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Then the choir began to sing the Te Deum, and the king went up to the theatre on which the throne is placed, all the bishops, great officers, and other peers, attending him, and then he sat down and reposed himself in his chair below the throne. Anthem V.—Te Deum. “We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord." &c. &c. The Inthronization. — The Te JDeum being ended, the king was lifted up into his throne by the archbishop and bishops, and other peers of the kingdom. And being inthronized or placed therein, all the great officers, those that bore the swords and sceptres, and the rest of the nobles, stood round about the steps of the throne, and the archbishop standing before the king said, “Stand firm, and hold fast, from henceforth, the seat and imperial dignity which is this day delivered unto you in the name, and by the authority of Almighty God, and by the hands of us the bishops and servants of God, though unworthy; and as you see us to approach nearer to God's altar, so vouchsafe the more graciously to continue to us your royal favour and protection. And the Lord God Almighty, whose ministers we are, and the stewards of his mysteries, establish your throne in righteousness, that it may stand fast for evermore, like as the sun before Him, and as the faithful witness in heaven. Amen.” The Homage.--The exhortation being ended, all the peers present did homage publicly and solemnly unto the king upon the theatre, and in the meantime the treasurer of the household threw among
the people medals of gold and silver, as the king's princely largess or donative.
The archbishop first knelt down
before his majesty's knees, and the rest of the bishops knelt on either hand, and about him; and they did their homage together, for the shortening of the ceremony, the archbishop saying:— “I Charles, archbishop of Canterbury [and so every one of the rest, I, N. bishop of N. repeating the rest audibly after the archbishop] will be faithful and true, and faith and truth will bear, unto you our sovereign lord, and your heirs kings of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. And I will do, and truly acknowledge the service of the lands which I claim to hold of you, as in right of the church. “So help me God.” Then the archbishop kissed the king's left cheek, and so the rest of the bishops present after him. After which, the other peers of the realm did their homage in like manner, the dukes first by themselves, and so the marquisses, the earls, the viscounts, and the barons, severally; the first of each order kneeling before his majesty, and the rest with and about him, all putting off their coronets, and the first of each class beginning, and the last saying after him: “I, N. duke, or earl, &c. of N. do become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship, and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks. “So help meGod.” The peers, having done their homage, they stood all together round about the king; and each class or degree going by them. - - selves, selves, or (as it was at the coronation of king Charles the First and Second) every peer one by one, in order, put off their coronets, singly ascended the throne again, and stretching forth their hands, touched the crown on his majesty's head, as promising by that ceremony, to be ever ready to support it with all their power, and then every one of them kissed the king's cheek. While the peers were thus doing their homage, and the medals thrown about, the king delivered his sceptre with the cross to the lord of the manor of Worksop, to hold; and the other sceptre, or rod, with the dove, to the lord that carried it in the procession. And the bishops that supported the king in the procession also eased him, by supporting the crown, as there was occasion. The Final Anthem.—While the medals were scattered, and the homage of the lords performed, the choir sung this anthem, with instrumental music of all sorts, as a solemn conclusion of the king's coronation. Anthem VI. “Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel, our Father, for ever and ever. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness and the power, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and the earth are thine. Thine is the kingdom, O Lord; and thou art exalted as head over all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now, therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.”
At the end of this anthem the
drums beat, and the trumpets
sounded, and all shouted, crying out, “God save king George the Fourth. “Long live king George. “May the king live for ever.” The solemnity of the king's coronation being thus ended, the archbishop left the king in his throne, and went down to the , altar. The Communion. — Then the offertory began, the archbishop reading these sentences: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. “Charge them who are rich in this world, that they be ready to give, and glad to distribute; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may attain eternal life.” The king descended from his throne, supported and attended as before, and went to the steps of the altar, and knelt down there. And first the king offered bread and wine for the communion, which was brought out of king Edward's chapel, and delivered . into his hands, the bread upon the paten, by the bishop that read the epistle, and the wine in the chalice by the bishop that read the gospel, were by the archbishop received from the king, and reverently placed upon the altar, and decently covered with a fair linen cloth, the archbishop first saying this prayer:— “Bless, O Lord, we beseech thee, these thy gifts, and sanctify them unto this holy use, that by them
them we may be made partakers of the body and blood of thine only begotten Son Jesus Christ, and fed unto everlasting life of soul and body: And that thy servant king George may be enabled to the discharge of his weighty office, whereunto of thy great goodness thou hast called and appointed him. Grant this, O Lord, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only mediator and advocate. Amen.” Then the king kneeling, as before, made his second oblation, offering a mark weight of gold, which the treasurer of the household delivered to the lord great chamberlain, and he to his majesty. And the archbishop came to him, and received it in the bason, and placed it upon the altar. After which the bishop said, “O God, who dwellest in the high and holy place, with them also who are of an humble spirit; look down mercifully upon |. thy servant George, our king, here humbling himself before thee at thy footstool; and graciously receive these oblations, which in humble acknowledgment of thy sovereignty over all, and of thy great bounty to him in particular, he has now offered up unto thee, through Jesus Christ, our only mediator and advocate. Amen.” Then the king returned to his chair, and knelt down at his faldstool, the archbishop said, “Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's church militant here on earth. “Almighty and everliving God, who by thy holy Apostlehast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all men: We humbly beseech thee most mercifully to receive these
curates, that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy sacraments; and to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here present, that with meek heart and due reverence they may hear and receive thy holy word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. And we also bless thy holy name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake,
our only mediator and advocate. Amen.” The Erhortation.—“Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of four sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways; draw near with faith, and take this holy sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.” The General Confession.—“Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us; the burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee, in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” The Absolution. —“Almighty God our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance, and true faith, turn unto him; have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” After which was said, “Hear what comfortable words our Saviour saith unto all that truly turn to him,” ‘Come unto me, all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.’ St. Matt. 11. 28. “So God loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son to the world, and that all that believe in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ St. John 3. 16. “Hearalso what St. Paul saith,” “This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” 1 Tim. 1.15. “Hear also what St. John saith,” “If any man have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins.’ I John ii. 1. After which the archbishop proceeded, saying, Arch. “Lift up your hearts.” Answ. “We lift them unto the Lord.” Arch. “Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.” Answ. “It is meet and right so to do.” Then the archbishop turned to the Lord's table, and said, “It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almightyeverlasting God: “Who hast at this time given us thy servant our sovereign king George to be the defender of the faith, and the protector of thy eople: “Therefore with angels and archangels, archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name, evermore praising thee, and saying, holy,
holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,
heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. Amen.” The Prayer of Address.—“We do not presume to come to this thy table, O merciful God, trusting in our own righteousness, but thy manifold great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table. But thou art the same God, whose property is always to have mercy; grant us, therefore, gracious God, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son, Jesus Christ, to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, our souls washed through his most precious blood. That we may evermore dwell with him, and he with us. Amen.” The Prayer of Consecration.— “Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption, who made there (by his one oblation of himself once offered) afull, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world, and did institute, and in his holy gospel command us to continue a perpetual memory of that his precious death to his coming again; hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee, and grant that we re
ceiving these thy creatures of bread and wine, according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most holy body and blood: who in the same night that he was betrayed took bread,” and when he had given thanks, he brake it,t and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take eat, this is my body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of me. Likewise, after suppers he took the cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this, for this" is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins: do this as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me. Amen.” When the archbishop and dean of Westminster, with the bishops' assistants, namely, the preacher, and those who read the litany, and the epistle and gospel, had communicated in both kinds, the archbishop administered the bread, and the dean of Westminster the cup to the king. At the delivery of the bread, was said, “The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith with thanksgiving.” At the delivery of the cup, “The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve
* Here the archbishop took the paten into his hand.
+ And here broke the bread.
: And here laid his hand upon all the bread.
Here he took the cup into his hand,
os And here laid his hand upon every vessel (be it chalice or flagon) in which there
was any wine to be consecrated.