me in the performance of all the duties of my ministry; in

to and gratitude; and in preaching, to give a readiness of thought and expression suitable to the clearness and excellency of thy holy Word. Grant this for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Saviour.

1 The Instituted Minister, standing up, shall sau The Lord be with you. Answer. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.


ALMIGHTY God, who hast built thy Church upon the

foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief Corner-Stone; Grant that, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, all Christians may be so joined together in unity of spirit, and in the bond of peace, that they may be an holy temple acceptable unto thee. `And especially to this Congregation present, give the abundance of thy grace; that with one heart they may desire the prosperity of thy holy Apostolic Church, and with one mouth may profess the faith once delive cred to the Saints. Defend them from the sins of heresy and schism: let not the foot of pride come nigh to hurt them, nor the hand of the ungodly to cast them down. And grant that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness; that so they may walk in the ways of truth and peace, and at last be nunbered with thy Saints in glory everlasting through thy merits, O blessed Jesus, thou gracious Bishop and Shepherd of our souls, who art with the Father and the Holy Ghost one God, world without end. Amen.

Then shall follow the Sermon: and after that the Instituted Minister shall proceed to the Communion Service, and to administer the holy Eucharist to his Congregation : and after the Benediction, which he shall always pronounce) the Wardens, Pestry, and others, shall salute and welcome him, bidding him God speed. When the Bishop of the Diocese is present at the Institution of a Minister, he shall make to him the address prescribed in this Office in the form af a letter; and may

perform such other duties herein assigned the Instituting Minister as he may choose.

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BY the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant

Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, this twenty-ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two ; this book of Psalms in Metre, selected from the Psalms of David, with Hymns, is set forth, and allowed to be sung in all congregations of the said Church, before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons, at the discretion of the Minister.

And it shall be the duty of every Minister of any church, either by standing directions, or from time to time, to appoint the portions of Psalms which are to be sung."

And further, it shall be the duty of every Minister, with such assistance as he can obtain from persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the tunes to be sung at any time in his church; and especially, it shall be his duty to suppress all light and unseemly music, and all indecency and irreverence in the performance, by which vain and ungodly persons profane the service of the Sanctuary."




From the i. Psalm of David.
HOW, blest is he, who ne'er consents
Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits

Where men profanely talk;
2 But makes the perfect law of God

His business and delight;,
Devoutly reads therein by day,

And meditates by night.
3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams,

With timely fruit does bend,
He still shall flourish, and success

All his designs attend.
4 Ungodly men, and their attempts,

No lasting root shall find;
Untimely blasted, and dispersed

Like chaff before the wind.
5 Their guilt shall strike the wicked dumb

Before their Judge's face:
No formal hypocrite shall then

Among the saints have place.
6 For God approves the just man's ways;

To happiness they tend :
But sinners, and the paths they tread,

Shall both in ruin end.


From the ii. Psalm of David.
THUS God declares his sovereign will:
Whose throne is fix'd on Sion's hill,

Shall there securely reign.”
2 Attend, O earth, whilst I declare

God's uncontrolld decree:
“Thou art my Son, this day my heir

Have I begotten thee.

3“ Ask, and receive thy full demands;

Thine shall the heathen be ; The utmost limits of the lands

Shall be possess'd by thee." 4 Learn then, ye princes; and give ear,

Ye judges of the earth;
Worship the Lord with holy fear;

Rejoice with awful mirth.
5 Appease the Son with due respect,
Lest he revenge the bold neglect,

Incensed by your delay. 6 If but in part his anger rise,

Who can endure the flame! Then blest are they, whose hope relies

On his most holy Name.


From the iii. Psalm of David. THOM Eracious God, art my defence ; Thou art my glory, and shalt yet

Lift up my head on high.
2 Since whensoe'er, in my distress,

To God I made my prayer,
He heard me from his holy hill;

Why should I now despair ?
3 Guarded by him, I lay me down

My sweet repose to take ;
For I through him securely sleep,

Through him in safety wake 4 Salvation to the Lord belongs;

He only can defend;
His blessing he extends to all

That on his power depend.


From the iv. Psalm of David. CONSIDER that the righteous man And when to him I make my prayer,

He always hears my voice. 2 Then stand in awe of his commands,

Flee every thing that's ill;
Commune in private with your hearts,

And bend them to his will.

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