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SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
9 The Laws respecting Matrimony, whether by preblishing the Bans in Churches, or by Licence, being different in the several States ; every Minister is left to the dirction of those Laws, in every thing that regards the civil contract between the Parties And when the Bans are published, it shall be in the following formal publish the Bans of Marriage between M. of -, and N. of - If any of you know cause or just impediment, why these two persons should not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it. ( This is the first, second, or third time of asking.]
ç At the Day and Time appointmentI both, (as ye will answer at
[REQUIRE and charge you for ny, the Persons to be married shall come into the Body of the
the dreadful day of judgment, Church, or shall be ready in some when the secrets of all hearts proper house, with their Friends shall be disclosed) that if ei. and neighbours; and there stand-ther of you know any impcdiing together, the Man on the ment, why ye may not be lawRight Hand, and the Women on fully joined together in Mairi
the Left, the Minister shall say, mony, ye do now confess it : DEARLY beloved, we are
gathered together here For be ye well assured that in the sight of God, and in if any persons are joined 10the face of this Company, to gether otherwise than as God's join together this Nian and word doth allow, their marthis Woman in holy Matri- riage is not lawful. mony ; which is commended, The Minister, if he shall of Saint Paul to be honourable have reason to doubt of the among all men; and therefore latufulness of the proposed is not by any to be entered Marriage, may demand sufinto unadvisedly or lightly ; ficient surety for his indembut reverently, discreetly, ad- nification; but if n10 impre
no visedly, soberly, and in the diment shall be alleged, or fear of God. Into this holyi suspected, the Minister shall estate, these two persons pre- say to the Man, sent come now to be joined. M. WILT thou have this If any man can show just Woman to thy wedcause, why they may not law-ded Wife, to live together fully be joined together, let after God's ordinance, in the him now speak, or else here- holy estate of Matrimony? after for ever hold his peace. Wilt thou love her, comfort
And also speaking unto the her, honour, and kcep her, Persons who are to be mar- in sickness and in health ; and ried, he shall sail,
forsaking all others, keep thre
only unto her, so long as yet Then shall they loose their both shail live?
Hands, and the IVonan The Min shall answer,
with her Right Hand aking
the Man by his Right Hand, I will
shall likewise say after the Then shall the Minister say Minister, unto the Woman,
N take thee M. to my .1: WILT thou have this wedded Husband, to have
Mai) to thy wedded and to hold, from this day forIlusband, to live together af. ward, for better for worse, ter God's ordinance, in the for richer for poorer, in sickholy cstate of Matrimony? ness and in health, to love, Wilt thou obey him and serve cherish, and to obey, till death him, love, honour, and keep us do part, according to God's him, in sickness and in health; boly ordinance; and thereto and forsaking all others, keep I give thee my Troth. thee only unto him, so long
T Then shall they again loose both shall live? ye
their Hands; and the Man The Woman shall answer, shall give unto the Woman I will,
a Ring. And the Minister Then shall the Minister say,
taking the Ring shall deliv
er it unio the Man, 10 put Who giveth this Woman
it upon the fourth Finger of to be married to this Man ?
the Iloman's Left Hand. Then shall they give their And the Man holding the Troth to each other in this Ring there, and taught by Manner :
the Minister, shall say, The Minister receiving the WITH this Ring I thee Woman at her Father's or wed, and with all my Friend's hands, shall cause worldly goods I thee endow; the Man with his Right In the Name of the Father, Hand to take the Iloman by and of the Son, and of the her Right Hand, and to say Holy Ghost. Amen. after him as followeth: Then the Man leaving the M. take thee Ni to my
Ring upon the fourth Fin. wedded Wife, to have and
ger of the Iloman's Left to hold, from this day forward,
Hand, the Minister shall for better for worse, for rici er say, for poorer,
in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, OUR Father who art in till death us do part, accord- Heaven, Hallowed be thy ing to God's holy ordinance ; Name; Thy Kingdom come ; and thereto I plight thee my Thy Will be done on Earth, Troth.
as it is in Heaven ; Give us
Let us pray.
into temptation; but deliver TO
this day our daily bread; And Then shall the Minister forgive us our trespasses, as speak unto the Company: we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not TORASMUCH as M1. and
N. have consented tous from evil. Amen. gether in holy Wedlock, and
ETERNAL God, Crea- have witnessed the same be
tor and Preserver of all fore God and this company, mankind, giver of all spiritual and thereto have given and grace, the author of everlast- pledged their troth, each to ing life; send thy blessing upon the other, and have declared these thy servants, this man the same by giving and receise and this woman, whom we ing a Ring, and by joining bless in thy Name; that as hands; I pronounce, that they Isaac and Rebecca lived faith- are Man and Wife : In the fully together, so these per- Name of the Father, and of sons may surely perform and the Son, and of the Holy keep the vow and covenant Ghost. Amen. betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring given and received 1 And the Minister shall add is a token and pledge) and
this Blessing : may ever remain in perfect
Son,God the Holy Ghost, throughJesus Christ our Lord. bless, preserve, and keep you: Amen.
The Lord mercifully with his Then shall the Minister join
fivour look upon you, and fill their Right Hands together, iion and grace ; that ye nay
you with all spiritual benedic
so live together in this life, Those whom God hath join-that in the world to come ye ed together, let no man pui inay have life everlasting. asunder.
live according to thy "aws G Son
, the Father, God the
THE ORDER FOR THE VISITATION OF THE SICK. When any Person is sick, When he cometh into the notice shall be given there- sick Mun's presence, he shall of to the Minister of the say, kneeli: 3 down, ; ,
EMEMBER , Lord,
our , nor
quities of our forefathers; EACE be to this House, 'Spare us, good Lord, spare and to all that dwell in it. Ithy people, whom thou hast
redeemed with thy most pre-/mercy; give him comfort and cious blood ; and be not angry sure confidence in thee ; dewith us for ever.
fend him from the danger of Ans. Spare us, good Lord. the enemy; and keep him in & Then the Minister shall say,
perpetual peace and safety,
throughJesusChristour Lord. Let us pray.
HEAR us, Almighty and
, Christ, have mercy upon us.
most merciful God and Lord, have mercy upon us.
Saviour : Extend thy accusOUR
UR Father, who art in tomed goodness to this thy
Heave:), Hallowed be thy servant, who is grieved with Name; Thy Kingdom come; sickness. Sanctify,we beseech, Thy Will be done on Earth, thee, this thy Fatherly coras it is in Heaven ; Give us rection to him ; that the sense this day our daily bread ; And of his weakness forgive us our trespasses, as strength to his faith, and sewe forgive those who trespass riousness to his repentance : against us; And lead us not That if it shall be thy good into temptation ; But deliver pleasure to restore hiin to his us from evil. Annen. former health, he may lead
Min. () Lord, save thy ser- the residue of his life in thy vant ;
fear, and to thy glory : Or Ans. Who putteth his trust else give him grace so to in thee.
take thy visitation, that after Alin. Send him help from this painful life ended, he may thy holy place ;
dwell with thee in life everAns. And evermore migh-lasting, through Jesus Christ tily defend him.
our Lord. Amen. Min. Let the enemy have Then shall the Minister ex. no advantage of him ;
hort the sick Person after Ans. Nor the wicked ap
this Form, or other like : proach to hurt .
Toatih. Be unto lim, O Lord, D lihis, that Almighty God
a strong tower ;
Ans. From the face of his is the Lord of life and death, enemy
and of all things to them perMin. O Lord, hear our taining; as youth, strength, prayer ;
health, age, weakness, and Ans. And let our cry come sickness. Wherefore, whatunto thee.
soever your sickness is, know Minister.
you certainly that it is God's LORD, look down from visitation. And for what cause
heaven, behold, visit, and soever this sickness is sent relieve this thy servant. Look unto you ; whether it be to try upon him with the eyes of thy your patience for the example
of others, and that your faithjence : Shall we not much ramay be found, in the day of ther be in subjection unto the the Lord, laudable, glorious, Father of spirits, and live ? and honourable to the increase For they verily for a few days of glory and endless felicity ; chastened us after their own or else it be sent unto you to pleasure; but he for our profit, correct and amend in you that we might be partakers of whatsoever doth offend the his holiness. These words, eyes of your heavenly Father; good brother, are written in know you certainly, that if holy Scripture, for our comyou truly repent you of your fort and instruction ; that we sins, and bear your sickness should patiently, and with patiently, trusting in God's thanksgiving, bear our heamercy, for his dear Son Jesus venly Father's correction, Christ's sake, and render unto whensoever, by any manner him humble thanks for his of adversity, it shall please Fatherly visitation,submitting his gracious goodness to visit yourself wholly unto his will, us. And there should be no it shall turn to your profit,/greater comfort to Christian and help you forward in the persons, than to be made like right way that leadeth unto unto Christ, by suffering paeverlasting life.
tiently adversities, troubles, qIf the Person visited be self went not up to joy, but
and sicknesses. For he himvery sick, then the Minister
first he suffered pain: He enmay end his Exhortation in this place, or else pro- he was crucified
tered not into his glory, before ceed :
our way to eternal joy, is to TAKE therefore in good suffer here with Christ ; and
part the chastisement of our door to enter into eternal the Lord: For, as Saint Paul life, is gladly to die with saith in the twelfth chapter to Christ ; that we may rise the Hebrews, Whom the Lord again from death, and dwell loveth he chasteneth, and with him in everlasting life. scourgeth every son whom he Now therefore, taking your receiveth. If ye endure chas-sickness, which is thus profittening, God dealeth with you able for you, patiently, I exas with sons : For what son, hort you in tbe Name of God, is he whom the Father chas- to remember the profession teneth not? But if ye be with which you made unto God in out chastisement, whereof all your Baptism. And forasare partakers, then are ye much as afterthis life there is bastards, and not sons. Fur-an account to be given untothc thermore, we have had fathers rightcous Judye, by whom all of our flesh, which corrected must be judged, without reus, and we gave them rever- spect of persons ; I require