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Note, that this fhall always be one of the fentences at the Offertory.


Gift hath grace in the fight of every man living,
and for the dead detain it not.
Ecclus. 7. 33.

After the Priest and People have faid the Lord's prayer in the Communion fervice, they shall go with the Corps to the grave, proceeding according to the form before appointed for the Burial of the Dead.

After the Burial Service is over, the Priest and People Jhall return into the Church, and receive the Eucharift, the Prieft beginning in the Communion Service where he left off, and proceeding according to the form before directed in the Holy Liturgy.





Making, Ordaining, and Confecrating


Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and Deaconesses.

The FORM of

Ordaining or Confecrating an ARCHBISHOP or a BISHOP.

When any See is vacant, the Clergy and the Faithful of the Diocefe fhall elect a proper perfon out of the Presbyters of that Diocefe to be their Bishop; notice of which election shall be given to the Archbishop or Metropolitan, (or to the Senior Bishop of the Province, when the Metropolitical See is vacant,) who fhall confult with the Bishops of the Province; and if the majority of them agree to and approve of the election, after the perfon elected hath been examined by the two Bishops, who are to present him at the Confecration, and by the Metropolitan or Senior


Bifhop, be fhall give notice of the day of Confecration (which shall always be a Lord's day) both to the Bishops of the Province, and to the Clergy and the Faithful of the Diocese.

On all Wednesdays and Fridays between the time of notice given and the day of confecration, the following prayer fall be used in the Penitential Office after the Prayer, for all farts and conditions of men.

Almighty God our heavenly Father, who haft

purchafed to thy felf an univerfal church by the precious blood of thy dear Son; mercifully look upon the fame, and at this time fo guide and govern the minds of thy fervants our Bishops, that they may not lay on hands fuddenly, but may faithfully and wifely ordain a fit perfon to the facred miniftry of the Epifcopal Office. And to him who fhall be ordained to that holy function, give thy grace and heavenly benediction, that both by his life and doc-) trine he may fet forth thy glory, and fet forward the falvation of all men, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Note, that a Bishop is not to be confecrated, till be is Forty years of age, unless upon a particular occafion, of which the Metropolitan and Bishops of the Province are to be judges, the majority of whom fhall be the determiners.

When the day appointed by the Metropolitan or Senior Bifhop is come, he and as many of the Provincial Bishops as conveniently can, fhall repair to the Cathedral Church of the vacant See. But if the Metropolitan or any of the Provincial Bishops are


hindred from attendance by fome very urgent occafion, they fhall fend their confent in writing; for there fhall be no Confecration, unless the majority of the Bishops of the Province are either prefent, or have fent their confent; nor shall there be any confecration, unless three Bishops be prefent, except in the cafe of perfecution, or fome fuch other very neceffary occafion.

Note, that the Metropolitan is always to be the Confecrator, if he be prefent; and if he be abfent, the Senior Bishop prefent is to be the Confecrator.

After the Creed in the Morning Prayer there fhall be a fermon or exhortation, declaring the duty and office of Bishops, how neceffary that Order is in the Church of Chrift, and also how the Clergy and People ought to esteem them in their office.

When all things are duly prepared in the Church, and fet in order; at the time appointed for celebrating the Holy Eucharift, the Confecrator fhall begin the Communion Service, in which this fhall be

The Collect.

ALmighty God, who by thy Son Jefus Chrift didft bestow on thy holy apostles many excellent gifts, and didft charge them to feed thy flock; give grace, we beseech thee, to all Bishops, the Paftors of thy Church, that they may diligently preach thy word, and duly administer the godly difcipline thereof; and grant to the people, that they may obediently follow the fame, that all may receive the crown of everlafting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Then another Bishop fhall read
The Epiftle. 1 Tim. 3. 1.

THIS is a true faying, If a man defire the office of a Bishop, he defireth a good work. A Bishop then must be blameless, the hufband of one wife, vigilant, fober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach, not given to wine, no ftriker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in fubjection with all gravity; (for if a man know not how to rule his own houfe, how fhall he take care of the church of God?) not a Novice, left being lifted up with pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them who are Without, left he fall into reproach and the fnare of the devil.

Then another Bishop shall read

The Gospel. S. John 21. 15.

Efus faith to Simon Peter, Simon, fon of Jonas,


loveft thou me more than thefe? He faith unto him, Yea, Lord, thou knoweft that I love thee. He faith unto him, Feed my lambs. He faith to him again the second time, Simon, fon of Jonas, loveft thou me? He faith unto him, Yea, Lord, thou knoweft that I love thee. He faith unto him, Feed my sheep. He faith unto him the third time, Simon, fon of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Loveft thou me? And he faid unto him, Lord, thou knoweft all things; thou knoweft that I love thee. Jefus faith unto him, Feed my sheep.


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