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CHRIST, may come to that holy or- pious work, may show forth their dinance with faith, charity, and true thankfulness, by making a right use repentance; and being filled with of it, to the glory of thy blessed name, thy grace and heavenly benediction, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. may, to their great and endless com- Amen. fort, obtain remission of their sins, After this the Minister appointed is to read the and all other benefits of his passion.

service for the day. PROPER PSALMS.

Amen.

cxxxii.

Grant, O LORD, that by thy holy Psalm Lxxxiv. Psalm cxxii. Psalm word which shall be read and preached in this place, and by thy HOLY SPIRIT grafting it inwardly in the heart, the hearers thereof may both FIRST. perceive and know what things they ought to do, and may have power SECOND. and strength to fulfil the same.

Amen.

PROPER LESSONS.

1 Kings, Chap. viii. verse 22 to verse 63.

Then the Bishop sitting in his chair, the sentence of the Consecration is to be read by some person appointed by him, and then laid by him

upon the Bishop shall say,

Heb. Chap. x. verse 19 to

verse 27.

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Morning Prayer being ended, there shall be
sung from the Book of Psalms in Metre, Psalm
xxvi. verse 6, 7, 8, with the Gloria Patri.
The Bishop shall then proceed to the Com-
munion Service. The following shall be the
Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, for the occasion.
The Collect.

Grant, O LORD, that whosoever shall be joined together in this place in the holy estate of matrimony, may faithfully perform and keep the vow and covenant between them made, and may reinain in perfect love together unto their lives' end. Amen. O MOST glorious LORD, we acGrant, we beseech thee, blessed knowledge that we are not worthy to LORD, that whosoever shall draw offer unto thee any thing belonging near to thee in this place, to give thee unto us; yet we beseech thee in thy thanks for the benefits which they great goodness, graciously to accept have received at thy hands, to set the dedication of this place to thy forth thy most worthy praise, to con- service, and to prosper this our unfess their sins unto thee, and to ask dertaking; receive the prayers and such things as are requisite and ne-intercessions of all those thy servants, cessary as well for the body as for who shall call upon thee in this the soul, may do it with such steadi- house; and give them grace to preness of faith, and with such serious-pare their hearts to serve thee with ness, affection, and devotion of mind, reverence and godly fear; affect them that thou mayest accept their bound with an awful apprehension of thy en duty and service, and vouchsafe divine majesty, and a deep sense of to give whatever in thy infinite wis- their own unworthiness; that so ap

dom thou shalt see to be most ex-proaching thy sanctuary with lowli pedient for them: all which we beg ness and devotion, and coming before for JESUS CHRIST'S sake our most thee with clean thoughts and pure blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. hearts, with bodies undefiled, and minds sanctified, they may always perform a service acceptable to thee, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.

BLESSED be thy name, O LORD, that it hath pleased thee to put it into the hearts of thy servants, to appro- BE ye not unequally yoked together priate and devote this house to thy with unbelievers; for what fellowship honor and worship; and grant that hath righteousness with unrighteousall who shall enjoy the benefit of thisness? And what communion hath

The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. verse 14 to

verse 17.

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light with darkness? And what concord hath CHRIST with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of GOD with idols For ye are the temple of the living GOD: as GOD hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be their GOD, and they shall be my people.

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The Gospel. St. John ii. verse 13.

BLESSED be thy name, O LORD GOD, for that it hath pleased thee to have thy habitation among the sons of men, and to dwell in the midst of the assembly of the saints upon the earth; bless, we beseech thee, the religious performance of this day, and grant that in this place now set

AND the Jews' Passover was at hand, and JESUS went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those

that sold oxen, and sheep, and doves, apart to thy service, thy holy name and the changers of money sitting: may be worshipped in truth and puand when he had made a scourge of rity through all generations, through small cords, he drove them all out of JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. the temple, and the sheep, and the THE peace of GOD, which passeth oxen, and poured out the changers' all understanding, keep your hearts money, and overthrew the tables, and and minds in the knowledge and said unto them that sold doves, Take love of GOD, and of his Son JESUS these things hence; make not my CHRIST our Lord; and the blessing Father's house a house of merchan- of GOD ALMIGHTY, the FATHER, dize. And his disciples remembered the SON, and the HOLY GHOST, be that it was written, The zeal of thine amongst you, and remain with you house hath eaten me up. always. Amen.

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A PRAYER

TO BE USED AT THE MEETINGS OF CONVENTION.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, who, by thy HOLY SPIRIT didst preside in the councils of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son JESUS CHRIST, to be with thy Church to the end of the world; we beseech thee to be present with the council of thy Church here assem bled in thy name and presence. Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee, so to direct, sanctify, and govern us in our present work, by the mighty power of the HOLY GHOST, that the comfortable Gospel of CHRIST may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down of the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death; till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life, through the merits and death of JESUS Christ our Saviour. Amen.

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AN OFFICE

OF

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.

The Bishop heving received due notice of the election of a Minister into a Parish or Church, as prescribed by the Canon, "concerning the Election and Institution of Ministers," and being satisfied that "the person chosen is a qualified minister of this Church," may transmit the following I etter of Institution, for the proposed Rector, Associated Rector, or Assistant Minister, to one of his presbyters, whom he may appoint as the Institutor.

In any State or Diocese the concluding paragraph in the Letter of Institution may be omitted, where it interferes with the usages, laws, or charters of the Church in the same.

To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting.

Sigillum.

Signat

WE 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 hereby do institute you into said parish, [or church, 1 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 such 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 man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind, that you are accountable 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 tempcralities appertain ing to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, 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 due notice: and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation and dissolution of all sacerdotal connexion. between you and them, we, your Bishop, with the advice of our presbyters, are to be the ultimate arbiter and judge.

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In witness whereof we have hereunto affixed our episcopal seal and signature, at
day of
A. D.
year of our consecration

and in the

In the case of a Minister to be instituted in a State or Diocese in which there is no Bishop, the clerical members of the Standing Cominittee shall send the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Minister, to the presbyter whom they may appoint as Institutor.

To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting.

WE do by these presents authorize and empower you to exercise the office of a Priest Sigillum. in the parish [or church of E. And by virtue of the power vested in us, do institute you into said parishi, (or church,1 possessed of full power to perform every act of sacerdotal function among the people of the same you complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church.

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 to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now entrusted to you; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind that you are accountable to the ecclesiastical authority of the Church 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 you have our authority to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in yon, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of ali sacerdotal connexion between you and them; of all which you will give us due notice and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation and dissolution of all sacer dotal connexion between you and them, the ecclesiastical authority of the Church in this diocese [taking the advice and aid of a bishop] shall be the ultimate arbiter and judge. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, this in the year

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The day being appointed for the new incumbent's Institution, at the usual hour of Morning Prayer, the Institutor, attended by the new incumbent, and one or more presbyters appointed by the Bishop (or, where there is no bishop, by the clerical members of the Standing Committee) for that purpose, shall enter the church. Then, all the clergy present standing without the rails of the altar, except the officiating Priest, who shall go into the desk; the Wardens, (or, in case of their necessary absence, two members of the Vestry) standing on the right and left of the altar, without the rails; the senior Warden, or the member of the Vestry supplying his place) holding the keys of the church in his hand, in open view, the officiating priest shall read Morning Prayer.

THere the Instituting Minister shall begin the
Office.

PROPER PSALMS, Psalm cxxii. Psalm cxxxii. cxxxiii.

Psalm

Min. The LORD be with you.
Ans. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.

DIRECT us, O LORD, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life,

DEARLY beloved in the LORD, we have assembled for the purpose of through JESUS CHRIST Our Lord: instituting the Rev. A. B. into this who hath taught us to pray unto parish, [or church] as Priest and thee, O Almighty Father, in his preRector [or' Associated Rector, or As- vailing name and words, sistant Minister] of the same; and we are possessed of your vote that he has been so elected; as also of the prescribed Letter of Institution. But if any of you can show just cause why he may not be instituted, we proceed no further, because we would not that an unworthy person should

minister among you.

PROPER LESSONS.

FIRST. Ezek. Chap. xxxiii. verse 1

to verse 10.

SECOND. St. John, Chap. x. verse

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to verse 19.

T Morning Prayer ended, the Priest who acts as

the Institutor, standing within the rails of the

altar, shall say,

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OUR Father, who art in heaven, dom come; Thy will be done on Hallowed be thy Name; Thy king. earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive lead us not into temptation; But dethose who trespass against us; And

liver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then shall the Priest who acts as the Institutor receive the incumbent within the rails of the altar, and present him the Bible, Book of Common Prayer, and Books of Canons of the General and State Convention, saying as follows: RECEIVE these books; and let them be the rule of thy conduct in dispensing the divine word, in leading the devotions of the people, and in exercising the discipline of the Church; and be thou in all things a pattern to the flock committed to thy care. 7

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Then shall be said or sung the following
Anthem.
Laudate Nomen.

O PRAISE the LORD, laud ye the name of the LORD: praise it, O ye servants of the LORD. Psalm cxxxv. verse 1.

2 Ye that stand in the house of the

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LORD; in the courts of the house of wise providence hast appointed diour GOD. Verse 2. vers Orders in thy Church; give 3 O praise the LORD, for the thy grace, we beseech thee, to thy LORD is gracious: O sing praises servant, to whom the charge of this unto his name, for it is lovely. Verse 3. congregation is now committed ;- and 4 The LORD is gracious and mer-so replenish him with the truth of ciful, long-suffering and of great thy doctrine, and endue him with goodness. Psalm cxlv. verse 8. innocency of life, that he may faith fully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great name, and the benefit of thy holy Church, through JESUS CHRIST, our only Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.

5 The LORD is loving unto every man; and his mercy is over all his works. Verse 9.

6 All thy works praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints give thanks unto thee. Verse 10.

7 The LORD doth build up Jeru. salem; and gather together the outcasts of Israel. Psalm cxlvii. verse 2

8 He healeth those that are broken in heart; and giveth medicine to heal their sickness. Verse 3.

9 The LORD's delight is in them that fear him, and put their trust in mercy. Verse 11. 10 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy GOD, O Zion. Verse 12.

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11 For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates; and hath blessed thy children within thee. Verse 13.

12 He maketh peace in thy borders; and filleth thee with the flour of wheat. Verse 14.

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O HOLY JESUS, who hast pur. chased to thyself a universal Church, and hast promised to be with the the end of the world; be graciously ministers of apostolic succession to pleased to bless the ministry and service of him, who is now appointed praise to thee in this house, which is to offer the sacrifices of prayer and of his mouth, and the meditation of called by thy name. May the words his heart be always acceptable in thy Redeemer. Amen. sight, O LORD, our strength and our

O GOD, HOLY GHOST, sanctifier of the faithful, visit, we pray thee, this congregation with thy love and favor; enlighten their minds more and more with the light of the everlasting Gospel; graft in their hearts a love of the truth; increase in them true religion; nourish them with all goodness; and of thy great mercy keep them in the same, O blessed SPIRIT, whom with the FATHER and the SON together we worship and glorify as one GOD, world with. out end. Amen.

Benediction.

The GOD of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord JESUS CHRIST, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through JESUS CHRIST; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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