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THE FORM OF
SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
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f And if the periume that are to be mar-
DEARLY beloved, we are gather-
First, It was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy
Secondly, It was ordained for a
remedy against sin, and to avo,d fornication; that such persons as have not the gift of contineney might marry, and keep themselves undetil ed members of Christ's body.
Thirdly, It was ordained for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity. Into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. Therefore if any man can shew any just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his l>eace. T And also, speaking unto the persons that shall be marnett, he shall say,
I REQUIRE and charge you both, as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgement when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that If either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confess it. For be ye well assured, that so many as are coupled togethtT otherwise than God's Word doth allow are not Joined together by God; neither is their Matrimony lawfui.
K At which day of Marriage, if anf uem do alledge and declare tseu impnhmn t, why they may not be coupled together t* Matrimony, by God's Law, or the Laas of Otis Realm .* and wilt oe bound, art sufficient sureties with him, to the pettiest or else put in a Cuniiou (la tie full value nf such charges as the ptrxems to be married do thereby surloinl f prone his allegation: then the solemni
motion must be deferred, until tuck time
as the truth be tried. « If no impediment be alledgerl, the- sheM
the Curate say unto the Mem, M. TJCTIXT thou have thi s WoVV man to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto ber> so long as yc both shall live?
J The Man shall answer, I will.
JV. ftCST ILT thou have this Man to
V V thy wedded husband, to live together after Godis ordinance in the hoiy estate of Matrimony ? Wilt thou obey biro, and serve him, lore, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, to long as ye both shall live?
1 The Woman thatt answer,
f Then shall the Minister say.
The Minister, reeeiving the Woman at her /otheris or friendis hands, shall cause the Man with his right hand to take the fVoman by her right hand, and to say after hint asfotloweth.
IMt take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for belter for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to Godis holy ordinance, and thereto I plight thee my troth.
1 Then shall they horn their hands! and the IVoman, with her right hand taking the Man by hie right hand, shall likeMh say after the Minister,
IN. take thee M. to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherishi and to obey, till death us do part, according to Godis holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.
i\ Then thall they again loose their hands! and the Man shall gioe unto the IPonean a Riny, laying the tame upon the boat with the accustomed duty to the Priest and ($erk. And tht Print, taking the Ring, shall deliver it unto the if an, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Womanis left hand. And the Man hnbluiV the Ring there, and taught by the Priest, shall say,
WITH this Ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow : In the Name of the Father, and of the Hon, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
0 ETERNAL God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, Giver of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life; Send thy Messing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy Name; that, as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereofthis Ring given and received is a token and pledge,) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
1 Then shaft the Priest foin their right
hands together, and say,
Those whom God hath joined to-.
gether let no man put asunder.
1 Then shall tht Minister tptak unto lbs
FORASMUCH as !tt.and W.have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving of a Ring, and by joining of hands; I pronounce that they be Man and Wife together. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 1 And the Minister shall add this Blessing.
GOD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you; and so fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace, that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Antea. f Thm the Minister or Clerks, going to the Lordis Tatle, shall say or sing this Psalm following. Beati omntx. Psalm czxviii.
BLESSEDf t are all they that fear the Lord : and walk in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands : O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine : upon the walls of thine house;
Thy children like the olive-branches : round about thy table.
I ,o, thus shall the man be blessed: that feareth the Lord.
The Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee : that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long (
Yea, that thou shall see thy children's children ; and peace upon Israei.
Glory he to the Father, and to the Bon : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
TT Or this Ptalm.
GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us : and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us.
That thy way may he known upon earth : thy saving health among all nations.
Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.
O let the nations rejoice and be glad ; for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase : and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
God shall bless us : and all the ends of the world shall fear him.
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. Amen. 1 77m Psalm ended, and the Wan and the
;Ion,an knreling before the Lord'* Table, the Priest standing at the Table,
and turning M, face towards th"m,
vim 11 tap,
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Ana. Christ, have mercy upon us.
Min. Lord, have mercy upon us.
OU R Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth. As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us out trespasses. As we forgive them that trespass against us. And load us not into temptation; But delivet us from evii. Amen.
IUm. O Lord, save thy servant, and thy handmaid;
Ana. Who put their trust in thee.
Mia. 0 Lord, send them help from thy holy place;
Ana. And evermore defend them,
Min, Be unto them a tower of strength,
Ana, From the face of their enemy.
Min. O Lord, hear our prayev.
Ans. And let our cry come unto thce.
OGOD of Abraham, God of Isaac,
omitted, uhere the iromon it pott chiU
O MERCIFUL Lord, and heavenly Father, by whose gracious gift mankind is increased; We beseech thee, assist with thy blessing I these two persons, that they may. both he fruitful in procreation ofI children, and also live together so long in godly love and honesty, that they may see their ohildren christianly and virtuously brought up, ta thy praise and honour; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
OGOD, who by thy mighty power hast made all things of nothing;I who also (after other things set 'ia orderl didst appoint, that out of man | (created after thine own image and similitudel woman should take her | beginning; and, knitting them together, didst teach that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom thou by Matrimony hadst made one:' O God, who hast consecrated thel state of Matrimony ts such an ev t cellent mystery, that in st is signified and represented the spiritual mar-, riage and unity betwixt Christ and I his Church; Look mercifully uponI these thy servants, that both this man may love his wife, according ta I thy Word, (as Christ did love hit spouse the Church, who gave him-, self for lt, loving and cherishing it I even as his own Hesh,l and al&o that
this woman may be loving and amiable, faithful and obedient to her husband; and in all quietness, sobriety, and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons. O Lord, bless tin m both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen, 1 The«t shall the Priest my,
ALMIGHTY God, who at the beginning did create our first parents, Adam and Eve, and did sanctify and join them together in marriage; Four upon you the riches of his grace, sanctify and bless you, that ye may please him both in body and soul, ana live together in holy love unto your livesi end. Am en. 1 After which, if there be no Sermon rir~ chirhni the tluties of Man and Wife, the Minister ehal l read ae follouxth.
ALL ye that are married, or that . intend to take the holy estate of Matrimony upon you, hear what the holy Scrqrture doth say as touching the duty of husbands towards their wives, and wives towards their husbands.
Saint Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, the fifth Chapter, doth give this commandment to all married men; Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water, by the Word; that he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish. So ought men to lore their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself: for no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cheri-sheth it, even as the Lord the Church : for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife; and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the Church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife, even as himself.
Likewise the same Saint Paul, writing to the Colossians, speaketh thus to all men that are married; 1 tt
wives, and be
Husbands, love your i not bitter against them.
Hear also what Saint Peter, the Apostle of Christ, who was himself a married man, saith unto them that are married; Ye husbands, dwell with your wives according to knowledge; giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.
Hitherto ye have heard the duty of the husband toward the wife. Now likewise, ye wives, hear and learn your duties toward your husbands, even as it is plainly set forth in holy Scripture.
Saint Paul, in the aforenamed Epistle to the Ephesians, teacheth you thus; Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. And again he saith, Let the wife see that she reverence her husband.
And in his Epistle to the Colossians, Saint Paul giveth you this short lesson; Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
Saint Peter also doth instruct you very well, thus saying; Ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the Word, they also may without the Word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of epparel; hut let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible; even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the.sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands; even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord; whose daughters ye are as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any
THB ORDER FOR
THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
\ When any perron is siei, * olt re shal l he given thereof to the Minister of the Parish; who, coming i%to the tickperson's house, shall say,
)E ACE be to this house, and to
all that dwell in it. T When heeometh into the siek man'spresenre he shall nm,, knreling down,
REMEMBER not, Lord, our
T Then the Minister shall say,
Christ, have mercy upon ut.
OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evii. Amen.
Ministev. O Lord,savelhyservant;
Answev. Which putteth hit trust thee.
Ministev. Send him help from thy holy place;
Answev. And evermore mightily defend Aim.
Ministev. Let the enemy have no advantage of Aim;
Answev. Nor the wicked approach to hurt Aim.
Ministev. Be unto Aim, O Lord, a
Ministev. O Lord.hearourpiayers.
Answev. And let our cry come unto thee.
OLORD, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant. Look upon Aim I with the eyes of thy mercy, give Mm comfort and sure confidence in'
thee, defend him from the danger of the enemy, and keep Aim in perpetual peace and safety; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HEAR us, Almighty and most merciful God and Saviour; extend thy accustomed goodness to this thy servant who is grieved with sickness. Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction to him; that the sense of At* weakness mat add strength to kit faith, and seriousness to his repentance: That, if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore Aim to his former health, ke may lead the residue of Aie life in thy fear, and to thy glory; or else, give him grace so to take thy visitation, that, after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 Then shall the Minister exhnrt the tiet person after this form, or other like.
DEARLY beloved, know this,, that Almighty God is the I,ord of life and death, and of all things to them pertaining, as youth, strength, health, age, weakness, and sickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your sickness is, know you certainly, that it is God's visitation. And for what cause soever this sickness is sent unto you; whether it be to try Tout patience for the example of others, and that your faith may be found in the day of the Lord laudable, glorious, and honourable, to the increase of glory and endless felicity; or else it be sent unto you to correct and amend in you whatsoever doth offend the eyes of your heavenly Father; know you eertainlv, that if you truly repent you of your sins, and bear your sickness patiently, trusting in God's mercy, for his dear Son Jesus Christ's sake, and render unto him humble thanks for hH fatherly visitation, submitting yourself wholly unto his will, it shmli turn to your profit, and help Toe forward in the right way that leadeth unto everlasting life.