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Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND DEACONS,
According to the Order of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, as estab
lished by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of said Church, in General Convention, in the month of September, A.D. 1792.
1 THE PREFACE. It is evident unto all men, diligently reading holy Scripture and ancient Authors, that from the Apos
tes' time there have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church,-Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Which Offices were evermore had in such reverend estimation, that no man might presume to execute any of them, except he were first called, tried, examined, and known to have such qualities as are requisite for the same; and also by public Prayer, with imposition of Hands, were approved and adeniued thereunto by lawsul Authority. And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be coptinued, and reverently used and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered to execute any of the said Functions, excepe he be called, tried,
examined, and admitted thereunto, according to the Form hereafter following, or hath had Episcopal Consecration or Ordination. And nope 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 vir. tuous conversation, and without crime; and, after examination and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the holy Scripture, and otherwise learned as the Canonis require, may, at the times appointed, or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Church, adınit him a Deacon, in such Manner and Form as followeth.
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
Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Deacons ; how oecessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also how the People ought to estee m them
in their Office. 1. A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in Office, let him come forth in the
to be ordained Deacons, each of them being de- name of God, and show what the cently habited, saying these words :
crime or impediment is. EVEREND Father in God, And if any great Crime or Impediment be oh. I present unto you these
persons present, to be admitted Dea- Person, until such time as the Party accused shall cons.
1 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be The Bishop
found meet to be ordered, to the Prayers of the MAKE heed that the persons ple present, say the Lilany.
Congregation) shall, with the Clergy and Peowhom ye present unto us, " Then shall be said the Service for the Cominube apt and meet for their learning! power in the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as and god!y conversation, to exer
The Collect. cise their Ministry duly to the
thy Divine Providence hast | The Priest shall answer :
appointed divers orders of MinisHAVE inquired concerning
ters in thy Church, and didst inthem, and also examined them, spire thine Apostles to choose inand think them so to be.
Ito the Order of Deacons the first I Then the Bishop shall say unto the People : Martyr Saint Stephen, with others;
RETHREN, if there be any mercifully behold these thy ser
of you, who knoweth any im- vants now called to the like Ofpediment, or notable crime in any fice and Administration; so reof these persons presented to be plenish them with the truth of thy ordered Deacons, for the which Doctrine, and adorn them with he ought not to be admitted to that innocency of life, that both by
honour of God, and the edifying ALMIGHTY God, who by I
word and good example they may increased, and the number of the faithfully serve thee in this Office, disciples multiplied in Jerusalem to the glory of thy name, and the greatly, and a great company of edification of thy Church, through the Priests were obedient to the the merits of our Saviour Jesus faith. Christ, who liveth and reigneth 1 Then shall the Bishop examine every one of those with thee and the Holy Ghost, ple, after this manner following:
who are to be Ordered, in the presence of the Peonow and for ever. Amen.
you trust that you are inThe Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 8. wardly moved by the Holy L
be grave, not double-tongued, fice and Ministration, to serve God not given to much wine, not gree-for the promoting of his glory, and dy of filthy lucre; holding the mys- the edifying of his people? impier tery of the faith in a pure con
Answer. I trust so. science. And let these also first
The Bishop. be proved; then let them use the Do you think that you are tru
a blameless. Even so must their will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and wives be grave, not slanderers, so- according to the Canons of this ber, faithful in all things. Let the Church, to the Ministry of the same? Deacons be the husbands of one
Answer. I think so. wife, ruling their Children and
The Bishop. their own Houses well. For
they Do you unfeignedly believe all con well, purchase to themselves the Old and New Testament? a good degree, and great boldness Answer. I do believe them. in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The Bishop. orts * Or elke this out of the memory Chapter of the Ack WILL you diligently read the Acts vi. 2.
sembled in the Church where you THEN the Twelve called the shall be appointed to serve? them, and said, It is not reason
The Bishop that we should leave the Word of IT appertaineth to the Office of fore, brethren, look ye out among he shall be appointed to serve, to you seven men of honest report, assist the Priest in Divine service, full of the Holy Ghost and wis- and specially when he ministereth dom, whom we may appoint over the Holy Communion, and to help this business. But we will give him in the distribution thereof; ourselves continually to prayer, and to read holy Scriptures and and to the ministry of the Word. Homilies in the Church; and to inAnd the saying pleased the whole struct the Youth in the Catechism; multitude. And they chose Ste- in the absence of the Priest to bappben, a man full of faith and of the tize Infants; and to preach, if he Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Pro- be admitted thereto by the Bishop. chorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, And futhermore, it is his Office, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a pros- where provision is so made, to elyte of Antioch: whom they set search for the sick, poor, and imbefore the Apostles; and when they potent people of the Parish, to inhad prayed, they laid their hands timate their estates, names, and
And the word of God places where they dwell, unto the
Curate, that by his exhortation whom the Lord when he cometh they may be relieved with the alms shall find watching: Verily I say of the Parishioners, or others: Will unto you, That he shall gird himyou do this gladly and willingly? self, and make them to sit down to
Answer. I will so do by the meat, and will come forth and help of God.
serve them. And if he shall come The Bishop.
in the second watch, or come in TILL you apply all your dili- the third watch, and find them so,
gence to frame and fashion blessed are those servants. your own lives, and the lives of 1 Then shall the Bishop proceed in the Communion ;
and all who are Ordered, shall tarry, and receive your families, according to the
the Holy Communion the same day with the Bishop. Doctrine of Christ; and to make 1 The Communion ended, after the last Collect, and both yourselves and them, as much
immediately before the Benediction, shall be said
this Collect following: as in you lieth, wholesome exam
LMIGHTY God, giver of all ples of the flock of Christ?
good things, who of thy great Answer. I will so do, the Lord goodness hast vouchsafed to accept being my helper.
and take these thy Servants unThe Bishop.
to the Office of Deacons in thy TILL you reverently obey Church; make them, we beseech
your Bishop, and other chief thee, O Lord, to be modest, humMinisters, who, according to the ble, and constant in their MinisCanons of the Church, may have tration, to have a ready will to obthe charge and government over serve all spiritual Discipline; that you; following with a glad mind they having always the testimony and will their godly admonitions? of a good conscience, and continu
Answer. I will endeavour so ing ever stable and strong in thy to do, the Lord being my helper. Son Christ, may so well behave 1 Then the Bishop, laying his Hands severally up themselves in this inferior Office, on the Head of every one of them humbly kneeling before him, shall say,
that they may be found worthy to VAKE thou Authority to exe- be called unto the higher Ministries
cute the Office of a Deacon in thy Church, through the same in the Church of God committed thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; unto thee; In the name of the to whom be glory and honour, Father, and of the Son, and of the world without end. Amen. Holy Ghost. Amen. 1 Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of
THE peace of God, which passTH
eth all understanding, keep them the New Testament, saying, AKE thou Authority to read your hearts and minds in the know
the Gospel in the Church of ledge and love of God, and of his God, and to preach the same, if Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And thou be thereto licensed by the the blessing of God Almighty, the Bishop himself.
Father, the Son, and the Holy Then one of them appointed by the Bishop shall Ghost, be amongst you, and re
main with you always. Amen. The Gospel. St. Luke xii. 35. And here it must be declared unto the Deacon,
that he must continue in that Office of a Deacon ,
the space of a whole Year (except for reasonable and your lights burning, and Causes it shall otherwise seem good onto the ye yourselves like unto men that Bishop) to the intent he may be perfect, and well
experi in the thing appertaining io the Ecclesiaswait for their Lord, when he will tical Administration : in executing whereof, if he return from the wedding; that be found faitbful and diligent, he may he admit
ted by his Diocesan to the Order of Priesthood, at when he cometh and knocketh,
the times appointed in the Canon, or else, on ar. they may open unto him immedi- gent occasion, upon some other day, in the lace of
the Church, in such manner and form as hereafter ately. Blessed are those servants followeth.
Form and Manner of Ordering Priests.
When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duiy 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
The Collect. his Chair near to the holy Table, all those who are to receive the Order of Priesthood that day, LMIGHTY God, giver of each of them heing decently habited,and shall say:
all good things, who by thy
Holy Spirit hast appointed sons present, to be admitted to the Orders of Ministers in the
Church; order of Priesthood.
mercifully behold these thy ser| The Bishop.
vants now called to the Office of VAKE heed that the persons Priesthood; and so replenish them
whom ye present unto us, be with the truth of thy doctrine, and apt and meet for their learning and adorn them with innocency of life, godly conversation, to exercise their that both by word and good exministry duly to the honour of God, ample they may faithfully serve and the edifying of the Church. thee in this Office, to the glory of | The Priest shall answer :
thy name, and the edification of thy HAVE inquired concerning Church, through the merits of our
them, and also examined them, Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and think them so to be.
and reigneth with thee and the 1 Then the Bishop shall say unto the People: Holy Ghost, world without end. OOD People, these are they
Amen. whom we purpose, God willing, to receive this day unto the The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7.
the meato the contrary, but that they are sure of the gift of Christ. Wherelawfully called to their Function fore he saith, When he ascended and Ministry, and that they are up on high, he led captivity cappersons meet for the same. Buttive, and gave gifts unto men, yet if there be any of you, who (Now that he ascended, what is knoweth any impediment or nota- it but that he also descended first ble crime in any of them, for the into the lower parts of the earth? which he ought not to be received He that descended, is the same into this holy Ministry, let him also that ascended up far above come forth in the name of God, all heavens, that he might fill all and show what the crime or im-things.) And he gave some Apospediment is.
tles, and some Prophets, and some 1 And if any great Crime or Impediment be ob. Evangelists, and some Pastors and Person, until such time as the Party accused shall Teachers, for the perfecting
of the be found clear of that Crime.
Saints, for the work of the Minis1 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be found meet to be ordered, to the Prayers of the try, for the edifying of the Body Congregation) shall, with the Clergy and People of Christ; till we all come, in the before appointed in the form of Ordering Dea- unity of the faith and of the cons; save only, that in the proper suffrage there knowledge of the Son of God, added, the word Deacons shall be omitted, and the word Priests inserted instead of it. unto a perfect man, unto the
Then shall be said the Service for the Commu- measure of the stature of the fulnion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.
Iness of Christ.
ter of Saint John.
| After this shall be read for the Gospel, part of the that is an hireling, and not the niath Chapter of Saint Matthew, as followeth. St. Matt. ix. 36.
Shepherd, whose own the sheep HEN Jesus saw the multi- are not, seeth the wolf coming, and tudes, he was moved with
leaveth compassion on them, because they tereth the sheep. The hireling
the wolf catcheth them, and scatfainted, and were scattered abroad fleeth because he is an hireling, as sheep having no shepherd. Then fleeth because he is an saith he unto his disciples, The
and careth not for the sheep. harvest truly is plenteous, but the am the good Shepherd, and know labourers are few: Pray ye there my sheep, and am known of mine. fore the Lord of the harvest, that
As the Father knoweth me, even he will send forth labourers into down my life for the sheep. And
so know I the Father: and I lay his harvest. S or else this that followeth, out of the tenth Chap
other sheep I have, which are not
of this fold ; them also I must St. John x. 1.
bring, and they shall hear my VE
ERILY, verily, I say unto you, voice: and there shall be one
He that entereth not by the fold, and one Shepherd. door into the sheep-fold, but climb- 1 Then the Bishop shall say unto them as followeth. up some other way,
E have heard, that entereth in by the door, is the ination, as in the exhortation which shepherd of the sheep. To him was now made to you, and in the the porter openeth, and the sheep holy lessons taken out of the Goshear his voice; and he calleth his pel, and the writings of the Aposown sheep by name, and leadeth tles, of what dignity, and of how them out. And when he putteth great importance this office is, forth his own sheep, he goeth be- whereunto ye are called. And fore them, and the sheep follow now again we exhort you in the him; for they know his voice. name of our Lord Jesus Christ, And a stranger will they not fol- that ye have in remembrance, into low, but will fee from him; for how high a dignity, and to how they know not the voice of stran- weighty an office and charge yeare gers. This parable spake Jesus called: That is to say, to Le Mesunto them, but they understood sengers, Watchmen, and Stewards not what things they were which of the Lord; to teach, and to prehe spake unto them. Then said monish, to feed and provide for Jesus unto them again, Verily, veri- the Lord's family; to seek for ly, I say unto you, I am the door Christ's sheep that are dispersed of the sheep. All that ever came abroad, and for his children who before me are thieves and robbers: are in the midst of this naughty but the sheep did not bear them. world, that they may be saved I am the door ; by me if any man through Christ for ever. enter in, he shall be saved, and Have always therefore printed shall go in and out, and find pas- in your remembrance, how great ture. The thief cometh not but a treasure is committed to your for to steal, and to kill, and to des-charge. For they are the sheep troy: I am come that they might of Christ, which he bought with have life, and that they might have his death, and for whom he shed it more abundantly: I am the good his blood. The Church and ConShepherd: the good Shepherd giv- gregation whom you must serve, eth his life for the sheep. But helis his Spouse, and his Body. And