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like Office and Administration : so replenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that, both by word and good example, they may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy Name, and the edification of thy Church; through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and for ever. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 8. IKEWISE must the deacons be grave, not doublefilthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesús. I or else this, out of the sixth Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.
Acts vi. 2. THE NHEN the twelve called the multitude of the disciples
unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, fúll of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, ā man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And the word of God'increased; and the number of the discipies multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Then shall the Bishop examine every one of those who are to be, Ordered, in the presence of the People, after this manner following.
you trust that you are inwardly moved by the Holy to serve God for the promoting of his glory, and the edifying of his people? Answer. I trust so.
The Bishop. you think that you are truly called, according to the Canons of this Church, to the Ministry of the same?
Answer. I think so.
The Bishop. you unfeignedly believe all the Canonical ScripAnswer, I do believe them.
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assembled in the Church where you shall be ape pointed to serve? Answer. I will.
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Church where he shall be appointed to serve, to assist the Priest in Divine
Service, and specially when he min. istereth the Holy Communion, and to help him in the distribution thereof; and to read Holy Scriptures and Homilies in the Church; and to instruct the youth in the Catechism; in the absence of the Priest to baptize infants; and to preach, if he be admitted thereto by the Bishop. And furthermore, it is his Office, where provision is so made, to search for the sick, poor, and impotent people of the Parish, to intimate their estates, names, and places where they dwell, unto the Curate, that by his exhortation they may be relieved with the alms of the Parishioners, or others. Will you do this gladly and willingly? Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.
ion your own lives, and the lives of your families, according to the Doctrine of Christ; and to make both yourselves and them, as much as in you lieth, wholesome examples of the flock of Christ? Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
Ministers, who, according to the Canons of the Church, may havethechargeandgovernmentoveryou; following with a gladmind and will their godly admonitions?
Answer. I will endeavour so to do, the Lord being my helper. Then the Bishop, laying his Hands severally upon the Head of
every one of them, humbly kneeling before him, shall say, JAKE thou Authority to execute the Office of a Deacon
; Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of them the Nero
Testament, saying, of God, and to preach the same, if thou be thereto liccnsed by the Bishop himself.
Then one of them, appointed by the Bishop, shall read the Gospol.
St. Luke xii. 35. ET your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. T Then shall ihe Bishop proceed in the cornmunion; and all who
are Ordere i shall tarry, and receive the Holy Communion the same day, with the Bishop. The Communion ended, after the last Collect, and immediately
before the Benediction, shall be said this Collect following. LMIGHTY God, giver of all good things, who of thy these thy servants unto the Office of Deacons in thy Church; Make them, we beseech thee, O Lord, to be modest, humble, and constant in their Ministration, to have a ready will to observe all spiritual Discipline; that they, having always the testimony of a good conscience, and continuing ever stable and strong in thy Son Christ, may so well behave themselves in this inferior Office, that they may be found worthy to be called unto the higher Ministries in thy Church; through the same thy son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to whom be glory and honour, world without end. Amen. HE Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, 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. 1 And here it must be declared unto the Deacon, that he must con.
tinue in that office of a Deacon the space of a whole year, (except for reasonable causes it shall otherwise seem good unto the Bishop,) to the intent he may be perfect and well expert in the things appertaining to the Ecclesiastical Administration. In executing whereof If he be found faithful and diligent, he may be admitted by his Diocesan to the Order of Priesthood,
at the times appointed in the Canon; or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Church, in such manner and form as hereafien followeth,
THE FORM AND MANNER OF
When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, the shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, de claring the Duty and office of such as come to be admitted Priests ; how necessary that order is in the Church of Christ,
and also, how the People ought to esteem them in their office. TA Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in his chair near to
the Holy Table, all those who are to receive the Order of Priest. hood that day, each of them being decently habited, and shall say,
persons present, to be admitted to the Order of Priesthood.
The Bishop. MAKE heed that the persons, whom ye present unto conversation, to exercise their Ministry duly, to the hon. our of God, and the edifying of his Church.
The Priest shall answer,
I them, and thing theme soi tos podem, and also examined
them, and think them so to be.
Then the Bishop shall say unto the People, YOOD People, these are they whom we purpose, God. Priesthood; for, after due examination, we find not to the contrary, but that they are lawfully called to their Function and Ministry, and that they are persons meet for the same. But yet, if there be any of you who knoweth any Impediment, or notable Crime, in any of them, for the which he ought not to be received into this holy Ministry, let him come forth in the Name of God, and show what the Crime or Impediment is.
And if any great Crime or Impediment be objected, the Bishop shali cease from Ordering that person, untu
such time as the party accused shall be found clear of that Crime. T Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be found meet to be
Ordered, to the Prayers of the congregation) shall, with the Clergy and People present, say the Litany, with the Prayers, as As before appointed in the Form of ordering Deacons; save only, that in the proper Suffrage there added, the word Deacons shati be omitted, and the word Priests inserted instead of it.
Then shall be said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.
The Collect. LMIGHTY God, giver of all good things, who by thy in the Church; Mercifully behold these thy servants pow called to the Office of Priesthood; and so replenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that, both by word and good example, they may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy Name, andthe edification ofthyChurch; through themerits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. NTO every one of us is given grace according to the When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts 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, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, 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 Christ. After this shall be read for the Gospel part of the ninth Chapter
of Saint Matthew, as followeth.
St. Matt. ix. 36. THEN Jesus saw the multitudes, he was moved with 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 harvest. Or else this that followeth, out of the tenth Chapter of Saint John.
St. John x. 1. ERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not 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 putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not fol low, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice
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