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blessing which thy well beloved Son shall then pronounce to all that love and fear thee, saying, Come ye blessed children of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. Grant this, we beseech thee, O merciful Father, through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
THE FORM AND MANNER
OF MAKING AND ORDAINING OF BISHOPS ELDERS, AND DEACONS.
The Form and Manner of making of Deacons.
[When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, there shall be a sermon or exhortation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Deacons.]
After which, one of the Elders shall present unto the Bishop the persons to be ordained Deacons, and their names being read aloud, the Bishop shall say unto the people.
Brethren, if there be any of you who knoweth any impediment or crime in any of these
persons presented to be ordained Deacons, for the which he ought not to be admitted to that office, let him come forth in the name of God, and show what the crime or impediment is.
[If any crime or impediment be objected, the Bishop shall surcease from ordaining that person, until such time as the party accused shall be found clear of that crime.]
Then shall be read the following Collect and Epistle. The Collect.
Almighty God, who by thy divine Providence hast appointed divers orders of ministers in thy church, and didst inspire thy apostles to choose into the order of Deacons, thy first martyr St. Stephen, with others: Mercifully behold these thy servants, now called to the like office and administration; replenish them so with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that both by word and good example, they may faithfully serve thee in this office to the glory of thy name, and the edification of thy church, through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and for ever. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii, 8-13.
Likewise must the Deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a Deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the Deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a Deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
Then shall the Bishop examine every one of those who are to be ordained, in the presence of the people, after this manner following:
Do you trust that you are inwardly moved by the Holy Ghost, to take upon you the office of the ministry in the church of Christ, to serve God for the promoting of his glory and the edifying of his people?
Answ. I trust so.
The Bishop. Do you unfeignedly believe all the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testament?
Answ. I do believe them.
The Bishop. Will you diligently read or
expound the same unto the people whom you shall be appointed to serve ?
Answ. I will.
The Bishop. It appertaineth to the office of a Deacon to assist the Elder in divine service. And especially, when he ministereth the holy communion, to help him in the distribution thereof, and to read and expound the Holy Scriptures; to instruct the youth, and in the absence of the Elder to baptize. And furthermore, it is his office, to search for the sick, poor, and impotent, that they may be visited and relieved.-Will you do this gladly and willingly?
Answ. I will do so by the help of God. The Bishop. Will you apply all your diligence to frame and fashion your own lives and the lives of your families) according to the doctrine of Christ; and to make (both) yourselves (and them) as much as in you lieth, wholesome examples of the flock of Christ?
Answ. I will do so, the Lord being my helper.
The Bishop. Will you reverently obey them to whom the charge and government over you is committed, following with a glad mind and will, their godly admonitions? Answ. I will endeavour so to do, the Lord being my helper.
Then the Bishop, laying his hands severally upon the head of every one of them, shall say,
Take thou authority to execute the office of a Deacon in the church of God; In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then shall the Bishop deliver to every one of them the Holy Bible, saying,
Take thou authority to read the Holy Scriptures in the church of God, and to preach the same.
Then one of them appointed by the Bishop shall read the Gospel. Luke xii, 35-38.
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning, and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding, that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching. Verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
[Then shall the Bishop proceed in the communion, and all that are ordained shall receive the holy communion.]