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which the Colleet, Epistle, and Gospel fall be as follow.
The Colleet. Almighty God, who of thy divine providence hast
appointed divers Orders and Offices in thy Church, and didnt admit thy servant Phæbe and others into the order of Deaconesses; mercifully behold this thy servant now called to the like office and administration. Replenish her so with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn her with innocency of life, that she may faithfully serve thee in this office, to the glory of thy name and the benefit of thy holy 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. Rom. 16. 1. I , a
Deaconess of the church which is at Cenchræa: that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh Saints, and that ye affift her in whatsoever business she hath need of you ; for the hath been a succourer of
many, and of
The Gospel. S. Luke 2. 36. A N D there was one Anna a prophetess, the daugh
ter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Afer, she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity, · And the was a widow of about fourscore and four years, who departed not from the temple, but served God with faftings and prayers night and day. And the coming in at that instant, gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and
spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem
After the Gospel and Nicene Creed are ended, the
Bishop sitting in his Chair, shall say to her that
is to be ordained. BEloved, forasmuch as the Holy Scripture and the
ancient canons command, that we should not be hally in laying on hands; before I admit thee to this administration, I will examine thee in certain articles, to the end that the congregation present may have a trial, and bear witness how thou art minded to behave thy self in the discharge of thy office.
Doft thou think, that thou art truly called, accord. ing to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ and the laws of the church, to the order and ministry of Deaconefles ?
Answ. I think it.
Bish. Dost thou unfeignedly believe all the Canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testament? And wilt thou diligently read the fame?
Answ. I do believe them, and will diligently read them.
Bish. Wilt thou be diligent to frame and fashion thy life according to the doctrine of Christ, and to make thy self, as much as in thee lieth, an wholsom example to the flock of Christ? Answ. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
Bish. It appertaineth to the office of a Deaconess, to affift at the baptism of women; to instruct (in private) children, and women who are preparing for baptism; to visit and attend women that are fick and in distress; to overlook the women in the church, and to correct and rebuke those who behave themselves irregularly there; and to introduce any woman who wants to make application to a Deacon, Prefbyter, or Bishop. Wilt thou do all this faithfully, diligently, and willingly?
Answ. I will so do by the help of God.
Bish. Wilt thou reverently obey thy Bishop, following with a glad mind and will his godly admonitions, and submitting thy self to his godly judgement?
Answ. I will so do, the Lord being my helper. Then the Bishop standing up, shall say to the Dea
coness Elect, Almighty God, who hath given thee this will to
do these things, grant also unto thee strength and power to perform the fame, that he may accomplish his work which he hath begun in thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the Elected Deaconess Mall kneel down (though
it be Sunday) before the Bishop, who shall hgn her with the sign of the cross upon her forehead, and then laying his hands upon her head, he shall say,
of , the Divine grace, which always healeth what is infirm, and supplieth what is wanting, promoteth
the servant of God N. to the office of a Deaconess. Let us pray for her, that the grace of the most Holy Spirit may
her. Answ. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Then the Bishop keeping his hands laid upon her head,
shall say the following prayer. O
Eternal God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Creator of man and woman, who didst replenish Miriam, and Deborah, and Anna, and Huldah with the Spirit; who didît not disdain, that thy only-begotten Son should be born of a woman; and who in the tabernacle of the testimony and in the temple didst ordain women to be keepers of thy holy gates: Do thou now also look down upon this thy servant, who is here fet apart before thee to the office of a Deaconess. Endue her with the Holy Ghost, and cleanse her from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, that she may worthily discharge the work committed to her, to thy glory and the praise of thy Chrift; with whom to Thee and the Holy Ghost, be glory and adoration, for ever and ever. Amen.
Then the Bishop shall take his hands off her head, and
Shall say the following prayer, the new-ordained
Deaconess still kneeling. ALmighty God, giver of all good things, who of
thy great goodness haft vouchsafed to accept and take this thy servant into the office of Deaconesses in thy church : make her, we beseech thee, to be modest, humble, and constant in her ministration, and to have a ready will to observe all spiritual dif
cipline; that she having always the testimony of a good conscience, may at length by thee be eternally. rewarded, through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to whom be glory and honour world without end. Amen, Then the new-ordained Deaconess Mall rise, and
the Deaconesses present shall all salute her with the Kiss of Peace in the name of the Lord : After which the Bishop turning towards the People, jhall pronounce this Benediction, the People reve
rently bowing their heads. THE peace of God, which passeth all under
standing, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen, Then the Bishop Mall proceed in the Communion