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is evident unto all men diligently reading the holy Scripture 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 knoren to have such qualities as are requisite for the same; and also by puldick 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 the Church of England; no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon in the Church of England, 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 formerly Episcopal Consecration, or Ordination.

And none shall be admitted a Deacon, except he be Twenty-three years of age, unless he have a Faculty. And every man which is to be admitted a Priest shall be full Four-and-twenty years old. And every man which is to be ordained or consecrated Bishop shall be fully Thirty years of age.

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 learned in the Latin Tongue, and suffciently instructed in holy Scripture, may 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, admit him a Deacon, in such manner and form as hereafter followeth.





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.

First the Archdeacon, or his Deputy, shall present unto the Bishop (sitting in his chair near to the holy Table) such as desire to be orlained Deacons, (each of them being decently habited,) saying these words,

EVEREND Father in God, I

Rpresent unto you these persons

present, to be admitted Deacons.

The Bishop.

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from the Father and the Son have

mercy upon us miserable sinners.

o God the Holy Ghost, proceeding
from the Father and the Son: have
mercy upon us miserable sinners.

TAKE heed the unto us, be apt
whom ye present unto us, be apt
and meet, for their learning and god-
ly conversation, to exercise their Mi-nity, three Persons and one God :
nistry duly, to the honour of God,
and the edifying of his Church.

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BRETHREN, if they impedit 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 shew what the Crime or Impediment is.

And if any great Crime or Impediment be objected, the Bishop shall surcease from Ordering that person, until such time as the party accused shall be found clear of that Crime.

Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be found meet to be Ordered to the Prayers of the congregation) shall, with the Clergy and people present, sing or say the Litany, with the Prayers as folLoweth.

The Litany and Suffrages.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trihave mercy upon us miserable sin


O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

Remember not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers; neither take thou vengeance of our sins spare us, good Lord, spare thy with thy mom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.

Spare us, good Lord.

From all evil and mischief; from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from thy wrath, and from everlasting damnation,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all blindness of heart; from pride, vain-glory, and hypocrisy, from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From fornication, and all other deadly sin; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From lightning and tempest; from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battle and murder, and from sudden

OGOD the Father, of heaven: have death,

mercy upon us miserable sinners. O God the Father, of heaven have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

Good Lord, deliver us.
From all sedition, privy conspi-
racy, and rebellion; from all false


doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word and Commandment,

Good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of thy holy In carnation; by thy holy Nativity and Circumcision; by thy Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation,

Good Lord, deliver us. By thine Agony and bloody Sweat; by thy Cross and Passion; by thy precious Death and Burial; by thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension; and by the coming of the Holy Ghost,

Good Lord, deliver us.

In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our wealth; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgement,

Good Lord, deliver us.

We sinners do beseech thee to hear us, O Lord God; and that it may please thee to rule and govern thy holy Church universal in the right way,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to keep and strengthen in the true worship ping of thee, in righteousness and holiness of life, thy Servant VICTORIA, our most gracious Queen and Governour;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to rule her heart in thy faith, fear, and love, and that she may evermore have affiance in thee, and ever seek thy honour and glory;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to be her defender, and keeper, giving her the victory over all her enemies;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to bless and preserve Albert Edward Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the Royal Family;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to illuminate all Bishops, Priests, and DeaIcons, with true knowledge and understanding of thy Word; and that both by their preaching and living they may set it forth, and shew it accordingly;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to bless these thy servants, now to be admitted to the Order of Deacons, [or] Priests, and to pour thy grace upon them; that they may duly execute their Office, to the edifying of thy

Church, and the glory of thy holy Name;"

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to endue the Lords of the Council, and all the Nobility, with grace, wisdom, and understanding;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to bless and keep the Magistrates, giving them grace to execute justice, and to maintain truth;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to bless and keep all thy people;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to give us an heart to love and dread thee, and diligently to live after thy commandments;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to give to all thy people increase of grace to hear meekly thy Word, and to receive it with pure affection, and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred, and are deceived; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to strengthen such as do stand; and to comfort and help the weak-hearted; and to raise up them that fall; and finally to beat down Satan under our feet; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to succour, help, and comfort, all that are in danger, necessity, and tribulation; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to preserve all that travel by land or by water, all women labouring of child, alí sick persons, and young children; and to shew thy pity upon all prisoners and captives;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to defend, and provide for, the fatherless chil dren and widows, and all that are desolate and oppressed;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to have
mercy upon all men;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to give and preserve to our use the kindly fruits of the earth, so as in due time we may enjoy them;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to thy holy Word; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. Son of God: we beseech thee to hear us.


Son of God: we beseech thee to hear

O Lamb of God: that takest away the sins of the world;

Grant us thy peace.

O Lamb of God: that takest away the sins of the world;

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OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And for give us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Priest. O Lord, deal not with us after our sins.

Answer. Neither reward us after our iniquities.

Let us pray.

GOD, merciful Father, that degisest met the sighing of a contrite heart, nor the desire of such as be sorrowful; Mercifully assist our

evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thy Name's sake.

GOD, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared unto us, the noble works that thou didst in their days, and in the old time before them.

O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thine honour.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

From our enemies defend us, O Christ.

Graciously look upon our afflictions. Pitifully behold the sorrows of our hearts.

Mercifully forgive the sins of thy people.

Favourably with mercy hear our prayers.

O Son of David, have mercy upon us. Both now and ever vouchsafe to hear us, O Christ.

Gracionaly hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

Priest. O Lord, let thy mercy be shewed upon us;

Auswer. As we do put our trust

in thee. Let us pray.

WE humbly beseech thee, O F1

ther, mercifully to look upon. our infirmities; and for the glory of thy Name turn from us all those evils that we most righteously have deserved; and grant, that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercy, and evermore serve thee in holiness and pureness of living, to thy honour and glory; through our only Medi-, ator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our, Lord. Amen.

Then shall be sung or said the Service
for the Communion, with the Collect,
Epistle, and Gorpel, as followeth,
The Collect.

by thy

prayers that we make before thee A Divine Providence hast appoint.

whensoever they oppress us; and graciously hear us, that those evils, which the craft and subtilty of the devil or man worketh against us, be brought to nought; and by the providence of thy goodness they may be dispersed; that we thy servants, being hurt by no persecutions, may

ed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church, and didst inspire thine A postles to choose into the Order of Deacons the first Martyr Saint Stephen, with others; Mercifully be hold these thy servants now called to the like Office and Administration; replenish them so with the truth of

thy Doctrine, and adorn them withi 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. ii. 8. LIK Eve, not double tongued, IKEWISE must the Deacons not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

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you trust that you are inward. ly 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.

The Bishop.

Do you think that you are truly

called, according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the due order of this Realm, to the Ministry of the Church? Answer. I think so.

The Bishop.

And let these also first be proved; Do you unfeignedly believe all the

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

Canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testament?

Answer. I do believe them.
The Bishop.

TILL you diligently read the
same unto the people assem-
bled in the Church where you shall
be appointed to serve?
Answer. I will.

things. Let the Deacons be the hus-W
bands of one wife, ruling their chil
dren 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 of the
Acts of the Apostles.

Acts vi. 2.

The Bishop.

IT appertaineth to the Office of a to the where he shall be appointed to serve, to assist the Priest in Divine Service, and specially when he ministereth the HEN the twelve called the mul- holy Communion, and to help him in titude of the disciples unto them, the distribution thereof, and to read and said, It is not reason that we holy Scriptures and Homilies in the should leave the Word of God, and Church; and to instruct the youth serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, in the Catechism; in the absence of look ye out among you seven men of the Priest to baptize infants, and to honest report, full of the holy Ghost preach, if he be admitted thereto by and wisdom, whom we may appoint the Bishop. And furthermore, it is over this business. But we will give his Office, where provision is so made, ourselves continually to prayer, and to search for the sick, poor, and im to the ministry of the Word. And potent people of the Parish, to intithe saying pleased the whole multi-mate their estates, names, and places tude. 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 mul-
tiplied in Jerusalem greatly, and a
great company of the Priests were
obedient to the faith.

And before the Gospel, the Bishop, sit-
ting in his chair, shall examine every
one of them that are to be Ordered, in
the presence of the people, after this
manner following.

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.

The Bishop.

WILL you apply ail your dili

gence to frame and fashion your own lives, and the lives of your families, according to the Doctrine of Christ; and to make both yourselves and them, as much as in you lieth, wholesome examples of the flock of Christ?

Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.

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