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IT is evident unto all men, diligently reading holy Scripture, and

aucie nt Authors, that from the Apostles time there hath been these Orclers of Ministers in Christs Church, Bishops, Priests and Deacons : which Offices were evermore had in such reverent estimation, that no man by his own private authority might presume to execute arıy of them, except he were first called, tried, examined and known to have such qualities, as were requisite for the same, and also by publick prayer, with imposition of hand, approved and admitted thereunto. And therefore, to the intent these Orders should be aontinued, and reverently used and estecmed in this Church of England, it is requisite that no man (not being at this present Bishop, Priest mor Deacon) shall execute any of them, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted, according to the form hereafter following. And none shall be admitted a Deacon), except he be twenty one years of age, at the least. And every man vvhich is to be admitted a Priest, shall be full four and twenty years old And every man which is to be consecrated a Bishop, shall be fully thirty years of age.

And the Bishop knowing either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, any person to be a man of vertuous conversation, and without crime, and after examination and trial finding 1 tim learned in the Latine Tongue and sufficiently instructed in holy Scripture, may upon a Sunday or Holy-day, in the face of the Church, admit him a Deacon in such manner and form as hereafter follow eth.





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hortation, declaring the duty and office of such as come to be admitted Ministers, how necessary such orders are in the Church of Christ, and also how the people ought tú esteem them in their Vocation.

After the Exhortation ended, the Archdeacon or his Deputy shall present such as shall come to the Bishop to be admitted, saying these words: REverend Father in God, I present unto you these persons present to be admitted Deacons.

The Bishop. TAke Ake heed that the persons whom ye present unto us, be apt and

meet for their Learning and godly conversation, to exercise their Ministry duly, to the honour of God, and edifying of his Church.

The Archdeacon shall answer. I , Have enquired of them, and also examined them, and think them so to be.

And the Bishop shall say unto the people, BRethren, if there be any of you who knoweth any impediment or

notable crime in any of these persons presented to be ordered Deacons, for the which he ought not to be admitted to the same, let him come forth in the Name of God, and shew what the crime or impediment is. And if any great crime or impediment be objected, the Bishop shall surcease

from Ordering that person, until such time as the party accused shall try

himselflea r of that crime. Then the Bishop commending such as shall be found meet to be Ordered to

the Prayers of the Congregation, with the Clerks and people present, shall say or sing the Litany, as followeth, with the prayers.


O God the Father of Heaven have mercy upon us miserable sin


O God the Father of Heaven: have mercy upon us miserable sinners. O God the Son, Redeemer of the Word: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Son Redeemer of the World: have mercy upon us wiserabla sin


O God the holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God: have

mercy upon us miserable sinners. O holy, blessed and glorious Trinity; three Persons and ove God: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

Remember not Lord our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers, neither take thou vengeance of our sins: Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people whom thou has redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.

Spare us good Lord. From all evil and mischief, from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the Devil, from thy wrath and from everlasting danınativn.

Good Lord deliver us. From all blindness of heart, from pride, vain-glory and hypocrisie, from envy, hatred and malice, and all uncharitableness.

Good Lord delivy us. From fornication and all other deadly sin, and from all the deceits of the world, the fleshi and the Devil.

Good Lord deliver 'us.

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