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pel, and the writings of the Apostles, of what dignity, and of how great importance this office is, whereunto ye are called. And now again we exhort you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye have in remembrance. into how high a dignity, and to how weighty an office and charge ye are called: That is to say, to be Messengers, Watchmen, and Stewards of the Lord; to teach, and to premonish, to feed and provide for the Lord's family; to seek for Christ's sheep that are dispersed abroad, and for his children who are in the midst of this naughty world, that they may be saved through Christ for ever. Have always therefore printed in your remembrance, how great a treasure is committed to your charge. For they are the sheep of Christ, which he bought with his death, and for whom he shed his blood. The Church and Congregation whom you must serve, is his Spouse, and his Body. And if it shall happen that the same Church, or any member thereof. do take any hurt or hinderance by reason of your negligence, ye know the greatness of the fault. and also the horrible punishment that will ensue. Wherefore consider with yourselves the end of the Ministry towards the children of God, towards the spouse and Body of Christ; and see that ye never cease your labour, your care and diligence, until ye have done all that lieth in you, according to your bounden duty, to bring all such as are or shall be commit. ted to your charge, unto that agreement in the faith and knowledge of God, and to that ripeness and persectness of age in Christ,
that there be no place lestamm; you, either for error in religio or for viciousness in life. Forasmuch then as your 0i. is both of so great excellenty of so great difficulty, ye seew how great care and studyyedu, to apply yourselves,as welltos, yourselves dutiful and than unto that Lord who hath pla you in so high a dignity; as also beware that neither you y selves offend, nor be occasions others offend. Howbeityeco, have a mind and will thereo yourselves; for that willandali is given of God alone: thero ye ought, and have need too earnestly for his Holy Spirit A seeing that ye cannot by a other means compass the do so weighty a work, pertaining the salvation of man, butwithso trine and exhortation taken o' of the holy Scriptures, and wo a life agreeable to the sameo sider how studious ye ought be in reading and o Scriptures, and in framing manners both of o o
this way; and that ye will inually pray to God the Faby the mediation of our only our Jesus Christ, for the heay assistance of the Holy it; that by daily reading and hing the Scriptures, ye may riper and stronger in your stry; and that ye may so enour yourselves from time to ...to sanctify the lives of you yours, and to fashion them the rule and doctrine of st, that ye may be wholeB and gödly examples and *rns for the people to follow. nd now, that this present Conation of Christ may also untand your minds and wills in e things, and that this your mise may the more move you O your duties; ye shall ano, plainly to these things, Shwe, in the name of God, of his Church, shall demand ou touching the same.
b you think in your heart, that you are truly called, acling to the will of our Lord is Christ, and according to the ons of this Church, to the Orand Ministry of Priesthood: ilālter. I think it. The Bishop.
$E, you persuaded that the holy Scriptures contain all trine required as necessary *ternal salvation through faith esus Christ? and are you delined, out of the said Scrip. $ to instruct the people com£d to your charge, and to teach ling, as necessary to eternal ation, but that which you shat! hersuaded, may be concluded
and have so determined, by God's grace. The Bishop. WILL youthen give your faith- ful diligence, always so to minister the Doctrine and Sacraments, and the discipline of Christ, as the Lord hath commanded, and as this Church hath received the same, according to the commandments of God ; so that you may teach the people committed to your cure , and charge, with all diligence to keep and observe the same 2 Answer. I will so do, by the help of the Lord. The Bishop. WTILL you be ready with all faithful diligence to banish and drive away from the Church alleryoneousandstrange doctrines contrary to God's word; and to ise both public and private mo: nitions and exhortations, as well to the sick as the whole within your earcs, as need shall require, and occasion shall be given Josiper. I wili, the Lord being my helper. The 33is * ATILL wool be diligent in prayW ers, and in reading the holy Scriptures, and in sitch studies as help to the knowledge of the same, laying aside the study of the world aid the flesh 3 , hisor, r. I will endeavour so to do, the Lord being my helper. The Bishop. WILL you be diligent to frame and fashion your own selves, and your families, according to the ioctrine of Christ; and to
proved by the Scripture ? tower. I am so persuaded, —
make both yourselves and them, as much as in you lieth, whole
some examples and the flock of Christ 2
Answer. I will apply myself thereto, the Lord being my helper.
The Bishop. WILL you maintain and set forwards, as much as lieth in you, quietness, peace, and love among all Christian people, and especially among them that are or shall be committed to your charge 2 Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
The Bishop. W. LL you reverently obe your Bishop, and other chief Ministers, who, according to the Canons of the Church, may have the charge and government over you; following with a glad mind and will their godly admonitions, and submitting yourselves to their godly judgments 2nswer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper. * Then shall the Bishop, standing up, - Say, I, MIGHTY God, who hath given you this will to do all these things, grant also unto you strength and power to perform the same; that he may accomplish his work which he hath be: gun in you, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. † After this, the Congregation shall be desired, secretly in their prayers, to soake their humble supplications to God for all these things: for the which prayers there shall be silence kept for a space.
Thou the anointing Spirit art
Thy blessed Unction from above,
it us the grace that we may know
he Father of all might, t we of his beloved Son,
ld to his blessed Son,
to the Holy Spirit of Grace,
- qual Three in One. pray we, that our only
ould please his Spirit to send ll that sl all proft'ss his name,
rom hunce to the world’s end. Amen.
hat done, the Bishop shall pray in this wise, and say,
Let us pray.
LMIGHTY God and beaven
ly Father, who, of
te love and goodness towards
hast given to us thy
st dearly beloved Son Jesus 'ist, to be our Redeemer, and
Author of everlasting life; aster he had made perfect redemption by his death, and ascended into heaven, sent
jad into the world
Prophets, Evangelists, Doc,andt’astors; by whose labour Eninistry he gathered together eat flock in all the parts of the ld, to set forth the eternal se of thy holy name: For e so great benefits of thy eter
goodness, and for vouchsafed to call
ants here present to the same !c and Ministry appointed for alvation of mankind, we ren
into thee most heal
these and all tiny other benefits ; and that we may daily increase and go forwards in the knowledge and faith of thee and thy Son, by the Holy Spirit: So that as well by these thy Ministers, as by them over whom they shal! be appointed thy Ministers, thy holy name may be for ever glorified, and thy blessed kingdom enlarged, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, world without end. ..?men. 7 When this prayer is dome, the Bishop with the priests present, shall lay their hands severally upon the head of every one that receiveth the Order of priesthood; the Receivers humbly kneeling, and the Bishop saying, ECEIVE the Holy Ghost for the office and work of a priest in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the imposition of our hands: whose sins thou dost forgive, they are forgiven : and whose sins thou dost retain, they are retained: And be thou a faithful Dispenser of the word of God, and of his holy Sacraments : In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. ..?mén. Or this . AKE thou authority to execute the office of a Priest in the Church of God now committed to thee by the imposition of our hands ; and be thou a faithful Dispenser of the word of God, and of his holy Sacraments: In
e or else
re call upon thy holy name, that we may continue to *lves thankful unto there for
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
1: Then the Bishop shall deliver to ove
ry one of them kneeling, the Bible
into his hand, saying, .
T Akt, thon authority to preach the word of (iod, aud to mi
nister the holy Sacraments in the never bé spoken in soon
*- THE FORM OF Ordaining or Consecrating a Bishop. ; * When all things are duly prepared in the Church, and set in order, so ing Prayer is ended, the o: ibishop, or some other o the Bishops present, shall begin the Communion Service, in whichio , * The Collect. the people, that theyo ALMIGHTY God, who by thyoliently follow the so Son Jesus Christ didst give may receive the . oft