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Then foall the Bishop Jay,
ye here in the prefence of and of this renew the folemn promife and vow that
was made in your name at your Baptifm; ratifying and confirming the fame in your own persons, and acknowledging yourselves bound to believe, and to do all those things which your Godfathers and Godmo thers then undertook for you?
And every one fhall audibly answer, I do.
The Bithop Anfwer. Who hath made heaven and earth.
Bishop. Bleffed be the name of the Lord.
Bishop. Let us pray.
IMIGHTY and everliving God, who haft vouchfafed to regenerate thefe thy fervants by water and the holy Ghot, and haft given unto them forgiver efs of all their fins; ftrengthen them, we beseech thee, O Lord, with the holy Ghoft the Comforter, and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace; the fpirit of wisdom and underflanding; the spirit of council and ghoftly ftrength; the fpirit of knowledge and true godli nefs; and fill them, O Lord, with the fpirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever. Amen.
Then all of them in order kneling before the Bishop, be hall lay his band upon the head of every one feverally, Jaying,
And (all kneeling down) the Bifbop fhall add, Let us pray. UR Fa her, which art in heaven; Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. us us our them that trefpafs against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. And this Collect.
Imighty and everlafting God, who makett us both to will and to do thofe things that be good and accept able unto thy divine Majefty; We make our humble fupplications unto thee for these thy fervants, upon whom (after the example of thy holy apoftles) we have now laid our hands, to certify them (by this fign) of thy favour and gracious goodness towards them. Let thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee, ever be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and fo lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy word, that in the end they may obtain everlafting life, through our Lord Jefus Chrift, who with thee and the holy Ghoft liveth and reignets, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
we beseech direct, and both our and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy may be preferved in body and foul, through our Lord and
hearts and bodies in the ways of thy laws, mot mighty protection, both here and ever, we Saviour Jefus Chrift. Amen.
Then the Bishop fall bless them, saying thus,
T HE bleffing of God Almighty, the Father, the soa, and the Holy Ghoft, be upon you, and remain with
you for ever. Amen.
And there fhall none be admitted to the boly
Thy will be done in as we
Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and defirous to be confirmed.
The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony.
rl the Banns of all that are to be married together, must be published in the Church three several Sundays or Holy-days, in the time of divine fervice, immediately before the Sentences for the Offertory, the Curate Jaying after the accustomed manner.
Publish the Banns of Marriage between M. of and N. of If any of you know caufe or just impedi ment, why these two perfons fhould not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it: This is the first [fecond, or third] time of alking.
The reafonableness of this Inftitution appears in fome meafure from the evil confèquences which would follow
upon an unlimited Commerce betwixt the two Sexes, fuch a brutal manner of life must neceffarily produce Confufion
And it the Perfons that are to be married, dwell in divers Parishes, the Banns must be afked in both Parishes, and the Curate of the one Parish shall not folemnize Matrimony betwixt them, without a certificate of the Perish Banns being thrice asked from the Curate of the other Parish.
At the day appointed for the Soleumization of Matrimony, the perfons to be married shall come into the body of the church with their Friends end Neighbours : and there flanding together, the Man on the right band, and the Woman on the left, tle Prieft fhall fay,
EARLY beloved, we
are gathered here together in the fight of God, and in the face of this congregation, to join together this Man and thris Woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honourable ellate, inituted of God in the time of man's innocency, fignifying unto us the myftical union that is betwixt Chrift and his Church which holy eftate Chrift adorned and beautified with His prefence, and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee, and is commended of St. Paul to be honourable among all men; and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand unadvifedly, lightly or wantonly, to fatisfy men's carnal lufts and appetites. like brute beafts that have no understanding but reverently, difcreetly, advifedly, foberly, and in the fear of God; duly confidering the caufes for which Matrimony was ordained.
First, it was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the tear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praife of his holy Name.
Secondly, it was ordained for a remedy against fin, and to avoid fornication, that such perfons as have not the gift of continency, might marry, and keep the mfelves undefiled members of Chr ft's body.
Thirdly, it was ordained for the mutual fociety, help and comfort that the one ought to have of the other, both in profperity and adverfity.
Into which holy eftate thefe two perfons prefent come now to be joined. Therefore if any man can fhewany juft caufe why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now fpeak, or elfe here after for ever held his peace.
And alfo peaking to the perfons that shall be married, he shall foy,
Require and charge you both (as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgment, when the fecrets of ally hearts fhall be difc ofed) that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined, together in Matrimony, ye do now confefs it. For be ye well affured, that fo many as are coupled together otherwife, than Gods Word doth allow,, are not joined together by God, neither is their Matrimony lawful. If no impediment be alledged, then ball the Curate jay' unto the Man,
IT thou have this woman to thy wedded wite, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy eftate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and keep her in fickness and in health, and forfaking all other, keep thee only unto her, fo long as ye both fhall live ? The Man hall anfwer, I will.
Then fhall the Priest say unto the Woman,
ILT thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy efate of Matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, ferve him, love, honour, and kerp him in fick nefs and in health, and forfaking all other, keep thee only unto him, fo long as ye both shall live The Woman shall answer, I will.
Then fhall the Minifter fay,.
Who giveth this woman to be married to this Man?
Then shall they give their troth to each other in this manner ;
The Minifter receiving the woman at her Fathers, or Friends hands, fhali cauje the man with his right hand to take the Weman by her right hand and to fay after him as followeth :
N. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for
to love and to cherish, till
us do part, according to
holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
N. take thee N. to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from
Then fhall they loufe their hands, and the Woman with ker right hand taking the Man by bis right band, fall like wife fay after the Minifter. this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in fickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth. Then hall they again loofe their hands, and the man fhall give unto the Woman a Ring, laying the fame upon the book, with tee accufiomed duty to the Priest and Clerk. And the Prieft taking the Ring, fall deliver it unto the
and utterly prevent that affectionate and mutual Affiftance which contributes fo much to the Support as well as Propagation of our Species; and without which the bufinets of Education would be liable to be neglected; besides, where the Ma riage Union is founded upon Virtue, fupported by Prudence and good nature; it bids fair for producing the
greatest happiness this world can afford: A happiness which mutual Intereft will ftrengthen, reciprocal kindness will improve, a fimiting Offspring confirm, and death feareely diffolve. See Gen. 2, 18, 22, 23. John 2. 1. 1 Cor. 7, 2. Heb. 13. 4.
Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the man holding the Ring there, and taught by the. Prieft, fhall fay,
W ITH this Ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee
endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft. Amen. Then the Man leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of th Womans lef hand, they shall both kneel down, and the Minister fhall fay, Let us pray. Eternal God, creator and preferver of all mankind, giver of all fpiritual grace, the author of everlasting lite; Send thy bleffing upon thefe thy fervants, this man and this woman, whom we blefs in thy name; that as Ifaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, fo thefe perfons may furely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring given and received is a token and pledge;) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws, through Jefus Chrift our
Then fhall the Prieft join their right hands together, and fay,
Orafmuch as N. and N. have confented together in holy wedlock, and have witneffed the fame be fore God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the fame by giving and receiving ofa Ring, and by joining of hands; I pronounce that they be man and wife together, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. And the Minifter fhall add this blefing.
OD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghoft, bleis, preferve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour lock upon you, and fo fill you with all fpiritual benediction and grace, that ye may fo live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlafting. Amen.
Then the Minifter, or Clerks going to the Lord's Table, fhall fay or fing this Pfalm following.
LESSED are all they that fear the Lord; and walk in his ways.
For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
'The Lord from out of Sion fhall fo bless thee: that thou fhall fee Jerufalem in profperity all thy life long Yea that thou shalt fee thy children's children; and peace upon Ifrael.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the, &c.
Or this Pfalm.
Deus miferatur. Pfalm 67.
OD be merciful unto us, and blefs us: and fhew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us,
Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praife thee.
O let the nations rejoice and be glad: for thou thalt judge the folk right oufly, and govern the nations upon earth
Then fhail the earth bring forth her increase: and God, even our own God, fhall give us his bleffing.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the, &c.
The Palm ended and the Man and the Woman kneeling before the Lords Table, the Prieft ftanding at the table, and turne
ing his face towards them sball fay,
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Anfw. Chrit, have mercy upon us.
. Minister, Lord, have mercy upon us.
come. Thy will be
earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trefpafies, as we for give them that trefpafs against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen. Minifter. O Lord, fave thy fervant and thy handmaid;
Anfw. Who put their trust in thee.
Minifter. O Lord, feud them help from thy holy place.
Aufw. And evermore defend them.
Muifter. Be unto them a tower of strength,
of of Ifaac, God these fervants, and
nal life in their hearts, that whatsoever in thy holy word they fhall profitably learn, they may indeed fulfil the fame. Look, O Lord, mercifully upon them from Heaven, and bless them. And as thou didit fend they bleffing upon Abraham and Sarah, to their great comfort; fo vouchsafe to fend thy bleffing upon these thy fervants, that they obeying thy will, and alway being in fafety under thy protection, may abide in thy love unto their lives end, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
halt made all things of
This Prayer next following shall be omittel, where the Woman is part child-bearing: Merciful Lord and heavenly Father, by whofe gracious gift mankind is increased; We beseech thee in alfo live together, fo long in godly love and honefty, that they may fee their children christianly and virtu oufly brought up, to thy praife and honour, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen. who alfo other fet in didft appoint that out of man (created after thine own image and fimilitude) woman should take her be ginning and knitting them together, didit teach that it fhould never be lawful to put afunder those whom thou by Matrimony hadit made one: O God, who haft confecrated the ftate of Matrimony to fuch a excellant myftery, that in it is fignified and reprefented the fpiritu I marriage and unity betwixt Chrut aad his Church; Look mercifully upon thefe thy fervants, that both this man may love his wife, according to thy word, (as Chrift did love his fpoufe the Church, who gave himfeif for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own fleth) and alfo that this woman may be loving and amiable, faithful and obedient to her husband, and in all quietnefs, fobriety and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons. O Lord, blefs them both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom, through Jefus Chrift our Lord." Amen.
Then fhall the Prieft fay,
at the create our first Adam and Eve, and did and
join them together in marriage; Pour upon you the riches of his grace, fanctify and bless you, that ye may please him bo h in body and foul, and live together in holy love unto your lives end. Amen. After which if there be no Sermon declaring the duties of Man and Wife the Minifter fhall read as followeth : LL ye that are married, or that intend to take the upon hear what the Scripture doth fay as touching the duty of hufbands towards their wives, and wives towards their husbands. Saint Paul in his Epifle to the Ephefians, the fifth Chapter, deth give this commandment to all married men, Hufbands love your wives, even as Chrift alfo loved the Church, and gave himself for it, that he might fanctify and cleanfe it with the washing of water, by the word; that he might prefent it to himself a glorious Church, not having fpot or wrinkle, or any fuch thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies: he that loveth his wife, loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nour theth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church for we are members of His body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this caufe fhall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two fhall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I fpeak concerning Chrift and the Church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular fo love his wife, even as himself. Epbrf. v. 25. Likewife the fame St Paul, writing to the Coloffians, fpeaking thus to all men that are married, Hufbands, love your Wives, and be not bitter against them. COL. iii, 19.
Hear also what St. Peter the Apostle of Chrift, who was himself a married man, faith unto them that are married; Ye hufbands dwell with your wives according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered. 1 S. PET. iii. 7.
Hitherto ye have heard the duty of the husband toward the wife. Now likewise, ye wives hear and learn your duties toward your husbands, even as it is plainly set forth in holy Scripture..
St. Paul in the aforenamed Epistle to the Ephefians teacheth you thus; Wives, fubmit yourfe'ves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Chrift, is the head of the Church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the Church is fubject unto Chrift, fo ler the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. And again he faith, Let the wife fee that the reverence her husband. EPHES. V. 22.
And in his Epistle to the Coloans, Saint Paul giveth you this fhort leffon, Wives fubmit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Col. iii. 18,
Saint Peter alfo doth inftruft you very well, thus faying, Ye wives, be in fubjection to your own husbands; that if any obey not the word, they also may without the word, be won by the converfation of the wives; while they behold your chafte converfation coupled with fear. Whofe adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptable even the ornament of a mieek and quiet spirit, which is in the fight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the ho y women also, who trusted in God,
£9 adorned themselves, being in fubjection unto their own hufbands; even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord; whofe daughters ye are as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. 1S. PET. 1. It is convenient that the new married perfons should receive the Hory Communion at the time of their marriage, or at the firft opportunity after their Marriage.
The ORDER for the
VISITATION of the SICK.
When any person is fuck, notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the Parish; who coming to the fick per fons boufe, fhall fay,
EACE be to this house, and to all that dwell in it.
Anfw. Spare us good Lord.
Then the Minifler fall fay,
Lord. have mercy upon us..
UK Father, which art in heaven; Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come.
Anfw. Which putteth his truft in thee.
Let us Pray
them that trefpafs against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Minister. O Lord, fave thy fervant;
Minifter. O Lord, hear our prayers.
This Office feems to be founded upon James 5, 14. Is any fick among you? let him call for the Elders of the hurch; and fet them pray over him." But tho' the effectual re vent Prayer of a righteous Man availeth much, tho' the comforts of Religion are more peculiarly acceptable in times of fickness and Affliction, yet let every Man beware H
LORD, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve this thy fervant. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort and fure confidence in thee, defend him from the danger of the en my, and keep him in perpetual peace and fafety, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
EAR and moit merciful God and to this thy
Hiervant, who is grieved with ficknefs. Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction to him
that the fenfe of his weakness may add ftrength to his faith, and ferioufnefs to his repentance. That it it fhould be thy good pleasure to reflore him to his former health, he may lead the refidue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory or elfe give him grace fo to take thy vifitation, that after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlafting, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then ball the Minifter exhort the fick perfon after this form or other like:
EARLY beloved, know this, that Almighty God is the Lord of life and death, and of all things to them pertaining, as youth, ftrength, health, age, weaknefs, and fickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your fickn.fs is, know you certainly, that it is Gods vifitation. And for what cause foever this fickaefs is feat unto you, whether it be to try your patience for the example of others, and that your faith may be found, in the day of the Lod, lauda.le, glorious and honourable, to the encrease of glory and endless felicity; or else it
of defering his Repentance to a fick bed: let him make hatte and delay not the time to keep God's ommandments. For Life is uncertain, a death bed Repentance is doubtful an Eternity of happir efs or Mifery is a matter of too much Importance to hazard upon such a precarious Crifis..