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Christ; till we all come in the
, all good things, who by thy knowledge of the Son of God, Holy Spirit hast appointed di- unto a perfect man, unto the vers Orders of Ministers in the
measure of the stature of the Church; Mercifully behold these fulness of Christ. thy servants now called to the
After this shall be read for the Gospel Office of Priesthood; and re
part of the ninth Chapter of Saint Matplenish them so with the truth thew, as followeth. of thy doctrine, and adorn them
St. Matth. ix. 36. with innocency of life
, both WHEN Jesus saw the multiby word and good example, they
, may faithfully serve thee in this compassion on them, because they Office, to the glory of thy Name, fainted, and were scattered aand the edification of thy Church; broad as sheep having no shepthrough the merits of our Savi- herd. Then saith he unto his our Jesus Christ, who liveth and disciples, The harvest truly is reigneth with thee and the Holy plenteous, but the labourers are Ghost, world without end. Amen. few. Pray ye therefore the Lord The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7.
of the harvest, that he will send UNTO every one of us is giv- forth labourers into his harvest.
en grace, according to the q Or else this that followeth, out of the measure of the gift of Christ. tenth Chapter of Saint John. Wherefore he saith, When he
St. John x. 1. ascended up on high, he led cap- VERI
ERILY, verily I say unto tivity captive, and gave gifts un- you, He that entereth not to men. (Now that he ascended, by the door into the sheep-fold, what is it but that he also de- but climbeth up some other way, scended first into the lower parts the same is a thief and a robber. of the earth ? He that descend- But he that entereth in by the ed, is the same also that ascend door is the Shepherd of the sheep. ed up
far above all heavens, that To him the porter openeth, and he might fill all things.) And he the sheep hear his voice; and he gave some Apostles, and some
me calleth his own sheep by name, Prophets, and some Evangelists, and leadeth them out. And when and some Pastors and Teachers; he putteth forth his own sheep for the perfecting of the Saints, he goeth before them, and the for the work of the Ministry, sheep follow him ; for they know for the edifying of the Body of his voice. And a stranger will
they not follow, but will flee | hear my voice; and there shall from him; for they know not be one fold, and one Shepherd. the voice of strangers. This pa- Then the Bishop, sitting in his chair, rable spake Jesus unto them, but shall minister unto every one of them the they understood not what things
Oath concerning the King's Supremacy,
as it is before set forth in the Form for they were which he spake unto
the Ordering of Deacons. them. Then said Jesus unto them
And that done, he shall say unto them as again, Verily, verily I say unto
hereafter followeth. you, I am the door of the sheep. U have heard, Brethren, All that ever came before me as well in your private exare thieves and robbers; but the amination, as in the exhortation sheep did not hear them. I am which was now made to you, the door ; by me if any man en- and in the holy Lessons taken ter in, he shall be saved, and out of the Gospel, and the writshall go in and out, and find pas- ings of the Apostles, of what ture. The thief cometh not but dignity, and of how great imporfor to steal, and to kill, and to tance this Office is, whereunto destroy: I am come that they ye are called. And now again might have life, and that they we exhort you, in the Name of might have it more abundantly. our Lord Jesus Christ, that you I am the good Shepherd : the have in remembrance, into how good Shepherd giveth his life for high a Dignity, and to how the sheep. But he that is an weighty an Office and Charge hireling, and not the Shepherd, ye are called : that is to say, to whose own the sheep are not, be Messengers, Watchmen, and seeth the wolf coming, and leav- Stewards of the Lord; to teach, eth the sheep, and fleeth ; and and to premonish, to feed and the wolf catcheth them, and scat- provide for the Lord's family; tereth the sheep. The hireling to seek for Christ's sheep that fleeth, because he is an hireling, are dispersed abroad, and for his and careth not for the sheep. I children who are in the midst of am the good Shepherd, and know this naughty world, that they my sheep, and am known of may be saved through Christ for mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father; Have always therefore printed and I lay down my life for the in your remembrance, how great sheep. And other sheep I have, a treasure is committed to your which are not of this fold: them charge. For they are the sheep also I must bring, and they shall of Christ, which he bought with his death, and for whom he shed offend. Howbeit, ye cannot have his blood. The Church and Con- a mind and will thereto of yourgregation whom you must serve, selves; for that will and ability is his Spouse, and his Body. is given of God alone : therefore And if it shall happen the same ye ought, and have need, to pray Church, or any Member thereof, earnestly for his holy Spirit. And to take any hurt or hindrance seeing that you cannot by any by reason of your negligence, ye other means compass the doing know the greatness of the fault, of so weighty a work, pertaining and also the horrible punishment to the salvation of man, but with that will ensue. Wherefore con- doctrine and exhortation taken sider with yourselves the end of out of the holy Scriptures, and your Ministry towards the chil- with a life agreeable to the same; dren of God, towards the Spouse consider how studious ye ought and Body of Christ; and see to be in reading and learning the that you never cease your labour, Scriptures, and in framing the your care and diligence, until manners both of yourselves, and you have done all that lieth in of them that specially pertain unyou, according to your bounden to you, according to the rule of duty, to bring all such as are or the same Scriptures : and for this shall be committed to your charge, self-same cause, how ye ought to unto that agreement in the faith forsake and set aside (as much as and knowledge of God, and to you may) all worldly cares and that ripeness and perfectness of studies. age in Christ, that there be no
We have good hope that you place left among you, either for have well weighed and pondered error in religion, or for vicious- these things with yourselves long ness in life.
before this time, and that you Forasmuch then as your Office have clearly determined, by God's is both of so great excellency, grace, to give yourselves wholly and of so great difficulty, ye see to this Office, whereunto it hath with how great care and study pleased God to call you : so that, ye ought to apply yourselves, as as much as lieth in you, you will well that ye may shew yourselves apply yourselves wholly to this dutiful and thankful unto that one thing, and draw all your Lord, who hath placed you in so cares and studies this way; and high a Dignity; as also to be that you will continually pray to ware, that neither you yourselves God the Father, by the Mediaoffend, nor be occasion that others | tion of our only Saviour Jesus Christ, for the heavenly assist- | the said Scriptures to instruct ance of the Holy Ghost ; that, by the people committed to your daily reading and weighing of charge, and to teach nothing, as the Scriptures, ye may wax riper required of necessity to eternal and stronger in your Ministry; salvation, but that which
you and that ye may so endeavour shall be persuaded may be conyourselves, from time to time, cluded and proved by the Scripto sanctify the lives of you and ture ? yours, and to fashion them after Answer. I am so persuaded, the Rule and Doctrine of Christ, and have so determined by God's that ye may be wholesome and grace. godly examples and patterns for
The Bishop. the people to follow. And now, that this present WILL you then give your
faithful diligence always Congregation of Christ here assembled
so to minister the Doctrine and also understand
may your minds and wills in these Christ, as the Lord hath com
Sacraments, and the Discipline of things, and that this your pro- manded, and as this Church and mise may the more move you Realm hath received the same, do your duties, ye shall answer plainly to these things, which we,
according to the Commandments
of God; so that you may teach in the Name of God, and of his Church, shall demand of you Cure and Charge with all dili
the people committed to your touching the same. O
gence to keep and observe the think in your heart, you that you be truly called, ac
Answer. I will so do, by the cording to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the order of help of the Lord. this United Church of England
The Bishop. and Ireland, to the Order and
WILL you be ready, with Ministry of Priesthood ?
all faithful diligence, to Answer. I think it.
banish and drive away all erroThe Bishop.
neous and strange doctrines conRE you persuaded that the trary to God's word; and to use
holy Scriptures contain suf- both publick and private monificiently all Doctrine required tions and exhortations, as well to of necessity for eternal salvation the sick as to the whole, within through faith in Jesus Christ ? your Cures, as need shall require, and are you determined, out of and occasion shall be given ?
Answer. I will, the Lord be- | chief Ministers, unto whom is ing my helper.
committed the charge and goThe Bishop.
vernment over you; following LL
you be diligent in with a glad mind and will their
Prayers, and in reading godly admonitions, and submitof the holy Scriptures, and in ting yourselves to their godly such studies as help to the know- judgements ? ledge of the same, laying aside
Answer. I will so do, the the study of the world and the Lord being my helper. Aesh ?
1 Then shall the Bishop, standing up, say, AnswerI will endeavour my: ALMIGHTY God, who hath self do,
given you helper.
these things; Grant also unto The Bishop.
you strength and power to perWILL you be diligent to form the same; that he may ac
frame and fashion your complish his work which he hath own selves, and your families, begun in you; through Jesus according to the Doctrine of Christ our Lord. Amen. Christ; and to make both your- q After this, the Congregation shall be deselves and them, as much as in sired, secretly in their Prayers, to make
their humble supplications to God for all you lieth, wholesome examples
these things : for the which Prayers there and patterns to the flock of
shall be silence kept for a space. Christ?
| After which shall be sung or said by the Answer. I will apply myself Bishop (the persons to be Ordained Priests thereto, the Lord being my helper.
all kneeling) Veni, Creator Spiritus; the
Bishop beginning, and the Priests, and The Bishop.
others that are present, answering by
verses, as followeth.
, as much as lieth COME, Holy Ghost, our souls inyou, quietness, peace, and
And lighten with celestial fire. love, among all Christian people, Thou the anointing Spirit art, and especially among them that Who dost thy seven-fold gifts impart. are or shall be committed to your Thy blessed Unction from above, charge ?
Is comfort, life, and fire of love. Answer. I will so do, the Enable with perpetual light Lord being my helper.
The dulness of our blinded sight.
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of thy grace.
reverently obey Keep far our foes, give peace your Ordinary, and other