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Grant, O Lord, that by thy holy Word which shall be read and pieached in this place, and by thy Holy Spirit grafting it inwardly in the heart, the hearers thereof may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and may have power and strength to fulfi. the same. Amen.
Grant, O Lord, that whosoever shall be joined together in this place in the holy estate of Matrimony, may faithfully perform and keep the vow and covenant between them made, and may remain in perfect love together unto their lives' end. Amen.
Grant, we beseech thee, blessed Lord, that whosoever shall draw near to thee in this place, to give thee thanks for the benefits which they have received at thy hands, to set forth thy most worthy praise, to confess their sins unto thee, and to ask such things as are requisite and necessary, as well for ihe body as for the soul, may do it with such steadiness of faith, and with such seriousness, affection, and devotion of mind, that thou mayest accept their bounden duty and service, and vouchsafe to give whatever in thy infinite wisdom thou shalt see to be most expedient for them: All which we beg for Jesus Christ's sake, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Anien,
Then, the Bishop sitting in his chair, the Sentence of Consecration is to be read by some person appointed by him, and then laid by him upon the Communion Table; after which, the Bishop shal!
say, BLESSED be thy Name, O Lord, that it hath pleased thee to put
it into the hearts of thy servants to appropriate and devote this house to thy honour and worship; and grant that all who shall enjoy the benefit of this pious work, may show forth their thankfulness, by making a right use of it, to the glory of thy blessed Name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
After this, the Minister appointed is to read the service for the day.
FIRST. 1 Kings, chap. viii. verse 22 to verse 63.
Morning Prayer being ended, there shall be sung from the Book of Psalms, in Metre, Psalm xxvi. verses 6, 7, 8, with the Gloria Patri. The Bishop shall then proceed to the Communion Service. The following shall be the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, for the occasion.
O MOST glorious Lord, we acknowledge that we are not worthy
to offer unto thee any thing belonging unto us; yet we beseech thee, in thy great goodness, graciously to accept the Dedication of this place to thy service, and to prosper this our undertaking; receive the prayers and intercessions of all those thy servants who shall call upon thee in this house; and give them grace to prepare their hearts to serve thee with reverence and godly fear; affec! them with an awful apprehension of thy Divine Majesty, and a deep sense of their unworthiness; that so approaching thy sanctuary with lowliness and devotion, and coming before thee with clean thoughts and pure hearts, with bodies undefiled, and minds sanctified, they may always perform a service acceptable to thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. verse 14 to verse 17. BE ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial ? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel ? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in thein; and 1 will be their God, and they shall be my people.
The Gospel. St. John ii. verse 13 ND the Jews' Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to
Jerusalem, and found in the temple ihose that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when lie had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers inoney, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
T Then shall be said or sung the Hundredth Psalm.
| Here shall follow the Sermon. T The Sermon being ended, the Bishop shall proceed in the Service for the Communion, if it is to be adininistered at that time.
After the Communion, or, if it is not administered at that time, after the Sermon, and immediately before the final Blessing, the
Bishop shall say the following Prayer. BLESSED be thy Name, O Lord God, for that it hath Kleased
thee to have thy habitation among the sons of men, and to dwell in the midst of the assembly of the saints upon the earth ; bless, we beseech thee, the religious performance of this day, and grant that in this place now set apart to thy service, thy holy Name may be worshipped in truth and purity through all generations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your
hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
AN OFFICE OF
INSTITUTION OF MINISTERS
INTO PARISHES OR CHURCHES.
FRESCRIBED BY THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN TIIE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ESTABLISHED IN GENERAL CONVENTION OF TIIE BISHOPS, TIIE CLERGY, AND LAITY, 1804
; AND SET FORTH WITII ALTERATIONS, IN GENERAI, CONVENTION, 1808.
The Bishop having received due Notice of the Election of a Min ister into a Parish or Church, as prescribed by the Canon, concern. ing "the Election and Institution of Ministers," and being satisfied that the person chosen is a qualified Minister of this Church," inay transmit the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Rector, or Assistant Minister, to one of his Presbyters, whom he may appoint as the Institutor.
In any Diocese, the concluding Paragraph in the Letter of Institution may be onnitted, where it interferes with the Usages, Lau's, or Charters of the Church in the same.
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting. E do by these Presents give and grant unto you,
Sigillum. in whose Learning, Diligence, sound Doctrine, sind Prudence, we do fully confide, our License and Authority 10 perform the Office of a Priest, in the Parish (or Church] of E. And also hereby do institute you into said Parish,
Signat. (or Church,] possessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function 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 or Assistant Minister, as the case may be] of
Parislı, (or Church,) you are faithfully to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now intrusted 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 belonging to the altar; so we authorize you to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertain
until some urgent reason or reasons occasion wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, in bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal relation, hetween you and then : of all which you will give us due notice : and in case of any difference between you and your congregatio,
as to a separation and dissolution of all sacerdotal coni lection beIween you and them, we, your Bishop, with the advice of our Presbyters, are to be the ultimate arbiter and judge.
In witness whereof, we have hereunto affixed our episcopal seal and signature, at
and in the year of our consecration.
T 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 Committee shall send the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Minister, to the Presbyter whom they may appoini as Institutor,
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting. WE do by these Presents anthorize and empower
Sigillum. you to exercise the Office of a Priest in the Parish (or Church] of E. And by virtue of the power vested in us, do institute you into said Parish, [or Church,] possessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among the People of the same; you complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church.
And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector or Assistant Minister, as the case may be] of or Church,] you are to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now intrusted to you; not as a man-pleaser, but as con. tinually bearing in mind that you are accountable to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Church here, and to the Chief Bishop and Suvereign 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 your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection, 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 to a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection between you and then, 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 onr hands and seals, this day of
in the year
T The day being appointed for the new Incumbent's Institution, 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 War. dens (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 (or 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.
SECOND. St. John chap. x. verse 1 to verse 19.
ing within the rails of the Altar, shall say, DEARLY beloved in the Lord, we have assembled for the pur;
pose of instituting the Rev. A. B. into this Parish, Cor Church,] as Priest and Rector (or Assistant Minister) of the same; and we are possessed of your Vote that he has been so elected; as also of the prescribed Letter of Institution. But if any of you can show just cause why he may not be instituted, we proceed no further, because we would not that an unworthy person should minister among you. TIf any objection be offered, the Priest who acts as the Institutot shall judge whether it afford just cause to suspend the Service. No objection being offered, or the Priest who acts as the Institutor choosing to go on with the Service, he shall next read the Letter of Institution. And then shall the Senior Warden (or the Member of the Vestry supplying his place) present the keys of the Church to the new In
cumbent, saying, IN the name and behalf of Parish (or Church) I do receive
and acknowledge you, the Rev. A. B., as Priest and Rector (or Assistant Minister] of the same; and in token thereof, give into your hands the keys of this Church.
Then the new Incumbent shall say, I,
A. B., receive these keys of the House of God at your hands, as the pledges of my
Institution, and of your parochial recognition, and promise to be a faithful Shepherd over you, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Here the Instituting Minister shall begin the Office.
Let us pray.
DIRECT us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious
favour, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who hath taught us to pray unto thee, O Almighty Father, in his prevailing Naine and words,