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together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony ? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only k to him, so long as you both shall live?

The woman shall answer, I will.

Then shall the Minister say,

Who giveth this woman to be married 'to this man?

And the Minister, receiving the woman at her father or friend's hands, shall cause the man to take the woman by the right hand, and so either to give their troth to other ; the man first saying,

I N. 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 depart, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight theo my troth. Then shall they loose their hands; and the woman, taking again the man by the

right hand, shall say, I 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 depart, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.

Then shall they again loose their hands;

and the man shall give unto the woman a ring, and other tokens of spousage, as gold or silver, laying the same upon the book. And the Priest, 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, taught by the Priest, shall say,

Then shall they again loose their hands ;
and the man shall give unto the woman
a ring, laying the same upon the book
with the accustomed duty to the Priest
and Clerk. And the Priest, 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,
taught by the Priest, shall say,

With this ring I thee wed, With this ring I thee wed, this gold and silver I thee give, with my body I thee worship, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods and with all my worldly goods I thee endow: in the name of I thee endow: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

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

Minister shall say,

| Let us pray. 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 m Isaac and Rebecca (after bracelets and jewels of gold given of the one to the other for tokens of their matrimony) lived 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 nto thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Priest join their right hands together, and say,

Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.

Then shall the Minister speak unto the people. FORASMUCH as N. and N. have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same here before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and P receiving gold and silver, and by joining of hands ; I pronounce that they be man and wife together, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

And the Minister shall add this blessing. I God the Father bless you. God the Father, God the

1. God the Son keep you. God Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, the Holy Ghost lighten your preserve, and keep you ; the understanding. The Lord mer- Lord mercifully with his favour cifully with his favour look upon look upon you ; and so fill you you ; and so fill you with all with all spiritual benediction spiritual benediction and grace, and grace, that you may so live that you may have remission of together in this life, that in the your sins in this life, and in the world to come you may have world to come life everlasting. life everlasting. Amen. Amen.

m Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together 1552. n unto thy laws 1552. o same before God 1552. P receiving of a ring, and by joining of hands 1552.

Then shall they go into the quire, and

the Ministers or Clerks shall say or sing this Psalm following.

Then the Ministers or Clerks, going to

the Lord's table, shall say or sing this Psalm following:

Beati omnes. Psalm cxxviii. BLESSED are all they that fear the Lord : and walk in his ways.

For thou shalt eat the labour of thy hands : 0 well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.

Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine : upon the walls of thy house.

Thy children like the olive-branches : round about thy table. Lo, thus shall the man be blessed : that feareth the Lord.

The Lord from out of Sion Pshall so bless thee : that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long;

Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children : and peace upon Israel. Glory be to the Father, &c. 9As it was in the beginning, &c.

Or else this Psalm following.

rDeus misereatur nostri. Psalm lxvii. God be merciful unto us, and bless us : and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us.

That thy way may be sknown upon earth : thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, (O God) : yea, let tall people praise thee.

O let the nations rejoice and be glad : for thou shalt judge the ufolk righteously, and govern the 'nations upon earth.

Let the people praise thee, (O God) : let yall people praise thee.

Then shall the earth bring forth her increase : and God, 'even our own God, shall give us his blessing.

God shall bless us : and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

Glory be to the Father, &c.
*As it was in the beginning, &c.

P shall bless thee 1552. 9 As it was in the &c. 1552. r Deus misereatur 1552. s known upon the earth 1552. t all the people praise thee 1552. u flock 1552. I nations upon the earth 1552. y all the people praise thee 1552. z eren our God 1552. a As it was in the &c. 1552.

The Psalm ended, and the man and woman kneeling afore the altar, the Priest standing at the altar, and turning his face toward them, shall say,

& The Psalm ended, and the man and

the woman kneeling afore the Lord's table, the Priest standing at the table, and turning his face toward them, shall say,

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Answer. Christ, have mercy upon us.
Minister. Lord have mercy upon us.

Our Father, which art in heaven, &c.
And lead us not into temptation.
Answer. But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, save thy servant, and thy handmaid ;
Answer. Which put their trust in thee.
Minister. O Lord, send them help from thy holy place.
Answer. And evermore defend them.
Minister. Be unto them a tower of strength.
Answer. From the face of their enemy.
Minister. O Lord, hear umy prayer.
Answer. And let *my cry come unto thee.
The Minister. yLet us pray.

O God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, bless these thy servants, and sow the seed of eternal life in their minds; that whatsoever in thy holy word they shall profitably learn, they may indeed fulfil the same. Look, O Lord, mercifully upon them from heaven, and bless them. And as thou didst ? send thy angel Raphael to Thobie and Sara, the daughter of Raguel, to their great comfort, so vouchsafe to send thy blessing upon these thy servants; that they, obeying thy will, and alway being in safety under thy protection, may abide in thy love unto their lives' end; through Jesu Christ our Lord. Amen.

a This prayer following shall be omitted where the woman is past childbirth. OMERCIFUL Lord, and heavenly Father, by whose gracious gift mankind is increased; We beseech thee assist with thy blessing these two persons, that they may both be fruitful in procreation of children, and also live together so long in godly love and honesty, that they may see their children's children unto the third and fourth generation, unto thy praise and honour; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. u our prayer 1552.

x our cry 1552.

y Let us pray om. 1552. z send thy blessing upon Abraham and Sara, to their great comfort 1552. a This prayer next following 1552.

O God, which by thy mighty power hast made all things of nought; which also, after other things set in order, didst appoint that out of man (created after thine own image and similitude) woman should take her beginning; and, knitting them together, didst teach that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom thou by matrimony hadst made one : 0 God, which hast consecrated the state of matrimony to such an excellent mystery, that in it is signified and represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his church ; Look mercifully upon these, thy servants, that both this man may love his wife, according to thy word, (as Christ did love his spouse the church, who gave himself for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own flesh,) and also that this woman may be loving and amiable to her husband, as Rachael, wise as Rebecca, faithful and obedient as Sara ; and in all quietness, sobriety, and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons. O Lord, bless them both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then shall tbe Priest bless the man and Then shall the Priest say,

the woman, saying, ALMIGHTY God, which at the beginning did create our first parents Adam and Eve, and did sanctify and join them together in marriage ; Pour upon you the riches of his grace, sanctify and bless you, that ye may please him both in body and soul, and live together in holy love unto your lives' end. Amen.

Then shall be said, after the Gospel, a Sermon, wherein ordinarily (so oft as there is any marriage) the coffice of man and wife shall be declared, according to holy scripture. Or if there be no Sermon, the Minister shall read this that followeth.

All ye which be married, or which intend to take the holy estate of matrimony upon you, hear what holy scripture doth say as touching the duty of husbands toward their wives, and wives toward their husbands.

Saint Paul, (in his Epistle to the Ephesians, the fifth chapter,) doth give this commandment to all married men :

Ye husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, and hath given himself for it, to sanctify it, purging it in the fountain of water, through d the word; that he might make it unto himself a glorious congregation, not having spot, or wrinkle, or

Then shall begin the communion, and after the Gospel shall be said a Sermon, wherein ordinarily 1552. e office of a man and wife 1552. d thy word 1552,

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