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MARING, ordaining, AND conso Bishops, PRIESTs, DoDEA o According to the Order of the Protestant Episopal Ch int United States of America, as established by the Bisho
It is evident unto all men, diligently reading holy Scripture and a *A*
that from the Apostles' time there have been these Orders of o o Christ's Church—Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Which offices wereo had in such reverend estimation, that no man might presume to executo them, except he were first called, tried, examined, and known to ho
qualities as are requisite for the same; and also bypúb rayer, witho sition of Hands, were approved and admitted theréinto by; And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be continued, andrew used and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted of takeo lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered too No. the said Functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and adm o unto, according to the Form hereafter following, or hath had Ep .
secration or Ordination. . And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, **
which the Canon in that case provided may require. . . . . . o. And the Bishop, knowing, either by himself, or by sufficient test nomy;
son to be a man of virtuous conversation, and without crime; and after nation and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the holy Scriptuo
otherwise learned as the Canons require, may, at the times appg o
on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Churchain
- a Deacon, in such Manner and Form as followeth . .
The Form and Manner of making Deal
*When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Poyers there shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and of: as come to be admitted Deacons; how necessary that Order is in the Chuo Christ, and also how the People ought to esteem them in their Off
*The Priest shall answer:
Have inquired concerning em, and also examined them, think them so to be.
in the Bishop shall say unto the People: ETHREN, if there be any if you, who knoweth any imment, or notable crime in any lese persons presented to be red Deacons, for the which ought not to be admitted to office, let him come forth in lame of God, and show what :rime or impediment is. lif any great Crime or Impediment objected, the Bishop shall cease m Ordering that Person, until such e as the Party accused shall be ud clear of that Crime. in the Bishop (commending such as ll be sound imeet to be Ordered, to Prayers of the Congregation) shall, h the Clergy and People present, the Litany. on shall be said the Service for the mmunion, with the Collect, Epistle, Gospel, as followeth. The Collect. MIGHTY God, who by thy Divine Providence hast ap£d divers Orders of Minis. on thy Church, and didst inthine Apostles to choose the Order of Deacons the Martyr Saint Stephen, with ‘s; mercifully behold these Prvants now called to the like e and Administration; so resh them with the truth of Doctrine, and adorn them innocency of life, that both ord and good example they faithfully serve thee in this o, to the glory of thy name, he edification of thy Church, igh the merits of our Saviour 5 Christ, who liveth and leth with thee and the Holy
The Episle. 1 Tim. iii. 8.
lik EWISE must the Deacons
be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre ; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved ; 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 things. Let the Deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their Children 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. 7 Or else this, out of the sixth Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.
Acts, vi, 2.
THEN the Twelve called the
multitude of the disciples unto thera, and said, it is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, Hook ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wis. dom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor and Timon, and Barmenas, 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 multiplied
it, now and for ever, Amen.
in Jerusalem greatly, and a great
en shall the Bishop deliver to every : of them the New Testament, sayo KE thou Authority to read the Gospel in the Church of ; and to preach the same, if be thereto licensed by the op himself.
en one of them appointed by the Bishop shall read, é Gospel. St. Luke, xii. 35. Tyour loins be girded about, to: lights burning, and jourselves like unto men that for their Lord, when he will rn from the wedding; that in he cometh and knocketh, may open unto him immeely. Blessed are those serts whom the Lord when he leth shall find watching: Verisay unto you, That he shall himself, and make them to own to meat, and will come h and serve them. And if he 1 come in the second watch, ome in the third watch, and them so, blessed are those ants. len'shall the Bishop proceed in the mmunion; and all who are Ordershall tarry, and receive the Holy onion the same day with the
* Communion ended, after the last , and immediately before the nediction, shall be said this Collect lowing: MIGHTY God, giver of all 5. things, who of thy great dness hast vouchsafed to acand take these thy Servants the office of Deacons in thy
Church; make them, we beseech thee, O Lord, to be modest, hurnble, and constant in their Ministration, to have a ready will to observe all spiritual Discipline; that they having always the testimony of a good conscience, and continuing ever stable and strong in thy Son Christ, may so well behave themselves in this inferior Office, that they may be found worthy to be called unto the higher Ministries in thy Church, through the same thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; to whom be glory and honour, world without end. Amen.
THE peace of God, which pass
eth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. ..?men.
7 And here it must be declared unto the Deacon, that he must continue in that Office of a Deacon the space of a whole Year (except for reasonable Causes it shall otherwise seem good unto the Bishop) to the intent he may be perfect, and well expert in the thing appertaining to the Eccle tical Administration; in exccuti:'s whereof, if he be found faithful and diligent, he may be admitted by his Diocesan to the Order of Priesthood, at the times appointed in the Caucm, or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Chiarch, in such manner and form as hereafter followeth.
of Christ, and also how the People ought to esteem them in their o
* A Priest shall present unto the Bishop. sitting in his chair near to the holy Table, at those who are to receive the order of Priesthood that day. each of them being decently habited, ord shall say:
Royo Father in God, I present unto you these per
sons present, to be admitted to
the order of priesthood.
AKE heed that the persons
whom ye present unto us, be apt and meet for their learning and godly conversation, to exercise their ministry duly to the honour of God, and the edifying of the Chureh.
necessary that Order is in the Cl
* And if any great Crime of In