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Consecration of a Church or Chapel, According to the order of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the

United States of America, as established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of said Church, in General Convention, in the month of September, A. D. 1799.


1 The Bishop is to be received at the entrance of the Church or Chapel hy the

Church-wardens and Vestrymen, or some other Persons appointed for that purpose. The Bishop and the Clergy who are present, shall

go up the isle of ihe Church or Chapel, to the Communion Table, repeating the 24th. Psalm alternately, the Bishop one verse, and the Clergy another. Psolin xxiv.

jeven the Lord of Hosts, he is the earth is the Lord's and King of Glory. all that therein is : the com- The Bishop sball go within the rails,

with such of the Clergy as can be pass of the world, and they that

there accommodated. The Bishop, dwell therein.

sitting in his chair, shall have the in2 For he hath founded it upon

struments of donation and endowment,

if there be any presented to him, and the seas, and prepared it upon the

then standing up, and turning to the foods.

Congregation, shall say, 3 Who shall ascend into the DEARLY beloved in the Lord; hill of the Lord, or who shall rise forasmuch as devout and holy up in his holy place?

men, as well under the law as 4 Even he that hath clean under the gospel, moved either hands and a pure heart; and that by the express command of God, bath not lift up his mind unto or by the secret inspiration of vanity, nor sworn to deceive his the blessed Spirit, and acting neighbour.

agreeably to their own reason 5 He shall receive the blessing and sense of the natural decency from the Lord, and righteousness of things, have erected houses from the God of his salvation. for the public worship of God,

6 This is the generation of and separated them from all unthem that seek him; even of them hallowed, worldly, and common that seek thy face. O Jacob. uses, in order to fill men's minds

7 Lift up your heads, O ye with greater reverence for his gates; and be ye lift up, ye ever-glorious Majesty, and affect their lasting doors : and the King of hearts with more devotion and Glory shall come in.

humility in his service ; which 8 Who is the King of Glory?pious works have been approved it is the Lord strong and mighty, of and graciously accepted by our even the Lord mighty in battle. heavenly Father: Let us not

9 Lift up your heads, O ye doubt but that he will also favour. gates; and be ye lift up, ye ever. Jably approve our godly purpose lasting doors : and the King of of setting apart this place in so. Glory shall come in.

lemn mannor, for the perform10 Who is the King of Glory?lance of the several offices of re

ligious worship, and let us faith wrath and eternal death, and refully and devoutly beg his bless-ceived as a living member of ing on this our undertaking. Christ's Church, and may ever 1. Then the Bishop, kneeling, shall say remain in the number of thy

the following Prayer. faithful children. Amen. O Eternal God, mighty in Grant, O Lord, that they who

power and of majesty incom- at this place shall in their own prehensible, whom the heaven of persons renew the promises and heavens cannot contain, much vows which they made, or which less the walls of temples made were made for them by their with hands; and who yet hast been sureties at their Baptism, and graciously pleased to promise thy thereupon shall be confirmed by especial presence, wherever two the Bishop, may receive such a or three of thy faithful servants measure of thy holy Spirit, that shall assemble in thy name to of- they may be enabled faithfully to fer up their praises and suppli- fulál the same, and grow in grace cation's unto thee; vouchsafe, Olunto their lives' end. Amen. Lord, to be present with us, who Grant, O Lord, that whosoever are here gathered together, with shall receive in this place the all humility and readiness of blessed sacrament of the body beart, to consecrate this place to and blood of Christ, may come the honour of thy great name; to that holy ordinance with faith, separating it henceforth from all charity, and true repentanoe: and unhallowed, ordinary, and com- being filled with thy grace and mon uses, and dedicating it to thy heavenly benediction, may, to service, for reading thy holy their great and endless comfort

, word; for celebrating thy holy obtain remission of their sins, sacraments, for offering to thy and all other benefits of his pas. glorious Majesty the sacrifices of sion. Amen. prayerand thanksgiving, for bless

Grant, O Lord, that by thy ing thy people in thy name, and holy word which shall be read for the performance of all other and preached in this place, and holy offices : accept, O Lord, this by thy holy Spirit grafting it inservice at our hands, and bless it wardíy in the heart, the hearers with such success as may tend thereof may both perceive and most to thy glory, and the fur know what things they ought to do therance of our happiness both and may have power and strength temporal and spiritual, through to fulfil the same. Amen. Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord

Grant, O Lord, that whosoever and Saviour. Amen. :

shall be joined together in this * After this the Bishop shall stand up,

and turning his face towards the Con: place in the holy estate of matrigregation, shall say,

mony, may faithfully perform and REGARD, O Lord, the suppli- keep the vow and covenant be

cations of thy servants, and tween them made, and may regrant that whosoever shall be de- main in perfect love together dicated to thee in this house by unto their lives' end." Baptism, may be sanctified by the Grant, we beseech thee, blessed Holy Ghost, delivered from thy Lord, that whosoever shall draw

near to thee in this place, to gives shall be the Collect, Epistle, and Gok thee thanks for the benefits which pel, for the occasion. they have received at thy hands,

The Collect. to set forth thy most worthy praise, to confess their sins unto | Most glorious Lord, we acthee, and to ask such things as

koowledge that we are not

worthy to offer unto thee any are requisite and necessary as well for the body as for the soul, beseech thee in thy great good

thing belonging unto us; yet we may do it with such steadiness of faith, and with such seriousness, dication of this place to thy ser

ness, graciously to accept the deaffection, and devotion of mind, vice, and to prosper this our un. that thou mayest accept their dertaking ; receive the prayers bounden duty and service, and and intercessions of all those thy vouchsafe to give whatever in servants, who shall call upon thee thy infinite wisdom thou shalt see in this house; and give them to be most expedient for them :) all which we beg for Jesus Christ's

grace to prepare their hearts to

serve thee with reverence and sake our most blessed Lord and godly fear; affect them with an Saviour. Amen.

awful apprehension of thy Divine 1 Then the Bishop sitting in his chair,

the sentence of Consecration is to be Majesty, and a deep sense of their read by some person appointed by own unworthiness; that so aphim, and then said by him upon the proaching thy sanctuary, with Columunion Table,-after which the lowliness and devotion, and comBishop shall say,

with clean BLESSED be thy name, o ling before thee

Lord, that it hath pleased thoughts and pure hearts, with thee to put it into the hearts of bodies undefiled, and minds thy servants, to appropriate and sanctified, they may always perdevote this house to thy honour

form a service acceptable to thee, and worship; and grant that all through Jesus Christ our Lord. who shall enjoy the benefit of this

Amen. pious work, may show forth their The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. verse 14 ihankfulness, by making a right

to verse 17. use of it, to the glory of thy bless: BE ye not unequally yoked to ed name, through Jesus Christ

gether with unbelievers ; for our Lord. Amen.

what fellowship hath righteous. 1 After this the Minister appointed is ness with unrighteousness? And

to read the service for the day. PROPER PSALMS, 84.....122..... darkness? And what concord hath

what communion hath light with 132. FIRST LESSON. 1 Kings, 8th, hath he that believeth with an In

Christ with Belial ? Or what part verse 22 to verse 63. SECOND LESSON. Heb. 10th, the temple of God with Idols?

fidel ? And what agreement bath verse 19 to verse 27. T Morning Prayer being ended, there For ye are the temple of the Livshall be sung from the book of Psalmsing God: as God hath said. I will in metre, Psal. xxvi. verse 6, 7, 8, dwell in them and walk in them, with the Gloria Patri. The Bishop shall then proceed to the and I will be their God, and they Communion Service. The following shall be my people.


of Convention.

me up.

The Gospel. St. John, ii. verse 13. be worshipped in truth and purity AND the Jews' Passover was at through all generations, through

hand, and Jesus went up to Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Jerusalem, and found in the tem: THE peace of God, which passple those that sold oxen, and eth all understanding, keep sheep, and doves, and the chan- your hearts and minds in the gers of money sitting: And when knowledge and love of God, and he had made a scourge of small of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord cords, he drove them all out of and the blessing of God Almighty, the temple, and the sheep, and the Father, the Son, and the Holy the oxen, and poured out the Ghost, be amongst you, and remair changers of money, and overthrew with you always." Amen. the fables, and said unto them T A Prayer to be used at the Meetings that sold doves, Take these things hence ; make not my Fa: ALMIGHTY and everlasting ther's house an house of merchan

God, who, by thy Holy Spirit, dise.” And his disciples remem- didst preside in the councils of bered that it was written, The the blessed Apostles, and hast zeal of thine house hath eaten promised, through thy Son Jesus

Christ, to be with thy Church to 4 Then shall be said or sung ihe 100th the end of the world; we beseech Psalm.

thee to be present with the roun

cil of thy Church here assembled 1 Here shall follow the Sermon.

in thy name and presence. Save

them from all error, ignorance, The Sermon being ended, the Bishop shall proceed in the service for the pride, and prejudice; and of thy Communion, if it is to be administered great mercy vouchsafe, we be

seech thee, so to direct, sanctify, 7 After the Communion, or if it is not and govern us in our present

administered at that time, after the work, by the mighty power of Sermon, and immediately before the final blessing, the Bishop shall say the the Holy Ghost, that the comfortfollowing Prayer.

able gospel of Christ may be BLESSED be thy name, O Lord truly preached, truly received,

God, for that it hatb pleased and truly followed, in all places, thee to havethy habitati-n among to the breaking down the king. the sons of men, and to dwell in dom of sin, satan, and death; till the midst of the assembly of the at length the whole of thy dis saints upon the earth; bless, we persed sheep, being gathered into beseech thee, the ous per-one fold, shall become partakers formance of this day, and grant of everlasting life, through the that in this place now.set apart to merits and death of Jesus Christ thy service, thy holy name may our Saviour. Amen.

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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. 1 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 same.

To our well-veloved in Christ, A. B. Presbyler, Greeling.

WE do by these Presents give and grant unto you, in Sigillum.

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 herehy do institute you into said Parish Signat. [or Church,] possessed 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 sucii 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 manpleaser, but continually bearing in mind, that you re account. able 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 authorize you to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities apper taining to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in yoti, 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 :

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