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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 OP
AMERICA, AS ESTABLISHED BY THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY OF SAID CHURCH, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, IN THE MONTH OP SEPTEMBER, A. D. 1792.
It is evident unto all men, diligently reading holy Scripture 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 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 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 learned 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.
THE FORM AND MANNER OF MAKING DEACONS.
When the day appointed by the Bishop, is come, after Morning 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. 9 A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting which he ought not to be admitted to
in his chair near to the holy table, such as that Office, let him come forth in the desire to be ordained Deacons, each of them
name of God, and slow what the crime being decently habited, saying these words :
or impediment is. REVEREND father in God, I pre-And if any great crime or impediment be sent unto you these persons present, to objected, the Bishop shall cease from Ordering be admitted Deacons.
that person, until such time as the party
accused shall be found clear of that crime. 1 The Bishop
1 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall
be found meet to be Ordered, to the prayers TAKE heed that the persons whom of the congregation) shall, with the clergy ye present unto us, be apt and meet for and people present, say the Litany. their learning and godly conversation, " Then shall be said the Service for the Com. to exercise their ministry duly to the
munion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel,
as followeth. honour of God, and the edifying of his Church
The Collect. 1 The Priest shall answer :
ALMIGHTY God, who by thy I HAVE inquired concerning them, divine Providence hast appointed divers and also examined them, and think them orders of ministers in thy Church, and so to be.
didst inspire thine Apostles to choose
into the Order of Deacons the first * Then the Bishop shall say unto the People : martyr Saint Stephen, with others;
BRETHREN, if there be any of mercifully behold these thy servants you, who knoweth any impediment, or now called to the like office and adminotable crime in any of these persons nistration; so replenish them with the presented to be ordered Deacons, for the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn them
1 The Priest shall answer :
same also that ascended up far above all I HAVE inquired concerning them, heavens, that he might fill all things.) and also examined them, and think them And he gave some Apostles, and some so to be.
Prophets, and some Evangelists, and
some Pastors and Teachers, for the 1 Then the Bishop shall say unto the People : perfecting of the saints, for the work of GOOD people, these are they whom
the ministry, for the edifying of the body we purpose, God willing, to receive this of the faith and of the knowledge of the
of Christ; till we all come in the unity day unto the holy office of Priesthood: Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto for after due examination, we find not the measure of the stature of the fulness to the contrary, but that they are law
of CHRIST. fully called to their function and ministry, and that they are persons meet for After this shall be read for the Gospel
, part the same. But yet if there be any of of the ninth chapter of Saint Mathew, as you, who knoweth any impediment or notable crime in any of them, for the
St. Matt. ix. 36. which he ought not to be received into WHEN JEsus saw the multitudes, this holy ministry, let him come forth in he was moved with compassion on them, the name of God, and show what the because they fainted, and were scattered crime or impediment is.
abroad as sheep having no shepherd. 1 And if any great crime or impediment be Then saith he unto his disciples, The objected, the Bishop shall cease from Ordering harvest truly is plenteous, but the la
that person, until such time as the party bourers are few: Pray ye therefore the 7 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall Lord of the harvest, that he will send
be found meet to be ordered, to the prayers forth labourers into his harvest. of the congregation) shall, with the clergyOr else this that followeth, out of the tenth and people present, say the Litany, with the
chapter of Saint John. prayers as is before appointed in the Form of Ordering Deacons ; save only, that in the
St. John X. 1, proper suffrage there added, the word Deacons shall be omitted, and the word Priests VERILY, verily, I say unto you, He inserted instead of it.
that entereth not by the door into the 1 Then shall be said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect,
Epistle, and Gospel, sheep-fold, but climbeth up some other as followeth.
way, the same is a thief and a robber. The Collect.
But he that entereth in by the door, is
the shepherd of the sheep. To him the ALMIGHTY God, giver of all good porter openeth, and the sheep hear his things, who by thy Holy Spirit hast voice; and he calleth his own sheep by appointed divers orders of ministers in name, and leadeth them out. And when the Church; mercifully behold these thy he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth servants, now called to the office of before them, and the sheep follow him; for Priesthood; and so replenish them with they know his voice. And a stranger will the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn them they not follow, but will flee from him ; with innocency of life, that both by for they know not the voice of strangers. word and good example they may faith- This parable spake Jesus unto them, fully serve thee in this office, to the but they understood not what things glory of thy name, and the edification of they were which he spake unto them. thy Church, through the merits of our Then said Jesus unto them again, Saviour Jesus CHRIST, who liveth and Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the reigneth with thee and the Holy door of the sheep. All that ever came Ghost, world without end. Amen. before me are thieves and robbers; but The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 7.
the sheep did not hear them. I am the
door; by me if añy man enter in, he UNTO every one of us is given grace shall be saved, and shall go in and out, according to the measure of the gift of and find pasture. The thief cometh CHRIST. Wherefore he saith, When not but for to steal, and to kill, and to he ascended up on high, he led captivity destroy: I am come that they might captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now have life, and that they might have it that he ascended, what is it but that he more abundantly: I am the good shepalso descended first into the lower parts herd: the good shepherd giveth his life of the earth? He that descended, is the for the sheep. But he that is an hireling,