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they be accused by those that have knowledge of their offences; and finally, being found guilty, by just judg. ment be deposed.

XXVII. Of Baptism,
APTISM is not only a sign of profession, and mark

from others that be not christened; but it is also a sign of regeneration, or new birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they that receive baptism rightly are grafted into the Church; the promises of the forgiveness of fin, and of our adoption to be the sons of God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealed ; faith is confirmed, and grace increased by virtue of prayer unto God. The Baptism of young children is in any wise to be retained in the Church, as most agreeable with the institution of Chrilt.

XXVIII. Of the Lord's Supper. THE HE Supper of the Lord is not only a fign of the love

that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another, but rather is Sacrament of our Re. demption by Christ's death : infomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith receive the same, the bread which we break is a partaking of the body of Christ, and likewise the cup of blessing is a partaking of the blood of Christ.

Transubstantiation, or the change of the fubstance of bread and wine in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by holy Writ; but is repugnant to the plain words of scripture, overthroweth the nature of a facrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions.

The body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual manner. And the mean whereby the body of Christ is received and eaten in the supper is faith.

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was not by Christ's ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped,

XXIX. Of the Wicked, which eat not tbe Body of Chrift,

in the use of the Lord's Supper. HE wicked, and such as be void of a lively faith,

although they do carnally and vifbly press with their teeth, as St. Augufiine faith, che Sacrament of the body and blood of Christ; yet in no wise are they parrakers of Christ, but rather to their condemnation do eat and drink the sign or facrament of fo great a thing.'

XXX. Of both Kinds.
THE cup of the Lord is not to be denied to the

Laypeople; for both the parts of the Lord's Sacrament, by Christ's ordinance and commandinent, ought to be ministered to all Christian men alike.

XXXI. Of the one Oblation of Christ finished upon

the cross. HE Offering of Christ once made, is that perfect

Redemption, Propitiation, and Satisfaction for all all the fins of the whole world, both original and a&ual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the facrifice of masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead to have remifsion of pain or guilt, were blafphemous fables and dangerous deceits.

XXXII. Of the Marriage of Priests.
ISHOPS, Priests, and Deacons are nor commanded

by God's law, either to vow the estate of single life, or to abstain from marriage. Therefore it is lawful for them, as for all other Christian men, to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge the same to serve better to godliness. XXXIII. Of excommunicate Persons, how they are to

be avoided. "HAT person, which by open denunciation of the

Church is rightly cut off from the unity of the Church, and excommunicated, ought to be taken of the whole multitude of the faithful as an Heathen and Pub.

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lican, until he be openly reconciled by penance, and received into the Church by a judge that harb autbority thereunto.

XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the Church. T is not neceffary that traditions and ceremonies be in

all places one, or utterly like; for at all times they have been divers, and may be changed according to the diversities of countries, cines, and men's manners, fo that nothing be ordained against God's word. Whotoever, through his private judgment, willingly and por. pofely doth openly break the craditions and ceremonics of the Church, which be not repugnant to the word of God, and be ordained and approved by common authority, ought to be rebuked openly, that other may fear to do the like, as he that offendeth against the common order of the Church, and hurteth the authority of the magistrate, and woundeth the consciences of the weak brethren.

Every particular or national Church Hath authority to ordain, chaoge, and abolish ceremonies or rites of the Church ordained only by man's authority, so that ad things be done to edifying.

XXXV. Of the Homilies.
THE fecond book of Homilies, the several titles

whereof we have joined under this article, doth consaiu a godly and wholesome doctrine, and neceffary for these times; as doth the former book of Homilies, which Were fer forth in the time of Edward the Sixth; and therefore we judge them to be read in Churches by the ministers, diligently and diftin&tly, that they may be understanded of the people.

of the Names of the Homilies. 1. Of the right Use of the l. 5. Against

5. Against Gluttony and Church.

Drunkennefs. 2. Again/t Peril of Idolatry. 6. Against Excess of Appo3. Of repairing and kecping rel.

clean of Churches. 7. Of Prayer. 4. Of good Works: First of 8. Of the Place and Time of Fafting.



9. The Coninion Prayers and 15. Of the worthy receiving

Sacraments ought to be of the Sacrament of the puinistered in a known Bodyand Blood of Christ. Tongue.

16. Of the Gifts of the Holy 10. Of ibe reverend Estima- Ghult.

tion of God's Word. 17. For the Rogation-days. 11. Of Alms-doing.

18. Of the State of Matri, 12. Of the Nativity of Christ. nony. 13. Of the Passion of Christ.. 19. Of Repentance. 14. Of the Refurrection of 20. Againjt Idleness. Cbrift.

21. Againt Rebellion. XXXVI. Of Confecration of Bisbops and Minifters. HE book of Confecration of Archbishops and

Bishops, and Ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the time of Edward the Sixth, and confirmed at the same time by authority of Parliament, doth contain all things necessary to such confecration and ordering : Neither hath it any thing that of itself is superstitious and ungodly. And therefore whosoever are consecrated or ordered according to the rites of that book, since the fecond year of the fore-named King Edward unto this time, or hereafter shall be confecrated or ordered according to the fame rites; we decree all fuch to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully consecrated and ordered.

XXXVII. Of the Civil Magistrates. "HE King's Majesty hath the chief power in this

realm of England, and other his dominions, unto whom the chief government of all estates of this realm, whether they be ecclesiastical or civil, in all causes doth appertain ; and is not, nor ought to be, subject to any foreign jurisdiction.

Where we attribute to the King's Majesty the chief government, by which titles we understand the minds of some flanderous folks to be offended; we give not our Princes the ministering either of God's Word, or of the Sacraments; the which thing the injunctions also lately set forth by Elizabeth our Queen, do most plainly testify: but that only prerogative, which we see to have been


given always to all godly Princes in holy Scriptures by God himself; that is, that they should rule all estates and degree's committed to their charge by God, whether they be ecclefiaftical or temporal, and restrain with the civil fword the stubborn and evil doers.

The Bishop of Rome hath no jurifdi&tion in this realm of England.

The laws of the realm may ponith Christian men with death, for heinous and grievous offences.

It is lawful for Christian men, at the commandment of the magiftrare, to wear weapons, and serve in the wars. XXXVIII. Of Christian men's Goods which are not common.

HE riches and goods of Christians are not common,

as touching the right, title, and pofleffion of the fame, as certain Anabaptifts do falfely boaft. Notwithftanding every man ought,' of such things as he posfeffeth, liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his ability

XXXIX. Of a Christian man's Oatb. S we confefs that vain and rash {wearing is forbidden Christian men by our Lord Jefus Christ

, and James bis Apostle ; so we judge that Christian religion doth not prohibit, but that a man may fwear, when the magistrate requireth, in the cause of faith and charity, fo, it be done according to the prophets teaching, ia justice, indgineur, and truth.



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