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that he also descended first he lower parts of the earth : nat descended, is the same hat ascended up far above avens, that he might fill all 3.) And he gave some Aposand some Prophets, and Evangelists, and some Pasand Teachers, for the perg of the Saints, for the work e Ministry, for the edifying * Body of Christ: till we aii o, in the unity of the faith and e knowledge of the Son of unto a perfect man, unto leasure of the stature of the ss of Christ.
or this shall be read for the Gospart of the ninth Chapter of Saint thew, as followeth.
St. Matt. ix. 36. HEN Jesus saw the multitudes, he was moved with assion on them, because they d, and were scattered abroad leep, having no shepherd. saith he unto his disciples, harvest truly is plenteous, le labourers are few : Pray refore the Lord of the harthat he will send forth lars into his harvest. lse this that followeth, out of the enth Chapter of Saint John. St. John, x, 1. RILY, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the into the sheep-fold, but eth up some other way, the is a thief and a robber. !e that entereth, in by the is the shepherd of the sheep. m the porter openeth, and eep hear his voice; and he his own sheep by name, adeth them out.' And when teth forth his own sheep, eth before them, and the follow him; for they know
his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but wil; flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them, but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly: I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knowetlu me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and there shall be one fold, and one Shepherd. * Then the Bishop shall say unto them as followeth. YE have beard, brethren, as well in your private examination, as in the exhortation which was now made to you, and in the
holy lessons taken out of the Gos
pel, and the writings of the Apostoes, of what dignity, and of how great importance this office is, voie reunto ye are called. And now again we exhort you in the 1,'time of our Lord Jesus Christ, titat ye have in remembrance. into irow high a dignity, and to how weighty an office and charge ye are called : That is to say, to he Messengers, Watchmen, and $owards of the Lord ; to teach, a"d to premonish, to feed and provide for the Lord's family; to seck for Christ's sheep that are dispersed abroad, and for his children who are in the midst of this *ghty world, that they may be saved through Christ for ever. # Iave always therefore printed in your remembrance, how great a treasure is committed to your charge. For they are the sheep of Christ, which he bought with his death. and for whom he shed his blood. The Church and Consation whom you must serve. I Spouse, and his Body. And if it shall happen that the same Church, or any member thereof. do take any hurt or hinderance by reason of your negligence, ye know the greatness of the fault. and also the horrible punishment titat will ensue. Wherefore consider with yourselves the end of the Ministry towards the children of God, towards the Spouse and Body of Christ; and see that ye Ile V el cease your labour, your eitre and diligence, until ye have §otie all that lieth in you, accordo, to your bounden duty, to bring * such as are or shall be commit ted to your charge, unto that *...of in the faith and know...i. *:::::: and to that ripeness Perfectuess of age in Christ,
that there be no place left
you, either for error in reli or for viciousness in life. Forasmuch then as vour is both of so o of so great difficulty, ye see how great care and study to apply yourselves,as wellto yourselves dutiful and unto that Lord who hath you in so high a dignity; asa beware that neither you selves offend, norbe occasions others offend. Howbeityet have a mind and will therts, yourselves; for thatwilland is given of God alone: ye ought, and have need to earnestly for his Holy Spirit. seeing that ye cannot to other means compass the di so weighty a work, pertainio the salvation of man,butwith trine and exhortation taken of the holy Scriptures, and a life agreeable to the same; sider how studious ye out be in reading and learning Scriptures, and in framing manners both of yourselves, of them that specially you, according to the rol the same Scriptures: andfor self-same cause, how ye to forsake and set aside, § as ye may, all wordly care! studies. We have good hope to have well weighed theses with yourselves long best time; and that ye have t determined, by God's go give yourselves wholly to Office, whereunto it hath Fl God to call you: so that, as as lieth in you, ye will aps selves wholly to this one
and draw all your cares and
this way; and that ye will nually pray to God the Faby the mediation of our only our Jesus Christ, for the heaassistance of the Holy t; that by daily reading and ning the Scriptures, ye may riper and stronger in your itry; and that ye may so en5ur yourselves from time to to sanctify the lives of you yours, and to fashion them the rule and doctrine of it, that ye may be wholeand godly examples and rns for the people to follow. d now, that this present Contion of Christ may also unand your minds and wills in things, and that this your ise may the more move you your duties; ye shall anplainly to these things, h we, in the name of God, f his Church, shall demand u touching the same.
you think in your heart, hat you are truly called, acng to the will of our Lord Christ, and according to the ms of this Church, to the Ornd Ministry of Priesthood : swer. I think it.
E you persuaded that the oly Scriptures contain all rine required as necessary ernal salvation through faith sus Christ 2 and are you dened, out of the said Scripto instruct the people comd to your charge, and to teach ng, as necessary to eternal tion, but that which you shall rsuaded, may be concluded roved by the Scripture ? swer. I am so persuaded,
and have so determined, by God's grace.
The Bishop. WILL youthen give your faithful diligence, always so to minister the Doctrine and Sacraments, and the discipline of Christ, as the Lord hath coinmanded, and as this Church hath received the same, according to the commandments of God; so that you may teach the people committed to your cure and charge, with all diligence to keep
and observe the same 2 .Answer. I will so do, by the
help of the Lord.
The Bishop. WiLL you be ready with all faithful diligence to banish and drive away from the Church alierroneousandstrangedoctrines contrary to God's word; and to use both public and private mo: nitions and exhortations, as well to the sick as the whole within your cures, as need shall require, and occasion shall be given 2 ..Answer. I will, the Lord being my helper. The Bishop. ILL you be diligent in prayers, and in reading the holy Scriptures, and in such studies as help to the knowledge of the same, laying aside the study of the world and the flesh Answer. I will endeavour so to do, the Lord being my helper. The Bishop. WILL you be diligent to frame and fashion your own selves, and your families, according to the ioctrine of Christ; and to make both yourselves and them,
some examples and patterns to
the flock of Christ? Answer. I will apply myself
thereto, the Lord being my helper.
The Bishop. Włot. you maintain and set forwards, as much as lieth in you, quietness, peace, and love among all Christian people, and especially among them that are or shall be committed to your charge 2 on swer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper. The Bishop. WILL you reverently obey your Bishop, and other chief Ministers, who, according to the Canons of the Church, may have the charge and government over you; following with a glad mind and will their godly admonitions, and submitting yourselves to their godly judgments ower I will so do, the Lord being my helper. * Then shall the Bishop, standing up, say, ALMIGHTY God, who hath * * given you this will to do all these things, grant also unto you strength and power to perform the same; that he may accomplish his work which he hath began in you, through Jesus Christ our Hord. Anton.
* After this, the Congregation shall be desired, secretly in their prayers, to make their humble supplications to God for all these things; for the which prayers there shall be silence kept for a space.
After which, shall be sung or said by the bishop, the persons to be ordained oriests oil kneeling, Poni, Creato, Spiritus; the Bishop beginning, and the Priests and others that are pre
sent answering by verses, as followeth.|
C o Ghost, our souls inspire. 'ghto oth celestio" fore :
Dissolve, o Lord, the bands,
knit the knots of peace and love troughout all Christian lands. nt us the grace that we may know le Father of all might, t we of his beloved Son, as gain the blissful sight; that we may with perfect faith yer o thee, Spirit of Father, and of Son, jo, #%. #od the Father laud and praise, ld to his blessed Son, to the Holy Spirit of Grace, 2-equal Three in One. pray we, that our only Lord Tould plcase his Spirit to send tll that shall profoss his name, rom hence to the world's end. Amen. bat done, the Bishop shall pray in this wise, and say,
Let its pray. LMIGHTY God and heavenly Father, who, of thine infe love and goodness towards
hast given to us thy only and #
st dearly beloved Son Jesus 'ist, to be our Hedeemer, and
Author of everlasting life; o after he had made perfect redemption by his death, and ; ascended into heaven, sent oad into the world his Apos, Prophets, Evangelists, Doci, and Pastors; by whose labour ministry he gathered together 'eat flock in all the parts of the rld, to set forth the eternal ise of thy holy name: For
se so great benefits of thy eter- T
goodness, and for that thou t vouchsased to call these thy rants here present to the same ce and Ministry appointed for salvation of mankind. we renunto thee most hearty thanks, praise and worship thee; and humbly beseech thee by the le thy blessed Son, to grant unall, which either here or elseere call upon thy holy name, w that we may continue to selves thankful unto thee for
these and all thy other benefits; and that we may daily increase and go forwards in the knowledge, and faith of thee and thy Son, by the Holy Spirit: So that as well by these thy Ministers, as by them over whom they shal! be appointed thy Ministers, thy holy name may be for ever glori
larged, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, world without end. ..?»ien. 7 When this prayer is done, the Bishop with the priests present, shall lay their hands severa pon the head of every one that receiveth the Order of priesthood; the Receivers humbly kneeling, and the Bishop saying, & CEIVE the Holy Ghost for the office and work of a priest in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the imposition of our hands: whose sins thou dost forgive, they are forgiven : and whose sins thou dost retain, they are retained : And be thou a faithful Dispenser of the word of God, and of his holy Sacraments : in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Jimen.
Or this ;
AKE thou authority to execute the office of a Priest in the Church of God now committed to thee by the imposition of our hands ; and be thou a faithsūl Dispenser of the word of God, and of his holy Sacraments: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. ..]?), on.
T Then the Tishry sha'] deliver to evory one of 13ton kneeling, the Bible
into his land, saying, c AKE, thou authority to preach the word of God, and to ini
fied, and thy blessed kingdom en