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to men. (Now that he ascend- ter openeth, and the sheep hear ed, what is it but that he also his voice; and he calleth his descended first into the lower own sheep by name, and leadeth parts of the earth? He that de- them out. And when he putscended, is the same also that teth forth his own sheep, he goascended up far above all hea- eth before them, and the sheep vens, that he might fill all things.) follow him; for they know his And he gave some Apostles, voice. And a stranger will they and some Prophets, and some not follow, but will flee from Evangelists, and some Pastors him; for they know not the and Teachers, for the perfecting voice of strangers. This paraof the Saints, for the work of ble spake Jesus unto them, but the Ministry, for the edifying of they understood not what things the Body of Christ; till we all they were which he spake unto come, in the unity of the faith them. Then said Jesus unto and of the knowledge of the Son them again, Verily, verily, I say of God, unto a perfect man, unto you, I am the door of the unto the measure of the stature sheep. All that ever came beof the fulness of Christ. fore me are thieves and robbers; After this shall be read for the but the sheep did
not hear them.
I am the door; by me if any Gospel, part of the ninth Chap; ter of Saint Matthew, as fol. man enter in, he shall be saved, loweth.
and shall go in and out, and find
pasture. The thief cometh not St. Matt. ix. 36.
but for to steal, and to kill, and WH THEN Jesus saw the mul- to destroy : Iam come that they
titudes, he was moved might have life, and that they with compassion on them, be. might have it more abundantcause they fainted, and were ly: I am the good Shepherd: scattered abroad as sheep hav- the good Shepherd giveth his ing no shepherd. Then saith life for the sheep. But he that he unto his disciples, The har- is an hireling, and not the Shepvest truly is plenteous, but the herd, whose own the sheep are labourers are few: Pray ye not, seeth the wolf coming, and therefore the Lord of the har. leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; vest, that he will send forth la. and the wolf catcheth them, and bourers into his harvest. scattereth the sheep. The hireI Or else this that
followeth, ling, and careth not for the
ling fleeth because he is an hireout of the tenth Chapter of sheep. I am the good ShepSaint John.
herd, and know my sheep, and St. John x. 1.
am known of mine. As the PERILY, verily, I say unto Father knoweth me, even so
you, He that entereth not know I the Father: and I lay by the door into the sheep-fold, down my life for the sheep. but climbeth up some other And other sheep I have, which way, the same is a thief and a are not of this fold; them also robber. But he that entereth I must bring, and they shall in by the door, is the shepherd hear my voice: and there shall of the sheep. To him the por. be one fold, and one Shepherd. I Then the Bishop shall say un- your labour, your care and dili.
to them as followeth. gence, until ye have done all Y E have heard, brethren, as that lieth in you, according to
well in your private exa- your bounden duty, to bring all mination, as in the exhortation such as are or shall be commitwhich was now made to you, ted to your charge, unto that and in the holy lessons taken agreement in the faith and knowout of the Gospel, and the writ. ledge of God, and to that ripe. ings of the Apostles, of what ness and perfectness of age in dignity, and of how great im- Christ, that there be no place portance this Office is, where- left among you, either for error unto ye are called. And now in religion, or for viciousness in again we exhort you in the life. name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Forasmuch then as your Of. that ye have in remembrance, fice is both of so great excellen. into how high a dignity, and to cy, and of so great difficulty, ye how weighty an office and see with how great care and stu. charge ye are called : That is to dy ye ought to apply yourselves, say, to be Messengers, Watch- as well to show yourselves du. men, and Stewards of the Lord; tiful and thankful unto that Lord to teach, and to premonish, to who hath placed you in so high feed and provide for the Lord's a dignity; as also to beware that Family; to seek for Christ's neither you yourselves offend, sheep that are dispersed abroad, nor be occasion that others of and for his children who are in fend. Howbeit ye cannot have the midst of this naughty world, a mind and will thereto of yourthat they may be saved through selves; for that will and ability Christ for ever.
is given of God alone : therefore Have always therefore printed ye ought, and have need to pray in your remembrance, how earnestly for his Holy Spirit. great a treasure is committed to And seeing that ye cannot by your charge. For they are the any other means compass the sheep of Christ, which he bought doing of so weighty a work, perwith his death, and for whom taining to the salvation of man, he shed his blood. The Church but with doctrine and exhorta. and Congregation whom you tion taken out of the holy Scripmust serve, is his Spouse, and tures, and with a life agreeable his Body. And if it shall hap- to the same: consider how stu. pen that the same Church, or. dious ye ought to be in reading any member thereof, do take and learning the Scriptures, and any hurt or hinderance by rea- in framing the manners both of
your negligence, ye know yourselves, and of them that the greatness of the fault, and specially pertain unto you, acalso the horrible punishment cording to the rule of the same that will ensue.
Wherefore Scriptures: and for this selfconsider with yourselves the same cause, how ye ought to end of the Ministry towards the forsake and set aside, as much Children of God, towards the as ye may, all worldly cares and Spouse and Body of Christ; studies. and see that ye never cease We have good hope that ye
have well weighed these things for eternal salvation through with yourselves long before this faith in Jesus Christ? and are time; and that ye have clearly you determined, out of the said determined, by God's grace, to Scriptures to instruct the peogive yourselves wholly to this ple committed to your charge, Office, whereunto it hath pleas- and to teach nothing, as necesed God to call you: so that, as sary to eternal salvation, but much as lieth in you, ye will that which you shall be perapply yourselves wholly to this suaded, may be concluded and one thing, and draw all your proved by the Scripture ? cares and studies this way; and Answer. I am so persuaded, that ye will continually pray to and have so determined, by God the Father, by the media. God's grace. tion of our only Saviour Jesus
The Bishop. I Christ, for the heavenly assistance of the Holy Ghost; that WILL you then give your by daily reading and weighing
so to minister the Doctrine and the Scriptures, ye may wax ri. Sacraments, and the discipline per and stronger in your Minis- of Christ, as the Lord hath comtry; and that ye may so endea- manded, and as this Church hath vour yourselves from time to received the same, according to time to sanctify the lives of you the commandments of God; so and yours, and to fashion them that you may teach the people after the rule and doctrine of committed to your cure and Christ, may be wholesome and godly examples and charge, with all diligence to keep patterns for the people to follow,
Answer. I will so do, by the And now, that this present help of the
Lord. Congregation of Christ may also
The Bishop. understand your minds and wills in these things, and that this WILL you be ready with
all move you to do your duties; ye nish and drive away from the shall answer plainly to these Church allerroneous and strange things, which we, in the name
doctrines contrary to God's of God, and of his Church, word; and to use both public shall demand of you touching and private monitions and exthe same.
hortations, as well to the sick as O you think in your heart, to the whole within your cures, according to the will of our sion shall be given? Lord Jesus Christ, and accord.
Answer. I will, the Lord being to the Canons of this Church, ing my helper. to the Order and Ministry of
The Bishop. Priesthood ?
you be diligent in Answer. I think it.
prayers, and in reading The Bishop.
the holy Scriptures, and in such ARE you persuaded that the studies as help to the knowledge Doctrine required as necessary study of the world and the flesh?
Answer: I will endeavour so After this, the Congregation shall be de
sired, secretly in their prayers, to make to do, the Lord being my helper. their humble supplications to God for all The Bishop.
these things : for the which pruyers there
shall be silence kept for a space. you be diligent to After which, shall be sung or said by the frame
Bishop, the persons to be ordained Priests
all kneeling, Veni, Creator Spiritus; the own selves, and your families,
Bishop beginning, and the Priests and according to the Doctrine of others that are present answering by ver
ses, as folloroeth.
; And lighten with celestial fire: / as in you lieth, wholesome ex- Thou the anointing Spirit art, amples and patterns to the flock Who dost thy sevenfold' gifts impart:
Thy blessed Unction from above, of Christ?
Is comfort, life, and fire of love: Answer. I will apply myself Enable with perpetual light thereto, the Lord" being my Anoint and cheer our soiled face helper.
With the abundance of thy grace:
Keep far our foes, keep peace at home;
Where thou 'art Guide, no ill can come. ILL maintain and set Teach us to know the Father, Son, forwards, as much as lieth And Thee, of both ta be but One:
That through the ages all along, in you, quietness, peace, and This may be our endless songs love among all Christian people, Pather, Son, and Holy Spirit and especially among them that
1 Or this: are or shall be committed to
OME, Holy Ghost, eternal Gods. your charge? Answer. I will so do, the Both from the Father and the Sone,
The God of peace and love; Lord being my helper.
Visit our minds, into our hearts
Thy heavenly grace inspire;
That truth and godliness we máy
you reverently obey Thou art the very Comforter
Bishop, and other In grief and all distress; chief Ministers, who,
heav'nly gift of God most High; to the Canons of the Church, The fountain and the living spring may have the charge and go. The fire so bright, the love so sweet, vernment over you; following The Unction spiritual. with a glad mind and will their Thou in thy gifts art manifold,
By thena Christ's Church doth stand: godly admonitions, and sub, In faithful hearts
thou writ'st thy law, mitting yourselves to their god- According to thy promise, Lord, ly judgments?
Thou givest speech with grace; Answer. I will so do, the Lord That, through thy help, God's praises may
Resound in ev'ry place. being my helper.
O Holy Ghost, into our minds
Send down thy heav'nly light;
To serve God day and night :
Our weakness strengthen and confirm,
For, Lord, thou know'st us frail; do all these things, grant also Put back our enemies far from us,
Against us may prevail. unto you strength and power to And help us to obtain
Peace in our hearts with God and man, perform the same; that he may
The best, the truest gain; accomplish his work which he And grant that thou being, Ó Lord,
Our leader and our guide, hath begun in you, through Je.
We may escape the snares of sin, sus Christ our Lord. Amen.
from thee slide.
Such measures of thy pow'rful grace unto all, which either here or
Grant, Lord, to us, we pray; That thou may st be our Comforter
elsewhere call upon thy holy At the last dreadful day..
name, that we may continue to Of strife and of dissension
show ourselves thankful unto Dissolve, O Lord, the bands, And knit the knots of peace and love thee for these and all thy other Throughout all Christian lands.
benefits; and that we may daily Grant us the grace that we may know The Father of all might,
increase and go forwards in the That we of his beloved Son,
knowledge and faith of thee and May gain the blissful sight; And that we may with perfect faith
thy Son, by the Holy Spirit: Ever acknowledge thee;
So that as well by these thy Mi. The Spirit of Father, and of Son, One God in Persons Three.
nisters, as by them over whom' To God the Father laud and praise, they shall be appointed thy Mi.
And to his blessed Son,
nisters, thy holy name may be Co-equal Three in One.
for ever glorified, and thy blesAnd pray we, that our only Lord
sed kingdom enlarged, through Would please his Spirit to send On all that shall profess his name,
the same thy Son Jesus Christ From hence to the world's end. Amen. our Lord; who liveth and reign1 That done, the Bishop shall eth with thee in the unity of the pray in this wise, and say,
same Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.
Let us pray.
LMIGHTY God and hea- 9
Bishop infinite love and goodness to
sent, shall lay their hands sevewards us, hast given to us thy rally upon the head of every only and most dearly beloved
one that receiveth the Order Son Jesus Christ, to be our Re- of Priesthood; the Receivers deemer, and the author of ever- humbly kneeling, and the Bilasting life; who, after he had shop saying, made perfect our redemption by his death, and was ascended RECEIVE the Holy Ghost the world his Apostles, Pro- a Priest in the Church of God, phets, Evangelists, Doctors, and now committed unto thee by Pastors; by whose labour and
the imposition of our hands : ministry he gathered together a
whose sins thou dost forgive, great Flock in all the parts of the they are forgiven: and whose world, to set forth the eternal sins thou dost retain, they are praise of thy holy name: For retained: And be thou a faithful these so great benefits of thy Dispenser of the word of God, eternal goodness, and for that and of his holy Sacraments: In thou hast vouchsafed to call the name of the Father, and of these thy servants here present
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. to the same Office and Minis
Amen. try appointed for the salvation
T Or this: of mankind, we render unto praise and worship thee; ama TAKE thou
authority to exe,
cute the office of a Priest we humbly beseech thee by the in the Church of God now comsame thy blessed Son, to grant mitted to thee by he imposition