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BAPTISM of fuch as are of Riper Years.
like unto him; that as he died, and rofe again for us, fo fhould we who are baptized, die from fin, and rife again unto righteoufnefs; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
But if they which bring the Infant to the Church do make fuch uncertain Anfiers to the Priest's Questions, as that it cannot appear that the Child was baptized with Water, In the Name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, (which are effential Parts of Baptifm) then let the Priest baptize it in the Form before appointed for Publick Baptifm of Infants; faving that at the dipping of the Child in the Font be shall use this Form of Words:
F thou art not already baptized, N. I baptize thee, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
The Ministration of BAPTISM to fuch as are of Riper Years, and able to anfwer for themselves.
WHEN any fuch Perfons as are of Riper Years are to be baptized, timely Notice shall be given to the Bishop, or whom he shall appoint for that Purpose, a Week before at the leaft, by the Parents, or fome other difcreet Perfons; that fo due Care may be taken for their Examination, whether they be fufficiently infructed in the Principles of the Chriftian Religion; and that they may be exhorted 10 prepare themselves with Prayers and Fafting for the receiving of this Holy Sacrament.
And if they shall be found fit, then the Godfathers and Godmothers (the People being affembled upon the Sunday or Holy-day appointed) fhall be ready to prefent them at the Font, immediately after the Second Leffon, either at Morning or Evening Prayer, as the Curate in his Difcretion hall ibink fit.
And fanding there, the Prieft fball afk whether any of the Perfons bere prefented be baptized, or no: If they fhall answer, No; then hall the Prieft fay thus,
Early beloved, forafmuch as all men are conceived and born in fin (and that which is born of the flesh is flesh) and they that are in the flesh cannot please God, but live in fin, committing many actual transgreflions; and that our Saviour Chrift faith, None can enter into the Kingdom of God, except he be regenerate, and born anew of Water and of the Holy Ghoft; I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jefus Christ, that of his bounteous goodness he will grant to these Perfons that which by nature they cannot have; that they may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghoft, and received into Chrift's holy Church, and be made lively members of the fame.
¶ Then shall the Prieft say,
Let us pray.
(¶And here all the Congregation shall kneel.)
didit fave Noah and his family in the ark from perishing by water; and alfo didft fafely lead the children of Ifrael thy people through the Red fea, figuring thereby thy holy Baptifm, and by the Baptifm of thy well-beloved Son Jefus Chrift in the river jordan, didst san&ify the element of Water, to the myftical washing away of fin; We befeech thee, for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon these thy Ser vants; wash them and fanctify them with the Holy Ghoft; that they being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the Ark of Christ's Church; and being stedfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, may fo pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally they may come to the land of everlasting life; there to reign with thee world without end, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
Lmighty and immortal God, the aid of all that need, the
A helper of all that flee to thee for fuccour, the life of them
that believe, and the refurrection of the dead; We call upon thee for thefe Perfons, that they coming to thy holy Baptifm, may receive remiflion of their fins, by fpiritual regeneration. Receive them, O Lord, as thou haft promised by thy well-beloved Son, faying, Afk, and ye fhall receive; feek, and ye shall find, knock, and it fhall be opened unto you: So give now unto us that afk; let us that feek, find; open the gate unto us that knock; that thefe Perfons may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly wathing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou haft promised by Chrift our Lord. Amen. Then hall the People ftand up, and the Prieft fhall fay, Hear the words of the Gofpel, written by Saint John, in the third Chapter, beginning at the first verfe:
HERE was a man of the Pharifees, named Nicodemus, a Truler of the Jews. The fame came to Jefus by night, and
faid unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do thefe miracles that thou doeft, except God be with him. Jefus anfwered and faid unto him, Verily, verily, I fay unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot fee the kingdom of God. Nicodemus faith unto
him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the fecond time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jefus answered, Verily, verily, I fay unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is fpirit. Marvel not that I faid unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it lifteth, and thou heareft the found thereof; but canft not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: fo is every one that is born of the Spirit.
After which be fball say this Exhortation following:
viour Chrift, That except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. Whereby ye may perceive the great neceffity of this Sacrament, where it may be had. Likewife immediately before his Afcenfion into Heaven (as we read in the laft Chapter of Saint Mark's Gospel) he gave command to his difciples, faying, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth, and is baptized, fhall be faved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned. Which also fheweth unto us the great benefit we reap thereby. For which caufe Saint Peter the Apostle, when upon his first preaching of the Gofpel many were pricked at the heart, and said to him, and the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what thall we do? replied, and faid unto them, Repent, and be baptized, every one of you for the remiffion of fins, and ye fhall receive the gift of the Holy Ghoft. For the promise is to you and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words exhorted he them, faying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. For (as the fame Apoftle teftifieth in another place) even Baptifm doth alfo now fave us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good confcience towards God) by the Refurrection of Jesus Christ. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will favourably receive these prefent Perfons, truly repenting, and coming unto him by faith; that he will grant them remission of their fins, and beftow upon them the Holy Ghoft; that he will give them the bleffing of eternal life, and make them partakers of his everlasting Kingdom.
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Wherefore, we being thus perfuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father towards thefe perfons, declared by his Son Jefus Chrift; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks to him, and fay,
Almighty and that thou haft vouchfafed to call us Lmighty and everlafting God, heavenly Father, we give
to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to thefe Perfons; that they may be born again, and be made heirs of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jefus Chrift, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
BAPTISM of fuch as are of riper Years.
¶ Then fhall the Prieft fpeak to the Perfons to be baptized, on this wife:
WEll-beloved, who are come hither, defiring to receive holy Baptifin, ye have heard how the Congregation hath prayed, that our Lord Jefus Chrift would vouchlafe to receive you, and bless you, to release you of your fins, to give you the kingdom of heaven, and everlafting life. Ye have heard alfo that cur Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his holy Word, to grant all thofe things that we have prayed for; which promile he for his part will most furely keep and perforin.
Wherefore after this promife made by Chrift, je must also faithfully for your part promife in the prefence of these your Witnelles, and this whole Congregation, that ye will renounce the devil and all his works, and conftantly believe God's holy Word, and obediently keep his Commandments.
Then fall the Frießt demand of each of the Perfons to be bap tized, feverally, these Questions following:
OST thou renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous detires of the fame, and the carnal defires of the flesh, so that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them?
Anfw. I renounce them all.
OST thou believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth?
And in Jefus Chrift his only-begotten Son our Lord? and that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary; that he fuffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; that he went down into hell, and alfo did rife again the third Day; that he afcended into Heaven, and fitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; and from thence fhall come again at the end of the world to judge the quick and the dead?
And doft thou believe in the Holy Ghoft; the Holy Catholick Church; the Communion of Saints; the Remiffion of Sins; the Refurrection of the flesh; and everlasting Life after Death? Anfw. All this I ftedfaftly believe.
WILT thou be baptized in this Faith?
ILT thou then obediently keep God's holy will and com
Anfw. I will endeavour fo to do, God being my helper.
Merciful God, grant that the old Adam in thefe perfons
Grant that all carnal affections may die in them, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in them.
Grant that they being here dedicated to thee by our office and ministry, may alfo be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, O bleffed Lord God, who doit live and govern all things, world without end.
A Lmighty, everliving God, whofe most dearly beloved Son Jelus Chrift, for the forgiveness of our fins, did shed out of his moft precious fide both water and blood; and gave commandment to his difciples, that they should go teach all sations, and baptize them, In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft; Regard, we beseech thee, the suppli
cations of this Congregation: fanctify this water to the mysti-
Then fball the Prieft take each Perfon to be baptized, by the Right
Eeing now, dearly beloved brethren, that these perfons are
us give thanks unto Almighty God for thefe benefits, and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that they may lead the reft of their life according to this beginning.
Then fhall be faid the Lord's Prayer, all kneeling.
OUR 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 trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
E yield thee humble thanks, O heavenly Father, that thou haft vouchfafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to these perfons, that being now born again, and made heirs of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jefus Chrift, they may continue thy fervants, and attain thy promises, through the fame Lord Jefus Chrift thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the fame Holy Spirit everlaftingly. Amen. ¶Then all Atanding up, the Prief hall use this Exhortation fol lowing; fpeaking to the Godfathers and Godmothers firft: Orafmuch as thefe perfons have promifed in your prefence, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him ; ye must remember, that it is your part and duty to put them in mind, what a folemn vow, promife, and profeffion they have now made before this Congregation, and efpecially before you their chofen witneffes. And ye are alfo to call upon them to ufe all diligence to be rightly inftructed in God's holy Word; that fo they may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jefus Chrift, and live godly, righteously, and foberly in this prefent world. (And then, speaking to the new-baptized Perfons, he shall proceed, and fay)
ND as for you, who have now by Baptifm put on Chrift, it is your part and duty alfo, being made the children of God, and of the light by faith in Jefus Chrift, to walk anfwerably to your Chriftian calling, and as becometh the children of light remembering always, that Baptifm reprefenteth unto us our profeffion; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour Chrift, and to be made like unto him; that as he died, and rose again for us, fo fhould we, who are baptized, die from fin, and rife again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living,
It is expedient that every Perfon thus baptized should be confirmed by the Bishop, fo foon after his Baptifm as conveniently may be; that fo be be admitted to the Holy Communion.
If any Perjens, not baptized in their Infancy, shall be brought to be baptized before they come to Years of Difcretion to arfewer for themJeleges; it may fuffice to use the Office for Publick Baptism of Infants, or (in cafe of extreme Danger) the Office for Private Baptifm, only changing the Word [Infant] for [Child, or Perfon] as Occafion requireth.
A CATECHISM; that is to fay, An Inftruction to be learned of every Perfon, before he be brought to be Confirmed by the Bishop.
HAT is your Name?
Quetion. Who gave you this Name?
Anfaver. My Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptifin, wherein I was made a member of Christ, a child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.
Queftion. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?
Anfwer. They did promife and vow three things in my name : First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the Nonps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the finful lufts of the flesh. Secondly, that I fhould believe all the Articles of the Chriftian Faith. And thirdly, that I fhould keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the fame all the days of my life.
Queftion. Doft not thou think that thou art bound to believe and to do, as they have promised for thee?
Anfwer. Yes verily; and by God's help fo I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me to this ftate of Salvation, through Jefus Chrift our Saviour. And I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the fame unto my life's end.
Catechift. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief.
Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth:
And in Jefus Chrift his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghoft, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He defcended into hell; The third day he rofe again from the dead; He afcended into Heaven, And fitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he fhall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghoft; The Holy Catholick Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgivenefs of Sins; The Returrection of the Body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.
Question. What doft thou chiefly learn in thefe Articles of thy Belief?
Answer. Firft, I learn to believe in God the Father, who hath made me, and all the world.
Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind.
Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghoft, who fanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God.
Question. You faid that your Godfathers and Godfathers did promife for you, that you should keep God's commandments. Tell me how many there be?
Question. Which be they?
HE fame which God fpake in the twentieth Chapter of
TExodus, faying, I am the Lord thy God, who brought
thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 1. Thou shalt have none other gods but me.
II. Thou shalt not make to thy felf any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worthip them: for I the Lord thy God am jealous God, and vifit the fins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate ine, and shew mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Jil. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his Name in vain.
IV. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. Six days fhalt thou favour, and do all that thou haft to do; but the feventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: In it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy lon, and thy daughter, thy man fervant, and thy ma.d-fervant, thy cattle, and the ftranger that is within thy gates. For in fix days the Lord nade heaven and earth, the lea, and all that in them is, and
IX. Thou shalt not bear falfe witness against thy neighbour. X. Thou fhalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his fervant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his afs, nor any thing that is his.
Queft. What doft thou chiefly learn by thefe Commandments? Anfwer. I learn two things: my duty towards God, and my duty towards my Neighbour.
Queftion. What is thy duty towards God?
Anfuser. My duty towards God is to believe in him, to fear him, and to love him, with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my foul, and with all my ftrength; to worship him, to give him thanks, to put my whole truft in him, to call upon him, to honour his holy Name and his Word, and to ferve him truly all the days of my life.
Queftion. What is thy duty towards thy Neighbour?
Anfiver. My duty towards my Neighbour, is to love him as myfelf, and to do to all ineu, as I would they should do unto me. To love, honour, and fuccour my father and mother. To honour and obey the King, and all that are put in authority under him. To fubiit myfelf to all my governors, teachers, ípiritual pastors and matters. To order myself lowly and reverently to all my betters. To hurt no body by word nor deed. To be true and juft in all my dealing. To bear no malice nor hatred in my heart. To keep my hands from picking and ftealing, and my tongue from evil fpeaking, lying, and fiandering. To keep my body in temperance, fobernefs, and chastity. Not to covet nor detire other mens goods, but to learn and labour truly to get mine own living, and to do my duty in that ftate of life, unto which it fhall pleafe God to call me.
Catechifi. My good child, know this, that thou art not able to do thefe things of thyfelf, nor to walk in the commandments of God, and to ferve him, without his fpecial grace, which thou muft learn at all times to call for by diligent prayer. Let me hear therefore if thou canst fay the Lord's Prayer.
OUR Father, which act 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 trefpafles, As we forgive them that trefpaís against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen. Quefiion. What defireft thou of God in this Prayer?
Anfwer. I defire my Lord God, our heavenly Father, who is the giver of all goodness, to fend his grace unto me, and to all people; that we may worthip him, ferve him, and obey him as we ought to do. And I pray unto God, that he will fend us all things that be needful both for our fouls and bodies; and that he will be merciful unto us, and forgive us our fins; and that it will pleafe him to fave and defend us in all dangers, ghoftly and bodily; and that he will keep us from all fin and wickedness, and from our ghoftly enemy, and from everlasting death. And this 1 truft he will do of his mercy and goodnefs, through our Lord Jefus Chrift; and therefore I fay, Amen. So be it.
How many Sacramely, as generally neceffary to falvation;
OW many Sacraments hath Chrift ordained in his Church?
that is to fay, Baptim, and the Supper of the Lord.
Queflion. What meaneft thou by this word Sacrament? Anfer. I mean an outward and vifible fign of an inward and fpiritual grace given unto us; ordained by Chrift himse f as a means whereby we receive the fame, and a pledge to affure us
Queflion. What is the outward part, or fign of the Lord's Supper?
Anfever. Bread and Wine, which the Lord hath commanded to be received.
Question. What is the inward part, or thing fignified? Anfwer. The Body and Blood of Chrift, which are verily and indeed taken and received by the faithful in the Lord's Supper. Queflion. What are the benefits whereof we are partakers thereby?
Anfer. The ftrengthening and refreshing of our fouls by the Body and Blood of Christ, as our bodies are by the bread and
Question. What is required of them who come to the Lord's Supper?
Anfwer. To examine themselves, whether they repent them truly of their former fins, ftedfaftly purpofing to lead a new life; have a lively faith in God's mercy through Chrift, with a thankful remembrance of his death; and be in charity with all
The Curate of every Parish shall diligently upon Sundays and Holy-days, after the Second Leffon at Evening Prayer, openly in the Church inftruct and examine fo many Children of his Parish fent unto him, as he shall think convenient, in jome Part of this Catechifm.
And all Fathers, Mothers, Mafters, and Dames, fhall cause their Children, Servants, and Apprentices (which have not learned their Catechifm) to come to the Church at the Time appointed, and obediently to hear, and be ordered by the Curate, until fuch Time as they have learned all that is bere appointed for them to learn.
¶So foon as Children are come to a competent Age, and can fay in their Mother Tongue the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and also can answer to the other Questions of this jhort 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 whenfoever the Bishop fhall give Knowledge for Children to be brought unto him for their Confirmation, the Curate of every Parib fball either bring, or fend in Writing, with his Hand fubfcribed thereunto, the Names of all fuch Perfons within his Parish, as he shall think fit to be prefented to the Bishop to be confirmed. And, if the Bishop approve of them, he shall confirm them in Manner following.
The Order of CONFIRMATION, or Laying on of Hands upon those that are baptized, and come to Years of Difcretion.
Upon the Day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed, and ftanding in Order before the Bishop; he (or fome ather Minifler appointed by him) Jhall read this Preface folioring:
O the end that Confirmation may be miniftered to the more edifying of fuch as fhall receive it, the Church hath thought good to order, That none hereafter shall be Confirmed, but fuch as can fay the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and can also answer to such other questions, as in the fhort Catechifm are contained: which order is very convenient to be obferved, to the end, that children being now come to the years of difcretion, and having learned what their Godfathers and Godmothers promifed for them in Baptifm, they may themfelves with their own mouth and content, openly before the Church, ratify and confirm the fame; and alfo promife, that by the grace of God they will evermore endea. vour themselves faithfully to obferve fuch things, as they, by their own confeffion, have affented unto.
forter, and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace; the fpirit of wisdom and understanding; the fpirit of counte and ghoftly ftrength; the fpirit of knowledge and true godli nefs; and fill them, O Lord, with the fpirit of thy holy fear; now and for ever. Amen.
¶Then all of them in order kneeling before the Biftop, he shall lay. bis Hand upon the Head of every one feverally, faying,
thy heavenly grace; that he may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen.
Then fball the Bishop fay,
¶And all kneeling down, the Bishop shall add,
UR Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name..
it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And for-
And this Collect.
Lmighty and everliving God, who makeft us both to will And do there things that be good and acceptable unto thy Divine Majelty; We make our humble fupplications unto thee for thefe thy fervants, upon whom (after the example of thy holy Apostles) we have now laid our hands; to certify them (by this fign) of thy favour and gracious goodness to wards them. Let thy fatherly hand, we beteech thee, ever be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and fo lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy Word, that in the end they may obtain everluting life, through our Lord Jeips Christ; who, with thee and the Holy Ghott,
The Form of Solemnization of MATRIMON Y.
FIRST, the Banns of all that are to be married together must be published in the Church, three feveral Sundays or Holy-days, in the Time of Divine Service, immediately before the Sentences for the Offertory; the Curate faying after the accustomed Manner,
Publifh the Banns of Marriage between M. of-and N. of-If any of you know cause or juft impediment, why these two perfons fhould not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it: This is the first [ fecond, er third] time of afking.
And if the Perfons that are to be married dwell in divers Parifbes, the Banns must be afked in both Parishes; and the Curate of the one Parifh fhall not folemnize Matrimony betwixt them, without a Certificate of the Banns being thrice afked, from the Curate of the other Parish.
At the Day and Time appointed for Solemnization of Matrimony, the Perfons to be married fhall come into the Body of the Church with their Friends and Neighbours; and there flanding together, the Man on the Right Hand, and the Woman on the Left, the Prieft fall fay,
DEarly, we arace of this Congregation, to join to
Early beloved, we are gathered together here in the fight
gether this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honourable Estate, inftituted of God in the time of man's innocency, fignifying unto us the myftical union that is betwixt Chrift and his Church: which holy eftate Chrift adorned and beautified with his prefence, and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee; and is commended of St. Paul to be honourable among all men; and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand unadvifedly, lightly, or wantonly, to fatisfy mens carnal lufts and appetites, like brute beafts, that have no understanding; but reverently, difcreetly, advifedly, foberly, and in the fear of God; duly confidering the caufes for which Matrimony was ordained:
First, it was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy Name.
Secondly, it was ordained for a remedy against fin, and to avoid fornication; that such persons as have not the gift of continency, might marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Chrift's body.
Thirdly, it was ordained for the mutual fociety, help, and comfort that the one ought to have of the other, both in profperity and adverfity: Into which holy eftate these two perfous prefent come now to be joined. Therefore if any man can thew any just caufe why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now fpeak, or elfe hereafter for ever hold his peace.
And aljo Speaking unto the Perfons that shall be married, be fball fay,
Require and charge ye both (as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgement, when the secrets of all hearts shall be difclofed) that if either of you know any impediment why ye may not be lawfully joined together in Mat, imony, ye do now unfefs it. For be ye well aflured, 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.
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 Sureties with him, to the Parties, or else put in a Caution Co the full Value of fuch Charges as the Perfons to be married do thereby fuftain) to prove his Allegation; then the Solemnization must be deferred, until fuch Time as the Truth be tried.
¶ If no Impediment be alledged, then fhall the Curate fay unto the Man,
N. thou have this
live together after God's ordinance, in the holy estate 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 fhall live? The Man fail anj-wer, I will.
¶Then ball the Prieft fay unto the Woman,
N. to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy Eftate of Matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, and ferve him, love, honour, and keep him, in sickness and in health; and forfaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both fhall live?
WILT thou have this Man to thy wedded Husband,
¶ The Woman shall answer, I will.
¶Then ball the Minifier say,
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 Eather's or Friend's Hands, fhall cause the Man with his Right Hand to take the Woman by her Right Hand, and to fay after him as followeth :
IN. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold,
from this day forward, for better for worfe, for richer for poorer, in ficknefs 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 fall they loofe their Hands, and the Woman with her Right Hand taking the Alan by his Right Hand, fball likewife fay after the Minifter:
N. take thee N. to my wedded Husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in ficknefs 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 koje their Hands, and the Man fhall give unto the Woman a Ring, laying the fame upon the Book, with the accustomed Duty to the Prief and Clerk. And the Priest taking the Ring, fall deliver it unto the Man, to put it on the Fourth Finger of the Woman's Left Hand. And the Man holling the Ring there, and taught by the Priest, shall faz,
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 Ghoft. Amen.
Then the Man leaving the Ring upon the Fourth Finger of the Woman's Left Hand, they shall both kneel down, and the Minifter fball fay,
Let us pray.
Eternal God, creator and preferver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual 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 thefe perfons may furely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made (whereof this King 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.