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committed, and fuch perfon or perfons as fhall fue for the fame by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint, or Information in any of His Majefties Courts of Record, wherein no Effoign, Protection,or Wager of Law fhall be allowed) And to be difabled from taking, or being admitted into the Order of Priest, by the space of one whole year next following.
Colledge, or Hall, and in the prefence of the Fellows, and Scholars of the fame, or the greater part of them then refident,fubfcribe unto the Nine and thirty Articles of Religion, mentioned in the Statute made in the thirteenth year of the Reign of the late Queen Elizabeth, and unto the faid Book,and declare his unfeigned affent and confent unto, and approbation of the Provided that the Penalties in this faid Articles, and of the fame Book,and At fhall not extend to the Forreigners or to the use of all the Prayers, Rites and CeAliens of the Forreign Reformed Chur-remonies, Forms and Orders in the faid ches, allowed, or to be allowed by the Kings Majesty, His Heirs and Succeffors, in England.
Provided always, That no Title to confer, or prefent by lapfe, fhall accrue by any avoidance, or deprivation ipfo facto by vertue of this Statute, but after fix months after notice of fuck voidance, or deprivation, given by the Ordinary to the Patron, or fuch Sentence of deprivation openly and publickly read in the Parish Church of the Benefice,Parfonage, or Vicarage, becoming void, or where of the Incumbent shall be deprived by vertue of this Act.
Book prefcribed and contained, according to the Form aforesaid; And that all fuch Governours, or Heads of the faid Colled ges and Halls, or any of them, as are, of shall be in holy Orders, fhall once at least in every quarter of the year (not having a lawful impediment) openly and publickly read the Morning Prayer, and Service in and by the faid Book appointed to be read in the Church, Chappel, or other publick place of the fame Colledge or Hall, upon pain to lofe, and be fufpended of,and from all the Benefits and Profits belonging to the fame Government or Headship, by the Space of fix months,by the Visitor or Visitors of the fame Colledge or Hall. And if any Governour or Head of any Colledge or Hall, fufpended for noi fubfcribing unte the faid Articles and Book, or for not reading of the Morning Prayer and Ser vice as aforefaid, shall not at or before the end of fix months next after fuch fufpenfion, fubfcribe unto the faid Articles and Book, and declare his confent thereunto as aforesaid, or Read the Mor ning Prayer and Service as aforesaid then fuch Government or Headship fhall be ipfo facto void.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That no Form, or Or der of Common Prayers, Adminiftra tim of Sacraments, Rites or Ceremonies shall be openly used in any Church, Chap pel, or other publick Place of or in any Colledge, or Hall in either of the Univer fities, the Colledges of Westminster, Winchelter, or Eaton, or any of them, other then what is prefcribed and appoint ed to be used in and by the faid Book And that the prefent Governour, or Head of every Colledge and Hall in the faid Univerfities, and of the faid Col. Provided always, That it shall and may Ledges of Weltminster, Winchester,and be lawful to use the Morning and Even Eaton, within one month after the Feasting Prayer,and all other Prayers and Ser of faint Bartholomew, which shall be in the year of our Lord, One thousand fix bundred fixty and two; And every Governour or Head of any of the faid Colledges, er Halls, hereafter to be elected or appointed, within one month next after his ELection or Collation, and Admission nto the fame Government or Headship, Shall openly and. publickly in the Church, Cappel, or other publick place of the fame
vice prefcribed in and by the faid Book, in the Chappels, or other publick places of the refpective Colledges and Halls, in boil the Univerfities, in the Colledges of Weftminfter, Winchefter, and Eaton, and in the Convocations of the Clergies of either Province, in Latine; Any thing in this Alt contained to the contrary notwithstanding.
And be it further Enacted by the Au
Provided always, that if the faid Sermon or Lecture be to be preached or Read in any Cathedral or Collegiate Church or Chappel, it shall be fufficient for the faid Lecturer openly at the time aforesaid, to declare kis affent and confent to all things contained in the faid Book, according to the form aforefaid.
thority aforesaid,That no person shall be, ored and prescribed, according to the form be received as a Lecturer, or permitted,fuf- aforesaid; And that all and every fuch fered on allowed to Preach as a Lecturer, perfon and perfons who shall neglect or or to Preach, or Read any Sermon or Le- refufe to do the fame, Shaw from thenceture in any Church, Chappel,or other place forth be difabled to Preach the faid, or aof Publick worship, within this Realm of ny other Lecture or Semon in the faid, England, or the Dominion of Wales, or any other Church Chappel or place of Town of Berwick upon Tweed, unless Publick worship, until such time as he he be first approved, and thereunto Licen- they shall openly, publickly, and folemn fed by the Archbishop of the Province, or by Read the Common Prayers and Service Bishop of the Diocess,or (in cafe the See appointed by the faid. Book, and conform be void) by the Guardian of the Spiritu- in all points to the things therein appointed alties, under his Seal, and shall in the and preferibed, according to the purports prefence of the fame Archbishop, or Bi- true intent and meaning of this Act. hop, r Guardian, Read the Nine and Thirty Articles of Religion, mentioned in the Statute of the Thirteenth year of the late Queen Elizabeth, with Declaration of bis unfeigned affent to the fame; And, That every perfon and persons who now is, or hereafter fhall be Licenfed, Assigned, Appointed, or Received as a Lecturer, to Preach upon any day of the week in any And be it further Enacted by the Church, Chappel, or place of Publick wor- Authority aforesaid, That if any person Ship within this Realm of England, or pla- who is by this Act difabled to preach any ces aforefaid, the first time he preacheth Lecture or Sermon, hail during the time (before his Sermon) shall openly, publick- that he hall continue and remain fo dif ly, and folemnly Read the Common Pray-alled, Preach any Sermon or Lecture ers and Service in and by the faid Book That then for every fuch offence the perappointed to be Read for that time of the Son and perfons fo offending shall fuffer day, and then and there publickly and v-three moneths Imprisonment in the Compenly declare his affent unto, and approba-mon Goal without Bail or Mainprize, and tion of the faid Books and to the use of all that any two fuftices of the Peace of any the Prayers, Rites and Ceremonies, Forms County of this Kingdom and places aand Orders therein contained and prefcri- forefaid, and the Mayor or other chief Mabed, according to the Form before appoin-giftrate of any City, or Town Corporate ted in this Act; And also fhall upon the within the fame,upon Certificate from the first Lecture-day of every month after- Ordinary of the place made to him or them wards, fo long as he continues Lecturer, of the offence committed, fall and are or preacher there, at the place appointed hereby required to commit the perfon or for his faid Lecture or Sermon, before bis perfons fo offending to the Goal of the Jaid Lecture or Sermon,openly, publickly, County, City or Town Corporate accordand folemnly Read the Common prayers, ingly.. and Service in and by the faid Book appointed to be Read for that time of the day at which the faid Lecture or Sermon is to be preached, and after fuck Reading thereof fhall openly and publickly, before the Congregation there affembled, declare his unfeigned affent and confent unto,and approbation of the said Book, and to the ufe of all the Prayers, Rites and Cereanonies, Forms and Orders therein contain
Provided always, and be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That at all and every time and times, when any Sermon or Lecture is to be Preached, the Common Prayers and Service in and by the faid Book appointed to be read for that time of the day, fhall be openly, publickly, and folemnly Read by fome Priest, or Deacon, in the Church, Chappel, or place of Publick worship, where the faid
Provided nevertheless, That this Act Shall not extend to the University Churches in the Universities of this Realm, or either of them, when, or at fuch times as any Sermon or Lecture is Preached or Read in the fame Churches or any of them, for or as the publick University Seronor Lecture; but that the fame Sermons and Lectures may be Preached or Read in fuch fort and manner as the fame have been heretofore Preached or Read; Tois Act,or any thing berein contained to the contrary thereof in any wife notwithAanding.
Sermon or Lecture is to be Preached, be-ine Authority aforesaid,That a true Prinfore fuch Sermon or Lecture be preach- ted Copy of the faid Book, Entituled, ed: and that the Lecturer then to Preach The Book of Common-Prayer,and AdThall be prefent at the Reading thereof. minittration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the ufe 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 Bifhops, Priefts, and Deacons, fhall at the coft and charges of the Parishioners of every Parish-Church, and Chappelry, Cathedral Church, Colledge, and Hall, be attained and gotten before the Feast day of S. Bartholome, in the year of our Lord, One thousand fix hundred sixty and two, upon pain of forfeiture of Three pounds by the moneth, for fo long time as they shall then after be unprovided thereof, by every Parish,or Chappelry, Cathedral Church Colledge, and Hall,making default therein
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That the feveral good Laws, and Statutes of this Realm,which kave been formerly made, and are now in force for the Uniformity of Prayer and Adminiftration of the Sacraments, with- Provided always, and be it Enacted by in this Realm of England, and places the Authority aforesaid, That the Bishops aforefaid, fhall stand in full force and of Hereford, S.Davids, Afaph, BanStrength to all intents and purposes gor, and Landaff, and their Succeffors, whatsoever, for the establishing and con- fhall take fuck order among themselves, firming of the faid Book, Entituled, The for the fouls health of the Flocks commitBook of Common- Prayer, and Admited to their charge within Wales, That niftration of the Sacraments, and other the Book hereunto annexed be truly and Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, exactly Tranflated into the Brittish or according to the ufe of the Church of Welsh Tongue; and that the fame fo England; together with the Pfalter or Tranflated, and being by them, or any Pfalms of David, Pointed as they are three of them at the leaft,viewed,perufed, to be fung or faid in Churches; and and allowed, be imprinted to fuch number the Form and Manner of Making, Or- at least, fo that one of the faid Books, fo daining, and Confecrating of Bishops, Tranflated and Imprinted, may be had Priefts, and Deacons, herein before men- for every Cathedral, Collegiate, and Patimed, to be joyned and annexed to this rifh-Church, and Chappel of Eafe in Act and fhall be applied, practifed, the faid refpective Dioceffes, and places and put in ure for the punishing of all of- in Wales, where the Welth is commonly fences contrary to the faid Laws, with re- Spoken or used, before the first day of bution to the Book aforefaid, and no other. May, Che thousand fix bundred fixty Provided always, and be it further E-five; and,that from and after the Imprintnacted by the Authority aforefaid, That in ing and publishing of the faid Book fo all thofe Prayers, Litanies and Collects, Tranflated, the whole Divine Service hall which do any way relate to the King, be used and said by the Ministers and CuQueen or Royal Progeny, the names be al- rates, throughout all Wales, within the tered and changed from time to time, and said Dioc fes where the Welsh Tongue is fitted to the prefent occafion, according to commonly afed, in the Brittilh or Welh the direction of Lawful Authority. Tongue, in fuch manner and Form as is prescribed according to the Book hereunto
Provided alfo, and be it Enacted by
annexed to be usea in the English Tongue, thewed forth in any court of Recordas often differing nothing in any Order or Form as they shall be thereunto lawfully requi
from the faid English Book: for which red: And also there fhall be delivered Book, fo Tranflated and Imprinted, the true and perfect Copies of this Act, and Church-wardens of every the faid Pa- of the fame Book,into the respective Courts rifes, fhall pay out of the Parish-money at Weltminster, and into the Tower of in their hands, for the ufe of the refpe- London, to be kept and preserved for ever =&tive Churches, and be allowed the fame among the Records of the faid Courts, and on their Accompt; and, That the faid Bi- the Records of the Tower, to be alfo produShops, and their Succeffors, or any three of sed and fhewed forth in any Court, as need them at the leaft, fall fet and appoint the fhall require; which faid Books fe to be exPrice for which the faid Book fhall be emplified under the great Seal of Eng=fold; And one other Book of Common land, fhall be examined by fuck perfons as Prayer in the English Tongue shall be the Kings Majefty fhall appoint under the bought and bad in every Church through- great Seal of England for that purpose, out Wales, in which the Book of Common and fhall be compared with the Original Prayer in Wellh is to be had, by force of Book hereunto annexed, and fhall have this Act, before the first day of May, power to correct and amend in writing any One thousand fix hundred fixty and four, Error committed by the Printer in the and the fame Book to remain in fuch con- Printing of the fame Book, or of any thing venient places, within the faid Churches, therein contained, and fhall certifie in writthat fuch as understand them may refort ing under their Hands and Seals, or the at all convenient times to read and per- Hands and Seals of any three of them, at ufe the fame and alfo fuch as do not un-the end of the fame Book, that they have derstand the faid Language, may by con- examined and compared the fame Book, and ferring both Tongues together, the fooner find it to be a true and perfect Copy; which attain to the knowledge of the English faid Books and every one of them fo exemTongue; Any thing in this Act to the con- plified under the great Seal of England, as trary notwithstanding: And untill Print- aforefaid,fhall be deemed.taken, adjudged ed Copies of the faid Book fo to be tranflated and expounded to be good, and available in may be had and provided, the Form of the Law to all intents and purposes whatCommon Prayer established by Parliament foever, and shall be accounted as good Rebefore the making of this Act, shall be used cords as this Book it felf hereunto annexed; as formerly in fuch parts of Wales, where Any Law or Cuftom to the contrary in any the English Tongue is not commonly un- wife notwithstanding. derstood.
Provided alfo, That this All or any thing And to the end that the true and perfect therein contained fhall not be prejudicial Copies of this Act, and the faid Book here- or burtful unto the Kings Profeffour of the unto annexed,may be fafely kept,and per- Law within the University of Oxford, for, petually preferved,&for the avoiding of all or concerning the Prebend of Shipton, difputes for the time to come; Be it therefore within the Cathedral Church of Sarum, u Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That nited and annexed unto the place of the the refpective Deans and Chapters of every fame Kings Profeffour for the time being, Cathedral,or Collegiate Church,within En-by the late King James of bleffed memory. gland, Wales. fhall at their proper cofts and charges, before the twenty fifth day of December, One thousand fix hundred fixty and two, obtain under the great Seal of England a true and perfect Copy of this All, and of the faid Book annexed hereunto,to be by the faid Deans and Chapters, and their Succeffors,kept and preferved in fafety for ever,and to be also produced,and
Provided always, that whereas the Six and thirtieth Article of the Nine and thirty Articles agreed upon by the Archbishops, and Bishops of both Provinces, and the whole Clergy in the Convocation bolden at London, in the year of our Lord,One thou fand five hundred fixty two, for the avoiding of diverfities of Opinions, and for establishing of confent touching true Re
Lord God One thousand fix hundred fixt
ligion, is in these words following, viz.
I Church of England, even fofe the firft compiling of Her Publick Liturgy, to keep the Mean between the two Extreams, of too much stiffness in refufing, and of too much eafinefs in admitting any variation from it. For, as on the
T been Wisdom
tain all things feceflary to fuch confecration and Ordaining, neither hath it any thing that of it felf is fuperftitious, and ungodly; And therefore whofoever are Confecrated or Ordered according to the Rites of that Book fince the fecond year of the aforenamed King Ed-one fide Common Experience theweth ward unto this time; or hereafter fhall be Confecrated or Ordered according to the fame Rites, We decree all fuch to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully Confecrated and Ordered.
that where a change hath been made of things advifedly eftablished (no evident neceffity fo requiring) fundry inconve niencies have thereupon enfued; and thofe many times more, and greater It be Enacted, and be it therefore. En- then the evils that were inteaded to be acted by the Authority aforesaid, That all remedied by fuch change: So on the fubfcriptions hereafter to be had or made other fide, the particular Forms of Diunto the faid Articles, by any Deacon, vine Worthip, and the Rites and CerePriestor Ecclefiaftical perfon,or other per- monies appointed to be used therein, fun what foever, who by this Act, or any o-being things in their own nature indifther Law now in force is required to fubfcribe unto the faid Articles, fhall be conftrued and taken to extend, and shall be applied (for and touching the faid Six and thirtieth Article) unto the Book containing the form and manner of Making, Ordaining, and Confecrating of Bishops, Priefts, and Deacons in this Act mentioned,in fuch fort and manner as the fame did heretofore extend unto the Book fet forth in the time of King Edward the Sixth,mentioned in the faid Six and thirtieth Article; Any thing in the faid Article, or in any Statute, A&t, or Canon heretofore bad or made to the contrary thereof, in any wife notwithstanding.
Provided alfo, That the Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of this Church of England, together with the form and manner of Ordaining, and Con fecrating Bishops, Priests and Deacons, heretofore in ufe,and respectively established by Act of Parliament in the Firt and Eighth years of Queen Elizabeth,fhall be fall used and obferved in the Church of England, until the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, which shall be in the year of our
ferent, and alterable, and fo acknowledged; it is but reasonable,that upon weighty and important confiderations, according to the various exigency of times and occafions, fuch changes and alterations hould be made therein, as to thofe that are in place of Authority fhould from time to time frem either neceffary or expedient. Accordingly we find, that in the Reigns of feveral Princes of bleffed memory fince the Reformation, the Church upon juft and weighty Confiderations Her thereunto moving, hath yielded to make fuch alterations in fore particulars,as in their refpective times were thought convenient: Yet fo, as that the main Body and Effentials of it (as well in the chief eft materials, as in the frame and order thereof) have ftill continued the fame unto this day, and do yet ftand firm and unhaken, notwithstanding all the vain attempts and impetuous affaults made again!t it, by fuch men as are given to change, and have always difcovered a greater regard to their own private fancies and interefts, then to that duty they owe to the Publick.