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behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the Church of God ?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up, with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil, Moreover, he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach, and the snare of the devil.
For the Epistle. Acts xx. 17. ROM Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus, and called the Elders of the Church. And when
And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews : and how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And now behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there; save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying, That bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.
of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed, therefore, unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you Overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years, I ceased not to warn every one, night and day, with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel; yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak; and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
I Then another Bishop shall read the Gospel.
St. John xxi. 15. JI ESUS saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest
thou me more than these ? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord ; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
1 Or this. St. John xx. 19. THE same day at evening, being the first day of the week,
when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, came Jesus, and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then saith Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are
remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
Or this. St. Matt. xxviii. 18. JESUS came and spake unto them, saying, All power is in
ye and teach all nations, baptizing them In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. 1 After the Gospel and the Sermon are ended, the Elected Bishop, vested with his
Rochet, shall be presented by two Bishops of this Church unto the Presiding Bishop, or to the Bishop appointed, sitting in his chair, near the Holy Table; the Bishops who present him saying,
godly and well-learned man, to be Ordained and Consecrated Bishop. I Then shall the Presiding Bishop demand Testimonials of the person presentėd for
Consecration, and shall cause them to be read. He shall then require of him the following Promise of Conformity to the Doctrine,
Discipline, and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church. IN N the Name of God, Amen. I, N., chosen Bishop of the
Protestant Episcopal Church in N., do promise conformity and obedience to the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. So help me God, through Jesus Christ. I Then the Presiding Bishop shall move the Congregation present to pray, saying
thus to them :, RETHREN, it is written in the Gospel of Saint Luke,
That our Saviour Christ continued the whole night in prayer, before he chose and sent forth his twelve Apostles. It is written also, that the holy Apostles prayed before they ordained Matthias to be of the number of the Twelve. Let us, therefore, following the example of our Saviour Christ, and his Apostles, offer up our prayers to Almighty God, before we admit and send forth this person presented unto us, to the work whereunto we trust the Holy Ghost hath called him. I And then shall be said the Litany; save only, that after this place, That it may
please thee to illuminate all Bishops, fc., the proper Suffrage shall be, THAT it may please thee to bless this our Brother elected,
and to send thy grace upon him, that he may duly
execute the Office whereunto he is called, to the edifying of thy Church, and to the honour, praise, and glory of thy Name; Answer. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Then shall be said this Prayer following. ALMIGHTY God, giver of all good things, who by thy
Holy Spirit hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church; Mercifully behold this thy servant now called to the Work and Ministry of a Bishop; and so replenish him with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn him with innocency of life, that both by word and deed, he may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy Name, and the edifying and well-governing of thy Church; through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen. I Then the Presiding Bishop, sitting in his chair, shall say to him that is to be Con
secrated, BROTHER, forasmuch as the Holy Scripture and the
Ancient Canons command, that we should not be hasty in laying on hands, and admitting any person to Government in the Church of Christ, which he hath purchased with no less price than the effusion of his own blood; before we admit you to this Administration, we will examine you in certain Articles, to the end that the Congregation present may have a trial, and bear witness, how you are minded to behave yourself in the Church of God. A
RE you persuaded that you are truly called to this Minis
tration, according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the order of this Church? Answer. I am so persuaded.
The Presiding Bishop. ARE you persuaded that the Holy Scriptures contain all
doctrine required as necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ ? And are you determined out of the same Holy Scriptures to instruct the people committed to your charge; and to teach or maintain nothing, as necessary to eternal salvation, but that which you shall be persuaded may be concluded and proved by the saine ?
Answer. I am so persuaded, and determined, by God's grace.
The Presiding Bishop. WILL you then faithfully exercise yourself in the Holy
Scriptures, and call upon God by prayer for the true understanding of the same; so that you may be able by them to teach and exhort with wholesome Doctrine, and to withstand and convince the gainsayers ? Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.
The Presiding Bishop. ARE you ready, with all faithful diligence, to banish and
drive away from the Church all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God's Word; and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to the same? Answer. I am ready, the Lord being my helper.
The Presiding Bishop. WILL you deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts, and
live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; that you may show yourself in all things an example of good works unto others, that the adversary may be ashamed, having nothing to say against you
? Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
The Presiding Bishop. 'ILL you maintain and set forward, as much as shall lie
in you, quietness, love, and peace among all men; and diligently exercise such discipline as by the authority of God's Word, and by the order of this Church, is committed to
WILL you maintain
Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.
The Presiding Bishop. you be faithful in Ordaining, sending, or laying hands upon others ? Answer. I will so be, by the help of God.
The Presiding Bishop.
Christ's sake to poor and needy people, and to all strangers destitute of help?
Answer. I will so show myself, by God's help.
WILL you show