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SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
I The laws respecting Matrimony, whether by publishing the Bans in churches, or by
License, being different in the several States ; every Minister is left to the direction of those laws, in every thing that regards the civil contract between the parties. And when the Bans are published, it shall be in the following form :-I publish the Bans of Marriage between M. of —, and N. of - If any of you know cause or just impediment, why these two persons should not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it. (This is the first, second, or third time of asking.)
At the day and time appointed for Solemniza: may not be lawfully joined tion of Matrimony, the persons to be married
together in matrimony, ye do shall come into the body of the church, or shall be ready in some proper house, with now confess it; for be ye well their friends and neighbours; and there assured, that if any persons are standing together, the man on the righe joined together otherwise than hand, and the woman Minister shall say,
as God's word doth allow, their DEARLY beloved, we are marriage is not lawful. gathered together here in the The Minister, if he shall have reason to sight of God, and in the face of doubt of the lawfulness of the proposed this company, to join together
Marriage, may demand sufficient surety
for his indemnification ; but if no impedi. this man and this woman in ment shall be alleged, or suspected, tho holy matrimony ; which is Minister shall say lò the Man, commended of St. Paul to be M. WILT thou have this honourable among all men; and woman to thy wedded wife, therefore is not by any to be to live together after God's entered into unadvisedly or ordinance, in the holy estate lightly; but reverently, dis- of matrimony ! Wilt thou creetly, advisedly, soberly, and love her, comfort her, honour, in the fear of God. Into this and keep her, in sickness and holy estate, these two persons in health ; and, forsaking all present come now to be joined. others, keep thee only unto her, If any man can show just cause, so long as ye both shall live ? why they may not lawfully be
The man shall answer, joined together, let him now I will. speak, or else hereafter for ever. Then the Minister shall say unto the hold his
peace. , And also speaking into the persons who
N. WILT thou have this man are to be married, he shall say,
to thy wedded husband, to live I REQUIRE and charge you together after God's ordinance, both (as ye will answer at the in the holy estate of matrimony? dreadful day of judgment, when Wilt thou obey him, and serve the secrets of all hearts shall be him, love, honour, and keep disclosed) that if either of you him, în sickness and in health know any impediment, why ye and, forsaking all others, keep
Let us pray.
thee only unto him, so long T Then the man leaving the ring upon the as ye both shall live?
fourth finger of the woman's left hand, the
Minister shall say,
OUR Father, who art in heaThen shall the Minister say, ven, Hallowed be thy Name; Who giveth this woman to Thy kingdom come; Thy will be married to this man? be done on earth, as it is in 1 Then shall they give their troth to each heaven; Give us this day our other in this manner :
daily bread; And forgive us our 1 The Minister receiving the woman at her trespasses, as we forgive those
father's or friend's hands, shall cause the who trespass against us; And man with his right hand to take the woman by her right hand, and to say after him as lead us not into temptation; But followeth :
deliver us from evil. Amen. I M. take thee N. to my
O ETERNAL GOD, Creator wedded wife, to have and to
and Preserver of all mankind, hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for giver of all spiritual grace, the
author of everlasting life; send poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death thy blessing upon these thy us do part, according to God's servants, this man and this holy ordinance; and thereto
woman, whom we bless in thy
name; that as Isaac and ReI plight thee my troth.
becca lived faithfully together, I Then shall they loose their hands, and the so these persons may surely
woman with her right hand taking the man by his right hand, shall likewise say
perform and keep the vow and after the Minister,
covenant betwixt them made, I N. take thee M. to my (whereof this ring given and wedded husband, to have and received is a token and pledge) to hold, from this day forward, and may ever remain in perfect for better for worse, for richer love and peace together, and for poorer, in sickness and in live according to thy laws, health, to love, cherisk, and to through JESUS Christ obey, till death us
Lord. Amen. according to God's holy ordi- Then shall the Minister join their right nance; and thereto I give thee hands together, and say,
Those whom God hath joined 1 Then shall they again loose their hands; together, let no man put asunder.
and the man shall give unto the woman a ring. And the Minister taking the ring | Then shall the Minister speak unto the shall deliver it unto the man, to put it upon
company : the fourth finger of the woman's left hand. And the man holding the ring there, and
FORASMUCH as M. and taught by the Minister, shall say, N. have consented together in
WITH this ring I thee wed, holy wedlock, and have wit. and with all my worldly goods nessed the same before God and I thee endow : In the name of this company, and thereto have the FATHER, and of the Son, given and pledged their troth, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. I each to the other, and have
declared the same by giving Son, God the Holy Ghost, and receiving a ring, and by bless, preserve, and keep you: joining hands; I pronounce, The Lord mercifully with his that they are man and wife ; in favour look upon you, and fill the name of the FATHER, and you with all spiritual benedicof the Son, and of the Holy tion and grace; that ye may Ghost. Amen,
so live together in this life, that And the Minister shall add this Blessing: in the world to come ye may GOD the FATHER, God the have life everlasting. Amen.
THE ORDER FOR
THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
I When any person is sick, notice shall be Min. O LORD, save thy given thereof to the Minister of the Parish;
servant ; who, coming into the sick person's house,
Ans. Who putteth his trust PEACE be to this house, and in thee. to all that dwell in it.
Min. Send him help from
thy holy place; ! When he cometh into the sick man's presence, he shall say, kneeling down,
Ans. And evermore mightily
defend him. REMEMBER not, Lord, our
Min. Let the enemy have iniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers; Spare us, good
no advantage of him ;
Ans. Nor the wicked apLORD, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy proach to hurt him.
Min. Be unto him, O LORD, most precious blood; and be not angry with us for ever,
a strong tower,
Ans. From the face of his Ans. Spare us, good LORD.
enemy Then the Minister shall say,
Min. O Lord, hear our
prayer ; LORD, have mercy upon us.
Ans. And let our cry come Christ, have mercy upon us.
unto thee. LORD, have mercy upon us.
Minister. OUR Father, who art in hea- O LORD, look down from ven, Hallowed be thy Name; heaven, behold, visit, and relieve Thy kingdom come; Thy will this thy servant, be done on earth, as it is in him with the eyes of thy mercy; heaven; Give us this day our give him comfort and sure daily bread; And forgive us our confidence in thee; defend him trespasses, as we forgive those from the danger of the enemy; who trespass against us ; And and keep him in perpetual lead us not into temptation ; But peace and safety, through Jesus. deliver us from evil. Amen. CHRIST our Lord. Amen
Let us pray
Almighty and and render unto him humble most merciful God and Saviour: thanks for his fatherly visitation, Extend thy accustomed good- submitting yourself wholly unto ness to this thy servant, who is his will, it shall turn to your grieved with sickness. Sanc- profit, and help you forward in tify, we beseech thee, this thy the right way that leadeth unto fatherly correction to him ; that everlasting life. the sense of his weakness may 7 If the person visited be very sick, then the add strength to his faith, and Minister may end his Exhortation in this seriousness to his repentance :
place, or else proceed: that if it shall be thy good TAKE therefore in good part pleasure to restore him to his the chastisement of the LORD : former health he may lead the for, as Saint Paul saith in the residue of his life in thy fear, twelfth chapter to the Hebrews, and to thy glory: or else give Whom the LORD loveth he him grace so to take thy visita- chasteneth, and scourgeth every tion, that after this painful life son whom he receiveth. If ye ended, he may dwell with thee endure chastening, God dealeth in life everlasting, through with you as with sons: for what Jesus CHRIST our Lord. Amen. son is he whom the father
Then shall the Minister exhort the sick chasteneth not? But if ye be person after this form, or other like:
without chastisement, whereof DEARLY beloved, know all are partakers, then are ye this, that ALMIGHTY God is the bastards, and not sons. FurLORD of life and death, and of thermore, we have had fathers all things to them pertaining; of our flesh, which corrected as youth, strength, health, age, us, and we gave them reverence: weakness, and sickness. Where- shall we not much rather be in fore, whatsoever your sickness subjection unto the Father of be, know you certainly that it spirits, and live ? For they is God's visitation. And for verily for a few days chastened what cause soever this sickness us after their own pleasure; but be sent unto you; whether it he for our profit, that we might be to try your patience for the be partakers of his holiness. example of others, and that your These words, good brother, are faith may be found, in the day written in holy Scripture, for of the LORD, laudable, glorious, our comfort and instruction ; and honourable, to the increase that we should patiently, and of glory and endless felicity; with thanksgiving, bear our or else it be sent unto you heavenly Father's correction, to correct and amend in you whensoever, by any manner of whatsoever doth offend the eyes adversity, it shall please his of your heavenly Father ; know gracious goodness to visit us. you certainly, that if you truly And there should be no greater repent you of your sins, and comfort to Christian persons, bear your sickness patiently, than to be made like unto trusting in God's mercy, for his Christ, by suffering patiently dear Son Jesus Christ's sake, adversities, troubles, and sick.
nesses. For he himself went not cified, dead, and buried; that up to joy, but first he suffered he went down into hell, and pain : he entered not into his also did rise again the third glory, before he was crucified. day ; that he ascended into So truly our way to eternal joy, heaven, and sittethon the is to suffer here with Christ; right hand of God the Father and our door to enter into Almighty; and from thence eternal life, is gladly to die with shall come again at the end of CHRIST ; that we may rise the world, to judge the quick again from death, and dwell and the dead ? with him in everlasting life. And dost thou believe in Now, therefore, taking your the Holy Ghost; The holy sickness, which is thus profitable catholic Church; The comfor you, patiently, I exhort you munion of saints; The remisin the name of God, to remem- sion of sins; The resurrection ber the profession which you of the flesh; and everlasting made unto God in your baptism. life after death? And forasmuch as after this
T The sick shall life there is an account to be
All this I steadfastly believe. given unto the righteous Judge,
| Then shall the Minister examine whether by whom all must be judged,
he repent him truly of his sins, and be in without respect of persons; I charity with all the world; exhorting hini require you to examine your
to forgive, from the bottom of his heart, all
both self, and your estate,
persons that have offended him; and if he
hath offended any other, to ask them toward God and man; so that, forgiveness; and where he hath done accusing and condemning your
injury or wrong to any man, that he make
amends to the uttermost of his power. And self for your own faults, you if he hath not before disposed of his goods,
let him then be adınonished to make his may find mercy at our heavenly
Will, and to declare his debts, what he Father's hand for Christ's
oweth, and what is owing unto him, for the sake, and not be accused better discharging of his conscience, and
the quietness of his Executors. and condemned in that fearful
should often be put in remembrance to take judgment. Therefore I shall order for the settling of their temporal rehearse to you the articles of estates, whilst they are in health. our faith; that you may know a The Exhortation before rehearsed may be
said before the Minister begin his prayer, whether you do believe as a as he shall see cause. Christian man should, or no. | The Minister shall not omit earnestly to
move such sick persons as are of ability, Here the Minister shall rehearse the articles
to be liberal to the poor. of the Faith, saying thus :
And then the Minister shall
the Colleot DOST thou believe in God
following. the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth ?
O MOST merciful God, who, And in Jesus Christ his only according to the multitude of begotten Son our Lord ? And thy mercies, dost so put away that he was conceived by the the sins of those who truly Holy Ghost, born of the repent, that thou rememberest Virgin Mary ; that he suffered them no more; open thine eye under Pontius Pilate, was cru- of mercy upon this thy servant,
Let us pray,