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sught thoroughly to be received and be- they make men meet to receive grace, or leved: for they may be proved by most (as the School-Authors say) deserve certain warrants of holy scripture. grace of congruity: yea rather, for that Art

. IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin. they are not done as God hath willed and Original sin standeth not in the fol- commanded them to be done, we doubs dowing of Adam (as the Pelagians do not but they have the nature of sin.

rainly talk ;) but it is the fault and cor- Art. XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. stand those Carni ruption of the nature of every man, that

Voluntary Works, besides over and de and New Testament de

of Adam, whereby man is very far gone they call Works of Supererogation, can from original righteousness, and is of his not be taught without arrogancy and own nature inclined to evil, so that the impiety. For by them men do declare, desh lusteth always contrary to the Spi- That they do not only render unto God rit; and therefore in every person born as much as they are bound to do, but into this world, it deserunth God's wrath that they do more for his sake than of end damnation. And this infection of bounden duty is required: Whereas Nature doth remain, yea, in them that Christ saitl: plainly, When ye have done

are regenerated; whereby the lust of the all that are commanded to you, say, Book of Chronicles, Telesh, called in Greek pegance agxos, We are unprofitable servants.

which some do expound the Wisdom, Art. XV. Of Christ alone without sin.

some Sens:lality, some the Affection, Christ in the truth of our nature, was de The Psalms, The Promises come the desire of the Flesh, is not sub-made like unto us in all things, sin only

ject to the Law o God. And although except, from which he was clearly void,

relieve and are baptized; yet the Apos- came to be a Lamb without spot, who And the other Broke doth confess, that concupiscence and by sacrifice of himself once made, should ugt hath of itself the nature of sin.

take away the sins of the world, and sin Art. X. Of Free-Will. (as St. John saith) was not in him. But The condition of man after the fall of all we the rest (although baptized and

Adam, is such, that he cannot turn and born again in Christ) yet offend in many ud

prepare bimself, by his own natural things; and if we say we have no sin,
strength and good works, to faith, and we deceive ourselves, and the truth is
calling upon God; wherefore we have not in us.
no power to do good works pleasant and Art. XVI. Of sin after Baptism.
acceptable to God, without the grace of

Not every deadly sin, willingly coms! ruch the Prophct, The Set God by Christ preventing us, that we Children, The Story of Sao nay have a good will, and working with mitted after Baptism, is sin against the 24, when we had that good will.

Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. Where

fore the grant of repentance is not to be Art. XI. Of the Justification of Man. denied to such as fall into sin after Bap

We are accounted righteous beforeltism. After we have received the Holy

God, only for the Merit of our Lord and Ghost, we may depart from Grace given, st as they are cónuzione

Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith; and not and fall into sin, and by the grace of God

for our own Works or Deservings. (we may) arise again, and amend our Art. VII. Of the ACT Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith lives. And therefore they are to be con

only, is a most wholesome doctrine, and demned, which say, they can no more sin very full of comfort, as more largely is as long as they live here, or deny the place expressed in the Homily of Justification. of forgiveness to such as truly repent.

Art. XII. Of Good Works. Art. XVII. Of Predestination and Albeit that good Works, which are the

Election. Frulu of Faith, and follow after Justi- Predestination to life is the everlasting ce, thers did look only for a scation, cannot put away our sins, and purpose of God, whereby (before the

endure the severity of God's Judgment; foundations of the world were iaid) he yet are they pleasing and acceptable to hath constantly decreed by his counsel, God in Christ, and do spring out neces- secret to us, to deliver from curse and sarily of a true and lively Faith ; ingo- damnation, those whom he hath chosen much that by them a lively faith may in Christ out of mankind, and to bring be as evidently known, as a tree dis- them by Christ to everlasting

sa.vation,

as vessels made to honour.
Anxin. of Works before Justification. they, which be endued with so exce, 'ent

Worke done before the grace or Christ a benefit of God, be called according to
and the inspiration of his Spirit, are not God's purpose by his Spirit working in
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made Sons of God by adoption: they be that is contrary to God's Word written, made like the image of his only begotten neither may it so expound one place of Son Jesus Christ: they walk religiously Scripture, that it be repugnant to ano in good works; and at length by God's ther. Wherefore, although the Church mercy they attain to everlasting telicity. be a Witness and a Keeper of Holy Writ,

As the godly consideration of Predesti- yet as it ought not to decree any thing nation, and our election in Christ, is full against the same, so besides the same of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable ought it not to entorce any thing to be comfort to godly persons, and such as believed for the necessity of Salvation feel in themselves the working of the art. XXI. Of the Authority of General Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of

Councils.* the flesh and their earthly members, and drawing up their miud to high and hea- Art. XXII. Of Purgatory. venly things, as well because it doth The Ronnish doctrine concerning Purgreatly establish and confirm their faith gatory, Pardon, Woishipping and Ads of eternal salvation, to be enjoyed ration, as well Of Images, as of Reliques

, through Christ, as because it doth fer- and also Invocation of Saints, is a fond vently kindle their love towards God: so, thing vainly invented, and grounded up for curious and carnal persons, lacking on no warranty of Scripture, but rather the Spirit of Christ, to have continually repugnant to the Word of God. before their eyes the Sentence of God's Art. XXIII. Of Ministering in the Cor Predestination, is a most dangerous

gregation. downfall, whereby the Devil doth thrust

It is not lawful for any man to take them either into desperation, or into wretchedness of most unclean living, noor Ministeringthe Sacraments in the Com

upon him the office of public Preaching, less perilous than desperation, Furthermore, we must receive God's and sent to execute the same. And those

gregation, before he be lawfully called, promises in such wise as they be general- we ought to judge lawfully called and Jy set forth to us in holy Scripture; And in our doings, that will of God is to be Work by men who have public Authori

sent, which be chosen and called to this fullowed, which we have expressly de- ty given unto them in the Congregation, clared unto us in the Word of God.

to call and send Ministers into the Lord's Art. XVIII. Of obtaining Eternal Sal- Vineyard.

vation only by the Name of Christ. They also are to be had accursed, that gation in such a tongue as the People

Art. XXIV. Of Speaking in the Congres presume to say, that every man shall be

understandeth. saved by the Law or Sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame Word of God, and the custom of the Pri

It is a thing plainly repugnant to the his life according to that Law, and the mitive Church, to have Public Prayer in light of Nature. For Holy Scripture doth the Church or to Minister the Sacra set out unto us only the Name of Jesus ments in a tongue not understanded of Christ, whereby men must be saved.

the people. Art. XIX. Of the Church.

Art. XXV. of the Sacraments. The visible Church of Christ is a Con

Sacraments ordained of Christ be not gregation of faithful men, in the which only badges or tokens of Christian

men's the Sacraments be duly ministered ac- sure witnesses, and effectual signs of cording to Christ's Ordinance, in all those things that of necessity are requi- ine which he doth work invisibly in us

grace, and God's good will towards us, by site to the same. As the Church of Hierusalem, Alecan- strengthen and confirm our faith in hin

and doth not only quicken, but also the Church of Rame hath erred, not only Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is a

There are two Sacraments ordained of in their living and manner of Ceremo- say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord nies, but also in matters of faith.

Those five commonly called SaciaArt. xx. Of the Authority of the ments, that is to say, Confirmation, Pen

Church. The Church hath power to decree Unction, are not to be counted for eacre

ance, Orders, Matrimony, and Extreme Rites or Ceremonies, and Authority in ments of the Gospel being such as bare Controversies of Faith : And yet it is not grown, partly or the corrupt following of lawful for the Church to ordain any thingline Apostles, partly are states of life al

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riot like nature of Sacraments with Bap-Christ; and likewise the Cup of Blessing 's ther. Wherefore, tout cism and the Lord's Supper, for that they is a partaking of the Blood of Christ. be a Vitress and a Raerd have not any visible Sign or Ceremony Transubstantiation (or the change of ordained of God."

the Substance of Bread and Wine) in the Il against the same

The Sacraments were not ordained or Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by le ought it not to eatest Christ to be gazed upon, or to be carried Holy Writ; but it is repugnant to the Es believed for the terms

about, but that we should duly use them. plain words of Scripture, overthroweth * An. XXI. Of the dark And in such only as worthily receive the the natur of a Sacrament, and hath

same, they have a wholesome effect or given occasion to many Superstitions. d

operation ; but they that receive them The Body of Christ is given, taken, and Art XXIL O An unworthily, purchase to themselves danı- eaten in the Supper, only after an heaThe Ronish date a nation, as St. Paul saith.

venly and spiritual manner. And the Art. XXVI. Of the Unworthiness of the mean whereby the Body of Christ is reMinisters, which kinders not the Effect ceived and eaten in the Supper is Faith. of the Sacraments.

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper Although in the visible Church the was not by Christ's Ordinance reserved, on no warrant el dret vil be ever mingled with the good, and carried about, lifted up, or worshipped!

EOIHetime the evil have chief authority in Art. XXIX. Of the wicked, which eat An XXIL Of Jessen the ministration of the Word and Sacra- not of the Body of Christ in the Use of

ments: yet, forasmuch as they do not the the Lord's Supper., - It is not lawful kr st same in their own name, but in Christ's, The wicked, and such as be void of a "! pos him the ofice on and do minister by his Commission and lively faith, although they do carnally and or Ministering the Same Authority, we may use their Ministry, visibly press with their teeth (as St. Au

both in hearing the Word of God, and in gustine saith) the Sacrament of the Body

receiving the Sacrainents. Neither is and Blood of Christ ; yet in no wise aro we ought to fude and the effect of Christ's Ordinance taken they partakers of Christ; but rather to

away by their wickedness, nor the grace their Condemnation do eat and drink the to call and send Minister craments ministered unto them, which be ty given unto then in by faith, and rightly, do receive the sa

The Cup of the Lord is not to be de effectual, because of Christ's institution nied to the Lay-people: for both the and promise, although they be minister-parts of the Lord's Sacrament by Christ's od by evil men

Ordinance and Commandment, ought to
Nevertheless, it appertaineth to the Dis- be ministered to all Christian men alike.
It is a thing plainya Apline of the Church, that inquiry bel Art. XXXI. Of the one Oblation of

made of evil Ministers, and that they be
Accused by those that have knowledge of

Christ finished upon the Cross.
their offences: and finally, being found that perfect redemprion, propitiation, and

The offering of Christ once made, is

satisfaction for all the sins of the whole *ments in a tigue Mat Muilty, by just judgment, be deposed.

Art. XXVII. Of Baptism.
Baptism is not only a sign 6: Profession, there is none otlier satisfaction for sin

world, both original and actual; and and mark of difference, whereby Chris- but that alone Wherefore the SacriSacraments antara tan men are discerned froin others that Ifice of Masses, in which it was cominon

be not christened: but it is also a sign of ly said, that the Priest did offer Christ only badges ar tokesala

Regeneration, or new Birth, whereby, as for the quick and the dead, to have re- sure witness and

by an instrument, they that receive Bap-mission of pain or guilt, ware blasphe-
(ism rightly are grafted into the Church:
the promises of the forgiveness of sin, and

mous fables, and dangerous deceits. of our adoption to be the sons of God by

Art. XXXII. Of the Marriage of strengthen and conta ihe Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and

Priests.
Pealed: faith is confirmed, and grace in-

Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, are not ereased by virtue of Prayer unto God. commanded by God's Law, either to vow The Baptism of young children is in any the cstate of single life, or to abstain

from wise to he retained in the Church as most Marriage: therefore it is lawful for them, greeable with the institution of Christ. as for all other Christian men, to marry An XXVIII. Of the Lord's Supper. at their

own discretion, as they shall judge The Supper of the Lord Mign of the Love that Christians ought to Ant. XXXIIL. Of excommunica. Per

not only a the same to serve better to godliness. have among theinselves one to another; but rather it is a Sacrament of our Re

sons, how they are to be avoided.

That person which by open denuncia the Apostles, parlare nitted, because it is emption by Christ's death: insomuch tion of the Church, is rightly cut off from

that in such asnghtly, worthily, and with the Unity of the Church, and excommu Falle receive ibe same, the Bread which/nicated, ought

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Profession; but rather than grace

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There are two Sacrame Christ our Lord in the say, Baptism, and the bar

Those five comment meuts, that is today ance, Orders

, Narizango Unction, are not tolerate ments of the Gospel begy grown, party of the area

Je remaining partoutes

multitude of the faithful, as an Heathen crament of the Body and Blood of
and Publican, until he be openly recon- Christ.
eiled by Penance, and received into the 16. Of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost.
Church by a Judge that hath authority 17. For the Rogation-days.
thereunto.

18. Of the State of Matrimony. Art. XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the

19. Of Repentance. Church.

20. Against Idleness. It is not necessary that Traditions and 21. Against Rebellion. Ceremonies be in all places one, or utter- (This Article is received in this Church ly like; for at all times they have been so far as it declares the books of lomilies diverse, and may be changed according to be an explication of Christian doc to the diversity of countries, times, and trine, and instructive in piety and morals. men's manners, so that nothing be or- But ail reterences to the constitution and dained against God's word. Whosoever, laws of England are considered as inay through his private judgment, willingly piicable to the circumstances of this and purposely doth openly break the Tra-Church, which also suspends the order ditions and Ceremonies of the Church, for the reading of said Homilies m which be not repugnant to the word of Churches until a revision of them may be God, and be ordained and approved by conveniently made, for the clearing of common authority, ought to be rebuked them, as well from obsolete words and openly (that other may fear to do the like) phrases, as from the local references.) as he that offendeth against the common Art. XXXVI. Of Consecration of Order of the Church, and hurteth the Au

Bishops and Ministers. thority of the Magistrate, and woundeth The Book of Consecration of Bishops, the Consciences of the weak Brethren., and Ordering of Priests and Deacous, as

Every particular or National Church set forth by the General Convention of hath Authority to ordain, change, and this Church in 1792, doth contain all abolish Ceremonies or Rites of the things necessary to such consecration Church, ordained only by man's authori. and ordering; neither hath it any thing ty, so that all things be done to edifying that, of itself, is superstitious and ungod

Art. XXXV. Of Homilies ly: and, therefore, whosoever are conse The second Book of Homilies, the seve-crated or ordered according w said form, ral titles whereof we have joined, under wic decree all such to be rightly, orderly, this Article, doth contain a godly and and lawfully consecrated and ordered. wholesome Doctrine, and necessary for

Art. XXXVII. Of the Power of the thes Times, as doth the former Book of

Civil Magistrates. Homilies, which were set forth in the The power of the Civil Magistrate extime of Edwrrd the sixth; and there tendeth to all men, as well Clergy as Laifore we judge them to be read in ty, in all things temporal: but hath no au Churches by the Ministers diligently thority in things purely spiritual. And we and distinctly, that they may be under- hold it to be the duty of all men who are standed of the people.

professors on the Guspel, to pay respect

ful obedience to the civil authority, reguof the Names of the Homilies.

Jarly and legitimately constituted. 1. Of the right use of the Church. Art. XXXVII. Of Christian Men's 2. Against Peril of Idolatry.

Goods, which are not common. 3. Of repairing and keeping clean of The Riches and Goods of Christians Churches.

are not common, as touching the right, 4. Of good Works: first of Fasting. title, and possession of the same, as cer 5. Against Gluttony and Drunken- tain Anabaptists do falsely boast

. Not

withstanding, every man ought of such 6. Against Excess of Apparel. things as he possesseth, liberally to give 7. Of Prayer.

alms to the poor according to bis ability, 8. Of the Place and T'ime of Prayer. Art. XXXIX. Of a Christian Man's 9. That Common Prayers and Sacra

Oath.
ments ought to be ministered in a As we confess that vain and rash
known tongue.

swearing is forbidden Christian men by 10. Of the reverent estimation of our Lord Jesus Christ, and James his God's Yord.

Apostle: so we judge that Christian Re11. Of Alus-doing.

ligion doth not prohibit, but that a man 12. Of the Nativity of Christ.

may swear when the Magistrate requir13. Of the Passion of Christ.

eth, in a cause of Faith and Charity, so it 14. Of the Resurrection of Christ. be done according to the Prophet's teach 15. Of die worthy receiving of the Sa-ling in Justice, Judgment, and Truth.

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THE FORM AND MANNER OF MAKING, ORDAINING, Corst 16. Of the Gifter

AND CONSECRATING 17. For the Kagain BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND DEACONS, 18 Of the Star of 19. Of keertest According to the Order of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States Agarnst ldenes

of America, as established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of said Church, 2. Againsi Resells

in General Convention, in the month of September, A. D. 1792. (This Article is TEP EN o so far as a declareste

THE PREFACE. to be an explicatie et les a brine, and instructie BK

It is evident unto all men, diligently reading Holy Scripture and ancient Authors, But all reterences to the

that from the Apostles' time there have been these Orders of Ministers in 1, laws of England am cum

Christ's Church, -Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Which Offices were ever

more had in such reverend estimation, that nu man might presume to execute y plicable to tire cimus

any of thein, except he were tirst called, tried, exanine 1, and hown to have Church, which also seen

such qualities as are requisite for the same; and also by public Prayer, with for the reading of

imposition or Hands, were approved and admitted thereunto by lawful AuthoriChurches until a revia

ty. And therefore, to the intent that these orders may be continued, and reverently used and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered to execute any of the said Functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admited thereunto, according to the Form hereafter following, or hath had Episcopal

Consecration or Ordination. h

And one shall be adınitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, except he be of the age d this Church in 1792, its And the Bishop knowing, either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, any person set forth by the General Care in which the Caron in that case provided may require.

to be a man of virtuous conversation, and without crime; and, after examina tion and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the holy Scripture, and otherwise learned as the Canons require, may at the tinies appointed, or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Church, admit hiin a Deacon, in such Manner and Form as followeth.

v conveniently made, ka ** d them, as well from hentet phrases, as from the lates Art. XXXVI. Of Cars

Bishops and as The Book of Corsetest and Ordering of Priests udle

The Form and Manner of Making Deacons.

le things necessary to sad 1- and ordering; neither haft

that, of itself, is supestres ly: and, therefore, where crated or ordered accordion

W« decree all such to be me and lawfully consecrated on Art XXÍVII. Of the five

Civil Maguotras The power of the On the tendeth to all men, as ty, in all things temporal les thority in things purely part

hold it to be the duty professors o, the Gospel

, a ful obedience to the cinco Jarly and legitimately cost Art. XXXVIH. Of Care

Goods, which are sada
The Riches and Gons

When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Ofice of such as come to be admitted Deacons ; how necessury that Order is in the Church of

Christ, and also how the People ought to esteem them in their office. T A Priest shall present unto the Bishop which he ought not to be admitted 10 sitting in his chair near to the holy that Office, let hiin come forth in the Table, such as desire to be ordained name of God, and show what the crime Deacons, each of them being decently or impediment is. habited, saying these words: 1 And if any great. Crime or Impediment

be objected, the Bishop shall cease from sent unto you these Persons present, Ordering that person, until such timo to be admitted Deacons.

as the Party accused shall be found The Bishop.

clear of that Crime. VAKE heed that the Persons whom yes Then the Bishop (commending such as

present unto us, be apt and meet for shall be found meet to be Ordered, to the their learning and godly conversation, to Prayers of the Congregation) shall, exercise their Ministry duly to the honour with the Clergy and People present, of God, and the edifying of his Church. say the Litany

The Priest shall answer: 1 Then shall be said the Service for the HAVE inquired concerning them, and Communion, with the Collect, Epistle,

also examined them, and think them and Gospel, as followeth
10 to be.

The Collect.
Then the Bishop tall say unto the A LMGdane Color who by the Divine

RETHREN, if there be any of you, Orders of Ministers in thy Church, anu

are not common, as tous

title, and possession of these tain Anabaptists do fakta withstanding, every man things as he possessers, ita alms to the poor accordi* Art. XXXIX. Of Comics

Osti. As we confess that ! swearing is forbidden Chart our Lord Jesus Christ, and ligion doth not prohibit was may swear when the last he done according to the Pause

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Apostle: So we judge that

wito knoweth any impediment, or no- didst inspire thine Apostles to choose into tahle crime in any of these Persons pre- the Order of Deacons the first Marty vented to be ordered Deacons, for the saint Stephen, with others, mercifully

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