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THE ORDER OF

CONFIRMATION,

Or Laying on of Hands upon those who are baptized, and come to Years of Discretion.

Bishop. Blessed be the name of the Lord;

Ans. Henceforth, world without end.

Upon the Day appointed all that are to be then confirmed, being placed and standing in order before the Bishop; he, or some other Minister appointed by him, shall read this preface following: the end that confirmation To may be ministered to the more edifying of such as shall re-to thee. ceive it, the Church hath thought

Bishop. Lord, hear our prayer;
Ans. And let our cry come un-

Bishop. Let us pray.

good to order, that none shall be ALMIGHTY and everliving but such as can say God, who hast the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and to regenerate these thy servants the Ten Commandments; and can by Water and the Holy Ghost, also answer to such other Ques- and hast given unto them forgive tions, as in the short Catechism ness of all their sins; strengthen are contained: Which order is them, we beseech thee, O Lord, very convenient to be observed; with the Holy Ghost, the Comto the end that children, being forter; and daily increase in them now come to the years of discre- thy manifold gifts of grace; the tion, and having learned what spirit of wisdom and understandtheir Godfathers and Godmothers ing, the spirit of counsel and promised for them in Baptism, ghostly strength, the spirit of may themselves, with their own knowledge and true godliness; mouth and consent, openly be- and fill them, O Lord, with the fore the Church ratify and confirm spirit of thy holy fear, now and the same; and also promise, that, for ever. Amen. by the grace of God, they will " evermore endeavour themselves faithfully to observe such things

as they, by their own confession,

have assented unto.

T Then shall the Bishop say,

Dove 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 acknowledging 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.
Bishop.

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

Dhild for, this thy Servant] EFEND, O this thy with thy heavenly grace; that he daily increase in thy Holy Spirit may continue thine for ever, and more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom

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Then shall the Bishop say,
The Lord be with you.
Ans. And with thy spirit.
And all kneeling down, the Bishop

shall add,
Let us pray.
URFather,who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name; Thy
Kingdom come; Thy Will be done
on Earth, as it is in Heaven; Give

OUR help is in the name of the us this day our daily bread; And

us our trespasses, as we

Ans. Who hath made heaven forgive those who trespass against and earth. us; And lead us not into tempta

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tion; But deliver us from evil. and reigneth ever one God, world Amen. without end. Amen.

And these Collects.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting ALMIGHTY Lord, and ever

lasting God, we God, who makest us both to beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, will and to do those things which and govern both our hearts and are good, and acceptable unto bodies, in the ways of thy laws, thy Divine Majesty; we make and in the works of thy comour humble supplications unto mandments; that through thy thee for these thy servants, up-most mighty protection, both on whom, after the example of here and ever, we may be prethy holy Apostles, we have now served in body and soul, through laid our hands; to certify them, our Lord and Saviour Jesus by this sign, of thy favour and Christ. Amen. gracious goodness towards them. Let be

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seech 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 everlasting life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who, with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth

Then the Bishop shall bless them, say

ty,

ing thus: T, the Father, the Son, and HE blessing of the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. And there shall none be admitted to the Amen. Holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed.

THE FORM OF

SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.

The laws respecting Matrimony, whether by publishing the Banns 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 Banns are published, it shall be in the following form:-I publish
the Banns 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 ho-
ly Matrimony, ye are to declare it. [This is the first, second, or third time of asking.]
At the day and time appointed for So-advisedly or lightly; but reve.
lemnization of Matrimony, the Persons rently, discreetly, advisedly, so-
to be married shall come into the body berly, and in the fear of God. In-
proper house, with their friends and to this holy estate, these two per-
neighbours; and there standing toge- sons present come now to be
ther, the Man on the right hand, and joined. If any man can show
the Woman on the left, the Minister just cause, why they may not
shall say,
lawfully be joined together, let
EARLY beloved, we are ga-him now speak, or else hereafter

of the Church, or shall he ready in some

peace.

ever sight of God. and in the face of And also speaking unto the Persons who this company, to join together are to be married, he shall say, this Man and this Woman in holy REQUIRE and charge you Matrimony; which is commend- both (as ye will answer at the ed of Saint Paul to be honourable dreadful day of judgment, when among all men; and therefore is the secrets of all hearts shall be not by any to be entered into un-disclosed) that if either of you

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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, The Minister, if he shall have reason to in sickness and in health, to love, doubt of the lawfulness of the proposed cherish, and obey, till death us Marriage, may demand sufficient sure-do part, according to God's holy ty for his indemnification; but if no im- ordinance; and thereto I give pediment shall be alleged, or suspected, thee my Troth.

Hands; 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 Finger of the Woman's Left Hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by the Minister, shall say,

goods I thee endow: In the name
WITH this Ring I thee wed,
and with all my worldly
of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then the Man leaving the Ring upon
the fourth Finger of the Woman's Left
Hand, the Minister shall say,
Let us pray.

UR art in Hea

nance, in the holy estate of Ma-Oven, Hallowed be thy Name; trimony? Wilt thou obey him, Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will and serve him, love, honour, and be done on Earth, as it is in Heakeep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?

ven; 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.

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;

The Minister receiving the Woman at her Father's or Friend's Hands, shall eause the Man with his Right Hand to take the Woman by her Right Hand, and to say after him as followeth: thee Rebecca 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 1 plight thee my Troth

faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant 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 laws,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ring, and by joining hands; I

Amen.

Then shall the Minister join their Right

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pronounce, that they are Man
and Wife; in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost. Amen.
And the Minister shall add this Blessing:
GOD the Father, God the Son,

Hands together, and say, Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. 7 Then shall the Minister speak unto the Company: God Holy Ghost, ORASMUCH as M. and N. preserve, and keep you: The have consented together in Lord mercifully with his favour holy Wedlock, and have witness-look upon you, and fill you with ed the same before God and this all spiritual benediction and grace; company, and thereto have given that ye may so live together it and pledged their troth, each to this life, that in the world to come the other, and have declared the ye may have life everlasting. same by giving and receiving a Amen.

THE ORDER FOR

THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.

When any Person is sick, notice shall
be given thereof to the Minister of the
Farish; who, coming into the sick
Person's House, shall say,

PEACE be to this House, and

to all that dwell

When he cometh into the sick Man's

presence, he shall say, kneeling down, Riniquities, nor the iniquities

EMEMBER not, Lord, our

of our forefathers; spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood; and be not angry with us for ever.

Ans. Spare us, good Lord.

Then the Minister shall say,

Ans. Who putteth his trust in

thee.

Min. Send him help from thy holy place;

Ans. And evermore mightily defend him.

Min. Let the enemy have no advantage of him; Ans. Nor the wicked approach hurt him.

to

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

Ans. From the face of his ene

my.

Min. O Lord, hear our prayer,
Ans. And let our cry come unto

thee.

O

Minister.

Let us pray. Lord, have mercy upon us. LORD, look down from heaChrist, have mercy upon us. ven, behold, visit, and relieve Lord, have mercy upon us. this thy servant. Look upon him OUR UR Father, who art in Hea- with the eyes of thy mercy; give ven, Hallowed be thy Name; him comfort and sure confidence Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will in thee; defend him from the be done on Earth, as it is in Hea- danger of the enemy; and keep yen; Give us this day our daily him in perpetual peace and safety, bread; And forgive us our tres-through Jesus Christ our Lord. passes, as we forgive those who Amen. trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

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TEAR us, Almighty and most merciful God and Saviour: Extend thy accustomed goodness Min. O Lord, save thy servant;I to this thy servant. who is griev

seech thee, this thy Fatherly correction to him; that 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 thy glory: Or else give him grace so to take thy visitation, that after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

with sickness. Sanctify, we be- twelfth chapter to the Hebrews, Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons: For what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: Shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they vérily for a few days chastened us

Then shall the Minister exhort the sick
Person after this form, or other like:

These

For

DEARLY beloved, know this, after their own pleasure; but he that Almighty the for our profit, we be Lord of life and death, and of all partakers of his holiness. things to them pertaining; as words, good brother, are written youth, strength, health, age,weak-in holy Scripture, for our comfort ness, and sickness. Wherefore, and instruction; that we should whatsoever your sickness be, patiently, and with thanksgiving, know you certainly that it is God's bear our heavenly Father's corvisitation. And for what cause rection, whensoever, by any mansoever this sickness be sent unto ner of adversity, it shall please you; whether it be to try your his gracious goodness to visit us. patience for the example of And there should be no greater. others, and that your faith may comfort to Christian persons, than be found, in the day of the Lord, to be made like unto Christ, by laudable, glorious, and honour- suffering patiently adversities, able, to the increase of glory and troubles, and sicknesses. endless felicity; or else it be sent he himself went not up to joy, unto you to correct and amend but first he suffered pain: He enin you whatsoever doth offend tered not into his glory before he the eyes of your heavenly Father, was crucified. So truly our way know you certainly, that if you to eternal joy, is to suffer here truly repent you of your sins, and with Christ; and our door to enbear your sickness patiently, trust- ter into eternal life, is gladly to ing in God's mercy, for his dear die with Christ; that we may Son Jesus Christ's sake, and ren- rise again from death, and dwell der unto him humble thanks for with him in everlasting life. Now, his Fatherly visitation, submitting therefore, taking your sickness, yourself wholly unto his will, it which is thus profitable for you, shall turn to your profit, and help patiently, I exhort you in the you forward in the right way that name of God, to remember the leadeth unto everlasting life. profession which you made un"If the Person visited be very sick, then to God in your Baptism. And the Minister may end his Exhortation forasmuch as after this life there in this Place, or else proceed: is an account to be given unto the whom all must be judged, without respect of persons; I require you to exa

therefore

the chastisement of the Lord: For, as Saint Paul saith, in the

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