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lican, until he be openly reconciled by penance, and received into the Church by a judge that harb autbority thereunto.

XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the Church. T is not neceffary that traditions and ceremonies be in

all places one, or utterly like; for at all times they have been divers, and may be changed according to the diversities of countries, cines, and men's manners, fo that nothing be ordained against God's word. Whotoever, through his private judgment, willingly and por. pofely doth openly break the craditions 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 woundeth the consciences of the weak brethren.

Every particular or national Church Hath authority to ordain, chaoge, and abolish ceremonies or rites of the Church ordained only by man's authority, so that ad things be done to edifying.

XXXV. Of the Homilies.
THE fecond book of Homilies, the several titles

whereof we have joined under this article, doth consaiu a godly and wholesome doctrine, and neceffary for these times; as doth the former book of Homilies, which Were fer forth in the time of Edward the Sixth; and therefore we judge them to be read in Churches by the ministers, diligently and diftin&tly, that they may be understanded of the people.

of the Names of the Homilies. 1. Of the right Use of the l. 5. Against

5. Against Gluttony and Church.

Drunkennefs. 2. Again/t Peril of Idolatry. 6. Against Excess of Appo3. Of repairing and kecping rel.

clean of Churches. 7. Of Prayer. 4. Of good Works: First of 8. Of the Place and Time of Fafting.

Prayer.

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9. The Coninion Prayers and 15. Of the worthy receiving

Sacraments ought to be of the Sacrament of the puinistered in a known Bodyand Blood of Christ. Tongue.

16. Of the Gifts of the Holy 10. Of ibe reverend Estima Ghult.

tion of God's Word. 17. For the Rogation-days. 11. Of Alms-doing.

18. Of the State of Matri, 12. Of the Nativity of Christ. nony. 13. Of the Passion of Christ.. 19. Of Repentance. 14. Of the Refurrection of 20. Againjt Idleness. Cbrift.

21. Againt Rebellion. XXXVI. Of Confecration of Bisbops and Minifters. 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, since 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. "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 ecclesiastical 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

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given always to all godly Princes in holy Scriptures by God himself; that is, that they should rule all estates and degree's 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 Christian men's Goods which are not common.

HE riches and goods of Christians are not common,

as touching the right, title, and pofleffion of the fame, as certain Anabaptifts do falfely boaft. 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. S we confefs that vain and rash {wearing is forbidden 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, ia justice, indgineur, and truth.

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THE RATIFICATION.

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** THIS Book of Articles before rehearsed is again

approved, and allowed to be holden and executed « within the realm, by the affent and consent of our Sove«s reign Lady ELIZABETH, by the Grace of God, of « England, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the

Faith, &c. Which Articles were deliberately read, s and confirmed again by subscription of the hands of " the Archbishops and Bishops 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 tire Inter-regnum (A. D. 1643) directions had been given by the Parliz ment to the assembly of divines, to alter and amend the fame, and to render their feme more exprels and determinate in favour of Calvinism. In consequence of this injunction, the Alsembly 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 Divines at Westminster, in the

yell 1643. Art. I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.-. There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or paflions, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the maker and preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And ia unity of this godhead, there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

Art. II. Of the Word, or Son of God, which was inade very Man.-The Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting 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 substance; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to fay, tie godhead and the manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided, whereof is one Chrift, 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 originai guilt, but also for actual Gins of men.

Art. III. As Christ died for us, and was buried, so it is to be believed that he continued in the state of the dead, and under the power and doniinion of death, from the time of his death and burial until his rcfurrection; which hath been otherwise exprested thus: he went down into bull.

M'herein whosoever are related, are forbidden in Scripture,

and cur laws, to marry together.

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