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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.
1 The Archbishop and his Chaplain go up to the
Communion Table ; the Minister Officiating, to the Reading Desk; and the Preacher, to some convenient Seat near the Pulpit.
The Archbishop, sitting in his chair, is to have the Instrument or Instruments of Conveyance, Donation, or Endowment (if any) presented to him by the Chancellor or Registrar, which he lays upon the Communion Table : and then let him, standing up and turning to the Congregation, say,
Dearly Beloved in the Lord ; forasmuch as devout and holy men, as well under the Law as under the Gospel, moved either by the secret inspiration of the Blessed Spirit, or by the express command of God, or by
their own reason and sense of the natural decency of things, have erected Houses for the Public Worship of God, and separated them from all profane and common uses, in order to fill men's minds with greater reverence for his Glorious Majesty, and affect their hearts with more devotion and humility in his Service; which pious works have been approved of and graciously accepted by our Heavenly Father ; Let us not doubt but He will favourably approve our godly purpose, of setting apart this place in solemn manner, to the performance of the several Offices of religious Worship, and let us faithfully and devoutly beg his Blessing on this our undertaking, and say,
Then let the Archbishop, kneeling, say, O Eternal God, mighty in power, and of majesty incomprehensible, whom the Heaven of Heavens cannot contain, much less the walls of Temples made with hands, and who yet hast been graciously pleased to promise thy especial presence in whatever place even two or three of thy faithful servants shall assemble in thy Name, to offer up their praises and supplications unto Thee; vouchsafe, O Lord, to be present with us who are here gathered together, with all humility and readiness of heart, to consecrate this place to the honour of thy great Name ; separating it from henceforth from all unhallowed, ordinary, and common uses, and dedicating it to thy service, for reading thy holy Word, for celebrating thy holy Sacraments, for offering to thy glorious Majesty the sacrifices of Prayer and Thanksgiving, for blessing thy people in thy Name, and for the performance of all other holy Ordinances. Accept, O Lord, this Service at our hands, and bless it with such success, as may tend most to thy glory, and the furtherance of our happiness, both temporal and spiritual, through Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
After this, let the Archbishop stand up, and, turning his face towards the Congregation, who continue kneeling, say,
Regard, O Lord, the supplications of thy servants, and grant that whoever shall be dedicated to Thee in this House by Baptism, may be sanctified with the Holy Ghost, delivered from thy wrath and eternal death, and received as a living member of Christ's Church, and may ever remain in the number of thy faithful and elect children. Amen.
Grant, O Lord, that they who in this place shall in their own persons renew the Promises and Vows made for them by their Sureties at their Baptism, and thereupon shall be confirmed by the Bishop, may con
tinue Thine for ever, and being preserved in the unity of thy Church, may daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until they come to Thine everlasting kingdom. Amen.
Grant, O Lord, that whosoever shall receive in this place, the blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, may come to that Holy Ordinance with faith, charity, and true repentance; and being filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, may, to their great and endless comfort, obtain remission of their sins, and all other benefits of his passion. Amen.
Grant, O Lord, that by thy Holy Word, which shall be read and preached in this place, and by thy Holy Spirit grafting it inwardly in the heart, the hearers thereof may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same. Amen.