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Let us pray.

ever, and daily increase in thy Holy | in the knowledge and obedience of thy Spirit more and more, until he come Word, that in the end they may obtain unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen. everlasting life, through our Lord Jesus

Christ, who with thee and the Holy Then shall the Bishop say,

Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one The Lord be with you ;

God, world without end. Amen. Answ. And with thy spirit.

0 ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting And (all kneeling down) the Bishop shall

God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to add,

direct, sanctify, and govern both our

hearts and bodies in the ways of thy Our Father, &c. to – But deliver us

laws, and in the works of thy Com

mandments; that through thy most from evil. Amen.

mighty protection, both here and ever, And this Collect.

we may be preserved in body and soul,

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Almighty and everlasting God, who Christ. Amen. makest us both to will and to do those things that be good and acceptable Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying, unto thy divine Majesty; We make

thus, our humble supplications unto thee, for The Blessing of God Almighty, the these thy servants, upon whom, after the example of thy holy Apostles, we

Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, have now laid our hands, to certify

be upon you, and remain with

you

for them (by this sign) of thy favour and gracious goodness towards them. Let

And there shall none be admitted to the thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee,

Holy Communion, until such time as he ever be over them: let thy Holy Spirit

be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to ever be with them; and so lead them be confirmed.

ever. Amen.

THE FORM OF

SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY. First the Banns of all that are to be married together must be published in the Church three several Sundays or Holy Days, in the time of Divine Service, immediately before

the Sentences for the Offertory; the Curate saying after the accustomed manner, I

PUBLISH the Banns of Marriage be- thrice asked from the Curate of the other tween M. of —and N. of

Parish. If any of you know cause or just impe. At the day and time appointed for Solemdiment, why these two Persons should

nization of Matrimony, the Persons to be not be joined together in holy Matri- married shall come into the Church, and mony, ye are to declare it: This is the

there standing together, the Man on the first, [second, or third] time of asking. right hand, and the Woman on the left,

the Priest shall say, And if the Persons that are to be married

Dearly beloved, we are gathered todwell in divers Parishes, the Banns must be asked in both Parishes ; and the gether here in the sight of God, and in Curate of the one Parish shall not so

the face of this Congregation, to join lemnize Matrimony betwixt them, with together this Man and this Woman in out a Certificate of the Banns being holy Matrimony; which is an honourable estate, instituted of God in the time At which day of Marriage, if any man do of man's innocency, signifying unto us allege and declare any impediment, why the mystical union that is betwixt Christ they may not he coupled together in Matriand his Church; which holy estate mony by God's Law, or the Laws of this Christ adorned and beautified with his

Realm; and will be bound, and sufficient

sureties with him, to the Parties ; or else presence and first miracle that he

put in a caution (to the full value of such wrought in Cana of Galilee; and is

charges as the Persons to be married commended of St. Paul to be honour

do thereby sustain) to prove his alleable among all men ; and therefore is

gation ; then the Solemnization must be not by any to be enterprized nor taken

deferred until such time as the truth be in hand unadvisedly, lightly, or wan

tried. tonly, to satisfy men's carnal lusts and appetites, like brute beasts that have no If no impediment be alleged, then shall the

Curate understanding; but reverently, dis

say

unto the Man, creetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the M. Wilt thou have this Woman fear of God; duly considering the to thy wedded wife, to live together causes for which Matrimony was or- after God's ordinance in the holy estate dained.'

of Matrimony ? Wilt thou love her, First, it was ordained for the pro- comfort her, honour, and keep her in creation of children, to be brought up sickness and in health ; and forsaking in the fear and nurture of the Lord, all other, keep thee only unto her, só and to the praise of his holy Name. long as ye both shall live?

Secondly, it was ordained for a remedy against sin, and to avoid forni- The Man shall answer, I will. cation; that such Persons as have not the gift of continency might marry, and

Then shall the Priest say unto the Woman, keep themselves undefiled members of N. Wilt thou have this Man to Christ's body.

thy wedded husband, to live together Thirdly, it was ordained for the mu- after God's ordinance in the l:oly estate tual society, help, and comfort, that the of Matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, one ought to have of the other, both in serve him, love, honour, and keep him prosperity and adversity;

in sickness and in health ; and, forsakInto which holy estate these two ing all other, keep thee only unto him, Persons present come now to be joined. so long as ye both shall live? Therefore if any man can shew any just cause, why they may not lawfully be

The Woman shall answer, I will. joined together, let him now speak, or

Then shall the Minister say, else hereafter for ever hold his

peace.

Who giveth this Woman to be And also, speaking unto the Persons that married to this man?

shall be married, he shall say, I

Then shall they give their troth to eack REQUIRE and charge you both (as ye

other in this manner : will answer at the dreadful day of judgement, when the secrets of all hearts The Minister receiving the Woman al her shall be disclosed) that if either of you

Father's or Friend's hands, shall cause know any impediment, why ye may not

the Man with his right hand to take the

Woman by her right hand, and to say be lawfully joined together in Matri

after him as followeth : mony, ye do now confess it. For be ye well assured, that so many as are I M. take thee N. to my wedded wife, coupled together otherwise than God's to have and to hold, from this day forWord doth allow, are not joined to- ward, for better for worse, for richer gether by God, neither is their Matri- for poorer, in sickness and in health, to

love and to cherish, till death us do

mony lawful.

part, according to God's holy ordinance; | Then shall the Priest join their right hands and thereto I plight thee my troth.

together, and say,

Those whom God hath joined togeThen shall they loose their hands; and the ther, let no man put asunder.

Woman with her right hand taking the Man by his right hand, shall likewise Then shall the Minister speak unto the say after the Minister;

People. I n. take thee M. to my wedded

FORASMUCH as M. and N. have conhusband, to have and to hold, from sented together in holy wedlock, and this day forward, for better for worse,

have witnessed the same before God for richer for poorer, in sickness and and this company, and thereto have in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, given and pledged their troth either till death us do part, according to

to other, and have declared the same God's holy ordinance; and thereto I by giving, and receiving of a Ring, give thee my troth.

and by joining of hands; I pro

nounce that they be Man and Wife Then shall they again loose their hands; together, In the Name of the Father, and the Man shall give unto the Woman and of the Son, and of the Holy a Ring, laying the same upon the Book, Ghost. Amen. with the accustomed duty to the Priest and Clerk. And the Priest taking the

And the Minister shall add this Blessing. Ring, shall deliver it unto the Man to God the Father, God the Son, God put it upon the fourth finger of the

the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and Woman's left hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by

keep you; the Lord mercifully with

his favour look upon you; and so fill the Priest, shall say,

you with all spiritual benediction and With this Ring I thee wed, with my grace, that ye may so live together in body I thee worship, and with all my

this life, that in the world to come ye worldly goods 1 thee endow: In the may have life everlasting. Amen. Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then the Minister or Clerks, going to the
Lord's Table, shall say or sing either

Psalm cxxviii.
Then the Man leaving the Ring upon the

Or, fourth finger of the Woman's left hand,

Psalm lxvii. they shall both kneel down, and the Minister shall say,

The Psalm ended, and the Man and the

Woman kneeling before the Lord's

Table, the Priest standing at the Table, O Eternal God, Creator and Pre

and turning his face towards them, server of all mankind, giver of all

Lord have mercy upon us. spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life : Send thy blessing upon

Answer. Christ, have mercy upon us. these thy servants, this Man and this

Minister. Lord, have mercy upon us. Woman, whom we bless in thy Name:

The Lord's Prayer. that as Isaac and Rebecca lived faith. Our Father, &c. to—But deliver us fully together, so these persons may

from evil. Amen. surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made,

Minister. O Lord, save thy servant, (whereof this Ring given and received and thy handmaid; is a token and pledge ;) and may

Answer. Who put their trust in thee. ever remain in perfect love and peace

Minister. O Lord, send them help together, and live according to thy from thy holy place; laws, through Jesus Christ

Answer. And evermore defend Lord. Amen.

them.

Let us pray.

shall say,

our

Minister. Be unto them a tower of mony to such an excellent mystery, strength;

that in it is signified and represented Answer. From the face of their the spiritual marriage and unity be enemy.

twixt Christ and his Church ; Look Minister. O Lord, hear our prayer; mercifully upon these thy servants

, Answer. And let our cry come un- that both this Man may love his Wife

, to thee.

according to thy Word, as Christ Minister.

did love his spouse the Church; who O

gave himself for it, loving and cherishGod of Abraham, God of Isaac, | ing it even as his own flesh; and God of Jacob, bless these thy servants, also that this Woman may be loving and sow the seed of eternal life in and amiable, faithful and obedient to their hearts ; that whatsoever in thy her Husband; and in all quietness, holy Word they shall profitably learn, sobriety, and peace, be a follower of they may indeed fulfil the same.

holy and godly matrons. O Lord, Look, O Lord, mercifully upon them bless them both, and grant them to infrom heaven, and bless them. And herit thy everlasting kingdom, through as thou didst send thy blessing upon Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Abraham and Sarah, to their great comfort ; so vouchsafe to send thy

Then shall the Priest say, blessing upon these thy servants, that they, obeying thy will, and alway Almighty God, who at the beginbeing in safety under thy protection, ning did create our first parents

, may abide in thy love unto their Adam and Eve, and did sanctify and lives' end, through Jesus Christ our join them together in marriage ; Pour Lord. Amen.

upon you the riches of his grace,

sanctify and bless you, that ye may This Prayer next following shall be omitted

please him both in body and soul, and where the Woman is past Child-bearing.

live together in holy love unto your

lives' end. Amen. O Merciful Lord and heavenly Father, by whose gracious gift man- After which, if there be no Sermon declarkind is increased ; We beseech thee,

ing the Duties of Man and Wife, the assist with thy blessing these two

Minister shall read as followeth. Persons ; that they may both be fruit- All

ye

that are married or that intend ful in procreation of children, and to take the holy estate of Matrimony also live together so long in godly

upon you, hear what the holy Scriplove and honesty, that they may see ture doth say, as touching the duty their children christianly and virtu- of husbands towards their wives, and ously brought up, to thy praise and wives towards their husbands. honour, through Jesus Christ our St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Lord. Amen.

Ephesians, the fifth chapter, doth give

this commandment to all married men; O God, who by thy mighty power “ 25. Husbands, love your wives, even hast made all things of nothing; who “ as Christ also loved the Church, also (after other things set in order) “ and gave himself for it; 26. that didst appoint, that out of man (created “ he might sanctify and cleanse it after thine own image and similitude) “ with the washing of water, by the woman should take her beginning; “ Word; 27. that he might present and knitting them together, didst teach “ it to himself a glorious Church

, that it should never be lawful to put “ not having spot or wrinkle, or any asunder those whom thou by Matri

“ such thing ; but that it should be mony hadst made one: O God, who “ holy, and without blemish. 28. So hast consecrated the state of Matri

“ ought men to love their wives as

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He that loveth “ Lord. 23. For the husband is the “ his wife, loveth himself. 29. For 6 head of the wife, even as Christ is the

no inan ever yet hated his own 6 head of the Church : and he is the “flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth “ Saviour of the body. 24. There

it, even as the Lord the Church : “ fore, as the Church is subject unto 30. for we

are members of his " Christ, so let the wives be to their body, of his flesh, and of his bones. “ own husbands in every thing." And “ 31. For this cause shall a man leave again he saith, 33. “ Let the wife see “ his father and mother, and shall 6 that she reverence her husband.” “ be joined unto his wife, and they And in his Epistle to the Colossians, “ two shall be one flesh. 32. This Saint Paul giveth you this short les" is a great mystery : but I speak son ; (iii. 18.) “ Wives, submit your

concerning Christ and the Church. “ selves unto your own husbands, as “ Nevertheless, let every one of you

66 it is fit in the Lord.” “ in particular so love his wife even Saint Peter also doth instruct you very « as himself.”

well, thus saying; (1 Pet. iii. 1.) “ Ye Likewise the same Saint Paul, writing “ wives, be in subjection to your own to the Colossians, speakech thus to all “ husbands; that if any obey not the men that are married; (Col. iii. 19.) “ word, they also may without the “ Husbands, love your wives, and be “ word be won by the conversation of “ not bitter against them.”

“ the wives ; 2. while they behold Hear also what Saint Peter, the your chaste conversation coupled Apostle of Christ, who was himself a 6 with fear. 3. Whose adorning, let married man, saith unto them that are “ it not be that outward adorning of married ; (1 Pet. iii. 7.) “ Ye husbands plaiting the hair, and of wearing of “ dwell with your wives according to “ gold, or of putting on of apparel; “ knowledge; giving honour unto the 6 4. but let it be the hidden man “ wife as unto the weaker vessel, and “ of the heart, in that which is not “ as being heirs together of the grace corruptible, even the ornament of “ of life; that your prayers be not “ a meek and quiet spirit, which is “ hindered.”

6 in the sight of God of great price. Hitherto ye have heard the duty 66 5. For after this manner in the old of the husband toward the wife. Now “ time the holy women also, who likewise, ye wives, hear and learn “ trusted in God, adorned themselves, your duties toward your husbands, “ being in subjection unto their own even as it is plainly set forth in holy “ husbands; 6. even as Sarah obeyed Scripture.

“ Abraham, calling him lord; whose Saint Paul, in the aforenamed Epistle “ daughters ye are as long as ye do to the Ephesians, teacheth you thus ; “ well, and are not afraid with any 22. “ Wives, submit yourselves unto amazement."

your own husbands, as unto the

It is convenient that the new-married Persons should receive the Holy Communion at the time of their

Marriage, or at the first opportunity after their Marriage.

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