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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, doch 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 ordis nance were confirmed at the restoration, in order, to prevent illegitimacy and vexatious law-suits in future times.

ried; Ye husband, 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.

Hitherto ye have heard the duty of the husband toward the wife. Now likewile, 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 named Epistle to the Ephesians, teacheth you thus; Wives fubinit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the bulb iod 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 a vain he faith, Let the wife fee that the reverence her husbind.

And in his Epistle to the Coloflians, Saint Paul giveth you this thort leffon; Wives, subinit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

Saint Peter also doth instruct you very well, thus faying; Ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that if any obey not the li ord, they also may without the Word be won by the converlation 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 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.

It is convenient that the new-married persons should receive the hoy Communior a. the tim: of their Mar,

15€, vi ai the first opportunity after their Marriage.


The Visitation of the Sick,


When any person is sick, notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the Parish; who, coming into the fick person's house, shall say, EACE be to this house, and to all that dwell

in it, When he cometh into the fick man's presence, be shall say,

kneeling down, Emember not, Lord, our iniquities, nor the iniqui

ties of our forefathers: Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood; and be not angry with us for ever, Answ. Spare us, good Lord.

Then the Minister shall say,

Let us pray:

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy apon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
UR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy

Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it 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, Buç deliver us from evil. Amen.

Min. O Lord, save thy servant ; Answ. Which putteth bis trust in thee. The order, &c.] To this title was added, in Edward VIth's first book, the paragraph, “and the communion of the fame;" but at the review, 1551, the offices were divided and arranged as at present.

He shall say) In Edward Vith's first book, the words “ this psalm," were added, and the 143d pfalm was introduced. But at the next review it was omitted,

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Min. Send bim help from thy holy place ;
Answ. And evermore mightily defend him.
Min. Let the enemy have no advantage of bim;
Answ. Nor the wicked approach to hurt bim.
Min. Be unto him, O Lord, a strong tower,
Antw. From the face of his enemy.
Min. O Lord, hear our prayers;
Answ. And let our cry come unto thee.

LORD, look down from heaven, behold, visit,

and relieve thy servant: Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort and fure confidence in thee, defend him from the danger of the enemy, and keep him 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 rhy fatherly correction to him; that the sense of his weakness may add strength to his faith, and seriousness to his repentance: That, if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore him to his former health, he may lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory : or else, give him grace so to take thy visitation, that after this painful life ended, be may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. | Then shall the Minister exhort the sick person after this

form, or other like. EARLY beloved, know this, that Almighty God

is the Lord of life and death, and of all things to them pertaining, as youth, strength, health, age, weak.

. With ficknesi] The office in Edward Vith's first book is precifely the fame as the above to these words, when the following paragraph is inserted in the prayer : “ Visit him, O Lord, as thou didst vilt Peter's wife's mother, and the captain's fervant; and as thou preservedft Thobie and Sarah by thy angel from danger.” In his second prayer-book the words (and as then preferveft Thobie and Sarah by thy angel from danger) were omitted,

fitation” fubftituted for correction. At the last review, 1662, r was fettled as it now stands.

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