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A Form of Prayer for the Twenty-fifth of October. his Reign; but that, being safely kept thy praise from generation to generaunder the shadow of thy wing, and tion. Amen. supported by thy power, he inay tri The Epistle. 1 St. Peter ii. 11. umph over all opposition; that so the EARLY beloved, I beseech you world may acknowledge thee to be his
as strangers and pilgrims, abdefender and mighty deliverer in all stain from fleshly lusts, which war adifficulties and adversities; through gainst the soul; having your conversaJesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
tion honest among the Gentiles: that, Then the Prayer for the High Court of whereas they speak against you as Parliament (if sitting.)
evil-doers, they may, by your good In the Communion Service, immediately works which they shall behold, glorify before the rcading of the Epistle, instead of God in the day of visitation. Submit Day, shall be used this Prayer for the yourselves to every ordinance of man King, as supreme Governour of this for the Lord's sake; whether it be to Church.
the King, as supreme; or unto goverChristian Princes to the defence lim for the punishment of evil-doers, of thy Faith, and hast made it their and for the praise of them that do duty to promote the spiritual welfare, well. For so is the will of God, that together with the temporal interest of with well-doing ye may put to silence their people; We acknowledge with the ignorance of foolish men: as free, humble and thankful hearts thy great and not using your liberty for a cloke goodness to us, in setting thy Servant of maliciousness, but as the servants of our most gracious King over this God. Honour all men. Love the broChurch and Nation; Give him, we be therhood. Fear God. Honour the King. seech thee, all those heavenly graces The Gospel. St. Matth. xxii. 16. that are requisite for so high a trust; Let the work of thee his God prosper
disciples, with the Herodians, in his hands; Let his eyes behold the saying, Master, we know that thou art success of his designs for the service of true, and teachest the way of God in thy true Religion established amongst truth, neither carest thou for any man: us ; And make him a blessed instru- for thou regardest not the person of ment of protecting and advancing thy men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest Truth, wherever it is persecuted and thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto oppressed; Let Hypocrisy and Pro-Cæsar, or not? Bat Jesus perceived faneness, Superstition and Idolatry, fly their wickedness, and said, Why tempt before bis face; Let not Heresies and ye me, ye hypocrites ? shew me the false Doctrines disturb the peace of iribute-money. And they brought the Church, nor Schisins and causeless
unto him a peny. And he saith unto Divisions weaken it; But grant us to them, Whose is this image and superbe of one heart and one mind in sery.
scription? They say unto him, Cæsar's. ing thee our God, and obeying him Then saith he unto them, Render according to thy will: And that these therefore unto Cæsar the things which blessings may be continued to after
are Cæsar's; and unto God the things ages, let there never be one wanting that are God's. When they had heard in his house to succeed him in the go- these words, they marvelled, and left vernment of this United Kingdom, that him, and went their way. our posterity may see his children's
q After the Nicene Creed shall follow the children, and peace upon Israel. So
Sermon. we that are thy people, and sheep of « In the Offertory shall this Sentence be read: thy pasture, shall give thee thanks for
LET your light so shine before ever, and will always be shewing forth men, that they may see your
A Form of Prayer for the Twenty-fifth of October. good works, and glorify your Father ness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. which is in heaven. St. Matth. v. 16. Amen. « After the Prayer (For the whole State of
G. Christ's Church &c.) these Collects follow
RANT, ne beseech thee, Al
mighty God, that the words, , ing shall be used.
which we have heard this day with our A Prayer for Unity. outward ears, may through thy grace God the Father of our Lord Je- be so gratied inwardly in our hearts,
sus Christ, our only Saviour, the that they inay bring forth in us the Prince of Peace; Give us grace seri- fruit of good living, to the honour and ously to lay to heart the great dangers praise of thy Naine; through Jesus We are in by our unhappy divisions. Christ our Lord. Amen. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us
LMIGHTY God, the fountain
of all wisdom, who knowest our from godly Union and Concord : that, necessities before we ask, and our as there is but one Body, and one Spi- ignorance in asking; We beseech thee rit, and one Hope of our Calling, one
to liave compassiou upon our infirmiLord, one Faith, one Baptisin, one ties; and those things, which for our God and Father of us all, so we may unworthiness we dare not, and for our henceforth be all of one heart, and of blindness we cannot ask, vouclisafe to one soul, united in one holy bond of give us for the worthiness of thy Son 'Truth and Peace, of Faith and Charity, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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all Christ .
hearts and minds in the knowledge G of of
thee, that the course of this world Christ our Lord: And the blessing of may be so peaceably ordered by thy God Almighty, the Father, the Son, governance, that thy Church may joy- and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, fully serve thee in all godly quiet-1 and remain with you always. Amen.
“ GEORGE R. OVE
UR Will and Pleasure is, That these Four Forms of Prayer and Ser
vice, made for the Fifth of November, the Thirtieth of January, the Twenty-ninth of May, and the Twenty-fifth of October, be forthwith printed “ and published, and annexed to the Book of Common Prayer and Liturgy of “ the Church of England; to be used yearly on the said Days, in all Cathedral " and Collegiate Churches and Chapels, in all Chapels of Colleges and Halls " within both Our Universities, and of Our Colleges of Eaton and Winchester, " and in all Parish-Churches and Chapels within that part of Our Kingdom of " Great Britain called England, the Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed.
“ Giveu at Our Court at St. James's the seventh Day of
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 establishing of Consent touching true Religion: Reprinted by His Majesty's Commandment, with his Royal Declaration prefixed thereunto.
HIS MAJESTY'S DECLARATION. BEING by God's Ordinance, according to Our just Title, Defender of the
Faith, and Supreme Governour of the Church, within these Our Dominions, We hold it 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 Commonwealth. 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 following:
That the Articles of the Church of England (which have been allowed and arithorized 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, requiring all Our loving Subjects to continue in the uniform Profession thereof, and prohibiting the least difference 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 Governour of the Church of England: And that if any difference arise about the external Policy, concerning the Injunctions, Canons, and other Constitutions whatsoever thereto belonging, the Clergy in their Convocation is to order and settle them, having first obtained leave under Our Broad Seal so to do: and We approving their said Ordinances and Constituitions; providing that none be made contrary to the Laws and Customs 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 humble Desire, shall have Licence under Our Broad Seal to deliberate of, and to do all such Things, as being made plain by them, and assented unto by Us, shall concern the settled Continuance of the Doctrine and Disci. pline of the Church of England now established; from which We will not endure any varying or departing in the least Degree.
That for the present, though some differences have been ill raised, yet We take comfort in this, that all Clergymen within Our Realm have always most willingly subscribed to the Articles established; which is an argument to Us,
that they all agree in the true, usual, literal meaning of the said Articles ; and that even in those curious points, in which the present 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 desertion of the Articles established.
That therefore in these both curious and unhappy differences, which have for so many hundred years, in different times and places, exercised 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 be generally set 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 shalt either print, or preach, to draw the Article aside any way, but shall submit to it in the plain and full meaning thereof: and shall not put his own sense or comment to be the meaning of the Article, but shall take it in the literal and grammatical
That if any publick Reader in either of Our Universities, or any Head or Master of a College, or any other person respectively in either of them, shall affix any new sense to any Article, or shall publickly read, determine, or hold any publick 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 way, 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 due Execution
L Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
V. Of the Holy Ghost. WHERE is but one living and true
HE Holy Ghost, proceeding God, everlasting, without body,
from the Father and the Son, parts, or passions ; of infinite power, is of one substance, majesty, and wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, glory, with the Father and the Son, and Preserver of all things both visible very and eternal God. and invisible. And in unity of this VI. Of the Sufficiency of the holy Godhead there be three Persons, of Scriptures for salvation. one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy
TOLY Scripture containeth all HOLS
things necessary to salvation : Ghost.
so that whatsoever is not read therein, II. Of the Word or Son of God, which
nor may be proved thereby, is not to was made very Man.
be required of any man, that it should
be believed as an article of the Faithi, HE Son, which is the Word of or be thought requisite or necessary The Father, begotten from ever
to salvation. In the name of the holy lasting of the Father, the very and Scripture we do understand those eternal God, and of one substance Canonical Books of the Old and New with the Father, took Man's nature in Testament, of whose authority was the womb of the blessed Virgin, of
never any doubt in the Church. her substance: so that two whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the
of the Names and Number of the
Canonical Books. Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be GENESIS
, divided, whereof is one Christ, very
Leviticus, God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead and buried,
Numbers, to reconcile his Father to us, and to
Deuteronomy, be a sacrifice, not only for original
Joshua, guilt, but also for actual sins of
The First Book of Samuel, III. Of the going down of Christ The Second Book of Samuel, into Hell,
The First Book of Kings,
The Second Book of Kings, AS
buried, so also is it to be be The First Book of Chronicles, lieved, that he went down into Hell. The Second Book of Chronicles,
The First Book of Esdras, IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
The Second Book of Esdras, C YHRIST did truly rise again from The Book of Esther,
death, and took again his body, The Book of Job, with flesh, bones, and all things ap
The Psalms, pertaining to the perfection of Man's The Proverbs, nature; wherewith he ascended into Ecclesiastes, or Preacher, Heaven, and there sitteth, until he Cantica, or Songs of Solomon, return to judge all Men at the last Four Prophets the greater, day.
Twelve Prophets the less.