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MAKING, ORDAINING, AND CONSECRATING

BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND DEACONS,
ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA, AS ESTABLISHED BY THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY
OF SAID CHURCH, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
A. D. 1792

THE PREFACE. It is evident unto all men, diligently reading holy Scripture and ancient

authors, that from the Apostles' time there have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church,-Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Which offices were evermore had in such reverent estimation, that no man might

sume to execute any of them, except he were first called, tried, er amined, and known to bave such qualities as are requisite for the same; and also by public prayer with imposition of hands, were approved and admitted thereunto by lawful authority. And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be continued, and reverently used and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishup, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered to execute any of the said functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted therennto according to the form hereafter following, or hath had Episcopal Consecration or

Ordination.. And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, except he be of the

age which the Canon in that case provided may require. And the Bishop knowing, either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, any

person to be a man of virtuous conversation, and without crime, and, after examination and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the holy Scripture, and otherwise learned as the Canons require, may, at the times appointed, or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the C urch, admit him a Deacon, in such manner and form as followeth.

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THE FORM AND MANNER OF MAKING DEACONS. When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a Serinon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Deacons ; how pecesary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the people ought to esteem

them in their office. L A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting 1

The Priest shall answer: in his chair near to the holy table, such as de sire to be ordained Deacons, each of them being I HAVE inquired concerning decently habited, saying these words:

them, and also examined them, and REVEREND father in GOD, I think them so to be. present unto you these persons pre- I Then the Bishop shall say unto the People : sent, to be admitted Deacons.

BRETHREN, if there be any of The Bishop.

you, who knoweth any impediment, TAKE heed that the persons whom or notable crime in any of these per. ye present unto us, be apt and meet sons presented to be ordered Deacons, for their learning and godly conver- for the which he ought not to be ad. sation, to exercise their ministry duly mitted to that Office, let him come to the honor of God, and the edify forth in the name of God, and show ing of his Church.

I what the crime or impediment is.

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And if any great crime or impediment be ob- 1 leave the word of

ad serve Jected, the Bishop shall cease from Ordering that person, until such time as the party ac-tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye cused shall be found clear of that crime. out among you seven men of honest # Then the Bishop (commending such as shall report, full of the Holy Ghost and be found meet to be Ordered, to the prayers of the congregation) shall, with the clergy and wisdom, whom we may appoint over people present, say the Litany.

this business. But we will give our. Then shall be said the Service for the Commu- selves continually to prayer, and to nion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as

the ministry of the word. And the followeth. The Collect.

saying pleased the whole multitude.

And they chose Stephen, a man full ALMIGHTY God, who by thy of faith and of the HOLY GHOST, and divine Providence hast appointed Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, divers orders of ministers in thy and Timon, and Parmenas, and Ni. Church, and didst inspire thine

colas a proselyte of Antioch: whom Apostles to close into the Order of

they set before the Apostles: and Deacons the first martyr Saint Ste-1

e when they had prayed, they laid phen, with others; mercifully behold these thy servants now called to of God increased, and the number

their hands on them. And the word the like office and administration; 80 replenish them with the truth of thy li

o of the disciples multipled in Jerusa

ylem greatly, and a great company of doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that both by word and

the priests were obedient to the faith. good example they may faithfully! Then shall the Bishop examine every one of

those who are to be ordered, in the presence of serve thee in this office, to the glory! the people, after this manner following: of thy name, and the edification of DO you trust that you are inward. thy Church, through the merits of ly moved by the Holy Ghost to our Saviour JESUS CHRIST, who take upon you this office and minis liveth and reigneth with thee and the tration, to serve God for the promotHOLY GHOST, now and for ever. ing of his glory, and the edifying of Amen.

his people The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 8. Answer. I trust so. LIKEWISE must the Deacons be

The Bishop grave, not double-tongued, not given DO you think that you are truly to much wine, not greedy of filthy called, according to the will of our lucre; holding the mystery of the Lord JESUS CHRIST, and according faith in a pure conscience. And let to the Canong of this Church to the these also' first be proved; then let ministry of the same ? them use the office of a Deacon, be- Answer. I think so. ing found blameless. Even so must| their wives be grave, not slanderers,

· The Bishop. sober, faithful in all things. Let the DO you un feignedly believe all the Deacons be the husbands of one wife, canonical Scriptures of the Old and ruling their children and their own New Testament? houses well. For they that have used Answer. I do believe them. the office of a Deacon well, purchase

. . The Bishop. to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in! WILL you diligently read the CHRIST Jesus.

same unto the people assembled in 1 or else this, out of the sixth Chapter of the

the church where you shall be ap. Acts of the Apostles.

pointed to serve ? Acts vi. 2.

Answer. I wih. THEN the twelve called the mul.

The Bishop. citude of the disciples unto them, and IT appertaineth to the office of a said, It is not reason that we should Deacon, in the church where he shal

to search for the sicklsion is so made and your lights burnie girded about.

. be appointed to serve, to assist the T Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of

Priest in divine service, and special them the New Testament, saying, ly when he ministereth the Holy! TAKE thou authority to read the Communion, and to help him in the Gospel in the Church of God, and to distribution thereof; and to read preach the same, if thou be thereto holy Scriptures' and Homilies in the licensed by the Bishop himself. church; and to instruct the youth in 1 Then one of them appointed by the Bishop the Catechism ; in the absence of

shall read the Priest to baptize infants ; and to The Gospel. St. Luke xii. 35. preach, if he be admitted thereto by LET your loins be girded about, ihe Bishop. And furthermore, it is and your lights burning, and ye your. his office, where provision is so made, selves like unto men that wait for to search for the sick, poor, and in their Lord, when he will return from potent people of the parish, to inti- the wedding ; that when he cometh mate their estates, names, and places and knocketh, they may open unto where they dwell, unto the Curate, him immediately. Blessed are those that by his exhortation they may be servants whom the Lord when he relieved with the alms of the parish cometh shall find watching : Verily ioners, or others : Will you do this I say unto you, That he shall gird gladly and willingly?

himself, and make them to sit down Answer. I will so do by the help to meat, and will come forth and serve of GOD.

them. And if he shall come in the The Bishop.

second watch, or come in the third WILL you apply all your dili.

watch, and find them so, blessed are

those servants. gence to frame and fashion your own lives, and the lives of your families,

* Then shall the Bishop proceed in the Com

munion; and all who are Ordered, shall tarry according to the doctrine of CHRIST:1 and receive the Holy Communion the sun. and to make both yourselves and

day with the Bishop. them ag much as in voulieth. The. Comraunion ended, after the last collect.

and immediately before the Benediction, shall wholesome examples of the flock of be said this Collect following: CHRIST?

ALMIGHTY GOD, giver of aH Answer. I will so do, the LORD good things, who of thy great good. being my helper.

ness hast vouchsafed to accept and

take these thy servants unto the office The Bishop.

of Deacons in thy Church; make WILL you reverently obey your them, we beseech thee, O LORD, to Bishop, and other chief ministers be modest, humble, and constant in who, according to the Canons of the their ministration, to bave a ready Church, may have the charge and will to observe all spiritual discipline; government over you; following with that they having always the testimony a glad mind and will their godly ad- of a good conscience, and continuing monitions ?

ever stable and strong in thy Son Answer. I will endeavor so to do, CHRIST, may so well behave theme the LORD being my helper.

selves in this inferior office, that they

may be found worthy to be called Then the Bishop, laying his hands severally upon the head of every one of them hunibly unto the higher ministries in thy kneeling before him, shall say,

Church, through the same thy Son TAKE thou authority to execute our Saviour JESUS CHRIST; to the office of a Deacon in the Church whom be glory and honor, world of God committed unto thee: in without end. Amen. the name of the Father, and of The peace of God, which passeth the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. all understanding, keep your hearts Amon.

and minds in the knowledge and

love of God, and of his Son JESUS con the space of a whole year (except for rea.

sonable causes it shall otherwise seem good CHRIST our Lord: And the blessing

unto the Bishop) to the intent he may be perof GOD ALMIGHTY, the FATHER, fect, and well expert in the things appertaining

to the ecclesiastical administration; in execu. the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be

ting whereof, if he be found faithful and diliamongst you, and remain with you gent, he may be admitted by his Diocesan to always. Amen.

the Order of Priesthood, at the times appointed

in the Canon, or else, on urgent occasion, upon 1 And here it must be declared unto the Deacon, sorne other day, in che face of the Church, in

that he must continue in that office of a Dea-1 ruch manner and form a bereafter followetb.

THE FORM AND MANNER OF

ORDERING PRIESTS.

1 When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a

Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Priests; how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the people ought to esteem them in their office. 1 A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting 11 And if any great crime or impediment be ob

in his hair near to the holy table, all those lected, the Bishop shall cease from Ordering who are to receive the order of Priesthood that that person, antil such time as the party ad day, each of them being decently habiced, and cused shall be found clear of that crime. shall say:

1 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall REVEREND father in God, I

be found meet to be Ordered, to the prayers of

the congregation) shall, with the clergy and present unto you these persons pre-l people present, say the Litany, with the sent, to be admitted to the order of

prayers as is before appointed in the Form of

Ordering Deacons, save only, that in the pro Priesthood.

per suffrage there added, the word Deacons The Bishop.

shall be omitted, and the word Priests inserted

instead of it TAKE heed that the persons whom is Then shall be said the Service for the Comma. ye present unto us, be apt and meet

nion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, 25

followeth. for their learning and godly conversation, to exercise their ministry duly

The Collect. to the horor of God, and the edify! ALMIGHTY GOD, giver of all ing of the Church.

good things, wlio by thy HOLY 1 The Priest shall answer:

ŠPIRIT hast appointed divers orders I HAVE inquired concerning of ministers in

arning of ministers in the Church; merci. them, and also examined them, and fully behold these thy servants, now think them so to be.

called to the office of Priesthood; Then the Bishop shall say unto the People :

and so replenish them with the truth GOOD people, these are they ;

Jof thy doctrine, and adorn them with whom we purpose, God willing, to

innocency of life, that both by word receive this day unto the holy office

O and good example they may faith. of Priesthood : for after due examina

e fully serve thee in this office, to the tion, we find not to the contrary, but glory of thy name, and the edification

of thy Church, through the merits of that they are lawfully called to their function and ministry, and that they li

our Saviour JESUS CHRIST, who

liveth and reigneth with thee and are persons meet for the same. But 13 yet ‘if there be any of you, who

the Holy Ghost, world without

end." Amen. knoweth any impediment or notable crime in any of them, for the which! The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7. he ougut not to be received into this UNTO every one of us is given holy ministry, let him come forth in grace according to the measure of the the name of God, and show what the gift of CHRIST. Wherefore he saith, crime or impediment ia.

| When he ascended up on high, he

led captivity captive, and gave gifts/unto you, I am the door of the sheep. unto men. (Now that he ascended, All that ever came before me are what is it but that he also descended thieves and robbers; but the sheep first into the lower parts of the earth ? did not hear them. I am the door; He that descended, is the same also by me if any man enter in, he shali that ascended up far above all hea. be saved, and shall go in and out, and vens, that he might fill all things.) find pasture. The thief cometh not And he gave some Apostles, and some but for to steal, and to kill, and to Prophets, and some Evangelists, and destroy: I am come that they might

stors and Teachers, for the have life, and that they might have it perfecting of the saints, for the work more abundantly: I am the good of the ministry, for the edifying of the shepherd : the good shepherd givett body of Christ; till we all come, his life for the sheep. But he that is in the unity of the faith and of the a hireling, and not the shepherd, knowledge of the Son of God, unto a whose own the sheep are not, seeth perfect man, unto the measure of the the wolf coming, and leaveth the stature of the fulness of CHRIST. sheep, and fleeth ; and the wolf catch* After this shall be read for the Gospel, pari eth them, and scattereth the sheep. of the ninth chapter of Saint Mailhewo, as The hireling fleeth because he is a followeth.

hireling, and careth not for the sleep. St. Matt. ix. 36.

I am the good shepherd, and know WHEN JESUS saw the multi- my sheep, and am known of mine. tudes, he was moved with compassion As the Father knoweth me, even sa on them, because they fainted, and know I the Father: and I lay dowu were scattered abroad as sheep having my life for the sheep. And other no shepherd. Then saith he unto his sheep I have, which are not of this disciples, The harvest truly is plen- fold; them also I must bring, and teous, but the laborers are few: Pray they shall hear my voice : and there ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, shall be one fold, and one shepherd. that he will send forth laborers into a Then the Bishop shall say unto them as his harvest.

followeth. I or else this that followeth, out of the tenth Y E have heard, brethren, as well chapter of Shint John

in your private examination, as in the St. John. x. 1.

rtation which was now made to VERILY, verily, I say unto you, you, and in the holy lessons taken out He that entereth not by the door into of the gospel, and the writings of the the sheep-fold, but climbeth up some Apostles, of what dignity, and of bow other way, the same is a thief and a great importance this office is, whererobber. But he that entereth in by unto ye are called. And now again the door, is the shepherd of the sheep. we exhort you in the name of our To him the porter openeth, and the Lord Jesus CHRIST, that ye have sheep hear his voice; and he calleth in remembrance, into how high a his own sheep by name, and leadeth dignity, and to how weighty an office them out. And when he putteth forth and charge ye are called : that is to his own sheep, he goeth before them, say, to be messengers, watchmen, and and the sheep follow him; for they stewards of the LORD; to teach, and know his voice. And a stranger will to premonish, to feed and provide for they not follow, but will flee from the LORD'S family ; to seek for him; for they know not the voice of CHRIST'S sheep that are dispersed strangers. This parable spake JESUS abroad, and for his children who are unto them, but they understood not in the midst of this naughty world, what things they were which he that they may be saved through spake unto them. Then said JESUS CHRIST for ever. unto them again, Verily, verily, I say Have always therefore printed in

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