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AN ALTERNATIVE

ORDER OF CONFIRMATION,

OR LAYING ON OF HANDS, UPON THOSE, THAT ARE BAPTIZED, AND COME TO YEARS OF DISCRETION.

∂ 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 Lordís 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 confess 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.

∂ So soon as children are come to a competent age, and can say, in their Mother tongue, the Creed, the Lordís Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and can also answer to such other questions as in the short Catechism are contained, they shall be brought to the Bishop.

∂ The Minister shall from time to time make diligent enquiry whether there be any in his parish who, having been baptized, were not confirmed in their youth; and, if he find any such, and think them meet to be con firmed, he shall earnestly move them to prepare themselves to seek Godís grace in Confirmation.

∂ And whensoever the Bishop shall give knowledge for children or others to be brought unto him for their Confirmation, the Curate of every parish shall either bring, or send in writing with his hand subscribed thereto, the names and ages 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 the manner following.

∂ It is convenient that every one shall have a godfather or a godmother as a witness of their Confirmation.

∂ Upon the time appointed, all that are then to be confirmed, being placed, and standing in order, before the Bishop ; he (or some other Minister appointed by him) shall read this Preface following, unless he shall otherwise determine.

DEARLY beloved in the Lord, in ministering Confirmation the Church doth follow the example of the Apostles of Christ. For in the eighth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles we thus read :ó
    They therefore that were scattered abroad went about preaching the word. And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ. When they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John : who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: for as yet he was fallen upon none of them : only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
    The scripture here teacheth us that a special gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed through laying on of hands with prayer. And forasmuch as this gift cometh from God alone, let us that are here present pray to Almighty God, that he will strengthen with his Holy Spirit in Confirmation those who in Baptism were made his children.
    You, then, who are to be confirmed must now declare before this congregation that you are stedfastly purposed, with the help of this gift, to lead your life in the faith of Christ and in obedience to Godís will and commandments; and must openly acknowledge yourselves bound to fulfil the Christian duties to which your Baptism hath pledged you.

 

 

 

 

 

In the 1928 Book, these rubrics (save the last one) appear before the 1662 rite.

THE RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL VOWS.

∂ 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 confessing 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,I do.

Or else the Bishop shall say,

DO ye here, in the presence of God, and of this congregation, renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh, so that ye will not follow nor be led by them?
    Answer. I do.

DO ye believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith as contained in the Apostlesí Creed ?
    Answer. I do.

DO ye endeavour to keep Godís holy will and commandments, and to walk in the same all the days of your life?
    Answer. I will.

 

 

THE CONFIRMATION.

∂ Then shall the Bishop begin the Confirmation; and no hymn or address shall be introduced into this part of the Service, except that a hymn may be sung, if needed, in the course of the laying on of hands.

    The Bishop. Our help is in the name of the Lord;
    Answer. Who hath made heaven and earth.
    The Bishop. Blessed be the name of the Lord;
    Answer. Henceforth, world without end.
    The Bishop. Lord, hear our prayers;
    Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.

The Bishop. Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who hast vouchsafed to regenerate these thy servants by Water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given unto them 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 immediately all of them in order, kneeling before the Bishop, he shall lay his hand upon the head of every one severally, saying,

DEFEND, O Lord, this thy child [or this thy servant] with 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 shall the Bishop say,

The Lord be with you;
Answer. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

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 trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil ; For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

Then shall the Bishop add these prayers.

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who makest us both to will and to do those things that be good and acceptable unto thy divine Majesty; We make our humble supplications unto thee for these thy servants, upon whom (after the example of thy holy apostles) we have now laid our hands, to certify them (by this sign) of thy favour and gracious goodness towards them. Let thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee, ever be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy word, that in the end they may obtain everlasting life; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

 

 

THE CONCLUSION.

ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that, through thy most mighty protection both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul ; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

∂ Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying thus,

GO forth into the world in peace; be of good courage; hold fast that which is good; render to no man evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted ; support the weak; help the afflicted; honour all men; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. And the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. Amen.

∂ And there shall none be admitted to the Holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be found in the judgement of the Bishop to be ready and desirous to be confirmed.

In the 1928 Book, this rubric appears before the 1662 rite.

 


AN ALTERNATIVE FORM OF

SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY,

which may be used at the discretion of the Minister unless the parties require the Form of 1662.

First the banns of all that are to be married together must be published in the church three several Sundays at the times when the greatest number of people may hear them; that is to say, during the Holy Communion as is there appointed, or during Morning or Evening Prayer either after the Second Lesson or after the Third Collect; the Curate saying after the accustomed manner,

    I publish the banns of marriage between N. of óó and N. of óó. If any of you know cause or just impediment, why these two persons should not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it. This is the first [second or third] time of asking.

And if the persons that are to be married dwell in divers parishes, the banns must be asked in both parishes; and the Curate of the one parish shall not solemnize Matrimony betwixt them, without a certificate of the banns being thrice asked, from the Curate of the other parish.

Nor shall any be married without banns first asked, save in pursuance of a licence granted by ecclesiastical authority, or a certificate of due notice of the marriage, issued by a Superintendent Registrar; which licence or certificate, as the case may be, shall be produced to the Curate before the solemnization of the marriage.

At the day and time appointed for solemnization of Matrimony, the persons to be married shall come into the body of the church with their friends and neighbours: and there standing together, the man on the right hand and the woman on the left, the Priest shall say,

 
THE INTRODUCTION.

DEARLY beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God and in the face of this congregation, to join together this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony; which is an honourable estate instituted of God himself, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought, in Cana of Galilee, and is commended in Holy Writ to be honourable among all men; and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly lightly or wantonly; but reverently, discreetly, soberly, and in the fear of God, duly considering the causes for which matrimony was ordained.
    First, It was ordained for the increase of mankind according to the will of God, and that children might be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy name.
    Secondly, It was ordained in order that the natural instincts and affections, implanted by God, should be hallowed and directed aright; that those who are not called of God to remain unmarried, but by him are led to this holy estate, should continue therein in pureness of living.
    Thirdly, It was ordained for the mutual 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.

When two or more marriages are solemnized at the same time, all that follows, down to the psalm, shall be said in each case severally.

Speaking unto the persons that shall be married the Priest shall say,

I 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 Godís word doth allow are not joined together by God ; neither is their matrimony lawful.

At which day of marriage, if any man do allege and declare any impediment, why they may not be coupled together in Matrimony, by Godís 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 (to the full value of such charges as the persons to be married do thereby sustain) to prove h is allegation : then the solemnization must be deferred, until such time as the truth be tried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 1928 Book, these rubrics (save the last one) appear before the 1662 rite.

THE MARRIAGE.

If no impediment be alleged, then shall the Priest say unto the man,

N. WILT thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together according to Godís law 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 together according to Godís law in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honour and keep him, in sick ness 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 Priest say,

Who giveth this woman to be married to this man ?

∂ Then shall they give their troth to each other in this manner. The Priest, receiving the woman at her fatherís or friendís hands, shall cause the man with his right hand to take the woman by her right hand, and to say after him as followeth.

This rubric divided in two in the 1928 Book.

 
I, N. 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 sick ness and in health; to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to Godís holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.

Then shall they loose their hands; and the woman, with her right hand taking the man by his right hand, shall likewise say after the Priest,

I, 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 sickness and in health; to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to Godís holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.

Then they shall again loose their hands: and the man shall give unto the woman a ring, laying the same upon the book. And the Priest, taking the ring, shall deliver it to the man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the womanís 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 honour; and all my worldly goods with thee share ; In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then shall the man leave the ring upon the fourth finger of the womanís left hand, and they shall both kneel down; but the people shall remain standing. Then shall the Priest say,

Let us pray.

O 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 hi thy name; that, living faithfully together, they may surely 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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Priest join their right hands together, and say,

Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.

Then shall the Priest speak unto the people.

FORASMUCH as N. and N. have consented together in holy wedlock. and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same 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 Priest shall add this blessing.

GOD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you; and so fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace, that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

THE BENEDICTION.

Then the Priest, followed by the man and the woman, shall go to the Lordís Table, while there is said or sung this psalm following.

Beati omnes. Psalm 128.

BLESSED are all they that fear the Lord : and walk in his ways.
    2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands : O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
    3 Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine upon the walls of thine house;
    4 Thy children like the olive-branches round about thy table.
    5 Lo, thus shall the man be blessed : that feareth the Lord.
    6 The Lord from out of Zion shall so bless thee : that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long;
    7 Yea, that thou shalt see thy childrenís children and peace upon Israel.
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
    As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

Or this psalm.

Deus misereatur. Psalm 67.

GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us : and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us.
    2 That thy way may be known upon earth : thy saving health among all nations.
    3 Let the people praise thee, O God : yea, let all the people praise thee.
    4 O let the nations rejoice and be glad : for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
    5 Let the people praise thee, O God : yea, let all the people praise thee.
    6 Then shall the earth bring forth her increase : and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
    7 God shall bless us : and all the ends of the world shall fear him.
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

Or this psalm.

Spera in domino. Psalm 37. 3-7.

PUT thou thy trust in the Lord, and be doing good : dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
    4 Delight thou in the Lord : and he shall give thee thy heartís desire.
    5 Commit thy way unto the Lord, and put thy trust in him : and he shall bring it to pass.
    6 He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light : and thy just dealing as the noon-day.
    7 Hold thee still in the Lord: and abide patiently upon him.
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

∂ The psalm ended, the people kneeling, and the man and the woman kneeling before the Lordís Table, the Priest standing at the Table, and turning his face towards them, shall say,

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
   Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

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 trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Priest. O Lord, save thy servant, and thy handmaid;
Answer. Who put their trust in thee.
Priest. O Lord, send them help from thy holy place
Answer. And evermore defend them.
Priest. Be unto them a tower of strength;
Answer. From the face of their enemy.
Priest. O Lord, hear our prayer;
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.

Priest.

O GOD of our fathers, bless these thy servants, and sow the seed of eternal life in their hearts; that whatsoever in thy holy Word they shall profitably learn, they may in deed fulfil the same; that so, obeying thy will, and alway being in safety under thy protection, they may abide in thy love unto their hivesí end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This prayer next following shall be omitted, where the woman is past child-bearing.

O MERCIFUL Lord and heavenly Father, by whose gracious gift mankind is increased; bestow, we beseech thee, upon these two persons the heritage and gift of children; and grant that they may live together so long in godly love and honesty, that they may see their children christianly and virtuously brought up, to thy praise and honour; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

 

This prayer shall follow.

O GOD, who hast [taught us that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom thou by Matrimony hast made one, and hast]* consecrated the state of matrimony to such an excellent mystery, that in it is signified and represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his Church; Look mercifully upon these thy servants, that both this man may love his wife, according to thy Word, (as Christ did love his spouse the Church, who gave himself for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own flesh,) and also that this woman may be loving and amiable, and faithful to her husband, and in all quietness, sobriety, and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons. O Lord, bless them both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Priest say this blessing:

ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Pour upon you the riches of his grace, sanctify and bless you, that ye may please him both in body and soul, and live together in holy love unto your livesí end. Amen.

If there be a Communion, the foregoing prayer and blessing shall be said over the man and woman immediately before the final blessing of the congregation.

If there be no Communion, nor sermon declaring the duties of man and wife, there shall be read some portion of Scripture, or the Priest shall say the Exhortation provided in the Form of 1662.
 

 

 

* added in 1928.

It is convenient that the new-married persons should receive the Holy Communion at the time of their marriage, or at the first opportunity after their marriage.*

If there be no Communion at the time of the marriage, the Priest shall dismiss those that are gathered together, saying,

Let us pray.

O ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.

 

* This rubric removed in 1928, and the last rubric combined with the one directly above.

THE COMMUNION.

If there be a Communion, the following Collect, Epistle, and Gospel may be used, immediately after the prayer for child-bearing; or after the collect preceding it, if that be not said.

Collect.

O GOD our Father, who by thy holy apostle hast taught us that love is the fulfilling of the law; Grant to these thy servants that. loving one another, they may continue in thy love unto their livesí end; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, One God world without end. Amen.

Epistle. Ephesians 3. 14-19.

Gospel. St. John 15. 9-12.

The Priest shall then continue the Order of Holy Communion, the new -married persons remaining before the Holy Table until the end of the service. The last prayer and blessing, from THE BENEDICTION, shall be said over them after the Gloria in excelsis, and the service shall then conclude with The peace of God, &c.

The Epistle and Gospel are printed out at length in the 1928 Book.

 

 

 


 

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