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Evangelists, Teachers, and Pastors ; by whose labour and ministry he gathered together a great flock in all parts of the world, to set forth the eternal praise of thy holy Name: For these so great benefits of thy eternal goodness, and for that thou hast vouchsafed to call these thy servants here present to the same office and ministry appointed for the salvation of mankind, we render unto thee most hearty thanks, we praise and worship thee; and humbly beseech thee, by the same thy blessed Son, to grant unto all who either here or elsewhere call upon thy holy Name, that we may continue to show ourselves thankful unto thee for these and all other thy benefits ; and that we may daily increase and go forwards in the knowledge and faith of thee and thy Son by the Holy Spirit, So that as well by these thy Ministers, as by them over whom they shall be appointed thy Ministers, thy holy Name may be for ever glorified, and thy blessed kingdom enlarged; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen. .
ALMIGHTY God, and most merci
ful Father, Grant, we beseech thee, to these thy servants such grace, that they may evermore be ready to spread abroad thy Gospel, the glad tidings of reconciliation with thee; and use the authority given them, not to destruction, but to salvation; not to hurt, but to help : so that, as wise and faithful servants, giving to thy family their portion in due season, they may at last be received into everlasting joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who, with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.
When these Prayers are done, the President, and other Ministers present, shall lay their Hands severally upon the Head of every one of the Candidates, who shall humbly kneel upon
their knees, the President saying,
AYEST thou receive the Holy
Ghost for the office and work of a Christian Minister and Pastor, now committed unto thee by the imposition of our hands. And be thou a faithful Dispenser of the Word of God, and of his holy Sacraments; In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. .
Then the President shall deliver to every one of them kneeling, the Bible into his hand, saying,
Word of God, and to administer the holy Sacraments in the Congregation.
Then shall the President address the following admonition to the Candidates who have been ordained :
BRETHREN, give heed unto read
, ing, exhortation, and doctrine. Think upon the things contained in the Holy Bible, which we have now delivered unto you.
Be diligent in them, that the increase coming thereby may be manifest unto all men. Take heed unto yourselves and to the doctrine ; for by so doing you shall both save yourselves and them that hear you. Let each of you be to the flock of Christ a Shepherd, not a wolf: feed them, devour them not. Hold the weak, heal the sick, bind
the broken, bring again the outcasts, seek the lost. Be so merciful, that you be not too remiss; so minister discipline, that you forget not mercy; that when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, you may receive the never-failing crown of glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall be offered by the President the
following Prayer : OST merciful Father, we beseech
thee to send down upon these thy servants thy heavenly blessing ; and so endue them with thy Holy Spirit, that they preaching thy word, may not only be earnest to reprove, beseech, and rebuke, with all patience and doctrine; but also may be, to such as believe, wholesome examples in word, in conversation, in love, in faith, in chastity, and in purity; that faithfully fulfilling their course, at the latter day they may receive the crown of righteousness laid up by the Lord, the righteous Judge, who liveth and reigneth one God with the Father and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
Next shall follow the administration of the Lord's Supper, the persons newly ordained first receiving that holy sacrament, and then such other Ministers and private Christians as may conveniently join in the service.