The Form of Ordaining or Consecrating of an
Archbishop or Bishop;
is always to be performed upon some Sunday or Holy-day unless for some
weighty and urgent reasons some other day be appointed.
all things are duly prepared in the Church, and set in order; after
Morning Prayer is ended, the Archbishop (or some other Bishop
appointed) shall begin the Communion Service; in which this shall be
God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy holy Apostles many
excellent gifts, and didst charge them to feed thy flock; Give grace,
we beseech thee, to all Bishops, the Pastors of thy Church, that they
may diligently preach thy Word, and duly administer the godly
Discipline thereof; and grant to the people, that they may obediently
follow the same; that all may receive the crown of everlasting glory;
through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
And another Bishop shall read the Epistle.
1 Tim. iii. 1.
is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a
good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife,
vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient,
not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having
his children in subjection with all gravity; (for if a man know not how
to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the
condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them
which are without; lest he fall into rep roach and the snare of the
For the Epistle. Acts xx. 17.
Miletus Paul sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And
when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first
day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at
all seasons, serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many
tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the
Jews: and how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but
have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to
house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance
toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I
go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that
shall befall me there: save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every
city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these
things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I
might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have
received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching
the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to
record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have
not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed
therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the
Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he
hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my
departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the
flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse
things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and
remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every
one night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God,
and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to
give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have
coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know,
that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that
were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye
ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus,
how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Then another Bishop shall read the Gospel.
St. John xxi. 15.
saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than
these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He
saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou
knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith
unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was
grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he
said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love
thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Or else this.
St. John xx. 19.
same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors
were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came
Jesus, and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side.
Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then saith Jesus
to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so
send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith
unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: whose soever sins ye remit, they
are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are
St. Matth. xxviii. 18.
came and spake unto them, saying, All power 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 commanded you: and, lo, I
am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
After the Gospel, and the Nicene
Creed, and the Sermon ended, the elected Bishop (vested with his
Rochet) shall be presented by two Bishops unto the Archbishop of that
province (or to some other Bishop appointed by lawful commission,) the
Archbishop, sitting in his chair near the holy Table, and the Bishops
who present him saying,
EVEREND Father in God, we present unto you this godly and well-learned man, to be Ordained and Consecrated Bishop.
shall the Archbishop demand the Queen's Mandate for the Consecration,
and cause it to be read. And then shall be ministered unto them the
Oath of due obedience to the Archbishop, as followeth,
The Oath of due obedience to the Archbishop
N the Name of God, Amen. I, N., chosen Bishop of the Church and See of N. do profess and promise all due reverence and obedience to the Archbishop and to the Metropolitical Church of N. and to their Successors : So help me God,
through Jesus Christ.
This Oath shall not be made at the Consecration of an Archbishop.
Then the Archbishop shall move the Congregation present to pray, saying thus to them:
it is written in the Gospel of Saint Luke, that our Saviour Christ
continued the whole night in prayer, before he chose and sent forth his
twelve Apostles. It is written also, that the holy Apostles prayed
before they ordained Matthias to be of the number of the Twelve. Let
us, therefore, following the example of our Saviour Christ, and his
Apostles, offer up our prayers to Almighty God, before we admit and
send forth this person presented unto us, to the work whereunto we
trust the Holy Ghost hath called him.
And then shall be said the Litany, as before in the Form of Ordering Deacons, save only, that after this place That it may please thee to illuminate all Bishops, &c., the proper Suffrage there following shall be omitted, and this inserted instead of it;
it may please thee to bless this our Brother elected, and to send thy
grace upon him, that he may duly execute the Office whereunto he is
called, to the edifying of thy Church, and to the honour, praise, and
glory of thy Name;
Answer. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Then shall be said this Prayer following.
God, giver of all good things, who by thy Holy Spirit hast appointed
divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church; Mercifully behold this thy
servant, now called to the Work and Ministry of a Bishop; and so
replenish him with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn him with
innocency of life, that, both by word and deed, he may faithfully serve
thee in this Office, to the glory of thy Name, and the edifying and
well-governing of thy Church; through the merits of our Saviour Jesus
Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Spirit,
world without end. Amen.
Then the Archbishop, sitting in his chair, shall say to him that is to be consecrated,
forasmuch as the Holy Scripture and the ancient Canons command, that we
should not be hasty in laying on hands, and admitting any person to
Government in the Church of Christ, which he hath purchased with no
less price than the effusion of his own blood; before we admit you to
this Administration, we will examine you in certain Articles, to the
end that the Congregation present may have a trial, and bear witness,
how you are minded to behave yourself in the Church of God.
you persuaded that you are truly called to this Ministration, according
to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the order of this Church?
Answer. I am so persuaded.
you persuaded that the Holy Scriptures contain all Doctrine required as
necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ? And are
you determined out of the same Holy Scriptures to instruct the people
committed to your charge; and to teach or maintain nothing, as
necessary to eternal salvation, but that which you shall be persuaded
may be concluded and proved by the same?
Answer. I am so persuaded, and determined, by God's grace.
you then faithfully exercise yourself in the Holy Scriptures, and call
upon God by prayer for the true understanding of the same; so that you
may be able by them to teach and exhort with wholesome Doctrine, and to
withstand and convince the gainsayers?
Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.
you ready, with all faithful diligence, to banish and drive away from
the Church all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God's Word;
and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to the
Answer. I am ready, the Lord being my helper.
you deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts, and live soberly,
righteously, and godly in this present world; that you may show
yourself in all things an example of good works unto others, that the
adversary may be ashamed, having nothing to say against you?
Answer. I will so do, the Lord being my helper.
you maintain and set forward, as much as shall lie in you, quietness,
love, and peace among all men; and such as be unquiet, disobedient, and
criminous, within your Diocese, correct and punish, according to such
authority as you have by God's Word, and as to you shall be committed
by the Ordinance of this Realm?
Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.
ILL you be faithful in Ordaining, sending, or laying hands upon others?
Answer. I will so be, by the help of God.
ILL you shew yourself gentle, and be merciful for Christ's sake to poor and needy people, and to all strangers destitute of help?
Answer. I will so shew myself, by God's help.
Then the Archbishop standing up shall say,
God, our heavenly Father, who hath given you a good will to do all
these things; Grant also unto you strength and power to perform the
same; that, he accomplishing in you the good work which he hath begun,
you may be found perfect and irreprehensible at the latter day; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Bishop elect put on the rest of the Episcopal habit; and kneeling down, Veni, Creator Spiritus
shall be sung or said over him; the Archbishop beginning, and the
Bishops, with others that are present, answering by verses, as
OME, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.
Thy blessed unction from above,
Is comfort, life, and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light
The dulness of our blinded sight.
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of thy grace.
Keep far our foes, give peace at home;
Where thou art guide, no ill can come.
Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And thee, of both, to be but One;
That, through the ages all along,
This may be our endless song:
Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
OME, Holy Ghost, eternal God,
As before in the Form for Ordering Priests.
That ended, the Archbishop shall say,
Lord, hear our prayer.
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.
Let us pray.
God, and most merciful Father, who, of thine infinite goodness, hast
given thy only and dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer,
and the Author of everlasting life; who, after that he had made perfect
our redemption by his death, and was ascended into heaven, poured down
his gifts abundantly upon men, making some Apostles, some Prophets,
some Evangelists, some Pastors and Doctors, to the edifying and making
perfect his Church; Grant, we beseech thee, to this thy servant, such
grace, that he may evermore be ready to spread abroad thy Gospel, the
glad tidings of reconciliation with thee; and use the authority given
him, not to destruction, but to salvation; not to hurt, but to help: so
that, as a wise and faithful servant, giving to thy family their
portion in due season, he may at last be received into everlasting joy;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who, with thee and the Holy
Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.
the Archbishop and Bishops present shall lay their hands upon the head
of the elected Bishop kneeling before them upon his knees, the
the Holy Ghost for the Office and Work of a Bishop in the Church of
God, now committed unto thee by the Imposition of our hands; In the
Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. And
remember that thou stir up the grace of God, which is given thee by
this Imposition of our hands; for God hath not given us the spirit of
fear, but of power, and love, and soberness.
Then the Archbishop shall deliver him the Bible, saying,
heed unto reading, exhortation, and doctrine. Think upon the things
contained in this Book. Be diligent in them, that the increase coming
thereby may be manifest unto all men; for by so doing thou shalt both
save thyself and them that hear thee. Be to the flock of Christ a
shepherd, not a wolf; feed them, devour them not. Hold up the weak,
heal the sick, bind up the broken, bring again the outcasts, seek the
lost. Be so merciful, that you be not too remiss; so minister
discipline, that you forget not mercy; that when the Chief Shepherd
shall appear, you may receive the never-fading crown of glory; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Archbishop shall proceed in the Communion Service; with whom the newly
consecrated Bishop (with others) shall also communicate.
And for the last Collect, immediately before the Benediction, shall be said these Prayers.
merciful Father, send down, we beseech thee, upon this thy servant thy
heavenly blessing; and so endue him with thy Holy Spirit, that he,
preaching thy Word, may not only be earnest to reprove, beseech, and
rebuke, with all patience and doctrine; but also may be, to such as
believe, a wholesome example in word, in conversation, in love, in
faith, in chastity, and in purity; that, faithfully fulfilling his
course, at the latter day he may receive the crown of righteousness,
laid up by the Lord Jesus, the righteous Judge, who liveth and reigneth
with thee and the same Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, 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 obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and
minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our
Lord: And the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.