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Consecr. It appertaineth moreover to the office of a Metropolitan, to consecrate the Bishops of his province, to call Provincial Synods and preside in them, to enquire into neglects, abuses, or disorders committed by any Bishop throughout his whole province, and to take care of all vacant Sees within his province. Wilt thou do all this faithfully and diligently?
Answ. I will fo do by the help of God.
given thee a good will to do all these things, grant also unto thee strength and power to perform the fame; that he accomplishing in thee the good work which he hath begun, thou mayest be found perfect and irreprehensible at the latter day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the Deacon being turned to the People, shall say,
Let us pray. Then the Confecrator being turned towards the Altar,
mall say, O Lord, hear our prayer :
Answ. Ard let our cry come unto thee. Then shall the Confecrator say the following prayer. :ALmighty God, and most merciful Father, who
n of thine infinite goodness hast given thine only and dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, to be our redeemer, and the author of everlasting life ; who after
that he had made perfect our redemption by his death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven, poured down abundantly his gifts upon men, makeing some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Pastors and Doctors, to the edifying and makeing perfect his church: Grant, we beseech thee, to this thy servant such grace, that he may evermore be ready to spread abroad thy gospel, the glad tidings of reconciliation with thee, and use the authority given him, not to destruction but to salvation, not to hurt but to help; so that as a wise and faithful servant, giving to thy family their portion in due season, he may at last be received into everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who with Thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.
Then mall the Bishop Ele&t put on the rest of the
Episcopal habit; after which he all kneel down (though it be Sunday) before the Confecrator and the other Bishops present ; and the Confecrator signing him with the sign of the cross upon the forehead Jhall say, he and all the Bishop's present laying their
hands upon his head, W ITH the Suffrage and Consent of the Bishops
of the Province of N. and of the Clergy and People of the Diocese of N. the Divine grace, which always healeth what is infirm, and suppliech what is wanting, promoteth the Reverend Priest N. to be Bishop of the Church and See of N. Let us pray for him, that the grace of the most Holy Spirit may descend upon him. .
Answ. Lord, have mercy : We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. P 3
Then two Deacons pall hold the Gospels open over his
head, the Consecrator and all the Bishops present keeping their hands laid upon his head, while the Confecrator says the following prayer.
Thou great Being of Beings, O Lord God Al
mighty, who alone' art unbegotten and without superior; who always art, and exiftest before all ages; who art self-sufficient, and above all cause and generation ; who alone art true, who alone art wise, who alone art most high; who art invisible by nature, and whose knowledge is without original; who alone art good, and above comparison; who knowest all things before they come into being, and from whom no secrets are hid; who art inaccessible, and above all power and authority: 0 God and Father of thine only begotten Son our God and Saviour, who art the creator and governour of the whole world by him, and whose providential care extendeth to all things; the Father of mercies, and God of all consolation; who hast thy dwelling in the highest heavens, and yet humblest thy self to behold the things below: 0 thou, who hast given laws and rules to the Church, by the coming of thy Christ in the flesh of which the Comforter is the witness, by thy holy apostles, and by us the Bishops standing here through thy favour in thy presence; who didit from the beginning appoint Priests for the care and government of thy people, who didst not leave thy fanctuary without Ministers, and who didst delight in those in whom thou wert pleased to be glorified ; Do thou now also, through the mediation of thy Christ, pour down by us the power of thy Governing Spirit, who ministreth to thy beloved Son Jesus Christ, and whom he bestowed according to thy
will upon the holy apostles of thee the eternal God. O God, the searcher of hearts, grant unto this thy servant, whom thou hast chosen to be a Bishop, that he may feed thy holy flock, may discharge the office of an High-Priest unto thee, ministring unblameably night and day; and that rendring thee propitious, he may gather together the number of those who shall be saved, and may offer to thee the gifts of thy holy church. Grant unto him, O Lord Almighty, through thy Christ, the communication of the Holy Ghost, that he may have power to remit fins according to thy command, to confer Ecclesiastical orders according to thy appointment, and to loose every bond according to the power which thou gavest to the apostles; that he may please thee with meekness ard purity of heart; and that continuing stedfast, unblameable, and unreproveable, he may offer to thee for a sweet-smelling favour the pure and unbloody sacrifice, which thou by Christ haft constituted to be the mystery of the new covenant, through thy holy child Jesus Christ our God and Saviour; by whom glory, honour, and adoration be to Thee in the Holy Ghost, now and for ever, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Then all the Bishops shall take their hands off his head,
and the Confecrator mail deliver him the Bible,
saying, CIVE heed unto reading, exhortation, and docU trine. Think upon the things contained in this book. Be diligent in them, that the increase coming thereby may be manifest unto all men. Take heed unto thy self, and to doctrine, and be diligent in doing them; for by so doing, thou shalt both fave thy self, and them that hear thee,
Then shall the Confecrator deliver him the Pastoral
Staff; Saying, TAKE the Staff of the Pastoral Office; and be ta
I the flock of Christ a shepherd, not a wolf ; feed them, devour them not. Hold up the weak, heal the sick, bind up the broken, bring again the outcasts, seek the lost. Be so merciful, that thou beeft not too remils; fo minister discipline, that thou forgettest not mercy: that when the chief Shepherd Thall appear, thou mayest receive the never-fading crown of glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Then the Consecrator Mall say the following prayer,
the new-consecrated Bishop still kneeling. M OST merciful Father, we beseech thee to send IV! down upon this thy servant thy heavenly blessing; that he preaching thy word, may not only be earnest to reprove, beseech, and rebuke with all patience and doctrine; but also may be to such as believe, an wholsome example in word, in conversation, in love, in faith, in chastity, and in purity; that faithfully fulfilling his course, at the latter day he may receive the crown of righteousness laid up by the Lord the righteous judge; who liveth and reigneth, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
Then the new-consecrated Bishop shall rise, and the
Consecrator with the Bishops present mall all falute him with the Holy Kiss of Peace in the name of the Lord, and then they shall conduct him to his Chair or Throne, the Confecrator taking him by the hand, and placing him therein. After which