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ment, willingly and purposely, doth openly break the Traditions and Ceremonies of the Church, which be not repugnant to the Word of God, and be ordained and approved by common authority, ought to be rebuked openly, (that others may fear to do the like,) as he that ofendeth against the common order of the Church, and hurteth the authority of the Magistrate, and woundeth the consciences of the weak brethren,
Every particular or national Church hath authority to ordain, change, and abolish, Ceremonies or Rites of the Church ordained only by man's authority, so that all things be done to edifying.
ART. XXXV. Of the Homilies.
have joined under this Article, doth contain a godly and wholesome Doctrine, and necessary for these times, as doth the former Book of Homilies, which were set forth in the time of Edward the Sixth; and therefore we judge them to be read in Churches by the Ministers, diligently and distinctly, that they may be understanded of the people.
OF THE NAMES OF THE HOMILIES. 1. Of the right Use of the Church. 10. Of the reverend Estimation of 2. Against Peril of Idolatry.
God's Word. 3. Of repairing and keeping clean 11. Of Alms-iloing. of Churches.
12. Of the Nativity of Christ. 4. Of good Works : first of Fast- 13. Of the Passion of Christ. ing:
14. Of the Resurrection of Christ. 5. Against Gluttony and Drunken- 15. Of the worthy receiving of the
Sacrament of the Body and 6. Against Excess of Apparel.
Blood of Christ. 7. Of Prayer.
16. Of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost. 8. Of the Place and Time of Pray- 17. For the Rogation-days.
18. Of the State of Matrimony. 9. That Common Prayers and $a-19. Of Repentance.
craments ought to be ministered 20. Against Idleness.
21. Against Rebellion. [This Article is received in this Church, so far as it declares the Books of Ilomilies to be an explication of Christian doctrine, and instructive in piety and morals. But all references to the constitution and laws of England are considered as inapplicable to the circumstances of this Church; which also suspends the order for the reading of said Homilies in churches, until a revision of them may be conveniently made, for the clearing of them, as well from obsolete words and phrases, as from the local references.]
ART. XXXVI. Of Consecration of Bishops and Ministers THE Book of Consecration of Bishops, and Ordering of Priestą this Church in 1792, doth contain all things necessary to such Consecration and Ordering; neither hath it any thing that, of itself, is superstitious and ungodly: And, therefore, whoever are consecrated or ordered according to said Form, we decreo all such to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully consecrated and ordered. ART. XXXVII. Of the Power of the Civil Magistrates.
to , well Clergy as Laity, in all things temporal; but hatli no authority in things purely spiritual. And we hold it to be the duty of all men who are professors of the Gospel, to pay respectful obedience to the Civil Authority, regularly and legitimately constituted. Art. XXXVIII. Of Christian Men's Goods, which are not common,
as touching the right, title, and possession of the same; as certain Anabaptists do falsely boast. Notwithstanding, every man ought, of such things as he possesseth, liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his ability.
ART. XXXIX. Of a Christian Man's Oath. A we confess that yain and rash Swearing is forbidden Chrisso we judge, that Christian Religion doth not prohibit, but that a man may swear when the Magistrate requireth, in a cause of faith and charity, so it be done according to the Prophet's teaching, in justice, judgment, and truth.
THE 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 ESTABLISHED BY TIE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY OF SAID CHURCH, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, A. D. 1792.
ture and ancient Authors, that from the Apostles' 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 almitted thereunto by lawful Aüthority. And therefore, to the intent that these Orders muy be continued, 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 un of the said Functions, except he be called, tried, exmined, and admitted thereunto, according to the form hereafter following, or hath had Episcopal Consecration or Ordination.
And none 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 virtuous conversation, and without crime; and, after examination and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the Holy Scripture, and otherwise leurned as the Canons require, may, at the times appointed, or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Church, admit him a Deacon, in such manner and form as followeth.
FORM AND MANNER OF MAKING
1. When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon, or Exhurrtation, declaring the Duty and Office of such as come to be admitted Deacons ; how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ, and also, how the people ought to es
teem them in their Office. TA Prirst shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in his chair near to the
Holy Table, such as desire to be ordained Deacons, each of them being decently habited, saying these words,
REVERENDE ather in GodI present unto you these persons
, apt and meet, for their learning and gollly conversation, to exercise their Ministry duly, to the honour of God, and the ediying of his Church.
The Priest shall answer : I HAVE inquired concerning them, and also examined them, Then the Bishop shall say unto the People :
of pediment, or notable Crime, in any of these persons presented to be ordered Deacons, for the which he ought not to be admitted to that Office, let hiin come forth in the Name of God, and show what the Crime or Impediment is.
And if any great Crime or Impediment be objected, the Bishop shall cease from Ordering that person, until such time as the party accusea
shall be found clear of that Crime. I Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be found meet to be Or
dered, to the Prayers of the congregation) shall, with the Clergy and
People present, say the Litany. 1 Then shall be said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.
by pointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church, and didst inspire thine Apostles to choose into the Order of Deacons the first Martyr Saint Stephen, with others; Mercifully behold these thy servants now called to the like Office and Administration: so replenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that, both by word and good example, they 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. L , -,
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 blaineless. 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 weil. For they that have used the Office of a Deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the iai'l which is in Christ Jesus. 1 Or else this, out of the Sixth Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.
Acts vi. 2. TIEN the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto Word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word. And the saying pleased the wholo
multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch; whom they set before the Apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And the Word of God increased, and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly, and a great company of the Priests were obedient to the faith.
T Then shall the Bishop eramine every one of those who are to be Oro
dered, in the presence of the people, after this manner fożowing. Darou trust that you are inwardly moved by the Holy
Ghost to take upon you this Office and Ministration, to serve God for the promoting of his glory, and the edifying of his people ? Answer. I trust so.
The Bishop. D. ,
you think that you are truly called, according to ine will this Church, to the Ministry of the same ? Answer. I think so.
The Bishop. Ꭰ% you unfeignedly believe all the Canonical Scriptures of the
Old and New Testament? Answer. I do believe them.
The Bishop. WI
TILL you diligently 'read the same unto the people assem
bled in the Church where you shall be appointed to serve? Answer. I will.
The Bishop. appertaineth to the Office of a Deacon, in the Church where Service, and specially when he ministereth the Holy Communion, and to help him in the distribution thereof; and to read Holy Scriptures and liomilies in the Church; and to instruct the youth in the Catechism; in the absence of the Priest to baptize infants; and to preach, if he be admitted thereto by the Bishop. And furthermore, it is his Office, wliere provision is so made, to search for the sick, poor, and impoten people of the Parish, to intimate their estates, names, and places where they dwell, into the Curate, that by luis exhortation they may be relieved with the alms of the Parishioners, or others. do this gladly and willingly? Answer. I will so do, 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