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that we are very members incorporate Lamb of God, Son of the Father, in the mystical body of thy Son, who takest away the sins of the which is the blessed company of all world, have mercy upon us : Thou faithful people; and are also heirs who takest away the sins of the through hope of thy everlasting king. world, have mercy upon us : Thou dom, by the merits of the most pre- who takest away the sins of the cious death and passion of thy dear world, receive our prayer : Thou Son. And we most humbly beseech who sittest at the right hand of God thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist the FATHER, have mercy upon us. us with thy grace, that we may con- For thou only, art holy; thou only tinue in that holy fellowship, and do art the LORD; thou only, O CHRIST, all such good works as thou hast pre- with the Holy Ghost, art most pared for us to walk in, through JE- high in the glory of God the FA. sus Christ our Lord ; to whom, THER. Amen. with thee and the Holy Ghost, be a Then the Bishop shall let them depart with tbis all honor and glory, world without

blessing end. Amen.

THE peace

of God, which passetis i Then sha!! be said or säng, all standing, Gloria all understanding, keep your hearts in Excelsis, cr some proper Hymn from the and minds in the knowledge and Belection.

love of God, and of his Son Jesva GLORY be to GOD on high, and CHRIST our Lord: And the blessing in earth peace, good will toward of GOD ALMIGHTY, the FATHER, inen. We praise thee, we bless thee, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.be we worship thee, we glorify thee, amongst you, and remain with you we give thanks to thee for thy great always. Amen. glory, O LORD God, hcavenly Kins, 1 If any of the consecrated bread and wine reGod the Father Almighty.

main after the Communion, it shall not be car.

ried out of the Church; but the Bishop and O LORD, the only-begotten Son

other communicants shall, immediately after JESUS CHRIST: Ó LORD God, the blessing, reverently eat and drink the same

Here enceth thic (der for the Administration of the Holy Communion

THE FORM

OF

CONSECRATION OF A CHURCH OR CHAPEL.

ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS ESTABLISHED BY THE BISHOPS, THB CLERGY, AND LAITY OF SAID CHURCH, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, IN THE MONTH OP SEPTEMBER, A. D. 1799.

The Bishop is to be received at the entrance of the Church or Chapel by the Church-wardena and Vestrymer, or some other persons appointed for that purpose. The Bishop and the Clergy who are present, shall go up the aisle of the Church ur Chapel, to the Communion table, repeating the 94th Psalm alternately, the Bishop one verse, and the Clergy another. Psalm xxiv.

of the LORD, or who shall rise up in THE earth is the LORD'S and all his holy place? wba. therein is : the compass of the 4 Even he that bath clean hands world, and they that dwell therein. and a pure heart; and that hath not lift

2 For he hath founded it upon the up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn seas, and prepared it upon the floods. to deceive his neighbor. 3 Who shall ascend into the hill 5 He shall receive the blessing

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from the LORD, and righteousness of temples made with hands ; and from the God of his salvation. who yet hast been graciously plcas

6 This is the generation of thered to promise thy, especial presence, that seek him; even of them that seek wherever two or three of thy faithful thy face, O Jacob.

servants shall assemble in thy name 7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates ; to offer up their praises and suppli

. and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: cations unto thee; vouchsafe, O and the King of glory shall come in. Lond, to be present with us, who are

8 Who is the King of glory? It is here gathered together, with all hothe LORD strong and mighty, even mility and readiness of heart, to con. the LORD mighty in battle. secrate this place to the honor of thy

9 Lift up your leads, O ye gates; great name; separating it henceforth and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: from all unhallowed, crdinary and and the King of glory shall come in. common uses, and dedicating it to

10 Who is the King of glory? Even thy service, for reading, thy holy the LORD of hosts, he is the King of word, for celebrating thy holy sacra. glory.

ments, for offering to thy glorious i The Bishop shall go within the rails, with such majesty the sacrifices of prayer and

of the Clergy as can be there accoramodated. thanksgiving, för blessing thy people The Bishop, sitting in his char, shall have the instruments of donation and endowment, if in shy name, and for the performance there be any presented to him, and then stands of all other holy offices : accept, o ing up, and turning to the congregation, shall

LORD, this service at our hands, and DEARLY beloved in the LORD; bless it with such success as may forasmuch as devout and holy mon tend most to thy glory, and the fur.' as well under the Law as under the therance of our happiness hoth tem. Gospel, moved either by the express poral and epiritual, through Jesus command of God, or by the secret Christ our blessed Lord and Say inspiration of the blessed SPIRIT, and iour. Amen. acting agreeably to their own reason after thin the Bishop shall stand up, and tiirn and sense of the natural decency of ing his face toward the congrega lica, stall say, things, have erected houses for the

REGARD, O LORD, the supplicapublic worship of God, and separated tions of thy servants, and ginut that them from all unhallowed, worldly, whosoever shall be dedicated to thee and common uses, in order to fill in this house by baptism, may be men's minds with greater reverence sanctificd by the Holy Głost, do for his glorious majesty, and affect livered from thy wrath and eternal their hearts with more devotion and death, and received as a living memhumility in bis service; which pious ber of CHRIST's Church, and may works have been approved of and ever remain in the number of thy graciously accepted by our heavenly faithful children. Amer. Father: Let us not doubt but that he Grant, O LORD, that they who at will also favorably approve our godly this place shall in their cwn persons purpose of setting apart this place in renew the promises and vows which solemn manner, for the performance they made, or which were made for of the several offices of religious wor- them by their sureties at their Bapship, and let us faithfully and de- tism, and thereupon shall be confirm. voutly beg his blessing on this our ed by the bishop, may receive such a undertaking.

measure of thy holy SPIRIT, that 9 Then the Bishop, kneeling, shall say the follow they may be enabled faithfully to ful. ing Prayer.

fil the same, and grow in grace unto O ETERNAL GOD, mighty in their lives' end. Amen. power and of majesty incomprehen- Grant, O LORD, that whosoever sible, whom the heaven of heavens shall receive in this place the blessed cannot contain, much less the walls/ sacrament of the body and blood of

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CHRIST, may come to that holy or. | pious work, may show forth their dinance with faith, charity, and true thankfulness, by making a right use repentance; and being filled with of it, to the glory of thy blessed name, thy grace and heavenly benediction, through Jesus Christ our Lord. may, to their great and endless com- Amen. fort, obtain remission of their sins, 1 After this the Minister appointed is to read the and all other benefits of his passion,

service for the day. Amen.

PROPER PSALMS. Grant, O LORD, that by thy holy Psalm lxxxiv. Psalm cxxii. Psalm word which shall be read and preacli

cxxxii. ed in this place, and by thy HOLY SPIRIT grafting it inwardly in the

PROPER LESSONS. heart, the hearers thereof may both First. 1 Kings, Chap. viii. dere8 perceive and know what things they

22 to verse 63. ought to do, and inay have powerSECOND. Heb. Chap. X verse 19 80 and strength to fulfil the same.

verse 27. Amen, Grani, O Lord, that whosoever 1 Morning Prayer being ended, there shall do

surig from the Book of Psalms in Metre, Psalm shall be joined together in this place xxvi. versc 6, 7, 8, with the Gloria Patri in the holy estate of matrimony, may 1 'The Bishop shall then proceed to the Comfaithfully perform and keep the vow mmion Service. The following shall be the

Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, for the occasion. and covenant between them made, and may remain in perfect love to

The Collect. gether unto their lives' end. Amen. O MOST glorious LORD, we ac

Grant, we beseech thee, blessed knowledge that we are not worthy, ta LORD, that whosoever shall draw offer unto thee any thing belonging near to thee in this placc, to give thee unto us; yet we beseech thee in thy thanks for the benefits which they great goodness, graciously to accept have received at thy hands, to set the dedication of this place to thy forth thy most worthy praise, to con. service, and to prosper this our un fess their sins unto thce, and to ask dertaking; receive the prayers and such things as are requisite and ne- intercessions of all those thy servants, cessary as well for the body as for who shall call

upon

thee in this the soul, may do it with such stead:. house; and give them grace to preness of faith, and with such serious- pare their hearts to serve thee with ness, affection, and devotion of mind, reverence and godly fear; affect them that thou mayest accept their bound with an awful apprehension of thy en duty and service, and vouchsafe divine majesty, and a deep sense of to give whatever iu thy infinite wis- their own unworthiness; that so apdom thou shalt see to be most ex. proaching thy sanctuary with lowli. pcdient for them : all which we beg|ness and devotion, and coming before for Jesus Christ's sake our most thee with clean thoughts and pure blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

hearts, with bodies undefiled, and Then the Bishop sitting in his chair, the sen

minds sanctified, they may always tence of the Consecration is to be reall by some perform a service acceptable to thee, person

eppointed by him, and then laid by him through Jesus Christ our Lord. upon the Communion table,-after which the Bishop shall say,

Amen. BLESSED be thy name, O LORD, The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. verse 14 to that it hath pleased thee to put it into

verse 17. the hearts of thy servants, to appro

BE ye not unequally yoked together priate and devote this house to thy with unbelievers; for what fellowship honor and worsliip; and grant that hath righteousness with unrighteous. all who shall enjoy the benefit of this ness? And what communion bath

light with darkness? And what con 11 Then shall be said or sung the 100th Psalm cord hath CHRIST with Belial ? Or 1 Here shall follow the Sermon. what part hath he that believeth with 1 The Sermon being ended, the Bishop shall pr?

ceed in the Service for the Communion, if it is an infidel ?

And what agreement to be administered at that time. hath the temple of God with idols ? 1 After the Commmion, or if it is not adminis

tered at that time, after the Sermon, and imnieFor ye are the temple of the living

diately before the final blessing, the Bishop GOD: as God hath said, I will dwell shall say the following Prayer. in them and walk in them, and I will BLESSED be thy name, O LORD be their God, and they shall be my God, for that it hath pleased thee to people.

have thy habitation among the sone The Gospel St. John ii. verse 13. the assembly of the saints upon the

of men, and to dwell in the midst of AND the Jews' Passover was at earth; bless, we beseech thee, the hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusa- religious performance of this day, lem, and found in the temple those and grant that in this place now set that sold oxen, and sheep, and doves, apart to thy service, thy holy name and the changers of money sitting : may be worshipped in truth and pu. and when he had made a scourge of rity through all generations, through small cords, he drove them all out of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. the temple, and the sheep, and the THE peace of God, which passeth oxen, and poured out the changers all understanding, keep your hearts money, and overthrew the tables, and and minds in the knowledge and said unto them that sold doves, Take love of God, and (of his Son JESUS these things hence ; make not my Christ our Lord; and the blessing Father's house a house of merchan- of GoD ALMIGHTY, the FATHER, dize. And his disciples remembered the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be that it was written, The zeal of thine amongst you, and retuain with you house hath eaten me up.

I always. Amen.

A PRAYER

TO BE USED AT THE MEETINGS OF CONVENTION.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, by thy HOLY SPIRIT dids. preside in the councils of the blessed Apostles, and hast proiniseil, through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy Church to the end of the world; we beseech thee to be present with the council of thy Church here assem bled in thy name and presencé. Save them froni all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee, so to direct, sanctify, and govern us in our present work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down of the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death ; till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life, through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

During the period of the session of any General or Diocesan Convention, the above Prayer may be used by all Congregations of ihis Church, or of the Diocese concerned; the clause, “here asserubled in thy name and presence,"

being changed to " noso assembled in thy nanse and presence;" and the clause, “ govern us in our present work," to " govern them in lket prevent work.

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AN OFFICE

OF
INSTITUTION OF MINISTERS

INTO

PARISHES OR

CHURCHES,

PRESCRIBED BY THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OD

AMERICA; ESTABLISHED IN GENERAL CONVENTION OF THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY, 1804; AND SET FORTH, WITH ALTERATIONS, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, 1808.

$ The Bishop having received due notice of the election of a Minister into a Parish or Church, an

prescribed by the Canon, "concerning the Election and Institution of Ministers," and being satisfied that " the person chosen is a qualified minister of this Church," may transmit the following Letter of Instiention, for the proposed Rector, Associated Rector, or Assistant Minister,

to one of his presbyters, whom he may appoint as the Institutor. 1 In any State or Diocese the concluding paragraph in the Letter of Institution may be omitted, where it interferes with the usages, laws, or charters of the Church in the same.

To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting. Sigillum.

WE do by these presents give and grant unto you, in whose learning, dlligence, sound

doctrine, and prudence, we do fully conficic, pur license and authority, to perform the Signat said parish, (or church, 1 possessed of full power to perform every act of sacerdotal

function among the people of the same; you continuing in communion with us, and complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church, and with such lawful directions as you shall at any time receive from us.

And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector [Associated Rector or Assistant Minisier, as the crise may be of Parish (or church, you are falchfully to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now entrusted to yon; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in ruind, that you are accountable to us here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all hereafter.

And is the Lord hath ordained, that they who serve at the altar shonld live of the things belonging to the altar; so we anthorize you to claim and enjoy all the accustomed tempcralities appertain Ing to your cure, until come urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal relation betwcen you and them; of all which you will give us due notice : and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation and dissolution of all sacerdotal connexion between you and them, we, your Lishop, with the advice of our presbyters, are to be the ultimate arbiter and judge. la witness whereof we have hereunto affixed our episcopal seal and signature, at

this day of A. D.

and in the year of our consecration

1 In the case of a Minister to be instituted in a State or Diocese in which there is po Bishop, the

clerical members of the Standing Committee shall send the following Letter of Ins.itution, for the proposed Minister, to the presbyter whom they n.ay appoint as Institutor.

To our well-Leloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting. Sigillum.

WE do by these presents authorize and empower you to exercise the office of a Priest

in the parish (or cirurch) of E. And by virtue of the power vested in us, do institute you into said parish, (or church, 1 possessed of full power to periurm every act of sacerdotal fung con among the people of the same; you complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church.

And as a canonically instituted Priest into the office of Rector (Associated Rector, or Assistant Minister, as the case may be) of Parish (or church, 1 you are to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now entrusted to you; pot as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind that you are accountable to the ecclesiastical authority of the Church here, and to the Chie Bishop and Sovereigu Judge of all hereafter.

And as the Lord hath ordained that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar; so you have our authority to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of ali sacer dotal connexion between you and them; of all which you will give us due notice : and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation and dissolution of all sacer dotal connexion between you and them, the ecclesiastical authority of the Church in this diocesi (taking the advice and aid of a wishop) shall be the ultimate arbiter

and judge. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our banda and seals, this

day of the year

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