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CONFIRMATION,

OR LAYING ON OF HANDS UPON THOSE WHO
ARE BAPTIZED, AND COME TO YEARS

OF DISCRETION.

shall say,

Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being pluced and standing in order before the Bishop, sitting in his chair near to the Holy Table, he, or some other Minister appointed by him, may read this Preface following; the People standing until the Lord's Prayer.

own confession, have asation may be ministered sented unto. to the more edifying of such Then the Minister shall preas shall receive it, the

sent unto the Bishop those Church hath thought good who are to be confirmed, and to order, That none shall be confirmed, but such as

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EVEREND Father in can say the Creed, the God, I present unto Lord's Prayer, and the Ten you these children (or these Commandinents; and can persons) to receive the Layalso answer to such other

ing on of Hands. Questions, as in the short Catechism are contained:

Then the Bishop, or some

Minister appointed by him, which order is very conve

may say, nient to be observed; to the end that children, being Evangelist Saint Luke, in

Hear the words of the now come to the years of discretion, and having learned

the eighth Chapter of the what their Godfathers and

Book of the Acts of the Godmothers promised for Apostles. themselves, with their own mouth and consent, openly lem heard that Samaria had before the Church, ratify received the word of God, and confirm the same; and they sent unto them Peter also promise, that, by the and John: who, when they grace of God, they will ever- were come down, prayed more endeavour themselves for them, that they might faithfully to observe such receive the Holy Ghost: (for things, as they, by their as yet he was fallen upon

them in Baptism, may W which were at Jerusa

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none of them: only they these thy servants by Water were baptized in the name and the Holy Ghost, and of the Lord Jesus.) Then hast given unto them forlaid they their hands on giveness of all their sins; them, and they received Strengthen them, we bethe Holy Ghost.

seech thee, O Lord, with

the Holy Ghost, the ComThen shall the Bishop say, forter, and daily increase in Doxee here,

in the pres: them thy manifold gifts of this congregation, renew and understanding, the spithe solemn promise and rit of counsel and ghostly vow that ye made, or that strength, the spirit of knowwas made in your name, ledge and true godliness; at your Baptism; ratifying and fill them, O Lord, with and confirming the same; the spirit of thy holy fear, and acknowledging your- now and for ever. Amen. selves bound to believe and

Then all of them in order to do all those things which

kneeling before the Bishop, ye then undertook, or your

he shall lay his hands upon Sponsors then undertook

the head of every one severfor you?

ally, saying, 1 And every one shall audibly DE

EFEND, O Lord, this

thy Child (or this thy answer,

Servant] with thy heavenly I do.

grace; that he may continue

thine for ever; and daily Bishop.

increase in thy Holy Spirit UR help is in the Name more and more, until he

come unto thy everlasting Answer. Who hath made kingdom. Amen. heaven and earth.

Then shall the Bishop say, Bishop. Blessed be the

The Lord be with you. Name of the Lord; Answer. Henceforth,

Answer. And with thy world without end.

spirit. Bishop. Lord, hear our And all kneeling doron, the

Bishop shali add, prayer.

Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.

UR Father, who art in

heaven, Hallowed be Bishop. Let us pray.

thy Name. Thy kingdom LMIGHTY and ever- come. Thy will be done

on earth, As it is in heaven. vouch safed to regenerate Give us this day our daily

O of the Lord

Let us pray.

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AL Ning God, who Hast

Aliving God, who makest

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bread. And forgive us our the end they may obtain trespasses, As we forgive everlasting life; through those who trespass against our Lord Jesus Christ, who us. And lead us not into with thee and the Holy temptation; But deliver us Ghost liveth and reigneth from evil, Amen.

ever, one God, world with

out end. Amen. And these Collects.

ALMIGHTY Lord, and

everlasting God, vouchus both to will and to do safe, we beseech thee, to those things which are good, direct, sanctify, and govern, and acceptable unto thy both our hearts and bodies, Divine Majesty; We make in the ways of thy laws, and our humble supplications in the works of thy comunto thee for these thy mandments; that, through servants, upon whom, after thy most mighty protecthe example of thy holy tion, both here and ever, Apostles, we have now laid we may be preserved in our hands, to certify them, body and soul; through our by this sign, of thy favour Lord and Saviour Jesus and gracious goodness to- Christ. Amen. wards them. Let thy fa

Then the Bishop shall bless therly hand, we beseech

them, saying thus.

Blessing thy Holy Spiritever be with them; and so lead them in Son, and the Holy Ghost, the knowledge and obedi- be upon you, and remain ence of thy Word, that in with you for ever. Amen. I The Minister shall not omit earnestly to move the persons

confirmed to come, without delay, to the Lord's Supper. And there shall none be admitted to the Holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready und desirous to be confirmed.

ther, ever be over them; let Thighly,

the Father, the

SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.

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1 The laws respecting Matrimony, whether by publishing the Banns in Churches, or by Licence, being different in the several States, every Minister is left to the direction of those laws, in every thing that regards the civil contract between the parties. And when the Banns are published, it shall be in the following form: I publish the Banns of Marriage between M. of, and N. of - If any of you know cause, or just impediment, why these two persons should not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it. This is the first (second or third) time of asking. At the day and time appointed for Solemnization of Matrimony, the Persons to be married shall come into the body of the Church, or shall be ready in some proper house, with their friends and neighbours; and there standing together, the Man on the right hand, and the Woman on the left, the Minister shall say, EARLY beloved, we are Into this holy estate these

gathered together here two persons present come in the sight of God, and in now to be joined. If any the face of this company, man can show just cause, to join together this Man why they may not lawfully and this Woman in holy be joined together, let him Matrimony; which is an now speak, or else hereafter honourable estate, institut- for ever hold his peace. ed of God in the time of And also speaking unto the man's innocency, signifying Persons who are to be mar unto us the mystical union ried, he shall say, that is betwixt christ and REQUIRE and charge his Church: which holy you both, as ye will an. estate Christ adorned and swer at the dreadful day of beautified with his presence judgment when the secrets and first miracle that he of all hearts shall be diswrought in Cana of Galilee, closed, that if either of you and is commended of Saint know any impediment, why Paul to be honourable a- ye may not be lawfully joinmong all men: and there- ed together in Matrimony, fore is not by any to be ye do now confess it. For entered into unadvisedly or be ye well assured, that if lightly; but reverently, dis- any persons are joined tocreetly, advisedly, soberly, gether otherwise than as and in the fear of God. God's Word doth allow,

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their marriage is not law- Then shall they give their ful.

troth to each other in this

manner. The Minister, if he shall have

The Minister, rereason to doubt of the lauful

ceiving the Woman at her

father's or friend's hands, ness of the proposed Mar.

shall cause the Man with his riage, may demand sufficient

right hand to take the Woman surety for his indemnifica. tion : but if no impediment

by her right hand, and to say shall be alleged, or suspected,

after him as followeth. the Minister shall say to the Man,

wedded Wife, to have WILT thou have this

and to hold from this day

forward, for better for ded wife, to live together worse, for richer for poorafter God's ordinance in the er, in sickness and in health, holy estate of Matrimony? to love and to cherish, till Wilt thou love her, com

death us do part, according fort her, honour, and keep to God's holy ordinance; her in sickness and in and thereto I plight thee health; and, forsaking all

my troth. others, keep thee only unto 1 Then shall they loose their her, so long as ye both shall hands; and the Woman with live?

her right hand taking the The Man shall answer,

Man by his right hand, shall

likewise say after the MinisI will.

ter: ? Then shall the Minister say unto the Woman,

wedded Husband, to WILT thou have this have and to hold from this

. Man to thy wedded day forward, for better for husband, to live together worse, for richer for poorafter God's ordinance in the er, in sickness and in health, holy estate of Matrimony? to love, cherish, and to obey, Wilt thou obey him, and

till death us do part, acserve him, love, honour, and cording to God's holy ordikeep him in sickness and in nance; and thereto I give health; and, forsaking all thee my troth. others, keep thee only unto Then shall they again loose him, so long as ye both shall their hands; and the Man live?

shall give unto the Woman a 1 The Woman shall answer,

Ring. And the Minister tak

ing the Ring shall deliver it I will

unto the Man, to put it upon Then shall the Minister say,

the fourth finger of the Wo

man's left hand. And the THO giveth this Wo

Man holding the Ring there, man to be married to

and taught by the Minister, this Man?

shall say,

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