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lived 'faithfully together, so thefe persons may furely perform and keep the vow and covenant : beiwixi 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 law, through Jesus Christ

our Lord. Amen. " . Then shall the Prieft join their right hands to. gether; and lay: ;

Those whom God hath joined together, fet no man put alunder. ii

Then fhall-tbe Priest speak unto the people: .

Forasmuch as Luther and Kate have confented together in holy wedlock, and have witnelled the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their toth either to other, and have declared the fame 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 she Priett shall add this blefling: !

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, blefs, preferve and keep you; the Lord mercifully with favour look upon you, and fo fill you with spiritual benediction and grace, that vou may so live together in this life, that in the world to come je fay have life everlasing. Amen.

We have seen by pledge, joining of bands, proteflation and vows of the parties, the Priest filling in there fupernumeraries, or articles,



the outward and visible sign; and, by the prayers, power, and authority of the Priesthood received from Jesus Chrilt, the inward and Spiritual grace, which forms and complears: che facrament. For as Baptism fanctifes and changes children of wrath into children of grace, so the sacrament of marriage sanaifies and changes the maledic. zion pronounced against the use of each other, without marriage, into a pure, lawful, and fan&i. fied action and state, as your Apoltle observes, The bed pure and undefiled., . It is

. : Priest. ...... God, who, by, thy mighty power, halt made all things of nothing, who also (after other things fer in order didft appoint that out of man created after thy, own image and fimilitude) woman Thould take her beginning; and knitting them together, didft teach that it should never be law. ful to put alunder those whom thou by matrimoby hadît made one: 0 God, wbo hatt consecrated the state of matrimony to such an excel. lent mystery, thật in it is fignified and represented ihe spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his Church: look mercifully upon these chy servants, that both this man may love his wife, according 10 thy word as Christ did love bis spouse the Church who gave himself for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own flesh) and also that this woman may be loving and amiable, faithful and obedienț to her husband, and in all quietness, lobriety and peace, be a follower of holy and godly' matrons. O Lord, bless them


both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom, through Jesus'. 'Christ our Lord. Amen, i .. . Then fall the Priest say:

Almighty God, who at the beginring did create our first parents, Adam and Eve, and did lanclify, and join them together in marriage; pour upon you the riches of his grace, fan&tify and bless you, that ye may please him both in body and soul, and live together in holy love an. to your life's end. Amen. " . in , to store ". Priest goes on. , "


ó s All ye that are married, or that intend to take the holy estate of matrimony upon you, hear what the holy Scripture doth lay as touching the duty of husbands towards their wives, and wives towards their husbands. Saint Paul, in his Epiftle, 5th chapter to the Ephesians, 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 fanétify 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 flelh, but nouriheth, and cherisheth 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


and cherishein

e Church

of his body

mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery ; but I speak concerning Christ and his Church, Nevertheless, let every one of youjin particular fu love: bis wile, even as himself. Hari

It is to be noted, that the Catholic or Chrif. tian Church have, with the Apostle, held mar. riage one of their facraments. i

Hear also what Saint Peter the Apostle of Chriß, who was a married man, faith unto them that are married, Ye husbands dwell with your wives according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker veffel, and as being heirs together of the grace of lite, that your prayers be not hindered. :: nn Hitherto ye have heard the duty of the bus. band towards the wife, now, likewile, ye wives, hear and learn your duty towards your hus bands, even as it is plainly set forth in holy Scripture, c,inii .

Saint Paul, in the afore-named epifle to the Ephesians, teacherh you thus: Wives, submit yourselyes unto your own hnsbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, even as Christ is head of the Church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore, as the Church is lubjea to Chrift, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. And again he faith, let the wife see that she reverence her husband,

It is convenient, that the new married perfons (hould receive the holy communion, at the time of their marriage; or at the first opportunily after their marriage.

I have selected thus much out of much more evidence contained in the form or folemnization of the marriage-contradt, as by law eftablished in the Church of England, and set forth in your Common Prayer-Book, to prove the sacrament of marriage, Reverend Sir, I hope you will approve my impartial reasoning, as I have 'nei. ther scot or lot in your Christianity, but purely to remove inconsistency, and place you on the firm ground, a reasonable creature ought to fix himself.

Luth. I am truly happy that Providence have thrown you; so great a Divine, in my seeth; I make no doubt but I shall grind you to powder, and separate the chaff from the wheat. I confess the wound fmarts while the surgeon operates; but when the onset is paft, succeeds the happy. lenitive; fo. you; niy Reverend. Scribe, have felt the sword of the spirit from the impetuofity and violence of my zeal, so that I have turned you topsy turvy, difpelled your milt, and opened to you the treasures of my Bishopric.

Boy. Exireme Undiun comes next, which concludes and finishes our invefligation of the leven Chriftian sacraments. This last sacrament of Extreme Unaion, is so clearly stated and marked out by the Scripture, that it rea quires no discuslion, or farther exemplification. The General Epistle of James the Apostle; shap. k. Is any man lick among you, let him


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