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Years of Discretion.
Ans. Henceforth, world withhim, shall read this preface following: (out end. 10 the end that confirmation
Bishop. Lord, hear our prayer; TO may be ministered to the
Ans. And let our cry come unmore edifying of such as shall re-to thee. ceive it, the Church hath thought Bishop. Let us pray. good to order, that none shall be ALMIGHTY and everliving confirmed, but such as can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and to regenerate these thy servants the Ten Commandments; and can by Water and the Holy Ghost, also answer to such other Ques- and hast given unto them forgive tions, as in the short Catechism ness of all their sins; strengthen are contained: Which order is them, we beseech thee, O Lord, very convenient to be observed; with the Holy Ghost, the Comto the end that children, being forter; and daily increase in them now come to the years of discre- thy manifold gifts of grace; the tion, and having learned what spirit of wisdom and understandtheir Godfathers and Godmothers ing, the spirit of counsel and promised for them in Baptism, ghostly strength, the spirit of may themselves, with their own knowledge and true godliness; mouth and consent, openly be- and fill them, O Lord, with the fore the Church ratify and confirm spirit of thy holy fear, now and the same; and also promise, that, for ever. Amen. by the grace of God, they will " Then all of them in order kneeling be evermore endeavour themselves fore the Bishop, he shall lay his hands
upon the head of every one severally, faithfully to observe such things saying, as they, by tebe in new.n confession, DEEENDLorde, thisthey 1 Then shall the Bishop say,
with thy heavenly grace; that he Dye here, in the presence of God, and of this Congrega- daily increase in thy Holy Spirit
may continue thine for ever, and tion, renew the solemn promise more and more, until he come and vow that ye made, or that
unto thy everlasting kingdom was made in your name, at your T'Then sball the Bishop say, Baptism; ratifying and confirm The Lord be with you. ing the same; and acknowledging Ans. And with thy spirit. yourselves bound to believe and 1 And all kneeling down, the Bishop to do all those things which ye
shal add, then undertook, or your Sponsors
Let us pray: then undertook for you? OH
UR Father,whoartin Heaven, 11 And every one shall audibly answer,
Hallowed be thy Name; Thy I do.
Kingdom come; Thy Will be done Bishop.
on Earth, as it is in Heaven; Give OUR lielp is in the name of the us this day our daily bread; And
Ans. Who hath made heaven forgive those who trespass against and earth.
us; Apd lead us not into tempta
tion; But deliver us from evil.s and reigneth ever one God, world &men.
without end. Amen.
lasting God, vouchsafe, we, will and to do those things which and govern both our hearts and are good, and acceptable unto bodies, in the ways of thy laws, thy Divine Majesty; we make and in the works of thy comour humble supplications unto mandments; that through thy thee for these thy servants, up-most mighty protection, both on whom, after the example of here and ever, we may be prethy holy Apostles, we have now served in body and soul, through laid our hands; to .certify them, our Lord and Saviour Jesus by this sign, of thy favour and Christ. Amen. gracious goodness towards them." Then the Bishop shall bless them, sayLet thy Fatherly hand, we be
ing thus ; seech thee, ever be over
them: THE Hlessing of God Almighthem: And so lead them in the the Holy Ghost, be upon you, knowledge and obedience of thy
and remain with you for ever. Word, that in the end they may 7 And there shall none be admitted to the
Amen. obtain everlasting life, through
Holy Communion, until such time as he our Lord Jesus Christ; who, with be confirmed, or be ready and desirous thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth to be confirmed.
TIIE FORM OF
SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY. The laws respecting Matrimony, whether by publishing the Banns in Churches, or by License, being different in the several States; every Minister is left to the direction of those Laws, in every thing that regards the civil contract between the Parties. And when the Banns are published, it shall be in the following form :-) publish the Banns of Marriage between M. of - and N. of - If any of you know COUse or just impediment, why these two persons should not be joined together in hoby Matrimony, ye are to declare it. (This is the first second, or third time of asking.) At the day and time appointed for So-j advisedly or lightly; but reve. lemnization of Matrimony, the Persons rently, discreetly, advisedly, $oto be married shall come into the body berly, and in the fear of God. Inproper house, with their friends and to this holy estate, these two perneighbours; and there standing toge- sons present come now to be ther, the Man on the right hand, and joined. If any man can show the Woman on the left, the Minister just cause, why they may not sball say,
lawfully be joined together, let thered together here in the for ever hold his peace. sight of God, and in the face of a And also speaking unto the Persons who
are to be married, he sball say, this Man and this Woman in boly. I both (as ye will answer at the Matrimony; which is commended of Saint Paul to be honourable dreadful day of judgment, when among all men; and therefore is the secrets of all hearts shall be not by any to be entered into un-disclosed) that if either of you
know any impediment, why ye. Then shall they loose their Hands, and may not be lawfully joined to the Woman with her Right Hand takgether in Matrimony, ye do now
ing the Man by his Right Hand, sbad
likewise say after the Minister: ed,
that if any persons are joined I Husband, to have and to hold, together otherwise than as God's word doth allow, their marriage from this day forward, for better is not lawful.
for worse, tör richer for poorer, 11 The Minister, if he shall have reason to in sickness and in health, to love,
doubt of the lawfulness of the proposed cherish, and obey, till death us Marriage, may demand sufficient sure- do part, according to God's holy ity for his indemnification; but if no im- ordinance; and thereto I give
pediment shall be alleged, or suspected, thee my Troth. i the Minister shall say to the man, M. WILT thou have this wo-Hands and the naman man giver en their
Woman a Ring. And the Minister to live together after God's ordi taking the Ring shall deliver it unto nance, in the holy estate of Ma the Man, to put it upon the fourth Fintrimony? Wilt thou love her,
ger of the Woman's Left Hand. And comfort her, honour, and keep
the Man holding the Ring there, and her, in sickness and in health;
taught by the Minister, shall say, and, forsaking all others, keep WT this Ring 1 thee wed, thee only unto her, so long as ye goods I thee endow: In the name both shall live? 1 The Man shall answer, I will,
of the Father, and of the Son, Then shall the Minister say unto the and of the Holy Ghost
. Amen. 9 Then the Man leaving the Ring upon
the fourth Finger of the Woman's Left WILT thou have this Man
Hand, the Minister shall say, to thy wedded Husband,
Let us pray to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy estate of Ma- OUR Father, who art in Heatrimony? Wilt thou obey him, Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will
ven, Hallowed be thy Name; and serve him, love, honour, and be done on Earth, as it is in Heakeep him, in sickness and in ven; Give us this day our daily health; and, forsaking all others, bread; And forgive us our tres. keep thee only unto him, so long passes, as we forgive those who as ye both shall live? The Woman shall answer, I will.
trespass against us; And lead us 1 Then shall the Minister say,
not into temptation; But deliver Who giveth this Woman to be us from evil. Amen. married to this Man?
ETERNAL God, Creator 1 Then shall they give their Troth to
and Preserver of all maneach other in this Manner: kind, giver of all spiritual grace 1 The Minister receiving the Woman at the author of everlasting life,
her Father's or Friend's Hands, shall send thy blessing upon these thy eause the Man with his Right Hand to take the Woman by her Right Hand, servants, this man and this woand to say after him as followeth: man, whom we bless in thy name; M. take thee N. to my wedded that as Isaac and Rebecca lived
Wife, to have and to hold, from faithfully together, so these perthis day forward, for better for sons may surely perform and keep worse, for richer for poorer, in the vow and covenant betwixt sickness and in health, to love them made, (whereof this Ring and to cherish, till death us do given and received is a token and part, according to God's holy pledge) and may ever remain in ordinance; and thereto I pliglit perfect love and peace together, pre ny Troth
and live according to thy laws,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ring, and by, joining hands; I Amen.
pronounce, that they are Man & Then shall the Minister join their Right and Wife; in the name of the
Hands together, and say, Father, and of the Son, and of Those whom God
hath joined the Holy Ghost. Amen. together, let no man put asunder. T And the Minister shall add this
Blessing: " Then shall the Minister speak unto the G God the Holy Ghost, bless,
, Company: have consented together in Lord mercifully with his favour Iboly Wedlock, and have witness- look upon you, and fill you with
ed the same before God and this all spiritualbenediction and grace; company, a
7, and thereto have given that ye may so live together in and pledged their troth, each to this life, that in the world to come the other, and have declared the ye may have life everlasting, same by giving and receiving a' Amen.
THE ORDER FOR
THE VISITATION OF THE SICK. • When any Person is sick, notice shall Ans. Who putteth his trust in
be given thereof to the Minister of the thee.
Min. Send him help from thy
holy place; PEACE be to this House, and
Ans. And evermore mightily
defend him. ! When he cometh into the sick Man's Min. Let the enemy have no presence, he shall say, kneeling down, advantage of him; EMEMBER not, Lord, our
Ans. Nor the wicked approach of our forefathers; spare us, good Min. Be unto him, O Lord, a Lord, spare thy people, whom strong tower, thou hast redeemed with thy most Ans. From the face of his enca precious blood; and be not an- my. gry with us for ever.
Min. O Lord, hear our prayer, Ans. Spare us, good Lord. Ans. And let our cry come unto 1 Then the Minister shall say,
LORD, look down from hea.
ven, behold, visit, and relieve Lord, have mercy upon us.
this thy servant. Look upon him UR Father, who art in Hea. with the eyes of thy mercy; give
we Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will in thee; defend him from the be done on Earth, as it is in Hea- danger of the enemy; and keep ren; Give us this day our daily him in perpetual peace and safety, bread; And forgive ús our tres-through Jesus Christ our Lord! passes, as we forgive those who Amen.
HEAR US Almighty and most not into lemptation; But deliver as from evil. Amen.
Extend thy accustomed goodness Ma. O Lord, save thy servant;Ito this thy servant. who is grieved
Let us pray.
with sickness. Sanctify, we betwelfth chapter to the Hebrews, seech thee, this thy Fatherly cor. Whom the Lord loveth he chasrection to him; that the sense of teneth, and scourgeth every son his weakness may add strength to whom he receiveth. If ye endure his faith, and seriousness to his chastening, God dealeth with you repentance: That if it shall be thy as with sons: For what son is he good pleasure to restore him to whom the Father chasteneth not? his former health, he may lead the But if ye be without chastisement, residue of his life in thy fear, and whereof all are partakers, then to thy glory : Or else give him are ye bastards, and not sons. grace so to take thy visitation, Furthermore, we have had fathat after this painful life ended, thers of our flesh, which correct. he may dwell with thee in life ed us, and we gave them reveeverlasting, through Jesus Christ rence: Shall we not much rather our Lord. Amen.
be in subjection unto the Father 9 Then shall the Minister exhort the sick of spirits, and live? For they ve
Person after this form, or other like: rily for a few days chastened us DE
EARLY beloved, know this, after their own pleasure; but he
that Almighty God is the for our profit, that we might be Lord of life and death, and of all partakers of his holiness. These things to them pertaining; as words, good brother, are written youth, strength, health, age,weak- in holy Scripture, for our comfort ness, and sickness. Wherefore, and instruction, that we should whatsoever your sickness be patiently, and with thanksgiving, know you certainly that it is God's bear our heavenly Father's corvisitation. And for what cause rection, whensoever, by any mansoever this sickness be sent unto ner of adversity, it shall please you ; whether it be to try your his gracious goodness to visit us. patience for the example of And there should be no greater others, and that your faith may comfort to Christian persons, than be found, in the day of the Lord, to be made like unto Christ, by laudable, glorious, and honour suffering patiently adversities, able, to the increase of glory and troubles, and sicknesses. For endless felicity; or else it be sent he himself went not up to joy, unto you to correct and amend but first he suffered pain: He enin you whatsoever doth offend tered not into his glory before he the eyes
of your heavenly Father, was crucified. So truly our way know you certainly, that if you to eternal joy, is to suffer here truly repent you of your sins, and with Christ'; and our door to enbearyour sickness patiently, trust- ter into eternal life, is gladly to ing in God's mercy, for his dear die with Christ; that we may Son Jesus Christ's sake, and ren-rise again from death, and dwell der unto him humble thanks for with him in everlasting life. Now, his Fatherly visitation, submitting therefore, taking your sickuess, yourself wholly unto his will, it which is thus profitable for you, shall turn to your profit, and help patiently, exhort you in the you forward in the right way that name of God, to remember the leadeth unto everlasting life.
profession whicb you made un" If the Person visited be very sick, then to God in your Baptism. And
the Minister may end his Éxhortation forasmuch as after this life there in this place, or else proceed : is an account to be given unto
AKE therefore in good part the righteous Judge, hy whom all For, as Saint Paul saith, in the of persons; I require you to exa