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CONFIRM A TI O N, OR LAYING ON OF HANDS UPON THOSE THAT ARE BAPTIZED
AND COME TO YEARS OF DISCRETION.
Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed, and standing in order, before the Bishop; he (or some other Minister appointed by him) shall read this Preface following. To the end that Confirmation your Baptism ; ratifying and con
I may be ministered to the more firming the fame in your own peredifying of such as shall receive it, | fons, and acknowledging yourthe Church hath thought good to felves bound to believe, and to do, order, That none hereafter shall be | all those things, which your GodConfirmed, but such as can say the fathers and Godmothers then unCreed, the Lord's Prayer, and the dertook for you? Ten Commandments; and can also And every one shall audibly answer, answer to such other Questions, as
I do. in the short Catechism are contain
The Bishop. ed: which order is very convenient
NUR help is in the Name of to be observed; to the end, that
O the Lord; children, being now come to the
Answ. Who hath made heaven years of discretion, and having
and earth. learned what their Godfathers and
Bishop. Blessed be the Name of Godmothers promised for them in
the Lord; Baptism, they may themselves, with
Answ. Henceforth, world withtheir own mouth and consent, open
out end. ly before the Church, ratify and
Bishop. Lord, hear our prayers. confirm the same; and also pro
Answ. And let our cry come mise, that by the grace of God they
unto thee. willevermore endeavour themselves faithfully to observe such things, The Bishop. Let us pray. as they, by their own confeffion, | ALMIGHTY and everliving have assented unto.
A God, who haft vouchsafed to Then shall the Bishop say, regenerate these thy servants by N O ye here, in the presence of Water and the holy Ghost, and
D God, and of this congregation, hast given unto them forgiveness renew the folemn promise and vow of all their fins; Strengthen them, that was made in your name at we beseech thee, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost the Comforter, and good and acceptable unto thy didaily increase in them thy manifold | vine Majesty; We make our humgifts of grace; the spirit of wisdom ble fupplications unto thee for these and understanding; the spirit of thy fervants, upon whom (after the counsel and ghostly strength; the example of thy holy Apostles) we spirit of knowledge and true god- have now laid our hands, to certify liness; and fill them, O Lord, with them (by this fign) of thy favour the spirit of thy holy fear, now and and gracious goodness towards for ever. Amen.
them. Let thy fatherly hand, we Then all of them in order kneeling before the Bi beseech thee, ever be over them; shop, he shall lay his hand upon the head of every let thy Holy Spirit ever be with one severally, saying,
them; and fo lead them in the EFEND, O Lord, this thy Child for this thy Servant]
knowledge and obedience of thy
Word, that in the end they may with thy heavenly grace, that he
obtain everlasting life; through our may continue thine for ever; and
Lord Jesus Christ, who with thee daily increase in thy holy Spirit
and the Holy Ghost liveth and more and more, until he come un
reigneth, ever one God, world to thy everlasting kingdom. Amen. 9 Then shull the Bishop say,
without end. Amen. The Lord be with you.
Almighty Lord, and everlaftAnsw. And with thy fpirit.
O ing God, vouchsafe, we beq And (all kneeling down) the Bishop shall add,
seech thee, to direct, fanctify, and Let us pray.
govern, both our hearts and boO UR Father, which art in hea.
dies, in the ways of thy laws, and in ven, Hallowed be thy Name.
the works of thy commandments; Thy kingdom come. Thy will be
that, through thy most mighty prodone in earth, As it is in heaven.
tection both here and ever, we may
be preserved in body and soul ; Give us this day our daily bread.
through our Lord and Saviour JeAnd forgive us our trespasses, As
sus Christ. Amen. we forgive them that trespafs a
I Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying thus, gainst us. And lead us not into
THE Blessing of God Almightemptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
1 ty, the Father, the Son, and
the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and And this Collect. ALMIGHTY and everliving
remain with you for ever. Amen. A God, who makeft us both to
1 And there shall none be admitted to the holy Com1 A
munion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be will and to do those things that be ready and desirous to be confirmed.
SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
First the Banns of all that are to be married together must be published in the Church three 'several Sundays, during the time of Morning Service, or of Evening Service, (if there be no
ng Service,) immediately after the second Lesson ; the Curate saying after the accustomed manner, | Publish the Banns of Marriage ( honourable among all men : and I between M. of—and N. of — therefore is not by any to be enIf any of you know cause, or just | terprised, nor taken in hand, unimpediment, why these two persons advisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to should not be joined together in fatisfy men's carnal lusts and apholy Matrimony, ye are to declare | petites, like brute beasts that have it. This is the first [second, or no understanding; but reverently, third] time of asking.
discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and
in the fear of God; duly considerAnd if the persons that are to be married dwell in divers Parishes, the Banns must be asked in both Purishes; and the Curate of the one Parish shall | mony was ordained. not solemnize Matrimony betwixt them, without a Certificate of the Banns being thrice asked, from
First, It was ordained for the the Curate of the other Parish.
procreation of children, to be At the day and time appointed for solemnization of
brought up in the fear and nurMatrimony, the persons to be married shall come into the body of the Church with their friends and
of his holy Name. neighbours : and there standing together, the Man on the right hand, and the Woman on the left, the Secondly, It was ordained for a -Priest shall say;
remedy against fin, and to avoid NEARLY beloved, we are ga fornication ; that such persons as
D thered together here in the have not the gift of continency fight of God, and in the face of might marry, and keep themselves this congregation, to join together undefiled members of Christ's body. this Man and this Woman in holy | Thirdly, It was ordained for the Matrimony; which is an honour. mutual fociety, help, and comfort, able estate, instituted of God in that the one ought to have of the the time of man's innocency, sig- other, both in prosperity and advernifying unto us the mystical uni- fity. Into which holy estate these on that is betwixt Christ and his two persons present come now to Church; which holy estate Christ be joined. Therefore if any man adorned and beautified with his can fhew any just cause, why they presence, and first miracle that he may not lawfully be joined togewrought, in Cana of Galilee; and ther, let him now speak, or else is commended of Saint Paul to be hereafter for ever hold his peace.
9 And also, speaking unto the persons that shall be , nance in the holy estate of Matri
married, he shall say, | Require and charge you both,
mony? Wilt thou obey him, and
| serve him, love, honour, and keep I as ye will answer at the dread
him in fickness and in health ; and, ful day of judgement when the se
forfaking all other, keep thee only crets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that if either of you know any im
unto him, so long as ye both shall
live? pediment, why ye may not be law
| The Woman shall answer, fully joined together in Matrimony,
I will. ye do now confess it. For be ye
Then shall the Minister say, well assured, that so many as are
Who giveth this Woman to be coupled together otherwise than God's Word doth allow are not
married to this Man? joined together by God; neither is
9 Then shall they give their troth to each other in
this manner. their Matrimony lawful.
The Minister, receiving the Woman at her father's or At which day of Marriage, if any man do alledge
friend's hands, shall cause the Man with his right and declare any impediment, why they may not be
hand to take the Woman by her right hand, and coupled together in Matrimony, by God's Law, or
to say after him as followeth. the Laws of this Realm; and will be bound, and | M. take thee N. to my wedded sufficient sureties with him, to the parties; or else
I wife, to have and to hold from put in a Caution (to the full value of such charges as the persons to be married do thereby sustain) to this day forward, for better for prove his allegation: then the solemnization must worse, for richer for poorer, in be deferred, until such time as the truth be tried.
fickness and in health, to love and 1 If no impediment be alledged, then shall the Curate say unto the Man,
to cherish, till death us do part, M. W ILT thou have this Wo- according to God's holy ordinance;
W man to thy wedded wife, and thereto I plight thee my troth. to live together after God's ordi 1 Then shall they loose their hands; and the Woman, nance in the holy estate of Matri with her right hand taking the Man by his right
hand, shall likewise say after the Minister, mony? Wilt thou love her, com
I N. take thee M. to my wedded fort her, honour, and keep her in fickness and in health; and, forsak
I husband, to have and to hold
from this day forward, for better ing all other, keep thee only unto
for worse, for richer for poorer, in her, so long as ye both shall live?
fickness and in health, to love, cheThe Man shall answer,
rish, and to obey, till death us do I will.
part, according to God's holy orThen shall the Priest say unto the Woman,
dinance; and thereto I give thee N. W ILT thou have this Man
| my troth. VV to thy wedded husband,
Then shall they again loose their hands; and the to live together after God's ordi- "Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring, laying the
same upon the book with the accustomed duty to holy wedlock, and have witnefsed the Priest and Clerk. And the Priest, taking the Ring, shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by pledged their troth either to other,
the Priest, shall say, W ITH this Ring I thee wed,
and have declared the same by W with my body I thee wor
giving and receiving of a Ring, ship, and with all my worldly goods
and by joining of hands; I proI thee endow: In the Name of the
nounce that they be Man and Wife Father, and of the Son, and of the
together, In the Name of the FaHoly Ghost. Amen.
ther, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost. Amen. Then the Man leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand, they shall both
ý And the Minister shall add this Blessing. kneel down; and the Minister shall say,
MOD the Father, God the Son, Let us pray.
U God the Holy Ghost, bless, n Eternal God, Creator and Pre- preserve, and keep you; the Lord
server of all mankind, Giver mercifully with his favour look upof all spiritual grace, the Author on you ; and so fill you with all of everlasting life; Send thy blessing spiritual benediction and grace, upon these thy servants, this man that ye may fo live together in and this woman, whom we bless this life, that in the world to in thy Name; that, as Isaac and come ye may have life everlasting. Rebecca lived faithfully together,
Amen. so these persons may surely per Then the Minister or Clerks, going to the Lord's form and keep the vow and cove Table, shall say or sing this Psalm following. nant betwixt them made, (where Beati omnes. Pfal. cxxviii. of this Ring given and received is DLESSED are all they that fear a token and pledge,) and may ever D the Lord : and walk in his remain in perfect love and peace ways. together, and live according to For thou shalt eat the labour of thy laws; through Jesus Christ our thine hands : 0 well is thee, and Lord. Amen.
happy shalt thou be. 9 Then shall the Priest join their right hands toge
Thy wife shall be as the fruitful ther, and say,
vine: upon the walls of thine house; Those whom God hath joined | Thy children like the olivetogether let no man put asunder. | branches : round about thy table.
9 Then shall the Minister speak unto the people. | Lo, thus shall the man be bleffLORASMUCH as M. and N. | ed : that feareth the Lord. T have consented together in The Lord from out of Sion shall