|The Book of Common Prayer
THE MINISTRATION OF
PUBLIC BAPTISM OF INFANTS,
TO BE USED IN THE CHURCH
public office for the ministration of Baptism of infants may be used as
a separate service, and such service may be concluded with the Blessing.
This appears as the second introductory rubric.
the ministration of Baptism of infants it may suffice to say one or
other of the two opening prayers, Almighty and everlasting God,
or Almighty and immortal God.
|This rubric is placed immediately after the prayers mentioned; just before the Gospel.
The public office for the ministration of Baptism of such as be of riper years may be used as a separate service, and such service ma concluded with the Blessing.
|This appears as the third introductory rubric.
In the ministration of Baptism of such as be of riper years it may suffice to say one or other of the two opening prayers, Almighty and everlasting God, or Almighty and immortal God.
|This rubric is placed immediately after the prayers mentioned; just before the Gospel.
AN ALTERNATIVE ORDER FOR THE
MINISTRATION OF CONFIRMATION
AS CANONICALLY SANCTIONED IN THE SCOTTISH CHURCH
The circumstances of this Church requiring on many occasions such modifications of the Order of Confirmation as may render it appropriate to candidates who had not godfathers and godmothers at their baptism, the Bishop may substitute for the Preface in the Order of Confirmation in the Book of Common Prayer a suitable address, and may substitute for the question Do ye here, etc., the three following questions:
DOST thou renounce the
devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all
covetous desires of the same, and the carnal desires of the flesh, so
that thou wilt not follow nor be led by them?
DOST thou believe in God,
the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth?
DOST thou promise that
thou wilt endeavour to keep God’s holy will and commandments, and
to walk in the same all the days of thy life?
OUR help is in the Name
of the Lord;
Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who hast vouchsafed to regenerate these thy servants by Water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given unto them forgiveness of all their sins: Strengthen them, we beseech thee, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost the Comforter, and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace; the spirit of wisdom and understanding; the spirit of counsel and ghostly strength; the spirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill them, O Lord, with the spirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever. Amen.
Then all of them in order kneeling before the Bishop, he shall lay his hand upon the head of every one severally.
The Bishop, when administering Confirmation, may at his discretion, with concurrence of the Clergyman, use the following form in addition to that prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer:
I SIGN thee with the sign of the cross [here the Bishop shall sign the person with the sign of the cross on the forehead] and I lay my hands [or hand] upon thee, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Defend, O Lord, this thy Child [or this thy Servant] with thy heavenly grace, that he may continue thine for ever; and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit, more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen.
Then shall the Bishop say,
THE Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit
And (all kneeling down) the Bishop shall add,
Let us pray.
OUR Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be 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.
And this Collect.
ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who makest us both to will and to do those things that be good and acceptable unto thy divine Majesty. We make our humble supplications unto thee for these thy servants, upon whom (after the example of thy holy Apostles) we have now laid our hands, to certify them (by this sign) of thy favour and gracious goodness towards them. Let thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee, ever be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy Word, that in the end they may obtain everlasting life; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
O ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify and govern-both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy most mighty protection both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying thus,
Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be
upon you, and remain with you, for ever. Amen.
The Clergyman may at his discretion shorten the prefatory address by reading it thus:
beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the
face of this congregation, to join together this man and this woman in
holy Matrimony: which is an honourable estate, instituted of God in the
time of man’s innocency, signifying unto us the mystical union that
is betwixt Christ and his Church; which holy estate Christ adorned and
beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought in Cana
of Galilee; and is commended in Holy Writ to be honourable among all men;
and therefore is not by any to be taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly
or wantonly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the
fear of God; duly considering the chief causes for which Matrimony was
|This alternative appears directly after the introductory address.
Or this prayer following may be used.
ALMIGHTY God, Creator of
mankind, who only art the well-spring of life: Bestow upon these thy servants,
if it be thy will, the gift and heritage of children; and grant that they
may see their children brought up in thy faith and fear to the honour
and glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
|This alternative appears immediately after the Prayer for a woman past child-bearing.
A Prayer for the recovery of a sick person.
and immortal God, giver of life and health; We beseech thee to hear our
prayers for thy servant N, for whom we implore thy mercy, that
by thy blessing upon him and upon those who minister to him
of thy healing gifts, he may be restored, if it be thy gracious
will, to health of body and mind, and give thanks to thee in thy holy
Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
the sanction of the Bishop the passage in the preceding
Or one of the following lessons may be substituted:
St John v. 24. - 27
St John vi. 37. - 40
St John xi. 21. - 27
2 Cor. iv. 16. - 5:10
1 Thess. iv. 13. - 18
Rev. vii. 9. - 17
Rev. xxi. 3. - 5
After the lesson the officiating minister may, in the Church, say Let us pray, and one or more of these prayers following: The Collects for Advent Sunday, Palm Sunday, Easter Eve, Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity, the fifth Collect at the end of the Communion Service of the Book of common Prayer, “Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, etc.”; the prayer at the end of the Litany, “We humbly beseech thee, O Father, etc.”; the prayers entitled Commemoration of the Faithful Departed in the additional Occasional Prayers; and this prayer following :
A Prayer for those in sorrow.
O HEAVENLY Father, whose Blessed Son Jesus Christ did weep at the grave of Lazarus his friend: Look, we beseech thee, with compassion upon those who are now in sorrow and affliction; comfort them, O Lord, with thy gracious consolations; make them to know that all things work together for good to them that love thee; and grant them evermore sure trust and confidence in thy fatherly care; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
[This prayer may be said also in any time of calamity.]
The minister may conclude with the Lord’s Prayer and The grace of, etc. Or one or more of the foregoing prayers may be said at the grave, or with the expressed sanction of the Bishop any other prayers from the Book of Common Prayer may be said whether in the Church or at the grave.
the weather be inclement or the relations of the deceased desire it, any
or all parts of the service may be said in the Church (or in the house)
except the Committal to the ground.
These Scripture passages appear immediately after the passage from 1 Corinthians. The permitted omission in that passage is 1 Cor.15:27-40.
In the original, the Scripture passages are printed out in full; only the citations are given here.
An alternative form of Committal to the ground.
FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God in his wise providence to take unto himself the soul of our brother here departed: we therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; looking for the general resurrection in the last day, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subject all things to himself.
the burial of the dead at sea, the words to the deep shall be substituted
for the words to the ground, and the words earth to earth, ashes to
ashes, dust to dust shall be omitted.
|This form is placed just after the Committal.
AT THE BURIAL OF BAPTIZED
It is permitted:
To add to the opening sentences, this:
Jesus said, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. St Mark x. 14.
To substitute for the appointed psalms:
Dominus regit me. Ps. xxiii.
Lord is my shepherd : therefore can I lack nothing.
To substitute for the appointed Lesson:
St Matth. xviii. 1. - 10
To use the prayers that follow:
O HEAVENLY Father, whose face the angels of the little ones do always behold in heaven: Grant us stedfastly to believe that this little child hath been taken into the safe keeping of thine eternal love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O LORD Jesu Christ, who didst take little children into thine arms and bless them: Open thou our eyes, we beseech thee, that we may perceive that thou hast now taken this child into the arms of thy love, and hast bestowed upon him the blessings of thy gracious favour; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
WE yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this child with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant that, as he is made partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be partaker of his resurrection; so that finally,with the residue of thy holy Church, he may be an inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
When the Priest and people shall hate come to the place, the Priest shall say,
Let us pray.
LORD Jesu Christ, who wast laid in the new tomb of Joseph, and didst thereby
sanctify the grave to be a bed of hope to thy people: Vouchsafe, we beseech
thee, to bless, hallow, and consecrate this grave, that it may be a resting-place,
peaceful and secure, for the body of thy servant which we are about to
commit to thy gracious keeping, who art the Resurrection and the Life,
and who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God,
world without end. Amen.
|This is placed at the end of the Burial Service.
FROM THE CANONS OF THE
OF THE ORDERING OF BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND DEACONS.
1. The Ordering of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons shall be according to
the “Form and manner of making, ordaining, and consecrating of Bishops,
Priests, and Deacons “ set forth together with the Book of Common
Prayer of the Church of England, with the following alterations:
2. All ordinations of Priests and Deacons shall be held at the Ember Seasons, unless, for reasons which may seem to him sufficient, the Bishop shall appoint another time.
The portions of the following three forms which are modified in Scotland
are marked with square brackets.
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