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After the Collect for the Queen, he shall say
the following Prayer.
O most glorious Lord God, we acknowledge that we are not worthy to offer unto
Thee any thing belonging to us; yet we beseeeh Thee, in thy great goodness, graciously to accept the dedication of this place to thy service, and to prosper this our undertaking : Receive the prayers and intercessions of us, and of all others thy servants, who, either now or hereafter, entering into this House, shall call upon Thee; and give both them and us grace to prepare our hearts to serve Thee with reverence and Godly fear: Affect us with an awful apprehension of thy divine Majesty, and with a deep sense of our own unworthiness ; that so, approaching thy sanctuary with lowliness and devotion, and coming before Thee with clean thoughts and pure hearts, with bodies undefiled and
minds sanctified, we may always perform a service acceptable to Thee, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
I The Chaplain shall read the Epistle
and the Gospel.
THE EPISTLE. 2 Corinthians VI. verse 14 to verse 17.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers : for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols ? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people.
THE GOSPEL. John II. verse 13 to verse 18. And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those that sold oxen, and sheep, and doves, and the changers of money sitting. And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables ; and said unto them that sold doves, take these things hence ; make not my Father's House an house of merchandize. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine House hath eaten me up.
9 Then the Archbishop shall read the Nicene Creed.
After which a Psalm may be sung, viz.
1. All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice; Him serve with fear, his praise forth tell,
Come ye before him and rejoice.
2. The Lord, ye know, is God indeed,
Without our aid he did us make ;
And for his sheep he doth us take.
3. O enter then his gates with praise,
Approach with joy his courts unto; Praise, laud, and bless his Name always,
For it is seemly so to do.
4. For why? the Lord our God is good,
His mercy is for ever sure ;
And shall from age to age endure.
THE SERMON. The Sermon being ended, if there be no Communion, the Prayer for the Church Militant shall be read: if there be a Communion, then, the doors having been shut, the Archbishop shall proceed in the Communion Service : and he and the Clergy having made their Oblations, the Deacons, Churchwardens, or other fit persons appointed for that purpose, shall collect the Offerings of the rest of the Congregation.
Immediately before the final Blessing the Arch
bishop shall say the following Prayer. Blessed be Thy Name, O Lord God, for that it pleaseth Thee to have Thy habitation among the sons of men, and to dwell in the midst of the assembly of the saints upon earth : bless, we beseech Thee, the religious service of this day, and grant that in this place, now set apart for Thy service, Thy holy Name may be worshipped in truth and