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charge is committed over you, following with a glad mind and will their godly admonitions, and submitting your self to their godly judgments ?

Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.

f@ Then shall the Bishop say. ALMIGHTY God, who hath given you this will to do all these things, grant also unto you strength and power to perform the same, that he may accomplish his work, which he hath begun in you, until the time he shall come at the latter day, to judge the quick and the dead. 1 After the congregation shall be desired, secret in their prayers, to

make humble supplications to God for the foresaid things : for the which prayers there shall be a certain space kept in silence.

I That done, the Bishop shall pray in this wise.

Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY God and heavenly Father, which of thine infinite love and goodness towards us hast given to us thy only and most dear beloved Son Jesus Christ, to be our redeemer and author of everlasting life: who, after he had made perfect our redemption by his death, and was ascended into heaven, sent abroad into the world his Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Doctors, and Pastors, by whose labour and ministry he gathered together a great flock in all the parts of the world, to set forth the eternal praise of thy holy name: for these so great benefits of thy eternal goodness, and for that thou hast vouchsafed to call these thy servants here present to the same office and ministry of the salvation of mankind, we render unto thee most hearty thanks, we worship and praise thee, and we humbly beseech thee by the same thy Son, to grant unto all us, which either here or else where call upon thy name, that we may shew our selves thankful to thee for these and all other thy benefits, and that we may daily increase and go forwards in the knowledge and faith of thee, and thy Son, by the Holy Spirit; so that as well by these thy ministers, as by them to whom they shall be appointed ministers, thy holy name may be always glorified, and thy blessed kingdom enlarged, through the same thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ : which liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

I When this prayer is done, the Bishop with the Priests present shall

lay their hands severally upon the head of every one that receiveth orders; the receivers humbly kneeling upon their knees, and the Bishop saying.

Receive the Holy Ghost : whose sins thou dost 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 of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 1 The Bishop shall deliver to every one of them the Bible in his hand,

saying. Take thou authority to preach the word of God, and to minister the holy sacraments in this congregation, where thou shalt be so appointed. I When this is done, the congregation shall sing the Creed, and also they shall

go to the Communion, which all they that receive orders shall take together, and remain in the same place where the hands were laid upon them, until such time as they have received the Communion,

1 The Communion being done, after the last Collect, and immediately

before the benediction, shall be said this Collect. Most merciful Father, we beseech thee so to send upon these thy servants thy heavenly blessing, that they may be clad about with all justice, and that 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 the same as thy most holy word, and the mean of our salvation, that in all our words and deeds we may seek thy glory, and the increase of thy kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 1 And if the Orders of a Deacon and Priesthood be given both upon one

day: then shall all things at the holy Communion be used as they are appointed at the ordering of Priests. Saving that for the Epistle, the whole third Chapter of the first to Timothe shall be read as it is set out before in the order of Priests. And immediately after the Epistle, the Deacons shall be ordered. And it shall suffice the Litany to be said once.

The form of consecrating of an Archbishop, or

Bishop

At the Communion.

The Epistle. Tais is a true saying: if a man desire the office of a Bishop, he desireth an honest work. A Bishop therefore must be blameless, the husband of one wife, diligent, sober, discreet, a keeper of hospitality, apt

to teach, not given to over much wine, no fighter, not greedy of filthy 2 luere: but gentle, abhorring fighting, abhorring covetousness, one that

ruleth well his own house, one that hath children in subjection, with all reverence; for if a man cannot rule his own house, how shall he care for the congregation of God ? He may not be a young scholar, lest he swell, and fall into the judgment of the evil speaker: he must also have a good report of them which are without, lest he fall into rebuke, and snare of the evil speaker.

The Gospel Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon Johanna, lovest thou me more than these? He said unto him, Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He said unto him, Feed my lambs. He said to him again the second time, Simon Johanna, lovest thou me? He said unto him, Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He said unto him, Feed my sheep. He said unto him the third time, Simon Johanna, lovest thou me? Peter was sorry because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things, thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep.

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? Or else out of the tenth chapter of John, as before in the order of

Priests.
After the Gospel and Creed ended, first the elected Bishop shall be

presented by two Bishops unto the Archbishop of that province, or
to some other Bishop appointed by his commission: The Bishops
that present him saying.

Most reverend father in God, we present unto you this godly and well learned man, to be consecrated Bishop.

? Then shall the Archbishop demand the Queen's mandate for the con

secration, and cause it to be read. And the oath touching the
knowledge of the Queen's supremacy shall be ministered to the

person elected, as it is set out in the Order of Deacons. And then shall be ministered also the oath of due obedience unto the Archbishop, as followeth.

1 The Oath of due Obedience to the Archbishop.

In the name of God, Amen. I N. chosen Bishop of the Church and see of .N. do profess and promise all due reverence and obedience to the Archbishop, and to the Metropolitical Church of „N, and to their successors : so help me God through Jesus Christ. {This oath shall not be made at the consecration of an archbishop. I Then the archbishop shall move the congregation present to pray:

saying thus to them. BRETHREN, it is written in the Gospel of saint Luke, that our Saviour Christ continued the whole night in prayer, or ever that he did choose and send forth his .xii. Apostles. It is written also in the Acts of the Apostles, that the Disciples which were at Antioch did fast and pray, or ever they laid hands upon, or sent forth Paul and Barnabas. Let us therefore, following the example of our Saviour Christ and his Apostles, first fall to prayer, or that we admit and send forth this person presented unto us to the work whereunto we trust the Holy Ghost hath called him. 1 And then shall be said the Litany, as afore in the order of Deacons.

And after this place: That it may please thee to illuminate all
Bishops, &c. he shall say.

That it may please thee to bless this our brother elected, and to send thy grace upon him, that he may duly execute the office whereunto he is called ; to the edifying of thy Church, and to the honour, praise, and glory of thy name. Answer. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

1 Concluding the Litany in the end with this prayer. Almighty God, giver of all good things, which by thy Holy Spirit hast appointed diverse orders of ministers in thy Church, mercifully behold this thy servant, now called to the work and ministry of a Bishop, and replenish him so with the truth of thy doctrine and innocency of life, that both by word and deed he may faithfully serve thee in this office, to the glory of thy name, and profit of thy congregation : Through the merits of our Saviour Jesu Christ: who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Then the Archbishop sitting in a chair, shall say this to him that is

to be consecrated. BROTHER, forasmuch as holy scripture and the old Canons commandeth, that we should not be hasty in laying on hands, and admitting of any person to the government of the congregation of Christ, which he hath purchased with no less price than the effusion of his own blood : afore that I admit you to this administration whereunto ye are called, I will examine you in certain articles, to the end the congregation present may have a trial and bear witness, how ye be minded to behave your self in the church of God.

Are you persuaded that you be truly called to this ministration, according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the order of this realm?

Answer. I am so persuaded.

The archbishop. Are you persuaded that the holy scriptures contain sufficiently all doctrine, required of necessity for eternal salvation, through the faith in Jesu Christ? And are you determined, with the same holy scriptures, to instruct the people committed to your charge, and to teach or maintain nothing, as required of necessity to eternal salvation, but that you shall be persuaded may be concluded and proved by the same ?

Answer. I am so persuaded and determined by God's grace. The archbishop. Will you then faithfully exercise your

self in the said holy scriptures, and call upon God by prayer for the true understanding of the same, so as ye may be able by them to teach and exhort with wholesome doctrine, and to withstand and convince the gainsayers ?

Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.

The archbishop. Be you ready with all faithful diligence to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God's word, and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage other to the same ?

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