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the wife as the weaker vesel, considering that ye are joint heirs of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindred ; and since it is God's command, that the man shall eat his bread in the sweat of his face, therefore you are tolabour diligently and faithfully, in the calling wherein God hath set you, that you may maintain your houshold lionelly, and like. wise have something to give to the poor.

In like manner shall you, who are the bride, know how you are to carry yourself towards your husband, according to the word of God : you are to love your lawful !ļusband, to honour and fear bim, as also to be obedient unto him in all lawful things, as to your Lord, as the body is obedient to the head, and the church to Christ. You mall not exercise any dominion over your hofhand, hut be flent: for Adam was first created, and then Eve to be an help to Adam; and after the fall. God said to Ere, and in her to all women, your will Mall be fubje& to your busband: you Niall not relift this ordinance of God, but be obedient to the word of God, and follow the examples of godly women, who truded in God, and were subiect to their hoshands; as Saral was obedient to Abraham, callins liim her lord: yon Mall also be an help to your h:fhand in all gond and lawful things looking to your family, and walk. ing in all honesty and visme. without priorldly pride, that you may give an example to others of mulong


Wherefore you N. and you N. having now understood that God hath instituted marriage, and what he commands yon therein ; are ye willing thus to behave yourselves in this holy state, as you here do confefs before this chriftian afsembly, and are duhrous that you be confirmed in the faine?

Answer. Yes. [Whereupon the minister fall say to the assembly, ]

I take you all, who are met here, to witness, tbat there is brought no lawful impediment:

[Further to the married persons,] Since then it is fit that you be furthered in this your work, the Lord God confirm your purpose, which he hath given you; and your beginning be in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and eartlı, s Hereupon they ihall join hands together and

the minister speak first to the bridegroom, N. Do you acknowledge here before God, and this his holy church, that you have taken, and do take to your lawful wife N. here present, promiting her never to forsake her ; to love her faithfully, to maintain lier as a faithful and pious husband is bound to do to his lawful wife ; that you will live holily with her ; keeping faith and truth to her in all things according to the holy gofpel?

Answer. Yes.

[Afterwards to the bride,] N. Do you acknowledge here before God, and



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this his holy cherch, thar you liave taken, and do take to your lawful husband N, here present, promiling to be obedient to him, to serve and assist him, never to forsake him, to live holily with him, keeping faith and truth to him in all things, as a pious. and faithful wife is bound to her lawful husband, according to the holy gospel?

Answer, Yes.

[Then the minister fall say,] The father of all mercies, who of his grace hath called you to this holy sate of marriage, bind you' in true love and faithfulness, and grant you his blessing, Anen.

Hear now from the gospel, how firin ile bond of marriage is, as described, Matthew, chapter xix, verses, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

". The Pharisees came unto him, tempıing him, " and saying unito bim, is it lawful for a man to put

away his wife for every cause ? and he answered " and said unto them, have ye not read, that he ~ which made them at the beginning, made them “ male and female ? and said, for this cause fall

a man leave father and mother and Mall cleave “ to his wife; and they twain Ahall be one fleth; “ wherefore they are no more i wain, but one flesh..

What therefore God hath joined together, lct not man pat asunder. They say unto bim, why did “ Moses then command to give a writing of di"

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them, Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, suffered you to put away your wives ; but “ from the beginning it was not so. And I say

unto you, wholoever fall put away his wise, ex.

cept it be for fornication, and fall marry another “ committeeb adultcry : and whoso marrieth her “which is put away, doth commit adultery.

Believe these words of Christ, and be certain and allured, that our Lord God hath joined you together in this holy face. You are therefore to receive, whatever befalls you therein with patience and thanksgiving, as from the hand of God, and thus all things will turn to your advantage and salvation, Ameil.

Then the minister shall bid the married persons to kneel down, and cxhort the congregation

10 pray for thein. A .

LMIGHTY God, thou who displayeft thy goodnances, and hast said from the beginning, that it is not good that man should be alone, and therefore last made an help meet for him, and ordained, that thofe who were two thould be one, and likewise punilheft all uncleanness. We beseech thee (lince thou bast called these two persons to the holy state of marriage, and joined them together) replenith them with ihy holy Spirit, that they may pioutly live together according to thy divine will in true and firm faith, and relift all wickedness, Vouchsafe to bless them,


as thou didft send thy blessing upon the faithful faa. thers, thy friends and servants, Abraham, Ifaac, andi Jacob ;; that they may as co-heirs of the covenant (which thou did it make with those fathers) educate the children which thou shalt be pleased to give them, in all godlioess, 10 the glory of thy holy name, 10' the edification of thy church, and to the propagation: of thy holy gospel, Hear us O Father of mercies! for Jesus Chrift's fake thy beloved Son our Lord, in : whose name we conclude our prayers, saying, Our: Father, &c.

[Hearken now to the promise of God from 128, Pfalm.]

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord, that walketh in his ways..

For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands; happy halt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the Gdes. of thine house ; chy children like olive plants, round about thy table:

Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed, that: fearetb the Lord,

The Lord hall bless thee out of Zion; and thou. halt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy. life,,

Yea, thou fhalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.. The Lord our God replenish you with his grase,

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