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OR LAYING ON OF HANDS UPON THOSE THAT ARE BAPTIZED
AND COME TO YEARS OF DISCRETION.
God they will evermore endeavour DEERENDOL O Lord, this they
Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed, and standing in order, before the Bishop; he (or some other
Minister appointed by him) shall read this Preface following.
may be ministered to the
LMIGHTY and everliving
God, who hast vouchsafed to ceive it, the Church hath thought
regenerate these thy servants by good to order, That none here- Water and the holy Ghost, and after shall be Confirmed, but such
hast given unto them forgiveness as can say the Creed, the Lord's
of all their sins; Strengthen them, Prayer, and the Ten Command
we beseech thee, O Lord, with the ments; and can also answer to
Holy Ghost the Comforter, and such other Questions, as in the daily increase in them thy manishort Catechism are contained:
fold gifts of grace; the spirit of which order is very convenient wisdom and understanding; the to be observed; to the end, that spirit of counsel and ghostly children, being now come to the strength; the spirit of knowledge years of discretion, and having and true godliness; and fill them, learned what their Godfathers and
O Lord, with the spirit of thy holy Godmothers promised for them in
fear, now and for ever. Amen. Baptism, they may themselves, with their own mouth and con- Then all of them in order kneel. sent, openly before the Church, ing before the Bishop, he shall ratify and confirm the same; and
lay his hand upon the head of also promise, that by the grace of
every one severally, saying, themselves faithfully
Child (or this thy Servant] such things, as they, by their own with thy heavenly grace, that he confession, have assented unto. may continue thine for ever; and Then shall the Bishop say,
daily increase in thy holy Spirit
more and more, until he come God, and of this congrega
unto thy everlasting kingdom. tion, renew the solemn promise Amen. and vow that was made in your Then shall the Bishop say, name at your Baptism ; ratifying
The Lord be with you. and confirming the same in your
Answer. And with thy spirit. own persons, and acknowledging yourselves bound to believe, and And (all kneeling down) the to do, all those things, which your
Bishop shall add, Godfathers and Godmothers then
Let us pray. undertook for you?
UR Father, which art in heaAnd every one shall audibly
ven, Hallowed be thy Name. answer, I do.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be
done in earth, As it is in heaven. The Bishop
Give us this day our daily bread. UR help is in the Name of
And forgive us our trespasses, the Lord ; Answer. Who hath made hea- against us. And lead us not into
As we forgive them that trespass ven and earth.
temptation; But deliver us from Bishop. Blessed be the Name
evil. Amen. of the Lord :
And this Collect. Ansucer. Henceforth, world without end.
LMIGHTY and everliving Bishop. Lord, hear our prayers. Answer. And let our cry come will and to do those things that unto thee.
be good and acceptable unto thy
Dosye here in the presence of
divine Majesty; We make our we beseech thee, to direct, sanchumble supplications unto thee for tify, and govern, both our hearts these thy servants, upon whom and bodies, in the ways of thy (after the example of thy holy laws, and in the works of thy Apostles) we have now laid our commandments; that, through thy hands, to certify them (by this most mighty protection both here sign) of thy favour and gracious and ever, we may be preserved in goodness towards them. Let thy body and soul; through our Lord fatherly hand, we beseech thee, and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. ever be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so
I Then the Bishop shall bless them, lead them in the knowledge and
saying thus, obedience of thy Word, that in THE Blessing of God Almigh; the end they may obtain ever
, lasting life; through our Lord Je- the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and sus Christ, who with thee and the remain with you for ever. Amen. Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth,
And there shall none be admitted ever one God, world without end.
to the holy Communion, until Amen.
such time as he be confirmed, O ALMIGHTY Lord, and
or be ready and desirous to be everlasting God, vouchsafe, confirmed.
THE FORM OF
First the Banns of all that are to be married together must be published in the Church three several Sundays, during the time of Morning Service, or of Evening Service, (if there be no Morning Service, immediately after the second Lesson ; the Curate saying after the accustomed manner,
EARLY beloved, we are gaPUBLISH the Banns of Mar- | DE I riage between M. of - and N. thered together here in the
If any of you know cause, sight of God, and in the face of or just impediment, why these this congregation, to join togetwo persons should not be joined ther this Man and this Woman together in holy Matrimony, ye in holy Matrimony; which is an are to declare it. This is the first honourable estate, instituted of [second, or third] time of asking. God in the time of man's inno
cency, signifying unto us the And if the persons that are to mystical union that is betwixt be married dwell in divers Pa
Christ and his Church; which rishes, the Banns must be asked in both Parishes, and the Ca. holy estate Christ adorned and
beautified with his presence, and rate of the one Parish shall not solemnize Matrimony betwixt
first miracle that he wrought, in them, without a Certificate of
Cana of Galilee; and is commendthe Banns being thrice asked,
ed of Saint Paul to be honourable from the Curate of the other among all men: and therefore is Parish.
not by any to be enterprised, nor I At the day and time appointed ly, or wantonly, to satisfy men's
taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightfor solemnization of Matrimony, the persons to be married shali
carnal lusts and appetites, like come into the body of the Church
brute beasts that have no underwith their friends and neigh standing; but reverently, discreetbours: and there standing toge
ly, advisedly, soberly, and in the ther, the Man on the right hand, fear of God; duly considering the and the Woman on the left, the causes for which® Matrimony was Priest shall say,
First, It was ordained for the
TILT thou have this Woprocreation of children, to be
man to thy wedded wife, brought up in the fear and nur- to live together after God's orditure of the Lord, and to the nance in the holy estate of Mapraise of his holy Name.
trimony? Wilt thou love her, Secondly, It was ordained for comfort her, honour, and keep a remedy against sin, and to a- her in sickness and in health ; void fornication; that such per- and, forsaking all other, keep sons as have not the gift of con- thee only unto her, so long as ye tinency might marry, and keep both shall live? themselves undefiled members of Christ's body.
I The Man shall answer, Thirdly, It was ordained for
I will. the mutual society, help, and com
Then shall the Priest say unto fort, that the one ought to have
the Woman, of the other, both in prosperity
N. and adversity. Into which holy WIT thou have this Man estate these two persons present
to thy wedded husband,
to live together after God's ordicome now to be joined. Therefore if any man can shew any just trimony? Wilt thou obey him,
nance in the holy estate of Macause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him
and serve him, love, honour, and now speak, or else hereafter for keep, him in sickness and in ever hold his peace.
health; and, forsaking all other,
keep thee only unto him, so long And also, speaking unto the per- as ye both shall live? sons that shall be married, he
I The Woman shall answer,
I will. I both, as ye will answer at the
I Then shall the Minister say, dreadful day of judgement when Who giveth this Woman to be the secrets of all hearts shall be
married to this Man ? disclosed, that if either of you know any impediment, why ye
1 Then shall they give their troth
to each other in this manner. may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now
The Minister, receiving the Woconfess it. For be ye well assur
man at her father's or friend's ed, that so many as are coupled
hands, shall cause the Man with together otherwise than God's
his right hand to take the Wo.
man by her right hand, and to Word doth allow are not joined
say after him as followeth. together by God; neither is their Matrimony lawful.
wife, to have and to hold from At which day, of Marriage, if this day forward, for better for any man do alledge and declare worse, for richer for poorer, in any impediment, why they may
sickness and in health, to love not be coupled together in Ma- and to cherish, till death us do trimony, by God's Law, or the part, according to God's holy orLaws of this Realm ; and will dinance; and thereto I plight thee be bound, and sufficient sureties
my troth. with him, to the parties; or else put in a Caution to the full
T Then shall they loose their hands ; value of such charges as the
and the Woman, with her right persons to be married do thereby hand taking the Man by his right sustain) to prove his allegation:
hand, shall likewise say after then the solemnization must be
the Minister, de fer ende varmetil such time as the I Mustakicat he has to any wedded truth be .
husband, to have to hold If no impediment be alledged,
from this day forward, for better then shall the Curate say unto for worse, for richer for poorer, in the Man,
sickness and in health, to love, my troth.
cherish, and to obey, till death us giving and receiving of a Ring, do part, according to God's holy and by joining of hands; I proordinance; and thereto I give thee nounce that they be Man and
Wife together, In the Name of
the Father, and of the Son, and Then shall they again loose their
of the Holy Ghost. Amen. hands; and the Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring, laying
And the Minister shall add this the same upon the book with the
Blessing accustomed duty to the Priest ing the Ring, shall deliver it unto God the Holy Ghost, bless, the Man, to put it upon the fourth
preserve, and keep you; the Lord finger of the Woman's left hand.
mercifully with his favour look And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by the Priest, spiritual benediction and grace,
upon you; and so fill you with all
that ye may so live together in WITH this Ring 1 thee wed, this life, that in the world to with my body I thee wor
come ye may have life everlastship, and with all my, worldly ing. Amen. goods I thee endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, Then the Minister or Clerks, goand of the Holy Ghost. Amen. ing to the Lord's Table, shall say
or sing this Psalm following: Then the Man leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of the
Beati omnes. Psalm cxxviii. Woman's left hand, they shall LESSED are all they that nister shall say, Let us pray
For thou shalt eat the labour ETERNAL , Creator of thine : well is thee, Giver of all spiritual grace, the Thy wife shall be as the fruitAuthor of everlasting life; Send ful vine : upon the walls of thine thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, Thy children like the olivewhom we bless in thy Name; that, branches : round about thy table. as Isaac and Rebekah lived faith- Lo, thus shall the man be blessfully together, so these persons
ed : that feareth the Lord. may surely perform and keep the The Lord from out of Sion shall vow and covenant betwixt them
so bless thee : that thou shalt see made, (whereof this Ring given
Jerusalem in prosperity all thy and received is a token and pledge,) life long; and may ever remain in perfect Yea, that thou shalt see thy love and peace together, and live
children's children: and peace upaccording to thy laws; through on Israel. Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Glory be to the Father, and to
the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; Then shall the Priest join their right hands together, and say,
As it was in the beginning, is
and ever shall be : world Those whom God hath joined without end. Amen. together let no man put asunder. I Then shall the Minister speak
Or this Psalm. unto the people.
Deus misereatur. Psalm lxvii. CORAS Monsente as Meand NG Webe mercifud unto us, and
together in bless the holy wedlock, and have witnessed light of his countenance, and be the same before God and this com- merciful unto us. pany, and thereto have given and That thy way may be known pledged their troth either to other, upon earth : thy saving health and have declared the same by l among all nations.
eine Lord's Table, the priest stand. O venly Father, by whose gra
Let the people praise thee, O these thy servants, and sow the God : yea, let all the people praise seed of eternal life in their hearts; thee.
that whatsoever in thy holy Word O let the nations rejoice and be they shall profitably learn, they glad : for thou shalt judge the may in deed fulfil the same. Look, folk righteously, and govern the O Lord, mercifully upon them nations upon earth.
from heaven, and bless them. And Let the people praise thee, O as thou didst send thy blessing God : yea, let all the people praise upon Abraham and Sarah, to thee.
their great comfort, so vouchsafe Then shall the earth bring forth to send thy blessing upon these her increase : and God, even our thy servants; that they obeying own God, shall give us his blessing. thy will, and alway being in safe
God shall bless us : and all the ty under thy protection, may aends of the world shall fear him. bide in thy love unto their lives'
Glory be to the Father, and to end; through Jesus Christ our the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; Lord. Amen.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world
This Prayer next following shall without end. Amen.
be omitted, where the Woman is The Psalm ended, and the Mar past child-bearing. and the ing at the Table, and turning his face towards them, shall say,
cious gift mankind is increased; Lord, have mercy upon us.
We beseech thee, assist with thy Answer. Christ, have mercy
blessing these two persons, that
they may both be fruitful in proupon us. Minister. Lord, have mercy up
creation of children, and also live together so long in godly love and
honesty, that they may see their 09 UR Father, which art in hea
children christianly and virtuousven, lowed be thy Name. ly brought up, to thy praise and Thy kingdom come. Thy will be
honour; through Jesus Christ our done in earth, As it is in heaven. Lord. Ameri. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass
power hast made all things against us. And lead us not into
of nothing; who also (after other temptation; But deliver us from
things set in order) didst appoint, evil. Amen.
that out of man (created after Minister. O Lord, save thy ser- thine own image and similitude) vant, and thy handmaid;
woman should take her beginning; Answer. Who put their trust and, knitting them together, didst in thee.
teach that it should never be lawMinister. O Lord, send them ful to put asunder those whom help from thy holy place;
thou bý Matrimony hadst made Answer. And evermore defend one: 0 God, who hast consethem.
crated the state of Matrimony to Minister. Be unto them a tower such an excellent mystery, that of strength,
in it is signified and represented Answer. From the face of their the spiritual marriage and unity enemy.
betwixt Christ and his Church, Minister. O Lord, hear our Look mercifully upon these thy prayer.
servants, that both this man may Answer. And let our cry come love his wife, according to thy unto thee.
Word, (as Christ did love his Minister.
spouse the Church, who gave himO GOD of Abraham, Gode of self for it, loving and cherishing , , bless it ,