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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 forever. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Tim. ii. 8–13.
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 us. ed the office of a Deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus, Then shall the Bishop examine every one that
are to be ordained, in the presence of the People, after the manner following.
Do you trust that you are inward. ly moved by the Holy Ghost, to take upon you the office of the ministry in the church of Christ, to serve God for the promoting of his glory, and the edifying of his people?
Answ. I trust so.
The Bishop. Do you unfeignedly believe all the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testament?
Answ. I do believe them.
The Bishop. Will you diligently read or expound the same unto the people whoin you shall be appointed to serve ?
Answ. I will.
The Bishop. It appertaineth to the office of a Deacon to assist the Elder in Divine Service. And es. pecially, when he ministereth the holy communion to help him in the distribution thereof, and to read and expound the holy Scriptures ; to instruct the youth, and in the absence of the Elder, to baptize. And fur. thermore, it is his office, to search for
the sick, poor, and impotent, that they may be visited and relieved. Will you do this gladly and willingly?
Answ. I will do so, by the help of God.
The Bishop. Will you apply all your diligence to frame and fashion your own lives (and the lives of your families) according to the doctrine of Christ; and to make (both) yourselves (and them) as much as in you lieth, wholesome examples of the flock of Christ ?
Answ. I will do so, the Lord being my.helper.
The Bishop. Will you reverently obey them to whom the charge and government over you is committed, following with a glad mind and will, their godly admonitions?
Answ. I will endeavour so to do, the Lord being my helper.
Then the Bishop laying his Hands severally upon
the Head of every one of them, shall say,
Take thou authority to execute the Office of a Deacon in the church
of God; In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of them
the Holy Bible, saying, Take thou authority to read the holy Scriptures in the church of God, and to preach the same.
Then one of them appointed by the Bishop shall
read the Gospel. Luke xii. 35–38. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning, and ye yourselves 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 that are ordained shall receive the holy communion.] .. The Communion ended, immediately before the
Benediction, shall be said these Collects fillowing :
Almighty God, giver of all good things, who of thy great goodness hast vouchsafed to accept and take these thy servants into the office of Deacons in thy church; Make them,
we beseech thee, O Lord, to be mo-dest, humble, and constant in their
ministration, and to have a ready will to observe all spiritual discipline; that they having always the testimo. ny of a good conscience, and contin
uing ever stable and strong in thy + Son Christ, may so well behave
themselves 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 honour world without end. Amen.
Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favour, and further as with thy continual