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UR Will and Pleasure is, That these Four Forms of Prayer and Service,
made for the Fifth of November, the Thirtieth of January, the Twenty“ ninth of May, and the Twentieth of June, be forth with printed and published, “ and annexed to the Book of Common Prayer and Liturgy of the United Church “ of England and Ireland, to be used yearly on the said Days, in all Cathedral and “ Collegiate Churches and Chapels; in all Chapels of Colleges and Halls within « Our Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Dublin, and of Our Colleges of Eton « and Winchester, and in all Parish-Churches and Chapels within those Parts of « Our United Kingdom called England and Ireland.
“ Given at Our Court at Kensington, the Twenty-first Day of
“ J. RUSSELL."
« VICTORIA R. W! “ WHEREAS, by Our Royal Warrant of the Twenty-first Day of June One
thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven, in the First Year of Our Reign, “ We commanded that certain Forms of Prayer and Service made for the Fifth of “ November, the Thirtieth of January, and the Twenty-ninth of May should be “ forth with printed and published and annexed to the Book of Common Prayer “ and Liturgy of the United Church of England and Ireland, to be used yearly “ on the said Days in all Cathedral and Collegiate Churches and Chapels, in all “ Chapels of Colleges and Halls within Our Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and “ Dublin, and of Our Colleges of Eton and Winchester, and in all Parish Churches “ and Chapels within those Parts of Our United Kingdom called England and « Ireland :
“ And whereas, in the last Session of Parliament, Addresses were presented to “ Us by both Houses of Parliament, praying Us to take into Our Consideration Our “ Proclamation in relation to the said Forms of Prayer and Service made for the “ Fifth Day of November, the Thirtieth Day of January, and the Twenty-ninth “ Day of May, with a view to their Discontinuance:
“ And whereas We have taken into Our Consideration the Subject of the said “ Addresses; and, after due Deliberation, We have resolved that the Use of the “ said Forms of Prayer and Service shall be discontinued :
“Now, therefore, Our Will and Pleasure is, that so much of Our said Royal “ Warrant of the Twenty-first Day of June One thousand eight hundred and “ thirty-seven, in the First Year of Our Reign, as is hereinlefore recited, be “ revoked, and that the Use of the said Forms of Prayer and Service made for the “ Fifth of November, the Thirtieth of January, and the Twenty-ninth of May be “ henceforth discontinued in all Cathedral and Collegiate Churches and Chapels, “ in all Chapels of Colleges and Halls within Our Universities of Oxford, Cam“ bridge, and Dublin, and of Our Colleges of Eton and Winchester, and in all “ Parish Churches and Chapels within the Parts of Our United Kingdom called “ England and Ireland, and that the said Forms of Prayer and Service be not “ henceforth printed and published with or annexed to the Book of Common “ Prayer and Liturgy of the United Church of England and Ireland.
“ Given at Our Court at Saint James's, the Seventeenth Day of
“ S. H. WALPOLE."
BY THE ARCHBISHOPS AND BISHOPS OF BOTII
PROVINCES, AND THE WHOLE CLERGY,
In the Convocation holden at London in the Year 1562, for the avoiding of Bi.
versities of Opinions, and for the establishing of Consent touching true Reli. gion : Reprinted by His Majesty's Commandment, with his Royal Declaration prefixed thereunto.
HIS MAJESTY'S DECLARATION.
EING 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 the 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 authorized 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 Con. vocation is to order and settle them, having first obtained leave under Our Broad Seal so to do: and We approving their said Ordinances and Constitutions; pro. viding 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 hy Us, shall concern the settled Continuance of the Doctrine and Discipline 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, usua!, 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 des tion 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 Scrip. tures, and the general meaning of the Articles of the Church of England accord. ing to them. And that no man hereafter shall 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
rticle, but shall take it in the literal and grammatical sense.
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 upon them.
ARTICLES OF RELIGION.
I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
V. Of the Holy Ghost. THERE is but one living and true
HE Holy Ghost, proceeding from the THE
Father and the Son, is of one subGod, everlasting, without body,
stance, majesty, and glory, with the Fa. parts, or passions ; of infinite power,
ther and the Son, very and eternal God. wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and VI. Of the Sufficiency of the holy Scripinvisible. And in unity of this Godhead
tures for salvation. there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the HLY Scripture containeth all things
necessary to salvation : so that Son, and the Holy Ghost.
whatsoever is not read therein, nor may II. Of the Word or Son of God, which be proved thereby, is not to be required soas made very Man.
of any man, that it should be believed
as an article of the Faith, or be thought HE Son, which is the Word of the requisite or necessary to salvation. In
Father, begotten from everlasting the name of the holy Scripture we do of the Father, the very and eternal God, understand those canonical Books of the and of one substance with the Father, Old and New Testament, of whose authotook Man's nature in the womb of the rity was never any doubt in the Church. blessed Virgin, of her substance : so that
Of the Names and Number of the two whole and perfect Natures, that is
Canonical BOOKS. to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to
Exodus, be divided, whereof is one Christ, very
Leviticus, God, and very Man; who truly suffer.
Numbers, ed, was crucified, dead and buried, to
Deuteronomy, reconcile his Father to us, and to be a
Joshua, sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but
Juodges, also for all actual sins of men.
The First Book of Samud, III. Of the going down of Christ
The Second Book of Samuel, into Hell.
The First Book of Kings, S
The Second Book of Kings, so also is it to be believed, that he
The First Book of Chronicles, went down into Hell.
The Second Book of Chro
The First Book of Esdras, IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
The Second Book of Esdras,
The Book of Esther, YHRIST did truly rise again from
The Book of Jod, death, and took again his body, with
The Psalms, flesh, bones, and all things appertain
The Proverbs, ing to the perfection of Man's nature;
Ecclesiastes or Preacher, wherewith he ascended into Heaven, Cantica, or Songs of Solomon, and there sitteth, until he return to Four Prophets the greater, judge all Men at the last day.
Twelve Prophets the less.
And the other Books (as Hicrome contrary to the spirit; and therefore in saith) the Church doth read for exam- every person born into this world, it ple of life and instruction of manners; deserveth God's wrath and damnation. but yet doth it not apply them to esta. And this infection of nature doth reblish any doctrine; such are these fol. main, yea in them that are regenerated ; lowing:
whereby the lust of the flesh, called in The Third Book of Esdras,
Greek, phronema surkos, which some The Fourth Pook of Esdras,
do expound the wisdom, some sensual. The Book of Tobias,
ity, some the affection, some the desire, The Book of Judith,
of the flesh, is not subject to the Law of The rest of the Book of Esther,
God. And although there is no conThe Book of Wisdom,
demnation for them that believe and are Jesus the Son of Sirach,
baptized, yet the Apostle doth confess, Baruch the Prophet,
that concupiscence and lust hath of it. The Song of the Three Children,
self the nature of sin. The Story of Susanna, Of Be and the Dragon,
X. Of Free - Wi. 7'he Prayer of Manas8c8, The First Book of Maccabees,
HE condition of Man after the fall The Second Book of Maccabecs.
of Adam is such, that he cannot All the Books of the New Testament, natural strength and good works, to
turn and prepare himself, by his own as they are commonly received, we do
faith, and calling upon God: Wherefore receive, and account them Canonical.
we have no power to do good works VII. Of the Ou Testament. pleasant and acceptable to God, without
the grace of God by Christ preventing MHE Old Testament is not contrary THE to the New: for both in the old us, that we may have a good will, and
working with us, when we have that and New Testament everlasting life is
good will. offered to Mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and XI. Of the Justification of Man. Man, being both God and Man. Where.
E are accounted righteous before fore they are not to be heard, which We feign that the old Fathers did look only Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith,
God, only for the merit of our for transitory promises. Although the Law given from God by Moses, as touch- and not for our own works or deserv. ing Ceremonies and Rites, do not bind ings: Wherefore, that we are justified Christian men, nor the Civil precepts
by Faith only is a most wholesome Doc. thereof ought of necessity to be received trine, and very full of comfort, as more in any commonwealth; yet notwith largely is expressed in the Homily of
Justification. standing, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Com.
XII. Of Good Works. mandments which are called Moral. VIII. Of the Three Creeds.
are the fruits of Faith, and follow TI
THE Three Creeds, Nicene Creed, after Justification, cannot put away our
Athanasius's Creed, and that which sins, and endure the severity of God's is commonly called the Apostles' Creed, Judgement; yet are they pleasing and ought thoroughly to be received and be acceptable to God in Christ, and do lieved: for they may be proved by most spring out necessarily of a true and certain warrants of holy Scripture.
lively Faith; insomuch that by them a
lively Faith may be as evidently known IX. Of Original or Birth-sin.
as a tree discerned by the fruit. RIGINAL Sin standeth not in the
XIII. Of Works before Justification, following of Adam, (as the Pelagians do vainly talk;) but it is the fault WORKS done before the grace of and corruption of the Nature of every Christ, and the Inspiration of his man, that naturally is ingendered of the Spirit, are not pleasant to God, foras. offspring of Adam; whereby man is much as they spring not of faith in Je. very far gone from original righteous- sus Christ, neither do they make men ness, and is of his own nature inclined meet to receive grace, or (as the School. to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always authors say) deserve grace of congruity :
yea rather, for that they are not done everlasting salvation, as vessels made to as God hath willed and commanded honour. Wherefore, they which be enthem to be done, we doubt not but they dued with so excellent a benefit of God have the nature of sin.
be called according to God's purpose by
his Spirit working in due season : they XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. through Grace obey the calling : they VOLUNTARY
Works besides, over be justified freely : they be made sons and above, God's Commandments, of God by adoption : they be made like which they call Works of Supereroga. the image of his only-begotten Son Jesus tion, cannot be taught without arro- Christ: they walk religiously in good gancy and impiety : for by them men works, and at length, by God's mercy, do declare, that they do not only render they attain to everlasting felicity. unto God as much as they are bound to As the godly consideration of Predesdo, but that they do more for his sake, tination, and our Election in Christ, is than of bounden duty is required : where full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable as Christ saith plainly, When ye have comfort to godly persons, and such as done all that are commanded to you, feel in themselves the working of the say, We are unprofitable servants. Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works
of the flesh, and their earthly members, XV. of Christ alone without Sin. and drawing up their mind to high and YHRIST in the truth of our nature heavenly things, as well because it doth sin only except, from which he was
of eternal Salvation to be enjoyed clearly void, both in his flesh, and in through Christ, as because it doth fer. his spirit. He came to be the Lamb vently kindle their love towards God : without spot, who, by sacrifice of him. So, for curious and carnal persons, lackself once made, should take away the ing the Spirit of Christ, to have contisins of the world, and sin, as Saint John nually before their eyes the sentence of saith, was not in him. But all we the God's Predestination, is a most danger. rest, although baptized, and born again ous downfal, whereby the Devil doth in Christ, yet offend in many things;
thrust them either into desperation, or and if we say we have no sin, we deceive into wretchlessness of most unclean liv. ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
ing, no less perilous than desperation.
Furthermore, we must receive God's XVI. Of Sin after Baptism. promises in such wise, as they be geneCom every deadly sin willingly com- rally set forth to us in holy Scripture :
mitted after Baptism is sin against and, in our doings, that Will of God is the Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. to be followed, which we have expressly Wherefore the grant of repentance is declared unto us in the Word of God. not to be denied to such as fall into sin XVIII. of obtaining eternal Salvaafter Baptism. After we have received the Holy Ghost, we may depart from
tion only by the Name of Christ. Stace given, and fall into sin, and by THEY also are to be had accursed the grace of God we may arise again, that presume to say, That every and amend our lives. And therefore man shall be saved by the Law or Sect they are to be condemned, which say, which he professeth, so that he be dilithey can no more sin as long as they live gent to frame his life according to that here, or deny the place of forgiveness to Law, and the light of Nature. For such as truly repent.
holy Scripture doth set out unto us only
the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby men XVII. Of Prcdestination and
must be saved. Election.
XIX. Of the Onurch. PREDESTINATION to Life is the
THE visible Church of Christ is a
. T. by (before the foundations of the world congregation of faithful men, in the were laid) he hath constantly decreed which the pure Word of God is preachby his counsel secret to us, to deliver ed, and the Sacraments be duly minisfrom curse and damnation those whom tered according to Christ's ordinance he hath chosen in Christ out of man. in all those things that of necessity are kind, and to bring them by Christ to requisite to the same.