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All orders must be given and the dues paid at the Office of the Company, before the Ground can be opened or Vault built.
Notice of Interment to be given at the Office in London before 12 o'clock of the day preceding the proposed Interment, except in cases of Interments on Monday, of which notice is to be given before 12 o'clock on the preceding Saturday; and if a Vault or Brick Grave is to be constructed, four days' clear notice must be given.
If required, and notice given at the Office at the time of bespeaking the Interment, &c., a Chaplain will be provided by the Company; but otherwise any other Minister, preferred by the friends of the deceased, may officiate.
No interment in any Vault, Catacomb, or Brick Grave, except in Coffins of Lead.
Wooden Coffins only to be used in Common Graves.
No Brick or Stone Banks, nor Grave Stone, or Monument to be made or erected, except over Vaults or Graves wherein the exclusive right of burial is purchased. Flat stones only will be allowed on the turf bordering the paths. Grave stones may be placed over Vaults or Graves wherein the exclusive right of burial is purchased, or a monument in stone, subject to the approval of the Company, may be erected.
Vaults and Brick Graves in the open ground to be opened from the top only, unless by special permission.
Monuments or Grave Stones to be erected within Six Months after purchase of exclusive right of Interment in any Vault, Brick Grave, or Grave in the open ground, or the same not to be permitted, unless licence for further time be obtained from the Company.
A drawing of every Monument to be submitted for approval, and filed in the Office prior to erection.
Copper Cramps to be used in the erection of Monuments and Tablets.
All Monuments, Grave Stones, Vaults, and places of Burial, whether made by the Company or by the Purchaser, to be kept in repair by the Owners, unless otherwise provided for.
Secretary and Registrar.
CONSECRATION SERVICE USED BY BISHOP LAUD, (EXTRACTED FROM RUSHWORTH's “
A. D. 1630, January 16. St. Catherine Creed Church being lately repaired was suspended from all divine service, sermons, and sacraments, till it was consecrated. Wherefore Dr. Laud, Lord Bishop of London, on the 16th January, (being the Lord's day,) came thither in the morning to consecrate the
Now, because that exceptions were taken at the formality thereof, we will briefly relate the manner of the consecration, as also what the Bishop said in his justification, when he was afterwards questioned for the same in Parliament, as an innovation. At the Bishop's approach to the west side of the church, some that were prepared for it, cried with a loud voice"
Open, open ye the everlasting doors, that the King of Glory may enter in!"-and presently the doors were opened, and the Bishop, with some Doctors and many other principal men, went in, and falling down upon his knees, with his eyes
and his arms spread abroad, uttered these words, This place is holy! the ground is holy! In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I pronounce it
Then he took some of the dust and threw
it up into the air, several times in his going up towards the chancel, and when they approached near to the rail and communion table, the Bishop bowed towards it several times, and returning they went round the church in procession, saying the 100th Psalm, and after that the 19th Psalm ; and then said a form of prayer,
“ Lord Jesus Christ, &c.,” and concluding, We consecrate this church and separate it unto Thee as Holy ground, not to be profaned any more to common use.
After this, the Bishop, being near the communion table, and taking a written book in his hand, pronounced curses upon those that should afterwards profane the Holy place, by musters of soldiers, or keeping profane law courts, or carrying burdens through it ; and at the end of every curse he bowed towards the east, and said, ' “ Let all the people say, Amen!” When the curses were ended he pronounced a number of blessings upon all those that had any hand in framing and building of that sacred and beautiful church, and those that had given, and thereafter should give any chalices, plate, ornaments, or utensils ; and at the end of every blessing he bowed towards the east, saying, 5. Let all the people
After this followed the sermon, which being ended, the Bishop consecrated and administered the Sacrament in manner following:
As he approached the communion table he made several long bowings, and coining up to the side of the table, where the bread and wine were covered, he bowed seven times, and then, after the reading of many prayers, he came near the board, and gently lifted up the corner of the napkin wherein the bread was laid; and when he blessed the bread, he laid it down again, flew back a step or two, bowed three
several times towards it—then he drew near again, opened the napkin, and bowed as before. Then he laid his hand
which was full of wine, with a cover upon it, which he let go again, went back and bowed thrice towards it : then he came near again, and lifting up the cover of the cup looked into it, and seeing the wine, he let fall the cover again, retired back and bowed as before; then he received the Sacrament and gave it to some principal men; after which, many prayers being said, the solemnity of the consecration ended.
This matter was some years afterwards objected against the Bishop of London in Parliament, as an evidence of his inclination to introduce Popery, and the matters of fact before recited were then proved before the House of Lords, to which the Bishop made a learned defence, endeavouring to justify the consecration of churches from the practice of Moses, Solomon, Hezekiah, and other princes of the Jews, in the time of the ceremonial law, and that it is expressed in the Old Testament, that the Tabernacle with all the vessels and ornaments thereunto belonging, were all solemnly consecrated by Moses ; and afterwards, when the temple was built, it was solemnly consecrated and dedicated to God by king Solomon, and all his princes and people. He also argued out of Eusebius, in the time of Constantine and other Christian princes, of the antiquity of consecrating churches : and then he descended more particularly to answer the charge as to the consecration of Creed Church.
It was testified” (saith he), that I came hither in a pompous manner. I deny it-it was only in a grave and solemn manner. It is objected, that as soon as I came within the church doors,I fell down upon my kneesetrue, it was no more tha my duty,