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THE FORM AND MANNER OF
MAKING, ORDAINING, AND CONSECRATING
BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND DEACONS;
ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS ESTABLISHED BY THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY OF SAID CHURCH, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, A. D. 1792.
THE PREFACE. IT is evident unto all men, diligently reading Holy Scrip
ture and ancient Authors, that from the Apostles' time there have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church, -Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Which Offices were evermore had in such reverend Estimation, that no man might presume to execute any of them, except he were first called, tried, examined, and known to have such qualities as are requisite for the same ; and also by public Prayer, with Imposition of Hands, were approved and admitted thereunto by lawful Authority. And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be continued, and reverently used and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered to execute any of the said Functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted thereunto, according to the Form hereafter following, or hath had Episcopal Consecration or Ordination.
And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, except he be of the age which the Canon in that case provided may require.
And the Bishop, knowing either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, any Person to be a man of virtuous conversation, and without crime ; and, after examination and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the Holy Scripture, and otherwise learned as the Canons require, may, at the times appointed, or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Church, admit him a Deacon, in such manner and form as followeth.
THE FORM AND MANNER OF
I When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there
shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Deacons ; how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also, how
the People ought to esteem them in their Office. | A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in his chair near to the Holy Table, such
as ilesire to be ordained Deacons, each of them being decently habited, saying these words,
EVEREND Father in God, I present unto you these persons present, to be admitted Deacons.
The Bishop. AKE heed that the persons, whom ye present unto us,
be apt and meet, for their learning and godly conversation, to exercise their Ministry duly, to the honour of God, and the edifying of his Church.
The Priest shall answer : I
HAVE inquired concerning them, and also examined
you who knoweth any Impediment, or notable Crime, in any of these persons presented to be ordered Deacons, for the which he ought not to be admitted to that Office, let him come forth in the Name of God, and show what the Crime or Impediment is.
BRETHREN, if there he
And if any great Crime or Impediment be objected, the Bishop shall cease from Order-
didst inspire thine Apostles to choose into the Order of Deacons the first Martyr Saint Stephen, with others; Mercifully behold
these thy servants now called to the 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.
tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy 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 Jesus.
Or else this, out of the Sixth Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.
Acts vi. 2. JHEN 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, full 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, a 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 disciples 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.
O you trust that you are inwardly moved by the Holy
Ghost to take upon you this Office and Ministration, to serve God for the promoting of his glory, and the edifying of his people ? Answer. I trust so.
Canons of this Church, to the Ministry of the same ?
Answer. I think so.
The Bishop. Dormu unfeignedly believe all the Canonical Scriptures
Answer. I do believe them.
assembled in the Church where you shall be appointed to serve ? Answer. I will,
The Bishop. IT T appertaineth to the Office of a Deacon, in the Church
where he shall be appointed to serve, to assist the Priest in Divine Service, and specially when he ministereth 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.
your own lives, and the lives of your families, accord
ing to the Doctrine of Christ; and to make both yourselves
your , 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 ?
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
in the Church of God committed unto thee; In the 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 New Testament, saying, JAKE thou Authority to read the Gospel in the Church
of God, and to preach the same, if thou be thereto licensed by the Bishop himself. Then one of them, appointed by the Bishop, shall read the Gospel.
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.
Then shall the Bishop proceeil in the Communion ; and all who are Ordered 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 suid this Collect following. LMIGHTY God, giver of all good things, who of thy
great goodness hast vouchsafed to accept and take these