TUESDAY THE FOURTEENTH OF NOVEMBER 2017
* Consecration of Samuel Seabury *
O my Lord, abide with me, I beseech you. In you let my soul find rest and let it delight itself in you. For what is there that can be compared with that peace which is in you, seeing that it surpasses all understanding? Nothing can bring me any good if I lack your peace and what can I lack if I have you, who are nothing but good? I will rejoice in you, and you, I hope and pray most humbly, will show me the light of your will and will cause your peace and serenity to fill and gladden my heart. Truly, the heart is ever restless, until it rests in you alone. It can never be filled or satisfied with anything that is less than you. Amen.
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.
( Frances R. Havergal )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Consecration of Samuel Seabury
A crucial date for members of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America is the consecration of the first bishop of the Anglican Communion in the United States. During the colonial era there had been no Anglican bishops in the New World and persons seeking to be ordained as clergy had had to travel to England for the purpose. After the achievement of American independence it was important for the Church in the United States to have its own bishops and an assembly of Connecticut clergy chose Samuel Seabury to go to England and there seek to be consecrated as a bishop.
However, the English bishops were forbidden by law to consecrate anyone who would not take an oath of allegiance to the British crown. He accordingly turned to the Episcopal Church of Scotland.
When the Roman Catholic king James II was deposed in 1688 some of the Anglican clergy (including some who had been imprisoned by James for defying him on religious issues) said that, having sworn allegiance to James as king, they could not during his lifetime swear allegiance to the new monarchs William and Mary. Those who took this position were known as non-jurors (non-swearers) and they included almost all the bishops and clergy of the Episcopal Church in Scotland. Accordingly, the monarchs and Parliament declared that thenceforth the official church in Scotland should be the Presbyterian Church. The Episcopal Church of Scotland thereafter had no recognition by the government and for some time operated under serious legal disabilities. However, since it had no connection with the government it was free to consecrate Seabury without government permission, and it did. This is why you see a cross of Saint Andrew on the Episcopal Church flag.
In Aberdeen, on the fourteenth of November, 1784, Samuel Seabury was consecrated to the episcopate by the bishop and the bishop coadjutor of Aberdeen and the bishop of Ross and Caithness. He thus became part of the unbroken chain of bishops that links the church today with the church of the apostles.
In return, he promised them that he would do his best to persuade the American Church to use as its prayer of consecration (blessing of the bread and wine at the Lord's Supper) the Scottish prayer, taken largely unchanged from the 1549 "Prayer Book," rather than the much shorter one in use in England. The aforesaid prayer, adopted by the American Church with a few modifications, has been widely regarded as one of the greatest treasures of the Church in the United States.
Scripture: "Matthew," chapter nine, verses thirty-six and thirty-seven:
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest."
... for peace in the world.
... for the members of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.
... for those of the Christian faith who are called bishops; that they may fulfil the expectations of their office and serve the people of the Church lovingly and with integrity.
... that we may find within ourselves the willpower and perseverance to truly consecrate our lives to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
... for David who died early this morning; for Margaret, his wife, and all his family and friends who will deeply mourn his passing; that he may rest in peace and rise in glory.
... for those living with diabetes, especially those suffering from disabling or debilitating complications. DETAILS
... for those killed, injured or made homeless during an earthquake in Iran and Iraq; for the success of attempts to get assistance and relief to the survivors.
... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who 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.
From "Epistle LXVII" by Cyprian of Carthage:
A priest should be chosen in the presence of the people under the eyes of all and should be approved worthy and suitable by public judgment and testimony; as in the book of "Numbers" the Lord commanded Moses, saying, “Take Aaron thy brother, and Eleazar his son, and place them in the mount, in the presence of all the assembly, and strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and let Aaron die there, and be added to his people.”
God commands a priest to be appointed in the presence of all the assembly; that is, he instructs and shows that the ordination of priests ought not to be solemnised except with the knowledge of the people standing near, that in the presence of the people either the crimes of the wicked may be disclosed or the merits of the good may be declared, and the ordination, which shall have been examined by the suffrage and judgment of all, may be just and legitimate.
And this is subsequently observed, according to divine instruction, in the "Acts of the Apostles," when Peter speaks to the people of ordaining an apostle in the place of Judas.
“Peter,” it says, “stood up in the midst of the disciples, and the multitude were in one place.”
Neither do we observe that this was regarded by the apostles only in the ordinations of bishops and priests, but also in those of deacons, of which matter itself also it is written in their "Acts."
“And they twelve called together,” it says, “the whole congregation of the disciples, and said to them;” which was done so diligently and carefully, with the calling together of the whole of the people, surely for this reason, that no unworthy person might creep into the ministry of the altar or to the office of a priest. For that unworthy persons are sometimes ordained, not according to the will of God, but according to human presumption, and that those things which do not come of a legitimate and righteous ordination are displeasing to God.
We give you thanks, O Lord our God, for your goodness in bestowing upon the Church the gift of pastoral leadership, which we celebrate in this remembrance of the consecration of Samuel Seabury; and we pray that, joined together in unity and nourished by your holy sacraments, we may proclaim the gospel of redemption with apostolic zeal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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