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and the Holy Ghost, be amongst in the things appertaining to you, and remain with you al- the Ecclesiastical Adminisways. Amen.
tration ; in executing where
of, if he be found faithful and TAnd here it must be declared diligent, he may be admitted
unto the Deacon, that he by his Diocesan to the Order must continue in that Office of Priesthood, at the times of a Deacon the space of a appointed in the Canon, or whole Year, (except for rea- else, on urgent occasion, up sonable Causes it shall other- on some other day, in the face wise seem good unto the Bi- of the Church, in such manshop,) to the intent he may per and form as hereafter folbe perfect, and well expert! loweth.
THE FORM AND MANNER OF ORDERING,
PRIESTS. T. 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. T A Priest shall present unto, God willing, to receive this day
the Bishop, sitting in his unto the Holy Office of PriestChair near to the holy Table, hood : For after due examinaall those who are to receive tion, we find pot to the contrathe Order of Priesthood that ry, but that they are lawfully day, each of them being de- called to their Function and cently habited, and shall say : Ministry, and that they are por
Father in sons meet for the same. But REAREpresentanto yön yet ir there be any of you, who these persons present, to be ad-knoweth any impediment of mitted to the order of Priest- notable criine in any of them, hood.
for the which he ought not to | The Bishop. be received into this holy MiTAKE heed that the per: nistry, let him come forth
in unto us, bę apt and meet for what the crime or impediment their learning and godly con- is. versation, to exercise their mi-1 And if any great Crime or nistry duly to the honour of
Impediment be objected, the God, and the edifying of the Bishop shall cease from OrChurch.
dering that person, until such # The Priest shall answer : time as the Party accused I
HAVE inquired concerning shall be found clear of that
them, and also examined Crime. them, and think them so to be. Then the Bishop (commend1 Then the Bishop shall say ing such as shall be found unto the People:
meet to be ordered, to the OOD People, these are Prayers of the Congregation)
they whom we purposé, shall, with the Clergy and
Jesus unto them again, Verily, charge ye are called: That is to verily, I say unto you, I am the say, to be Messengers, Watchdoor of the sheep. All that men, and Strwards of the ever came before me are thieves Lord, to teach, and to premoand robbers; but the sheep did nish, to feed and provide for pot hear them. I am the door; the Lord's family; to seek for by me if any man enter in, he Christ's sheep that are dispersshall be saved, and shall go in ed abroad, and for bis children and out, and find pasture. The who are in the midst of this thief cometh not but for to steal, naughty world, that they may and to kill, and to destroy: I be saved through Christ for am come that they might have ever. life, and that they might have Have always therefore printit more abundantly. I am the ed in your remembrance, how good Shepherd : the good Shep- great a treasure is committed herd giveth his life for the sheep, to your charge. For they are But he that is an hireling, and the sheep of Christ, which he not the Shepherd, whose own bought with his death, and
for the sheep are not, seeth the whom he shed his.blood. The wolf coming, and leaveth the Church and Congregation sheep, and teeth; and the wolf whom you must serve, is his catcheth them, and scattereth Spouse, and his Body. And if the sheep. The hireling feeth it shall happen that the same because he is an hireling, and Church, or any member therecareth not for the sheep. I am of, do take any hurt or hinderthe good Shepherd, and know ance by reason of your neglimy sheep, and am known of gence, ye know the greatness mine. As the Father knoweth of the fault, and also the hors me, even so know I the Father : rible punishment that will cnand I lay down my life for the sue. Wherefore consider with sheep. And other sheep I have yourselves the end of the miwhich are not of this fold; nistry towards the children of them also I must bring, and God, towards the Spouse and they shall hear my voice and body of Christ : and see that ye there shall be one fold, and one never cease your labour, your Shepherd.
care and diligence, until ye 1 Then the Bishop, shall say have done all that lieth in you,
unto them as followeth : , according to your bounden du.
E have heard, brethren, 'as ty, to bring all snch as are or amination, as in the exhortation charge, unto that agreement in which was now made to you, the faith and knowledge of and in the holy lessons taken God, and to that ripeness and out of the Gospel, and the wri- perfoctness of age in Christ tings of the Apostles, of what that there be no place left dignity, and of how great im- among you, either for error in portance this office is, where- religion, or for viciousness in unto ye are called. And now life. again we exhort you in the Forasmuch then as your Of name of our Lord Jesus Christ, fice is both of so great excelthat ye have in remembrance, lency, and of so great difficulty, into how high a dignity, and to ye see with how great care and Low weighty an office and study ye ought to apply yours
selves, as well to show your-deavour yourselves from time
necessary for eternal salvation
, by the media: Withilience, we pays Christ, for the heavenly assist - so to minister the Doetrine and ance of the Holy Ghost; that Sacraments, and the discipline by daily reading and weighing of Christ, as the Lord hath the Scriptures, ye may wax commanded, and as this Church riper and stronger in your Mi- hath received the same, ac nistry; and that ye may so en-cording to the commandment
of God; so that you may teach Answer. I will go do, the the people committed to your Lord being my helper, cure and charge, with all dili
The Bishop. gence to keep and observe the WILL you reverently obey
Answer. I will so do, by the chief Ministers, who, according help of the Lord.
to the Canons of the Church, The Bishop.
may have the charge and go TILL you be ready with vernment over you; following banish and drive away from godly admonitions, and submitthe Church all erroneous and ting yourselves to their godly strange doctrines contrary to judgments ? God's word ; and to use both Answer. I will so do, the public and private monitions Lord being my helper. and exhortations, as well to the 1 Then shall the Bishop,standsick as the whole within your
ingu say, cures, as need shall require,
God, and occasion shall be given ?
who Answer. I will, the Lord be-do all these things, grant also
hath given you this will to ing iny helper.
unto you strength and power to The Bishop.
perform the saine; that he may WI
TILL you be diligent in accomplish his work which he
prayers, and in reading hath begun in you, through the holy Scriptures, and in such Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. studies as help to the knowledge of the same, laying aside the 1 After this, the Congregation study of the world and the shall be desired, secretly in flesh ?
their prayers, to make their Answer. I will endeavour humble supplications to God so to do, the Lord being my for all these things for the helper.
which prayers there shall be The Bishop:
silence kept for a space. We ama benshiline your 1 After which shall be gungor own selves, and your families,
sons to be ordained Priests arcording to the Doctrine of Christ; and to make both your.
all kneeling, Veni, Creator selves and them, as much as in
Spiritus ;, the Bishop begin you lieth, wholesome examples
ning, and the Priests and
others that are present anand patterns to the flock of Christ?
sworing by verses, as fol
loweth: theretoget the Lord being my souls inspire,
NOME, Holy Ghost, our helper. The Bishop.
And lighten with celestial fire : W
forwards, as much as lieth Who dost thy sevenfold gifts in you, quietness, peace, and impart love among all Christian peo- Thy blessed Unction from ple, and especially among them above, that are or shall be committed Is comfort, life, and fire af to your charge ?