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Confecr. 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.
Then the Confecrator standing up shall say to the

Bishop eleet,
A Lmighty God, our heavenly Father, who hath

given thee a good will to do all these things, grant also unto thee strength and power to perform the same; 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, skall say,

Let us pray

Then the Consecrator being turned towards the Altar,

fall say, O Lord, hear our prayer :

Answ. Ar:d let our cry come unto thee.
Then Mall the Confecrator say the following prayer.
Almighty God, and most merciful Father, who

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

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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, fome 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 wife 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 all the Bishop Ele&t put on the rest of the

Episcopal habit; after 'which he mall kneel down (though it be Sunday) before the Confecrator and the other Bishops prefent ; and the Consecrator signing him with the sign of the cross upon the forehead mall say, he and all the Bishops present laying their

hands upon his head, WI 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

upon

him. Answ. Lord, have mercy : We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

Then

may descend

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Then two Deacons shall hold the Gospels open over bis

head, the Confecrator and all the Biskops present keeping their hands laid upon his head, while the Confecrator says the following prayer.

Thou O 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 knowelt all things before they come into being, and from whom no secrets are hid; who art inaccessible, and above all power and authority: O 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: O thou, who has 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 didst 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 Chrift, and whom he bestowed according to thy

will

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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 Aock, 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 Ecclefiaftical 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 and purity of heart; and that continuing stedfast, unblameable, and unreproveable, he may offer to thee for a sweet-smelling favour the pure and unbloody facrifice, which thou by Christ hast 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 sail deliver him the Bible, saying, G

IVE heed unto reading, exhortation, and doc

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 felf, and to doctrine, and be diligent in doing them; for by so doing, thou shalt both fave thy felf, and them that hear

thee.

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Then shall the Consecrator deliver him the Pastoral

Staff

; saying, TAK

AKE the Staff of the Pastoral Office; and be ta

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 loit. Be so merciful, that thou beest not too remiss; fo minister discipline, that thou forgettest not mercy: that when the chief Shepherd shall appear, thou mayest receive the never-fading crown of glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then the Confecrator Mall say the following prayer,

the new-consecrated Bijhop fill kneeling. MOST merciful Father, we beseech thce to send

down upon this thy servant thy heavenly blefsing; 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 Mall rise, and the

Consecrator with the Bishops present shall all salute 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

the

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