given you this will to do all these ful diligence to banish and drive things, grant also unto you strength away from the Church all erroneous and power to perform the same; that and strange doctrines contrary to he may accomplish his work which GOD's word; and to use both public he hath begun in you, through JESUS and private monitions and exhorta- CHRIST our Lord. Amen. tions, as well to the sick as the whole within your cures, as need shall require, and occasion shall be given?
Answer. I will, the LORD being my helper.
WILL you be diligent in prayers, and in reading the holy Scriptures, and in such studies as help to the knowledge of the same, laying aside the study of the world and the flesh?
Answer. I will endeavor so to do, the LORD being my helper.
WILL you be diligent to frame and fashion your own selves, and your families, according to the doctrine of CHRIST; and to make both yourselves and them, as much as in you lieth, wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of CHRIST?
Answer. I will apply myself thereto, the LORD being my helper.
After this, the congregation shall be desired, secretly in their prayers, to make their humble supplications to God for all these things: for the which prayers there shall be silence kept for a space.
After which, shall be sung or said oy the Bishop, the persons to be ordained Priests all kneeling, Veni, Creator Spiritus; the Bishop beginning, and the Priests and others that are present answering by verses, as followeth.
COME, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
Let us pray. ALMIGHTY GOD and heavenly Father, who, of thine infinite love and goodness toward us, hast given to us thy only and most dearly beloved Son JESUS CHRIST, to be our redeemer, and the author of everlasting life; who after he had made perfect our redemption by his death, and was ascended into heaven, sent abroad into the world his Apostles, Prophets,
and of his holy sacraments: In the
ness, and that thy word spoken by their mouths may have such success, that it may never be spoken in vain. Grant also, that we may have grace to hear and receive what they shall TAKE thou authority to preach agreeably to the same, as the means deliver out of thy most holy word, or the word of GOD, and to minister of our salvation; that in all our the holy sacraments in the congre- words and deeds we may seek thy gation where thou shalt be lawfully glory, and the increase of thy kingappointed thereunto. dom, through JESUS CHRIST our Amen.
When this is done, the Bishop shall go on in Lord.
laid upon them, until such time as they have
received the Communion.
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 MOST merciful Father, we be- of GOD ALMIGHTY, the FATHER, seech thee to send upon these thy the SON, and the HOLY GHOST, be servants thy heavenly blessing; that amongst you, and remain with you they may be clothed with righteous-always. Amen.
The Communion being done, after the last.
collect, and immediately before the Benedic tion, shall be said this Collect.
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 Mat thew ix. 36, as before in this office; or else Saint Luke xii. 35 to 38, as before in the form for the Ordering of Deacons, they that are to be made Priests, shall likewise be examined, and ordained, as in this office before appointed.
THE FORM OF
ORDAINING OR CONSECRATING A BISHOP.
1 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
glory, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY GOD, who by thy Son JESUS CHRIST didst give to And another Bishop shall read thy holy Apostles many excellent The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 1. gifts, and didst charge them to feed THIS is a true saying, If a man thy flocks; give grace, we beseech desire the office of a Bishop. he dethee, to all Bishops, the pastors of sireth a good work. A Bishop then thy Church, that they may diligently must be blameless, the husband of one preach thy word, and duly adminis- wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, ter the godly discipline thereof; and given to hospitality, apt to teach, not grant to the people, that they may given to wine, no striker, not greedy obediently follow the same; that all of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawl. may receive the crown of everlasting ler, not covetous; one that ruleth well
his own house, having his children made you overseers, to feed the in subjection with all gravity; for if Church of GOD, which he hath pura man know not how to rule his own chased with his own blood. For I house, how shall he take care of the know this, that after my departing Church of GOD? not a novice, lest shall grievous wolves enter in among being lifted up with pride he fall into you, not sparing the flock. Also of the condemnation of the devil. More your own selves shall men arise over he must have a good report of speaking perverse things, to draw them which are without; lest he fall away disciples after them. Therefore into reproach, and the snare of the watch, and remember, that by the devil. space of three years, I ceased not to warn every one, night and day, with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to GOD, and to the word of his
¶ Or this:
For the Epistle. Acts xx. 17.
FROM Miletus, Paul sent to Eph-grace, which is able to build you up, esus, and called the Elders of the and to give you an inheritance among Church. And when they were come all them which are sanctified. I have to him, he said unto them, Ye know coveted no man's silver, or gold, or from the first day that I came into apparel: yea, ye yourselves know, Asia, after what manner I have been that these hands have ministered unto with you at all seasons, serving the my necessities, and to them that were LORD with all humility of mind, and with me. I have showed you all with many tears and temptations, things, how that so laboring ye ought which befel me by the lying in wait to support the weak; and to remem of the Jews: And how I kept back ber the words of the Lord JESUS, nothing that was profitable unto you, how he said, It is more blessed to but have showed you, and have give than to receive. 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 Lord JESUS CHRIST. And now,
Then another Bishop shall read The Gospel. St. John xxi. 15. JESUS saith to Simon Peter, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me behold, I go bound in the Spirit unto more than these? He saith unto him, Jerusalem, not knowing the things Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love that shall befal me there; save that the thee. He saith unto him, Feed my HOLY GHOST witnesseth in lambs. He saith to him again the city, saying, that bonds and afflic- second time, Simon son of Jonas, tions abide me. But none of these lovest thou me? He saith unto him, things move me, neither count I my Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love life dear unto myself, so that I might thee. He saith unto him, Feed my finish my course with joy, and the sheep. He saith unto him the third ministry which I have received of time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou the Lord JESUS; to testify the Gospel me? Peter was grieved because he of the grace of GOD. And now, besaid unto him the third time, Lovest hold, I know that ye all, among whom thou me ? And he said unto him, I have gone preaching the kingdom Lord, thou knowest all things: thou of GOD, shall see my face no more. knowest that I love thee. JESUS saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
¶ Or this: St. John xx. 19.
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men for I have not shunned to THE same day at evening, being declare unto you all the counsel of the first day of the week, when the GOD. Take heed, therefore, unto doors were shut where the disciples yourselves, and to all the flock, over were assembled for fear of the Jews, the which the HOLY GHOST hath came JESUS and stood in the midst,