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lican, until he be openly reconciled by penance, and received into the Church' by a judge shar barb autbority thereunto.
XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the Church. Il T is not neceffary that traditions and ceremonies be is
all places one, or urterly like; for at all times they have been divers, and may be changed according to the diversities of countries, times, and men's manners, fo that nothing be ordained against God's word. Whofo- . cver, through his private judgment, willingly and por. pofely doth openly break the traditions and ceremonics of the Church, which be not repugnant to the word of God, and be ordained and approved by common authority, ought to be rebuked openly, that other may fear to do the like, as he that offendeth against the common order of the Church, and hurteth the authority of the magistrate, and wounderh the consciences of the weak brethrea.
Every particular or national Church Hath authority to ordain, change, and abolith ceremonies or rites of the Church ordained only by man's authority, so that all things be done to edifying.
XXXV. Of the Homilies.
tain a godly and wholesome do&trine, and neceffary for these times; as doth the former book of Homilies, which were fet forth in the time of Edward the Sixth ; and therefore we judge them to be read in Churches by the ministers, diligently and diftin&ly, that they may be understanded of the people.
Of the Names of the Homilies. 1. Of the right Use of the 1l 5. Against Gluttony and Church.
Drunkennefs. 2. Against Peril of Idolatry. 6. Against Excess of Appo3. Of repairing and keeping rel.
clean of Churches. 7. Of Prayer. 4. Of good Works: First of 8. Of the Place and Time of Fasting.
9. The Comnion Prayers and | 15. Of the wortby receiving
Sacraments ought to be of tbe Sacrament of the ministered in a known Bodyand Blood of Christ. Tongue.
16. Of the Gifts of the Holy 10. Of ibe reverend Estima
Gbolt. tion of God's Word. 17. For the Rogation-days. 11. Of Alms-doing. 18. Of the State of Matri, 12. Of tbe Nativity of Christ. mony. 13. Of the Passion of Christ. 19. Of Repentance. 14. Of shę Refurreclion of | 20. Against Idleness. Cbrift.
21. Against Rebellion. XXXVI. Of Consecration of Bisloops and Ministers. HE book of Confecration of Archbishops and
Bishops, and Ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the time of Edward the Sixth, and confirmed at the same time by authority of Parliament, doth contain all things necessary to such confecration and ordering : Neither hath it any thing that of itself is superstitious and ungodly. And therefore whosoever are consecrated or ordered according to the rites of that book, fince the fecond year of the fore-named King Edward unto this time, or hereafter shall be confecrated or ordered according to the fame rites; we decree all fuch to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully consecrated and ordered.
XXXVII. Of the Civil Magistrates. TH 'HE King's Majesty hath the chief power in this
realm of England, and other his dominions, unto whom the chief government of all estates of this realm, whether they be ecclefiaftical or civil, in all causes doth appertain ; and is not, nor ought to be, subject to any foreign jurisdiction.
Where we attribute to the King's Majesty the chief government, by which titles we understand the minds of some flanderous folks to be offended; we give not our Princes the ministering either of God's Word, or of the Sacraments; the which thing the injunctions also lately set forth by Elizabeth our Queen, do most plainly testify: but that only prerogative, which we see to have been
given always to all godly Princes in holy Scriptures by God himself; that is, that they should rule all estates and degrees committed to their charge by God, whether they be ecclefiaftical or temporal, and restrain with the civil fword the stubborn and evil doers.
The Bishop of Rome hath no jurifdi&tion in this realm of England.
The laws of the realm may ponith Christian men with death, for heinous and grievous offences.
It is lawful for Christian men, at the commandment of the magiftrare, to wear weapons, and serve in the wars. XXXVIII. Of Chriftian men's Goods which are not common. THE riches and goods of Christians are not common,
as touching the right, title, and poñeffion of the fame, as certain Anabaptifts do falfely boast. Notwithftanding every man ought, of such things as he posfeffeth, liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his ability.
XXXIX. Of a Christian man's Oatb.
bidden Christian men by our Lord Jefus Christ, and James bis Apostle ; so we judge that Christian religion doth not prohibit, but that a man may fwear, when the magistrate requireth, in the cause of faith and charity, fo it be done according to the prophets teaching, in justice, jndginenr, and truth.
HIS Book of Articles before rehearsed is again
approved, and allowed to be holden and executed “ within the realm, by the assent and consent of our Sove“ reign Lady ELIZABETH, by the Grace of God, of
England, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the “ Faith, &c. Which Articles were deliberately read, " and confirmed again by fubscription of the hands of " the Archbishops and Bithops of the Upper House, “ and by the subscription of the whole Clergy of the “ Nether House, in their Convocation, in the Year of s our Lord 1571."
The Ratification The Articles in their present form were again confirmed by Parliament in the reign of Charles II. ann.dom. 1662. During the Inter-regnum (A. D. 1643) directions had been given by the Parliament to the assembly of divines, to alter and amend the fame, and to render their semse more express and determinate in fivour of Calvinism. In consequence of this injun&ion, the Assembly met to debate upon the articles individually, but having spent ten weeks about the first fifteen, their attention was called off to other matters. The altered articles are transcribed underneath :
ARTICLES OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, Revised and altered by the Assembly of Divoes at Westminster, in the
yer 1643 Art. I. Of Faith in tbe Holy Trinity.--.There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or pailions, of infinite power, wis. dom, and goodness, the maker and preserver of all things both visible and invilble. And ia unity of this godhead, there be three persons, of one subitance, power, and eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft.
Art. II. Of the Word, or Son of God, which was inade very Mar.-The Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlafting of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one lubitance with the Father, took man's nature in the womb of the blessed virgin, of her fubitance; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to fay, tit godhead and the manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided, whereof iş one Christ, very God and very man, who for our fakes truly suffered molt grievous torments in his foul from God, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his father to us, and to be a facritice, not for origina guilt, but also for actual fins of men.
Art. III. As Christ died for us, and was buried, so it is to be believed that he continued in the Itate of the dead, and under the power and doninion of death, from the time of his death and burial until his resurrection; which hath heen otherwise expressed thus; he went down into bell.