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1552 tion. Replenish them so with the 'administration ; replenish them so truth of thy doctrine, and adorn with the truth of thy doctrine, and them with innocency of life, that innocency of life, that both by word both by word and good example, and good example, they may faiththey may faithfully serve thee in fully serve thee in this office, to the this Office, to the glory of thy glory of thy name, and profit of Name, and the edification of thy the congregation, through the merits Church, through the merits of our of our Saviour Jesu Christ; who Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth liveth and reigneth with thee and and reigneth with thee and the holy the holy Ghost, now and ever. Ghost now and for ever. Amen. Amen,

Then shall be sung or said the Commu

nion of the day, saving the Epistle shall

be read out of Timothy, as followeth, The Epistle. 1 Tim. 3. 8. IKEWISE must the Deacons IKEWISE must the ministers be

grave, not double-tongued, be honest, not double-tongued, &c.

For they that have &c. God was shewed in the used the office of a Deacon well, flesh, was justified in the spirit, was purchase to themselves a good seen among the Angels, was preachdegree, and great boldness in the ed unto the Gentiles, was believed faith which is in Christ Jesus. on in the world, and received up

in glory, Or else this out of the Sixth of the Acts of Or else this out of the sixth of the Acts.

the Apostles. Acts 6. 2. THEN the twelve called the THEN the twelve called the

multitude of the disciples unto multitude of the disciples them, &c. ......... and a great com- together, &c.

...... and a great pany of the Priests were obedient company of the Priests were obeto the faith,

dient unto the faith,

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And before the Gospel, the Bishop sitting And before the Gospel, the Bishop sitting

in his chuir shall cause the Oath of the in a chuir, shull cause the Oath of King's Supremacy, and aguinst the the King's supremacy, and ugainst the power and authority of all foreign Po- usurped power and authority of the tentates, to be ministered unto every of Bishop of Rome, to be ministered unto them that are to be Ordered.

every of them that are to be ordered. 2 The Oath of the King's sove- The Oath of the King's Suprereignty.

macy. I, declare in my tento testify rhad I Frenoun den ceturtle

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, the King's Highness is the only and forsake the Bishop of Rome, Supreme Governor of this Realm, and his authority, power, and jurisand of all other His Highness's diction. And I shall never consent, Dominions and countries, as well nor agree, that the Bishop of Rome in all Spiritual or Ecclesiastical shall practise, exercise, or have, any things or causes, as Temporal : manner of authority, jurisdiction,

1 ministration (1549 G.]

* The Oath of the King's Supremacy was finally established in its present form by the 1 W, and M. chap, 8.


1552 And that no foreign Prince, Person, or power, within this Realm, or any Prelate, State, or Potentate hath, other the King's dominions, but or ought to have, any jurisdiction, shall resist the same at all times to power, superiority, preeminence, or the uttermost of my power. And authority Ecclesiastical or spiritual I from henceforth will accept, rewithin this Realm. And therefore pute, and take, the King's Majesty I do utterly renounce and forsake to be the only supreme Head in all foreign jurisdictions, powers, earth of the Church of England. superiorities, and authorities; and And to my cunning, wit, and utterdo promise, That from henceforth most of my power, without guile, I shall bear faith and true allegi- fraud, or other undue mean, I will ance to the King's Highness, his observe, keep, maintain, and defend Heirs and lawful Successors, and to the whole effects and contents of my power shall assist and defend all and singular Acts and Statutes all jurisdictions, privileges, preemi- made, and to be made within this nences, and authorities, granted or Realm, in derogation, extirpation, belonging to the King's Highness, and extinguishment of the Bishop His Heirs and Successors, or united of Rome and his authority, and all and annexed to the Imperial Crown other Acts and Statutes made or of this Realm. So help me God, to be made in confirmation, and and the Contents of this Book. corroboration of the King's power

of the supreme Head in earth, of the Church of England. And this I will do against all manner of persons, of what estate, dignity or degree, or condition they be, and in no wise do nor attempt, nor to my power suffer to be done or attempted, directly or indirectly, anything or things, privily or apertly, to the let, hindrance, damage, or derogation thereof, or any part thereof, by any manner of means, or for any manner of pretence. And in case any oath be made or hath been made by me to any per

or persons, in maintenance, defence, or favor of the Bishop of Rome, or his authority, jurisdiction, or power, I repute the same as vain and annihilate. So help

me God through Jesus Christ. Then shalt the Bishop examine every one of them that are to be ordereil, in the prescitle

of the people, after this munner following,


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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.

3 So help me God, all saints and the holy Evangelist. (1549 G.]

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1552 The Bishop O you think that you are truly called according to the will of

our Lord Jesus Christ, and the due order of this Realm, to the ministry of the Church ? Answer. I think so.

The Bishop
O’you unfeignedly believe all the Canonical Scriptures of the Old

and New Testament?
Ansuer. I do believe them. I Ansuer'. I do believe.

The Bishop.
ILL you diligently read the same unto the people assembled

in the Church where you shall be appointed to serve ?
Answer. I will.
The Bishop

The Bishop Tappertaineth to the office of a

T pertaineth to the office of 3a

Deacon in the Church where he shall be appointed to serve, he shall be appointed, to assist to assist the Priest in Divine Ser the Priest in Divine service, and vice, and specially when he min- specially when he ministereth the istereth the holy Communion, and holy Communion, and to help him to help him in the distribution in distribution thereof, and to read thereof, and to read holy Scriptures holy Scriptures and Homilies in and Homilies in the Church, and the Congregation, and to instruct to instruct the youth in the Cate- the youth in the Catechism, to chism; in the absence of the Priest Baptize and to preach if he be *adto Baptize infants, and to Preach, mitted thereto by the Bishop. And if he be admitted thereto by the furthermore it is 5 his office, where Bishop. And furthermore, it is his provision is so made, to search for office, where provision is so made, the sick, poor, and impotent people to search for the sick, poor, and im- of the parish, and to intimate their potent people of the Parish, to inti- estates, names, and places where timate their estates, names, and they dwell, to the Curate, that by places where they dwell, unto the his exhortation they may be relieved Curate, that by his exhortation they by the parish, or other convenient may be relieved with the alms of alms. Will you do this gladly and the Parishioners or others. Will willingly. you do this gladly and willingly? Answer. I will so do by the help of God.

The Bishop
ILL you apply all your diligence to frame and fashion your own

lives, and the lives of your families, according to the doctrine of Christ, and to make both yourselves and them, as much as in you lieth, wholesome examples of the flock of Christ?

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ye think that ye truly be called, &c. [1552] [1549 G.] ? ye (1552] [1549 G.) a Deacon to assist the Priest, &c. (1549 G.] + commanded by the Bishop. [1549 G.) 5 his office to search, &c. (1549 G.) 6 the lives of all your family (1552] [1549 G.]

? the government and charge is committed over you, following, &c. (1552) [1549 G.)



1552 Ansurer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.

The Bishop ILL you reverently obey your Ordinary, and other chief Ministers of the Church, and them to whom the charge and

government over you is committed, following with a glad mind and will their godly admonitions ? Answer. I will endeavour my

Answer. I will thus endeavour self, the Lord being my helper. myself, the Lord being my helper. Then tlu Bishop, laying his hands severally Then the Bishop laying his hands severally

upon the head of every one of them, hum- upon the head of every one of them shalt Why kneeling before him, shall say,

say, TAKE thou authority to execute the office of a Deacon in the Church

of God committed unto thee: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost. Amen.

Then shall the Bishop deliver to crery one of them the Neu Testament, sairing, WAKE thou authority to read the Gospel in the Church of God, and

to preach the same, if thou be to preach the same, if thou be therethereto licensed by the Bishop him- unto ordinarily commanded. self.

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Then one of them appointed by the Bishop Then one of them appointed by the Bishop shall read the Gospel,

?shall roud the Gospel of that day, S. Luke 12. 35. ET your loins be girded about, and your lights burning, &c.

blessed are those servants.


Then shall the Bishop proceed 10 in the Communion, and all that are Ordered, shull

tarry and receire the holy Communion the sume day with the Bishop, The Communion ended, ufter the last Collect, and immediately before the Benediction,

shall be suit 12 these collects following,


LMIGHTY God, giver of all good things, 13 who of thy great good

ness hast vouchsafed to accept and take these thy servants unto the office of Deacons in thy Church ; Make them, we beseech thee, O Lord, to be modest, humble, and constant in their Ministration, to have a ready will to observe all spiritual discipline, that they having always the testimony of a good conscience, and continuing ever stable and strong in thy Son Christ, may so well "4 behave themselves in this inferior office, that they may be found worthy to be called unto the higher Ministries in thy Church, through the same thy Son our 15 Saviour Jesus Christ; to whom be glory and honour, world without end. Amen.


8 the Son, and the holy Ghost. Amen. [1552] [1549 G.] putting on a tunicle shall, &c. [1549 G.] 10 to [1552] [1549 G.] "'be (1552) (1549 G.]

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1662 REVENT us, O Lord, in all

doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help ; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


'HE peace of God, which pas

seth all understanding, keep your

hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen. ind here it must be declared unto the

Deacon, that he must continue in that office of a Deacon the space of a whole year (except for reasonuble causes it shull otherwise seem good unto the Bishop) to the intent he may be perfect, ind well expert in the things appertaining to the Ecclesiastical administra. tion. In executing whereof, if he be found faithful and diligent, he may be admitted by his Diocesan to the order of Priesthood, at the times appointed in the Canon; or clse on urgent occasion, upon some other Sunday, or Holy-iday, in the face of the Church, in such manner and form as hereafter followeth.

Ind here it must be sheued unto the Deacon, that he must continue in that office of a Deacon the space of a whole year at the least (except for reasonable causes it be otherwise seen to his Ordinary) to the intent he may be perfect, and well expert in the things appertaining to the Ecclesiastical administration ; in erecuting whereof, if he be found faithful and diligent, he may be admitted by his Diocesun to the order of Priesthood.,

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