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*Tp A K E heed that the person whom ye present unto us, be apt and meet, for his learning and godly conversation, to exercise this holy office duly, to the honour of God and the edifying of his Church.
The two Priejls jhail fay,
We have enquired of him, and also examined him, and think him so to be.
Then the Bijhop flail fay unto the People,
BEloved, this person we purpose, God willing, to receive this day unto the holy office of Priesthood: For after due examination we find not to the contrary, but that he is lawfully called to that function and ministry, and that he is meet for the fame. But yet if there be any of you, who knowech any impediment or notable crime in him, for the which he ought not to be received into this holy office, let him come forth in the name of God, and shew what the crime or impediment is.
And if any great crime or impediment be objected, the Bijhop Jhall surcease from ordaining that person, until such time as the party accused Jhall be found clear os that crime.
But is no great crime or impediment be objected, the Bijhop /hall begin the Communion Service, in which the Collet!> Epistle, and Gospel shall be as follow.
ALmighty God, giver of all good things, who by thy Holy Spirit hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church: mercifully behold this thy servant now called to the office of the Priesthood, and replenish him so with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn him with innocency of life, that both by word and good example he 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, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. 4. 7.
N T O every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he faith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it, but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended, is the fame also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some Pastors and Teachers, for the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the Ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
Tie Gospel. S. John 10. i.
JESUS said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entreth 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 entreth in by the door, is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he puttech forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them, but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I fay unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me, are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and sliall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other (heep I
have, which are not of this fold, them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
After the Gospel and Nicene Creed are ended, the Bishop fitting in his Chair, Jhall fay unto the Prieji Elett as followeth.
HP HOU hast heard, brother, as well in thy private examination, as in the exhortation which was this morning made to thee, 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 thou art called. And now again we exhort thee in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou hast in remembrance into how high a dignity, and to how weighty an office and charge thou art called. That is to fay, to be a messenger, a watchman, and a steward of the Lord; to teach, and to premonish, to feed and provide for the Lord's family, to seek for Christ's sheep that are dispersed abroad, and for his children who are in the midst of this naughty world, that they may be saved through Christ for ever.
Have always therefore printed in thy remembrance, how great a treasure is committed to thy charge. For they are the sheep of Christ, which he bought with his death, and for whom he shed his blood. The Church and Congregation whom thou must serve, is his Spouse, and his Body. And if it shall happen, that the same Church or any member thereof shall take any hurt or hindrance by reason of thy negligence, thou knowest the greatness of the fault, and also the horrible punishment that will ensue. Wherefore consider with thy self the end of thy ministry towards the children of God,
towards towards the Spouse and Body of Christ; and see that thou never cease thy labour, thy care and diligence, until thou hast done all that lieth in thee, according to thy bounden duty, to bring all such as are or shall be committed to thy charge, unto that agreement in the faith and knowledge of God, and to that ripeness and perfectness of age in Christ, that there be no place left among them, either for error in religion, or for viciousness in life.
Forasmuch then as thy office is both of so great excellency and of so great difficulty, thou seest with how great care and study thou oughtest to apply thy self, as well that thou mayest shew thy self dutiful and thankful unto that Lord, who hath placed thee in so high a dignity; as also to beware, that neither thou thy self offendest, nor art occasion that others offend. Howbeit thou canst not have a mind and will thereto of thy self; for that will and ability is given of God alone: Therefore thou oughtest, and hast need to pray earnestly for his Holy Spirit. And seeing that thou canst not 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 to the fame ; consider how studious thou oughtest to be in reading and learning the Scriptures, and in framing the manners, both of thy self and of them that specially pertain unto thee, according to the rule of the same Scriptures; and for this self same cause, how thou oughtest to forsake and set aside (as much as thou mayest) all worldly cares and studies.
We have good hope, brother, that thou hast well weighed and pondered these things with thy self long