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sins, negligences, and ignorances ; and O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us to endue us with the grace of thy Holy for thine honour. Spirit to amend our lives according to Glory be to the Father, and to the thy holy Word;

Son : and to the Holy Ghost; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. Answer. As it was in the beginning,

Son of God : we beseech thee to is now, and ever shall be : world withhear us.

out end. Amen. Son of God: we beseech thee to hear us. From our enemies defend us, o Christ.

O Lamb of God : that takest away Graciously look upon our afflictions. the sins of the world;

Pitifully behold the sorrows of our Grant us thy peace.

hearts. O Lamb of God : that takest away Mercifully forgive the sins of thy the sins of the world;

people. Have mercy upon us.

Favourably with mercy hear our O Christ, hear us.

prayers. Christ, hear us.

O Son of David, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

Both now and ever vouchsafe to hear Lord, have mercy upon us.

us, O Christ. Christ, have mercy upon us.

Graciously hear us, O Christ; graChrist, have mercy upon us.

ciously hear us, O Lord Christ. Lord, have mercy upon us.

Priest. O Lord, let thy mercy be Lord, have mercy upon us.

shewed upon us ; Then shall the Priest, and the people with

Answer. As we do put our trust in him, say the Lord's Prayer.


Let us pray.

OUR Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name, Thy king: Whumbly beseech the Father:

Let us pray.

E dom , mercifully our As it is in heaven. Give us this day our firmities; and for the glory of thy Name daily bread. And forgive us our tres turn from us all those evils that we passes, As we forgive them that trespass most righteously have deserved ; and against us. And lead us not into temp- grant, that in all our troubles we may tation; But deliver us from evil. Amen. put our whole trust and confidence in

Priest. O Lord, deal not with us after thy mercy, and evermore serve thee in our sins.

holiness and pureness of living, to thy Answer. Neither reward us after our honour and glory; through our only iniquities.

Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ

our Lord. Amen. GOD, merciful Father, that de

spisest not the sighing of a contrite T Then shall be sung of said the Service for heart, nor the desire of such as be sor.

the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle,

and Gospel, as followeth. rowful; Mercifully assist our prayers that we make before thee in all our

The Collect, troubles and adversities, whensoever LMIGHTY God, who by thy Divine they oppress us; and graciously hear A"

Providence hast appointed divers us, that those evils, which the craft and Orders of Ministers in thy Church, and subtilty of the devil or man worketh didst inspire thine Apostles to choose inagainst us, be brought to nought; and to the Order of Deacons the first Martyr by the providence of thy goodness they Saint Stephen, with others; Mercifulmay be dispersed ; that we thy servants, ly behold these thy servants now called being hurt by no persecutions, may to the like Office and Administraevermore give thanks unto thee in thy tion; replenish them so with the truth holy Church; through Jesus Christ our of thy Doctrine, and adorn them with Lord.

innocency of life, that, both by word O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us and good example, they may faithfully for thy Name's sake.

serve thee in this Office, to the glory of GOD, we have heard with our ears, thy Name, and the edification of thy

and our fathers have declared unto Church; tlırough the merits of our us, the noble works that thou didst in Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and their days, and in the old time before reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, them.

now and for ever. Amen.

The Epistle. I Tim. iii. 8. Person, Prelate, State, or Potentate,

, grave, not double tongued, not tion, Power, Superiority, Pre-eminence, given to much wine, not greedy of filthy or Authority, Ecclesiastical or Spiritual, lucre, holding the mystery of the faith within this Realm. So help me God. in a pare conscience. And let these Then shall the Bishop examine every one of also first be proved; then let them use them that are to be Ordered, in the presence the Office of a Deacon, being found of the people, after this manner following. blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in Do you trust that you are inwardly

moved by the Holy Ghost to take all things. Let the Deacons be the hus

upon you this Office and Ministration, bands of one wife, ruling their children

to serve God for the promoting of his and their own houses well. For they glory, and the edifying of his people ? that have used the Office of a Deacon

Answer. I trust so. well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith

The Bishop. which is in Christ Jesus,

Do you think that you are truly called, Or else this, out of the sixth of the Acts Jesus Christ, and the due order of this of the Apostles.

Realm, to the Ministry of the Church ? Acts vi, 2.

Answer. I think so. THEN the twelve called the multi

The Bishop. tude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should Do you unfeignedly believe all the leave the Word of God, and serve tables. New Testament?

Canonical Scriptures of the Old and Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among Answer. I do believe them. you seven men of honest report, full of the holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we

The Bishop. may appoint over this business.

But WILL you diligently read the same we will give ourselves continually to

unto the people assembled in the prayer, and to the ministry of the Word. Church where you shall be appointed to And the saying pleased the whole mul- serve ? titude. And they chose Stephen, a man

Answer. I will. full of faith, and of the holy Ghost, and

The Bishop. Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas IT appertaineth to the Omce of a Dea

con, in the Church where he shall a proselyte of Antioch; whom they set be appointed to serve, to assist the Priest before the Apostles; and, when they in Divine Service, and specially when he had prayed, they laid their hands on ministereth the holy Communion, and them. And the Word of God increased, to help him in the distribution thereof, and the number of the disciples multi- and to read holy Scriptures and Homi. plied in Jerusalem greatly, and a great lies in the Church; and to instruct the company of the Priests were obedient youth in the Catechism ; in the absence to the faith.

of the Priest to baptize infants, and to And before the Gospel, the Bishop, sitting preach, if he be admitted thereto by in his chair, shall cause the Oath of the the Bishop. And furthermore, it is his Queen's Supremacy, and against the power Office, where provision is so made, to and authority of all foreign Potentates, to search for the sick, poor, and impotent be ministered unto every one of them that people of the Parish, to intimate their are to be Ordered.

estates, names, and places where they The Oath of the Queen's Sovereignty. dwe unto the Curate, that by his exI A. B. do swear, that I do from my hortation they may be relieved with the

heart abhor, detest, and abjure, as alms of the Parishioners, or others. Will impious and heretical, that damnable you do this gladly and willingly ? Doctrine and Position, That Princes Answer. I will so do, by the help of excommunicated or deprived by the God. Pope, or any Authority of the See of

The Bishop. Rome, may be deposed or murdered by Will

you apply all your diligence And I do declare, that no foreign Prince, lives, and the lives of your families, your lights burning; and ye your rify thy holy Name, and finally by thy selves like unto men that wait for their mercy obtain everlasting life; through Lord, when he will return from the Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. wedding; that, when he cometh and

according to the Doctrine of Christ; and come in the second watch, or come in to make both yourselves and them, as the third watch, and find them so, blessmuch as in you lieth, wholesome exam- ed are those servants. ples of the flock of Christ ?

Then shall the Bishop proceed in the ComAnswer. I will so do, the Lord being

munion, and all that are Ordered shall tarry, my helper.

and receive the holy Communion the same The Bishop.

day with the Bishop. W ILL you reverently obey your Or.

The Communion ended, after the last Collect, dinary, and other chief Ministers

and immediately before the Benediction, shall of the Church, and them to whom the

be said these Collects following. mitted, following with a glad mind and Athings, who of thy great goodness

, will their godly admonitions ? Answer. I will endeavour myself, the thy servants unto the Office of Deacons

hast vouchsafed to accept and take these Lord being my helper.

in thy Church; Make them, we beseech Then the Bishop laying his Hands severally thee, O Lord, to be modest, humble, upon the Head of every one of them, humbly and constant in their Ministration, to kneeling before him, shall say,

have a ready will to observe all spiritual TA TAKE thou Authority to execute the Discipline; that they having always the

Office of a Deacon in the Church of testimony of a good conscience, and conGod committed unto thee; In the Name tinuing ever stable and strong in thy of the Father, and of the Son, and of Son Christ, may so well behave themthe Holy Ghost. Amen.

selves in this inferior Office, that they Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one may be found worthy to be called unto

of them the New Testament, saying, the higher Ministries in thy Church; TA JAKE thou Authority to read the through the same thy Son our Saviour

Gospel in the Church of God, and Jesus Christ, to whom be glory and to preach the same, if thou be thereto honour world without end. Amen. licensed by the Bishop himself.

PREVENT us, O Lord, in all our Then one of them, appointed by the Bishop, doings with thy most gracious fa. shall read the Gospel.

vour, and further us with thy continual St. Luke xii. 35.

help; that in all our works begun, conLET your loins be girded about, and tinuedand ended in thee, we may glo.

THE peace of God, which passeth all knocketh, they may open unto him im. understanding, keep your hearts and mediately. Blessed are those servants, minds in the knowledge and love of God, whom the Lord when he cometh shall and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord : find watching. Verily I say unto you, And the blessing of God Almighty, the that he shall gird himself, and make Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, thera to sit down to meat, and will come be amongst you, and remain with you forth and serve them. And if he shall always. Amen.

1 And here it must be declared unto the Deacon, that he must continue in that

Ojice of a Deacon the space of a whole year (except for reasunable causes it shall otherwise scem good unto the Bishop) to the intent he may be perfect, and well expert in the things uppertaining 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 Sunday, or Holy-day, in the face of the Church, in such manner and form as hereafter followeth.



REVEREND Father in God, I pre


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 coine 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. First, the Archdeacon, or, in his absence, one Then shall be sung or said the Service for appointed in his stead, shall present unto the the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, Bishop (sitting in his chair near to the holy and Gospel, as followeth. Table) all them that shall receive the Order

The Collect. of Priesthood that day (each of them being decently habited) and say,

things, who by thy Holy Spirit hast

appointed divers Orders of Ministers in sent unto you these persons pre- the Church; Mercifully behold these sent, to be admitted to the Order of thy servants now called to the Office of Priesthood. The Bishop.

Priesthood; and replenish them so with

the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn TAKE heed that the persons, whom ye present unto us, be apt and by word and good example, they may

them with innocency of life, that, both meet, for their learning and godly con

faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the versation, to exercise their Ministry glory of thy Name, and the edification duly, to the honour of God, and the

of thy Church; through the merits of edifying of his Church.

our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth The Archdeacon shall answer, and reigneth with thee and the Holy I HAVE

enquired of them, and also Ghost, world without end. Amen. examined them, and think them so

The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. to be.


NTO every one of us is given grace, Then the Bishop shal say unto the people : according to the measure of the OOD people, these are they whom gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith,

we purpose, God willing, to receive When he ascended up on high, he led this day unto the holy Office of Priest-captivity captive, and gave gifts unto hood : For after due examination we men. (Now that he ascended, what is find not to the contrary, but that they it but that he also descended first into be lawfully called to their Function and the lower parts of the earth ? He that Ministry, and that they be persons meet descended, is the same also that ascend. for the same. But yet if there be any of ed up far above all heavens, that he you, who knoweth any Impediment, or might fill all things.). And he gave notable Crime, in any of them, for the some Apostles, and some Prophets, and which he ought not to be received into some Evangelists, and some Pastors this holy Ministry, let him come forth and Teachers; for the perfecting of the in the Name of God, and shew what the Saints, for the work of the Ministry, for Crime or Impediment is.

the edifying of the Body of Christ; till And if any great Crime or Impediment be we all come in the unity of the faith,

objected, the Bishop shall surcease from Or. and of the knowledge of the Son of God, dering that person, until such time as the unto a perfect man, unto the measure of party accused chall be found clear of that the stature of the fulness of Christ.

Crime ( Then the Bishop (comending such as shall 1 After this shall be read for the Gospel part be found meet to be Ordered to the Prayers

of the ninth Chapter of Saint Matthew, as of the congregation) shall, with the Clergy and


St. Matth. ix. 36. people present, sing or say the Litany, with le Prayers, as is before appointed in the W

WHEN Jesus saw the multitudes, Form of Ordering Deacons; save only, that,

he was moved with compassion in the proper Suffrage there added, the word on them, because they fainted, and were (Deacons) shall be omitted, and the word scattered abroad as sheep having no (Priests) ineerted instead of it.

shepherd. Then saith he unto his dis.


ciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, and that done, he shall say unto them as but the labourers are few, Pray ye

hereafter followeth. therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his YOU

TOU have heard, Brethren, as well harvest.

in your private examination, as in

the exhortation which was now made s or else this that followeth, out of the tenth to you, and in the holy Lessons taken Chapter of Saint John.

out of the Gospel, and the writings of St. John x. 1.

the Apostles, of what dignity, and of V ERILY, verily I say unto you, He how great importance this Office is, that entereth not by the door into gain we exliort you, in the Name of our

whereunto ye are called. And now a. the sheep-fold, but climbeth up some Lord Jesus Christ, that you have in reother way, the same is a thief and a membrance, into how high a Dignity, robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep. To and to how weighty an Office and Charge him the porter openeth, and the sheep ye are called: that is to say, to be Mes. hear his voice; and he calleth his own

sengers, Watchmen, and Stewarels of the sheep by name, and leadeth thein out. feed and provide for the Lord's family;

Lord; to teach, and to premonish, to And when he putteih forth his own

to seek for Christ's sheep that are dissheep he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his persed abroad, and for his children who

are in the midst of this naughty world, voice. And a stranger will they not that they may be saved through Christ follow, but will flee from him; for they for ever. know not the voice of strangers. This

Have always therefore printed in your parable spake Jesus unto them, but they remembrance, how great a treasure is understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said committed to your charge. For they Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily 1 with his death, and for whom he shed

are the sheep of Christ, which he bought say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. his blood. The Church and Congregation All that ever came before me are thieves whom you must serve, is his Spouse, and robbers; but the sheep did not hear and his Body. And if it shall happen them. I am the door ; by me if any the same Church, or any Member thereman enter in, he shall be saved, and of, to take any hurt or hindrance by shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not but for to steal,

reason of your negligence, ye know the and to kill, and to destroy: I am come horrible punishment that will ensue.

greatness of the fault, and also the that they might have life, and that they wherefore consider with yourselves the might have it more abundantly, I am end of your Ministry towards the chil. the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd dren of God, towards the Spouse and giveth his life for the sheep. But he that Body of Christ; and see that you never is an hireling, and not the Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the cease your labour, your care and dili. wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and gence, until you have done all that lieth fleeth ; and the wolf catcheth them, to bring all such as are or shall be com.

in you, according to your bounden duty, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling mitted to your charge, unto that agreefleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good and to that ripeness and perfectness of

ment in the faith and knowledge of God, Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth age in Christ, that there be no place left me, even so know I the Father; and I among you, either for error in religion,

or for viciousness in life. lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of

Forasmuch then as your Office is both this fold : them also I must bring, and of so great excellency, and of so great they shall hear my voice; and there difficulty, ye see with how great care shall be one fold, and one Shepherd.

and study ye ought to apply yourselves,

as well that ye may shew yourselves du. Then the Bishop, sitting in his chair, shall tiful and thankful unto that Lord, who minister unto every one of them the Oath hath placed you in so high a Dignity; as concerning the Queen's Supremacy, as it is also to beware, that neither you yourbefore set forth in the Form for the Order selves offend, nor be occasion that others ing of Deacons

offend. Howbeit, ye cannot have a mind

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