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& And the Minister shall add this Blessing. Eternal God, Creator

OD the Father, God the and Preserver of all Son, God the Holy mankind, Giver of all spiri- Ghost, bless, preserve, and tual grace, the Author of ever-keep you; the Lord mercilasting life; Send thy bless- fully with his favour look uping upon these thy servants, on you; and so fill you with this man and this woman, all spiritual benediction and whom we bless in thy Name; grace, that ye may so live tothat, as Isaac and Rebecca gether in this life, that in the lived faithfully together, so world to come ye may have these persons may surely life everlasting. Amen. perform and keep the vow & Then the Minister or Clerks, going to the

Lord's Table, shall say or sing this Psalm and covenant betwixt them

following. made, (whereof this Ring Beati omnes. Psalm cxxviii. given and received is a token B that fear the Lord : and and pledge,) and may ever remain in perfect love and walk in his ways. peace together, and live ac For thou shalt eat the lacording to thy laws; through bour of thine hands : 0 well Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. is thee, and happy shalt thou Then skall the Priest join their right hands be.

together, and say, Those whom God hath Thy wife shall be as the joined together let no man

fruitful vine : upon the walls

of thine house; put asunder.

Thy children like the oliveThen shall the Minister speak unto the people.

branches : round about thy ORASMUCH as M. and table.

N. have consented to Lo, thus shall the man be gether in holy wedlock, and blessed : that feareth the have witnessed the same be-Lord. fore God and this company, The Lord from out of Sion and thereto have given and shall so bless thee : that thou pledged their troth either to shalt see Jerusalem in

prospeother, and have declared the rity all thy life long; same by giving and receiving Yea, that thou shalt see of a Ring, and by joining of thy children's children : and hands; I pronounce that they peace upon Israel. be Man and Wife together, Glory be to the Father, In the Name of the Father, and to the Son : and to the and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Holy Ghost. Amen.

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ning, is now, and ever shall Answer. Christ, have mercy be : world without end. upon us. Amen.

Minister. Lord, have mercy Or this Psalm.

upon us. Deus misereatur. Psalm lxvï.

UR Father, which art in

heaven, Hallowed be and bless us : and shew

thy Name. Thy kingdom us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto earth, As it is in heaven. Give

come. Thy will be done in That thy way may be And forgive us our trespasses,

us this day our daily bread. known upon earth : thy sav. As we forgive them that tresing health among all nati

pass against us. And lead us Let the people praise thee, liver us from evil. Amen.

not into temptation; But deO God : yea, let all the peo Minister. O Lord, save thy ple praise thee. o let the nations rejoice

servant, and thy landmaid; and be glad : for thou shalt trust in thee.

Answer. Who put their judge the folk righteously, Minister. O Lord, send and govern the nations upon them help from thy holy earth.

place; Let the people praise thee, Answer. And evermore deO God : yea, let all the peo-fend them. ple praise thee.

Minister. Be unto them a Then shall the earth bring tower of strength, forth her increase: and God,

Answer. From the face of even our own God, shall give their enemy. us his blessing.

Minister. O Lord, hear our God shall bless us : and all

prayer. the ends of the world shall

Answer. And let our cry fear him.

come unto thee. Glory be to the Father,

Minister. and to the Son : and to the Holy Gliost;

God of Abraham, God O

of Isaac, God of Jacob, As it was in the begin- bless these thy servants, and ning, is now, and ever shall

sow the seed of eternal life in world without end. their hearts; that whatsoever Amen. & The Psalm ended, and the Man and the in thy holy Word they shall Womun kneeling before the Lord's Table, profitably learn, they may in the Priest standing at the Table, and turn

deed fulfil the same. Look, ing his face towards them, shull say, Lord, have mercy upon us. O Lord, mercifully upon them

be :

from heaven, and bless them. I the state of Matrimony to And as thou didst. send thy such an excellent mystery, blessing upon Abraham and that in it is signified and reSarah, to their great comfort, presented the spiritual marriso vouchsafe to send thy bless- age and unity betwixt Christ ing upon these thy servants; and his Church; Look mercithat they obeying thy will, fully upon these thy servants, and alway being in safety that both this man may love under thy protection, may his wife. according to thy abide in thy love unto their Word, (as Christ did love his lives' end; through Jesus spouse the Church, who gave Christ our Lord. Amen. himself for it, loving and

This Prayer next following shall be comitted, cherishing it even as his own O Merciful Thord, and hea hesh,) and also that this wogracious gift mankind is in-able, faithful and obedient to creased; We beseech thee, as- her husband; and in all quietsist with thy blessing these ness, sobriety, and peace,

be two persons, that they may a follower of holy and godly both be fruitful in procrea- matrons. O Lord, bless them tion of children, and also live both, and grant them to intogether so long in godly love herit thy everlasting kingand honesty, that they may dom; through Jesus Christ see their children christian- our Lord. Amen. ly and virtuously brought up,

ç Then shall the Priest say, tnr othey praise and honour; ALMIGHTY: God, who through Jesus Lord. Amen.

create our first parents, Adam O

God, who by thy migh- and Eve, and did sanctify

ty power håst made all and join them together in things of nothing; who also marriage; Pour upon you the (after other things set in riches of his grace, sanctify order) didst appoint, that out and bless you ; that ye may of man (created after thine please him both in body and own image and similitude) soul, and live together in woman should take her be- | holy love unto your lives' ginning; and, knitting them end. Amen. together, didst teach that it 4fter which, if there be no Sermon declaring

the duties of Man and Wife, the Minister should never be lawful to put shall read as followeth.

LL ye that are Matrimony hadst made one : O God, who hast consecrated the holy estate of Matrimony

upon you, hear what the holy | sians, speaketh thus to all Scripture doth say as touch- men that are married ; Husing the duty of husbands to- bands, love your wives, and wards their wives, and wives be not bitter against them. towards their husbands.

Hear also what Saint PeSaint Paul, in his Epistle ter, the Apostle of Christ, to the Ephesians, the fifth | who was himself a married Chapter, doth give this com- man, saith unto them that mandment to all married men; are married; Ye husbands, Husbands, love your wives, dwell with your wives aceven as Christ also loved the cording to knowledge; givChurch, and gave himself for ing honour unto the wife, as it, that he might sanctify and unto the weaker vessel, and cleanse it with the washing as being heirs together of the of water, by the Word; that grace of life, that your prayhe might present it to him-ers be not hindered. self a glorious Church, not Hitherto ye have heard the having spot, or wrinkle, or duty of the husband toward any such thing; but that it the wife. Now likewise, ye should be holy, and without wives, hear and learn your blemish. So ought men to duties toward your husbands, love their wives as their own even as it is plainly set forth bodies. He that loveth his in holy Scripture. wife loveth himself: for no Saint Paul, in the aforeman ever yet hated his own nained Epistle to the Epheflesh, but nourisheth and che- sians, teacheth you thus; risheth it, even as the Lord Wives, submit yourselves unthe Church: for we are mem- to your own husbands, as bers of his body, of his flesh, unto the Lord. For the husand of his bones. For this band is the head of the wife, cause shall a man leave his even as Christ is the head of father and mother, and shall the Church: and he is the be joined unto his wife; and Saviour of the body. Therethey two shall be one flesh. fore as the Church is subject This is a great mystery; but unto Christ, so let the wives I speak concerning Christ and be to their own husbands in the Church. Nevertheless, let every thing. And again he every one of you in particular saith, Let the wife see that so love his wife, even as she reverence her husband. himself.

And in his Epistle to the Likewise the same Saint Colossians, Saint Paul giveth Paul, writing to the Colos- you this short lesson; Wives,

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