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Note, that this shall always be one of the sentences at
the Offertory. A Gift hath grace in the fight of every man living, and for the dead detain it not. Ecclus. 7. 33.
After the Priest and People have said the Lord's prayer
in the Communion service, they hall go with the Corps to the grave, proceeding according to the form
before appointed for the Burial of the Dead. After the Burial service is over, the Priest and
People shall return into the Church, and receive the Eucharist, the Priest beginning in the Communion service where be left of, and proceeding according to the form before directed in the Holy Liturgy.
Wben any See is vacant, the Clergy and the Faithful
of the Diocese Mall ele&t a proper person out of the Presbyters of that Diocese to be their Bishop; notice of which ele&tion Mall be given to the Archbishop or Metropolitan, for to the Senior Bishop of the Province, when the Metropolitical See is vacant,) who fall consult with the Bishops of the Province; and if the majority of them agree to and approve of the ele&tion, after the person ele&ted hath been examined by the two Bishops, who are to present him at the Fonsecration, and by the Metropolitan or Senior
Bifhop, be shall give notice of the day of Confecration (which shall always be a Lord's day) both to the Bishops of the Province, and to the Clergy and
the Faithful of the Diocese. On all Wednesdays and Fridays between the time of
notice given and the day of confecration, the following prayer fall be ujed in the Penitential Office after the Prayer, for all sorts and conditions of men.
Lmighty God our heavenly Father, who haft
purchafed to thy self an universal church by the precious blood of thy dear Son; mercifully look upon the fame, and at this time to guide and govern the minds of thy fervants our Bishops, that they may not lay on hands suddenly, but may faithfully and wisely ordain a fit person to the sacred ministry of the Episcopal Office. And to him who fhall be ordained to that holy function, give thy grace and heavenly benediction, that both by his life and doctrine he
may set forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Note, that a Bisloop is not to be confecrated, till be is
Forty years of age, unless upon a particular occafion, of which the Metropolitan and Bishops of the Province are to be judges, the majority of whom Mall be the determiners.
When the day appointed by the Metropolitan or Senior
Bishop is come, be and as many of the Provincial Bishops as conveniently can, Mall repair to the Cathedral Church of the vacant See. But if the Metropolitan or any of the Provincial Bishops are
bindred hindred from attendance by some very urgent occafion, they fall send their consent in writing ; for there shall be no Confecration, unless the majority of the Bishops of the Province are either present, or have sent their consent ; nor Mall there be any co12fecration, unless three Bishops be present, except in the case of persecution, or some such other very necesary occasion.
Note, that the Metropolitan is always to be the Confe
crator, if he be present; and if he be absent, the
Senior Bishop present is to be the Confecrator.
a sermon or exhortation, declaring the duty and
People ought to esteem them in their office.
set in order ; at the time appointed for celebrating
bestow on thy holy apostles many excellent gifts, and didst charge them to feed thy flock; give grace, we beseech thee, to all Bishops, the Pastors of thy Church, that they may diligently preach thy word, and duly administer the godly discipline thereof; and grant to the people, that they may obediently follow the same, that all may receive the crown of everlafting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then another Bishop Mall read
1 Tim. 3. I. TH
HIS is a true saying, If a man desire the office
of a Bishop, he desireth a good work. Bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (for if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) not a Novice, lest being lifted up with pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them who are Without, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Then another Bishop Mall read
The Gospel. S. John 21. 15. Esus faith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas,
lovest thou me more than these? He faith unto him, Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He faith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, loveft thou me? He faith unto him, Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He faith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus faith unto him, Feed my sheep.