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After the Gospel and Nicene Creed are ended, the elec
ted Bishop (vested with his Rotchet) mall be presented by two Bishops to the Confecrator fitting in his Chair near the Altar, and the Bishops that pre
sent him saying, MOST
OST Reverend Father in God, we present unto
you this godly and well learned man to be ordained and consecrated Bishop of the Church and See of N,
The Confecrator. TA
AKE heed that the person whom ye present
unto us, be apt and meet, for his learning and godly conversation, to exercise this high office duly, to the honour of God, and the edifying of his Church.
The two Bishops shall answer, We have enquired of him, and also examined him, and think him so to be.
Then shall the Confecrator ask the Clergy and People,
Is this the person whom you desire for your governour ?
Clergy and People. This is he.
Confecr. I ask farther, Do you all bear testimony to him, that he is worthy of this great and glorious authority; that he is a man full of piety towards God, and of justice towards men; that the affairs of his own house have been well ordered by him, and that he hath been unblameable in the course of
Çlergy Clergy and People. We bear testimony to him.
Confecr. I demand the third time here before God the righteous judge, and Christ, the Holy Ghost being also present, and all the holy and ministring spirits, is he truly worthy of this miniftry?
Clergy and People. He is worthy. Then the Consecrator Mall move the Congregation
present to pray, saying thus to them. B! Eloved, it is written in the Gospel of S. Luke,
That our Saviour Christ continued the whole night in prayer, before he did choose and send forth his twelve apostles. It is written also in the Acts of the Apostles, That the disciples who were at Antioch, did fast and pray before they laid hands on Paul and Barnabas, and sent them forth. Let us therefore, following the example of our Saviour Christ and his Apostles, having already fafted, now put up our prayers to Almighty God, before we admit and send forth this person presented unto us, to the work whereunto we trust the Holy Ghost hath called him.
Then, the Confecrator standing up, the Deacon being
turned to the People fall say, L ET us pray to God for this our Bishop Elect, that
the Lord would send his grace upon him, that he may duly execute the office whereunto he is called, to the edifying of his church, and to the honour, praise, and glory of his holy name.
Answ. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Then fall the Consecrator say the following prayer. Almighty God, giver of all good things, who
by thy Holy Spirit hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church; mercifully behold this thy servant now called to the work and ministry of á Bishop, and replenish him so with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn him with innocency of life, that both by word and deed he may faithfully serve thee in this office, to the glory of thy name, and the edifying and well governing of thy Church, through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
Then the Consecrator, sitting in his Chair, mall say
to bim that is to be consecrated, BRother, forasmuch as the Holy Scripture and the
Ancient Canons command, that we should not be hasty in laying on of hands, and admitting any person to government in the Church of Christ, which he hath purchased with no less price than the effusion of his own blood; before I admit thee to this administration, I will examine thee in certain articles, to the end that thou mayest bear witness before God and this Congregation, how thou art minded to behave thy self in the Church of God.
I demand therefore,
Art thou persuaded, that thou art truly called to the office of a Bishop, according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ and the laws of the Church? Answ. I am so persuaded.
Confecr. Dost thou unfeignedly believe all the Canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testament? And art thou determined out of the same Holy Scriptures to instruct the people committed to thy charge ?
Answ. I do believe them, and am so determined by God's grace.
Confecr. Wilt thou then faithfully exercise thy self in the same Holy Scriptures, and call upon
God by prayer, for the true understanding of the same; so as that thou mayest be able by them to teach and exhort with wholsome doctrine, and to withstand and convince the gainsayers ?
Answ. I will so do by the grace of God.
Consecr. Art thou ready with all faithful diligence to banish and drive away all erroneous doctrine and strange practice, contrary to God's word and to the doctrine and practice of the Catholick Church ; and both privately and openly to call upon,
encourage others to the same?
Answ. I am ready, the Lord being my helper.
Confecr. Wilt thou deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts, and live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, that thou mayest shew thy self in all things an example of good works unto others, that the adversary may be ashamed having nothing to say against thee?
Anfw. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
Confecr. Wilt thou maintain and set forward, as much as shall lie in thee, quietness, love, and peace
among all men; and such as shall be unquiet, disobedient, and criminous within this Diocese, correct and punish, according to such authority as to thee shall be committed by God's word and the laws of the Church?
Antw. I will fo do by the help of God.
Confecr. Wilt thou be faithful in Ordaining, Sending, or Laying hands upon others?
Anfw. I will so be by the help of God.
Consecr. Wilt thou shew thy self gentle, and be merciful for Christ's fake to the poor and needy people, and to all strangers destitute of help?
Answ. I will so shew my self by God's help.
Confecr. It appertaineth to the office of a Bishop, to baptize, confirm, and preach, to offer, blefs, consecrate, and ordain, to dispose of the oblations of the Church, to excommunicate obstinate offenders, and reconcile penitents, and to govern next under God in Spirituals the Clergy and People committed
Wilt thou do all this faithfully and diligently?
Answ. I will so do by the help of God.
Confecr. Wilt thou pay canonical obedience to thy Metropolitan?
Answ. I will by God's help.
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