Episcopal Consecration







Nicholas John Geoffrey Sykes


26th January 2012


































The Christian Episcopal Church of Canada

and

The Church of England in the Cayman Islands

















The Order of the Consecration of

The Reverend Nicholas John Geoffrey Sykes

to the Sacred Order of Bishop in the Church of God

and his appointment as

Bishop in George Town

and

Assistant Bishop for the Cayman Islands


at the hands of

The Right Reverend Robert D. Redmile,

Lord Bishop of Richmond,

assisted by

The Most Reverend Theodore C. Casimes,

Primate of Canada,

and

The Right Reverend Timothy J. Klerekoper,

Bishop of Seattle

in

The Pro-cathedral Church of Saint Saviour,

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada


Six o’clock Thursday evening,

the 26th January 2012


























The Form and Manner of

Making Ordaining and Consecrating of

Bishops Priests and Deacons

according to the Order of

The Christian Episcopal

Church of Canada



The Preface


It is evident unto all men diligently reading Holy Scripture and ancient Authors that, from the Apostles’ time there have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ’s Church: Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Which offices were evermore had in such reverend estimation, that no man might presume to execute any of them, except he were first called, tried, examined, and known to have such qualities as are requisite for the same; and also by Prayer, with Imposition of Hands, were duly admitted thereunto by Consecration or Ordination at the hands of a true and lawful Bishop standing in succession from the Apostles themselves.

And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be continued, and reverently used and esteemed, in the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada: No man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, in the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada, nor suffered to execute any of the functions pertaining thereunto, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted thereunto by Consecration or Ordination according to the Form hereafter following, or else hath had formerly conferred upon him valid Episcopal Consecration or Ordination.

And none shall be admitted to the Order of Deacon, except he be twenty-three years of age, unless he have a Faculty. And every man which is to be admitted to the Order of Priest shall be full four-and-twenty years old. And every man which is to be ordained and consecrated Bishop shall be fully thirty years of age.


















Note:

The Order of Service following, which consists of “The Form of Ordaining and Consecrating of an Archbishop or Bishop” and “The Order for the Administration of the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, which is called the Eucharist and commonly called the Mass”, is taken from the Book of Common Prayer of the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada (2008), and the Hymns are taken from the Book of Common Praise of the Church of England in Canada (1938).





The Form of

Ordaining and Consecrating of an

Archbishop or Bishop


At the Ordaining and Consecrating of an Archbishop or Bishop, the Archbishop shall be and act as the principal Consecrator unless, for some just and lawful cause, another Bishop shall be appointed to act in his stead; in which case, the Consecrating Bishop shall act as the representative of the Archbishop.


According to the ancient Canons, no less than three Bishops are required to lay hands upon the Bishop-elect in order that he be regularly and properly ordained and consecrated a Bishop in the Church of God.



The Entrance


The Consecrating Bishop shall first strike the Door of

the Church three times with his Crosier, saying,

Open unto me the gates of righteousness, that I may go into them,

and give thanks unto the Lord.


Then shall the Door of the Church be opened,

and the Bishop shall be welcomed into the Cathedral Church by the Wardens.


Then shall be said or sung this Psalm following.


Psalm 122. Laetatus sum.

I was glad when they said unto me, / ‘We will go into the house of the Lord’. Our feet shall stand in thy gates, / O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city / that is at unity in itself. For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord, / to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord. For there is the seat of judgement, / even the seat of the house of David. O pray for the peace of Jerusalem; / they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, / and plenteousness within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, / I will wish thee prosperity. Yea, because of the house of the Lord our God, / I will seek to do thee good.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:

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



And then, before the Bishops and Ministers proceed into the Church

and up into the Sanctuary, the Bishop shall say or sing,

Let us proceed in peace,

Answer. In the Name of Christ. Amen.



Then shall the following Hymn be sung for the Processional Hymn

as the Bishops and Ministers proceed to the Sanctuary.



The Processional Hymn


Saint Patrick’s Breast-plate


I bind unto myself to-day

The strong Name of the Trinity;

By invocation of the same,

The Three in One, and One in Three.


I bind this day to me for ever,

By power of Faith, Christ’s Incarnation;

His Baptism in Jordan River;

His Death on Cross for my salvation;

His Rising from the spiced Tomb;

His Riding up the heavenly Way;

His Coming at the Day of doom;

I bind unto myself to-day.


I bind unto myself the power

Of the great love of Cherubim;

The sweet “Well done” in judgement hour;

The service of the Seraphim,

Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,

The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,

All good deeds done unto the Lord,

And purity of virgin souls.


I bind unto myself to-day

The virtues of the star-lit heaven,

The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,

The brightness of the moon at even,

The flashing of the lightning free,

The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,

The stable earth, the deep salt sea

Around the old eternal rocks.


I bind unto myself to-day

The power of God to hold and lead,

His eye to watch, His might to stay,

His ear to hearken to my need;

The wisdom of my God to teach,

His hand to guide, His shield to ward;

The Word of God to give me speech,

His heavenly host to be my guard.


Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.


I bind unto myself the Name,

The strong Name of the Trinity;

By invocation of the same,

The Three in One, and One in Three,

Of Whom all nature hath creation;

Eternal Father, Spirit, Word;

Praise to the Lord of my salvation,

Salvation is of Christ the Lord. Amen.

The Holy Eucharist


Then shall be said this Devotion following before

the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.



The Preparation


The Consecrating Bishop, standing at the Altar steps, shall say,

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.


Then shall the Bishop say,

I will go unto the altar of God,

Answer. Even unto the God of my joy and gladness.


Then shall the Bishop say,

Give sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly people; O deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man.

People. For Thou art the God of my strength; why hast Thou put me from Thee? and why go I so heavily while the enemy oppresseth me?

Bishop. O send out Thy light and Thy truth, that they may lead me, and bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to Thy dwelling.

People. And that I may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness; and upon the harp will I give thanks unto Thee, O God, my God.

Bishop. Why art thou so heavy, O my soul, and why art thou so disquieted within me?

People. O put thy trust in God, for I will yet give Him thanks, which is the Help of my countenance, and my God.


And the Bishop shall say,

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:

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


Then shall the Bishop say,

I will go unto the altar of God,

Answer. Even unto the God of my joy and gladness.


Bishop. Our help standeth in the Name of the Lord;

Answer. Who hath made heaven and earth.

Bishop. Wilt Thou not turn again and quicken us, O God;

Answer. That Thy people may rejoice in Thee?

Bishop. O Lord, shew Thy mercy upon us;

Answer. And grant us Thy salvation.

Bishop. O Lord, hear our prayer;

Answer. And let our cry come unto Thee.


And turning to face the people, the Bishop shall say,

The Lord be with you.

Answer. And with thy spirit.


Bishop. Let us pray.


Then shall the Bishop, turning himself to face the Lord’s Table,

shall say the Lord’s Prayer with the Collect following, the people all devoutly kneeling.

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.


Almighty God, unto Whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love Thee, and worthily magnify Thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Then shall the Bishop proceed with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.


The Liturgy of the Word of God


The Lord’s Table, being the Altar whereon the Sacrifice of the Death of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is shewn forth, and offered up to God the Father in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, shall stand in the east in the Sanctuary in the uppermost part of the Chancel or Chapel. And that same Holy Table, at the time of the said Administration, and also whensoever else the Holy Communion may be ministered to the faithful, shall have a fair white linen cloth upon it.


The Introit


Then shall be said or sung the Psalm or portion thereof appointed to be used for the Introit, at which time the Consecrating Bishop shall proceed to the Lord’s Table. And here the Holy Table may be censed during the singing of the Introit.


The Introit. Psalm 132. 11-18.

The Lord hath made a faithful oath unto David, / and He shall not shrink from it: ‘Of the fruit of thy body / shall I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall teach them, / thy children shall sit upon thy throne for evermore’. For the Lord hath chosen Sion; / He hath longed for her to be an habitation for Himself: ‘This shall be my rest forever: / here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein I will bless her victuals with increase, / and will satisfy her poor with bread. I will clothe her priests with salvation, / and her saints shall rejoice and sing. There shall I make the horn of David to flourish: / I have ordained a lantern for mine anointed. As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame; / but upon himself shall his crown flourish’.


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. Amen.


The Greeting

The Introit ended, the Bishop shall reverently kiss the Lord’s Table; and, standing there,

the Bishop shall turn himself to the people, and shall greet them in the Name of the Lord, saying,

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Answer. And with thy spirit.


The Commandments

Then shall the Bishop rehearse our Blessed Lord’s Summary of the Law, as followeth.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is One Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the first and great Commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two Commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

People. Lord, have mercy upon us,

and write both these Thy laws in our hearts, we beseech Thee.

Then shall be said or sung in either English or in Greek,

Lord, have mercy upon us. / Kyrie, eleison.

Christ, have mercy upon us. / Christe, eleison.

Lord, have mercy upon us. / Kyrie, eleison.


Gloria in Excelsis

Then here at the appointed times shall be said or sung by all standing,

Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, good will towards men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, (Here all shall bow.) we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only begotten Son, (And here all shall reverently bow.) Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, (And here all shall bow again.) receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For Thou only art holy, Thou only art the Lord, Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


The Collects


Then shall the Bishop turn himself to the people, and say,

The Lord be with you.

Answer. And with thy spirit.


Bishop. Let us pray.


Then shall the Bishop turn again to the Lord’s Table,

and shall say these Collects following.


The Collect for the Queen’s Majesty.

Almighty God, Whose kingdom is everlasting, and power infinite: Have mercy upon Thy people in this Dominion, and in all the countries of our Commonwealth; and so rule the heart of Thy chosen servant ELIZABETH, our Queen and Governor, that she, (knowing Whose minister she is,) may above all things seek Thy honour and glory : and grant that we, and all her subjects, (duly considering Whose authority she hath,) may faithfully serve, honour, and humbly obey her, in Thee, and for Thee, according to Thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


The Collect for the Bishops of the Church.

Almighty God, Who by Thy blessed Son Jesus Christ didst give to Thy holy Apostles many excellent gifts, and did charge them to feed Thy flock: Give grace, we beseech Thee, to their successors, the Bishops of Thy Church, that they may diligently preach Thy Word, and duly administer the godly discipline thereof; and grant to all Thy 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, Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. Amen.


The Collect For Saint Polycarp.

Almighty God, by Whose grace and power Thy blessed Bishop and Martyr Saint Polycarp was enabled to witness to the truth, and to be faithful even unto death: Grant that we, who now remember him before Thee, may be enabled by Thy grace likewise to bear witness unto Thee in this world; and, persevering to the end, may be found worthy to receive with him the crown of glory that fadeth not away; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Epistle


And another Bishop shall then read this Lesson following for the Epistle.


And the Bishop shall say,

The Epistle is written in the First chapter of

the Epistle of Saint Paul the Apostle to Titus, beginning at the First verse.


The Epistle. Titus 1. 1.

Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; but hath in due times manifested His word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; to Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain presbyters in every city, as I had appointed thee: if any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.


Here endeth the Epistle.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Answer. Thanks be to God.


Then shall this Hymn following be sung for the Gradual Hymn,

the Ministers and people all standing.



The Gradual Hymn


Christ is gone up; yet ere He passed

From earth, in heaven to reign,

He formed One holy Church to last

Till He should come again.


His twelve Apostles first He made

His Ministers of grace;

And they their hands on others laid,

To fill in turn their place.


So age by age, and year by year,

His grace was handed on;

And still His holy Church is here

Though He Himself is gone.


Let those find pardon, Lord, from Thee

Whose love for her is cold;

Bring wanderers in, and let there be

One Shepherd and One Fold.

Amen.




The Gradual


Then shall be said or sung the Gradual Psalm as followeth,

the Bishops and people all standing.


The Gradual. Psalm 133.

Alleluia, Alleluia. Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is, / brethren, to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, that ran down unto the beard, / even unto Aaron’s beard, and went down to the collar of his clothing; like as the dew of Hermon, / which falleth upon the hills of Sion. For there the Lord promised His blessing, / even life for evermore. Alleluia.


Then another Bishop shall read the Holy Gospel,

the people all still standing as before.


The Gospel.


And the Bishop that shall read the holy Gospel shall first go

the place where the Gospel is appointed to be read.


And the Bishop that shall read the Gospel

shall first say,

The Lord be with you.

Answer. And with thy spirit.


Then shall he announce that portion of the Gospel

which is to be read, saying,

The holy Gospel is written in the Twenty-first chapter of the Gospel

according to Saint John beginning at the Fifteenth verse.


Then shall be said or sung,

Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


Then shall the Gospel be read.


The Gospel. Saint John 21. 15.

Jesus saith to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, 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 John, 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 John, 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’.


This is the Gospel of the Lord.


And the reading of the holy Gospel ended, all shall then

together in like manner as before say or sing,

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.


Then he that hath read the Gospel shall say,

And through the Words of the Gospel,

may our sins be blotted out.


And the Gospel ended, the Bishops and Ministers shall turn to face the Lord’s Table.


Then shall be said or sung the Nicene Creed as followeth,

the Priest and people still standing.


The Nicene Creed.


I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord (And here all shall bow their heads.) Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, Begotten of the Father before all worlds : God, of God; Light, of Light; Very God, of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; Through Whom all things were made: (And here all shall devoutly kneel or bow.) Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made Man, (And here all shall rise.) And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together (And here all shall bow.) is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the Life of the world to come. Amen.


The Creed ended, the Bishop shall preach a Sermon.


The Sermon


The Sermon ended, the Consecrating Bishop shall then proceed to

the Order for the Ordaining and Consecrating of a Bishop.


The Presentation of the Bishop-elect


The Offertory ended, the elected Bishop (vested with his rochet) shall be presented by the two assisting Bishops unto the Consecrating Bishop, he sitting in his Chair, near unto the Holy Table, and the Bishops that present him saying,


Right Reverend Father in God, we present unto you this godly and well-learned man to be ordained and consecrated Bishop in the Church of God.


Then shall the Bishop cause the Bishop-elect to place his hand upon the Holy Bible, and shall

administer to him the Oath of Allegiance and Profession, as followeth.


The Oath of Allegiance

I, Nicholas John Geoffrey Sykes, do hereby, and hereon, most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful, and that I will bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of all other Her Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, and to all Her lawful and rightful Heirs and Successors in perpetuity. So help me God, through Jesus Christ. Amen.


The Profession

In the Name of God. Amen. I, Nicholas John Geoffrey Sykes, do hereby and hereon solemnly profess, and promise to hold and maintain, the Doctrine, Sacraments, and Discipline of Christ, as the Lord hath commanded in His holy Word, and as the undivided Church ever received, professed, and set forth the same. So help me God, through Jesus Christ. Amen.



Then shall the Bishop-elect read aloud and sign the Affirmation and Promise required in order

for him to be Ordained and Consecrated Bishop by the Bishops of the Christian Episcopal

Churches of North America for the Church of England in the Cayman Islands.


Then the Bishop shall move the Congregation present to pray, saying thus to them,

Brethren, it is written in the Gospel of Saint Luke, that our Saviour Christ continued the whole night in prayer, before He did choose and send forth His twelve Apostles. It is written also in the Acts of the Apostles, that the disciples who were at Antioch did fast and pray, before they laid hands on Paul and Barnabas, and sent them forth. Let us therefore, following the example of our Saviour Christ and His Apostles, first fall to prayer, before we admit and send forth this person presented unto us, to the Office and Ministration whereunto we trust the Holy Ghost hath called him.


Then the Consecrating Bishop shall, together with the other Bishops and the Clergy

and people present, sing or say the Litany for Ordinations, as followeth.


The Litany


O God the Father of heaven: have mercy upon us.

O God the Father of heaven: have mercy upon us.


O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us.


O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us.

O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us.


O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God: have mercy upon us.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God: have mercy upon us.


Remember not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers; neither take Thou vengeance of our sins: spare us, good Lord, spare Thy people, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy most precious Blood, and be not angry with us forever.

Spare us, good Lord.


From all evil and mischief; from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from Thy wrath, and from everlasting condemnation,

Good Lord, deliver us.


From all blindness of heart; from pride, vain-glory, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness,

Good Lord, deliver us.


From all uncleanness in thought, word, and deed; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,

Good Lord, deliver us.


From lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battle and murder; and from sudden death,

Good Lord, deliver us.


From all sedition, conspiracy, and rebellion; from all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and contempt of Thy Word and Commandment,

Good Lord, deliver us.


By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation; by Thy blessed Nativity and Circumcision; by Thy Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation,

Good Lord, deliver us.


By Thine Agony and bloody Sweat; by Thy saving Cross and Passion; by Thy precious Death and Burial,

Good Lord, deliver us.


By Thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension; by Thy sending of the Holy Ghost; by Thine everlasting Priesthood; and by Thy coming again in glory,

Good Lord, deliver us.


In all times of tribulation; in all times of prosperity; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgement,

Good Lord, deliver us.


We sinners do beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord God; and that it may please Thee to rule and govern Thy holy Church universal in the right way,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To bless all the Bishops of Thy Church; and to endue them with Thy Holy Spirit and fill them with Thy heavenly grace; that they may govern and feed the flock committed to their care according to Thy will,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To bless this our Brother elected, and to endue him with every necessary grace that he may duly execute the Office and Ministry of Bishop whereunto it hath pleased Thee to call him; to the honour, praise, and glory of Thy Name, and the right governing of Thy Church,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To pour down Thy Spirit upon all the Clergy; and so illuminate them with true knowledge and understanding of Thy Word, that both by their preaching and living, they may set it forth, and shew it accordingly,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To bless all who minister in Thy Name; that each, according to his calling, may execute his office duly, to Thy honour and glory, and the edifying of Thy people,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To send forth labourers into Thy harvest; to prosper their work by Thy Holy Spirit; to make Thy saving health known unto all nations; and to hasten Thy kingdom,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To give to all Thy people hearts to love and fear Thee, and diligently to live after Thy holy will and Commandments,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To give to all Thy people increase of grace, to hear meekly Thy Word, and to receive it with pure affection; and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To bring into the way of truth all such as have erred, and are deceived,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To strengthen such as do stand; to comfort and help the weak-hearted; to raise up those who fall; and finally to beat down Satan under our feet,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


To give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of Thy Holy Spirit, to amend our lives according to Thy holy Word,

We beseech Thee, good Lord.


Son of God, we beseech Thee to hear us.

Son of God, we beseech Thee to hear us.


O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world;

Have mercy upon us.


O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world;

Grant us Thy peace.


O Christ, hear us.

O Christ, hear us.


Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.


The Litany ended, the Bishop shall say this Prayer following.

Almighty God, Giver of all good things, Who by Thy Holy Spirit hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in Thy Church: We humbly beseech Thee mercifully to behold this Thy servant now called to the Work and Ministry of a Bishop in Thy holy Church, and to bestow upon him the fullness of the Priesthood of Thy Son; 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 honour and glory of Thy Name, and the edifying and well-governing of Thy Church; through the Merits of the same Thy blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


Then shall the Bishop-elect be brought again to stand before the Consecrating Bishop.


The Examination


Then the Consecrating Bishop, sitting in his Chair,

shall say unto him that is to be consecrated all this that hereafter followeth.

Brother, forasmuch as the Holy Scriptures and the ancient Canons command that we should not be hasty in laying on of 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 the Order of Bishops, We will first examine you in certain articles, to the end that the Congregation present may have a trial, and bear witness, how you be minded to behave yourself in the Church of God.


Are you persuaded that you be truly called to this Ministration, according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the due order of this portion of His holy Church?


Answer. I am so persuaded.


The Bishop.

Are you persuaded that the canonical Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, and contain sufficiently all Doctrine required of necessity 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 required of necessity 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.


The Bishop.

Will you then faithfully exercise yourself in the same Holy Scriptures, and call upon God by prayer, for the true understanding of the same; so as 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.


The Bishop.

Do you profess with your mouth, and believe in your heart, the true Christian faith, as the same is revealed by God in the Holy Scriptures aforesaid, and set forth in the Creeds and the dogmatic Definitions of the undisputed general Councils of the undivided Church; and are you ready, with all faithful diligence, to uphold, and to transmit unimpaired, that same Doctrine, and to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrines contrary thereunto; and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to do the same?


Answer. I do so profess and believe, and am ready so to do, the Lord being my Helper.


The Bishop.

Will you deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts, and live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; that you may shew 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.


The Bishop.

Will 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 Constitutions and Canons of the portion of the Church which you will serve?


Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.


The Bishop.

It appertaineth to the Office of a Bishop in the Church of God to judge, to govern, to interpret, and to teach; to proclaim the Gospel of our Saviour Christ, and to preach His holy Word; to be instant in season, out of season; and to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine; to minister on earth the power of the Keys of the kingdom of heaven in binding and loosing; to preside over the portion of Christ’s one holy Church committed to his care; and, as an high Priest of our Lord Jesus Christ and chief Minister of the New Testament, to stand at His holy Table and to shew forth the sacrifice of His Death until He come, and to minister to His faithful people the holy Sacrament of His Body and Blood; and as well as to baptise and to confirm, and to do all other things that pertain unto the Priesthood of Christ, so also to ordain those whom God hath called to serve in the Ministry of His holy Church. Will you endeavour to be faithful and diligent in the due execution of the same?


Answer. I will endeavour so to be, the Lord being my Helper.

The Bishop.

Will you be diligent in laying your hands upon others by confirming the Baptised, making Deacons, ordaining Priests, and consecrating Bishops; and by setting apart Deaconesses, and admitting others called to the Orders of Lay-Ministry in the Church; and in sending forth such Ministers into the Lord’s harvest?


Answer. I will so be, by the help of God.


The Bishop.

Will you shew yourself gentle, and be merciful for Christ’s sake, to poor and needy people, and to all strangers destitute of help; and will you shew yourself patient, kindly, and just to your Clergy and the faithful of your Diocese; and to be unto them, as much as shall in you lie, truly both a protector and pastor of souls, and a reverend father in God?


Answer. I will so shew myself, by God’s help.


Then the Bishop, standing up, shall say,

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Who hath given you a good will to do all these things, grant also unto you the strength and the 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.



The Prayer for the Bishop-elect


Then shall the Bishop say to the Congregation,

Beloved, let us pray for this our brother now to be ordained and consecrated to the Office of an high Priest of the New Testament of our Lord Jesus Christ; that as a Bishop in the Church of God, that is to say, a chief Pastor and Shepherd of the flock of Christ, he may steadfastly and diligently keep the solemn promises which he hath made here this day.


After this, the Congregation shall secretly in their prayers make their humble

supplications to God for all these things: for the which prayers silence shall be kept for a space.


Then shall the Bishop say,

O Lord, hear our prayer.

Answer. And let our cry come unto Thee.


Bishop. Let us pray.


Then shall the Bishop say this Prayer following.

Almighty God, we most humbly beseech Thee to pour forth Thy Holy Spirit upon this Thy chosen servant, and to bestow upon him the highest dignity of the sacred Ministry now present in Thy holy Church (the blessed Apostles having been taken away); and to give unto him that same power and authority of Government and Oversight which Thy beloved Son Jesus Christ gave unto His Apostles, whom this Thy servant hath been elected to succeed in the Episcopal Order; and so furnish him with every honour, and so sanctify him with the dew of Thy heavenly unction, that he may serve Thee faithfully in the Office of Bishop, to the honour and glory of Thy Name, and the edifying of that portion of Thy holy Church now committed to his charge; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Then shall the Bishop-elect put on the rest of the Episcopal habit; whereafter he shall then be placed conveniently before the Consecrating Bishop who, together with all the other Bishops present, shall ordain and consecrate him Bishop in the Manner and according to the Form hereafter following.





The Invocation of the Holy Ghost


Then shall the Bishop-elect kneel down, and Veni, Creator Spiritus shall be said or sung over him, the Consecrating Bishop himself beginning, and all who are present answering by verses, as followeth.


Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,

And lighten with celestial fire.

Thou the anointing Spirit art,

Who dost Thy seven-fold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above

Is comfort, life, and fire of love.

Enable with perpetual light

The dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soilèd 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 Thine eternal merit,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.


The Prayer of Consecration


Then shall the Consecrating Bishop say,

The Lord be with you.

Answer. And with thy spirit.

Bishop. Lift up your hearts.

Answer. We lift them up unto the Lord.

Bishop. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

Answer. It is meet and right so to do.


Then shall the Consecrating Bishop and the other Bishops extend their hands over the Bishop-elect,

and the Bishop shall continue in the Prayer of Consecration of Bishops, saying as followeth,

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, Holy Lord, Almighty Father, Everlasting God, Who of Thine infinite goodness hast given unto us Thine only and dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ to be our Redeemer and great High Priest, and the Author of everlasting life; Who, after that He had made perfect our redemption by His death, and after His resurrection was ascended into heaven, poured down His gifts abundantly upon men, making some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Pastors and Doctors, within that Ministry appointed by Him for the salvation of mankind, and for the edifying and making perfect of His Body the Church, into which sacred Ministry this our Brother elected hath been admitted. Hear us now, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech Thee, and vouchsafe to pour down Thy Holy Spirit upon this Thy chosen Priest, and grant unto him the fullness and perfection of the Sacred Ministry; and clothing him in all the ornaments of holiness and righteousness, sanctify him with Thy heavenly unction, and so make him a Bishop in Thy holy Church; and that he may rightly and duly execute the Office and Ministry of an high Priest of the New Testament of Thy Son Jesus Christ, give unto him all the grace needful for the fulfilment of the same. And we beseech Thee, O Lord, to endue this Thy servant with that same governing grace wherewith Thou didst endue Thy blessed Apostles; that he, following their holy examples, and ever walking in their way, may diligently oversee and govern Thy flock, and evermore be ready to spread abroad Thy holy Gospel, the glad tidings of reconciliation with Thee; and to 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 Jesus Christ our Lord, Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


The Laying on of Hands


Then the Consecrating Bishop and the Bishops shall lay their hands upon the head of the

elected Bishop kneeling before them upon his knees, and the Archbishop and Bishops shall say,

Receive 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 a sound mind.


The Anointing


Then shall the Bishop anoint him with Chrism upon his head, saying,

We anoint thee with this hallowed and consecrated Oil as an outward sign that thou art hereby set apart and consecrated to the Office and Work of an high Priest of the New Testament of Jesus Christ in His holy Church, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. And as thou art here anointed outwardly with this holy Chrism, so may God the Holy Ghost anoint thee inwardly with His grace; and grant unto thee the power and authority to be a true Bishop and Shepherd of souls, to oversee that portion of His flock over which it shall please Him to set thee.


The Tradition of the Word of God


Then the Bishop shall deliver him the Bible, saying,

Give 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. Take heed unto thyself, and to doctrine, and be diligent in doing them; for by so doing thou shalt save both thyself and them that hear thee.


The Tradition of the Crosier


Then shall the Bishop deliver him the Crosier into his hands, saying,

Be to the flock of Christ a shepherd, and not a wolf; feed them, and 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.


The Kiss of Peace


Then shall the Consecrating Bishop and the assisting Bishops exchange

the Kiss of Peace with the newly-consecrated Bishop.


Then shall the Consecrating Bishop proceed to the Lord’s Table and

continue in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist beginning with the Offertory.


The Offertory


Then shall the Consecrating Bishop, standing before

the Lord’s Table, begin the Offertory, saying,

Let us present our offerings unto the Lord

with reverence and godly fear.


Then shall the Bishop say or sing these Sentences following.

And they came every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering. Exodus xxxv.


Offer unto God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay thy vows unto the Most High.

Psalm l.


Give unto the Lord the honour due unto His Name; bring an offering and come into His courts. Psalm xcvi.


I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the Name of the Lord; I will pay my vow unto the Lord in the sight of all His people. Psalm cxvi.


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Saint Matthew v.



Then shall the following Hymn be sung for the Offertory Hymn.


The Offertory Hymn


O Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end;

Be Thou forever near me,

My Master and my Friend;

I shall not fear the battle

If Thou art by my side,

Nor wander from the pathway

If Thou wilt be my Guide.


O let me feel Thee near me:

The world is ever near;

I see the sights that dazzle,

The tempting sounds I hear;

My foes are ever near me,

Around me and within;

But, Jesus, draw me nearer,

And shield my soul from sin.


O Jesus, Thou hast promised

To all who follow Thee,

That where Thou art in glory

There shall Thy servant be;

And, Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end!

O give me grace to follow,

My Master and my Friend.

O let me see Thy footmarks,

And in them place mine own:

My hope to follow duly

Is in Thy strength alone.

O guide me, call me, draw me,

Uphold me to the end;

And then in heaven receive me,

My Saviour and my Friend.

Amen.


At the time of the Offertory, the Consecrating Bishop shall place upon the Lord’s Table so much Bread and Wine as he shall think sufficient, the same being brought up to him by the Deacon or some other duly appointed Minister. And the Bread used shall be the best and purest unleavened wheat bread; and the Wine pure grape wine, with which a little water shall be mingled. And here the Lord’s Table may then be censed by the Bishop.


Then, when all upon the Lord’s Table is set in order and ready for the celebration of

the Lord’s Supper, this Doxology following shall be sung.


Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


After which shall be sung this following,

All things come of Thee, O Lord,

and of Thine own have we given Thee. Amen.



The Biddings


The Minister shall then bid the prayers of the people, wherein these Biddings

following shall be used, after each of which there may be a brief pause for prayer.


Let us pray that the Lord will accept our alms and oblations, and receive our prayers which we now offer unto His Divine Majesty.


Let us pray for the peace and unity of Christ’s one holy Catholic Church, and for all those who believe and profess the Catholic and Apostolic faith, especially here in Canada, the Cayman Islands, and the United States of America.


Let us pray for all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governors, and especially for our own Queen Elizabeth the Second, and Her Governments in this Dominion and all other Her Realms and Territories, especially in the Cayman Islands; and let us pray for the President and Congress of the United States of America.


Let us pray for all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, and for all who are called and set apart to minister in the Church of God, especially our brother Nicholas John Geoffrey Sykes whom we have this day consecrated Bishop in the Church of God. And let us pray for his wife, Winnifred, his children, Margaret, Nicola, and Peter, and all his family.


Let us pray for those who are sick, and for all who are in trouble, sorrow, need, or any other adversity.


Let us remember before God all our brethren who have departed this life, especially His servant Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr, and pray that He will grant unto them refreshment, rest, and peace, as they await their resurrection from the dead.

The Liturgy of the Supper of the Lord


The Preparation of the Faithful


The Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Then shall the Bishop invite the faithful to the Lord’s Table, saying,

Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in His holy ways: Draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.


The General Confession

Then shall this general Confession be made by all that are minded to receive the Holy Communion,

both the Bishop and people together, all humbly kneeling upon their knees, and saying,

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men: We acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we from time to time most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against Thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly Thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us; have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please Thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of Thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Absolution

Then shall the Bishop stand up, and turning himself to

the people, pronounce this Absolution following.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Who of His great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto Him: Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



The Comfortable Words


Then shall the Bishop say,

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith

unto all that truly turn to Him.


Come unto me all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.

Saint Matthew xi.


So God loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Saint John iii.


Hear also what Saint Paul saith.

This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I Timothy i.


Hear also what Saint John saith.

If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He is the propitiation for our sins. I Saint John ii.


The Preparation of the Lord’s Table


Then shall the Bishop say or sing,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

Answer. And with thy spirit.


Then shall the Bishop prepare and set in order upon the Lord’s Table

all the Bread and Wine which is to be consecrated.


The Offering of the Bread

The Bishop shall first take the Bread into his hands, and shall say,

Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, Maker and King of heaven and earth; for from Thy bounty we have received this Bread, which we offer unto Thee: Fruit of the earth and the work of men’s hands, from which shall be made for us the Bread of eternal life.


Answer. Blessed be God forever.


The Preparation of the Chalice

Then shall the Bishop take the Chalice and, pouring

a little Water into the Wine, shall say,

O God, Who didst wonderfully create, and even yet more wonderfully renew, the dignity of our nature: Grant that, by the mystery of this Water and Wine, we may come to share in the divinity of Christ, Who humbled Himself to partake of our humanity. Amen.


The Offering of the Wine

Then shall the Bishop take the Chalice into his hands, and shall say,

Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, Maker and King of heaven and earth; for from Thy bounty we have received this Wine, which we offer unto Thee: Fruit of the vine and the work of men’s hands, from which shall be made for us the Cup of everlasting salvation.


Answer. Blessed be God forever.


The Prayer for Acceptance

Then shall the Bishop say this Prayer following.

In a spirit of humility, and with a contrite heart, may we be accepted of Thee, O Lord; and may our sacrifice be so made in Thy sight this day as to be pleasing unto Thee, O Lord our God. Amen.


The Washing of the Hands of the Celebrant

Then shall the Bishop wash his hands, saying,

I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord, and so will I go to Thine altar; that I may shew the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Thy wondrous works. Lord, I have loved the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thine honour dwelleth.



The Exhortation to the Faithful


And when the Bishop hath duly prepared and ordered the Bread and Wine

upon the Lord’s Table, he shall turn himself to the people, and say,

Pray, brethren, that this shewing forth of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is my sacrifice and yours, may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty.


And the people shall answer, saying,

May the Lord receive the sacrifice at thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, and for our good also, and that of all His holy Church. Amen.


Then shall the Bishop turn himself towards the Altar,

and he and the people shall keep silence and pray secretly for a space.


The Consecration of the Eucharist


Then shall the Bishop turn himself again to face the people,

and shall say or sing,


The Lord be with you.

Answer. And with thy spirit.

Bishop. Lift up your hearts.

Answer. We lift them up unto the Lord.

Bishop. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

Answer. It is meet and right so to do.


Then shall the Bishop turn himself again to face the Lord’s Table, and say or sing,

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, Holy Lord, Almighty Father, Everlasting God, Maker and Preserver of all things; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who after that He was ascended up far above all the heavens, and was set down at the right hand of Thy Majesty on high, did according to His most true promise, send forth the Holy Ghost with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the Apostles, to teach them, and to lead them into all truth; giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness with fervent zeal constantly to preach the Gospel unto all nations; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of Thee, and of Thy Son Jesus Christ. Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious Name; evermore praising Thee, and saying,


And the Bishop and people together shall say or sing,

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts, Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: Glory be to Thee, O Lord most high. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.


And when the Bishop, standing before the Altar, hath so ordered the Bread and Wine, that he may with the more readiness and decency break the Bread, and take the Cup into his hands; he shall say the Prayer of Consecration, as followeth.

All blessing, glory, and thanksgiving be unto Thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Who of Thy tender mercy didst give Thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon Him, and to suffer Death upon the Cross for our redemption; Who made there, by His one oblation of Himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in His holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that His precious Death and Sacrifice, until His coming again.

Hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech Thee; and vouchsafe to send down Thy Holy Spirit upon us, and upon these Thy creatures of Bread and Wine which we now set apart according to Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s own holy institution, in remembrance of His Death and Passion, that they may become for us His most blessed Body and Blood, and be received by us as He hath commanded: Who, in the same night that He was betrayed, (Here the Bishop is to take the Paten into his hands.) took Bread; and, when He had given thanks, (And here the Bishop is to make the sign of the Cross over all the Bread which is to be consecrated.) He blessed it, (And here the Bishop is to break the Bread.) and brake it; and gave it to His disciples, saying, (And here the Bishop is to lay his hands upon all the Bread.) Take, eat;


This is my Body which is given for you:

Do this in remembrance of me.



Likewise, after Supper, (Here the Bishop is to take the Chalice into his hands.) He took the Cup; and, when He had given thanks, (And here the Bishop is to make the sign of the Cross over every vessel (be it Chalice or Flagon) in which there is any Wine to be consecrated.) He blessed it, and gave it to them, saying, (And here the Bishop is to lay his hands upon every vessel in which there is any Wine to be consecrated.) Drink ye all of this;


For this is my Blood of the New Testament,

which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins:

Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.


Then shall the Bishop proceed with the Oblation of the Holy Eucharist, as followeth.

Wherefore, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, according to the institution of Thy dearly beloved Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, we Thy humble servants, in union with all Thy holy Church, do celebrate, and make here before the sight of Thy Divine Majesty, with these Thy holy gifts of the Bread of eternal life, and the Cup of everlasting salvation, which we now offer unto Thee, that memory of His blessed Passion and precious Death which in His Gospel He hath commanded us to make; and having also in remembrance His mighty Resurrection and glorious Ascension, and looking for His Coming again in glory, we render unto Thee most high praise and hearty thanks for all the benefits secured unto us by the same. And we entirely desire Thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching Thee to grant, that by the Merits and Death of Thy Son Jesus Christ, (which we plead here before Thee,) and through faith in His Blood, we and all Thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of His Passion.

And here we offer and present unto Thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto Thee; humbly beseeching Thee to grant, that so many as shall be partakers of this blessed Sacrament of the most precious Body and Blood of Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, may be fulfilled with Thy grace and heavenly benediction, and be preserved both in body and soul unto everlasting life.

And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto Thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech Thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences; through Jesus Christ our Lord: by Whom, and with Whom, and in Whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be unto Thee, O Father Almighty, world without end.


And the Bishop and people together shall say or sing,

Amen.



Then shall the Bishop say or sing,

Let us pray.


As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us,

we are bold to say:


And the Bishop and people together shall then say or sing the Lord’s Prayer, as followeth.

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Then shall silence be kept for a space.


Then shall the Bishop reverently break the consecrated Bread.

And as the Bishop breaketh the consecrated Bread, he shall say this Prayer following.

O lord Jesus Christ, Who didst say to Thine Apostles, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: Regard not our sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and grant unto it that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.



The Preparation for Holy Communion


And the Holy Sacrament being ready for distribution,

the Bishop shall then say or sing,

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast: Not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


The Prayer of Humble Access to the Lord’s Table

Then shall the Bishop, together with all them that shall receive the Holy Communion,

humbly say this Prayer of humble access to the Lord’s Table, as followeth.

We do not presume to come to this Thy Table, O merciful Lord, Trusting in our own righteousness, But in Thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy So much as to gather up the crumbs under Thy Table. But Thou art the same Lord, Whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, So to eat the Flesh of Thy dear Son Jesus Christ, And to drink His Blood, That our sinful bodies may be made clean by His Body, And our souls washed through His most precious Blood, And that we may evermore dwell in Him, And He in us. Amen.


Agnus Dei

Then shall be said or sung,

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

grant us Thy peace.



Then shall the Bishop first receive the Holy Communion in both kinds himself; and then he shall proceed to deliver the same to the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, in like manner (if any be present), and then after that to the people also in order, all meekly and devoutly kneeling upon their knees; but if anyone cannot receive the Holy Communion kneeling, either due to age or infirmity, he may stand to receive the Blessed Sacrament.



The Ministration of Holy Communion


When the Bishop himself hath received the Holy Communion, before he shall proceed to deliver the same to anyone, he shall first take the consecrated Bread and Wine into his hands, and turning himself unto the people, and shewing them the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, he shall invite them to partake of the Lord’s Table, saying,

Behold, the Lamb of God; behold Him that taketh away the sin of the world: Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.


And all they that shall receive the Holy Communion shall say,

Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.


Then shall the faithful come forward to receive the Holy Communion.

The Ministration of the Bread

And when the Bishop delivereth the consecrated Bread to any one, he shall say,

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life: Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on Him in thy heart by faith with thanksgiving.


And every one that receiveth the consecrated Bread shall answer, saying,

Amen.


The Ministration of the Cup

And the Minister that delivereth the Cup to any one shall say,

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life: Drink this in remembrance that Christ’s Blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.


And every one that receiveth the Cup shall answer, saying,

Amen.


And it is hereby ordered that, except for reasons of sickness or infirmity, or some other just cause, the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shall be received by all the communicants humbly and reverently kneeling upon their knees at the Communion rail, or in some other convenient place appointed by the Ordinary.


And here it is also ordered that in the ministering of Holy Communion, the Priest shall place the consecrated Bread either directly into the mouth of each communicant, or else into his right hand; and the Minister shall not at any time release hold of the Chalice, but the faithful shall only touch the Chalice with their hands, and guide the same to their mouths; so that no disorder or profanation may ensue at any time in the ministration of the Holy Communion of Christ’s Body and Blood.


When all have communicated, the Bishop shall return to the Lord’s Table, and reverently place upon it whatever remaineth of the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ covering the same with a fair white linen cloth. And if any of the consecrated Bread or Wine is to be reserved by the Bishop, the same he shall reverently place inside the Tabernacle or Aumbry appointed for that use and the door thereof shall be securely locked, and covered with a white cloth to indicate the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar therein reserved.


While the Ablutions are performed by the Bishop, this Hymn following shall be sung for

the Post-Communion Hymn, during which the people may remain kneeling or else be seated.


The Post-Communion Hymn


Take my life, and let it be

Consecrated, Lord to Thee;

Take my moments and my days

Let them flow in ceaseless praise.


Take my hands, and let them move

At the impulse of Thy love;

Take my feet, and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee.


Take my voice, and let me sing

Always, only, for my King;

Take my lips, and let them be

Filled with messages from Thee.



Take my silver and my gold,

Not a mite would I withhold;

Take my intellect and use

Every power as Thou shalt choose.


Take my will, and make it Thine;

It shall be no longer mine;

Take my heart, it is Thine own;

It shall be Thy royal Throne.


Take my love; my Lord, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure store:

Take myself, and I will be,

Ever, only, all for Thee. Amen.



The Thanksgiving after Holy Communion


Then shall the Bishop turn to the people, and say,

The Lord be with you.

Answer. And with thy spirit.


Bishop. Let us pray.


Then shall the Bishop turn again to face the Altar, and say,

Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank Thee, for that Thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have duly received these Holy Mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of Thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical Body of Thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs through hope of Thy everlasting kingdom, by the Merits of His most precious Death and Passion. And we most humbly beseech Thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with Thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as Thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.


The Holy Communion ended, the Consecrating Bishop shall then invest the newly-consecrated

Bishop with the several emblems of his Episcopal Office, as followeth.


The Investitures


The Pectoral Cross

The Archbishop shall first invest the new Bishop with the pectoral Cross, saying,

Receive this Cross, the sign our Redemption; and may it ever rest upon your heart, and speak to you of gain through loss, of triumph through suffering, and of life through death; and may the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, the crucified Redeemer, ever constrain you, and keep you in His care. Amen.


The Episcopal Ring

The Archbishop shall then place the episcopal Ring upon the fourth finger of

the right hand of the new Bishop, saying,

Receive this Ring, and may it be unto you a token of the Divine espousals of Christ the Bridegroom and that holy Church which is His Bride, over which you have been chosen to be a Bishop and Shepherd of souls, and which you are charged to love as Christ doth love her, and for which He gave His life. Amen.


The Mitre

Then shall the Archbishop place the Mitre on the head of the new Bishop, saying,

Receive this Mitre, which we now set upon your head, as an outward sign of the helmet of salvation; and may God grant unto you that, crowned with the horns of both Testaments, you may appear terrible to the gainsayers of truth; and by the steadfast defence of that holy and saving Faith which was once delivered to the saints, may you be a champion of the truth, a teacher of sound doctrine, and a protector of the Christian faithful. Amen.



The Final Prayers and Blessing


The Archbishop shall then say these Prayers following before the Blessing.


O holy Jesu, Who hast purchased to Thyself an universal Church, and hast promised to be with the Ministers of Apostolic Succession unto the end of the world: Be pleased, O Lord, we humbly beseech Thee, graciously to bless this Thy servant whom Thou hast called, and this day ordained and consecrated, to the Order of Bishops in Thy holy Church, that in all things he may be a good and faithful Pastor and true Shepherd of Thy flock; Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost art ever one God, world without end. Amen.


Most merciful Father, we beseech Thee to send down Thy heavenly blessing upon this Thy servant whom we have this day ordained and consecrated Bishop in Thy holy Church; 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 may be to such as do 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 the righteous Judge, Thy blessed Son our Lord, through Whom we make our prayers unto Thee, O Father Almighty, and Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost art ever one God, world without end. Amen.


Prevent 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.


Then shall the Bishop let them depart with this Blessing following.

The 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.


Then shall this Hymn following be sung as the Bishops and Ministers

depart from out of the Sanctuary and leave the Church.


Dismissal Hymn


O worship the King, all glorious above!
O gratefully sing His power and His love!
Our Shield and Defender,
The Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendour,
And girded with praise.

O tell of His might! O sing of His grace!
Whose robe is the light, Whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath
The deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path
On the wings of the storm.

The earth, with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old,
Hath stablished it fast
By a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast,
Like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills,
It descends to the plain,
And sweetly distils
In the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies, how tender,
How firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender,
Redeemer, and Friend!

O measureless Might! Ineffable Love!
While angels delight to hymn Thee above,
The humbler creation,
Though feeble their lays,
With true adoration
Shall all sing to Thy praise.

Amen.


And standing at the Church-Door,

the Bishop shall dismiss the people, saying,

The Lord be with you.

Answer. And with thy spirit.

Bishop. Let us depart in peace.

Answer. In the Name of the Lord.

Amen.













Affirmation and Promise


I, Nicholas John Geoffrey Sykes, by Divine Permission chosen Bishop in George Town, in the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands, and Assistant to the Lord Bishop of Richmond, British Columbia for the Cayman Islands, in the Presence of Almighty God and of this Congregation of His holy Church here assembled, do hereby and hereon solemnly and sincerely make the following affirmations and promises:


I affirm that I believe and promise to uphold, preserve, and transmit unimpaired the orthodox Christian Faith as revealed to mankind by Almighty God in the holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments canonically received, and set forth in the Creeds and Dogmatic Definitions of the undisputed Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Catholic and Apostolic Church;


I affirm that I receive and accept, and promise to uphold, preserve, and transmit unimpaired the Worship, Doctrine, Order, and Discipline of the undivided Catholic and Apostolic Church as the same is received and set forth by the Church of England in the Book of Common Prayer and the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion;


I affirm that the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada is a true branch and integral portion of the one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and that its Faith, Worship, Doctrine, Order, and Discipline is agreeable to that of the undivided Church as the same is received and set forth by the Church of England as aforesaid;


I affirm that I and the Christian faithful who are or shall be gathered together or placed under my pastoral charge and care are in full communion and fellowship with the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada and those Churches in communion therewith;


I affirm that, while always recognising and upholding the ecclesiastical authority and jurisdiction of the Lord Bishop of London over the Church of England in the Cayman Islands, yet in the absence of the exercise by the Lord Bishop of London of that authority and jurisdiction, that I will recognise the pastoral authority of the Lord Bishop of Richmond, British Columbia, and his lawful successors in the Office of Bishop, and will to the best of my ability assist him in the discharge of his pastoral responsibilities and ministrations insofar as they pertain to the Church of England in the Cayman Islands;


All of which I most solemnly and sincerely affirm and promise. So help me God, and this His holy Word which I hold in my hands. Amen.
























Agreement of Communion


Whereas the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada and the Christian Episcopal Church in the United States of America are both national Catholic and Apostolic Churches of the Anglican tradition, and are Successors and Heirs of the Church of England and of the Scottish Episcopal Church in their respective Countries;


And whereas the Church of England in the Cayman Islands is and represents the Established Church of England within the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands, and by a Royal Order in Council of 1634 made during the reign of King Charles the First of England the Lord Bishop of London possesses all legal and public Episcopal authority and jurisdiction over the Cayman Islands; yet that lawful Episcopal authority and jurisdiction has for many years not been exercised;


And whereas the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada, the Christian Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and the Church of England in the Cayman Islands, are integral Portions and Members of the One Body of Jesus Christ, and their members are in agreement in matters of Faith and Doctrine, Order and Discipline;


And whereas the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada, the Christian Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and the Church of England in the Cayman Islands, have been drawn together in mutual support one of another, and their members have accepted one another as Brethren in full fellowship and communion within the body of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church;


Now therefore, in order to perfect this Agreement, and to strengthen the bonds of fellowship and communion, as well as to ensure Goodwill, Peace, and Concord within the boundaries of the common Settlement of Religion upon which each respective Church has been founded, the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada, the Christian Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and the Church of England in the Cayman Islands, do hereby make the following Agreement of Communion and pledge themselves to the best of their ability to uphold and maintain the same:


While accepting the orthodoxy, validity, integrity, and independence of each Church, full and visible fellowship and communion shall exist among the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada, the Christian Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and the Church of England in the Cayman Islands, built upon the Foundation of the following Twelve Articles:


1. That the canonical Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are Divinely inspired and are the supreme, final, and binding Authority in all matters of Faith and Morals;


2. That the Three Creeds of the One undivided Church, that is to say, The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Creed of Saint Athanasius, shall suffice as the authoritative symbols of the Catholic Religion;


3. That the Dogmatic Definitions of the undisputed Ecumenical Councils of the One undivided Church shall suffice as the authoritative and true expressions of the orthodox Christian Faith;


4. That there are two Sacraments of the Gospel only, that is to say, Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (which is also called the Holy Eucharist), both of which were instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, and are generally necessary to be received by all Christians for their eternal salvation;

5. That the true Catholic Doctrines of the Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist are essential for a correct and proper understanding of the meaning, purpose, and function of the Lord’s Supper within the Body of Christ’s Church;


6. That the other Five sacred Mysteries which are commonly called Sacraments, that is to say, Confirmation, Penance, Matrimony, Orders, and Unction, are also of Divine institution and Apostolic foundation, and are to be esteemed and used as such within the Church of God as real means of grace to be received according to each believer’s profession and calling in Christ;


7. That the Three-fold Sacred Ministry consisting of the Orders of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon, and the genuine Apostolic Succession, are likewise of Divine institution and Apostolic foundation, and are absolutely essential for the valid transmission of Sacramental grace, and the perfecting of the Saints thereby;


8. That the Holy Scriptures and the unbroken Tradition of the Church of God require that the conferral of the Three Orders of the Sacred Ministry is to be restricted absolutely only to baptised male Christians;


9. That the sanctity and dignity of all Human Life, of Marriage, and of the Family, was established from the beginning by Divine decree and ordinance, and that by their very nature they are sacred, and must be protected, preserved, and upheld as such within both the Church of God and Civil Society;


10. That the Church of God, and every baptised Christian believer within her, ought always to look forward with joyful expectation to the blessed hope of the Lord’s Second Coming and the establishing of His kingdom;


11. That the Authorised Version of the Holy Bible, set forth for use in 1611 during the reign of King James the First of England, is to be accepted and upheld as the one authorised and common translation of the Holy Scriptures appointed to be read at Divine Service and in the Administration of the Sacraments;


12. That the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, set forth for use in 1662 during the reign of King Charles the Second of England, is to be accepted and upheld as the common foundation of the Public Liturgy.


To each and every one of these Twelve precedent Articles We the Bishops, of the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada, and of the Christian Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and in the Church of England in the Cayman Islands, acting as Representatives respectively on behalf of the Clergy and People of the Three Churches, do agree and give Our consent thereunto, thereby bringing the Three Churches into full fellowship and communion one with another, and We invite all other faithful orthodox Anglican Churches and Individuals to do the same.


In token whereof We have hereunto set Our Hands this Twenty-sixth Day of January, in the Year of Our Lord 2012, the Feast of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr, at the City of Richmond, in the Province of British Columbia of the Dominion of Canada.


Theodore Chris Casimes, Presiding Bishop for North America.


Robert David Redmile, Bishop of Richmond, British Columbia.


Timothy Joseph Klerekoper, Bishop of Seattle, Washington.


Nicholas John Geoffrey Sykes, Bishop-elect for George Town, Cayman Islands.



The Apostolic Succession

in the Christian Episcopal Churches


Our Lord Jesus Christ chose and laid His hands upon His holy Apostles.

The Apostles then chose and laid their hands upon the first Bishops.

From those first Bishops of the early Church descend in an unbroken

tactual Apostolic Succession the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church,

the Greek Orthodox Church, the Russian Orthodox Church,

the Church of England, the Scottish Episcopal Church,

and the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht.


The Most Reverend A. Donald Davies,

First Bishop of Richmond and Primate of Canada,

Consecrated 22nd June 1970, by

The Most Reverend John E. Hines,

The Right Reverend John M. Allin, and

The Right Reverend Russell T. Rauscher,

and fifteen other assisting Bishops,

all of whom were Bishops in good standing of

the Episcopal Church in the United States of America

and stood in Apostolic Succession from the Bishops of

the Church of England, the Scottish Episcopal Church,

and the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht.

The Most Reverend Theodore C. Casimes,

Second Primate of Canada,

Consecrated 23rd May 2002, by

The Most Reverend A. Donald Davies,

The Right Reverend John M. Lindenauer,

The Right Reverend Kenneth E. Duley, and

The Right Reverend Arthur C. Rushlow,

of whom the latter two stood in Apostolic Succession from

the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil.


The Right Reverend Robert D. Redmile,

Second Bishop of Richmond,

Consecrated 8th September 2002, by

The Most Reverend A. Donald Davies,

The Right Reverend Jon M. Lindenauer, and

The Right Reverend Theodore C. Casimes,

all of whom stood in Apostolic Succession from the Bishops of

the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church,

the Greek Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church,

the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht, and the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil.


The Right Reverend Timothy J. Klerekoper,

Second Bishop of Seattle,

Consecrated 19th April 2007, by

The Right Reverend Robert D. Redmile,

The Most Reverend A. Donald Davies, and

The Right Reverend Theodore C. Casimes.





Acknowledgements


Saint Patrick’s Breast-plate (Book of Common Praise, Hymn 812), Ascribed to Saint Patrick (372-466), translated in 1889 by Cecil Frances Alexander (Irish, Anglican, 1818-1895).


Christ is Gone Up (Book of Common Praise, Hymn 263), written in 1843 by the Reverend John Mason Neale (English, Anglican, 1818-1866).


Come, Holy Ghost (Book of Common Praise, Hymn 480), translated from the Latin of the Ninth century in 1627 by Bishop John Cosin (English, Anglican, 1594-1672).


O Jesus, I Have Promised (Book of Common Praise, Hymn 572), written in 1868 by the Reverend John Ernest Bode (English, Anglican, 1816-1874).


Take My Life, And Let It Be (Book of Common Praise, Hymn 576) written in 1874 by Frances Ridley Havergal (English, Anglican, 1836-1879).


O Worship The King (Book of Common Praise, Hymn 360), written in 1833 by Sir Robert Grant (Scottish, Episcopalian, 1785-1838).