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whether they repent them truly of their former sins, stedfastly purposing to lead a new life; have a lively faith in God's
mercy through Christ, with a thankful remembrance of his death; and be in charity with all men.
The Curate of every Parish shall diligently upon Sundays and Holy-days, after the second Lesson at Evening Prayer, openly in the Church instruct and examine so many Children of his Parish sent unto him, as he shall think convenient, in some part of this Catechism.
And all Fathers, Mothers, Masters, and Dames, shall cause their Children, Servants, and Apprentices, (which have not learned their Catechism,) to come to the Church at the time appointed, and obediently to hear, and be ordered by the Curate, until such time as they have learned all that is here appointed for them to learn. So soon as Children are come to a competent age, and can say, in their Mother Tongue, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and also can answer to the other Questions of this short Catechism; they shall be brought to the Bishop. And every one shall have a Godfather, or a Godmother, as a Witness of their Confirmation.
And whensoever the Bishop shall give knowledge for Children to be brought unto him for their Confirmation, the Curate of every Parish shall either bring, or send in writing, with his hand subscribed thereunto, the names of all such persons within his Parish, as he shall think fit to be presented to the Bishop to be confirmed. And, if the Bishop approve of them, he shall confirm them in manner following.
THE ORDER OF
OR LAYING ON OF HANDS UPON THOSE THAT ARE BAPTIZED AND COME TO YEARS OF DISCRETION.
Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed, and standing in order, before the Bishop; he (or some other Minister appointed by him) shall read this Preface following. To the end that Confirmation may
be ministered to the more edifying of such as shall receive it, the Church hath thought good to order, That none hereafter shall be Confirmed, but such as can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and can also answer to such other Questions, as in the short Catechism are contained which order is very convenient to be observed; to the end, that children, being now come to the years of discretion, and having learned what their Godfathers and Godmothers promised for them in Baptism, they may themselves, with their own mouth and
consent, openly before the Church, ratify and confirm the same; and also promise, that by the grace of God they will evermore endeavour themselves faithfully to observe such things, as they, by their own confession, have assented unto.
Then shall the Bishop say, Do ye here, in the presence of God, and of this congregation, renew the solemn promise and vow that was made in your name at your Baptism; ratifying and confirming the same in your own persons, and acknowledging yourselves bound to believe, and to do, all those things, which your Godfathers and Godmothers then undertook for you?
And every one shall audibly answer,
OUR help is in the Name of the
Answer. Who hath made heaven and earth.
Bishop. Blessed be the Name of the Lord;
Answer. Henceforth, world without end.
Bishop. Lord, hear our prayers. Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.
The Bishop. Let us pray. ALMIGHTY and everliving God,
to regenerate these thy servants by Water and the holy Ghost, and hast given unto theni forgiveness of all their sins; Strengthen them, we beseech thee, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost the Comforter, and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace; the spirit of wisdom and understanding; the spirit of counsel and ghostly strength; the spirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill them, O Lord, with the spirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever. Amen. ¶ Then all of them in order kneeling before the Bishop, he shall lay his hand upon the head of every one severally, saying,
I PUBLISH the Banns of Marriage be tween M. of and N. ofIf any of you know cause, or just impodiment, why these two persons should not be joined together in holy Matri mony, ye are to declare it. This is the first ( n!, or third] time of asking,
And the persons that are to be mar. ried dueli in divers Parishes, the Baung must be arket in both Parish:1; and Curate of the one Purish shit wit ↑ Comvice Matrimony betult them, ud's ut a Certificate of the Banns be Ing thrice arkat, from the Curule of the other Parish.
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THE FORM OF
SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
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Then the Bishop shall bless them, say. ing thus,
THE Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. Amen.
First the Binns of all that are to be married together must be published in the Church three seteral Sundays, during the time of Morning Service, or of Evening Servic, if there be no Moralag Service,) immediately after the Second Lesson; the Curate saying after the accustomed manner,
And there shall none be admitted to the holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed.
God in the time of man's innocen cy, signifying unto us the mysti, al unten that is betwixt Christ and his Church; which holy estate Christ dorned and beautified with his pre sence,and first miracle that he wrought, in Carta of Galdee; and is commended of Saint Paul to be bonourable among all men and therefore is not by any to be estar rised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to sătisfy men's carnal lusts and appetite, like brute beasts that have no unitate standing; but revereaths, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God; dufy considering the causes for which Matrimony was o a.ned.
First, it was ordained for the pro. creation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurti it the Lord, and to the praise of ha boiy Name.
Secondly, It was criassed for a re. medy asist sin, and to avoid fork cation; that such persona as have not the git of continency and keep thems. Ives undefe bers of Christ's body,
Thiday, It was crdained for the mi. tual society, help, and comfort, that
the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity. Into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. Therefore if any man can shew any just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.
And also, speaking unto the persons that shall be married, he shall say, REQUIRE and charge you both, as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgement when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confess it. For be ye well assured, that so many as are coupled together otherwise than God's Word doth allow are not joined together by God; neither is their Matrimony lawful.
At which day of Marriage, if any man do alledge and declare any impediment, why they may not be coupled together in Matrimony,by God's Law, or the Laws of this Realm; and will be bound, and sufficient suretics with him, to the parties; or else put in a Caution (to the full value of such charges as the persons to be married do thereby sustain) to prove his allega. tion: then the solemnization must be deferred, until such time as the truth be tried.
If no impediment be alledged, then shall the Curate say unto the Man, M.W WILT thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live? The Man shall answer, I will. Then shall the Priest say unto the Woman,
N.WILT thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, to live toge ther after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?
The Woman shall answer, I will. Then shall the Minister say, Who giveth this Woman to be married to this Man?
Then shall they give their troth to cach other in this manner. The Minister, receiving the Woman at her father's or friend's hands, shall cause the Man with his right hand to take the Woman by her right hand, and to say after him as followeth.
I M. take thee N. to my wedded wife,
to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
Then shall they loose their hands; and the Woman, with her right hand tak ing the Man by his right hand, shall likewise say after the Minister,
N. take thee M. to my wedded hus band, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.
Then shall they again loose their hands; and the Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring, laying the same upon the book with the accustomed duty to the Priest and Clerk. And the Priest, taking the Ring, shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by the Priest, shall say,
WITH this Ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow : In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then the Man leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand, they shall both kneel down ; and the Minister shall say,
Let us pray.
ETERNAL God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, Giver of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life; Send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy Name; that, as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully toge ther, so these persons may surely per forní and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring given and received is a token and pledge,) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Priest join their right hands together, and say, Those whom God hath joined toge ther let no man put asunder.
Saint Paul, in the aforenamed Epistle to the Ephesians, teacheth you thus; Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. And again he saith, Let the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Saint Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephe sians, the fifth Chapter, doth give this commandment to all married men; Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water, by the Word; that he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself: for no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shalĺ a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife; and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the Church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife, even as himself.
Likewise the same Saint Paul, writ ing to the Colossians, speaketh thus to all men that are married; Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter a gainst them. It is convenient that the new-married persons should receive the holy Communion ut the time of their Marriage, or at the first opportunity after their Marriage.
When he cometh into the sick man's presence he shall say, kneeling down, REMEMBER not, Lord, our iniqui
ties, nor the iniquities of our fore
And in his Epistle to the Colossians,
Saint Peter also doth instruct you very well, thus saying; Ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the Word, they also may without the Word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible; even the ornament of a meek and quiet spi rit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands; even as Sarah obeyed Abra. ham, calling him lord; whose daugh ters ye are as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
THE ORDER FOR
THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
When any person is sick, notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the Pa rish; who, coming into the sick person's house, shall say, PEACE be to this house, and to all
that dwell in it.
fathers: Spare us, good Lord, spare thy
Then the Minister shall say,