What is the actual Form used when ordaining priests?

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  1. Tony

    Tony New Member

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    I was wondering if someone could tell me what is the form that is used when ordaining priests (the actual formula that is used), and the surrounding prayers? Where could I find this? Is this found in an ordinal?

    I would also like to know if there is any difference between the one Cranmer devised with the one that is used currently.

    Thanks.
     
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    anglican74 Well-Known Member Anglican

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    The Ordination Rite is basically similar across jurisdictions. You can find it in your local Prayerbook, comparing it then to the one by Archbishop Cranmer.
     
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    Tony New Member

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    Thanks for answering. The thing is that I'm not an Anglican and where I live I don't think there are any Anglicans either so I dont think I could get my hands on a prayer book.

    But Cranmers ordination form is found in the Book of Common Prayer? If there's anything online that would be great.
     
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    Lowly Layman Well-Known Member

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    Not sure where you're located, but in the US, the EC's liturgy for the Ordination of Priests (TEC, 1979) is here: http://sheena.home.mindspring.com/episcopal.html#525

    Cranmer's Form for the Ordering of Priests (1550) is here: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1549/Priests_1549.htm

    A great resource for looking at a number of different prayerbooks, be it historic, modern, or international, is Society of Archbisckop Justus: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/england.htm

    Just look for the province you're interested in at the bar along the top of the webpage.
     
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    Stalwart Well-Known Member Anglican

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    The Ordinal is usually outside the BCP, in a separate volume called the Ordinal, which isn't generally held by the average laymen during a regular service, although it is by no means secret.

    The easiest way to gauge a valid ordination into Holy Orders is by looking at your national Province rubrics. Go to your local parish priest and find out what Ordinal they use, or better yet, ask him what if anything differs from Cranmer's 1540 Ordinal (probably little to nothing).