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God shall bless us : and all the ends of the world Iball fear him.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
The Psalm ended, and the Man and the Woman kneeling before the Lord's Table, the Priest standing at the Table, and turning bis Face towards them, shall say,
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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 evil. Amen.
Minist. O Lord, fave thy servant, and thy hand-maid ;
bless these thy servants, and fow the feed of eternal life in their hearts ; that whatsoever in thy holy Word they fhall profitably learn, they may in deed fulfil che fame. Look, O Lord, mercifully upon them from heaven, and bless them. And as thou didst send thy blessing upon Abraham and Sarah, to their great comfort ; lo vouchsafe to send thy blessing upon these thy servants; that they obeying thy will, and alway being in
safety under thy protection, may abide in thy love unto their lives' end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. This Prayer next following shall be omitted, where the
Woman is past child-bearing.
gracious gift mankind is increaled ; We beseech thee, assist with thy blessing these two persons; that they may both be fruitful in the procreation of children, and also live together so long in godly love and honesty, that they may see their children christianly and virtuously brought up, to thy praise and honour, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. O
GOD, who by thy mighty power haft made all
things of nothing; who also (after other things set in order) didst appoint, that out of man (created after thine own image and fimilitude) woman should take her beginning ; and knitting them together, didit teach that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom thou by Matrimony hadft made one : 0 God, who hast confecrated the state of Matrimony to such an excellent mys. tery, that in it is fignified and represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his Church; Look mercifully upon these thy servants, that both this man may love his wife, according to thy Word, (as Christ did love his spouse the Church, who gave himself for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own flesh ;) and also that this Woman may be loving and amiable, faithful, and obedient to her husband; and in all quietness, fobriety, and peace, he a follower of holy and godly
O Lord, bless them both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Love and honesty] Till the last review the concluding paragraph was as follows: " that they may see their children's children, unto the third and fourth generation to thy praise and honour, &c.
Her hupand] In all the old prayer-books, till the last review, the fol. lowing words came in after “ husband,” as Rachael wise, as Rebecca taithful, and obedient as Sarah.”
Then shall the Priest say, Lmighty God, who at the beginning did create our first
parents, Adam and Eve, and did fanctify and join them together in marriage ; Pour upon you the riches of his grace, fan&tify and bless you; that ye may please him both in body and soul, and live together in holy love, unto your lives' end. Amen.
After which, if there be no sermon declaring the Duties of Man and Wife, the Minister shall read as followeth.
ye that are married, or that intend to takethe holy
estate of Matrimony upon you, hear what the holy Scripture doth say as touching the duty of husbands towards their wives, and wives towards their husbands :
Bless you] At the Reformation the practice of crolling was in many inftances allowed; and by Edward Vith's first book the priest was to make a cross on the married couple when pronouncing the word bless. This was omitted at the review 1551.
After which] This rubric in Edward Vith's book was as follows: “ Then Mall be said after the gospel a fermon, wherein ordinarily (fo oft as there is any marriage) the office of man and wife shall be declared according to holy scripture; or if there be no fermon, the minister Shall read as followeth.” In the same book, this rubric was introduced by these words,“ Then shall begin the communion ;" for it is to be observed that formerly the married parties were always expected to receive the sacrament on the day of marriage, a regulation that was enjoined by a rubric in Edward VIth's first book, and all the later prayerbooks to the last review; when it was modified by the introduction of the words,“ or at the first opportunity after their marriage."
All ye, &c.] The primitive church always used a form of exhortation to the married couple, as soon as the ceremony was concluded, to conjugal fidelity. In the Greek and Romish church, in lieu of this, an epistle and gospel was introduced; but at the Reformation, our reformers reverted to the ancient practice, and drew up the excellent form of admonition, selected from the apoftolical writings. It is worthy remark that duriog the interregnum in this kingdom, in the seventeenth century, the ceremonial of marriage was entirely altered from the customary form. The convention, in 1653, considered it as a civil contradi, and put it into the hands of justices of the peace by an ordinance which enacts, “ that after the 29th of September, 1653, all persons who hall agree to be married within the commonwealth of England, Mall deliver in their names and places of abode, with the names of their parents, guardians, and overseers, to the regiiter of the parish where each party lives, who shall publish the bans in the church or chapel three several Lord's days, after the morning fervice; or else in the market-place three several weeks succeflively, between the hours of eleven and two, on a market-day if the party desire it. The register shall make out a certificate of the due performance of one or the other, at the request of the parties concerned, without which they shall not proceed to marriage.-- it is further enacted, that all persons intend
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 fan&tify 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 Thould be holy, and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself: for no man ever get hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth 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 as 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 Colorfians, speaketh thus to all men that are married; Hufbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
Hear also what Saint Peter the Apostle of Christ, who was himself a married man, faith unto them that are maring to marry, shall come before some justice of peace within the county, city, or town corporate, where publication has been made, as aforesaid, with their certificate, and with sufficient proof of the consent of the parents, if either party be under age, and then the marriage shall proceed in this manner: The man to be married shall take the woman by the hand, and distinctly pronounce these words, I A. B. do here in the presence of God, the searcher of all hearts, take thee C. D. for my wedded wife ; and do also, in the presence of God, and before these witnesses, promise to be to thee a loving and faithful husband.—Then the woman taking the man by the hand, shall plainly and distinctly pronounce these words, i C. D. do here in the presence of God, the fearcher of all hearts, take thee A. B. for my wedded husband ; and do also in the presence of God, and before these witnesses, promise to be to thee a loving, faithful, and obedient wife. After this, the justice may and shall declare the faid ran and woman to be from henceforth husband and wife; and from and after such consent to expressed, and such declaration made of the fame, (as to the form of marriage) it shall be good and effectual in law; and no other mara riage whatfui ver within the commonwealth of England, after the 29th of September, 1653, shall be held or accounted a marriage, according to the law of England." —All the marriages folemnized according to this ordi, nance were confirmed at the restoration, in order, to prevent illegitimacy and vexatious law-suits in future times.
ried; Ye husbands, dwell with your wives according to knowledge; giving honour unto the wite, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
Halerto 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 Scriprure.
Saint Paul, in the afore oamed Epistle to the Ephesians, teacherh you thus; Wives fuhinit 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 faith, Let the wife see that the reverence her husband.
And in his Epistle to the Colossians, Saint Paul giveth you this short lesson ; Wives, sulumit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
Saint Peter also doth instruct you very well, thus say. ing; 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, ler it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but 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 fight 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 amazement.
1. It is convenient that the new-married persons should
receive the boiy Communion ai the time of their Mar. riage, or at the first opportunity after their Marriage.