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Answer. And with thy spirit.

Min. Our help is in the name of the Lord;
Ans. Who hath made heaven and earth.
Min. Blessed be the name of the Lord;

Ans. Henceforth, world without end.
Min. Lord, hear our prayers;

Ans. And let our cry come unto thee.

Then shall the Minister say the following Prayer:

ALMIGHTY and ever-living God, the

Father of our spirits, who delightest to do us good; strengthen, we beseech thee, these thy servants with thy holy Spirit; and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness. Grant this, O blessed God, through thy love to us in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Then the Minister may lay his hand upon the head of each one, saying,

DEFEND, O Lord, this thy child with thy heavenly grace, that he may continue thine forever, and may daily increase in thy holy Spirit more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Then shall the Lord's Prayer be said by the Minister and

People:

UR Father who art in heaven, hallowed

OUR

be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then shall the Minister say the following Collects:

ALMIGHTY and ever-living God, who

makest us both to will and to do those things that be good and acceptable unto thy Divine Majesty; we would offer our humble supplications unto thee for these thy servants who have made a public profession of their Christian faith, and expressed their earnest desire and prayer to be enabled to fulfil their duties as disciples of Jesus Christ. Let thy fatherly hand ever be over them; let thy holy Spirit ever be with them; guide and help, strengthen and sanctify them, we beseech thee; that, by the living bond of obedience and charity, they may be united to thee and thy beloved Son. Amen.

LORD of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; graft in our hearts the love of thy name, increase

in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and, of thy great mercy, keep us in the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall follow this Benediction:

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

MATRIMONY.

When the Persons to be married are assembled with their Friends, the Minister shall say,

DEARLY 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 honorable estate, instituted of God in the time of man's innocency; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee; and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, or taken in hand, lightly or unadvisedly; but reverently, discreetly, soberly, and in the fear of God.

And also, speaking to the Persons who are to be married, he shall say,

I REQUIRE and charge you both, as ye

will answer at the day of judgment, when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that if either of you know any impediment why ye may not be lawfully united in matrimony, ye do now confess it. For be ye well assured, that so many as are joined together otherwise than God's word doth allow, are not joined together by God, neither is their matrimony lawful.

If no impediment be alleged, then shall the Minister say unto the Man,

WILT thou have this woman to thy

M., wedded wife, to live together after

God's ordinance, in the estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

The Man shall answer,

I will.

Then shall the Minister say unto the Woman,

WILT thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance, in the estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?

The Woman shall answer,

I will.

Then shall the Minister say,

WHO giveth this woman to be married to

this man?

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