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DEFEND, O LORD, this thy child

venient to be observed; to the end LORD, with the spirit of thy holy that children, being now come to the fear, now and for ever. years of discretion, and having learned what their godfathers and godmothers promised for them in bap tism, may themselves, with their own mouth and consent, openly before the [or, this thy servant] with thy hea Church ratify and confirm the same; venly grace; that he may continue and also promise, that, by the grace thine for ever, and daily increase in of GOD, they will evermore endeavor themselves faithfully to observe such thy HOLY SPIRIT more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting things as they, by their own confes kingdóm. Amen. sion, have assented unto.

¶ Then shall the Bishop say,

DO ye here, in the presence of GOD, and of this congregation, renew the solemn promise and vow that ye made, or that was made in your name, at your baptism; ratifying and confirming the same; and acknowledg. ing yourselves bound to believe and to do all those things which ye then undertook, or your sponsors then undertook for you?

¶ And every one shall audibly answer I do.

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¶ Then all of them in order kneeling before the Bishop, he shall lay his hands upon the head of every one severally, saying,

¶ Then shall the Bishop say, The LORD be with you. Ans. And with thy Spirit. ¶ All kneeling down, the Bishop shall add, Let us pray.

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy king. dom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And for give us our trespasses, as we forgive. those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

And these Collects

ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, who makest us both to will and to do those things which are good, and acceptable unto thy divine majesty ; we make our humble supplications unto thee for these thy servants, upon whom, after the example of thy holy apostles, we have now laid our hands; to certify them, by this sign, of thy favor and gracious goodness toward them. beseech thee, ever be over them: Let Let thy Fatherly hand, we thy HOLY SPIRIT ever be with them: and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy word, that in the end they may obtain everlasting life, through our Lord JESUS CHRIST; who, with thee and the HOLY GHOST, liveth and reigneth ever one GOD world without end.. Amen.

Bishop. Let us pray. ALMIGHTY and everliving GOD, who hast vouchsafed to regenerate these thy servants by water and the HOLY GHOST, and hast given unto them forgiveness of all their sins; strengthen them, we beseech thee, O LORD, with the HOLY GHOST, the Comforter; and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace; the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and ghostly strength, the spirit of knowledge and lasting GOD, vouchsafe, we beseech true godliness; and fill them, O thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern,


both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul, through our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen.



Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying thus. THE blessing of GOD ALMIGHTY, the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY GHOST, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. Amen.

And there shall none be admitted to the Holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed.


The laws respecting Matrimony, whether by publishing the Bans in churches, or by License, being different in the several States; every Minister is left to the direction of those laws, in every thing that regards the civil contract between the parties.

And when the Bans are published, it shall be in the following form :-I publish the Bans of Marriage between M. of, and N. of If any of you know cause or just impediment, why these two persons should not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it. [This is the first, second, or third time of asking.]

At the day and time appointed for Solemnization of Matrimony, the persons to be married shall come into the body of the church, or shail be ready in some proper house, with their friends and neighbors; and there standing together, the man on the right hand, and the woman on the left, the Minister shall say,

DEARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of GOD, and in the face of this company, to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony; which is commended of St. Paul to be honorable among all men; and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of GOD. Into this holy estate, these two persons present come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.

And also speaking unto the persons who are to be married, he shall say,

otherwise than as GOD's word doth allow, their marriage is not lawful.

The Minister, if he shall have reason to doubt of the lawfulness of the proposed Marriage, may demand sufficient surety for his indemni fication; but if no impediment shall be alleged, or suspected, the Minister shall say to the Man, M. WILT thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after GOD's ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

The man shall answer,

I will.

Then the Minister shall say unto the woman, N. WILT thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together after GoD's ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou him, and serve him, love, honor, and

keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both

shall live?

I will.


I REQUIRE and charge you both (as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgment, when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed) that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony, ye do now confess it for be ye well assured, that if any persons are joined together ried to this man?

The woman shall answer,

Then shall the Minister say,

Who giveth this woman to be ma

Then shall they give their troth to each other lead us not into temptation; But de liver us from evil.

in this manner:


The Minister receiving the woman at her father's or friend's hands, shall cause the man with his right hand to take the woman by her right hand, and to say after him as followeth :

I M. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to GOD's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.

Then shall they loose their hands, and the woman with her right hand taking the man by his right hand, shall likewise say after the Minister,

I N. take thee M. to my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and

Then shall the Minister join their right hands
together, and say,
Those whom God hath joined to-

in health, to love, cherish, and together, let no man put asunder.
obey, till death us do part, according
to GOD's holy ordinance; and thereto
I give thee my troth.

Then shall the Minister speak unto the
company :.

FORASMUCH as M. and N. have. consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before GOD and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a

WITH this ring I thee wed, and with all my worldly goods I thee en-ring, and by joining hands; I pro dow: In the name of the FATHER, nounce, that they are man and wife; and of the SON, and of the HOLY in the name of the FATHER, and of GHOST. Amen. the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST, Amen.

Then shall they again loose their hands; and the man shall give unto the woman a ring. And the Minister taking the ring shall deliver it unto the man, to put it upon the fourth finge of the woman's left hand. And the man holding the ring there, and taught by the Minister,

shall say,

O ETERNAL GOD, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life; send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name; that as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (where of this ring given and received is a token and pledge) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace toge ther, and live according to thy laws, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.


Then the man leaving the ring upon the fourth finger of the woman's left hand, the Minister shall say,

Let us pray.

T And the Minister shall add this blessing: GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON, GOD the HOLY GHOST, bless, preOUR Father, who art in heaven; serve, and keep you: The Lord mer. Hallowed be thy Name; Thy king-cifully with his favor look upon you, dor come; Thy will be done on and fill you with all spiritual beneearth, as it is in heaven; Give us diction and grace; that ye may so this day our daily bread; And for- live together in this life, that in the give us our trespasses, as we forgive world to come ye may have life everthose who trespass against us; And lasting, Amen.




When any person is sick, notice shall be given

thereof Minister Parish; who, coming into the sick person's house, shall say,

PEACE be to this house, and to all that dwell in it.

When he cometh into the sick man's presence,

he shall say, kneeling down,

REMEMBER not, LORD, our ini. HEAR us, Almighty and most quities, nor the iniquities of our fore-merciful God and Saviour: extend fathers; Spare us, good LORD, spare thy accustomed goodness to this thy thy people, whom thou hast redeemed servant, who is grieved with sickwith thy most precious blood; and ness. Sanctify, we beseech thee, this be not angry with us for ever. thy fatherly correction to him; that Ans. Spare us, good LORD. the sense of his weakness may add strength to his faith, and seriousness to his repentance: that if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore him to his former health he may lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to to take thy visitation, that after this thy glory: or else give him grace so painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through JE.

T Then the Minister shall say,
Let us pray.

SUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.

LORD, have mercy upon us. CHRIST, have mercy upon us. LORD, have mercy upon us. OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy king dom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Min. O LORD, save thy servant; Ans. Who putteth his trust in thee. Min. Send him help from thy holy place;

Ans. And evermore mightily fend him.

Min. Let the enemy have no vantage of him; Ans. Nor the wicked approach to

of thy mercy; give him comfort and sure confidence in thee; defend him from the danger of the enemy; and keep him in perpetual peace and safety, through JESUS CHRIST Our Lord. Amen.

DEARLY beloved, know this, that ALMIGHTY GOD is the LORD of life and death, and of all things to them pertaining; as youth, strength, health, age, weakness, and sickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your sickness be, de-visitation. And for what cause soever know you certainly that it is GOD'S

hurt him.

Min. Be unto him, O LORD, a strong tower,

Ans. From the face of his enemy.
Min. O LORD, hear our prayers;
Ans. And let our cry come unto


Then shall the Minister exhort the sick person

after this form, or other like:

this sickness be sent unto you; whead-ther it be to try your patience for the example of others, and that your faith may be found, in the day of the LORD, laudable, glorious, and honorable, to the increase of glory and endless felicity; or else it be sent unto you to correct and amend in you whatsoever doth offend the eyes of your heavenly Father; know you certainly, that if you truly repent you of your sins, and bear your sickness patiently, trusting in God's mercy, for his dear Son JESUS CHRIST'S sake, and render unto him humble


O LORD, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant. Look upon him with the eyes

thanks for his fatherly visitation, sub- unto God in your baptism. And mitting yourself wholly unto his will, forasmuch as after this life there it shall turn to your profit, and help is an account to be given unto the you forward in the right way that righteous Judge, by whom all must leadeth unto everlasting life. be judged, without respect of persons; I require you to examine yourself, and your estate, both toward GOD and man; so that, accusing and

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If the person visited be very sick, then the
Minister may end his Exhortation in this place,

or else proceed:

TAKE therefore in good part the condemning yourself for your own chastisement of the LORD: for, as faults, you may find mercy at our Saint Paul saith in the twelfth chap-heavenly Father's hand for CHRIST'S ter to the Hebrews, Whom the LORD sake, and not be accused and con loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth demned in that fearful judgment. every son whom he receiveth. If ye Therefore I shall rehearse to you the endure chastening, GOD dealeth with articles of our faith; that you may you as with sons: for what son is he know whether you do believe as a whom the father chasteneth not? But Christian man should, or no. if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye Furthermore, tards, and not sons. DOST thou believe in God the we have had fathers of our flesh, Father Almighty, Maker of heaven which corrected us, and we gave and earth?


And in JESUS CHRIST his only. them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Fa-begotten Son our Lord? And that he ther of spirits, and live? For they was conceived by the HOLY GHOST, verily for a few days chastened us born of the Virgin Mary; that he after their own pleasure; but he for suffered under Pontius Pilate, was our profit, that we might be partakers crucified, dead, and buried; that he of his holiness. These words, good went down into hell, and also did rise brother, are written in holy Scrip- again the third day; that he ascended ture, for our comfort and instruction; into heaven, and sitteth on the right that we should patiently, and with hand of God the Father Almighty; thanksgiving, bear our heavenly Fa- and from thence shall come again at ther's correction, whensoever, by any the end of the world, to judge the manner of adversity, it shall please quick and the dead? his gracious goodness to visit us. And dost thou believe in the HOLY And there should be no greater com- GHOST; The holy catholic Church; fort to Christian persons, than to be The communion of saints: The remade like unto CHRIST, by suffering mission of sins; The resurrection of patiently adversities, troubles, and the flesh; and everlasting life after sicknesses. For he himself went not death? up to joy, but first he suffered pain: he entered not into his glory, before he was crucified. So truly our way to eternal joy, is to suffer here with CHRIST; and our door to enter into eternal life, is gladly to die with CHRIST; that we may rise again from death, and dwell with him in everlasting life. Now, therefore, taking your sickness, which is thus profitable for you, patiently, I exhort you in the name of GOD, to remem


The sick person shall answer, All this I steadfastly believe. Then shall the Minister examine whether he repent him truly of his sins, and be in charity with all the world; exhorting him to forgive, from the bottom of his heart, all persons that have offended him; and if he hath offended any other, to ask them forgiveness; and where he hath done injury or wrong to any man, that he make amends to the uttermost of his power. And if he hath not before disposed of his goods, let him then be admonished to make his Will, and to declare his debts, what he oweth, and what is owing unto him, for the better discharging of his conscience, and the quietness of his Executors. But men should often be put in remembrance to take order for the settling of

ber the profession which you made their temporal estates, whilst they are in health

Here the Minister shall rehearse the articles of

the Faith, saying thus:

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