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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

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

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

Christ. 15. Of the worthy receiving

of the Civil Magistratus. 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.

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

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

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

respectful obedience to the ci20. Against Idleness.

vil authority, regularly and le21. Against Rebellion.

gitimately constituted. [This Article is received in Art. XXXVUI Of Christian this Church, so far as it de- Men's Gouds, 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 be 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. XXXTX. 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 execute 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 bad Episcopal Consecration or Ordination. And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, except

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

require. And the Bishop knowing, either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, 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 Mennes and Form as followeth.


DEACONS. 7 When 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 admit

WORD Hards 102


THEN 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 else this, out of the sixth Answer. I think so.
Chapter of the Acts of the

The Bishop.
Acts vi. 2.

all the Canonical Scripthe multitude of the dis- tures of the Old and New Tesciples unto them, and said, It|tament? is not reason that we should Answer. I do believe them. leave the word of God, and

The Bishop. serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you WILL you diligently read 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. Word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude. 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 Ohost, 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 Antioch : whom they set be- in the distribution thereof; and fore the Apostles ; und when to read holy Scriptures and they had 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 a great company of the priests ted thereto by the Bishop. And were obedient to the faith.

furthermore it is bis Office, T 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,


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

Answer. I will so do, by the his people? Answer. I trust so.

help of God. The Bishop.

The Bishop.

ILL you apply all your truly called, according to

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