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Here an address may be delivered. After which, a collection being made, the service shall be concluded with a Hymn and the Apostolio Benediction
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you
CONSECRATION OF A CHURCH.
The Minister, having taken his place at the altar, shall say:
GRACE be unto you, ,
from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Then shall this Canticle be chanted, or said, as follows:
• Minister. Arise, O Lord, into Thy rest; Thou, and the ark of Thy strength.
Congregation. Let Thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let Thy saints shout for joy.
M. Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.
C. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord ? or who shall stand in His holy place?
M. He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
C. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
M. Lift up your heads, 0 ye gates; and be up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall coine in.
C. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
M, Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in.
C. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.
Then shall the Minister say:
Let us pray
O ETERNAL God, mighty in power, and of majesty incomprehensible, whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, much less the walls of temples made with hands, to Thee alone be praise and adoration, from all the hosts of heaven and all who dwell upon the earth. With joy and gratitude we are now assembled in this house, built to the honor of Thy great name. Send down upon us, we beseech Thee, Thy Holy Spirit, that we may lift up holy hands to Thee, and worship Thee with pure hearts. O God, who art from everlasting to everlasting, hear us for the sake of Thy dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Here the Scripture Lesson, 1 Kings VIII, shall be read.
After this the Eighty-fourth Psalm shall be chanted, or said, as follows:
M. How amiable are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
C. My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God
M. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even Thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.
C. Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house: they will be still praising Thee.
M. Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee, in whose heart are the ways of them.
C. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
M. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God,
C. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob.
M. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of Thine anointed.
C. For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
M. For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.
C. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.
T'hen the Minister shall say:
DEARLY BELOVED IN THE LORD: God, our heavenly Father, in all ages of the Church, has approved the acts of devout and holy men, who, moved either by His express command, or by the secret inspiration of His Spirit, have erected sanctuaries for His worship, and separated them from common use, that they might be sacred places, wholly consecrated to Himself. Animated by the pious example of those that have gone before us, sustained by the grace of God, and directed by His Spirit, we have built this house to the honor of His great name; and we are now together before God, that we may, by a solemn act of worship, devote it to its intended use.
Blessed be the Lord our God, who hath with His hand fulfilled the desires of our hearts, enabling us to build this house, where His name may be recorded, and His praise be made honorable, from generation to generation. Amen.
Here, the Congregation rising, the Minister shall say:
LET us now unite in confessing our holy catholic faith.
I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: