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Bish. Wilt thou maintain and set forward, as much as lieth in thee, quietness, peace, and love among all Christian people, and especially among them that do or shali belong to the parim, where thou shalt serve?
Answ. I will so do by God's help.
Bish. It appertaineth to the office o. a Deacon, to be subservient to the Bishop or Priest in Divine Service, and especially in the Service of the Altar; to take care of the Holy Table, and of all the ornaments and utensils belonging thereto; to read Holy Scriptures and Homilies in the Church, and to instruct the Catechumens and the youth; to distribute the Eucharist, and to baptize in cases of necessity, where no Priest is to be had; to bid prayers in the congregation, and to preach with the Bishop's License; to correct and rebuke men who behave themfelves irregularly at church; to attend upon the Bishop, and to inform him or the Priest of the mildemeanours of the People; to search for the orphans, and the fick and poor people of the parish, to intimate their estates, names, and places where they dwell, and to distribute to them such charities as shall be delivered to him by the Bishop or Priest towards their relief and affiftance. Wilt thou do all this faithfully, diligently, and willingly ?
Answ. I will fo do by the help of God.
Bish. Wilt thou reverently obey thy Bishop, following with a glad mind and will his godly admonitions, and submitting thy self to his godly judgement? Antw. I will fo do, the Lord being my helper.
Then the Bishop standing up, Mall say to the Deacon
Elest, Almighty God who hath given thee this will to
do all these things, grant also unto thee frength and power to perform the same, that he may accomplish his work which he hath begun in thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then the Elected Deacon Mall kneel down (though it
be Sunday) before the Bishop, who shall sign him with the hign of the cross upon his forehead, and
then laying his hands upon his head, he shall say, WITH
ITH the fuffrage and consent of the People,
the Divine grace, which always healeth what is infirm, and supplieth what is wanting, promoteth the servant of God N, to the order of Deacon. Let us pray for him, that the grace of the most Holy Spirit may
descend Answ. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. Then the Bishop keeping his hands laid upon his head,
mall say the following prayer. Almighty God, true and faithful, who are rich
unto all that call upon thee in truth; who art fearful in counsels, wise in understanding, powerful and great: Hear our prayer, O Lord, and let thine ears receive our supplication, and cause the light of thy countenance to shine upon this thy servant, who is here set apart before thee to the office of a Deacon. Fill him with the Holy Ghost and with power, as thou didst Stephen the martyr and follower of the sufferings of thy Christ; and that he continuing stedfast, unblameable, and unreprove
able, may acceptably discharge his office now committed unto him, and may be thought worthy of a higher degree, through the mediation of thine only begotten Son; with whom to Thee and the Holy Ghoft, be glory, honour, and adoration, for ever and ever.
Amen. Then the Bishop Mall take his hands off his head, and
mall say the following prayer, the new-ordained
Deacon' still kneeling. ALmighty God, giver of all good things, who of
thy great goodness hast vouchsafed to accept and take this thy servant into the office of Deacons in thy church: make him, we beseech thee, to be modest, humble, and constant in his ministration, and to have a ready will to observe all spiritual discipline; that he having always the testimony of a good conscience, may at length by thee be eternally rewarded, through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to whom be glory and honour world without end. Amen. Then the new-ordained Deacon Mall rise, and the
Deacons present Mall all salute him with the Kiss of Peace in the name of the Lord; after which, the Bishop turning towards the People, shall pronounce this Benediction, the People reverently bowing their
HE peace of God, which passeth all under
standing, keep your hearts and minds in the ť knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus W Christ our Lord. And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen. Then the Bishop shall proceed in the Communion-Service.
When there is occafion for a Deaconess to be ordained,
the Faithful of the Parish fball elect a proper person ; notice whereof shall be given to the Bishop: And if when the person eleeted bath been examined by the two Deacons who are to present her at the Ordination, and by the Bishop himself, be (after consulting with his College of Presbyters) approve of her, he shall give notice of the day of Ordination (which shall always be a Lord's day) both to the Clergy of the Diocese and to the Faithful of the
Parish. Note, that a Deaconess is not to be ordained, till Me
is Forty years of age, unless upon a particular
occasion, of which the Bishop is to be judge. When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, he
and as many of the Clergy and Deaconesses of the Diocese, as conveniently can, Mall repair to the Cathedral Church, or to the Parish Church to which the Deaconess Elečt is to belong. And when all things are duly prepared in the Church, and set in order ; at the time appointed for celebrating the Holy Eucharist, before the Com
munion Service begins, the Elečted Deaconess (being decently habited) Mall be presented by two Deacons unto the Bishop fitting in his Chair near the
Altar, the Deacons that present her saying, 1 Right Reverend Father in God, we present unto
you this person to be admitted a Deaconess.
AKE heed that the person whom ye present
unto us, be apt and meet, for her knowledge, prudence, and godly conversation, to exercise this office duly, to the honour of God and the edifying of his Church.
The two Deacons shall say, We have enquired of her, and also examined her, and think her fo to be.
Then the Bishop Mall say unto the People,
of who knoweth any impediment or notable crime in this person presented to be ordained Deaconess, for which The ought not to be admitted to that office, 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 ordaining that perfon, until such time as the party accused shall be found clear of that crime,
But if no great crime or impediment be obječted, the