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of old distinguished, with the exception of Fife, instead of St. Andrews. Every diocesan bishop has his distinct charge, and without assuming any other local jurisdiction than what was acknowledged in the primitive church for the first three centuries, may as properly be denominated bishop of the place or charge assigned to him, as St. James has always been called Bishop of Jerusalem, Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, or Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage. On this footing the Episcopal college in Scotland consists at present of the following members.
Mr. JOHN SKINNER, Bishop of Aberdeeir, and Primus.
THE Letters of Consecration granted to Bishop Sage in 1705, and referred to in page 292 of this work, are thus expressed :
“ Apud Edinburgum, die vicesimo quinto mensis Januarii, anno ab incarnato Domino, et Servatore nostro, millesimo, septingentesimo quinto.
NOS Joannes, providentia divina, Archiepiscopus Glascuensis, Alexander, miseratione divina, Episcopus Edinburgensis, et Robertus, miseratione divina, Episcopus Dunblanensis, in timore Domini ponderantes plerosque fratrum nostrorum carissimorum, et iņ collegio Episcopali collegarum (hoc nupere elapso, et ecclesiæ nostræ luctuoso curriculo) in Domino obdormiisse, nosquc perpaucos qui divina misericordia superstites sumus, multiplicibus curis,
morbis, atque ingravescente senio tantum non confectos esse : Quapropter ex eo quod Deo supremo, Servatori nostro, sacrosanctæ ejus ecclesiæ, et posteris debemus, in animum induximus, officium, caracterem, et facultatem Episcopalem, aliis probis, fidelibus, ad docendum et regendum idoneis hominibus committere; inter quos quum nobis ex propria scientia constet, reverendum nostrum fratrem Joannem Sage, artium magistrum, et presbyterum Glascuensum tanto muneri, aptum et idoneum esse ; nos igitur divini·numinis præsidio freti, secundum gratiam nobis concessam, die, mense, anno suprascriptis, in sacrario Domus archiepiscopi Glascuensis, supradictum Joannem Sage, ordinavimus, consecravimus, et in nostrum Episcopale collegium co-optavimus. In cujus rei testimonium, Sigilla Joannis Archiepiscopi Glascuensis, et Alexandri Episcopi Edinburgensis, (sedis Sancti Andreæ nunc vacantis vicarii) huic instrumento (chirographis nostris prius munito) appendi mandavimus.
(Loc. Sigil. Episcop. Edinb.) (Loc. Sigil. Archiepis. Glas.)
In some of the subsequent deeds or instruments of consecration, we find a still more direct reference to the preservation of the Episcopal succession. They are expressed in the following terms:
NOS-&c. Afflictissimæ hujus, cui nos Deus præposuit, ecclesiæ Scoticanæ concordiæ, paci, unitati atque ordini qua licet et quantum in tantis et talibus angustiis possumus consulentes, dilectissimo in Christo fratri
presbytero, et pastore de quem hodie in collegium nostrum Episcopale consecrando co-optavimus, ejusdem ecclesiæ Scoticanæ portionem, quae in provincia ceu
ditione - Deo militat, specialem commendamus, ejus. que curæ Episcopali, usque quo clementior Deus ecclesia suæ, sui Christi sponsæ in hoc terrarum angulo heu quantum laboranti! benignius prospexerit: Hoc etiam ưnum ardentissimis adjicientes votis, ut in Domino confi. suš, nullisque persecutionum procellis territus, prædictus frater, ne quando summus simul et sacerrimus orthodoxo rum Episcoporum ordo per legitimam ordinationum suc Cessionem continuatus deficiat, ceu disperdatur, solicitus advigilet. Datum, &c.
ARTICLES OF UNION Proposed by the Right Reverend the BISHOPS of the SCOTCH
EPISCOPAL CHURCH, to those Clergymen who officiate in Scotland by virtue of Ordination from an English or: an Irish Bishop.
As an union of all those who profess to be of the Episcopal persuasion in Scotland, appears to be a measure extremely desirable, and calculated to promote the interests of true religion ;-The Right Reverend the Bishops of the Scotch Episcopal Church do invite and exhort all those clergymen in Scotland who have received ordination from English or Irish bishops, and the people attending their ministrations, to become pastors and members of that pure and primitive part of the Christian church, of which the bishops in Scotland are the regular governors :-With a view to the attainment of which desirable end, the said bishops propose the following Articles of Union, as the conditions on which they are ready to receive the abovementioned clergy into a holy and Christian fellowship, and. to acknowledge them as pastors, and the people who shall
be committed to their charge, and duly and regularly. ads here to their ministrations, as members of the Scotch Episa copal Church.
I. Every such clergyman shall exhibit to the bishop of the diocese, or district in which he is settled, or, in case of a vacancy, to the primus of the. Episcopal college, his letters of orders, or a duly attested copy thereof, that so, their que thenticity and validity being ascertained, they may be en.. tered in the diocesan book, or register kept for that purposes
II. Every such clergyman shall declare his hearty and unfeigned assent to the whole doctrine of the gospel, as re. vealed and set forth in the holy scriptures ;--and shall far ther acknowledge, that the Scotch Episcopal Church, of which the bishops in Scotland are the regular governors, is a pure and orthodox part of the universal Christian Church. · III. Every such clergyman shall be at liberty to use, in his own congregation, the liturgy of the Church of Enga land, as well in the administration of the sacrament of the Lord's supper, as in all the other offices of the church.
IV. Every such clergyman, when collated to any pastoral charge, shall promise, with God's assistance, faithfully and conscientiously to perform the duties thereof, promoting and maintaining, according to his power, peace, quietness, and Christian charity, and studying in a particular manner to advance, by his example and doctrine, the spiritual welfare and comfort of that portion of the flock of Christ, among which he is called to exercise his ministry.
V. Every such clergyman shall own and acknowledge, as his spiritual governor under Christ, the bishop of the diocese or district in which he is settled, and shall pay and perform to the said bishop, all such canonical obedience as is usually paid by the clergy of the Scotch Episcopal Church, or by the clergy of the United Church of England and Ireland, to their respective diocesans; saving and excepting only such obedience as those clergymen, who do or may hold spiritual preferment in England or Ireland, owe
to the bishops, in whose dioceses, in those parts of the united kingdom, they do or may hold such preferment.
VI. Every such clergyman, who shall approve and ace cept of the foregoing articles, as terms of agreement and union with the Scotch Episcopal Church, shall testify his approbation and acceptance of the same in manner following, viz.
I, ordained deacon by the lord bishop of , and priest by the lord bishop of - do hereby testify and declare my entire approbation and acceptance of the foregoing articles, as terms of union with the Scotch Episcopal Church, and oblige myself to comply with, and fulfil the same with all sincerity and diligence. In testimony whereof, I have written and subscribed this my acceptance and obligation, to be delivered into the hands of the Right Rev. - bishop of as my diocesan and ecclesiastical superior, before these wit
and the Rev. both clergymen of the said diocese, specially called for that purpose.'
nesses, the Rev.