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People. But Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ :
Let us pray.
COST gracious God, the Giver of all good and perfect gifts,
who of thy wise providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church; Give thy grace, we beseech thee, to thy servant, to whom the charge of this. Congregation is now committed ; and so replenish him with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue him with innocency of life, that he may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Redeemer. Amen. O
HOLY Jesus, who hast purchased to thyself an universal
Church, and hast promised to be with the Ministers of Apostolic Succession to the end of the world ; Be graciously pleased to bless the ministry and service of him who is now appointed to offer the sacrifices of prayer and praise to thee in this house, which is called by thy Name. May the words of his mouth, and the meditation of his heart, be always acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer. Amen.
GOD, Holy Ghost, Sanctifier of the Faithful, visit, we
pray thee, this Congregation with thy love and favour ; enlighten their minds more and more with the light of the everlasting Gospel ; graft in their hearts a love of the truth; increase in them true religion ; nourish them with all goodness ; and of thy great mercy keep them in the same, O blessed Spirit, whom, with the Father and the Son together, we worship and glorify as one God, world without end. Amen,
Benediction. NHE God of peace, who brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant ; Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. .
I Then shall the Instituted Minister kneel at the Altar, to present his supplication
for himself, in this form. LORD my God! I am not worthy that thou shouldest
come under my roof; yet thou hast honoured thy servant with appointing him to stand in thy House, and to serve at thy holy Altar. To thee and to thy service I devote myself, soul, body, and spirit,--with all their powers and faculties. Fill my memory with the words of thy Law; enlighten my understanding with the illumination of the Holy Ghost; and may all the wishes and desires of my will centre in what thou hast commanded. And, to make me instrumental in promoting the salvation of the people now committed to my charge, grant that I may faithfully administer thy holy Sacraments, and by my life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively Word. Be ever with me in the performance of all the duties of my ministry ; in prayer, to quicken my devotion ; in praises, to heighten my love and gratitude ; and in preaching, to give à readiness of thought and expression suitable to the clearness and excellency of thy holy Word. Grant this for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Saviour.
T The Instituted Minister, standing up, shall say,
Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast built thy Church upon the
foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief Corner-Stone; Grant that, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, all Christians may be so joined together in unity of spirit, and in the bond of peace, that they may be an holy temple acceptable unto thee.
And especially to this congregation present, give the abundance of thy grace ; that with one heart they may desire the prosperity of thy holy Apostolic Church, and with one mouth may profess the faith once delivered to the Saints. Defend them from the sins of heresy and schism : let not the foot of pride come nigh to hurt them, nor the hand of the ungodly to cast them down, And grant that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve
thee in all godly quietness ; that so they may walk in the ways of truth and peace, and at last be numbered with thy Saints in glory everlasting ; through thy merits, O blessed Jesus, thou gracious Bishop and Shepherd of our souls, who 'art with the Father and the Holy Ghost one. God, world without end. Amen.
Then shall follow the Sermon : and after that the instituted Minister shall proceed to the Communion Service, and to administer the holy Eucharist to his congregation; and after the Benediction, (which he shall always pronounce,) the
Wardens, Vestry, and others, shall salute and welcome him, bidding him God speed. I When the Bishop of the Diocese is present at the Institution of a Minister, he shall
make to him the address prescribed in this Office in the form of a letter; and may perform such other duties herein assigned the Instituting Minister as he may choose.