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Minister. O Lord, send them help from thy holy place;

Answer. And evermore de

Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the peo-fend them. ple praise thee.

Then shall the earth bring forth 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, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;


As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end.



The Psalm ended, and the Man and the

Womun 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.

Minister. Be unto them a tower of strength,

Answer. From the face of

their enemy.

Minister. O Lord, hear our


Answer. And let our cry

come unto thee.



God 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 in deed fulfil the same. Look, O Lord, mercifully upon them

This Prayer next following shall be omitted, where the Woman is past child-bearing.

from heaven, and bless them. I the state of Matrimony to And as thou didst. send thy such an excellent mystery, blessing upon Abraham and that in it is signified and reSarah, to their great comfort, presented the spiritual marriso vouchsafe to send thy bless-age and unity betwixt Christ ing upon these thy servants; and his Church; Look mercithat they obeying thy will, fully upon these thy servants, and alway being in safety that both this man may love under thy protection, may his wife. according to thy abide in thy love unto their Word, (as Christ did love his lives' end; through Jesus spouse the Church, who gave Christ our Lord. Amen. himself for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own Merciful Lord, and hea-flesh,) and also that this wovenly Father, by whose man may be loving and amigracious gift mankind is in-able, faithful and obedient to creased; We beseech thee, as- her husband; and in all quietsist with thy blessing these ness, sobriety, and peace, be two persons, that they may a follower of holy and godly both be fruitful in procrea- matrons. O Lord, bless them tion of children, and also live both, and grant them to intogether so long in godly love herit thy everlasting kingand honesty, that they may dom; through Jesus Christ see their children christian- our Lord. Amen. ly and virtuously brought up, to thy praise and honour; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God, 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

Then shall the Priest say,

LMIGHTY 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


that ye may

please him both in body and soul, and live together in holy love unto your lives' end. Amen.

After which, if there be no Sermon declaring the duties of Man and Wife, the Minister shall read as followeth.

ALL ye that are married,

or that intend to take

asunder those whom thou by Matrimony hadst made one : O God, who hast consecrated | the holy estate of Matrimony


upon you, hear what the holy | sians, speaketh thus to all Scripture doth say as touch- men that are married; Husing the duty of husbands to- bands, love your wives, and wards their wives, and wives be not bitter against them. towards their husbands.

Hear also what Saint Peter, the Apostle of Christ, who was himself a married man, saith unto them that are married; Ye husbands, dwell with your wives according to knowledge; giv ing honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker 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 learn your duties toward your husbands, even as it is plainly set forth in holy Scripture.

Saint Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, the fifth Chapter, 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 himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself: for no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and che-sians, teacheth you thus; risheth it, even as the Lord the Church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife; and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the Church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife, even as himself.

Likewise the same Saint Paul, writing to the Colos

Saint Paul, in the aforenamed Epistle to the Ephe

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,

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