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5 This Prayer neKtfollowing shall be omitted, where the woman is past child bearing.
OMerciful Lord and heavenly Father, by whose gracious gift man Kmd is increased : We beseech thee, assist with thy blessing these two persons, that they may both be fruitful in procreation of children, and also live together so long i'i godly love and honesty, that they may see their children christian ly and virtuously brought up, to thy praise and honour, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
OGod, who by thy mighty power hast made all things of nothing; who also (after other things set in order) didst appoint that out of man (created after thine own image and similitude) woman should taKe her beginning ; and Knitting them together, didst teach, that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom thou by Matrimony hadst made one: O Go l, who hast consecrated the state 01 Matrimony to such an escellent mystery, that in it is signified and represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwiKt Christ and his Church ; Look mercifully upon these thy servants, that both this man may love his wife, according to thy Word, f as Christ did love his spouse the Church, who gave him.elf for it, loving and cherishing it, even as his own flesh ; ) and also that this woman may be loving and amiable, faithful and obedient to her husband ; and in all quietness, sobriety and peace, be a follower of holy and godly Matrons. O Lord, bless them both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting Kmgdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
J Then shall the Priest say,
ALMIGHTY God, who at the beginning did create our first parents, Adam and Eve, and did sanctify and join them together in marriage : Pour upon you the riches of his grace, sanctify and bless you, that ye may please him both in body and soul, and live together in holy love unto your lives end. Amen.
5_ After which, if there he no Sermon declaring the duties of man and wife, the Minister shall read as followeth.
AL L ye that are married, or that intend to taKe the holy estate of Matrimony upon you, hear what the holy Scripture doth say as touching the duty of husbands towards their wives, and wives towards their husbands.
Saint Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians, the fifth Chaptery doth give this commandment to all married men: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water, by the word; that he might present it to himaelfa glorious Church, not having spot or wrinKle, or any such thing ; but ihat it should be holy ana without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies ; he that loveth his wife, Uiveih himself Tor no man cyer yet hated his own flesh, hut nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church s for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For his cause shall a man leave his father and mother. and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall he one flesh. This is a great mysiery: but I speaK concerning Chiist and the Church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself.
LiKewise the same St. Paul writing to the Colossians, speaKefh 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 withyourwives,according to Knowledge; giving1 honour unto the wife, as unto the weaicer 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 leam your duties towards your husbands, even as it is plainly set forth in holy Scripture.
Saint Paul, in the aforenamed fpistle 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 own 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 ifany obeynot 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; out 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 trris manner in the old time the holy women also who trusted in God adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands; even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord; whose daughters ye are as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
It is convenient that the new married Persons should receive the holy Communion at the time of their Marriage, or at the first opportunity after their Marriage.
PSALTER or PSALMS
Pointed as they are to be sung or said in CHURCHES.
THE FIRS T D A Y.
BLESSED is the man that hath not waked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners : and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful ;
a But his delight is in the law of the Lord : and in his law will he eKercise himself day and night.
3 And he shall be liKe a tree planted by the water side: that will bring forth his fruit in due season.
4 His leaf also shall not wither: and looK, whatsoever he doeth it shall prosper.
5 As for the ungodly, it is not so with them : but they »re liKe the chaff which the wind scattereth away from the fare of the earth.
6 Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judgement : neither the sinners in the congregation of the rignreous.
7 But the Lord Knoweth the way of the righteous : and ihe way of the ungodly shall perish.
P S A L. a. Quare fremuerunt gentes?
WHY do the heathen so furiously rage together : and why do the people imagine a vain thmg? a The Kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers taKe counsel together : against the Lord, and against his Anointed.
3 Let us treaK their bonds asunder : and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn: fhc Lord shall have thorn in derision.
5 Then shall he speaK unto them in his wrath : and veK them in his sore displeasure.
6" Yet have I set my Kmg : upnn my holy hill of Sion.
7 I will preach the law, whereof the Lord hath said unto me : Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
8 Desire of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance : and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of iron : and breax them in pieces liKe a potter's vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye Kmgs : be learned ye that are judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord in fear : and rejoice unto him with reverence.
ia Kiss the son lest he be angry, and so ye perish from the right way: if his wrath be Kmdled (yea, but a little) blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
P S A L. 3. fiomi'ne, quid multiplicati ?
LORD, how are they increased that trouble me : many are they that rise against me. a Many one there be that say of my soul : There is no help for him in his God.
3 But thou , O Lord , art my defender : thou art my worihip, and the lifter up of my head.
4 I did call upon the Lord with my voice : and he heard me out of his holy hill.
: 5 I laid me down and slept, and rose up again : for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid for ten thousands of the people : that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Up, Lord, and help me, O my God : for thou smitest all mine enemies upon the cheeKbone ; thou hast broKen the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord : and thy blessing is upon thy people.
PS AL. 4. Cum invocarem.
HEAR me when I call, O God of my righteousness : thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have xneicy upon me, and hearKen unto my prayer.
2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour: and have such pleasure in vanity, and seeK alter leasing?
3 Know this also, that the Lord haih chosen to himself the man that is godly : when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not : commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.
5 Offer. - 5 Offer the sacrifice of righteousness : and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There be many that say : Who will shew us any good ?
7 Lord, lifc thou up : the light of thy countenance upon us.
8 Thou hast put gladness in my heart: since the time that their corn, an! wine, and oil increased.
9 I will lay me down in peace , and ta fce my rest : for it is thou, Lord, only, that ma Rest me dwell in safety.
P S A L. 5. Verba mea auribus.
PONDER my words, O Lord : consider my meditation. a O hearKen thou unto the voice of my calling , my King and my God : for unto thee will I maKe my prayer.
3 My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O Lord : early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will Lctok up.
4 Eor thou ait the God that hast no pleasure in wicKedness : neither shall any evil dwell with thee.
5 Such as be foolish shall not stand in thy sight : for thou hatest all them that worK vanity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speaK leasing : the Lord will abhor both ihe bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thine house, even upon the multitude of thy mercy : and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies : maKe thy way plain before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in his mouth : their inward parts are very wicfjedness.
10 Their throat is an open sepulchre : they flatter with their tongue.
1 1 Destroy thou them, Q God; let them perish through their own imaginations : cast them out in the multitude of their ungodliness; for they have rebelled against thee.
ta And let all them that put their trust in thee rejoice : they shall ever be giving of thanKs, because thou defendest them; they that love thy Name, shall be joyful in thee.
i3 For thou, Lord, wilt give thy blessing unto the righteous : and with thy favourable Kmdness wilt thou defend nun, as with a shield.
OLord , rebuKe me not in thine indignation : neithet