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Art. XXXVI. Of Consecration of Bishops and
dering of Priests and Deacons, as set forth by
all men, as well Clergy as Laity, in all things
which are not common. THE Riches and Goods of Christians are not
THEmbriche, as nolu Ching the right
, and pos
session of the same; as certain Anabaptists do false-
forbidden Christian men by our Lord Jesus Christ, and James his Apostle, so 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.
FORM AND MANNER
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 THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY OF SAID CHURCH, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, A. D. 1792.
THE PREFACE. T is evident unto all men, diligently reading Holy Scripture
and ancient Authors, that from the Apostles' time ihere have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church,Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Which Offices were ever. more 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 Imposi. tion of Hands, were approved and admitted thereunto by lawful Authority. And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may 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 any of the said Functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted thereunto, according to the Form hereafter following, or hath had Episcopal Con.
secration or Ordination. And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, ex
cept 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 other.
wise learned as the Canons require, may, at the times ap. pointed, 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
MAKING DEACON S.
Í When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morn.
ing Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, 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 esteem
them in their office. I A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in his chair
near to the Holy Table, such as desire to be ordained Peacons, each of them being decently habited, saying these words,
unto us, be apt and meet, for their learning and godly conversation, to exercise their Ministry duly, to the honour of God, and the edifying of his Church.
1 The Priest shall answer : HAVE inquired concerning them, and also ex
amined them, and think them so to be.
Then the Bist. «p shall say unto the People :
knoweth any Impediment, 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 him come forth in the Name of God, and show what the Crime or Impediment is. 1 And if any great Crime or Impediment be objected, the
Bishop shall cease from Ordering that person, until such
time as the party accused shall be found clear of that Crime. [ Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be found meet
to be Ordered, to the Prayers of the congregation) shall, with
the clergy and people present, say the Litany. I Then shall be said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.
dence hast appointed 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 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. L
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 thing's. 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. ! Or else this, out of the Sixth Chapter of the Acts of the
Acts vi. 2. 1VHEN the twelve called the multitude of the
disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the 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 whole 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.
Then shall the Bishop examine every one of those who are
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 0
Do you think that you are truly called, accord,