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WHY SOME BE ABOLISHED, AND SOME HETAINED.

OF such Ceremonies as be used in the Chinch, and have had their t>egtnning by the institution of man, some at the first were of godly intent and purpose devised, and yet at length turned to vanity and superstition: some entered into the Church by urdiscreet devotion, antl such a zeal as was without knowledge; and for because they were winked at in the beginning, they grew daily to more and more abuses, which not only for their unprofitableness, but also because they have much blinded the people, and obscured the glory or God, are worthy to be cut away, and clean rejected: other there he, which although they have been devised by man, yet it is thought good to reserve them still, as well for a decent order in the Church, {for the which they were first devised) as because they pertain to edifl. cation, whereunto all things done in the Church (as the Apostle teacheth) ought to be referred.

And although the keeping or omitting of a Ceremony, in itself considered, is but a small thing; yet the wilful and contemptuous transgression and breaking of « common order and discipline U no small offence before God, Let all things be done arming you, saith Saint Paid, in a seemly and due: order: The appointment of the I which order pertaineth not to private men; therefore no man j ought to take in hand, nor presume to appoint or alter any I publick or common Order in Christis Churoh, except he be lawfully called and authorized thereunto,

And whereas in this our time, the minds of men are so diverse, that some think it a great matter of conscience to depart from a piece of the least of their Ceremonies, they be so addicted to their old customs; and again on the other side, some be so newfangled, that t In y would innovate all things, and so despise the old, that nothing can like them, but that is new : it was thought expe

dient, not so much to have respect how to please and satisfy either of these parties, as how to please God, and profit i hem Iwrth. And yet lest any man should be offended, whom good reason might satisfy, here be certain causes rendered, why some of the accustomed Ceremonies be put away, and some retained and kept still.

Some are put away, because the great excess and multitude of them hath so increased in these latter days, that the burden of them was intolerable; whereof Saint Augustine in his time complained, that they were grown to such a number, that the estate of Christian people was in worse case concerning that matter,than were the Jews. And he counsel, led that such yoke and burden should be taken away, as time would serve ouietly to do it. But what would haint Augustine have said, if he had seen the Ceremonies of late days used among us; whereunto the multitude used in his time w as not to be compared? This our excessive multitude of Ceremonies was so great, and many of them so dark, that they did more confound and darken, than declare and set forth Christis benefits unto us. And besides this, Christis Gospel is not a Ceremonial Law, (as much of Motesi Law was) but it is a Religion to serve God, not in bondage of the figure or shadow, but in the freedom of the Spirit; being content only with those Ceremonies which do serve to a decent Order and godly Discipline, and such as be apt to stir up the dull mind of man to the remembrance of his duty to God, by some notable and special signification, whereby he might be edified. Furthermore, the most weighty cause of the abolishment of eertain Ceicmonies was. That they were so far abused, partly by the superstitious blind. ness of the rude and unlearned, and partly by the unsatlable avarice of such as sought more their own lucre.than the glory of Grd,

that the abuses could not well be taken away, the thing remaining still.

But now as concerning those persons, which peradventure will be oifended, for that some of the old Ceremonies are retained still. If they consider that without some Ceremonies it is not possible to keep any Order, or quiet Disciplme in the Church, they shall easily perceive just cause to reform their judgments. And if they think much, that any of the old do remain, and would rather have all devised anew : then such men granting some Ceremonies convenient to be had, surely where the old may he well used, there they cannot reasonably reprove the old only for their age, without bewraying of their own folly. For in such a case they ought rather to have reverence unto them for their antiquity, if they will declare themselves to be more studious of unity and concord, than of innovations and new-fangleness, which (as much as may be with true setting forth of Christis Religion) is always to be eschewed. Furthermore, such shall have no just cause with the Ceremonies reserved to be offend

ed. For as those be taken away which were most abused, and did burden menis consciences without any cause; so the other that remain, are retained for a discipline and order, which (upon just causes) may be altered and changed, and therefore are not to be esteemed equal with Godis Law. And moreover, they be neither dark nor dumb Ceremonies, but are so set forth, that every man may understand what they do mean, and to what use they do serve. So that it is not like that they in time to come should be abused as other have been. And in these our doings we condemn no other Nations, nor prescribe any thing but to ourown people only: Forwe think it convenient that every Country should use such Ceremonies as they shall think best to the setting forth of Godis honour and glory, and to the reducing of the people to a most perfect and godly living, without error or superstition; and that they should put away other things, which from time to time they perceive to be most abused, as in menis ordinances it often chanceth diversly in divers countries.

T THE ORDER HOW THE PSALTER IS
APPOINTED TO BE READ.

THE Psalter shall be read through once every Month, as it is there appointed, both for Morning and Evening Prayer. But in February} it shall be read only to the twenty-eighth, or twenty-ninth day of the month.

And, whereas January, March, May, July, Aitguet, October, and Deeember have One-and-thirty diya apiece; It is ordered, that the same Psalms shall be read the last day of the said months, which were read the day before: So that the Psalter may begin again the first day of the next month ensuing.

And, whereas the ll°th Psalm is divided into twenty-two portions, and is over-long to be read at one time; It is so ordered, that at one time shall not be read above four or five of the said portions.

And at the end of every Psalm, and of every such part of the 119th Psalm, shall be repeated this Hymn,

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

At it mat in the beginning, ie now, and ever shall be : world 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.

• J THE ORDER HOW THE REST OF HOLY

SCRIPTURE IS APPOINTED

TO BE READ.

TH E Old Testament is appointed for the iirst Lessons at Morning and Evening Prayer, so as the most part thereof will be read every year once, as in the Calendar is appointed.

The New Testament is appointed for the second Lessons at Morning and Evening Prayer, and shall be read over orderly every year twice, once in the Morning and once in the Evening, besides the Epistles and Gospels, except thef t Apocalypse, out of which there are only certain Lessons appointed at the end of the year, and certain Proper Lessons appointed upon divers Feasts.

And to know what Lessons shall be read every day, look for the day of the Month in the Calendar fallowing, and there ye shall rind the Chapters and portions of Chapters that shall be read for the Lessons, both at Morning and Evening Prayer, except only the Moveable Feasts, which are not in the Calendar, and the Immoveable, where there is a blank left in the Column of Lessons, the Proper Lessons for all which days are to be found in the Table of Proper Lessons. If Evening Prayer is said at two different times in the same place of worship on any Sunday (except a Sunday for which Alternative second Lessons are

specially appointed in the Table,) the second Lesson at the second time may, at the discretion of the Minister, be any Chapter from the four Gospels, or any Lesson appointed in the Table of Lessons from the four Gospels.

Upon occasions, to be approved by the Ordinary, other Lessons may, with his consent, be substituted for those which are appointed in the Calendar.

And note, that whensoever Proper Psalms or Lessons are appointed, then the Psalms and Lessons of ordinary course appointed in the Psalter and Calendar (if they be different) shall be omitted for that time.

Note also, that upon occasions to be appointed by the Ordinary, other Psalms may, with his consent, be substituted for those appointed in the Psalter.

If any of the Holy-days for which Proper Lessons are appointed in the Table fall upon a Sunday which is the iirst Sunday in Advent, Easter-Day, WhitSunday, or Trinity-Sunday, the Lessons appointed for such Sunday shall be read, but if it fall upon any other Sunday, the Lessons appointed either "for the Sunday or for the Holy-day may be read at the discretion of the Minister.

Note also, that ihe Collect, Epistle, and Gospel appointed for the Sunday shall serve all the week after, where it is not iti this Book otherwise ordered.

TO BB READ AT MORNING AND EVENING PRATER, ON THE SUNDAYS, AND OTiiER HOLY-DAYS TiiROUGiiOUT TiiE YEAR.

II LESSONS PROPER FOR SUNDAYS.

Sundays of Advent,

The First

Second .

Third

Fourth

Sundays after
Christmas.

The Firrt

Second .,

SundayS after the
Epiphany.

The First

S'iUal

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Sixth

Stptuaoesima.

1 Lesson.

2 La Mod, Sexagesima ....

Quinquagesima . .

Sundays in LENT. Tho First

Second

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Sixth—

1 Le mm,

2 Lesson,

Easier-Day.

1 Lesson.

2 Lesson,

Sundays ofler Eastev. The First—

1 Lesson,

2 Losson,

Breond

Third

Fourth

Fifth

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Bnnefay after
A§etweion-Day ,

Whit-Bunday,

1 Lo8sOB.

2 Lesson,

Trinity-Sunday.

1 Lesson,

2 LesHon,

Tr&ity.
The First

Second

Third

Fonrth

Fifth

Sixth

Seventh

Eighth

Ninth

Tenth

Eleventh

Twelfth

Thirteenth

Fourteenth ....

Fifteenth

Sixteenth

Seventeenth....
Eighteenth

Nineteenth ....

Twentieth

Twenty-first ...
Twenty-second.,
Twenty-third.. .
Twenty-fourth ..
Twenty-fifth ., .

Twenty-sixth...
Twenty-seventh.

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Sot'.—That the Xenons appointed in the above Table for the Twentyseventh Sunday after Trinity shall always be read on the Sunday neat before Advent.

If there he a third Serviee on Sundays, the Second Lesson for that Serviee may be any Chapter from the four Gospels, or any I.essnn appointed in the Calendar from the fonr Gospels, at the discretion of the Minister, eieept on those Sundays for which alternative Second Lessons axe specially aepomted in the abovo Table.

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