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or irreverence to be used in the Ceremo nies,or Rites of the Church, by the mifufing of the Orders appointed in this Book; The Queens Majesty may by the like advice of the faid Commissioners, or Metropolitan, ordain and publish such fur ther Ceremonies, or Rites, as may be most for the advancement of Gods glory, the edifying of his Church, and the due reverence of Chrifts holy Myfteries and Sa
An Act for the Uniformity of Publick Prayers,andAdminilration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies: And for eftablishing the Form of Making, Ordaining, and Confecrating Bifhops, Priefts and Deacons in the Church of England.
people defirous to live in Christian Con. verfation, and most pofitable to the Estate of this Realm, upon the which the Mercy, Favour and Blessing of Almighty God is in no wife fo readily and plentifully poured as by Common Prayers, due using of the Sacraments, often Preaching of the Gospel with devotion of the hearers: And yet this notwithstanding. a great number of people in divers parts of this Realm, following their own SenAnd be it further Enacted by the Suality, and living without knowledge & Authority aforesaid,That all Laws, Sta- due fear of God, do wilfully and Schif tutes,and Ordinances, wherein, or where-matically abstain, and refuse to Come by any other Service, Administration of to their Parish-Churches, and other PubSacraments, or Common Prayer is limi- lick places where Common Prayer, Admited, eftablished, or set forth to be used nistration of the Sacraments and Preachwithin this Realm, or any other the ing of the Word of God is used, upon the Queens Dominions or Countries, fhall Sundays and other days ordained and pfrom henceforth be utterly void and of pointed to be kept and obferved as Holy none effect. days: And whereas by the great and Scandalous neglect of Minifters in the faid Order, or Liturgy fo fet forth and enjoyned as aforesaid, great mifchiefs and inconveniences, during the times of the late unhappy Troubles, have arifen and grown; and many people have been led into Factions and Schifms, to the great decay and scandal of the Reformed Religion of the Church of England, and to the hazard of many fouls: For prevention whereof in time to come, for fet tling the peace of the Church, and for allaying the prefent diftempers which the indifpofition of the time bath contracted, the Kings Majefty (according to his Declaration of the five and twentieth of Oc tober, One thousand fix hundred and fixty) granted his Commission under the great Seal of England, to feveral Bishops and other Divines to review the Book of Common-Prayer, and to prepare fuch Alterations and Additions. as they thought fit to offer; And afterwards the Convocations of both the Provinces of Canterbury and York, being by His Majefty called and affembled (and now fitting, His Majefty bath been pleafed to Authorize and require the Prefidents of the faid Convocations, and other the Bishops and Clergy of the fame, to review the faid Book of Common-Prayer, and the Book of the Form & Manner of the Mak
XIV. CAROL. II.
WHereas in the first year of the late Queen Elizabeth, there was one Uniform Order of Common Service and Prayer,and of the Adminiftration of Sa craments, Rites and Ceremonies in the Church of England, (agreeable to the word of God, and ufage of the Primitive Church) compiled by the Reverend BiShops and Clergy, fet forth in one Book, Entituled, The Book of Common Prayer and Adminiftration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies in the Church of England, and enjoyned to be ufed by Act of Parliament bolden in the faid First year of the faid late Queen, Entituled, An Act for the Uniformity of Common Prayer and Service in the Church, and Administration of the Sacraments, very comfortable to all good
Eng and Confecrating of Bishops, Priests, Jeiling of the Peace of this Nation (which) and Deacons; And that after mature is defared of all good men) nor to the ho confideration they fhould make fuch Ad-nour of our Religion, and the propagaditions and Alterations in the faid Books tion thereof, then an Universal agreerefpectively as to them should seem meet ment in the Publick Worship of Almighand convenient; And should exhibit & ty God; and to the intent that every Per refent the fame to His Majelty in writ- fen within this Realm, may certainly ng for his further allowance or confir- know the rule, to which he is to conform tion; fince which time, upon full in Publick worship, and Adminiftration mature deliberation, they the faid Prefi- of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceredents, Bishops,and Clergy of both Provin- monies of the Church of England, and the ers, have accordingly reviewed the faid manner how, and by whom Bishops, Books, and bave made fome Alterations Priefts, and Deacons are, and ought to which they think fit to be inferted to the be Made, Ordained and Confecrated: ame; and fome Additional Prayers to Be it Enacted by the Kings Most Exbe faid Book of Common-Prayer, to be u-cellent Majesty, by the advice, and with fed upon proper and emergent occafions; the confent of the Lords Spiritual and and have exhibited and presented the Temporal, and of the Commons in this ame unto His Majesty in writing, in prefent parliament afferabled, and by the pre Book, Entituled, the Book of Com-Authority of the fame, That all and finmon-Prayer, & Administration of the gular Ministers, in any Cathedral,ColleSacraments,and other Rites and Cere-giate, or Parish Church or Chappel, or omonies of the Church, according to ther place of Publick Worship within this the ufe of the Church of England; to- Realm of England, Dominion of Wales, gether with the Pfalter, or Plalms of and Town of Berwick upon Tweed, fall David, Pointed as they are to be fung be bound to say and use the Morning or faid in Churches; and the Form and Prayer, Evening Prayer, Celebration Manner of Making, Ordaining, and and Administration of both the SaeraConfecrating of Bishops, Prielts and ments, and all other the Publick, and Deacons: All which His Majefty hav- Common-Prayer, in fuch order and form ng duly confidered, hath fully approved as is mentioned in the faid Book annexed and allowed the fame, and recommended and joyned to this prefent Act, and Ento this prefent Parliament, that the faid tituled, The Book of Common-PrayBook of Common-Prayer, and of the Form er, and Administration of the Sacraof Ordination & Confecration of Bishops, ments, and other Rites and CeremoPriefs,and Deacons,with the Alterations nies of the Church, according to the and Additions which have been fo made ufe of the Church of England; toand prefented to His Majefty by the faid gether with the Pfalter or Pfalms Convocations,be the Bookwhich shall be ap- of David, Pointed as they are to be pointed to be used by all that Officiate in all fung or faid in Churches; and the Cathedral and Collegiate Churches and Form and Manner of Making, OrCappels, and in all Chappels of Celled- daining, and Confecrating of Bishops, ges and Halls in both the Univerfities, Priefts, and Deacons : and, That the and the Colledges of Eaton and Winche- Morning and Evening Pyayers therein ter, and in all Parish-Churches and contained, fall upon every Lords day, Chappels within the Kingdom of England, and upon all other days and occafions, and Dominion of Wales, and Town of Ber- at the times therein appointed, be openly wick upon Tweed, and by all that Make, and folemnly read by all and every Minior Confecrate Bishops, Priests or Deacons, fter or Curate in every Church, Chappel or in any of the faid Places, under fuch other place of Publick Worship within this Sanctions and Penalties as the Houfes of Realm of England, and places aforesaid. Parliament fhall think fit: Now in regard that nothing conduceth more to the
And to the end that Uniformity in the Publick Worship of God(which is fo much
defired) may be speedily effected, Beit fon or perfons, fo offending or neglecting, further Enacted by the Authority afore- were dead. faid,That every Parfon, Vicar, or other Minifier whatfoever, who now bath, and enjoyeth any Ecclefiaftical Benefice, or Promotion, within this Realm of England, or places aforefaid, shall in the Church, Chappel, or place of Publick Worship belonging to his faid Benefice or Promotion, upon fome Lords day before the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, which fall be in the year of our Lord God, One thousand fix hundred fixty and two, openly, publickly, and folemnly read the Morning and Evening Prayer appointed to be read by, and according to the faid Book of Common Prayer, at the times thereby appointed, and after fuch reading thereof Shall openly and publickly, before the Congregation there affembled, declare his unfeigned affent,and confent to the use of all things in the faid Book contained and prefcribed, in these words and no other.
A. B. Do bere declare my unfeigned
thing contained, and preferibed in, and by the Book, Entituled, The Book of Common Prayer, and adminiftration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the ule of the Church of England, together with the Pfalter or Pfalms of David, Pointed as they are to be fung or faid in Churches; and the form and manner of Making, Ordaining, and Confecrating of Bishops, Priefts, and Deacons.
And, that all and every fuch perfon, who fball (without fome lawful impediment, to be allowed and approved of by the Ordinary of the place) neglect or refufe to do the fame within the time aforefaid, (or in cafe of fuch impediment) within one moneth after fuch im pediment removed fall ipfo facto be deprived of all his Spiritual Promotions; And that from thenceforth it shall be law ful to, and for all Patrons, and Donors of all and fingular the faidSpiritual Promotions, or of any of them, according to their refpective Rights and Titles, to prefent, or collate to the fame, as though the per
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That every person who shall hereafter be prefented or colla ted,or put into any Ecclefiaftical Benefice or Promotion within this Realm of England, and places a forefaid, shall in the Church, Chappel, or place of Publick Worship, belonging to bis faid Benefice or Promotion, within two moneths next after that he fhall be in the actual poffefsion of the faid Ecclefiaftical Benefice,or Promotion, upon fome Lords day, openly, publickly and folemnly read the Morning and Evening Prayers, appointed to be read by and according to the faid Book of Common Prayer, at the times thereby appointed, and after fuch reading thereof, fhall openly and publickly before the Congregation there affembled declare bis unfeigned affent and confent to the use of ali things therein contained and preferibed, according to the form before appointed: and, That all and every fuch perfon, whe
to be allowed and approved by the Ordinary of the place) neglect or refuse to do the fame within the time aforesaid, or, (in cafe of fuch Impediment) within one moneth after fuch impediment removed, fhall ipfo facto be deprived of all his faid Ecclefiaftical Benefices and Promotions and, That from thenceforth, it shall may be lawful to and for all Patrons, and Donors of all and fingular the faid Ecclefiaftical Benefices and Promotions, or any of them (according to their respective Rights and Titles) to prefent or collate 10 the fame, as though the perfon or perfons fo offending, or neglecting, were dead.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That in all places, where the proper Incumbent of any ParJonage, or Vicarage, or Benefice with Cure,doth refide on his living, and keep a Curate, the Incumbent himself in per fon (not having fome lawful Impediment, to be allowed by the Ordinary of the place, fall once (at the least) in every moneth openly and publickly read the Common Prayers and Service, in and by the faid Book prefcribed, and (if there be occa fior
fim) Adminifter each of the Sacra- respective admission to to be incumbent ments, and other Rites of the Church, or have poffefsion aforesaid, fubfcribe the in the Parish Church, or Chappel of, or Declaration or acknowledgement followbelonging to the fame Parfonage, Vica-ing, Scilicet,
or order, man- A. B. Do declare, That it is not law
rege, of Benefice, in such unge the raid Iful upon any pretence what foever to
Book is appointed,u upon pain to forfeit the take Arms against the King; and that Sum of Five pounds to the use of the poor I do abbor that Traiterous Pofition of takof the Parife for every offence, upon ing Arms by His Authority against His Conviction by confession, or proof of two Perfon, or against thofe that are Commifcredible witneffes upon Oath, before two fionated by Him, and that I will conform Fftices of the Peace of the County, City, to the Liturgy of the Church of England, or Town-Corporate where the offence fball as it is now by Law established. And I be committed, (which Oath the faid Fu- do declare that I do hold, there lies no fices are hereby impoured to adminifter) obligation upon me, or on any other perfon and in default of payment within ten from the Oath commonly called the sodays, to be levyed by distress, and fale of lemn League and Covenant, to endea the goods and chattels of the offender, by vour any change, or alteration of governthe warrant of the fad fuftices, by the ment, either in Church or state; and Church- wardens, or overfeers of the poor that the fame was in it felf an unlawful of the faid Parish, rendring the fur- Oath, and impofed upon the Subjects of plufage to the party. this Realm against the known Laws and liberties of this Kingdom.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid,That every Dean, Canon, Which faid Declaration and Acknowand Prebendary of every Cathedral or Col- ledgment fhall be fubfcribed by every of legiate Church, and all Mafters, and o- the faid Maters and other Heads, Felther Heads, Fellows, Chaplains and Tu- lows, Chaplains, and Tutors of, or in any tors of, or in any Colledge, Hall, Houfe Colledge, Hall, or Houfe of Learning, of Learning,or Hofpital,and every Pub- and by every publick Profeffor and Realick Profeffor, and Reader in either of der in either of the Universities, before the Univerfiies, and in every Colledge the Vice-Chancellor of the refpective Unielfewhere, and every Parfon, Vicar, Cu-verfiies for the time being, or his Depu rate Lecturer, and every other perfon in ty; And the faid Declaration or Acboly Orders, and every School-mafter knowledgment fhall be fubfcribed before keeping any publick, or private Schoul, the refpective Archbishop, Bishop, or Orand every perfon Instructing or Teach-dinary of the Diocefs, by every other pering any Youth in any boufe or private Fa-fon hereby injoyned to fubfcribe the fam?, mily as a Tutor, or School-mafter, who upon pain that all and every of the perupon the First day of May, which shall fons aforefaid failing in fuch fubfcriptibe in the year of our Lord God, One thou-on, fhall lofe and forfeit fuch refpective fand fix hundred fixty two, or at any time Deanry, Canonry, Prebend, Mastership, thereafter fhall be Incumbent, or have Headship, Fellowship, Profeffors place, poffefsion of any Deanry, Canonry, Pre-Readers place, Parfonage, Vicarage, Ecbend, Masterfhip, Headship, Fellowship, clefiaftical Dignity, or Promotion, CuFrofeffors place, or Readers place, Par-rates Place, Lecture, and School, and fonage, Vicarage, or any other Ecclefiatical Dignity or Promotion,or of any Curates place, Lecture,or School, or fhall instruct or teach any Youth as Tutor, or Schoolmaster, fhall before the Feaft-day of Saint Bartholomew, which fhall be in the year of our Lord,one thousand fix bundred fixty two,or at or before his, or their
fhall be utterly difabled, and ipfo facto deprived of the fame; and that every fuch refpective Deanry, Canonry, Prebend, Maftership, Headship, Fellowship, Profeffors place, Readers place, Parfonage, Vicarage, Ecclefiaftical Dignity or Promotion, Curates place, Lecture, and School fhall be void, as if fuch per
fon fo failing were naturally dead.
And if any Schoolmaster or other perfon inftructing or teaching Youth in any private Houfe or Family, as a Tutor or Schoolmaster, shall instruct or teach any Youth as a Tutor or Schoolmaster, before Licenfe obtained from his refpective Archbishop, Bishop, or Ordinary of the Diocefs, according to the Laws and Statutes of this Realm (for whirl; be shall pay Twelve pence only) and before fuch Subfcription and acknowledgment made as aforefaid; Then every fuch Shoolmaster and other, inftructing and teaching as a forefaid, fhall for the first offence fuffer three months imprisonment without Bail or Mainprize, and for every fecond and other fuck offence fhall fuffer three months imprisonment without Bail or Mainprize, and alfo forfeit to his Majesty the fum of five pounds.
And I do declare, that I do hold there
lies no Obligation upon me,or on any other perfon from the Oath, commonly called the Solemn League and Covenant,to endeavour any change, or alteratim of Government either in Church or State, And that the fame was in it felf an unlawful oath, and imposed upon the Subjects of this Realm again the known Laws and Liberties of this Kingdom; ·So as none of the perfons aforefaid fall from thenceforth be at all obliged to fubfcribe or read that part of the said Declaration, or Acknowledgment..
Tweed; but shall be utterly difabled, and ipfo facto deprived of the fame; and all bis Ecclefiaftical Promotions fhall be void, as if he were naturally dead.
Provided always, And be it Enacted, That from and after the Feast of Saint: Barthlomew,which shall be in the year of our Lord, One thousand fix hundred fixty and two, no perfon, who now is Incumbent, and in poffefsion of any Parfonage, Vicarage, or Benefice, and whe And after fuch fubfcription made, e- is not already in holy Orders by Epifcopal very fuch Parfon, Vicar, Curate, and Ordination, or fhall not before the faid Lecturer, Jhall procure a Certificate un- Feast-day of Saint Bartholomew be Or der the hand and feal of the refpective dained Priest, or Deacon, according to Archbishop, Bishop, or Ordinary of the the form of Epifcopal Ordination, fhall Diocefs (who are hereby enjoyned and have,bold, or enjoy the faid Parfonage, Vi-required upon demand to make and deli- carage, Benefice with Cure, or other Ec-ver the fame) and shall publickly and o-clefiaftical Promotion within this Kingpenly read the fame, together with the dom of England, or the Dominion of Declaration, or Acknowledgment afore-Wales, or Town of Berwick upon Said, upon fome Lords day within three months then next following, in his Parifb-Church where be is to officiate, in the prefence of the Congregation there affembled, in the time of Divine Service; up- And be it further Enacted by the on pain that every person failing there- Authority aforefaid, That no perfon in, ball lofe fuch Parfonage, Vicarage, whatfoever shall thenceforth be capable to or Benefice, Curates place, or Lecturers be admitted to any Parfonage, Vicarage, place, refpectively, and shall be utterly Benefice, or other Ecclefiaftical Promoti difabled and ipfo facto deprived of the on or Dignity whatsoever, nor shall prefame; And that the faid Parfonage, Vi-fume to confecrate and adminifter the carage, or Benefice, Curates place,or Le- boly Sacrament of the Lords Supper, Eturers place shall be void, as if he were before fuch time as he shall be Ordainnaturally dead. ed Priest according to the form,and manProvided always, That from and af-ner in, and by the faid Book preferibed, ter the Twenty fifth day of March,which fhall be in the year of our Lord God,One thousand fix hundred eighty two, there Shall be omitted in the faid Declaration, or Acknowledgment fo to be fubfcribed and read, these words following, Scilicet..
unless he bave formerly been made Priest by Epifcopal Ordination, upon pain to forfeit for every offence the fum of One hundred pounds; (one moiety thereof to the Kings Majesty,ti enther moiety thereof to be equally divided between the Poon of the Parish where the offence fhall be