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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 $0 love his wife, even as himself.

Likewise the same St. Paul, writing to the Colossians, speaketh thus to all men that are married : Husbands, love your wives, and be 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 honor 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 afore-named 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 cwn 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 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 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 : evrn as Sara obeyed Abrabam, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

After which the Minister shall close the service with this Bene. diction:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghosto be with you all. Amen.




After the Sermon, the presiding Minister, having taken his place at the altar, shall begin thus:

Lot us pray:

MEET us, O Lord, in all our doings, with Thy most gracious favor, and further us with Thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in Thee, we may glorify Thy holy name, and finally by Thy mercy attain unto everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Here the Candidate for Ordination, his name being distinctly announced, shall be requested to present himself before the altar; whereupon the Minister shall address the Congregation, as follows:

DEARLY BELOVED IN THE LORD: Almighty God, whom it hath pleased by His Spirit and word to gather and preserve to Himself continually, out of the whole human race, a Church chosen to everlasting life, hath given to all the members of the same, both ministers and people, a common interest in its welfare. For this reason, it hath ever been the practice, that in the ordination of those who have been called

to the office of the holy Ministry, the people also should have an opportunity to express their voice. Now, therefore, in order that we may be assisted in the case before us by your knowledge and past observation of him who is here present for admission to this office, we call upon you, to the end that if you know any just cause or impediment, because of which he ought not to be ordained to the Christian Ministry, you do come forward in God's name, and make it known.

If no objection be offered, after a sufficient pause, he snall addrese the Candidate, and say:

DEARLY BELOVED BROTHER: It is now our part, solemnly and for the last time, before proceeding to lay upon you irrevocably the burden and responsibility of the holy Ministry, to remind you how great is the dignity of the office, and how weighty and momentous also are the duties which it involves.

The office is of divine origin, and of truly supernatural character and force; flowing directly from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, as the fruit of His resur. rection and triumphant ascension into heaven, and being designed by Hirn to carry forward the purposes of His grace upon the earth, in the salvation of men by the Church, to the end of time.

All power, we hear Him saying after He had risen from the dead, is given unto Me in heaven and in earth; Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have cominanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world


To this answers in full what is written also by St. Paul: Wherefore He saith, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto

Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things. And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the mi. nistry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

Consider well, dear brother in Christ, how much all this means, as declaring and setting forth the true nature and significance of the holy office. The first Ministers were the Apostles, who were called and commissioned immediately by Jesus Christ Himself. They in turn ordained and set apart other suitable men, as pastors and teachers over the churches which they had gathered and established in different places; and these again, in the same way appointed and sent forth others to carry onward and forward still the true succession of this office; which, being regularly transmitted in this way from age to age in the Christian Church, has come down finally to our time. The solemnity of ordination, through which this transmission flows, is not merely an impressive ceremony, by which the right of such as are called of God to the Ministry is owned and confessed by the Church; but it is to be considered rather as their actual inves

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