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* The Lord pour upon thee the Holy Ghost for the Office and Work of an Elder in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the imposition of our Hands. And be thou
a faithful Dispenser of the word of * God, and of his boly Sacraments :
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then the Bishop shall deliver to every one of them, kneeling, the Bible into his hard, saying,
Take thou authority to preach the * Word of God, and to administer the holy Sacraments in the congregation.
Then the Bishop shall say, Most merciful Father, we ber seech thee to send upon these thy servants thy heavenly blessing, that they may be clothed with righteous. pess, and 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 de
liver out of thy most boly Word or * agreeable to the same, as the means
of our salvation ; and that in all our words and deeds we may seek thy glory, and the increase of thy kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favour, 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, through Jesus Christ our Lord. ilmen.
The peace of God, which passeth all onderstanding 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 Gulmighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
If on the same day the Order of Deacons be given to some, and that of Elders to others; the Deacons shall be first presented, and then the Elders. The Collects shall both be used; first, that for Deacons, then that for Elders. The Epistle shall be Ephes. iv. 7, to 23, as before in this office. Immediately af
ter which, they that are to be ordained Deacons shall be examined, and ordained, as is above prescribed. Then one of them having read the Gospel which shall be St. John x. 1. as before in this office : they that are to be ordained Elders, shall likewise be examined and ordained, as in this office before appoint: ed.)
| The Form of Ordaining a Bishop,
The Collect. Almighty God, who by thy Son E Jesus Christ, didst give to thy holy
Apostles many excellent gifts, and didst charge them to feed thy flock: give grace, we beseech thee, to all the Ministers and Pastors of thy church, that they may diligently preach thy Word, and duly adminis. ter the godly Discipline, thereof; and grant to the people, that they 'may obediently follow the same; that all may receive the crown of everlasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.
Then shall be read by one of the Elders.
The Epistle. Acts xx. 17–35. ... From Miletus Paul sent to Ephosus, and called the Elders of the Church. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears and temptations, which befel me by the lying in wait of the Jews; and how I kept back nothing that was profitable 'unto you, but have shewed you, and have 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 behold, I go bound in the Spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there; save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying, That bonds and a Mictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I iny life dear unto myself, that I might finish my course with foy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testi. fy the Gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take
you to record this day, that I am E pure from the blood of all men. For
I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you Overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the 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 grace, which