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After the bans have been published three feveral Holidays or Sundays, and no impediment is discovered; the Priest, in the prefence of three, or two witnesses at least, queftioneth the parties (who ought to be accompanied by their parents, or relations) concerning their confent to enter with one another into the mar ried ftate, and first he fays to the bridegroom:
Pr. N. Are you willing to take N. here present for your lawful wife, according to the rites of our holy mother the Church? A. I am willing.
Then he fays to the Bride:
Pr. N. Are you willing to take N. here prefent for your lawful hufband, according to the rites of our holy mother the Church? A. I am willing.
Then the Bride is given away by her Father, or fome Friend; and if she was never married before, The hath her gloves off: if a widow, fhe keeps them The Bridegroom takes her right hand in his right hand, and thus engages himself to her, faying:
Bridegroom. I N. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have, and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in ficknefs and in health, till death do us part, if holy Church will permit it: and thereto I plight thee my troth.
Then they part hands, and join them again.
Bride. I N. take thee N. to my wedded hufband, to have, &c. as above.
Pr. I JOIN YOU IN WEDLOCK, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF TILE HOLY GHOST. Amen.
Then the Bridegroom lays fome gold and filver and the ring on the book.
Let us pray.
V.. Adjutorium noftrum in nomine Domini. R. Qui fecit coelum & terram. V. Domine, exaudi orationem meam. R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat. V. Dominus vobifcum. R. Et cum fpi
Lefs, O Lord, this ring, which we blefs in thy name, to the end that the, who is to wear it, preferving an inviolable fidelity to her husband, may remain in thy peace and good-will, and live always in mutual love with him. Thro' Chrift our Lord. R. Amen.
Then the Bridegroom taking the ring from the Prieft, and holding the right hand of the Bride in his left hand, fays:
Bridegroom. With this Ring I thee wed, this gold and filver I thee give, and with my body I thee worfhip, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow.
Then putting the Ring on the Bride's thumb, he fays In the name of the Father. Then he puts it on the forefinger, faying: And of the Son. Then on the middle finger, faying: And of the Holy Ghoft. Then on the next finger, faying: Amen. And there he leaves it on.
V. Ratify, O Lord, what thou haft performed by our ministry. R. From thy holy temple,
V.Confirma hoc, Deus, quod operatus es in nobis. R. A templo fancto tuo, quod eft in Jerufa
which is in ferufalem, V. Lord have mercy on us. R. Chrift have mercy on us. V. Lord have mercy on us. Our Father, &c. V. And lead us not into temptation. R. But deliver us from evil. V. Save thy fervants. R. Who put their truft in thee, Ò my God. V. Send them help from thy fanctuary. R. And from out of Sion protect them. V.O Lord hear my prayer. R. And let my cry come unto thee. V. May the Lord be with you. R. And with thy fpirit.
lem. V. Kyrie eleïfon. R. Chrifte eleïfon. V. Kyrie eleïfon. Pater nofter, &c. V. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem. R. Sed libera nos à malos V. Salvos fac fervos tuos. R. Deus meus fperantes in te. V. Mitte eis, Domine, auxilium de fancto. R. Et de Sion tuere eos. V. Efto eis, Domine, turris fortitudinis. R. A facie inimici. V. Domine exaudi orationem meam. R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat. V. Dominus vobifcum. R. Et cum fpiritu tuo.
Let us pray. Refpice.
OOK down, we beseech thee, O Lord, upon these thy fervants, and vouchfafe graciously to favour this thy inftitution, by which thou haft ordained the propagation of mankind; that they who are joined together by thy authority, may be preferved by thy aid. Thro' Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
The BLESSING of a WOMAN with CHILD, when in danger.
R. Who puts her truft in thee, O my God. V. Be to her, O Lord, a tower of ftrength. R. From the face of the enemy. V. Let not the enemy prevail against her. R. Nor the fon of iniquity hurt her any more. V. Send her help, O Lord, from thy fanctuary. R. And from out of Sion protect her. V. O Lord hear my prayer. R. And let my cry come unto thee. V. May the Lord be with you. R. And with thy fpirit.
Let us pray.
R. Deus meus, fperantem in te. V. Efto illi, Domine, turris fortitudinis. R. A facie inimici. V. Nihil proficiat inimicus in eâ. R. Et filius iniquitatis non apponat nocere ei. V. Mitte ei, Domine, auxilium de fancto. R. Et de Sion tuere eam. V. Domine, exaudi orationem meam. R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat. V. Dominus vobifcum. R. Et cum fpiritu tuo.
Almighty and eternal God, who haft given thy fervants in the confeffion of the true faith, to acknowledge the glory of three divine persons, and to adore them as one God in the power of majefty; we beseech thee, that by the ftrength of this faith, this thy handmaid may be always defended from all misfortunes. Thro' Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
Let us pray. Domine Deus.
Lord God, creator of all things, ftrong and terrible, juft and merciful, who alone art good and compaffionate: who delivereft Ifrael from all misfortunes: who didst make choice of our forefathers, and fanctify them by the gift of thy holy fpirit: who didft prepare, together with the Holy Ghoft, the body and foul of glorious Mary the Virgin, to become a fit habitation for thy Son: who didft caufe John the Baptift to be filled with the Holy Ghoft, and leap in the womb of his mother;
receive the facrifice of a contrite heart, and the earnest request of thy handmaid N. who humbly intreateth thee for the prefervation of the tender fruit of her womb, which thou haft granted her to conceive: preferve thy fervant at her bringing-forth, and protect her from all the wiles and infults of her cruel enemy, that, by the affiftance of thy mercy, the fruit of her whomb may come to this light in fafety, and be preferved for a new birth, and may conftantly ferve thee in all things, and obtain eternal life. Thro' the fame. R. Amen.
May nations praise thee, O God:*may all the nations praife thee.
Let the Gentiles be glad and rejoice: * becaufe thou judgeft the nations with juftice, and ruleft over the Gentiles on earth.
May the nations praise thee, O God, may all the nations praife thee:* the earth hath yielded her fruit.
D noftri, & benedi
cat nobis: illuminet vultum fuum fuper nos, & mifereatur noftri.
Ut cognofcamus in terrâ viam tuam:*in om» nibus gentibus falutare
Confiteantur tibi populi Deus :*confiteantur tibi populi omnes.
Lætentur & exultent Gentes :*quoniam judicas populos in æquitate, & Gentes in terrâ dirigis.
Confiteantur tibi populi Deus, confiteantur tibi populi omnes :*terra dedit fructum fuum..
d Expl. May be caft a favourable look on us.