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9. That Common Prayers ordering ; neither hath it any

and Sacraments ought thing that, of itself, is superto be ministered in a stitious and ungodly : and,

known Tongue. therefore, whosoever are con10. Of the reverent estima-secrated or ordered according

tian of God's Word. to said form, we decree all 11. Of Alms-doing.

such to be rightly, orderly, and 12. Or the Nativity of Christ. lawfully consecrated and or13. Of the Passion of Christ. dered. 14. Of the Resurrection of Christ.

Art. XXXVII. Of the Power

of the Civil Magistrates. 15. Of the worthy receiving of the Sacrament of

The power of the Civil Mathe Body and Blood of gistrate extendeth to all men. Christ.

as well Clergy as Laity, in all 16. Of the Gifts of the Ho- things temporal; but hath no ly Ghost.

authority in things purely spi17. For the Rogation-days.

ritual. And we hold it to be 18. Of the State of Matri- the Quty of all men who are

professors of the Gospel, to pay mony. 19. Or Repentance.

respectful obedience to the ci20. Against Idleness.

vil authority, regularly and le21. Against Rebellion.

gitimately constituted. [This Article is received in Art. XXXVIII. Of Christian this Church, so far as it de- Men's Goods, which ure not clares the books of Homilies to common. be an explication of Christian The Riches and Goods of doctrine, and instructive in Christians are not common, as piety and morals. But all re- touching the right, title, and ferences to the constitution and possession of the same, as cerlaws of England are considered tain Anabaptists do falsely as inapplicable to the circum- boast. Notwithstanding, every stances of this Church, which man ought of such things as he also suspends the order for the possesseth, liberally to give reading of said Homilies in alms to the poor, according to Churches until a revision of his ability. them may be conveniently Art. XXXIX. Of a Christian made, for the clearing of them,

Man's Oath. as well from obsolete words As we confess that vain and and phrases, as from the local rash swearing is forbidden references.

Christian men by our Lord Art. XXXVI. Of Consecra- Jesus Christ, and James his

tion of Bishops and Minis- Apostle: so we judge that ters.

Christian Religion doth not The Book of Consecration prohibit, but that a man may of Bishops, and Ordering of swear when the Magistrate rePriests and Deacons, as set quireth, in a cause of Faith forth by the General Conven- and Charity, so it be done action of this Church in 1792, cording to the Prophets teachdoth contain all things neces- ing in Justice, Judgment, and sary to such consecration and Truth.


ING, AND CONSECRATING BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND DEACONS, According to the Order of the Protestant Episcopal Church in

the United States of America, as established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of said Church, in General Convention, in the month of September, A. D. 1792.

THE PREFACE. It is evident unto all men, diligently reading holy Scripture and

ancient Authors, that 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 estimation, that no man might presume to exe cute any of them, except he were first called, tried, examined, and known to have such qualities as are requisite for the same; and also by public Prayer, with Imposition of Hands, were approved and admitted thereunto by lawful Authority And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be continued, and reverently used and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered to execute any of the said Functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted thereunto, according to the Form hereafter following. or hath had Episcopal Consecration or Ordination. And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, except

he be of the age which the Canon in that case provided may

require. And the Bishop knowing, either by himself, or by sufficient

testinony, any person to be a man of virtuous conversation, and without crime ; and, after examination and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the holy Scripture, and other wise learned as the Canons require, may, at the times ap pointed, or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Church, admit him a Deacon, in such Maones and Form as followeth.


DEACONS. TWhen the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morn

ing Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admite Led Deacons ; how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the People ought to esteem them in their Office. TA Priest shall present unto and People present, say the

the Bishop, sitting in his Litany. Chair near to the holy Ta- I Then shall be said the $erble, such as desire to be or- vice for the Communion, dained Deacons, each of with the Collect, Epistle, and them being decently habited, Gospel, as followeth. saying these words:

The Collect. REVEREND

Father in God, I present unto you these persons present, to be hast appointed divers orders of

thy Divine Providence admitted Deacong,

Ministers in thy Church, and The Bishop. didst inspire thine Apostles to whom ye present unto us, cons the first Martyr Saint Stebe apt and meet for their learn-phen, with others; mercifully ing and godly conversation, to behold those thy servants now exercise their Ministry duly to called to the like Office and the honour of God, and the edi- Administration : 80 replenish fying of his Church.

them with the truth of thy DocT The Priest shall answer :

trine, and adorn them with in

nocency of life, that both by HAVE inquired concern-word and good example they I

ing them, and also examined them, and think them so to be. this Office, to the glory of thy.

may faithfully serve thee in 11 Then the Bishop shall say name, and the edification of

unto the People: thy Church, through the merits RETHREN, if there be of our Saviour Jesus Christ,

any of you, who knoweth who liveth and reigneth with any impediment, or notable thee and the Holy Ghost, now crime in any of these persons and for ever. Amen. presented to be ordered Dea

The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii.8. man to be admitted to that of Loes be grave

, not doubletice, let him come forth in the name of God, and show what tongued, not given to much the crime or impediment is. wine, not greedy of filthy luere ; 11 And if any great Crime or holding the mystery of the faith Impediment be objected, the in a pure conscience. And let Bishop shall cease from Or- these also first be proved; then dering that person, until let them use the Office of a such time as the Party accu- Deacon, being found blamesed shall be found clear of less. Even so must their wives that Crime.

be grave, not slanderers, sober, I Then the Bishop (commend faithful in all thinge. Let the

ing such as shall be found Deacons be the husbands of meet to be Ordered, to the one wife, ruling their children Prayers of the Congrega- and their own houses well sion) shall, with the Clergy For they that have used?


WHEN the Twelve called Do you unfeignedly believe

Office of a Deacon well, pur- the will of our Lord Jesus
chase to themselves a good de-Christ, and according to the
gree, and great boldness in the Canons of this Church, to the
faith which is in Christ Jesus. Ministry of the same ?
| Or cise this, out of the sixth Answer. I think so.
Chapter of the Acts of the

The Bishop.
Acts vi. 2.

the Canonical SeripT!

the multitude of the dig- tures of the Old and New Tesciples unto them, and said, It tarpent? 16 not reason that we should Answer. I do believe them. leave the word of God, and

The Bishop. three, look ye out among you W the same unto the people serve tables. Wherefore, breseven men ot honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, assembled in the Church where whom we may appoint over you shall be appointed to serve! this business. But we will give Answer. I will. ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the

The Bishop. the whole multituile. And they IT appertaineth to the office

of a Deacon, in the Church chose Stephen, a man full of where he shall be appointed

to faith and of the Holy Ghost, serve, to assist the Priest in Diand Philip, and Prochorus, and vine Service, and specially Nicanor, and Timon, and Par- when he ministereth the Holy menas, and Nicolas a proselyte Communion, and to help him of Amioch: whom they set be- in the distribution thereof; and fore the Apostles ; and when to read holy Scriptures and they Kad prayed, they laid their Homilies in the Church, and hands on them. And the word to instruct the Youth in the of God increased, and the Catechism ; in the absence of number of the disciples multi, the Priest to baptize Infants plied in Jerusalem greatly, and and to preach, if he be admit å great company of the priests ted thereto by the Bishop. And were obedient to the faith.

furthermore it is bis Office, 1 Then shall the Bishop exa- where provision is so made, mine every one of those who to search for the sick, poor, and are to be Ordered, in the pre- impotent people of the Parish, sence of the People, after to intimate their estates, names, this manner following:

and places where they dwell, DO

O you trust that you are unto the Curate, that by his ex

inwardly moved by the hortation they may be relieved Holy Ghost to taka upon you with the alms of the Parishionthis Office and Ministration, to serve God for the promoting of ers, or others: Will you do this his glory, and the edifying of gladly, and willingly? his people?

Answer. I will so do, by the Answer. I trust so.

help of God. The Bishop.

The Bishor. truly called, according to


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fashion your own lives, and the Blessed are those servants lives of your families, accord- whom the Lord when he coming to the Doctrine of Christ : eth shall find watching: Verily and to make both yourselves I say unto you, That he shall and them, as much as in you gird himself, and make them lieth, wholesome examples of to sit down to meat, and will the flock of Christ?

come forth and serve them. Answer. I will so do, the And if he shall come in the Lord being my helper. second watch, or come in the The Bishor.

third watch, and find them so, WILL you reverently obey blessed are those servants.

your Bishop, and other T Then shall the Bishop prochief Ministers, who, according ceed in the Communion : and to the Canons of the Church, all who are Ordered, shall may have the charge and go- tarry, and receive the Holy vernient over you; following Communion the same day with a glad mind and will their with the Bishop. godly admonitions ?

1 The Communion ended, after Answer. I will endeavour the last Collect, and immego to do, the Lord being my diately before the Benedichelper.

tion, shall be said this ColT Then the Bishop, laying his

lect following: bands severally upon the ALMIGHTY God, giver of humbly kneeling before him, thy great goodness hast vouchshall say,

sated to accept and take these TAKE thou authority to ex- thy Servants unto the Office

of con in the Church of God com-them, we beseech thee, O Lord, mitted unto thee; In the name to be modest, humble, and conof the Father, and of the Son, stant in their Ministration, to and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. have a ready will to observe all

spiritual Discipline; that they 1 Then shall the Bishop deliver having always the testimony of

to every one of them the New a good conscience, and contiTestament, saying,

nuing ever stable and strong in read the Gospel in the behave themselves in this infe

! Church of God, and to reach rior Office, that they may be the same, if thou be this to li- found worthy to be called unto censed by the Bishop himself. the higher Ministries in thy I Then one of them

appointed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Church, through the same thy The Gospel. St. Luke xii. 35. to whom be glory and honour LET your loins be girded world without end. Amen. burning, and ye yourselves like

Te peace of God, which unto men that wait for their keep your hearts and minds in Lord, when he will return from the knowledge and love of God, the wedding that when he and of his Son Jesus Christ our cometh and knocketh, they may Lord, and the blessing of God open unto him immediately. Almighty, the Father, the Sor

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