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we beseech thee, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost, the Comforter^ and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace; the spirit of wiEdom find understanding, the spirit of counsel and ghostly strength, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill them, O Lord, with the spirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever.
Then all of them in order kneeling before the Bishop, he shall lay his hands upon the head of every one severally, saying,
T\EFEND, O Lord, this thy Child [or, this thy Servant^ with thy heavenly grace; that he may continue thine for ever; and daily
increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until he come unto thy
everlasting kingdom. Amen.
Tf Then shall the Bishop say.
If And all kneeling down, the Bishop shall add,
Let us pray.
f"\UR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy ^ kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespassesj As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
And these Collects,
A LMIGHTY and everliving God, who makest us both to will and to do those things which are good, and acceptable unto thy Divine Majesty; We make our humble supplications unto thee for these thy servants, upon whom, after the example of thy holy Apostles, we have now laid our hands, to certify them, by this sign, of thy favour and gracious goodness towards them. Let thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee, ever be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy Word, that in the end they may obtain everlasting life: through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
f \ ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech ^ thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that, through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we muy be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying thus,
'pHE Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the A Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. Atrten
T And there shall none be admitted to the Holy Communion, until Much time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to bt am* firmed.
THE FORM OP
SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
The laws respecting Matrimony, whether by publishing the Bam in churches, or by License, 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 parts.
And when the Bans are published, it shall be in the following
form: I publish the Bans 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 m 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 ca ll beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is commended of Saint Paul to be honourable among adult men: and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.
If I also speaking unto the Persons who are to be married, he shall say,
I REQUIRE and charge you both, as ye will answer at the dread
The Man shall l
T Then shall the Minister say unto the Woman, TVT WILT thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, to Mt9 together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?
If The Woman shall answer,
Then shall the Minister say, Who giveth this Woman to be married to this Man? Then shall they give their Troth to each other in this manner. The Minister, receiving the Woman at her father's or friend's hands, shall cause the Man with his right hand to take the Woman by her right hand, and to say after him as followeth.
T M. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from A this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
TJ" Then shall they loose their hands; and the Woman with her right hand taking the Alan by his right hand, shall likewise say after the Minister:
T jV. take thee M. to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from * this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.
Then shall they again loose their hands; and the Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring. And the Minister taking the Ring shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by the Minister, shall say,
At this Ring I thee wed, and with all my worldly goods I * v thee endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then the Man, leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand, the Minister shall say,
Let us pray.
f\UR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy ^ kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
C\ ETERNAL God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, Giver "of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life; Send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy Name; that, as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow tad covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring- given and NWYtfel is a token mid pledge,) and may ever remain m perfect tvvc and peace together, and live according to thy laws ;_through Jeous Christ our Lord. Amen
If Then shall the Minister join their right hands together, and say. Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
Then shall the Minister speak unto the companyI pORASMUCH as M. and Ar. have consented together in holy A wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a Ring, and by joining hands; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife, In the Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
If And the Minister shall add this Blessing: (10D the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you j the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace ; that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.
THE ORDER FOR
THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
When any person is sick, notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the Parish; who, coming into the sick person's house, shall say,
ll be to this house, and to all that dwell in it.
If When he cometh into the sick man's presence, he shall say, kneeling down,
T3 I not, Lord, our iniquities, nor the iniquities of our *** forefathers; Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever. Answer. Spare us, good Lord.
Then the Minister shall say, Let us pray. Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. ll Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy V kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, save thy servant;
f \ LORD, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort and Bure confidence in thee, defend him from the danger of the enemy, and keep him in perpetual peace and safety; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
TJEAR us, Almighty and most merciful God and Saviour; extend "thy accustomed goodness to this thy servant, who is grieved with sickness. Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction to him; that the sense of hut weakness may add strength to his faith, and seriousness to his repentance: That, if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore him to his former health, he may lead Ihe residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory: or else, give him grace so to take thy visitation, that, after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Minister exhort the sick Person after this form, or other like.
TkEARLY beloved, know this, that Almighty God is the Lord of life and death, and of all things to them pertaining; as our strength, health, age, weakness, and sickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your sickness be, know you certainly that it is God's visitation. And for what cause soever this sickness be sent unto you: whether it be to try your patience for the example of others, and that your faith may be found, in The day of the Lord, laudable, glorious, and honourable, to the increase of glory and endless ll or else it be sent unto you to correct and amend in you ll doth offend the eyes of your heavenly Father; know you I that if you truly repent you of your sins, and bear your sickness patiently, trusting in God's mercy for his dear Son Jesus Christ's sake, and render unto him humble thanks for his fatherly visitation, submitting yourself wholly unto his will, it shall turn to your profit, and help you forward in the right way that leadeth unto everlasting life.