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Biskop. Lord, hear our prayers ;
Antwer. And lep our cry come unto theç.

Bifhop. Let us pray.

Lmighty and everliving God, who has vouchsafed to

regenerate these thy servants by water and the Holy Ghost, and halt given unto them forgiveness of all their sins; Strengthen them, we befeech 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 strengths the fpirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill them, 9 Lord, with the spirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever.


: Thon all of them in order kneeling before the Bishop, be fhall løy kis Hand

upon the Head of every one feutrally, saying. Efend, O Lord, this thy child, '[or this thy Servent]

with thy heavenly grace; that he may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in thị Holy Spirit more and more, until be come unto thy everlasting Kingdom. Apien,

Then all the Bishop fay,
The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.
And all kneeling de sun tbe Bishop hall add.

Let us pray. 0 UR Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy

Nanie. Thy Kingdom come: * Thy Will be done in Earth, As it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespaffes, As we forgive thein thac trespass against us. And lead us noç into temptation; Bup deliver us from evil. Amen.

And this Colle El.

will and to do those things that be 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 fign) of thy favour and gracious goodness towards them. Let thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee ever be over them; let 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 evera Jasting life, through our Lord Jesus Chrift; who, with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Almighty Lord, and everlasting God, vouchfafe, we

heates 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 foul, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Then the Bishop Mall bless obem, saying 'rbus:
HE blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son,

and the Holy Ghoft, "be upon you, and remain with you for ever. .Amen. And there hall none be admitted to the boly Communion, until such time as be

be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed.


The Form of Solemnization of MATRIMONY.

Firsebe Banns of all that are to be married together, must be published in the
Churcb; Three several Sundays or Holy-days, inibe Time of Divine
Service, immediately before the Sentence for the Offertory; the Curate fax-
ing after the accustomed Mannes,
Publish the Banns of Marriage between M. of --- and N.

of you know cause, or just impediment, why these çwo persons should not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it ; This is the first (second or ibird) ţime of asking

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And if the Perfors that are to be inarried, dwell in divers Parishes, the Banks

must be asked in both Parishes; and the Curate of the one Parish fall not folemnize Matrimony bet wixi them, without a Certificate of the Banns be

ing Thrice asked, from the Curate of the other Parish.
At the Day and I ime appointed for Solemnization of Matrimony the Perfons

to be married fa!l come into the Body of the Gkurib with their Friends and
Neighbours; and there ftanding. Together, tbe Man on tbe Right Hand, and
the Woman on the Léfi, the Priest Mall juy,
Early beloved, we are gathered together here in the

fight of God, and in the face of this Congregation, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honourable Estate, instituted of God in the time of man's innocency; signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church : which holy Eftare Christ adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee; and is commended of Saint Paul to be honourable among all men ; and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand' unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to satisfy mens carnal luits and appetites, like brute beasts that have no un. derstanding, but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God; duly considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained.

First, it was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy Name.

Secondly, it was ordained for a' remedy against 'sin, and to avoid fornication; that such persons as have not the gift of continency, might marry, and keep themselves undefilęd members of Christ's body...??

Thirdly, it was ordained for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, böch in profperity and adversity : Into' which holy Estate these two persons present come now to be joined. Therefore if any man can thew any just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever

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And also Speaking to the Perfons that fall be married, he shall say, Require and charge. you both (as ye will answer at the

dreadful day of judgment, when the secrets of all hearts Thall be disclosed) that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confefs it. For be ye well assured, that fo many as are coupled togerher otherwise than God's Word doth allow, are not joined together by God, neither is their Matrimony lawful.

At which day of marriage, if any man do alledge and declare any impediment

why they may not be conpled together in matrimony, by God's law, or the laws of this realm; and will be bound, and fufficient fureties with him, to the Parties, or else put in u Caution (to the full value of such Charges as tbe Persons to be married do thereby Juftain) to prove his Allegation; Then the folemnization must be deferred, until fuch Time as the Truth be tried.

If no impediment be alledged, then shall the Curate say unto the man, N.

have chis ,

to live together after God's ordinance, in the ho. ly Estate of Matrimony ? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both thall live?

The Man fball Answer, I will.

N. W ,


Iben hall the Priest say unto the Women, N. ILT thou have this Man to thy wedded Husband,

to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy Eitace of Matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, terve him, love, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health ; and forfaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?

The Woman Mall Answer, I will.

Then skall the Minister say,
Who giveth this Woman to be inarried to this Man ?

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Then all they give their Troth to each other in this Manner..
Tbi Minifter receiving the Woman ät her Farbet's or friend's Hands, Avali

cause the Man with bis Right Hand to take tbe: Woman by.ber Right Hand,
and 1a fay after him, as followesb:
N. take thee N. to my wedded Wife; to have and to hold

from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer
for pooter, 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.
Tben Mall they loose their Hands, and the Woman with ber Right Hand idking
i be Man by his Right Hand, jball likewise

saj, after i be Minister : N. take thee N. to my wedded Husband, to have and to

hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my Troth. Oben Hall-they again loose their Hands, and the Man fill give unto the Wi

mun a Ring, laying the same upon the Book, with the accustomed Duty to ibe Priest and Clerk. And the Prief taking the Ring, fall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the Fourth Finger of the Woman's Left Hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by the Prief, fhall fay;

ITH this Ring 1 thee wed, with my Body 1 thee

worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Then ibe Man leaving the Ring upon the Fourth Finger of the Womari's Ler

Hand, they hall lorb knitel down, and ibe Mixifer Joall faj;


Let us pray.


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Eternal God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind,

Giver of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life; Send thy bleming upon these thy servants, this Man and this Woman, whom we bless in thy Name; thac as Ifaac and Rebecca lived faithfuily together, so these Perfons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenane betwixt them made (whereof this ring given and received is a token and pledge) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy law's, through Jesus Chritt our Lord. Amen.


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