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unto them, Render therefore unto Cæfar the things which are Cæfars; and unto God the things which are Gocs. When they had heard thefe words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
After the Nicene Creed fhall follow the Sermon.
Et your light fo fhine before men, that they may fee your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. St. Matt. v. 16.
After the Prayer [For
the whole State of Chrifts Church, &c.] zefe Collects following fhall be used:
A Prayer for Unity.
God, the Eather of our Lord Jefus Chrift, our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace; Give us grace feriou ly to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divifions: Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatfoever elfe may hinder us from godly Union and Concord; That as there is but one Body, and one Spirit, and one Hope of our Calling; one Lord, one Faith, one Baptifm, one God and Father of us all; fo we may henceforth be all of one Heart, and of one Soul, united in one holy Bond of Truth and Peace, of Faith and Charity; and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee, through Jelas Christ our Lord. Amen.
RANT, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the courfe of this world may be fo peaceably ordered by thy Governance, that the Church may joyfully terve thee in all golly Quietnels, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen. RANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the words which we have heard this Day with our outward ears, may through thy grace be fo grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praife of thy name, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
Lmighty God, the Fountain of all wifdom, who knoweth our neceffities before we afk, and our ignorance in aliking, We befeech thee to have compaffion upon our
infirmities; and thofe things which for our unworthinefs we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us, for the worthiness of thy Son Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
HE peace of God which paffeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jefus Christ our Lord: and the bleffing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
GEORG E. R.
OUR Will and Pleafure is, That this Form of Prayer with Thankf giving for the Twenty fecond Day of June, be forthwith Printed and Published, and be used yearly on the faid Day (in ftead of being used on the Eleventh of June, as had been directed by Our Royal Sign Manuel, bearing Date the Fourteenth Day of May, in the First Year of Our Reign) in all Cathedral, and Collegiate Churches and Chapels, in all Chapels of Colleges and Halls, within both Our Univerfities, and of our Colleges of Eaton and Winchester, and in all Parish Churches and Chapels within Our Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed.
Given at Our Court at Kenfington, the Eighth Day of October
ARTICLES agreed upon by the ARCHBISHOPS and BISHOPS of both Provinces, and the whole Clergy, in the Convocation holden at London in the Year 1562. For avoiding of Diversities of Opinions and for the establishing of Confent touching true Religon. Reprinted by his Majefty's Commandment; with His Royal Declaration prefixed thereunto.
His Majesty's DECLARATION. EING by God's Ordinance, according to Our juft
the Church, within thefe our Dominions, We hold it most agreeable to this Our Kingly Office, and our own religious Zal, to conferve and maintain the Church committed to Our Charge, in the Unity of true Religion, and in the Bond of Peace; and not to fuffer unneceffary Difputations, Altercations, or Queltions to be raifed, which may nourish Faction both in the Church and Commonwealth. We have therefore, upon mature Deliberation, and with the Advice of fo many of Our Bishops as might conveniently be called together, thought fit to make this Declaration following:
That the Articles of the Church of England, which have been allowed and authorized heretofore, and which Our Clergy generally have fubfcribed unto, do contain the true Doctrine of the Church of England, agreeable to God's Word: Which We do therefore ratify and confirm, requiring all Our loving Subjects to continue in the uniform Profeffion thereof, and prohibiting the leaft Difference from the faid Articles; which to that End, We command to be new printed, and this Our Declaration to be published therewith.
That We are Supreme Governor of the Church of England: And that if any Difference arife about the external Policy, concerning Injunctions, Canons, and other Conftitutions whatsoever thereto belonging, the Clergy in their Convocation is to order and fettle them, having first obtained Leave under Our Broad Seal fo to do, and We approving their faid Ordinances and Conftitutions; providing, that none be made contrary to the Laws and Cuftoms of the Land.
That out of Our Princely Care, that the Churchmen may do the Work which is proper unto them, the Bishops and Clergy, from time to time, in Convocation, upon their bumble Defire, fhall bave Licence under Our Broad Seal to deliberate of and to do all fuch Things, as being made plain by them, and affented unto by Us, fhall concern the fettled Continuance of the Doctrine and Difcipline of the Church of England now establishe; from which We will sot endure any varying or departing in the leaft Degree.
That for the prefent, though fome Differences have been ill raifed, yet We take Comfort in this, that all Clergymen
within Our Realm have always most willingly fubfcribed to the Articles established, which is an Argument to Us, that they all agree in the true, ufual, literal Meaning of the faid Articles, and that even in thofe curious Points, in which the prefent Differences lie, Men of all Sorts take the Articles of the Church of England to be for them which is an Argument again, that none of them intend any Difertion of the Articles eftablifhed.
That therefore in thefe both curious and unhappy Differences, which have for fo many hundred Years, in different Times and Places, exercifed the Church of Christ, We will, that all further curious Search be laid afide, and thefe Difputes fhut up in God's Promifes, as they be generally ict forth to Us in the holy Scriptures, and the general Meaning of the Articles of the Church of England, according to them: And that no Man hereafter fhall either print or preach to draw the Article afide any way, but fall fubmit to it in the plain and full Meaning thereof; and fhall not put his own Senfe or Comment to be the Meaning of the Article, but fhall take it in the literal and grammatical Senfe.
That if any publick Reader in either of our Universities, or any Head or Mafter of a College, or any other Perfon refpectively in either of them, fhall affix any new Senfe to any Article, or fhall publickly read, determine, or hold any publick Difputation, or fuffer any fuch to be held either Way, in either the Univerfities or Colleges relpectively; or if any Divine in the Universities fhall preach or print any Thing either Way, other than is already established in Convocation with Our Royal Affent; he, or they the Offenders, fhall be liable to Our Difpleature, and the Churches Cenfure, in our Commiffion Ecclefiaftical, as well as any other: And we will fee there fhall be due Execution upon them.
ARTICLES of RELIGION.
1. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
Here is but One living and true God, everlasting, without Body, Parts, or Pailions; of infinite Power, Waldom and Goodness; the Maker, and Preferver of all
Things both visible and invisible. Godhead there be three Perfons of and Eternity; the Father, the Son,
And in Unity of this one Substance, Power, and the Holy Ghoft.
II. Of the Word or Son of God, which was made very man. HE Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten
TH from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal
God of one fubftance with the Father, took mans nature in the womb of the bleffed Virgin, of her fubftance: fo that two whole and perfect natures, that is to fay, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Perfon, never to be divided, whereof is one Chrift, very God, and very Man, who truly fuffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a facrifice, not only for original guilt, but alfo for actual fins of men.
III. Of the going down of Chrift into Hell.
S Chrift died for us, and was buried; fo also is it to be
A believed, that he went down into Hell:
IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
Hrift did truly rife again from Death, and took again his Body, with Flefh, Bones, and all Things appertaining to the Perfection of Man's Nature; wherewith he afcended into Heaven, and there fitteth until he return to judge all Men at the laft Day.
V. Of the Holy Ghoft.
HE Holy Ghoft, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one Substance, Majefty, and Glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.
VI. Of the fufficiency of the holy Scriptures for Salvation. Oly Scripture containeth all things neceffary to Salvation fo that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it fhould be believed as an Article of the Faith, or be thought requifite or neceffary to Salvation. In the name of the holy Scripture we do understand thofe Canonical