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friends ; so that the temple of God, which is our body may not be defiled;
for whosoever defileth the temple of God, him shall God destroy.
Next you are to know, how each is bound to be. have respectively towards the other, according to the word of God.
First. You, who are the bridegroom, must know, that God hath set you to be the head of your wife, that you, according to your ability, shall lead her with discretion; instructing, comforting, protecting her, as the head rules the body; yea, as Christ is the head, wisdom, consolation, and assistance to his church. Besides, you are to love your wife as your own body, as Christ hath loved his Church : you shall not be bitter against her, but dwell with her as a man of understanding, giving honour to the wife, as the weaker vessel, considering that ye are joint heirs of the
grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered ; and since it is God's command, “ that the man shall eat his bread in the sweat of his face," therefore you are to labour diligently and faithfully, in the calling wherein God hath set you, that you may maintain your houschold honestly, and likewise have something to give to the poor.
In like manner, must you, who are the bride, know how you are to carry yourself towards your husband, according to the word of God: you are to love your lawful husband, to honour and fear him, as also to be obedient unto him in all lawful things, as to your Lord, “as the body is obedient to the head, and the Church to Christ. You shall not exercise any domin. 1 ion over your husband, but be silent: for Adam was first created, and then Eve, to be an help to Adam :" and after the fall, God said to Eve, and in her to all women, “your will shall be subject to your husband;" [you shall not resist this ordinance of God, but be oke. dient to the word of God, and follow the examples of godly women, who trusted in God, and were subject
to their husbands; "as Sarah was obedient to Abraham, calling him her lord :" you shall also be an help to your husband in all good and lawful things, look. ing to your family, and walking in all honesty and virtue, without worldly pride, that you may give an example to others of modesty.]
Wherefore you N. and you N. having now understood that God hath instituted marriage, and what he commands you therein: are you willing thus to behave yourselves in this holy state, as you here do confess before this Christian assembly, and desirous that you be confirmed in the same. Answer. Yes.
Whereupon the Minister shall say, I take you all, who are met here to witness, that thu re is brought no lawful impediment.
Further to the married persons, Since then it is fit that you be furthered in this your work, the Lord God confirm your purpose, which he hath given you; and your beginning be in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Hereupon they shall join hands together, and the Min
ister speak first to the bridegroom. N. Do you acknowledge here before God, and this his holy church, that you have taken, and do take to your lawful wife, N. here present, promising her never to forsake her; to love her faithfully, to maintain her, as a faithful and pious husband is bound to do to his lawful wife; that you will live holily with her; keeping faith and truth to her in all things according to the holy gospel ? Answer. Yes.
Afterwards to the bride. N. Do you acknowledge here before God, and this kis holy church, that you have taken, and do take to your lawful husband, N. here present, promising tu he obedient to him, to serve and assist him, never to forsake him, to live holily with him, keeping faith and truth to him in all things, as a pious and faithful wife is bound to her lawful husband according to the holy gospel ? Answer. Yes.
Then the Minister shall say, The Father of all mercies, who of his grace hath called you to this holy state of marriage, bind you in true love and faithfulness, and grant you his blessing. Amen.
Hear now from the gospel, how firm the bond of marriage is, as described, Matthew, chap. xix. verses 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
“ The Pharisees came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, is it lawful for a man to put au sy his wife ?" c.
Believe these words of Christ, and be certain and assured, that our Lord God hath joined you toget). er in this holy state. You are therefore to receive white ever befals you therein, with patience and thanksg d. ing, as from the hand of God, and thus all things will turn to your advantage and salvation. Amen
Hearken now to the promise of God, from Psalm 128.-Blessed is, &c.
The Lord our God replenish you with his grace and grant that ye may long live together in all godli. ness and holiness. Amen.
FOR THE CONSOLATION OF SICK AND DYING BELIEVERS. The following texts of Scripture suggest instruction and comfort.
1. Sin and death.-Psaim 51. 6.-Rom. 5. 12.--Gen. 3. 17. 19.-Psalm 89. 48.- Eccles. 9. 5.-Heb. 13. 14.-Heb. 9. 27.-2 Sam. 14. 14.-Job 9. 25.-Psalm 39. 4, 5, 6, 7.-Eccles. 12.7.James 4. 14.-1 Pet. 1. 24.-Eccles. 3. 1, 2.-Job 14. 5.-Acts 17. 26.-Job 7. 6.-Job 9. 25.- Heb. 11. 13.-Psalm 90. 10.-2 Pet. 3. 8.-Ephes. 2. 3.-Titus 1. 16.-Psalm 14. 1.-Rom. 7. 19.-Psalm 51. 7, 8.
II. Justification for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us who believe on him.-Rom. 3. 24, 28, 30.-Acts 10. 43.Phil. 3. 8.-Psalm 32. 1, 2.—Rom. 5.1.-Rom. 8. 1, 3, 30, 35.Isa. 1. 18.-Tit. 2. 14.-James 2. 18.-Gal. 3. 13.-Acts 13. 38, 39.-Heb. 11. 6.—Heb. 2. 17.-Rom. 3. 28.-Rom. 4. 24, 25.Rom. 5. 17, 18, 19.-Jer. 23. 6.—2 Cor. 5. 21.
III. Death desirable to a believer.-2 Cor. 5.1-8.-Rom. 7. 24.-Rom. 8. 22.-1 Cor. 13. 12.-Isa. 64. 4.-1 Cor. 2.9.Psalm 84. 10.–Psalm 34. 1, 4.-Psalm 36. 8.-John 14, 2, 3.Rev. 21. 23.-Phil. 1. 21-23.- John 12. 26.-John 5. 24.Luke 23. 42, 43.- Eccles. 12. 7.-Phil. 3. 20, 21.-1 Pet. 5. 10. -Rom. 8. 17, 18.-2 Cor. 5. 17.-Psalm 30. 5.-1 Pet. 4. 13.Heb. 13. 12.-1 Pet. 2, 21.-James 1. 2.-Rom. 5. 3, 4, 5.James 5. 8, 11.-Heb. 2. 9.--Mat. 10. 22.-2 Tim. 4. 7, 8.James 1. 12.
IV. Watch and pray.-1 Pet. 4.7.—Luke 12. 35–43.—Mat. 25. 13.-Mark 13. 33.-2 Pet. 3. 10.-Luke 21. 34, 36.—Mat. 5. 8.-Mat. 15. 9.-Gal. 5. 22.-John 3. 3.--Mark 10. 14, 15.Rom. 8. 7.
V. Resurrection and glory.-1 Cor. 15. 16.-Ezek. 37. 5.Job 19. 25, 26.-John 5. 25, 29.-1 Thess. 4. 13, 17.-2 Cor. 5. 10.--John 11. 25, 26.-John 14. 19.-- John 17. 24.-Rev. 3. 21. -Rev. 7. 14-17.-1 Cor. 15. 49-57.-Acts 7.59.--Rev.22. 20.
CONFESSION OF FAITH, COMPOSED IN THE COUNCIL OF NICE, IN THE
YEAR OF OUR LORD, 325. We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and tarth, and of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of his father, before all worlds ; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were
made : who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he arose again according to the scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father, And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Ghost, who spake by the prophets. And one holy Catholic and Apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; we look for the resur. rection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
THE CREED OF ATHANASIUS, WRITTEN IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 333. 1. WHOSOEVER will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith.-2. Which faith, except one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.-3. The Catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity.–4. Nei ther confounding the Persons nor dividing the Substance.5. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.-6. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one; the Glory equal, and the Majesty co-eternal.-7. Such as the Fa. ther is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.-8. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated.-9. The Father incomprehensible, and the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.10. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Iloly Ghost eternal.-11. And yet there are not three eternals : but one eternal.-12. As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three Uncreated, but one Uncreated, and one incompre. hensible.-13. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty.-14. And yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.-15. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.16. And yet there are not three Gods, but one God.-17. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.-18. And yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.-19. For, as we are compelled by the Christian Truth to acknowledge each person by himself to be God and Lord. -20. So we are forbidden by the Catholic Faith, to say, there be three Gods, or three Lords.--21. The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.-22. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.-23. The