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upon him “the Office of Administring them, “ before he be Lawfully callid and sent to exe-66 cute the same.
AND in her 26th Article she teaches, u that the Administrators of the Sacraments “ do not Minister in their own Name, but in * Christ's, and by his Commission and Authority,
AND lest every One who has acquir'd (tho’not justly) the Reputation of being such à Lawful Minister, should fancy himself to have Christ's Commission, because the People made choice of him, and some others of higher Rank among them, took upon them to Ordain him, Separate from, and Independent of the Bishop;
In the Preface to her Form and Manner of
Holy Scripture, and Ancient Authors, thať " from the Apostles time there have been these « Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church, “ Bishops, Priests and Deacons ; which Offices
were evermore had in such Reverend Efti6 mation, that no Man might prefume to exe
of them, except he by Pub" lick Prayer,with Imposition of Hands, were “ approv’d, and admitted thereunto by Lane
ful Authirity. [And what she means by this Lawful Authority, is plain by the Words immediately following.] “And therefore, &c. No Man fhall be accounted, or taken to be
" a Lawful Bishop, Priest or Deacon, in the
Church of England, or suffer'd to execute
any of the said functions,except he be call’d, « Egi. thereunto, according to the Form here" after following, OR HATH HAD FOR66 MERLY EPISCOPAL CONSECRATI. $ ON, OR ORDINATION; whereby she confines the lawful Authority, so evidently to Episcopacy; that a Man must be wilfully blind who dares to deny it.
ALL which put together, sufficiently prove that by the Doctrine of this Church, the Divine Authority of the Administrator of Chriftian Sacraments, is an Essential Part of their Institution; and consequently, that the Di, vine Authority of the Administrator of Baptism (which is one of those Sacraments) must be also an Effential Part of that Holy In, ftitution.
ȘO likewise by her Practice she confirms this Truth; for in her Office of Ordering of Priests, the Bishop fays to the Priest: "Re“ceive the Holy Ghost for the Office and ♡ Work of a Priest in the Church of God nov 6 committed unto thee by the Imposition of our “ Hands. Whose Sins thou doft forgive, “ they are forgiven ; and whose Sins thou “ dost retain, they are retained. And be “ thou a faithful Dispenser of the Word of ! God, and of his Holy Sacraments, in the " Name of the Father, and of the Son, and ne of the Holy Ghost, Amen. And delivering
to the Priest kneeling, the Bible into his Hand, the Bishop adds, “Take thou AUTHO. “ RITY to preach the Word of God, and to Mi“ nister the Holy Sacraments. By all which ?tis plain, that she reckons the Administration of the Sacraments to be Essential to the Office of the Priest, and that he must have Commisfoon even from the Holy Trinity, by the Me diation of the Bishop, convey'd to him, to qualify and authorize him to adminifter the fame. And in Conformity to this her Rule of Practice, when any Person, tho' formerly a Teacher, and one who has assum'd to himself before, the Power of baptizing and adminiftring the Lord's Supper, notwithstanding his having continu'd even in the tolerated Practice of thele Usurpations for many years together, nay, tho? chosen therero by the Consent of the People, who submitted to, and acknowledg’d all such his Ministrations to be Valid and Good, when such a Man, I say, forsakes his Heresies or Schisms, and returns, or desires to be united, to her Communion, and to be reckon'd in the Number, and to have License to act as one of her lawful Ministers, she will not allow him such a License, he must be receivd oply to Lay Communion, if he was never before di vinely authoriz’d by Imposition of Episcopal Hands, and now refuses to accept such Cathos lick Ordination ; She thereby declares that he wants the Divine Commission to act in such Ho ly Miniftrations, and that she will not acqui
esce with his former Usurpations; he must disclaim and renounce them now, if in her Com. munion he would be allow'd to Oficiate in the Word and Sacraments, as the rest of her Mi. nisters do. But why all this, if his Power and Authority had been sufficient before, for the Purposes of the Holy Sacraments? If his Commission was good then, 'tis so nos, and 'tis needlefs to Re-ordain him ; but if it was Invalid, she acts consistent with her self in refusing to admit him among her Ministers, TO WHOM ALONE she gives Authority for these great Purposes. And really it ought not to be dissembld, that if such a Man's Administrations of the Sacraments were before agreeable to, and not Breaches of their Institution, his Ministry before was also valid; and therefore 'twould be even unjust to require him to take up a new Commission, and from ANOTHER SORT of Authority than what he had. receiv'd it from at first; because the Design of handing down Christ's Commission to Mie nifters, in all Ages, is, that there may be conftantly such Persons to administer the Holy Sacraments, as he in the first Institution of those Sacraments did authorize and require ; But forasmuch as the Church of England requires such Perfons, as above-mentioned, to receive the Divine Authority, which she reckons they wanted before, to qualify them for the Administration of Sacraments, ’tis plain that this her Practice discourages us to hope, that
without the Divine Authority they are quali, fy'd for such Ministrations; and consequently confirms us in this, that the Divine Commission of the Administrator is an Essential Part of the Institution of a Sacrament. Nay, so very Cautious is she, not to allow the contrary, that she makes not so much as any Exception for Cases of absolute Necessity; no, not tho an unbaptiz’d Person were giving up the Ghost, The has not declar'd that any one may baptize him but the Minister of the Parisb, or in his Absence any other lawful Minister that can be procurd; as in her Office for private Baptism, which is the only Office she has provided for Cases of Necessity: And what she means in the Rubrick thereof, by lawful Minister, is easily determin?d by her 26th Article of Religion, viz. « One who ministers in Chrifts Name, and by his Some Commission and Authority.
But of this I have treated more largely in my Book of Dissenters Baptisms null and void by the Articles, Canons, and Rubricks of the Church of England; To which give mę leave to add here, tħat in hes Offices for Publick Baptism, she repuires the PRIEST to address to God in behalf of the baptized thus. Grant
that whosoever is here (as in the Office for İnfants); or, That they being here (as in the Office for those of Riper Years)" DEDICA:
TED to thee by OUR OFFICE AND MI, 6c
NISTRY, may also be endued with heavenly