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Grant, O Lord, that whosoever shall receive in this place the blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, may come to that holy ordinance with faith, charity, and true repentance; and being filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, may, to their great and endless comfort, obtain remission of their sins, and all other benefits of his passion. Amen. .
Grant, O Lord, that by thy holy Word which shall be read and preached in this place, and by thy Holy Spirit grafting it inwardly in the heart, the hearers thereof may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and may have power and strength to fulfil the same. Amen.
Grant, O Lord, that whosoever shall be joined together in this place in the holy estate of Matrimony, may faithfully perform and keep the vow and covenant between them made, and may remain in perfect love together unto their lives' end. Annen.
Grant, we beseech thee, olessed Lord, that whosoever shall draw near to thee in chis place, to give thee thanks for the benefits which they have received at thy hands, to set forth thy most worthy praise, to confess their sins unto thee, and to ask such things as are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as for the soul, may do it with such steadiness of faith, and with such' seriousness, affection, and devotion of mind, that thou mayest accept their bounden duty and service, and vouchsafe to give whatever in thy infinite wisdom thou shalt see to be most expedient for them. All which we beg for Jesus Christ's sake, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. 1 Then, the Bishop sitting in his chair, the Sentence of consecration
is to be read by some person appointed by him, and then laid by
him upon the Communion Table; after which, the Bishop shall say, DLESSED be thy Name, O Lord, that it hath pleased
D thee to put it into the hearts of thy servants to appropriate and devote this house to thy honour and worship;
ant that all who shall enjoy the benefit of this pious work, may show forth their thankfulness, by making a right use of it, to the glory of thy blessed Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 9 After this, the Minister appointed is to read the Seroice for the day.
SECOND. Hebrews 10, v. 19 to v. 26; or Revelation 21, at v. 10.
9 The Bishop shall then proceed to the Communion Service. The
following shall be the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, for the occasion
not worthy to offer unto thee any thing belonging unto us; yet we beseech thee, in thy great goodness, graciously to accept the Dedication of this place to thy service, and to prosper this our undertaking; receive the prayers and intercessions of all those thy servants who shall call upon thee in this house; and give them grace to prepare their hearts to serve thee with reverence and godly fear; affect them with an awful apprehension of thy Divine Majesty, and a deep sense of their own unworthiness; that so, approaching thy sanctuary with lowliness and devotion, and coming before thee with clean thoughts and pure hearts, with bodies undefiled and minds sanctified, they may always perform a service acceptable to thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 14. DE ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: D for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
The Gospel. St. John ii. 13. AND the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went A up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. For the last Collect, immediately before the final Blessing, the
Bishop shall say this Prayer. DLESSED be thy Name, O Lord God, for that it hath D pleased thee to have thy habitation among the sons of men, and to dwell in the midst of the assembly of the saints upon the earth; Grant, we beseech thee, that in this place now set apart to thy service, thy holy Name may be worshipped in truth and purity through all generations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MHE Peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
1 keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
AN OFFICE OF
The Bishop having received due Notice of the Election of a Minie. ter into a Parish or Church, as prescribed by the Canon, concerning "the Election and Institution of Ministers," and being satisfied that the "person chosen is a qualified Minister of this
Church," may proceed to institute him into the Parish. 1 In any Diocese, the concluding Paragraph in the Letter of Insti.
tution may be omitted, where it interferes with the Usages, Laws, or Charters of the Church in the same.
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting. W E do by these Presents give and
Sigillum. W grant unto you, in whose Learning. Diligence, sound Doctrine, and Prudence, we do fully confide, our Licence and Authority to perform the Office of a Priest, in the Parish [or
Signat. Church] of E. And also hereby do institute you into said Parish, [or Church,] possessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among the People of the same; you continuing in communion with us, and complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church, and with such lawful directions as you shall at any time receive from us.
Ånd as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector of
Parish, for Church,] you are faithfully to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now intrusted to you; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind that you are accountable to us here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of ail, hereafter.
And as the Lord hath ordained that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar; so we authorize you to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until bome urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or
in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal relation, between you and them; of all which you will give us due notice; and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation and dissolu. tion of all sacerdotal connection between you and them, we, your Bishop, with the advice of our Presbyters, are to be the ultimate arbiter and judge.
In witness whereof, we have hereunto affixed our episcopal seal and signature, at , this day of — , A.D. , and in the year of our consecration.
On the day designated for the new Incumbent's Institution, at the usual hour of Morning Prayer, the Bishop, or the Institutor ap. pointed by him, attended by the new Incumbent, and by the other Clergy present, shall enter the Chancel, Then all the Clergy present standing in the Chancel or Choir, except the Bishop, or the Priest who acts (18 Institutor, who shall go within the rails of the Altar; the Wardens (or, in case of their necessary absence, two members of the Vestry) standing on the right and left of the Altar, without the rails; the Senior Warden (or the member of the Vestry supplying his place) holding the_keys of the Church in his hand, in open view, the officiating Priest shall read Morning Pruyer.
SECOND. St. John 10, to v. 19.
Institutor, standing within the rails of the Altar, shall say, TEARLY beloved in the Lord, we have assembled for
1 the purpose of instituting the Rev. A. B. into this Parish, or Church,) as Priest and Rector of the same; and we are possessed of your Vote that he has been so elected; as also of the prescribed Letter of Institution. But if any of you can show just cause why he may not be instituted, we proceed no further, because we would not that an unworthy person should minister among you. 1 If any objection be offered, the Bishop, or the Priest who acts as
the Institutor, shall judge whether it afford just cause to suspend the Service. No objection being offered, or the Institutor choosing to go on
with the Service, then shall be read the Letter of Institution. And then shall the Senior Warden (or the member of the Vestry supplying his place) present the keys of the Church to the nero
Incumbent, saying, TN the name and behalf of — Parish for Church) I do I receive and acknowledge you, the Rev. A. B., as Priest and Rector of the same; and in token thereof, give into your hands the keys of this Church.
Then the new Incumbent shall say, T A. B., receive these keys of the House of God 'at your 1, hands, as the pledges of my Institution, and of your parochial recognition, and promise to be a faithful shepherd over you; In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
1 Here the Institutor shall begin the ofice.
Let us pray.
U gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who hath taught us to pray unto thee, O Almighty Father, in his prevailing Name and words, NUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy U 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: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. I Then shall the Institutor receive the Incumbent within the rails of the Altar, and present him the Bible, Book of Common Prayer, and Books of Canons of the General and Diocesan Convention, saying as follows. D ECEIVE these Books; and let them be the rule of thy R conduct in dispensing the divine Word, in leading the Devotions of the People, and in exercising the Discipline of the Church; and be thou in all things a pattern to the flock committed to thy care. Then shall be said or sung Psalm lxviii. Exsurgat Deus, or
Psalm xxvi. Judica me, Domine. Minister. The Law was given by Moses; People. But Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ:
Minister and People. Who is God over all, blessed for evermore. Amen.
Let us pray.
MOST gracious God, the giver of all good and perfect
M gifts, who of thy wise providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church; Give thy grace, we beseech thee, to thy servant, to whom the charge of this Congregation is now committed; and so replenish him with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue him with innocency of