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, then must be blameless, the and of one wife, vigilant, soof good behaviour, given to itality, apt to teach, not given vine, no striker, not greedy Ithy lucre, but patient, not a tler, not covetous; one that |h well his own house, having hildren in subjection with ail ity; for if a man know not to rule his own house, how he take care of the Church od? not a novice, lest being i up with pride he fall into condemnation of the devil. eover he must have a good rt to them which are withlest he fall into reproach, the snare of the devil.
TOr this: For the Epistle. Acts, xx. 17.
QM Miletus, Paul sent to Sphesus, and called the Elof the Church. And when were come to him, he said them, Ye Know from the day that I came into Asia, what manner I have been Lyou at all seasons, serving Lord with all humility of , and with many tears and tations, which befell me by ying in wait of the Jews: how I kept back nothing was profitable unto you, but showed you, and have taught publicly, and from house to B, testifying both to the Jews, also to the Greeks, repenttoward God, and faith toour Lord Jesus Christ. And behold, I go bound in the t unto Jerusalem, not knowle things that shall befall me ; save that the Holy Ghost ‘sseth in every city, saying, bonds and afflictions abide
me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus; to testify the Gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall sce my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men: For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed, therefore, unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood For I know this, that aster my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years, I ceased not to warn every one, night and day, with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance aniong all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel : yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak; and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive,
33 1. THE CONSEC
T Then another Bishop shall read The Gospel. St. John, xxi. 15. ESUS saith to Simon Peter, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these ? He saith unto him, Yea. Hord ; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon Son of Jonas, lovest thou me 2 He saith unto him, Yea, Lord ; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me 2 Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me 2 And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. T Or this: St. John, xx. 19.
HE same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto
them, Peace be unto you. An when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then Saith Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them.; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they
!. Or this: St. Matt. xviii. 18. JESUS came and spake unto them, saying, All power is
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postles, offer up our prayers mighty God, before we adand send forth this person inted unto us, to the work eunto we trust the Holy it hath called him.
! then shall be said the Litany; 2 only, that after this place, I'hal ay please thce to illuminate all Biis, &c. the proper Suffrage shall
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overning of thy Church, sh the merits of our Saviour Christ, who liveth and th with thee and the Holy world without end. Amea. the presiding Bishop, sitting in hair, shall say to him that is to nsecrated. THER, forasmuch as the ly Scripture and the ancanons command tirat we not be hasty in laying on
THE CONSECRATION OF BISHOPS.
335 to government in the Church of Christ, which he hath purchased with no less price than the effusion of his own blood; before we admit you to this administration, we will examine you in certain articles, to the end that the congregation present may have a trial, and bear witness, how you are minded to behave yourself in the Church of God. RE you persuaded, that you are truly called to this ministration, according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the order of this Church 2 Answer. I am so persuaded. The presiding Bishop. ARE you persuaded, that the holy Scriptures contain all doctrine required as necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ And are you determissed, out of the same holy Scriptures, to instruct the people committed to your charge, and to teach or maintain nothing, as necessary to eternal salvation, but that which you shall be persunded, may be concluded and proved by the same * ..]nswer. I am so persuaded, and determined by God's grace. The presiding Bishop. ILL you then faithfully exercise yourself in the holy Scriptures, and call upon God by prayer for the true understanding of the same; so that you may be able by them to teach and exhort with wholesome doctrine, and to withstand and convince the gainsayers? Jinswer. I will so do, by the help of God. The presiding Bishop. RE you ready, with all faith
and admitting any personio ful diligence, to banish and
drive away from the Church all
a good will to do all these
grant also unto you s and power to perform the that he accomplishing in you good work which he hath be wou may be found persectani reprehensible at the latter through Jesus Christ our .hmen.
ly Father, who hath given you