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the new-consecrated Bishop shall stand up, and pronounce this Benedi&tion, the People reverently bowing their heads. THE peace of God, which passeth all under
1 standing, 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.
Answ. And with thy spirit.
Then all the new-consecrated Bishop make a discourse
to the People, and afterwards proceeds in the Communion-Service, beginning where the Confecrator left of:
FORM and MANNER
OF Ordaining or Consecrating PRIEST S.
When there is occafion for a Priest to be ordained, the
Clergy of the Diocese shall elešt a proper person out of the Deacons of that Diocese; after which they Mall propose the person elected to the Faithful of the Parijh; and if the majority of them agree and consent to the said election, notice thereof Mall be given to the Biskop; and if after the person elected hath been examined by the two Priests, who are to present him at the Ordination, and by the Bishop himself, he approve of him, he mall give notice of the day of Ordination (which mall always be a Lord's day) both to the Clergy of the Diocese and
to the Faithful of the Parish. On all Wednesdays and Fridays between the time of
the Bishop's notice and the day of Ordination, the following prayer Mall be used in the Penitential Office after the prayer for all sorts and conditions of men.
Imighty God our heavenly Father, who haft A purchased to thy self an universal church by the precious blood of thy dear Son; mercifully look
upon the same, and at this time fo guide and govern the mind of thy servant our Bishop, that he may not lay on hands suddenly, but may faithfully and wisely ordain a fit person to the Priestly office. And to him who shall 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 Priest is not to be ordained, till he is
Thirty years of age, unless upon a particular occafion, of which the Bishop is to be judge.
When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, he and
as many of the Clergy of the Diocese as conveniently can, shall repair to the Cathedral Church or to the Parish Church where the Priest Elečt is to officiate. And after the Creed in the Morning Prayer there mall be a fermon or exhortation, declaring the duty and office of Priests, how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the People ought to esteem them in their office.
When ail things are duly prepared in the Church, and
fet in order; at the time appointed for celebrating the Holy Eucharist, before the Communion Service begins, 'the Elected Priest (being decently habited) mall be presented by two Priests unto the Bishop fitting in his Chair near the Altar, the Priests that
present him saying, R Ight Reverend Father in God, we present unto N you this person to be admitted to the Order of Priesthood,
The The Biskop.
TAKE heed that the person whom ye present 2 unto us, be apt and meet, for his learning and godly conversation, to exercise this holy office duly, to the honour of God and the edifying of his Church.
The two Priests shall say, We have enquired of him, and also examined him, and think him so to be.
Then the Bishop shall say unto the People, REloved, this person we purpose, God willing, to D receive this day unto the holy office of Priesthood : For after due examination we find not to the contrary, but that he is lawfully called to that function and ministry, and that he is meet for the same. But yet if there be any of you, who knowech any impediment or notable crime in him, for the which he ought not to be received into this holy office, let him come forth in the name of God, and shew what the crime or impediment is.
And if any great crime or impediment be obječted,
the Bishop Jhall surcease from ordaining that perSon, until such time as the party accused mall be found clear of that crime.
But if no great crime or impediment be objekted, the
Bishop shall begin the Communion Service, in which the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel Mall be as follow.
The Collect. A Lmighty God, giver of all good things, who by A chy Holy Spirit hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church: mercifully behold this thy servant now called to the office of the Priesthood, and replenish him so with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn him with innocency of life, that both by word and good example he may faithfully serve thee in this office, to the glory of thy name, and the edification of thy Church, through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. 4. 7. I INTO every one of us is given grace, accord
ing to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he faith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it, but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth ? He that descended, is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some Pastors and Teachers, for the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the Ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the Nature of the fulness of Christ.