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that have no understanding; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God, duly considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained.
First, it was ordained for the procreation of children to bo brought up in the f:ar and nurture of the Lord, and to the praiso of his holv Name.
Secondly, it was ordained for a remedy against sin, and to avo:d fornication, that such persons as have not the gift of continency, might marry, andKeep themselves undefiled members of Christ's body.
Thirdly. it was ordained for the mutual society, help, anal comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity. Into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. Theiefore if any man can shew any just cause why thy may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speaK, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.
\ And also speaking unto the Persons that shall be married, he shall say;
IRequire and charge you both (as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgement, when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed) that if either of you Know any impediment why yo may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confess it. For be ye well assured, th.tt so many as are coupled together otherwise than God's word doth allow, are not joined together by God, neither is their Matrimony lawful.
\ At which day of Marriage, if any man do alledge and declare any impediment why they may not be coupled together in Matrimony by God's Law, or the Laws of this Realm ; and will be bound and sufficient sureties with him, to the parties; or else put in d caution (to the full value of such charges as the persons to be married do thereby sustain) to prove his allegation : then the solemnization must be deferred until such time as the truth be tried.
J If no impediment be alledged, then shall the Curate say unto the Mant
M. ~\\TILT thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to T Y live together after God's ortlinance in the holv estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and Keep her in sicKness and in health, and forsaKing all other, Keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?
J The Man shall answer, I will.
\ Then shall the Priest soy unto the PT^oman, -N". "\^t7"ILT ,nou nave this man to thy wedded husband, to Y Y liye together after God's oidinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, serve him, love, honour, and Keep him in sicKness and in health; 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?
J Ther shall they give their troth to each other in this manner.
\ The Minister receiving the Pfoman at her father s or friend's hands, shall cause the Man with his right hand to take the Woman by her right hand, and to say after him as followeth:
IM. taKe thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sicKness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
]J[ Then shall they loose their hands, and the Woman with her right hand taking the Man by his right hand, shall likewise say after the Minister,
IN. taKe thee M. to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sicKness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.
5_ Then shall they again loose their hands, and the Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring, laying the same upon the book w '-th the accustomed duty to the Priest and Clerk. And the Priest taking the Ring, shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman'* left hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by the Priest, shall say:
ITU this Ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with alt my worldly goods I thee endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. A men.
J Then the Man leaving the Ring upon thefourth finger of the Woman's left hand, they shall both kneel down, and the Minister shall say,
Let us pray.
OEternal God, creator and preserver of all manKind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life; Send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this Man and this Woman,
whom we bless in thy Name: that as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and .Keep the Tow and covenant betwiKt them made, ( whereof this Ring given and received is a toKen and pledge ; ) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. A men.
\ Then shall the Priest join their right hands together and say,
Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
\ Then shall the Minister speak unto the People:
FORASMUCH as M. and JV. have consented together in holy wedloCK, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving of a Ring, and by joining of hands; I pronounce that they be man and wife together. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
\ And the Minister shall add this blessing.
GO D the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and Keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour Look upon you; and so fill you with all spiiitunl benediction and grace, that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen. J Then the Minister or Clerks going to the Lord's Table-, shall say, or sing this lJsalm following:
Beati omnes. Psal. 128.
BLESSED are all they that fear the Lord: and waU in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
Thy wife shalt be as the fruitful vine: upon the wallK of thine house.
Thy children liKe the olive branches: round about thy table.
Lo, thus shall the man he blessed: that feareth the Lord.
The Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee: that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long;
Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children: and peace upon Israel.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
As it was in the, etc.
1 Or this Psalm,
Deus misereatur. Psal. 67.
GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us : and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us.
That thy way may be Known upon earth: thy savmg health among all nations.
Let tlie people praise ihee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.
O let the nations rejoire and be glad: for thou shalt fudge the (olk righteously, and govern the nations upon eaith
Let the people praise thee, O God: let all the people praise ihee.
Then shall the earth bring fonh her increase: and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
God shall bless us: and all the ends of the world shall fear him.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
As it was in the beg'nning, etc.
^[ The Vsalm endedi and the Man and the "Woman kneeling before the Lord's Table, the Priest standing at the Table, and turning his face towards them, shall say,
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Answer. Christ, have mercv upon us.
Minister. Lord, have mercy upon us.
OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name;
OGOD of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, bless these thy servants, and sow the seed of eternal life in their hearts; that whatsoever in thy holy word they shall profitably learn, they may indeed fulfil the same. Look, O Lord, mercifully upon them from heaven, and bless them. And as thou didst send thy blessing upon Abraham and Sarah, to their great comfort; so vouchsafe to send thv blessing upon these thy servants, that they obeying thy wilf, and alway being in safety under thy protection, may abide in thy love unto their lives end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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,