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for the King, as suprenie Go- ordinance of man for the Lord's vernor of this Church.
fake: whether it be to the King, LESSED Lord, who halt call. as supreme; or unto governors,
to the as unto them, that are sent by defence of thy faith, and hast him for the punilnment of evil inade it their duty to promote the doers, and for the praise of them piritual welfare, together with that do well. For so is the will the temporal interest, of their of God, that withi well-doing ye people; We acknowledge with may put to silence the ignorance mumble and thankful hearts thy of foolith men : as free, and not great goodness to us, in setting uting your liberty for a cloke of thy Servant, our most gracious maliciousness, but as the serrants King, over this Church and of God. Honour all men. Love Nation : Give him, we beseech the brotherhood. Fear God. thee, all those heavenly graces, Honour the king. that are requisite for fo ligh a The Gospel. Matt. xxii. 16. God, prosper in his hand; Let his their disciples with the Heeyes behold the success of his rodians, saying, Malter, we know designs for the service of thy that thou art true, and teachert true Religion established amongit the way of God in truth, neither us; and make him a blefied in- carest thou for any man; for trument of protecting and ad- thou regardest not the person of vancing thy truth, wherever men. 'Tell as therefore, What it is persecured and oppressed; thinkeit thou? Is it lawful to Let hypocrisy and profaneness, give tribute unto l'efar, or not? superstition and idolatry fly be- But Jerus perceived their wickore his face; Let not herefies edness, and said, Why tenipt ye ind falle doctrines difiurb the ne, ye hypocrites? thew me the peace of the Church, nor schisms tribute money. And they brought and causeless divisions weaken unto him a penny. And he faith It; But grant us to be of one unto them, Whofe is ttris image heart and one mind in serving and luperscription? They say thee, our God, and obeying him unto him, Cesar's. Then' faith according to thy will. And that he unto them, Render therefore these blessings may be continued unto Cefar the things which are to after ages, let there never be Cefar's; and unto God the things one wanting in his house to that are God's. When they had incceed him in the government heard these words, they marof this United Kingdom, that our velled, and left him, and went posteriry may fee his children's their way. children, and peace upon ael. After the Nicene Creed Jhall follow So we that are thy people, and
the Sermon. fheep oi thy pailure, thall give lu the offertory shall this Sentence thee thanks for ever, and will
your ration. Amen.
good works, and glorify your The Epijtle. 1 Pet. ii. 11. Father which is in heaven.
EARLY beloved, I beteech Matth. v. 16. grims, abstain from felhly lufts, State of Christ's Church, &c.] which war against the soul; hav- these Collects following shall be ing your convertation honest
ufëd. among the Gentiles: that, where
A Prayer for Unity. as they speak against you as evila Lord Jesus Christ, our only
GOD, the doers, they may by your good works, which they ihall behold, Saviour, the Prince of peace; Give glorify God in the day of visita. us grace seriously to lay to heart tion. "Submit yourselves to every the great dangers we are in by
(For the whole
eur'unhappy divisions. Take inwardly in our hearts, away all hatred and prejudice, they may bring forth in and whatsoever elfe may hinder the fruit of good living, to us from gudly union and con- honour and praise of thy Nart cord; that as there is but one through Jelus Christ our Loi body, and one Spirit, and me Amen. hope of our calling; , one faith, one baptiím, one God, Aminco ali visom,
LMIGHTY God, the fou and Father of us all; fo we knoweft our neceflities before may henceforth be all of one alk, and our ignorance in atkin heart and of one foul, united in We befeech thee to have cor one holy bond of truth and paffion upon our infirmities; at peace, of faith and charity; and those things, which for our o may with one mind and one
worthiness we dare not, and mouth glorify thee, through
our blindness we cannot ad Jefus Christ our Lord. Annen.
vouch safe to give us, for the GRANT; O Lord, we befeech worthiness of thy Son Jesus Chris
that the of this Lord. .
be fo ed by thy governance, that thy T papirerendet indertanding
HE of God, whid Church may joyfully ferve thee keep your hearts and minds is in all godly quietness, through the knowledge and love of God Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
and of his Son Jefus Chrift ou
y Almighty God, that the Almighty, the Father, the Son words, which we liave heard this and the Holy Ghost, be among day with our outward ears, may you, and remain with you always through thy grace be so grafied Amin,
OUR Vill and Pleasure is, That these Four Forms of Praxer and Service, mail
for the Fifth or Notuimber, the Thirtieth of January, the Twenty-ninth Me ani the Tuinty fifth of Ociober, we forthruith printet, ani published, ani annexra. to the Book of Conimoni Prayer, and Liturgy of the Church of Englanl; to be us! Yearly on the said Diis, in all Cathedral and Collegiate Churches and Chapels, in all Chipels of c lleges and Hals within 5th our tiniversities, and of Our Colleges Of Euon ani Winchester, and in all Parish Churches an! Chapels within that part of Our X inglon: of Great Britain calles Engbart, the Domin on of Wales, an. Tous of Derwick-upon-Twert.
Gition at Our Court at St. James's, the Suprenth Day of
B) His Majesty's Command,
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 the avoiding of Diversities of Opinions, and for the stablishing of Consent touching true Religion: Reprinted by his Majesty's Commandment, with bis Royal Declaration prefixed thereunto.
His MAJESTY'S DECLARATION,
EING by God's ordinance, according to our just
of the Church, within these our dominions, We hold it s most agreeable to this our Kingly office, and our own religious zeal to conserve and maintain the Church committed to our charge, in unity of true religion, and in the bond of peace; and not to suffer unnecessary disputations, altercations, or questions to be raised, which "may nourish faction both in the Church and Commox'wealth. We have therefore, upon mature deliberation, and with the advice of so many of our 'Bishops as might conveniently be called together, thought fit to make this Declaration follouring :
That the Articles of the Church of England, (which have been allowed and authorised heretofore, and which our clergy generally have subscribed unto), do contain the true doctrine of the Church of England, agreeable to
God's word; which We do therefore ratify and confirm, i-requiring all our loving Subjects to continue in the uni
form profession thereof, and prohibiting the least dif. ference from the said 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 Engand : and that if any difference arise about the external policy, concerning the Injunctions, Canons, and othet
W. Heney, Printer, Aldersgate-Street, London,
Constitutions whatsoever thereto belonging, the Clergy i their Convocation is to order and settle them, having firs obtained leave under our broad seal so to do; and I? approving their said Ordinances and Constitutions ; pro viding that none be made contrary to the laws and cus toms of the land.
That out of our Princely care, that the Churchmen mo do the work which is proper unto them, the Bishops an Clergy, from time to time in Convocation, upon their humble desire, shall have licence under our broad sealt deliberate of, and to do all such things, as being made plain by them, and assented unto by Us, shall concern th: settled continuance of the doctrine and discipline of the Church of England, now established, from which w will not endure any varying, or departing in the leas degree.
That for the present, though some differences har been ill raised, yet We take comfort in this, that all Clergymen within our realm have always most willing! subscribed to the Articles established; whick is an argu ment to us, that they all agree in the true, usual, literal meaning of the said Articles ; and that even in thos curious points, in which the present differences lie, merit! of all sorts take the Articles of the Church of Englans to be for them ; which is an argument again, that non. of them intend any desertion of the Articles established.
That therefore in these both curious and unhappy dish ferences, which have for so many hundred years, in dif ferent times and places, fzercised the church of Christ We will, that all further curious search be laid aside and these disputes shut up in God's promises, as they generally set forth. to us in the Holy Scriptures, and the general meaning of the Articles of the Church of Eng land, according to them. And that no mar hereafter shall either print, or preach, to draw the Article aside ang way, but shall submit to it in the plain and full meaning thereof; and shall not put his own sense or commen! to be the meaning of the Article, but shall take it in the literal and grammatical sense.
T'hat if any public Reader in either of our Universities.
respectively in either of them, shall affix any new sense to any Article, or shall publicly read, determine, or hold any public disputation, or suffer any such to be held either way, in either the Universities or Colleges respectively; or if any Divine in the Universities shall preach or print any thing either wry, other than is already established in Convocation with our Royal assent; he or they the offenders shall be liable to our displeasure, and the Church's censure in our commission ecclesiastical; as well as any other : and we will see there shall be die execution upon them.
ARTICLES of RELIGION.
Article I. Of Faith in the Iloly Trinity. THERE is but one living and true God, everlasting, with
out body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom,
troin everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance: so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the God. heard and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, neser to be divided, whereof is one Clirist, very God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of
III. Of the going down of Christ into Hell.
IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
his body, with fesli, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of mau's nature: wherewith he ascended into heaven, and there sitteini, until he return to judge all mea at the last day.