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and in case of any difference between you and your congregation as to a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connexion be tween you and them, we, your Bishop, with the advice of our Pres byters, are to be the ultimate arbiter and judge.
In witness whereof we have hereunto affixed our Episcopal seal and signature, at and in the
In the Case of a Minister to be instituted in a State or Diocese in which there no Bishop, the Clerical Members of the Standing Committee shall send the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Minister, to the Presbyter whom they may appoint as Institutor.
To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B. Presbyter, Greeting.
WE do by these Presents authorise and empower you to exercise the office of a Priest in the Parish [or Church] of E. And by virtue of the power vested in us, do institute you into said Parish [or Church,] pos sessed 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 [Associated 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 entrusted to you; not as a manpleaser, 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 oc casion & wish in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal connexion 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 connexion 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 in the year
The day being appointed for the new Incumbent's Institution, at the usual hour of Morning Prayer, the Institutor, attended by the new Incumbent, 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, except 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 keye
ef the Church in his nand, in open] T Then the new Incumbent shall say,
Proper Psalms are,
A. B. receive these keys of the house of God at your hands, as the pledges of my In stitution, and of your parochial recognition, and promise to be faithful Shepherd over you, in
First. Ezek. Chap. xxxiii. verse the name of the Father, and of
1 to verse 10.
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,
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Min. The Lord be with you.
DEARLY beloved in the Lord, DIRECT us, O Lord, in all our we have assembled for the doings, with thy most g.acious purpose of instituting the Rev. A. favour, and further us with thy B. into this Parish, [or Church] continual help, that in all our as Priest and Rector [or Asso-works begun, continued, and ciated Rector, or Assistant Mi-ended in thee, we may glorify nister] of the same; and we are thy holy name, and finally by thy possessed of your vote that he mercy obtain everlasting life, has been so elected; as also of through Jesus Christ our Lord; the prescribed Letter of Institu- who hath taught us to pray unto tion. But if any of you can show thee, O Almighty Father, in his just cause why he may not be in-prevailing name and words, Our Father, who art in Heaven, stituted, we proceed no further, because we would not that an un-Hallowed be thy Name; Thy worthy person should minister Kingdom come; Thy Will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven; Give us this day our daily bread, If any objection be offered, the Priest who acts as the Institutor shall judge And forgive us our trespasses, as whether it afford just cause to suspend we forgive those who trespass the service. No objection being offered, or the Priest who acts as the against us; And lead us not into Institutor choosing to go on with the temptation; But deliver us from service, he shall next read the Letter evil: For thine is the Kingdom, of Institution; and then shall the se- and the Power, and the Glory, for nior Warden, (or the Member of the
Vestry supplying his place) present ever and ever.
IN name and behalf of
Parish, [or Church,] I do receive and acknowledge you, the Rev. A. B. as Priest and Rector
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 Gene ral and State Convention, saying as follows:
[or Associated Rector, or Assist-RECEIVE these books; and let ant Minister] of the same. and them be the rule of thy con in token thereof, give into your duct in dispensing the divine hands the keys of this Church. word. in leading the devotions of
the people, and in exercising the 13 He is our God, even the discipline of the Church; and be God of whom cometh salvation; thou in all things a pattern to the God is the Lord by whom we Block committed to thy care. escape death. Psalmixviii. verse Then shall be said or sung the follow-20.
14 O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places, even the God Praise the Lord, laud ye the of Israel; he will give strength name of the Lord: praise it, and power unto his people BlessO ye servants of the Lord. Psalmed be God. Verse 35.
CXXXV. verse 1.
2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord in the courts of the house of our God. Verse 2.
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.
Min. The law was given by
30 praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious: O sing praises unto his name, for it is lovely. Moses. Verse 3.
Peop. But grace and truth
4 The Lord is gracious and mer-came by Jesus Christ.
ciful, long suffering and of great Min. & Peop. Who is God goodness. Psalm cxiv. verse 8. over all, blessed for evermore. 5 The Lord is loving unto every Amen. man; and his mercy is over all his work. Verse 9.
thanks unto thee. Verse 10.
Let us pray.
MOST gracious God, the giver of all good and perfect gifts,
6 All thy works praise thee, O Lord; and thy Saints give who, of thy wise providence hast appointed divers orders in thy 7 The Lord doth build up Je. Church; give thy grace, we be rusalem; and gather together the seech thee, to thy servant, to outcasts of Israel. Psalm cxlvii. whom the charge of this congreverse 2. gation is now committed; and so
8 He healeth those that are replenish him with the truth of broken in heart, and giveth me-thy doctrine, and endue him with dicine to heal their sickness. innocency of life, that he may Verse 3. faithfully serve before thee, to
9 The Lord's delight is in them the glory of thy great name, and that fear him, and put their trust the benefit of thy holy Church, in his mercy. Verse 11. through Jesus Christ, our only
10 Praise the Lord, O Jeru-Mediator and Redeemer. Amen
salem, praise thy God, O Zion. O Holy Jesus, who hast pur chased to thyself an universal 11 For he hath made fast the Church, and hast promised to be bars of thy gates; and hath bless-with the Ministers of Apostolic ed thy children within thee. Succession to the end of the Verse 13. world; be graciously pleased to 12 He maketh peace in thy bless the ministry and service of borders; and filleth thee with the him, who is now appointed to flour of wheat. Verse 14. offer the sacrifices of prayer and
praise to thee in this house, whicnlighten my understanding with is called by thy name. May the the illumination of the Holy words of his mouth, and the me-Ghost; and may all the wishes ditation of his heart be always and desires of my will centre in acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, what thou hast commanded. And, our strength and our Redeemer. to make me instrumental in proAmen. moting the salvation of the people O God, Holy Ghost, Sanctifier now committed to my charge, of the Faithful, visit, we pray grant that I may faithfully admithee, this congregation with thy nister thy holy Sacraments, and love and favour; enlighten their by my life and doctrine set forth minds more and more with the thy true and lively word. light of the everlasting Gospel; ever with me in the performance graft in their hearts a love of the of all the duties of my ministry; in truth; increase in them true reli-prayer, to quicken my devotion; gion; nourish them with all good-in praises, to heighten my love ness; and of thy great mercy and gratitude; and in preaching, keep them in the same, O blessed to give a readiness of thought and Spirit, whom with the Father expression suitable to the clear and the Son together we worship ness and excelency of thy Holy and glorify as one God, world Word. Grant this for the sake of without end. Amen.
Jesus Christ thy Son our Saviour.
The Lord be with you.
THE God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting Covenant, Almighty God, who hast built make you perfect in every good thy Church upon the founda. work to do his will, working intion of the Apostles and Prophets, you that which is well pleasing Jesus Christ himself being the in his sight, through Jesus Christ; Chief corner Stone; grant that, to whom be glory for ever and by the operation of the Holy ever. Amen. Ghost, all Christians may be so Then shall the instituted Minister joined together in unity of spirit, kneel at the Altar to present his sup-and in the bond of peace, that plication for himself-in this form: they may be an Holy Temple ac
Lord my God! I am not ceptable unto thee. And espeworthy that thou shouldest cially, to this congregation precome under my roof; yet thou sent, give the abundance of thy hast honoured thy servant with grace; that with one heart, they appointing him to stand in thy may desire the prosperity of thy House, and to serve at thy Holy moly Apostolic Church, and with Altar. To thee and to thy ser-ne mouth, may profess the faith vice I devote myself soul, body, Jonce delivered to the Saints. Deand spirit-with all their powers tend them from the sins of heresy and faculties. Fill my memory and schism; let not the foot of with the words of thy law en-pride come nigh to hurt them,
nor the hand of the ungodly to Ghost, one God, world without cast them down." And grant end. Amer..
proceed to the Communion Service,
after that the instituted Minister shall
and to administer the holy Eucharist to his Congregation: and after the Benediction, (which he shall always pronounce,) the Wardens, Vestry, and others, shall salute and welcome him, bidaing him God speed.
that the course of this world may" Then shall follow the Sermon: and be so peaceably ordered by thy Governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness; that so they may walk in the ways of truth and peace, and at last be numbered with thy Saints in glory everlasting, through thy merits, O blessed Jesus, thou gracious Bishop and Shepherd of our souls, who art, with the Father and the Holy
When the Bishop of the Diocese is
present at the institution of a Minis
prescribed in this Office in the form of