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AN OFFICE OF
INSTITUTION OF MINISTERS
INTO PARISHES OR CHURCHES.
PRESCRIBED BY THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNI.
TED STATES OF AMERICA; ESTABLISHED IN GENERAL CONVENTION OF THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY, 1804 ; AND SET FORTII WITH ALTERATIONS, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, 1808.
11 The Bishop having received due Notice of the Election of a Ministre into a Parish or Church, as prescribed by the Ceing satisfied
that the Election and Institution of Ministers,
person chosen is a qualified Minister of this Church, may transmit the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Rector, or Assistant Minister, to one of his Presbyters, whom he may appoint as the Institutor. In any Diocese, the concluding Paragraph in the Letter of Institution may be omitted, where it interferes with the Usages, Laws, or Charters of the Church in the same.
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting. WE
E do by these Presents give and grant unto
Signat. to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among the People of the same ; you continuing in communion with us, and complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church, and with such lawful directions as you shall at any time receive from us
And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector (or Assistant Minister, as the case may be) of Parish, [or Church,] you are faithfully to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now intrusted to you; not as a manpleaser, but as continually bearing in mind that you are accountable to us here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all hereafter.
And as the Lord hath ordained that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar; so wo authorize you to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal relation, between you and then : of all which you will give us due notice : and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation and disso. lution of all sacerdotal connection between you and them, we, your Bishop, with the advice of our Presbyters, are to be the ultimate arbiter and judge.
In witness whereof, we have hereunto affixed our episcopal seal and signature, at
day of A. D and in the year of our consecration.
1 In the case of a Minister to be instituted in a state or Diocese in which
there is no Bishop, the Clerical Members of the Standing Committee shall send the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Minis. ter, to the Presbyter whom they may appoint as Institutor.
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B., Presbyter, Greeting. WE do by these Presents authorize and empower
you to exercise the Office of a Priest in the Sigillum. Parish [or Church] of E. And by virtue of the power vested in us, do institute you into said Parish, Çor Church,) possessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among the People of the same ; you complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church.
And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector (or Assistant Minister, as the case may be) of Parish, [or Church,] you are to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now intrusted to you ; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind that you are accountable to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Church here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all hereafter.
And as the Lord hath ordained that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar ; so you have our authority to claim and enjoy all the accustomed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until some urgent reason or reasons occasion a wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection, between you and them: of all which you will give us due notice : and in case of any difference between you and your congregation, as to a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connection between you and them, the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Church in this Diocese (taking the advice and aid of a Bishop) shall be the ultimate arbiter and judge.
In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands and seals, this--day of —, in the year
1 The day being appointed for the nero Incumbent's Institution, at the
usual hour of Morning Prayer, the Institutor, attended by the new hncumbent, and one or more Presbyters appointed by the Bishop (or. where there is no Bishop, by the Clerical Members of the Standing Committee) for that purpose, shall enter the Church. Then, all the Clergy present standing without the rails of the Altar, ercept the officiating Priest, who shall go into the Desk: the Wardens (or, in case of their necessary absence, two members of the Vestry) standing on the right and left of the Altar, without the rails; the Senior Warden (or
the member of the Vestry supplying his place holding the keys of the Church in his hand, in open view, the officiating Priest shall read Morning Prayer.
First. Ezek. chap. xxxiii. verse 1 to verse 10.
SECOND. St. John chap. x. verse 1 to verse 19. Morning Prayer ended, the Priest who acts as the Institutor, standing
within the rails of the Altar, shall say, DEARLY beloved in the Lord, we have assembled for the
purpose of instituting the Rev. A. B. into this Parish, [or Church,) as Priest and Rector (or Assistant Minister] of the same, and
we are possessed of your Vote that he has been so elected; as also of the prescribed Letter of Institution. But if any of you can show just cause why he may not be instituted, we proceed no further, because we would not that an unworthy person should minister among you.
If any objection be offered, the Priest who acts as the Institutor shall judge whether it afford just cause to suspend the Service. T.No objection being offered, or the Priest who acts as the Institutor choos
ing to go on with the Service, he shall next read the Letter of Institu. tion. 1 And then shall the Senior Warden (or the Member of the Vestry; sup
plying his place) present the keys of the Church to the new Incumbent, saying, IN
the name and behalf of Parish (or Church] I do receive and acknowledge you, the Rev. A. B., as Priest and Rector Çor Assistant Minister) of the same ; and in token thereof, give into your hands the keys of this Church.
I Then the new Incumbent shall say, I,
-, as the pledges of my Institution, and of your parochial recognition, and promise to be a faithful Shepherd over you, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Here the Instituting Minister shall begin the Office.
Let us pray.
O favour, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who hath taught us to pray unto thee, 0 Almighty Father, in his prevailing Name and words,
in , Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive ug our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Then shall the Priest who acts as the Institutor receive the Incumbent within the rails of the Altar, and present him the Bible, Book of Common Prayer, and Books of Canons of the General and State Concention, saying as follows.
ECEIVE these Books; and let them le the rule of thy con
duct in dispensing the divine Word, in leading the Devotions of the people, and in exercising the Discipline of the Church; and be thou in all things a pattern to the flock committed to thy care. Then shall be said or sung the following Anthem.
Laudate Nomen. O PRAISE the LORD, laud ye the Name of the LORD; praise
it, Oye servants of the Lord. Psalm cxxxv. verse 1. 2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. Verse 2.
3 O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious; O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely. Verse 3.
4 The Lord is gracious and merciful; long-suffering, and of great goodness. Psalm cxlv. verse 8.
5 The Lord is loving unto every man; and his mercy is over all his works. Verse 9.
6 All thy works praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints give thanks unto thee. Verse 10.
7 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem, and gather together the outcasts of Israel. Psalm cxlvii. verse 2.
8 He healeth those that are broken in heart, and giveth medicine to heal their sickness. Verse 3.
9 The Lord's delight is in them that fear him, and put their trust in his mercy. Verse 11.
10 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem ; praise thy God, O Sion. Verse 12.
11 For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates, and hath blessed thy children within thee. Verse 13.
12 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the four of wheat. Verse 14.
13 He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation : God is the Lord, by whom we escape death. Psalm lxviii. verse 20.
14 O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places: even the God of Israel, he will give strength and power unto his people. Blessed he God. Verse 35. 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.
Minister. The Law was given by Moses ;
People. But Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ:
Minister and People. Who is God over all, blessed for ever. more. Amen.
Let us pray. MOST gracious God, the Giver of all good and perfect gifts, in thy Church; Give thy grace, we beseech thee, to thy servant, to whom the charge of this Congregation is now committed; and so replenish him with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue him with innocency of life, that he may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
HOLY Jesus, who hast purchased to thyself an universal tolic Succession to the end of the world; Be graciously pleased to bless the ministry and service of him who is now appointed to offer the sacrifices of prayer and praise to thee in this house, which is called by thy Name. May the words of his mouth, and the meditation of his heart, be always acceptable in thý sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer. Amen. O
thee, this Congregation with thy love and favour; enlighten their minds more and more with the light of the everlasting Gospel; graft in their hearts a love of the truth; increase in them true religion; nourish them with all goodness; and of thy great mercy keep them in the same, o blessed Spirit
, whom, with the Father and the Son together, we worship and glorify as one God, world without end. Amen.
, Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; Make you perfect in every good work to do nis will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. | Then shall the Instituted Minister kneel at the Altar, to present his sup.
plication for himself, in this form. LORD my God! I am not worthy that thou shouldest come appointing him to stand in thy House, and to serve at thy holy Altar. To thee and to thy service I devote myself, soul, body, and spirit,--with all their powers and faculties. Fill my memory with the words of thy Law; enlighten my understanding with the illumination of the Holy Ghost; and may all the wishes and desires of my will centre in what thou hast commanded. And, to make me instrumental in promoting the salvation of the people now committed to my charge, grant that I may faithfully administer thy holy Sacraments, and by my life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively Worú. Be ever with