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der the law as under the gospel, hallowed, ordinary and commoved either by the express mon uses, and dedicating it to command of God, or by the thy service, for reading thy secret inspiration of the blessed holy word, for celebrating thy Spirit, and acting agreeably to holy sacraments, for offering to their own reason and sense of thy glorious Majesty the sacrithe natural decency of things, fices
of prayer and thanksgiving, have erected houses for the pub- for blessing thy people in thy lic worship of God, and separat- name, and for the performance ed them from all unhallowed, of all other holy offices: accept, worldly, and common uses, in O Lord, this service at our order to fill men's minds with hands, and bless it with such greater reverence for his glori. success as may tend most to ous Majesty, and affect their thy glory, and the furtherance hearts with more devotion and of our happiness both temporal humility in his service; which and spiritual, through Jesus pious works have been approv. Christ our blessed Lord and ed of and graciously accepted Saviour. Amen. by our heavenly Father: Let us not doubt but that he will also 1 After this the Bishop shall favourably approve our godly
stand up, and turning his face
towards the Congregation, purpose of setting apart this place in solemn manner, for the performance of the several of- EGARD, O Lord, the supfices of religious worship, and plications of thy servants
, let us faithfully and devoutly and grant that whosoever shall beg his blessing on this our un- be dedicated to thee in this dertaking.
house by Baptism, may be 1 Then the Bishop kneeling shall sanctified by the Holy Ghost, say the following Prayer.
delivered from thy wrath and
eternal death, and received as O
Eternal God, mighty in a living member of Christ's
power and of majesty in- Church, and may ever remain comprehensible, whom the hea- in the number of thy faithful ven of heavens cannot contain, children. Amen. much less the walls of temples Grant, O Lord, that they who made with hands; and who yet at this place shall in their own hast been graciously pleased to persons renew the promises promise thy especial presence, and vows which they made, or wherever two or three of thy which were made for them by. faithful servants shall assemble their sureties at their Baptism, in thy name to offer up their and thereupon shall be confirmpraises and supplications unto ed by the Bishop, may receive thee; vouchsafe, O Lord, to be such a measure of thy holy Spipresent with us, who are here rit, that they may be enabled gathered together, with all hu- faithfully to fulfil the same, and mility and readiness of heart, to grow in grace unto their lives consecrate this place to the ho- end. Amen. nour of thy great name; sepa- Grant, O Lord, that whosorating it henceforth from all un. ever shall receive in this place
Grant, O Lord,
the blessed sacrament of the Christ's sake our most blessed body and blood of Christ, may Lord and Saviour. Amen. come to that holy ordinance 1 Then the Bishop sitting, in with faith, charity, and true re
his chair, the sentence of Conpentance; and being filled with
secration is to be read by some thy grace and heavenly benediction, may to their great and
person appointed by him, and
then laid by him upon the endless comfort, obtain remis
Communion table, after
--sion of their sins, and all other
which the Bishop shall say, benefits of his passion. Amen.
be name, holy word which shall be read thee to put it into the hearts of
, by thy holy Spirit grafting it in thy servants, to appropriate
and wardly in the heart, the hearers and worship; and grant that all thereof may both perceive and who shall enjoy the benefit of know what things they ought this pious work, may show forth to do, and may have power their thankfulness by making a and strength to fulfil the same. right use of it, to the glory of Amen.
thy blessed name, through Je. Grant, O Lord, that whoso- sus Christ our Lord. Amen. ever shall be joined together in this place in the holy estate of 1 After this the Minister apmatrimony, may faithfully per
pointed is to read the service form and keep the vow and co
for the day. venant between them made, and PROPER PSALMS, 84.... may remain in perfect love to
122....132. gether unto their lives' end. FIRST LESSON. 1 Kings Amen.
8th, verse 22 to verse 63. Grant, we beseech thee, bles- SECOND LESSON. Heb. sed Lord, that whosoever shall
10th, verse 19 to verse 27. draw near to thee in this place, to give thee thanks for the be? Morning Prayer being ended, there shall
be sung From the book of Psalms in metre, nefits which they have received Psal. xxvi. verse 6, 7, 8, with the Gloria at thy hands, to set forth thyThe Bishop shall then proceed to the Commost worthy praise, to confess munion Service. The following shall be their sins unto thee, and to ask the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, for the such things as are requisite and
The Collect. necessary as well for the body
Most glorious Lord, we
, and with such seriousness, affection, not worthy to offer unto thee and devotion of mind, that thou any thing belonging unto us; mayest accept their bounden yet we beseech thee in thy duty and service, and vouch- great goodness, graciously to safe to give whatever in thy in- accept the dedication of this finite wisdom thou shalt see to place to thy service, and to be most expedient for them: prosper this our undertaking; all which we beg for Jesus receive the prayers and inter
as for the soul, may do it with O acknowledge that we are
cessions of all those thy ser. out of the temple, and the sheep, vants, who shall call upon thee and the oxen, and poured out in this house; and give them the changers of money, and grace to prepare their hearts to overthrew the tables, and said serve thee with reverence and unto them that sold doves, godly fear; affect them with an Take these things hence; awful apprehension of thy di-make not my Father's house vine Majesty, and a deep sense an house of merchandise." of their own unworthiness; that And his disciples remembered so approaching thy sanctuary that it was written, The zeal of with lowliness and devotion, thine house hath eaten me up. and coming before thee with
I clean thoughts and pure hearts, « Then shall be said or sung the with bodies undefiled, and
100th Psalm. minds sanctified, they may al
Here shall follow the Sermon. ways perform a service acceptable to thee, through Jesus I The Sermon being ended, the Bishop Christ our Lord. Amen.
shall proceed in the service for the Com
munión, if it is to be administered at that The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. verse 14 to verse 17.
9 After the Communion, or if it is not administered at that time, after the Sermon,
and immediately before the final blessing, BE ve not unequally, yoked
the Bishop shall say the following Prayer. for what fellowship
hath righte: BLEord God, for that it hath
LESSED be name, ousness with unrighteousness? And what communion bath pleased thee to have thy habitalight with darkness? And what tion among the sons of men, and concord hath Christ with Be. to dwell in the midst of the aslial? Or what part hath he that şembly of the saints upon the believeth with an Infidel? And earth; bless, we beseech thee,
l what agreement hath the temple the religious performance of this of God with Idols ? For ye are day, and grant that in this
place the temple of the Living God: now set apart to thy service, as God hath said, I will dweli thy holy name may be worshipin them and walk in them, and ped in truth and purity through I will be their God, and they Christ our Lord. Amen.
generations, through Jesus shall be my people. The Gospel. St. John ii. ver. 13. THEs peace of God, which
passeth all ND the Jews Passover was keep your hearts and minds in
at hand, and Jesus went the knowledge and love of God, up to Jerusalem, and found in and of his Son Jesus Christ the temple those that sold oxen, our Lord; and the blessing of and sheep, and doves, and the God Almighty, the Father, the changers of money sitting; And Son, and the Holy Ghost, be when he had made a scourge of amongst you, and remain with small cords, he drove them alļ you always. Amen.
TO BE USED AT THE MEETINGS OF CONVENTION.
didst preside in the councils of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy Church to the end of the world; we beseech thee to be present with the council of thy Church here assembled in thy name and presence. Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee, so to direct, sanctify, and govern us in our present work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, satan, and death; till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life, through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
AN OFFICE OF
IŅTO PARISHES OR CHURCHES, Prescribed by the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America; established in General Convention of the Bishops, the Clergy and Laity, 1804 ; and set forth, with Alterations, in General Convention, 1808.
The Bishop having received due Notice of the Election of a Minister into a Parish or Church, as prescribed by the Canon “concerning the Election and Institution of Ministers," and being satisfied that “the Person chosen is a qualified Minister of this Church,” may transmit the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Rector, Associated Rector, or Assistant Minister, to one of his Presbyters, whom he may appoint as the Institutor. In any State or Diocese the concluding Paragraph in the Letter of Institution may be omitted, where it interferes with the Usages, Laws, or Charters of the Church in the
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B. Presbyter, Greeting. Sigillum. WE do by these Presents give and grant unto you, in whose
Learning, Diligence, sound Doctrine, and Prudence, we do fully confide, our License and Authority, to perform the
Office of a Priest in the Parish (or Church] of E. And also Signat. hereby do institute you into said Parish (or Church), possess
ed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among the People of the same ; you continuing in communion with us, and complying with the Rubrics and Canons of the Church, and with such lawful Directions as you shall at any time receive from us.
And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector (Associated Rector, or Assistant Minister, as the case may be] of Parish (or Church], you are faithfully to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now entrusted to you; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind, that you are accountable to us here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all hereafter.
And as the Lord hath ordained, that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar ; so we authorise you to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal relation between you and them; of all which you will give us due notice : and in case of any difference between you and your
congregation, as to a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection between you and them, we, your Bishop, with the advice of our Presbyters, are to be the ultimate arbiter and judge.
In witness whereof we have hereunto affixed our Episcopal seal and signature, at this
A. D. and in the year of our consecration.
1 In the Case of a Minister to be instituted in a State or Diocese in which there is no
Bishop, the Clerical Members of the Standing Committee shall send the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Minister, to the Presbyter whom they may appoint as Institutor.
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B. Presbyter, Greeting. Sigillum. WE do by these Presents authorise and empower
you to ex. ercise the Office of a Priest in the Parish [or Church) of E. And by virtue of the power vested in us, do institute you
into said Parish (or Church), possessed of full power to perform every act of sacerdotal function among the people of the same; you complying with the Rubrics and Canons of the Church.
And as a canonically instituted Priest into the office of Rector [Associated Rector, or Assistant Minister, as the case may be] of Parish, (or Church), you are to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now entrusted to you; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind that you are accountable to the ecclesiastical authority of the Church here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all hereafter.
And as the Lord hath ordained that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar; so you have our authority to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your eure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection between you and them ; of all which you will give us due notice: and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection between you and them, the ecclesiastical authority of the Church in this diocese (taking the advice and aid of a Bishop) shall be the ultimate arbiter and judge.
In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, this day of
in the year
| The day being appointed for the new Incumbent's Institution, at the usual hour of
Morning Prayer, the Institutor, attended by the new Incumbent, and one or more Presbyters appointed by the Bishop, Cor, where there is no Bishop, by the Clerical Members of the Standing Committee for that purpose, shall enter the Church: Then, all the Clergy present standing without the rails of the Altar, except the officiating Priest, who shall go into the desk; the Wardens, cor, in case of their necessary absence, two Members of the Vestry) standing on the right and left of the Altar without the rails; the senior Warden, Cor the Member of the Vestry supplying his place ) holding the keys of the Church in his hand, in open view, the officiating Priest shall read Morning Prayer.