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bear witness how you are minded to behave yourself in the Church of God.
Are you persuaded that you are truly called to this ministration, according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ ? Answ. 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 ?
Answ. 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 as you may be able by them to teach and exhort with wholesome doctrine, and to withstand and convince the gainsayers ?
Answ. I will so do, by the help of God. The bishop. Are you ready with faithful diligence to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrines contrary to God's word, and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to the same ?
Answ. I am ready, the Lord being my helper.
The bishop. Will you deny all ungodliness and worldly lust, and live soberly, righteously, 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 you ?
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, within your district, 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 ordaining, sending, or laying hands upon, others?
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?
Answ. 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 be found perfect and irreprehensible at the last day, through Jesus Christ. our Lord. Amen.
Then shall Veni, Creator Spiritus, be said.
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
That ended, the bishop shall say,
Lord, hear our prayer.
Bishop. Let us pray. Almighty God and most merciful 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 abundantly upon men, making some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, and doctors, to the edifying and making perfect 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 tidings of reconciliation with thee, and use the authority given him, not to destruction, but to salvation; not to hurt, but to help; so that as a wise and faithful servant, giving to the family their portion in due season, he may at last be received into everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who, with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.
Then the bishop and elders present shall lay their hands
upon the head of the elected person, kneeling before them upon his knees, the bishop saying,
Receive the Holy Ghost for the office and work of a bishop in the Church of God now committed unto thee by the imposition of our hands, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.- Amen. And remember that thou stir up the grace of God which is given thee by this imposition of our hands; for God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and soberness.
Then the bishop shall deliver him the Bible, saying,
Give heed unto reading, exhortation, and doctrine. Think upon the things contained in this book. Be diligent in them, that the increase coming thereby may be manifest unto all men.
Take heed unto thyself, and to thy doctrine; for by so doing thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee. Be to the flock of Christ a shepherd, not a wolf: feed them, devour them not. the weak, heal the sick, bind up the broken, bring again the outcast, seek the lost, be só merciful that you may not be too remiss; so minister discipline that you forget not mercy; that when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you may receive the never-fading crown of glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Then the bishop shall administer the Lord's supper, with whom the newly-ordained bishop and other persons present shall communicate.]
Immediately before the benediction shall be said the
following prayers :Most merciful Father, we beseech thee to send down upon this thy servant thy heavenly blessing, and so endue him with thy Holy Spirit
, that he, preaching thy word, may not only be earnest to reprove, beseech, and rebuke with all patience and doctrine, but also may be to such as believe a wholesome example in word, in conversation, in love, in faith, in chastity, and in purity: that faithfully fulfilling his course, at the latter day he