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have of the other, both in pros- | Matrimony ? Wilt thou love her, perity and adversity. Into which comfort her, honour, and keep holy estate these two persons her in sickness and in health; present come now to be joined. and, forsaking all other, keep Therefore if any man can shew thee only unto her, so long as ye any just cause, why they may both shall live ? not lawfully be joined together, I The Man shall answer, let him now speak, or else here
I will. after for ever hold his peace. T Then shall the Priest say unto the Woman, | And also, speaking unto the persons that N. W I LT thou have this shall be married, he shall say,
W Man to thy wedded | Require and charge you both, husband, to live together after 1 as ye will answer at the
God's ordinance in the holy esdreadful day of judgement when
tate of Matrimony? Wilt thou the secrets of all-hearts shall be
obey him, and serve him, love, disclosed, that if either of you
honour, and keep him in sickness know any impediment, why ye and in health ; and, forsaking all may not be lawfully joined toge- other, keep thee only unto him, ther in Matrimony, ye do now so long as ye both shall live? confess it. For be ye well assur
9 The Woman shall answer, ed, that so many as are coupled
I will. together otherwise than God's Word doth allow are not joined
q Then shall the Minister say,
Who giveth this Woman to together by God; neither is their | Matrimony lawful.
be married to this Man ?
9 Then shall they give their troth to each At which day of Marriage, if any man do
other in this manner. alledge and declare any impediment, why
The Minister, receiving the Woman at her they may not be coupled together in Matri
father's or friend's hands, shall cause the mony, by God's Law, or the Laws of this
Man with his right hand to take the WoRealm; and will be bound, and sufficient
man by her right hand, and to say after sureties with him, to the parties ; or else
him as followeth. put in a Caution (to the full value of such charges as the persons to be married do T M. take thee N. to my wedthereby sustain) to prove his allegation : ded wife, to have and to hold then the solemnization must be deferred,
from this day forward, for better until such time as the truth be tried. 1 If no impediment be alledged, then shall
for worse, for richer for poorer, the Curate say unto the Man, in sickness and in health, to love M. W ILT thou have this and to cherish, till death us do
W Woman to thy wedded part, according to God's holy orwife, to live together after God's dinance; and thereto I plight ordinance in the holy estate of thee my troth.
9 Then shall they loose their hands ; and sons may surely perform and the Woman, with her right hand taking the Man by his right hand, shall likewise
keep the vow and covenant besay after the Minister,
twixt them made, (whereof this T N. take thee M. to my wed Ring given and received is a to1ded husband, to have and to ken and pledge,) and may ever hold from this day forward, for remain in perfect love and peace better for worse, for richer for together, and live according to poorer, in sickness and in health, thy laws; through Jesus Christ to love, cherish, and to obey, till our Lord. Amen. death us do part, according to a Then shall the Priest join their right hands God's holy ordinance; and there
together, and say, to I give thee my troth.
Those whom God hath joined ( Then shall they again loose their hands; together let no man put asunder. and the Man shall give unto the Woman a I Then shall the Minister speak ,unto the Ring, laying the same upon the book with
people. the accustomed duty to the Priest and Clerk. And the Priest, taking the Ring,
TORASMUCH as M. and N. shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it T have consented together in upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left
holy wedlock, and have witnessed hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by the Priest, shall say,
the same before God and this W ITH this Ring I thee company, and thereto have given
wed, with my body I thee and pledged their troth either to worship, and with all my world- other, and have declared the same ly goods I thee endow : In the by giving and receiving of a Ring, Name of the Father, and of the and by joining of hands; I proSon, and of the Holy Ghost. nounce that they be Man and Amen.
Wife together, In the Name of 9 Then the Man leaving the Ring upon the the Father, and of the Son, and fourth finger of the Woman's left hand,
of the Holy Ghost. Amen. they shall both kneel down ; and the Minister shall say,
And the Minister shall add this Blessing. Let us pray.
COD the Father, God the n Eternal God, Creator and U Son, God the Holy Ghost, U Preserver of all mankind, bless, preserve, and keep you ; Giver of all spiritual grace, the the Lord mercifully with his faAuthor of everlasting life; Send vour look upon you; and so fill thy blessing upon these thy ser- you with all spiritual benediction vants, this man and this woman, and grace, that ye may so live whom we bless in thy Name; together in this life, that in the that, as Isaac and Rebecca lived world to come ye may have life faithfully together, so these per- | everlasting. Amen.
I Then the Minister or Clerks, going to the God : yea, let all the people
Lord's Table, shall say or sing this Psalm | praise thee. following:
O let the nations rejoice and Beati omnes. Psal. cxxvii.
be glad : for thou shalt judge DLESSED are all they that the folk righteously, and govern
D fear the Lord : and walk in the nations upon earth. his ways.
Let the people praise thee, O For thou shalt eat the labour God : yea, let all the people of thine hands : 0 well is thee,
praise thee. and happy shalt thou be.
Then shall the earth bring Thy wife shall be as the fruit- forth her increase : and God, ful vine : upon the walls of thine even our own God, shall give us house ;
| his blessing. Thy children like the olive- God shall bless us : and all the branches : round about thy table. ends of the world shall fear him.
Lo, thus shall the man be Glory be to the Father, and to blessed : that feareth the Lord. the Son : and to the Holy Ghost:
The Lord from out of Sion As it was in the beginning, is shall so bless thee : that thou now, and ever shall be : world shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity without end. Amen. all thy life long; Yea, that thou shalt see thy
9 The Psalm ended, and the Man and the
Woman kneeling before the Lord's Table, children's children : and peace the Priest standing at the Table, and upon Israel.
turning his face towards them, shall say, Glory be to the Father, and to Lord, have mercy upon us. the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; Answer. Christ, have mercy
As it was in the beginning, is upon us. now, and ever shall be : world Minister. Lord, have mercy without end. Amen.
upon us. q Or this Psalm.
NUR Father, which art in heaDeus misereatur. Psal. lxvii. ven, Hallowed be thy Name. COD be merciful unto us, and Thy kingdom come. Thy will
U bless us : and shew us the be done in earth, As it is in healight of his countenance, and be ven. Give us this day our daily merciful unto us.
bread. And forgive us our tresThat thy way may be known passes, As we forgive them that upon earth : thy saving health trespass against us. And lead us among all nations.
not into temptation ; But deliver Let the people praise thee, O us from evil. Amen.
Minister. O. Lord, save thy n Merciful Lord, and heaservant, and thy handmaid; U venly Father, by whose gra
Answer. Who put their trust cious gift mankind is increased ; in thee.
We beseech thee, assist with thy · Minister. O Lord, send them blessing these two persons, that help from thy holy place; they may both be fruitful in pro
Answer. And evermore de creation of children, and also live fend them.
together so long in godly love Minister. Be unto them a tow and honesty, that they may see er of strength,
their children christianly and Answer. From the face of virtuously brought up, to thy their enemy.
praise and honour; through JeMinister. O Lord, hear our sus Christ our Lord. Amen. prayer.
n God, who by thy mighty Answer. And let our cry power hast made all things come unto thee.
of nothing; who also (after other Minister.
things set in order) didst appoint, God of Abraham, God of
that out of man (created after Isaac, God of Jacob, bless
| thine own image and similitude). these thy servants, and sow the woman should take her beginseed of eternal life in their
ning; and, knitting them togehearts; that whatsoever in thy
ther, didst teach that it should holy Word they shall profitably
never be lawful to put asunder learn, they may in deed fulfil the
those whom thou by Matrimony same. Look, O Lord, mercifully
hadst made one: 0 God, who upon them from heaven, and
hast consecrated the state of Mabless them. And as thou didst
trimony to such an excellent myssend thy blessing upon Abraham
tery, that in it is signified and and Sarah, to their great comfort,
represented the spiritual marriso vouchsafe to send thy blessing
age and unity betwixt Christ and upon these thy servants; that
his Church ; Look mercifully upthey obeying thy will, and alway
on these thy servants, that both being in safety under thy protec
this man may love his wife, action, may abide in thy love unto
cording to thy Word, (as Christ their lives' end; through Jesus
did love his spouse the Church, Christ our Lord. Amen.
who gave himself for it, loving
and cherishing it even as his own This Prayer next following shall be omit
flesh,) and also that this woman ted, where the Woman is past child-bearing.
| may be loving and amiable, faith
LL ye that are married, or that intend to take the holy estate of Matrimony upon you, hear what the holy Scripture doth say as touching the duty of husbands towards their wives, and wives towards their husbands. Saint Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, the fifth Chapter, doth give this Commandment to all married men; Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water, by the Word; that
he might present it to himself a
glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself: for no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife; and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the Church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife, even as himself. Likewise the same Saint Paul, writing to the Colossians, speaketh thus to all men that are married; Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Hear also what Saint Peter, the Apostle of Christ, who was himself a married man, saith unto them that are married; Ye husbands, dwell with your wives according to knowledge; giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered. Hitherto ye have heard the duty of the husband toward the wife. Now likewise, ye wives,