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The Curate of every Parish shall diligently upon Sundays and Holy-days, after the second Lesson at Evening Prayer, openly in the Church instruct and examine 80 many Children of his Parish sent unto him, as he shall think convenient, in some part of this Catechism. And all Fathers, Asothers, Masters, and Dames, shall cause their Children, Servants, and Apprentices, (which have not learned their Catechism,) to come to the Church at the time appointed, and obediently to hear, and be ordered by the Curate, until such time as they have learned all that is here appointed for them to learn.

So soon Children are come to a competent age, and can say, in their Mother Tongue, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and also can answer to the other Questions of this short Catechism; they shall be brought to the Bishop. And every one shall have a Godfather, or a Godmother, as a Witness of their Confirmation. And whensoever the Bishop shall give knowledge for Children to be brought unto him for their Confirmation, the Curate of every Parish shall either bring, or send in writing, with his hand subscribed thereunto, the names of all such persons within his Parish, as he shall think fit to be presented to the Bishop to be confirmed. And, if the Bishop approve of them, he shall confirm them in manner following




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.


the end that Confirmation

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UR help is in the Name of receive it, the Church hath Answer. Who hath made heathought good to order, That none ven and earth. hereafter shall be Confirmed, but Bishop. Blessed be the Name such as can say the Creed, the of the Lord ; Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Com- Answer. Henceforth, world mandments; and can also an- without end. swer to such other Questions, Bishop. Lord, hear our prayas in the short Catechism are contained: which order is very Answer. And let our cry come convenient to be observed; to the unto thee. end, that children, being now

The Bishop. Let us pray. come to the years of discretion, and having learned what their ALMIGHTY and everliving Godfathers and Godmothers pro

God, who mised for them in Baptism, they to regenerate these thy servants may themselves, with their own by Water and the holy Ghost, mouth and consent, openly be- and hast given unto them forgivefore the Church, ratify and con

ness of all their sins; Strengthen firm the same; and also promise, them, we beseech thee, O Lord, that by the grace of God they with the Holy Ghost the Comwill evermore endeavour them forter, and daily increase in them selves faithfully to observe such thy manifold gifts of grace; the things, as they, by their own spirit of wisdom and understandconfession, have assented unto.

ing; the spirit of counsel and

ghostly strength; the spirit of 1 Then shall the Bishop say,

knowledge and true godliness ; DO

0 ye here, in the presence of and fill them, O Lord, with the

God, and of this congrega- spirit of thy holy fear, now and tion, renew the solemn promise

for ever. Amen. and vow that was made in your I Then all of them in order kneelname at your Baptism; ratify- ing before the Bishop, he shall ing and confirming the same in lay his hand upon the head of your own persons, and acknow- every one severally, saying, Iedging yourselves bound to beliqve, and to do, all those things, DEFEND; O Lord, this thy

Child (or this thý Servant] which your Godfathers and God- with thy heavenly grace, that he mothers then undertook for you? may continue thine for ever; And every one shall audibly

and daily increase in thy holy

Spirit more and more, until he answer,

come unto thy everlasting kingI do.

dom. Amen.

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( Then shall the Bishop say,

let thy Holy Spirit ever be with

them; and so lead them in the The Lord be with you.

knowledge and obedience of thy Answer. And with thy spirit.


that in the end they may

obtain everlasting life; through And (all kneeling down) the our Lord Jesus Christ, who with Bishop shall add,

thee and the Holy Ghost liveth Let us pray.

and reigneth, ever one God,

world without end. Amen. OVR Father, which art in hea

. Thy kingdom come. Thy wiane O ALMIGHTY Lord, and

everlasting God, vouchsafe, done in earth, As it is in heaven. we beseech thee, to direct, sancGive us this day our daily bread. tify, and govern, both our hearts And forgive us our trespasses, and bodies, in the ways of thy As we forgive them that trespass laws, and in the works of thy against us. And lead us not into commandments; that, through temptation ; But deliver us from thy most mighty protection both evil. Amen.

here and ever, we may be preserv

ed in body and soul; through our And this Collect.

Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. ALGOGHTY Mandeste verlivins Amen.

God, who us both to will and to do those things

Then the Bishop shall bless that be good and acceptable un

them, saying thus, to thy divine MajestyWe make THE Blessing of God Almighi

unto ty, , Son, and thee for these thy servants, upon the Holy Ghost, be upon you, whom (after the example of thy and remain with you for ever. holy Apostles) we have now laid Amen. our hands, to certify them (by I And there shall none be ad. this sign) of thy favour and gra- mitted to the holy Communion, cious goodness towards them. until such time as he be conLet thy fatherly hand, we be- firmed, or be ready and desirous seech thee, ever be over them; to be confirmed.

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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 Morning Service,) immediately after the second Lesson; the Curate saying after the accustomed manner, I

PUBLISH the Banns of therefore is not by any to be

Marriage between M. of - enterprised, nor taken in hand, and N. of - If any of you know unadvisedly, lightly, or wantoncause, or just impediment, why ly, to satisfy men's carnal lusts these two persons should not be and appetites, like brute beasts joined together in holy Matri- that have no understanding; but mony, ye are to declare it. This reverently, discreetly, advisedly, is the first [second, or third] soberly, and in the fear of God; time of asking.

duly considering the causes for

which Matrimony was ordained. | And if the persons that are to First, It was ordained for the be married dwell in divers Pa procreation of children, to be rishes, the Banns must be ask- brought up in the fear and nured in both Parishes; and the

ture of the Lord, and to the Curate of the one Parish shall praise of his holy Name. not solemnize Matrimony betwixt them, without a Certifi

Secondly, It was ordained for a cate of the Banns being thrice remedy against sin, and to avoid asked, from the Curate of the fornication; that such persons as other Parish.

have not the gift of continency

might marry; and keep themAt the day and time appointed selves undefiled members of for solemnization of Matrimony, Christ's body. the persons to be married shali come into the body of the Church the mutual society, help, and com

Thirdly, it was ordained for with their friends and neigh- fort, that the one ought to have bours: and there standing together, the Man on the right of the other, both in prosperity hand, and the Woman on the and adversity. Into which holy left, the Priest shall say,

estate these two persons present

come now to be joined. ThereDEARLY beloved, we are fore if any man can shew any

gathered together here in just cause, why they may not the sight of God, and in the face lawfully bé joined together, let of this congregation, to join to him now speak, or else hereafter gether this Man and this Woman for ever hold his peace. in holy Matrimony; which is an honourable estate, 'instituted of An also, speaking unto the God in the time of man's inno- persons that shall be married,

he shall say, cency, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwish I REQUIRE and share your his Church;

will at the holy estate Christ adorned and dreadful day of judgement when beautified with his presence, and the secrets of all hearts shall be first miracle that he wrought, disclosed, that if either of you in Cana of Galilee; and is com- know any impediment, why ye mended of Saint Paul to be ho- may not be lawfully joined tonourable among all men: and gether in Matrimony, ye do now

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confess it. For be ye well assured, The Minister, receiving the Wothat so many as are coupled toge- man at her father's or friends ther otherwise than God's Word hands, shall cause the Man with doth allow are not joined toge

his right hand to take the Wother by God; neither is their

man by her right hand, and to

say after him as followeth. Matrimony lawful. 1 At which day of Marriage, if I M. take thee N. to my wedded

wife, to have and to hold any man do alledge and declare from this day forward, for better any impediment, why they may for worse, for richer for poorer, not be coupled together in Ma- in sickness and in health, to love trimony, by God's Law, or the Laws of this Realm,

and will and to cherish, till death us do be bound, and sufficient sure- part, according to God's holy ties with him, to the parties ; ordinance; and thereto I plight or else put in a Caution (to the thee my troth. full value of such charges as

1 Then shall they loose their the persons to be married do

hands; and the Woman, with thereby sustain) to prove his

her right hand taking the Man allegation: then the solemni.

by his right hand, shall likezation must be deferred, until

wise say after the Minister, such time as the truth be tried. If no impediment be alledged, I N. take thee M. to my wedded

husband, to have and to hold then shall the Curate say unto from this day forward, for better the Man,

for worse, for richer for poorer, M. W in ,

Woman to thy wedded love, cherish, and to obey, till wife, to live together after God's death us do part, according to ordinance in the holy estate of God's holy ordinance; and thereMatrimony? Wilt thou love her, to I give thee my troth. comfort her, honour, and keep Then shall they again loose their her in sickness and in health;

hands; and the Dlan shall give and, forsaking all other, keep

unto the Woman a Ring, laying thee only unto her, so long as

the same upon the book with the ye both shall live?

accustomed duty to the Priest

and Clerk. And the Priest, takI The Man shall answer,

ing the Ring, shall deliver it I will.

unto the Man, to put it upon ( Then shall the Priest say unto

the fourth finger of the Wo.

man's left hand. And the Man the Woman,

holding the Ring there, and

taught by the Priest, shall say, N. WILT thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, WI

WITH this Ring I thee wed, to live together after God's ordi- with my body I thee wornance in the holy estate of Ma- ship, and with all my worldly trimony? Wilt thou obey him, goods I thee erdow: In the and serve him, love, honour, Name of the Father, and of the and keep him in sickness and Son, and of the Holy Ghost. in health; and, forsaking all Amen. other, keep thee only unto him, Then the Man leaving the Ring so long as ye both shall live?

upon the fourth finger of the The Woman shall answer,

Woman's left hand, they shall

both kneel down; and the MiI will.

nister shall say, Then shall the Minister say, who giveth this Woman to be O and Preserver of all man

ETERNAL God, married to this Man ?

kind, Giver of all spiritual grace,
Then shall they give their troth
to each other in this manner.

the Author of everlasting life;
Send thy blessing upon these


Let us pray.

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