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And alfo fpeaking to the Perfons that shall be married, he shall fay, Require and charge you both (as ye will answer at the
dreadful day of judgment, when the fecrets of all hearts fhall be disclosed) that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confefs it. For be ye well affured, that fo many as are coupled together otherwife than God's Word doth allow, are not joined together by God, neither is their Matrimony lawful.
A 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 lars of this realm; and will be bound, and fufficient fureties with him, to the Parties, or elfe put in a Caution (to the full value of fuch Charges as the Perfons to be married do thereby fuftain) to prove his Allegation; then the folemnization must be deferred, until fuch Time as the Truth be tried.
If no impediment be alledged, then shall the Curate fay unto the man, ILT thou have this Woman to thy wedded Wife, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy Eftate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and keep her in fickness and in health, and forfaking all other, keep thee only unto her, fo long as ye both shall live?
The Man fball Anfwer, I will.
Then fhall the Prieft fay unto the Women,
ILT thou have this Man to thy wedded Hufband, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy Eitate of Matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, ferve him, love, honour, and keep him in fickness and in health; and forfaking all other, keep thee only unto him, fo long as ye both fhall live?
The Woman fball Anfwer, I will.
Then fall the Minifter fay,
Who giveth this Woman to be married to this Man?
Then fhall they give their Troth to each other in this Manner.. The Minifter receiving the Woman at her Father's or Friend's Hands, foall caufe the Man with bis Right Hand to take the Woman by her Right Hand, and to fay after him, as followesh:
N. take thee N. to my wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for pooter, in fickness 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 fhall they loofe their Hands, and the Woman with her Right Hand taking the Man by his Right Hand, shall likewise say, after the Minifter:
N. take thee N. to my wedded Hufband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in fickness 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 fhall they again life their Hands, and the Man fhall give unto the Weman a Ring, laying the fame 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, fhall say;
ITH 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
God, Creator and Preferver of all mankind, Eternal Giver of all fpiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life; Send thy bleffing upon thefe thy fervants, this Man and this Woman, whom we blefs in thy Name; that as Ifaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, fo these Perfons may furely perform 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 Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then fhall the Prieft join their Right Hands together, and say, Thofe whom God hath joined together, let no man put afunder.
Then fall the Minifter speak unto the People:
Orafmuch as N. and N. have confented together in holy Wedlock, and have witneffed the fame before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their Troth either to other, and have declared the fame by giving and receiving of a Ring, and by joining of Hands; I pronounce that they be Man and Wife together, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
And the Minifter fhall add this Blefing:
OD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, blefs preferve, and keep you: the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you; and fo fill you with all fpiritual benediction and grace, that ye may fo live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlalting. Amen.
Then the Minister or Clerks going to the Lord's Table, shall fay or fing this Pfalm following:
Beati omnes, Pfal. cxx
Leffed are all they that fear the Lord: and walk in his
For thou fhalt eat the labour of thine hands: O well is thee, and happy fhalt thou be.
Thy wife fhall be as the fruitful vine: upon the walls of thine house.
Thy children like the olive-branches: round about thy table:
Lo, thus fhall the man be bleffed that feareth the Lord. The Lord from out of Sion fhail fo bless thee that thou fhalt fee Jerufalem in profperity all thy life long;
Yea, that thou fhalt fee thy childrens children: and peace upon Ifrael.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Or this Pfalm,
Deus mifereatur. Pfal. Ixvii.
OD be merciful unto us, and blefs us: and fhew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto
That thy way may be known upon earth: thy faving health among all nations.
Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.
O let the nations rejoice and be glad: for thou shalt judge the folk righteoufly, and govern the nations earth. Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praife thee.
Then fhall the earth bring forth her increase: and God, even our own God, fhall give us his bleffing.
God fhall blefs us: and all the ends of the World fhall fear him.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
The Pfalm ended, and the Man and the Woman kneeling before the Lord's Table, the Prieft flanding at the Table, and turning his Face towards them, fhall fay,
Lord have mercy upon us. Answer. Chrift have mercy upon us. Minifter. Lord have mercy upon us:
UR Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done in Earth, As it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trefpaffes, As we forgive them that trefpafs against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Minifter. O Lord, fave thy fervant, and thy handmaid ;
Minifter. O Lord, fend them help from thy holy place;
Minifter. O Lord, hear our prayer;
GOD of Abraham, God of Ifaac, God of Jacob, bless these thy fervants, and fow the feed of eternal life in their hearts; that whatsoever in thy holy Word they fhall profitably learn, they may in deed fulfil the fame. Look, O Lord, mercifully upon them from heaven, and bless them. And as thou didst fend thy bleffing upon Abraham and Sarah, to their great comfort; fo vouchsafe to fend thy bleffing upon these thy fervants; that they obeying thy will, and alway being in fafety under thy protection, may abide in thy love unto their lives end, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen,
This Prayer next following fhall be omitted, where the Woman is paft Child-bearing.
Merciful Lord, and heavenly Father, by whofe graci
ous gift mankind is increased; We befeech thee affift with thy bleffing these two perfons, that they may both be fruitful in procreation of Children, and alfo live together fo long in godly love and honefty, that they may see their Children chriftianly and virtuously brought up, to thy praise and honour, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
God, who by thy mighty power haft made all things of nothing, who alfo (after other things fet in order) didft appoint, that out of Man (created after thine own image and fimilitude) Woman fhould take her beginning; and knitting them together, didft teach that it fhould never be lawful to put afunder thofe, whom thou by Matrimony hadit made one: O God, who haft confecrated the ftate of Matrimony to fuch an excellent Myftery, that in it is fignified and reprefented the fpiritual marriage and unity betwixt Chrift and his Church; Look mercifully upon these thy fervants; that both this Man may love his Wife according to thy Word (as Chrift did love his spouse the Church, who gave himself for it, loving and cherishing it, even as his own