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The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7.
grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, be led captivity captive, and gave gift unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, a postles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the min. istry, for the edifying of the body of Christ : till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Cbrist.
After this shall be read for the
St. Matt. ix. 35.
him for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: 1 y me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd : the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepberd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. "As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Then the Bishop shall say unto
them as followeth. TE have heard, Brethren, as well
in your private examination, as in the exhortation which was now made to you, and in the holy Lessons taken out of the Gospel, 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
WHEN Jesus saw the multitudes,
on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his barvest. S or else this that followeth, out of the tenth Chapter of Saint John. St. John x. 1.
, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth ; and the sheep hear his voice : and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he pintteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow
called: that is to say, to be Mes. weighty a work, pertaining to the sengers, Watchmen, and Steward: of salvation of man, but with doctrine the Lord; to teach, and to premonish, and exhortation taken out of the to feed and provide for the Lord's Holy Scriptures, and with a life family; to seek for Christ's sheep agreeable to the same; consider bow that are dispersed abroad, and for studious ye ought to be in reading his children who are in the midst of and learning the Scriptures, and in this naughty world, that they may be framing the manners both of yoursaved through Christ for ever. selves, and of them that specially
Have always therefore printed in pertain unto you, according to the your remembrance, bow great a treas- rule of the same Scriptures; and for ure is committed to your charge. this self same cause, how ye ought to For they are the sheep of Christ, forsake and set aside, as much as ye which he bought with his death, and way, all worldly cares and studies. for whom he shed his blood. The We have good hope that ye have Church and Congregation whom you
well weighed these things with your. must serve, is his Spouse, and his selves, long before this time; and Body. And if it shall happen that that ye have clearly determined, by the same Church, or any Member God's grace, to give yourselves wholly thereof, do take any hurt or hindrance to this Office, whereunto it bath by reason of your negligence, ye pleased God to call you : so that, as know the greatness of the fault, and much as lieth in you, ye will apply also the horrible punishment that yourselves wholly to this one thing, will ensue. Wherefore consider with and draw all your cares and stud es yourselves the end of the Ministry this way, and that ye will continually towards the children of God, towards pray to God the Father, by the mediathe Spouse and Body of Christ; and tion of our only Saviour Jesus Christ, see that ye never cease your labour, for the heavenly assistance of the your care and diligence, until ye have Holy Ghost; that, by daily reading done all that lieth in you, according and weighing the Scriptures, ye may to your bounden duty, to bring all wax riper and stronger in your Minsuch as are or shall be committed to istry; and that ye may so endeavour your charge, unto that agreement in yourselves, from time to time, to sancthe faith and knowledge of God, and tify the lives of you and yours, and to that ripeness and perfectness of
to fashion them after the Rule and age in Christ, that there be no place Doctrine of Christ, that ye may be left among you, either for error in wholesome and godly examples and religion, or for viciousness in life. patterns for the people to follow.
Foras much then as your Office is And now, that this present Congreboth of so great excellency, and of gation of Christ may also understand $0 great difficulty, ye see with how your minds and wills in these things, great care and study ye ought to and that this your promise may the apply yourselves, as well to show more move you to do your duties; ye yourselves dutiful and thankful unto hall answer plainly to these things, that Lord, who hath placed you in which we, in the Name of God, and so high a dignity; as also to beware of his Church, shall demand of you that neither you yourselves offend, touching the same. nor be occasion that others ofiend. Wow beit
, ye cannot have a mind and Do you think in your heart, that will and ability is giver of God alone :
to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, therefore ye ought, and have need,
and according to the Canons of this to pray earnestly for his Holy Spirit.
Churcb, to the Order and Ministry And seeing that ye cannot by any
of Priesthood ? other means compass the doing of so Answer. I think it.
The Bishop. ARE you persuaded that the Holy A Scriptures contain all Doctrine required as necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ? And are you determined, out of the said Scriptures to instruct the people committed to your charge ; and to teach nothing, as necessary to eternal salvation, but that which you shall be persuaded may be concluded and proved by the Scripture?
Answer. I am so persuaded, and bave so determined, by God's grace.
The Bishop. W '
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?
Answer. I will so do, by the help of the Lord. The Bishop.
; ful' diligence, to banish and drive away from the Church all erroneous and strange doctrines con. trary to God's Word; and to use both public and private monitions and exhortations, as well to the sick as to the whole, within your Cures, as need shall require, and occasion shall be given?
Answer. I will, the Lord being my helper.
The Bishop. WILL you be diligent in Prayers, tures, and in such studies as help to the knowledge of the same, laying aside the study of the world and the tlesh?
Answer. I will endeavour so to d), the Lord being my helper.
The Bishop. Wand Fashion your own selves, and your families, according to the Doctrine of Christ; and to make both yourselves and them, as much as in you lieth, wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of Christ?
Answer. I will apply myself there to, the Lord being my helper.
The Bishop. WIL WILL you maintain and set for
wards, 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?
Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
The Bishop. 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?
Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper. 1 Then shall the Bishop, standing
up, siy, ALMIGHTY God, who hath given A 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 bezun in you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
After this, the Congregation shall be desired, secretly in their Prayers, to make their humble supplications to Goil for all these things; for the which Prayers there shall be silence kept for a space. After which, shall be sung or said by the Bishop, the persons to be ordained Priests all kneeling, Veni, Creator Spiritas; the Bishop beginning, and the Priests,' and
others that are present, answering by verses, as followeth.
COME, Holy Ghost, our souls in
And liyhten with celestial fire.
home; Where thou art guide, no ill can
Praise to thy eternal merit,
That, through thy help, God's praises
may Resound in every place. O Holy Ghost, into our minds
Send down thy heavenly light; Kindle our hearts with fervent zeal,
To serve God day and night. Our weakness strengthen and confirm,
(For, Lord, thou know'st us frail ;) That neither derril, world, nor flesh,
Against us may prevail.
And help us to obtain
Our leader and our guide,
And never from thee slide.
Grant, Lord, to us, we pray:
At the last dreadful day.
Dissolve, O Lord, the bands, And knit the knots of peace and love
Throughout all Christian lands. Grant us the grace that we may know
The Father of all might, That we of his beloved Son
May gain the blissful sight;
Ever acknowledge thee,
One God in Persons Three.
And to his blessed Son,
Co-equal Three in One.
Would please his Spirit to send
Amen, That done, the Bishop shall pray in this wise, and say,
Let us pray:
Proceeding from above,
The God of peace and love;
Thy heavenly grace inspire; That truth and godline:s we may
Pursue with full desire. Thou art the very Comforter
In grief and all distress;
No tongue can it express;
Of joy celestial;
The unction spiritual. Thou in thy gifts art manifold, By them Christ's Church doth
stand: In f«ithful hearts thou writ'st thy
law, The finger of God's hand. According to thy promise, Lord,
Thou givest speech with grace;
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. Amen.
Or this. MAKE thou Authority to execute
and goodness towards us, hast given to us thy only and most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer, and the Author of everlasting life; wbo, after he had made perfect our redemption by his death, and was ascended into heaven, sent abroad into the world his Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Doctors, and Pastors; by whose labour and ministry be gathered together a great flock in all the parts of the world, to set forth the eternal praise of thy holy Name: For these so great benefits of thy eternal goodness, and for that thou hast vouchsafed to call these thy servants here present to the same Office and Ministry, appointed for the salvation of mankind, we render unto the most hearty thanks, we praise and worship thee; and we humbly beseech thee, by the same thy blessed Son, to grant unto all, wbich either here or elsewhere call upon thy holy Name, that we may continue to show ourselves thankful unto thee for these and all thy 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 shall be appointed thy Ministers, thy boly Name may be for ever glorified, and tny 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. Amen. ( When this Prayer is done, 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,
Church of God, now committed to thee by the Imposition of our hands. And bé 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. Amen.
Then the Bishop shall deliver to erery one of them kneeling, the Bible into his hand, saying,
the Word of God, and to minister the holy Sacraments in the Congregation, where thou sbalt be lawfully appointed thereunto.
When this is done, the Nirene Creed shall be said, and the Bishop shall go on in the Service of te Communion, which all they who receive Orders shall take together, and remain in the same place where Hands were laid upon them, until such time as they have received the Communion.
The Communion being done, after the last Collect, and immediately Lefore the Benediction, shall be said
this Collect. MO TOST merciful Father, we beseech
thee to send upon these ty servants thy heavenly blessing; that they may be clothed with righteous. ness, and that thy Word spoken by their mouths may have such success, that it may never be spoken in vain. Grant also, that we may have grace to hear and receive what they shall deliver out of thy most holy Word, or agreeable to the same, as the means of our salvation ; that in all our words and deeds 'we may seek thy glory, and the increase of thy king. dom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Office and Work of a Priest in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the Imposition of our hands. Whose sins thon dost forgive, they are forgiven; and whose sing thou dost retain, they are retained.