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WHY SOME BB A BOLISHED, AND SONE RETAINED.
OP such Ceremonies as be used | dient, not so much to have re.
in the Church, and have had spect how to please and satisfy their beginning by the institution either of these parties, as how to of man, some at the first were of please God, and profit i hem both. godly intent and purpose devised, And yet lest any man should and yet at length turned to vanity be offended, whom good reason and superstition : some entered might satisfy, here be certain into the Church by urdiscreet causes rendered, why some of the devotion, and such a zeal as was accustomed Ceremonies be put without knowledge; and for be. away, and some retained and canse they were winked at in kept still. the beginning, they grew daily to Some are put away, because more and more abuses, which not the great excess and multitude of only for their unprofitableness, them hath so increased in these but also because they have much latter days, that the burden of blinded the people, and obscured them was intolerable; whereof the glory of God, are worthy to Saint Augustine in his time com. be cut away, and clean rejected : plained, that they were grown to other there be, which aithough such a number, that the estate of they have been devised by man, Christian people was in worse yet it is thought good to reserve case concerning that matter, than them still, as well for a decent were the Jews. And he counsel. order in the Church, (for the led that such yoke and burden which they were first devised) should be taken away, as time as because they pertain to edifi. would serve quietly to do it. But cation, whereunto all things done what would Saint Augustine have in the Church (as the Apostle said, if he had seen the Ceremoteacheth) ought to be referred. nies of late days used among us;
And although the keeping or whereunto the multitude used in omitting of a Ceremony, in itself his time was not to be compared ? considered, is but a small thing; This our excessive multitude of yet the wilful and contemptuous Ceremonies was so great, and transgression and breaking of a many of them so dark, that they common order and discipline is did more confound and darken, no small offence before God, Let than declare and set forth Christ's all things be done among you, saith benefits unto us. And besides Saint Paul, in a seemly and due this, Christ's Gospel is not a Ceorder: The appointment of the remonial Law, (as much of Moses' which order pertaineth not to Law was) but it is a Religion to private men; therefore no man serve God, not in bondage of the ought to take in hand, nor pre figure or shadow, but in the freesume to appoint or alter any dom of the Spirit ; being content publick or common Order in only with those Ceremonies which Christ's Church, except he be do serve to a decent Order and lawfully called and authorized godly Discipline, and such as be thereunto.
apt to stir up the dull mind of And whereas in this our time, man to the remembrance of his the minds of men are so diverse, duty to God, by some notable and that some think it a great matter special signification, whereby he of conscience to depart from a might be edified. Furthermore, piece of the least of their Cere. the most weighty cause of the amonies, they be so addicted to bolishment of certain Ceremonies their old customs; and again on was, That they were so far abused, the other side, some be so new. partly by the superstitious blind. fangled, that they would innovate ness of the rude and unlearned, all things, and so despise the old, and partly by the unsatiable avathat nothing can like them, but rice of such as sought more their that is new : it was thought expe. own lucre, than the glory of Ged,
that the abuses could not well be ed. For as those be taken away Caken away, the thing remaining which were most abused, and stiil.
did burden men's consciences But now as concerning those without any cause; so the other persons, which peradventure will that remain, are retained for a be offended, for that some of the discipline and order, which (upon old Ceremonies are retained still. just causes) may be altered and If they consider that without changed, and therefore are not some Ceremonies it is not possible to be esteemed equal with God's to keep any Order, or quiet Disci Law. And moreover, they be pline in the Church, they shall neither dark nor dumb Ceremoeasily perceive just cause to re- nies, but are so set forth, that form their judgments.And if every man may understand what they think much, that any of the they do mean, and to what use old do remain, and would rather they do serve. So that it is not have all devised anew : then such like that they in time to come men granting some Ceremonies should be abused as other have convenient to be had, surely been. And in these our doings where the old may be well used, we condemn no other Nations, there they cannot reasonably re- nor prescribe any thing but to prove the old only for their age, our own people only: For we think without bewraying of their own it convenient that every Country folly. For in such a case they should use such Ceremonies as ought rather to have reverence they shall think best to the setunto them for their antiquity, if | ting forth of God's honour and they will declare themselves to glory, and to the reducing of the be more studious of unity and people to a most perfect and godconcord, than of innovations and ly living, without error or supernew-fangleness, which (as much stition; and that they should put as may be with true setting forth away other things, which from of Christ's Religion) is always to time to time they perceive to be be eschewed. Furthermore, such most abused, as in men's ordi. shall have no just cause with the nances it often chanceth diversly Ceremonies reserved to be offend. | in divers countries.
THE ORDER HOW THE PSALTER IS
APPOINTED TO BE READ.
THE Psalter shall be read And, whereas the 119th Psalm
1 through once every Month, 1 is divided into twenty-two por. as it is there appointed, both for tions, and is over-long to be read Morning and Evening Prayer. at one time; It is so ordered, that But in February it shall be read at one time shall not be read only to the twenty-eighth, or above four or five of the said por. twenty-ninth day of the month. tions.
And, whereas January, March, And at the end of every Psalm, May, July, August, October, and and of every such part of the December have One-and-thirty 119th Psalm, shall be repeated days apiece; It is ordered, that this Hymn, the same Psalms shall be read the
Glory be to the Father, and to last day of the said months,
| the Son : and to the Holy Ghost ; which were read the day before : So that the Psalter may begin
As it was in the beginning, is again the first day of the next now, and ever shall be : world month ensuing.
without end. Amen. Note, that the Psalter followeth the Division of the Hebrews, and the Translation of the great English Bible, set forth and used in the time of King Henry the Eighth, and Edward the Sixth.
THE ORDER HOW THE REST OF HOLY
TO BE READ.
THE Old Testament is appoint- specially appointed in the Table, )
1 ed for the first Lessons at the second Lesson at the second Morning and Evening Prayer, time may, at the discretion of so as the most part thereof will the Minister, be any Chapter be read every year once, as in from the four Gospels, or any the Calendar is appointed.
Lesson appointed in the Tablo The New Testamentis ap- of Lessons from the four Gospointed for the second Lessons pels. at Morning and Evening Prayer, Upon occasions, to be approved and shall be read over orderly
by the Ordinary, other Lessons every year twice, once in the
may, with his consent, be subMorning and once in the Even.
stituted for those which are aping, besides the Epistles and
pointed in the Calendar. Gospels, except the Apocalypse, out of which there are only
And note, that whensoever certain Lessons appointed at the
Proper Psalms or Lessons are end of the year, and certain
appointed, then the Psalms and
Lessons of ordinary course apProper Lessons appointed upon divers Feasts.
pointed in the Psalter and CaAnd to know what Lessons
lendar (if they be different) shall shall be read every day, look for
be omitted for that time. the day of the Month in the Note also, that upon occasions Calendar following, and there ye to be appointed by the Ordinary, shall find the Chapters and por.
other Psalms may, with his contions of Chapters that shall be
sent, be substituted for those apread for the Lessons, both at pointed in the Psalter. Morning and Evening Prayer, If any of the Holy-days for except only the Moveable Feasts, which Proper Lessons are ap. which are not in the Calendar, pointed in the Table fall upon a and the Immoveable, where there Sunday which is the first Sunday is a blank left in the Column of in Advent, Easter-Day, WhitLessons, the Proper Lessons for Sunday, or Trinity-Sunday, the all which days are to be found Lessons appointed for such Sun. in the Table of Proper Lessons. day shall be read, but if it fall
If Evening Prayer is said at upon any other Sunday, the two different times in the same Lessons appointed either for the place of worship on any Sunday Sunday or for the Holy-day may Texcept a Sunday for which All be read at the discretion of the ternative second Lessons are | Minister.
Note also, that the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel appointed for the Sunday shall serve all the week after, where it is not in this Book otherwise ordered.
Note-That the Legsong appointed in the above Table for the Twentyseventh Sunday after Trinity shall always be read on the Sunday next before Advent.
If there bo a third Service on Sundays, the Second Lesson for that Ser. vico may he any Chapter from the four Gospels, or any Lesson appointed in the Calendar from the four Gospels, at the discretion of the Minister, except on those Sundays for whicb alternative Second Lessons are specially appointed in the above Table.