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Answer. I am ready, the Lord being my helper.
The archbishop. Will you deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts, and live soberly, righteously, and Godly in this world, that you may shew your self in all things an example of good works unto other, that the adversary may be ashamed, having nothing to lay against you ?
Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
The archbishop. Will you maintain and set forward (as much as shall lie in you) quietness, peace and love, among all men; and such as be unquiet, disobedient and criminous within your diocese, correct and punish according to such authority as ye have by God's word, and as to you shall be committed by the ordinance of this realm?
Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.
The archbishop. Will you shew your self gentle, and be merciful for Christ's sake to poor and needy people, and to all strangers destitute of help?
Answer. I will so shew my self by God's help.
The archbishop. Almighty God our heavenly Father, who hath given you a good will to do all these things, grant also unto you strength and power to perform the same : that he accomplishing in you the good work which he hath begun, ye may be found perfect and irreprehensible at the latter day, through Jesu Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall be sung or said. Come Holy Ghost. &c. as it is set out in
the order of Priests.
That ended, the Archbishop shall say.
And let our cry come unto thee.
Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY God, and most merciful Father, which of thy infinite goodness hast given to us thy only and most dear beloved Son Jesus Christ, to be our redeemer and author of everlasting life : who, after that he had made perfect our redemption by his death, and was ascended into heaven, poured down his gifts abundantly upon men, making some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Pastors, and Doctors, to the edifying and making perfect of his con,
gregation : grant, we beseech thee, to this thy servant such grace, that he may evermore be ready to spread abroad thy Gospel and glad tidings of reconcilement to God, and to use the authority given unto him, not to destroy, but to save; not to hurt, but to help: so that he as a wise and faithful servant, giving to thy family meat in due season, may at the last day be received into joy, through Jesu Christ our Lord : who with thee, and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth one God, world without end. Amen.
Then the Archbishop and Bishops present shall lay their hands upon
the head of the elected Bishop, the Archbishop saying. Take the Holy Ghost, and remember that thou stir up the grace of God, which is in thee by imposition of hands : for God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and soberness.
Then the Archbishop shall deliver him the Bible, saying.
Give heed unto reading, exhortation and doctrine. Think upon these 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 unto teaching, and be diligent in doing them : for by doing this thou shalt save thy self, and them that hear thee. Be to the flock of Christ a shepherd, not a wolf: feed them, devour them not: hold up the weak, heal the sick, bind together the broken, bring again the outcasts, seek the lost. Be so merciful, that you be not too remiss : so minister discipline, that you forget not mercy : that when the chief Shepherd shall come, ye may receive the immarcescible crown of glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 Then the Archbishop shall proceed to the communion, with whom the
new consecrated Bishop with other shall also communicate. And [after] the last Collect, immediately before the benediction, shall be said this prayer.
Most merciful Father, we bescech thee to send down upon this thy servant thy heavenly blessing, and so endue him with thy Holy Spirit, that he, preaching thy word, may
["A misprint, on this and the next page, for, Consecration of Bishops.]
not only be earnest to reprove, beseech, and rebuke with all patience and doctrine, but also may be to such as believe an wholesome example, in word, in conversation, in love, in faith, in chastity, and 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, one God with the Father and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
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