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CHARLEs I. Parl. 3. Sess. 5.
An Act of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Scor. LAND, approving and establishing the DIRECTORr for Publick Worship. -
At EDINBURGH, February 6. 1645.
THE Estates of Parliament now convened, in the second session of this first triennial Parliament, by virtue of the last act of the last Parliament holden by his Majesty and the Three Estates, in anno 1641; after the publick reading and serious consideration of the act under-written of the General Assembly, approving the following Directory for the publick worship of God in the three kingdoms, lately united by the Solemn League and Covenant, together with the ordinance of the Parliament of England establishing the said Directory, and the Directory itself; do heartily and cheerfully agree to the said Directory, according to the act of the General Assembly approving the same. Which act, together with the Directory itself, the Estates of Parliament do, without a contrary voice, ratify and approve in all the Heads and Articles thereof; and do interpone and add the authority of Parliament to the said act of the General Assembly. And do ordain the same to have the strength and force of a law and act of Parliament, and execution to pass thereupon, for observing the said Directory, according to the said act of the General Assembly in all points,
Assembly at EDINBURGH, February 3, 1645, Sess, 10.
Act of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotlant, jor the establishing and putting in Execution (file Directory for the Publick Worship of God.
WHEREAs an happy unity, and uniformity in religion amongst the kirks of Christ, in these three king, doms, united under one Sovereign, having been long and earnestly wished for by the godly and well-affected among us, was propounded as a main article of the large treaty, without which band and bulwark, no safe, well-ground:; and lasting peace could be expected; and afterward, with greater strength and maturity, revived in the Solemn League and Covenant of the three kingdoms; whereby they stand straitly obliged to endeavour the nearest unk formity in one form of Church-government, Directory of Worship, Confession of Faith, and Form of Catechising: which hath also before, and since our entering into that Covenant, been the matter of many supplications and so monstrances, and sending Commissioners to the King's Majesty; of declarations to the Honourable Houses of the Parliament of England, and of letters to the Revered Assembly of Divines, and others of the ministry of the kirk of England; being also the end of our sending Com. missioners, as was desired, from this kirk, with commission to treat of uniformity in the four particulars afore-mehtioned, with such committees as should be appointed by both Houses of Parliament of England, and by the Assemibly of Divines sitting at Westminster; and beside all this, it being, in point of conscience, the chief motive and end of our adventuring upon manifold and great hazards, for quenching the devouring flame of the present unnatural and bloody war in England, though to the weakening of this kingdom within itself, and the advantage of the entmy which have invaded it accounting nothing too dear to us, so that this our joy be fulfilled. And now this great work being so far advanced, that a Directory for the - - Publick
Publick Worship of God in all the three kingdoms being 3, agreed upon by the Honourable Houses of the Parliament of England, after consultation with the Divines of both §: kingdoms there assembled, and sent to us for our approbao tion, that, being also agreed upon by this kirk and kingdom o of Scotland, it may be in the name of both kingdoms preis: sented to the King, for his royal consent and ratification; the General Assembly, having most seriously considered, to revised, and examined the Directory afore-mentioned, * * after several publick readings of it, after much deliberation, log both publickly and in private committees, after full liberty odo given to all to object against it, and earnest invitations of who all who have any scruples about it, to make known the woo same, that they might be satisfied; doth unanimously, and jo without a contrary voice, agree to and approve the follow| #y ing Directory, in all the heads thereof, together with the o Preface set before it; and doth require, decern, and ordain, to That, according to the plain tenor and meaning thereof, jo and the intent of the Preface, it be carefully and uniformly ito observed and practised by all the ministers and others to within this kingdom whom it doth concern; which practice to shall be begun, upon intimation given to the several presno byteries from the Commissioners of this General Assemis bly, who shall also take special care for timeous printin so of this Directory, that a printed copy of it be provided .# of kept for the use of every kirk in this kingdom; also that each presbytery have a printed copy thereof for their use, 9 and take special notice of the observation or neglect there. of in every congregation within their bounds, and make known the same to the Provincial or General Assembly, as there shall be cause. Provided always, That the clause in the Directory, of the administration of the Lord's Supper, which mentioneth the communicants sitting about the oble, or at it, be not interpreted, as if, in the judgment of this kirk, it were indifferent, and free for any of the communicants not to come to, and receive at the table; or as if We did approve the distributing of the elements by the mi*ster to each communicant, and not by the communicants *ong themselves. It is also provided, That this shall be * Prejudice to the order and practice of this kirk, in such | particulars
particulars as are appointed by the books of discipline, and
fulness, acknowledge the rich blessing and invaluable mer.
comfort of all his people, and our edifying one anotherin Hove.