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divers offices in thy Church : mercifully behold this thy servant now called to the work and ministry of a 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 Bishop shall say to him that is to be

consecrated :

Brother, forasmuch as the Holy Scripture commands that we should not be hasty in laying on hands, and admitting any person to government in the Church of Christ, which he hath purchased with no less price than the sbedding of his own blood; before you are admitted to this administration, you will, in the fear of God, give answer to the questiovs which I now propound:

Are you persuaded that you are truly called to this ministration, according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Ansu. I am so persuaded.

The Bishop. Are you persuaded that the Holy Scriptures contain sufficiently all doctrine required of necessity for eternal salvation, through faith in Jesus Christ? And are you determined, out of the same Holy Scriptures, to instruct the people committed to your charge, and to teach or maintain nothing as required of necessity to eternal salvation but that which you shall be persuaded may be concluded and proved by the same ?

Ansu. I am so persuaded and determined, by God's grace.

The Bishop. Will you then faithfully exercise yourself in the same Holy Scriptures, and call upon God by prayer for the true understanding of the same, so that you may be able by them to teach and exhort with wholesome doctrine, and to withstand and convince the gainsayers?

Answ. I will do so, by the help of God.

The Bishop. Are you ready with faithful diligence to banish and drive away ali erroneous and strange doctrines contrary to God's word, and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to the same ?

Ansu. I am ready, the Lord being my helper.

The Bishop. Will you deny all ungod. liness and worldly lust, and live soberly, rightcously, and godly, in this present world, that you may show yourself in all things an example of good works unto others, that the adversary may be ashamed, having nothing to say against


Answ. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.

The Bishop. Will you maintain and set forward, as much as shall lie in you, quietness, love, and peace among all men: and such as shall be unquiet, disobedient, and criminal, correct and punish according to such authority as you have by God's word, and as shall be committed unto you ?

Answ. I will so do, by the help of God.

The Bishop. Will you be faithful in or. daining, or laying hands upon and send. ing others, and in all the other duties of

your office ?

Answ. I will so be, by the help of God,

The Bishop. Will you show yourself

gentle, and be merciful for Christ's sake, to poor and needy people, and to all strangers destitute of help?

Ansu. I will, so show myself, by God's help.

Then the Bishop shall say, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who hath given you a good will to do all these things, grant also unto you strength and power to perform the same; that he accomplishing in you the good work which he hath begun, you may bu found blameless at the last day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then skall Veni, Creator Spiritus, be said. Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, And lighten with celestial fire, Thou the anointing Spirit art, Who dost thy seven fold gifts impart. Thy blessed unction from above Is comfort, life, and fire of love. Enable with perpetual light The dullness of our blinded sight; Anoint and cheer our soiléd face With the abundance of thy grace; Keep iar our foes, give peace at home; Where thou art Guide, no ill can coma

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And thee of both to be but one ;
That through the ages all along,
This may be our endless song :
Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

That ended, the Bishop shall say, Lord, hear our prayer. Ans. And let our cry come unto thee


Let us pray.

Almighty God and most mercifui Father, who of thine infinite goodness hast given thine only and dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ to be our Redeemer, and the author of everlasting life; who after that he had made perfect our redemption by his death, and was ascended into heaven, poured down his gifts abundantły upon men, making some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to the edifying and making perfect of his Church: grant, we beseech thee, to this thy servant, such grace that he may evermore be ready to spread abroad thy Gospel, the glad tidivgs of

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