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thee to rule and govern thy holy Church That it may please thee to strengthen universal in the right way ;
such as do stand ; and to comfort and We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. help the weak-hearted ; and to raise up That it may please thee to keep and
them that fall; and finally to beat down strengthen in the true worshipping of
Satan under our feet; thee, in righteousness and holiness of We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. life, thy Servant VICTORIA, our most
That it may please thee to succour, gracious Queen and Governour:
help, and comfort, all that are in danWe beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
ger, necessity, and tribulation;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to rule her heart in thy faith, fear, and love, and
That it may please thee to preserve that she may evermore have affiance
all that travel by land or by water, all in thee, and ever seek thy honour and
women labouring of child, all sick perglory ;
sons, and young children; and to shew We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
thy pity upon all prisoners and captives;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to be her de
That it may please thee to defend, and fender, and keeper, giving her the vic
provide for, the fatherless children and tory over all her enemies;
widows, and all that are desolate and We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. oppressed;
That it may please thee to bless and We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. preserve Albert Edward Prince of Wales, That it may please thee to have mercy the Princess of Wales, and all the Royal upon all men ; Family;
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. That it may please thee to forgive our
That it may please thee to illuminate enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, with and to turn their hearts; true knowledge and understanding of We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. thy Word; and that both by their That it may please thee to give and preaching and living they may set it preserve to our use the kindly fruits of forth, and shew it accordingly;
the earth, so as in due time we may We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. enjoy them; That it may please thee to bless these
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. thy servants, now to be admitted to the That it may please thee to give us Order of Deacons, (or Priests,] and to true repentance; to forgive us all our pour thy grace upon them; that they sins, negligences, and ignorances; and may duly execute their Office, to the to endue us with the grace of thy Holy edifying of thy Church, and the glory Spirit to amend our lives according to of thy holy Name;
thy holy Word; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord, That it may please thee to endue the
Son of God : we beseech thee to hear Lords of the Council, and all the Nobi
us. lity, with grace, wisdom, and under
Son of God : we beseech thee to hear us. standing ;
O Lamb of God : that takest away the We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
sins of the world ; That it may please thee to bless and
Grant us thy peace. keep the Magistrates, giving them grace
O Lamb of God : that takest away the to executejustice, and to maintain truth;
sins of the world ; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Have mercy upon us. That it may please thee to bless and
O Christ, hear us. keep all thy people ;
O Christ, hear us. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Lord, have mercy upon us. That it may please thee to give to all
Lord, have mercy upon us. nations unity, peace, and concord; Christ, have mercy upon us. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Christ, have mercy upon us. That it may please thee to give us
Lord, have mercy upon us. an heart to love and dread thee, and
Lord, have mercy upon us. diligently to live after thy command
1 Then shall the Priest, and the people ments; We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
with him, say the Lord's Prayer. That it may please thee to give to all OUR Father, which art in heaven, thy people increase of grace to hear meekly thy Word, and to receive it with dom come. Thy will be done in earth, pure affection, and to bring forth the As it is in heaven. Give us this day our fruits of the Spirit;
daily bread. And forgive us our tresWe beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. passes, As we forgive them that trespass That it may please thee to bring into against us. And lead us not into temptathe way of truth all such as have erred, tion ; But deliver us froin evil. Amen. and are deceived ;
Priest, O Lord, deal not with us after We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. our sins.
as well as Temporal.” In 1689 it proper duty of the Deacon, acwas made “to abhor, detest, and cording to the ancient model, abjure ”the doctrine "that Prin- which the Church of England ces excommunicated or deposed clearly desires to retain, alby the Pope may be deposed or though in modern practice the murdered.” In 1858 it was finally distinction between it and the settled to an undertaking to duty of the Priest is much ob. bear true allegiance to the scured. It is, first, the duty of Queen, to defend her crown, to simple Assistance to the Priest maintain the Act of Settlement, in Divine Service, and especially and to abjure all foreign alles in the Holy Communion ; next, giance. In 1865 it was ordered the duty of public Reading of that this Oath be administered Scriptures and Homilies, and of previously, instead of being giving Catechetical instruction taken during the Service. to the young; thirdly, the duty THE EXAMINATION OF
of acting as deputy of the Priest THE
in ministering Baptism ; fourthly CANDIDATES.
(as evidently exceptional), on Of the searching questions
"licence of the Bishop himself," now put, we note
the duty of preaching; and, last(a) THE CALL. - The first ly, that duty, out of which the dwells on the “Inward Call” Diaconate originally sprang, of to the Ministry by the witness visiting the poor and sick, in of the Holy Spirit in the heart, order that, under the direction to be sought by earnest medi- of the parish Priest, they may tation and prayer, as the first be relieved by alms. It will be and most essential of all re- seen that of these duties many quirements.
may be performed by laymen; The Second, on the “ Outward that the properly ministerial Call,” according to the Law of duty of the deacon is simply Christ in His Church, in the subordinate, carrying very little form in which it is embodied in Pastoral authority; and that “ the Order of this Realm” licence to preach is supposed to (that is, clearly, in the Ecclesi. be given only when the Deacon astical Law), and by the consti. is exceptionally qualified for it, tuted authorities of the Church. or in case of exceptional necesThis implies the willingness to sity. If the Diaconate were accept, as accordant to Christ's kept strictly to these, and not Law, all the regulations under necessarily regarded as a stepwhich the Ministry is to be exer.
ping stone to the higher Orders, cised in the Church of England, it would seem that a lower stanand to submit to all constituted dard of educational and other authority therein.
qualifications might be accepted (6) THE ROLE OF FAITH.-The
for it, and that it might serve as
a link between the Presbyterate third and fourth refer to the
and the people. basis of Christian doctrine and morality, as contained in Holy (d) THE INDIVIDUAL LIFE Scripture (see Art. vi.), and AND OBEDIENCE. - The sixth require readiness to read (and dwells on purity of the lives of perhaps expound) it in the the Deacon and his family, as Church.
an example to the Church. (c) THE DUTY OF THE DIACON- (e) The seventh on Canonical ATE. - The fifth describes the Obedience, in which is, of course, Let us pray
Answer. Neither reward us after our didst inspire thine Apostles to choose Iniquities.
into the Order of Deacons the first
Martyr Saint Stephen, with others; O GOD, merciful Father, that despisa Mercifullya behold these thy servants heart, nor the desire of such as be sor- ministration ; replenish them so with rowful; Mercifully assist our prayers the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn that we make betore thee in all our them with innocency of life, that, both troubles and adversities, whensoever by word and good example, they may they oppress us ; and graciously hear faithfully serve thee in this Office, to us, that those evils, which the craft and the glory of thy Name, and the edificasubtilty of the devil or man worketh tion of thy Church ; through the merits against us, be brought to nought ; and of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth by the providence of thy goodness they and reigneth with thee and the Holy may be dispersed ; that we thy ser- Ghost, now and for ever. Amen. vants, being hurt by no persecutions, may evermore give thanks unto thee in
The Epistle. 1 Tim. iii. 8. thy holy Church ; through Jesus Christ LIKEWISE must the Deacons be
grave, not double tongued, not O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us given to much wine, not greedy, of for thy Name's sake.
filthy lucre, holding the mystery of the O , faith in a pure conscience. And let
and our fathers have declared unto these also first be proved; then let them Us, the noble works that thou didst in use the Office of a Deacon, being found their days, and in the old time before blameless. Even so must their wives be them.
grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us all things. Let the Deacons be the husfor thine honour.
bands of one wife, ruling their children Glory be to the Father, and to the and their own houses well. For they Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
that have used the Office of a Deacon Answer. As it was in the beginning, well purchase to themselves a good deis now, and ever shall be : world with- gree, and great boldness in the faith out end. Amen.
which is in Christ Jesus. From our enemies defend us, o Christ. Graciously look upon our afflictions.
Or else this, out of the sixth of the Acts of Pitifully behold the sorrows of our
the Apostles. hearts.
Acts vi. 2. Hercifully forgive the sins of thy
people: THEN the twelvocalled the multia prayers.
said, It is not reason that we should O Son of David, have mercy upon us. leave the Word of God, and serve tables.
Both now and ever vouchsafe to hear Wherefore, brethren, look yeout among us, O Christ.
you seven men of honest report, full of Graciously hear us, Christ; graci- the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we ously hear us, O Lord Christ.
may appoint over this business. But we Priest. O Lord, let thy mercy be will giveourselves continually to prayer, shewed upon us ;
and to the ministry of the Word. Anu Answer. As we do put our trust in the saying pleased the whole multitude. thee.
And they chose Stephen, a man full of Let us pray.
faith, and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, WE humbly, beseech thee, O Father, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timercifully to look upon our in- mon, and Parmenas,
a firmities; and for the glory of thy Name proselyte of Antioch; whom they set turn from us all those evils that we most before the Apostles ; and, when they righteously have deserved ; and grant, had prayed, they laid their hands on that in all our troubles we may put our them. And the Word of God increased, whole trust and confidence in thy mer- and the number of the disciples mulcy, and evermore serve thee in holiness tiplied in Jerusalem_greatly, and a and pureness of living, to thy honour great company of the Priests were obeand glory; through our only Mediator dient to the faith. and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
And before the Gospel, the Bishop, sit1 Then shall be sung or said the Service
ting in his chair, shall examine' every for the Communion, with the Collect,
one of them that are to be Ordered, in Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth,
the presence of the people, after this
manner following. The Collect. ALMIGHTY God, who by thy Divine Do you trust that you are in wardly Orders of Ministers in thy Church, and upon you this Office and Ministration,
included special subordination to The GOSPEL, read by one of the the Priest under whom he is to Deacons (generally the one who serve.
has most distinguished himself
in the Bishop's examination), is The ORDINATION itself is not.
Lukexii. 35-38, simply our Lord's able as containing in extreme
charge of watchfulness and earn. simplicity only the essentials of
estness to all His ministers. Ordination, viz., imposition of hands and mission in the Name The FINAL PRAYER at the of the Holy Trinity; and stands close of the Communion Service, in marked contrast with the ex- while it thanks God for His treme solemnity of the Ordina- great goodness in receiving tion of Priests. In the old those newly ordained to their Sarum Service the Bishop was office, marks especially the hudirected to say secretly, “Re- mility and obedience which it ceive the Holy Ghost," and then implies, and prays that by with appropriate words to in- strength in Christ they may so vest the Deacon with the stole, exercise it as to be found worthy and deliver him the Gospel (as of the higher Ministries in the now).
Church. The concluding RUBRIC states as a minimum of time of continu. ance in the Diaconate what has now become the common average, with the effect of almost obliterating it as a substantive Order in the Church,
to serve God for the promoting of his I Then the Bishop laying his Hands seveglory, and the edifying of his people ? rally upon the Head of every one of Answer. I trust so.
them, humbly kneeling before him, shall
say, The Bishop.
TTAKE thou Authority to execute the Do you think that you are truly call- 1 Office of a Deacon in the Church of
ed, according to the will of our God committed unto thee; In the Name Lord Jesus Christ, and the due Order of the Father, and of the Son, and of of this Realm, to the Ministry of the the Holy Ghost. Amen. Church ? Answer. I think so.
Then shall the Bishop deliver to every
one of them the New Testament, say. The Bishop.
AKE thou Authority to read the Canonical Scriptures of the Old Gospel in the Church of God, and and New Testament ?
to preach the same, it thou be thereto Answer. I do believe them.
licensed by the Bishop himself. The Bishop.
$ Then one of them, appointed by the
Bishop, shall read the Gospel. WILL you diligently read the same unto the people assembled in the
St. Luke xii. 35. Church where you shall be appointed to
your loins be girded about, and
your lights burning ; and ye yourAnswer. I will.
selves like unto men that wait for The Bishop.
their Lord, when he will return from
the wedding ; that, when he cometh IT appertaineth to the Office of a and knocketh, they may open unto
Deacon, in the Church where he him immediately. Blessed are those shall be appointed to serve, to assist servants, whom the Lord when he the Priest in Divine Service, and spe- cometh shall find watching. Verily I cially when he ministereth the holy say unto you, that he shall gird himself, Communion, and to help him in the and make them to sit down to meat, distribution thereof, and to read holy and will come forth and serve them. Scriptures and Homilies in the Church; And if he shall come in the second and to instruct tho youth in the Cate- watch, or come in the third watch, chism ; in the absence of the Priest to and find them so, blessed are those baptize infants, and to preach, if he servants. be admitted thereto by the Bishop. And furthermore, it is his Office, Then shall the Bishop proceed in the where provision is so made, to search
Communion, and all that are Ordered for the sick, poor, and impotent people
shall tarry, and receive the holy Comof the Parish, to intimate their estates,
munion the same day with the Bishop. names, and places where they dwell, The Communion ended, after the last unto the Curate, that by his exhorta- Collect, and immediately before the tion they may be relieved with the Benediction, shall be said these Collects alms of the Parishioners, or others.
following. Will you this gladly and willingly ?
God, giver of all good of God.
hast vouchsafed to accept and take The Bishop.
these thy servants unto the Office of
Deacons in thy Church ;. Make them, WILL you apply all your diligence to frame and fashion your own
we beseech thee, O Lord, to be modest,
humble, and constant in their Minislives, and the lives of your families, tration, to have a ready will to obaccording to the Doctrine of Christ and to make both yourselves and them,
serve all spiritual Discipline : that they as much as in you lieth, wholesome
having always the testimony of a good
conscience, and continuing ever stable examples of the flock of Christ ? Answer. I will so do, the Lord being
and strong in thy Son Christ, may so
well behave themselves in this inferior my helper.
Office, that they may be found worthy The Bishop.
to be called unto the higher Ministries
in thy Church ; through the same thy W". WILL you reverently obey your Ordi
Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to whom nary, and other chief Ministers of the Church, and them to whom the
be glory and honour world without end.
Amen. charge and government over you is committed, following with a glad mind PREVENT us, o Lord, in all our
doings with thy most gracious faAnswer. I will endeavour myself, the vour, and further us with thy continual Lord being my helper.
help ; that in all our works begun,