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FORM AND MANNER
ORDERING OF PRIESTS.
When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Priests; how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the people ought to esteem them in their Office.
( First, the Archdeacon, or, in his table Crime, in any of them, for absence, one appointed in his the which he ought not to be restead, shall present unto the Bi ceived into this holy Ministry, let shop (sitting in his chair near to
| him come forth in the Name of the holy Table) all them that shall
God, and shew what the Crime receive the Order of Priesthood that day (each of them being de
or Impediment is. cently habited) and say,
And if any great Crime or ImD EVEREND Father in God,
pediment be objected, the Bishop I l present unto you these per
shall surcease from Ordering that
person, until such time as the sons present, to be admitted to
party accused shall be found clear the Order of Priesthood.
of that Crime. The Bishop.
Then the Bishop (commending MAKE heed that the persons,
such as shall be found meet to be 1 whom ye present unto us, be
Ordered to the Prayers of the con
gregation) shall, with the Clergy apt and meet, for their learning
and people present, sing or say and godly conversation, to exer
the Litany, with the Prayers, as cise their Ministry duly, to the is before appointed in the Form honour of God, and the edifying of Ordering Deacons, save only, of his Church.
that, in the proper Suffrage there
added, the word [Deacons] shall I The Archdeacon shall answer, be omitted, and the word [Priests] T HAVE enquired of them, and inserted instead of it. I also examined them, and think
I Then shall be sung or said the them so to be.
Service for the Communion, with
the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, Then the Bishop shall say unto |
as followeth. the people ; GOOD people, these are they
The Collect. U whom we purpose, God will LMIGHTY God, giver of all ing, to receive this day unto the good things, who by thy Holy holy Office of Priesthood : For after Spirit hast appointed divers Orders due examination we find not to of Ministers in the Church; Merthe contrary, but that they be cifully behold these thy servants lawfully called to their Function now called to the Office of Priestand Ministry, and that they be hood; and replenish them so with persons meet for the same. But the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn yet if there be any of you, who them with innocency of life, that, knoweth any Impediment, or no- both by word and good example,
they may faithfully serve thee in To him the porter openeth, and this Office, to the glory of thy | the sheep hear his voice; and he Name, and the edification of thy calleth his own sheep by name, Church; through the merits of and leadeth them out. And when our Saviour Jesus Christ, who he putteth forth his own sheep liveth and reigneth with thee and he goeth before them, and the the Holy Ghost, world without sheep follow him ; for they know end. Amen.
his voice. And a stranger will
they not follow, but will flee from The Epistle. Ephes. iy. 7.
him ; for they know not the voice TNTO every one of us is given
of strangers. This parable spake grace, according to the mea
| Jesus unto them, but they undersure of the gift of Christ. Where
stood not what things they were fore he saith, When he ascended which he spake unto them. Then up on high, he led captivity cap said Jesus unto them again, Verily, tive, and gave gifts unto men. verily I say unto you, I am the (Now that he ascended, what is door of the sheep. All that ever it but that he also descended first came before me are thieves and into the lower parts of the earth? robbers; but the sheep did not He that descended, is the same hear them. I am the door; by me also that ascended up far above if any man enter in, he shall be all heavens, that he might fill all saved, and shall go in and out, things.) And he gave some Apos and find pasture. The thief comtles, and some Prophets, and some eth not but for to steal, and to Evangelists, and some Pastors and kill, and to destroy: I am come Teachers; for the perfecting of the that they might have life, and Saints, for the work of the Minis
that they might have it more atry, for the edifying of the Body bundantly. I am the good Shepof Christ; till we all come in the herd: the good Shepherd giveth unity of the faith, and of the
his life for the sheep. But he that knowledge of the Son of God,
is an hireling, and not the Shepunto a perfect man, unto the
herd, whose own the sheep are measure of the stature of the not, seeth the wolf coming, and fulness of Christ.
leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and After this shall be read for the
the wolf catcheth them, and scatGospel part of the ninth Chapter
tereth the sheep. The hireling of Saint Matthew, as followeth.
fleeth, because he is an hireling, St. Matth. ix. 36.
and careth not for the sheep. I W HEN Jesus saw the mul
am the good Shepherd, and know VVtitudes, he was moved with
my sheep, and am known of mine. compassion on them, because they
As the Father knoweth me, even fainted, and were scattered abroad
so know I the Father; and I lay as sheep having no shepherd.
down my life for the sheep. And Then saith he unto his disciples,
other sheep I have, which are not The harvest truly is plenteous, but
of this fold: them also I must the labourers are few. Pray ye
bring, and they shall hear my therefore the Lord of the harvest,
voice; and there shall be one fold, that he will send forth labourers
and one Shepherd. into his harvest.
I Then the Bishop, sitting in his Or else this that followeth, out of chair, shall minister unto every the tenth Chapter of Saint John. one of them the Oath concerning St. John x. 1.
the Queen's Supremacy, as it is VERILY, verily I say unto
before set forth in the Form for
the Ordering of Deacons. you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheep-fold. And that done, he shall say unto but climbeth up some other way,
them as hereafter followeth. the same is a thief and a robber. | VOU have heard, Brethren, as But he that entereth in by the well in your private exadoor is the Shepherd of the sheep. mination, as in the exhortation which was now made to you, and dutiful and thankful unto that in the holy Lessons taken out of Lord, who hath placed you in so the Gospel, and the writings of high a Dignity; as also to beware, the Apostles, of what dignity, that neither you yourselves offend, and of how great importance this nor be occasion that others offend. Office is, whereunto ye are call Howbeit, ye cannot have a mind ed. And now again we exhort and will thereto of yourselves; for you, in the Name of our Lord that will and ability is given of Jesus Christ, that you have in God alone: therefore ye ought, remembrance, into how high a and have need, to pray earnestly Dignity, and to how weighty an for his holy Spirit. And seeing Office and Charge ye are called : that you cannot by any other that is to say, to be Messengers, means compass the doing of so Watchmen, and Stewards of the weighty a work, pertaining to the Lord; to teach, and to premon salvation of man, but with docish, to feed and provide for the trine and exhortation taken out Lord's family; to seek for Christ's of the holy Scriptures, and with sheep that are dispersed abroad, a life agreeable to the same; conand for his children who are in sider how studious ye ought to be the midst of this naughty world, in reading and learning the Scripthat they may be saved through tures, and in framing the manners Christ for ever.
both of yourselves, and of them Have always therefore printed that specially pertain unto you, in your remembrance, how great according to the rule of the same a treasure is committed to your Scriptures: and for this self-same charge. For they are the sheep cause, how ye ought to forsake of Christ, which he bought with and set aside (as much as you may) his death, and for whom he shed all worldly cares and studies. his blood. The Church and Con We have good hope that you gregation whom you must serve, have well weighed and pondered is his Spouse, and his Body. these things with yourselves long And if it shall happen the same before this time, and that you Church, or any Member thereof, have clearly determined, by God's to take any hurt or hindrance grace, to give yourselves wholly by reason of your negligence, ye | to this Office, whereunto it hath know the greatness of the fault, pleased God to call you: so that, and also the horrible punishment as much as lieth in you, you will that will ensue. Wherefore con apply yourselves wholly to this one sider with yourselves the end of thing, and draw all your cares and your Ministry towards the chil- studies this way; and that you dren of God, towards the Spouse will continually pray to God the and Body of Christ; and see that Father, by the Mediation of our you never cease your labour, your I only Saviour Jesus Christ, for the care and diligence, until you have heavenly assistance of the Holy done all that lieth in you, accord Ghost; that, by daily reading and ing to your bounden duty, to bring weighing of the Scriptures, ye may all such as are or shall be com wax riper and stronger in your mitted to your charge, unto that Ministry; and that ye may so agreement in the faith and know endeavour yourselves, from time ledge of God, and to that ripeness to time, to sanctify the lives of and perfectness of age in Christ, you and yours, and to fashion that there be no place left among them after the Rule and Doctrine you, either for error in religion, of Christ, that ye may be wholeor for viciousness in life.
some and godly examples and patForasmuch then as your Office terns for the people to follow. is both of so great excellency, And now, that this present Conand of so great difficulty, ye see gregation of Christ here assembled with how great care and study may also understand your minds ye ought to apply yourselves, as and wills in these things, and that well that ye may shew yourselves this your promise may the more
move you to do your duties, ye
The Bishop. shall answer plainly to these things, W ILL you be diligent in Praywhich we, in the Name of God,
ers, and in reading of the and of his Church, shall demand
holy Scriptures, and in such stu
holy Script of you touching the same.
dies as help to the knowledge of Do you think in your heart, the same, laying aside the study
that you be truly called, ac of the world and the flesh ? cording to the will of our Lord Answer. I will endeavour myJesus Christ, and the order of self so to do, the Lord being my this United Church of England ! helper. and Ireland, to the Order and
The Bishop. Ministry of Priesthood ?
ILL you be diligent to frame Answer. I think it.
and fashion your own selves, The Bishop.
and your families, according to
the Doctrine of Christ; and to ARE you persuaded that the
make both yourselves and them, A holy Scriptures contain suf
as much as in you lieth, wholeficiently all Doctrine required of
some examples and patterns to necessity for eternal salvation
the flock of Christ? through faith in Jesus Christ?
Answer. I will apply myself and are you determined, out of
thereto, the Lord being my helper. the said Scriptures to instruct the people committed to your charge,
The Bishop. and to teach nothing, as required
LL you maintain and set of necessity to eternal salvation,
forwards, as much as lieth but that which you shall be per in you, quietness, peace, and love, suaded may be concluded and among all Christian people, and proved by the Scripture?
especially among them that are Answer. I am so persuaded, or shall be committed to your and have so determined by God's charge ? grace.
Answer. I will so do, the Lord The Bishop.
being my helper. W ILL you then give your
The Bishop. W faithful diligence always so to minister the Doctrine and Sa
LL you reverently obey your craments, and the Discipline of
Ordinary, and other chief Christ, as the Lord hath com
Ministers, unto whom is commitmanded, and as this Church and
ted the charge and government Realm hath received the same,
over you; following with a glad according to the Commandments
mind and will their godly admoof God; so that you may teach the
nitions, and submitting yourselves people committed to your Cure
to their godly judgements ? and Charge with all diligence to
Answer. I will so do, the Lord keep and observe the same?
being my helper. Answer. I will so do, by the [Then shall the Bishop, standing help of the Lord.
ALMIGHTY God, who hath The Bishop.
A given you this will to do all W ILL you be ready, with all
these things; Grant also unto you W faithful diligence, to banish strength and power to perform and drive away all erroneous and the same; that he may accomstrange doctrines contrary to God's plish his work which he hath beword; and to use both publick gun in you; through Jesus Christ and private monitions and exhor
our Lord. Amen. tations, as well to the sick as to
After this, the Congregation shall the whole, within your Cures, as
be desired, secretly in their prayneed shall require, and occasion ers, to make their humble supplishall be given ?
cations to God for all these things: Answer. I will, the Lord being
for the which Prayers there shall my helper.
be silence kept for a space.
After which shall be sung or said That through thy help God's praises by the Bishop (the persons to be may Ordained Priests all kneeling)
Resound in every place. Veni, Creator Spiritus; the Bishop beginning, and the Priests, and
O Holy Ghost, into our minds. others that are present, answer Send down thy heav'nly light; ing by verses, as followeth.
Kindle our hearts with fervent zeal,
To serve God day and night.
Our weakness strengthen and conAnd lighten with celestial fire.
firm, Thou the anointing Spirit art, (For, 'Lord, thou know'st us Who dost thy seven-fold gifts im
frail ;) part.
That neither devil, world, nor
Put back our enemy far from us, The dulness of our blinded sight.
And help us to obtain
Peace in our hearts with God and Anoint and cheer our soiled face
man, With the abundance of thy grace. (The best, the truest gain ;) Keep far our foes, give peace at
And grant that thou being, o home:
Lord, Where thou art guide, no ill can
Our leader and our guide, come.
We may escape the snares of sin, Teach us to know the Father, Son, And never from thee slide. And thee, of both, to be but One. That, through the ages all along,
Such measures of thy powerful This may be our endless song;
Grant, Lord, to us, we pray; Praise to thy eternal merit, That thou may'st be our Comforter Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. At the last dreadful day. Or this:
Of strife and of dissention
Dissolve, O Lord, the bands, COME, Holy Ghost, eternal And knit the knots of peace and
love Proceeding from above,
Throughout all Christian lands. Both from the Father and the Son, The God of peace and love;
Grant us the grace that we may
know Visit our minds, into our hearts
The Father of all might, Thy heavenly grace inspire;
That we of his beloved Son
May gain the blissful sight;
And that we may with perfect In grief and all distress;
faith The heav'nly gift of God most high,
Ever acknowledge thee, No tongue can it express;
The Spirit of Father, and of Son, The fountain and the living spring
One God in Persons Three. Of joy celestial;
To God the Father laud and praise, The fire so bright, the love so sweet, And to his blessed Son, The Unction spiritual.
And to the Holy Spirit of grace, Thou in thy gifts art manifold,
Co-equal Three in One. By them Christ's Church doth And pray we, that our only Lord stand:
Would please his Spirit to send In faithful hearts thou writst thy on all that shall profess his Name, law,
From hence to the world's end. The finger of God's hand.
Amen. According to thy promise, Lord, 1 That done, the Bishop shall pray Thou givest speech with grace;
in this wise, and say,