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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 heaveniy 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 cxxi. Psalm word which shall be read and preach.

cxxxii. ed in this place, and by thy HOLY

PROPER LESSONS. SPIRIT gratting it inwardly in the heart, the hearers thereof may both FIRST. 1 Kings, Chap. viii. verse perceive and know what things they

22 to perse 63. ought to do, and may have power SECOND. Heb. Chap. X. verse 19 to and strength to fulfil the same.

verse 27. Amen, Grant, O LORD, that whosoever Morning Prayer being ended, there shall be

sung from the Book of Psalms in Metre, Psalm shall be joined together in this place xxvi. verse 6, 7, 8, with the Gloria Patri. in the holy estate of matrimony, may 1 The Bishop shall the proceed to the Com. faithfully perform and keep the vow munion Service. The following shall be the

Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, for the occasion. and covenant between them made, and may reinain 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 noi worthy to LORD, that whosoever shall draw offer unto thee any thing belonging near to thee in this place, 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. fees their sins unto thee, 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 steadi- 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 in thy infinite wis- their own unworthiness; that so apdom thou shalt see to be most ex- proaching thy sanctuary with lowlipedient 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 Savivur. Amen. hearts, with bodies undefiled, and

minds sanctified, they may always 1 Then the Bishop sitting in his chair, the sentence of the Consecration is to be read by some perform a service acceptable to thee, person appointed by him, and then laid by him through Jesus CHRIST our Lord. 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

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

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light with darkness? And what con 1 Then shall be said cr 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 peing ended, the Bishop shall pm

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 Communion, wir if it is not adminis For ye are the temple of the living

tered at that time, after the Sermon, and imme

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 sons 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 puand 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

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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 remain with you house hath eaten me up.

always. Amen.

A PRAYER

TO BE USED AT THE MEETINGS OF CONVENTION.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who; by thy HOLY SPIRIT didst preside in the councils of the blessed A postles, and hast promised, 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 Chureh here assembled in thy name and presence. Save them from 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 CARIST 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.

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AN OFFICE

OP
INSTITUTION OF MINISTERS

INTO

PARISHES OR CHURCHES, PRESCRIBED BY THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF

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

I The Bishop heving received due notice of the election of a Minister into a Parish or Church, a

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 I ever of Institution, for

the proposed Rector, Associated Rector, or Assistanı Minister, to one of his presbyters, whom he may appoint as the Institutor. T in any State

or Diocese the concluding paragraph in the Letter of Institution may be omitted, where it interferes with the usages, laws, or chariers 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, diligence, sound doctrine, and prudence, we do fully confide, our license and authority, to perform the

office of a Priest in the parish (or church of E. And also hereby do institute you mto Signat. said parish, (or church, I possessed of full power to perform every act of sacerdotal

fonction 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 Minis:er, as the case may be of Parish (or church,l you are faich ally to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now entrusted to you ; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind, that you are accountable to us here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all hereafter.

And as the Lord hath ordained, that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belong. ing in the altar; so we authorize you to claim and enjoy all the accustomed tempcralities appertaining to your cure, until mome urgent reason or reasons ocasion a wish in you, or in the congregation, committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal relation, 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 lo a separation and dissolution of all sacerdotal connexion. petween you and them, we, your Bishop, with the advice of our presbyters, are to be the ultenato arbiter and judge. In witness whereof we have hereunto affixed our episcopal seal and signature, at

thia day of A. D.

and in the year of our consecration

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In the case of a Minister to be Instituted in a state or Diocese in which there is no Bishop, the clerical members of the Standing Comınittee shall send the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Minister, to the presbyter whom they may appoint as Institutor.

To our well-beloved 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 for church of E. And by virtue of the power vested in us, do institute you into said parish, for church, 1 possessed of full power to periorm every act of sacerdotal function among the people o 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, I you are to feed that portion of the dock of Christ which is now entrusted to you; not as a man.pleaser, but as contimally bearing in mind that you are accountable to the ecclesiastical authority of the Church here, and the Chief Bishop and Sovereign 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 yonr cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in yon, or in the cangregation 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 dhe notice: and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation and dissolution of all sacer. dotal connexion between yon and them, the ecclesiastical authority of the Church in this diocese (taking the advice and aid of a bishop) shall be the ultimate arbiter and judge. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, this

day of

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1 The day being appointed for the new incumbent's Institntion, at the usual hour of Morning

Prayer, the Institutor, attended by the new incumbent, and one or more presbyters appointed by the Bishop (or, where there is no bishop, by the clerical members of the Standing Committee) for that purpose, shall enter the church. Then, all the clergy present standing without the rails of the altar, except the officiating Priest, who shall go into the desk; the Wardens, (or, in case of their necessary absence, two members of the Vestry) standing on the right and left of the altar, without the rails; the senior Warden, for the member of the Vestry supplying his place) holding the keys of the church in his hand, in open view, the officiating priest shall read Morning Prayer. PROPER PSALMS.

1 Here the Instituting Minister shall begin the Here the Ins

Office. Psalm cxxii. Psalm cxxxii. Psalm

Min. The LORD be with you.
cxxxiii.

Ans. And with thy spirit.
PROPER LESSONS.
FIRST. Ezek. Chap. xxxiii. derse 1

DIRECT us, O LORD, in all our to verse 10. Second. St. John, Chap. x. verse 1 doings, with thy most gracious favor,

and further us with thy continual to perse 19.

help, that in all our works begun, 1 Morning Prayer ended, the Priest who acts as

the Institutor, standing within the rails of the continued, and ended in thee, we may altar, shall say,

glorify thy holy name, and finally by DEARLY beloved in the LORD thy mercy obtain everlasting life, we have assembled for the purpose of through JESUS CHRIST our Lord: instituting the Rev. A. B. into this who hath taught us to pray unto parish, for church) as Priest and thee, 0 Almighty Father, in his preRector [or' Associated Rector, or As- vailing name and words, sistant Minister) of the same; and we

OUR Father, who art in heaven, are possessed of your vote that he has been so elected; as also of the Hallowed be thy Name; Thy king prescribed Letter of Institution. But dom come; Thy will be done on

earth, as it is in heaven ; Give us if any of you can show just cause this day our daily bread; And for. why he may not be instituted, we proceed no further, because we would give us our trespasses

, as we forgive not that an unworthy

person should those who trespass against us ; And minister among you.

lead us not into temptation ; But de.

liver us from evil: For thine is the 1 If any objection be offered, the Priest who acts Kingdom, and the Power, and the just cause to suspend the service. No objection Glory, for ever and ever. Amen. being offered, or the Priest who arts as the Institutor choosing to go on with the service, he T Then shall the Priest who acts as the Institutor shall next read the Letter of Institution; and

receive the incumbent within the rails of the then shall the senior Warden, (or the member

altar, and present him the Bible, Book of Comof the Vestry supplying his place) present the

mon Prayer, and Books of Canons of the Genkeys of the church to the new incumbent, say.

eral and State Convention, saying as follows: ing,

RECEIVE these books; and let IN name and behalf of

them be the rule of thy conduct in parish (or church), I do receive and dispensing the divine word, in lead. acknowledge you, the Rev. A. B. as ing the devotions of the people, and Priest and Rector for Associated Rec- in exercising the discipline of the tor, or Assistant Minister) of the same, Church; and be thou in all things a and in token thereof, give into your pattern to the flock committed to thy hands the keys of this Church.

PT Then the new Incumbent shall say, * Then shall be said or sung the following I, A. B., receive these keys of the

Anthem. house of God at your hands, as the

Laudate Nomen. pledges of my institution, and of your O PRAISE the LORD, laud ye parochial recognition, and promise to name of the LORD : praise it

, 'O ye be a faithful shepherd over you, in servants of the LORD. Psalm cxxxv. the name of the FATHER, and of the verse 1. Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

2 Ye that stand in the house of the

care,

the

LORD; in the courts of the house of wise providence hast appointed diour GOD. Verse 2.

vers Orders in thy Church; give 3 'O' praise the LORD, for the thy grace, we beseech thee, to thy LORD is gracious: O sing praises servant, to whorn the charge of this unto his name, for it is lovely. Verse 3. congregation is now committed ;-and

4 The LORD is gracious and mer. so replenish him with the truth of ciful, long-suffering and of great thy doctrine, and endue him with goodness. Psalm cxlv. verse 8. innocency of life, that he may faith

5 The LORD is loving unto every fully serve before thee, to the glory, man; and his mercy is over all his of thy great name, and the benefit of works. Verse 9.

thy holy Church, through Jesus 6 All thy works praise thee, O CHRIST, our only Mediator and ReORD; and thy saints give thanks deemer. Amen. unto thee. Verse 10. 7 The LORD doth build up Jeru.

O HOLY Jesus, who hast pur. salem; and gather together the out

chased to thyself a universal Church, casts of Israel. Psalm cxlvii. verse 2 and hast promised to be with the

8 He healeth those that are broken ministers of apostolic succession to in heart; and giveth medicine to heal the end of the world; be graciously their sickness. Verse 3.

pleased to bless the ministry and ser. 9 The LORD's delight is in them vice of hiin, who is now appointed that fear him, and put their trust in praise to thee in this house, which is

to offer the sacrifices of prayer and his mercy. Verse 11. 10 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem ; of his mouth, and the meditation of

called by thy name. May the words praise thy God, O Zion. Verse 12. 11 For he hath made fast the bars

his heart be always acceptable in thy of thy gates; and hath blessed thy sight, O LORD,

our strength and our children within thee. Verse 13.

Redeemer. Amen. 12 He maketh peace in thy bor. O GOD, HOLY GHOST, sanctifier ders; and filleth thee with the flour of the faithful, visit, we pray thee, of wheat. Verse 14.

this congregation with thy love and 13 He is our God, even the God favor; enlighten their minds more of whom cometh salvation ; GOD is and more with the light of the everthe LORD by whom we escape death. lasting Gospel ; graft in their hearts Psalm lxviii. verse 20.

a love of the truth; increase in them 14 O God, wonderful art thou in true religion; nourish them with all thy holy, places, even the God of goodness; and of thy great mercy, Israel ; he will give strength and keep them in the same, o blessed power unto his people. Blessed be SPIRIT, whom with the FATHER God. Verse 35.

and the Son together we worship Glory be to the FATHER, and to and glorify as one God, world with. the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; out end. Amen. As it was in the beginning, is now,

Benediction. and ever shall be, world without end.

Min. The Law was given by The God of peace, who brought Moses.

again from the dead our Lord JESUS Peo. But grace and truth came Christ, the great Shepherd of the by Jesus Christ.

sheep, through the blood of the everMin. f Peo. Who is God over lasting covenant, make you perfect all, blessed for evermore. Amen.

in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well

pleasing in his sight, through JESUS MOST gracious God, the giver of|CHRIST; to whom be glory for ever all good and perfect gifts, who, of thy! and ever. Amen.

Let us pray.

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