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and false Doctrines disturb the peace of the Church, nor Schisms and causeless Divisions weaken it; But grant us to be of one heart and one mind in serving thee our God, and obeying her according to thy will: And that these blessings may he continued to after-ages, let there never be one wanting in het house to succeed her in the government of this United Kingdom, that our posterity may see her childrenis children, and peace upon Israel. So we that are thy people, and sheep of thy pasture, shall give thee thanks for ever, and will at ways be shewingforth thy praise from generation to generation. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 St. Pet. ll-11
D EARLY beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles I that, whereas they speak against you as evil-doers, they may, by your good works which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lordis sake; whether it be to the King, as supreme; or unto governours, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the
firaise of them that do well. For so i the will of God, that with welldoing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King. The Goapel. St. Matth. sxtt.
AND they sent out unto him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and tearhest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man i for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore. What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cresar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? shew me the tribute-money. And they brought unto him a peny. Andhesaith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Ciesaris. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Cesar the things which are Cesaris; and un
to God the things that are Godis. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
LET your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Ai.'. Matt. v. it;.
1 After the Prayer [For the whole Btsts of Christis Church .yv.] them CoOxttt following thallbe nsol.
A Prayer for Unity.
OGOD the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace; Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly Union and Concord: that, as there is but one Body, and one Spirit, and one Hope of our Calling, one lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may henceforth be all of one heart, and of one soul, united in one holy bond of Truth and Peace, of Faith and Charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GRANT, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve Ihee in all godly
Iuietness, through Jesus Christ our ord. Amen.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the words, which we have heard this day with
our outward ears, may through thy grace be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our Ignorance in asking; We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things, which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we can
nut ask, vouchsafe to give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lnrd. Amen.
rpHE peace of God which passeth X all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge
and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
"VICTORIA R. "/"\UR Will and Pleasure is, That these Four Forms of Prayer and "\J Service, made for the Fifih of November, the Thirtieth of January, "the Twenty-ninth of May, and the Twentieth of June, be forthwith 'i 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; e' in all Chajwls 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 "June, 1837, In the First Year of Our Reign.
"By Her Majestyis Command,
"VICTORIA R. « TTTHEREAS, by Our Royal Warrant ofthe Twenty-first Day of June "VV 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 forthwith 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 Hails 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 pref t "sented 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 Dis"continuance:
"A nd 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 eipht "hundred and thirty-seven, in the First Year of Our Reign, as is herein"before 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 Twentv-ninth of May be henceforth discontinued in all Cathe"dral and Collegiate Churches and Chapels, in all Chapels of Colleges and "Hails within Our Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Dublin, and of "Our C.lieges 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 hence"forth 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 Jamesis, the Seventeenth Day of "January, 1859, in the Twenty-second Year of Our Reujn. «' By Her Majestyis Command,
"S. II. WALPOLE."
BY THE ARCHBISHOPS AND BISHOPS OP BOTH PROVINCES, AND THE WHOLE CLERGY,
In the Convocation hotden at London in the Year 1562, for the avoiding of Diversities of Opinions, and for the estaldishing of Consent touch' ing true Religion; Reprinted by Hit Majesly', Commandment t with fill Roy>*l Declaration prejixed thereuntn.
HIS MAJESTY'S DECLARATION.
BEING by God's Ordinance, according to Our Just Title, Defender of the Faith, and Supreme Governonr of the Church, within these Our Dominions, We hold it most agreeable to this Oui 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 sutler 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 untol 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 a,e Supreme Governour of the Church of England: And that if any Dilference arise about the external Policy, concerning the Injunctions, Canons, and other Coattittstions whatsoever thereto belonging, the Clergy in their Convocation 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; providing 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 by 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 dilferences have been ill raised, yet We take comfort in this, that all Clergymen within Our B.ealm have always most willingly subscribed to the Articles established; which is an argument to Us, that they all agree in the true, usual, literal meaning of the said Articles j 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 desertion of the Articles established.
That therefore in these both curious and unhappy differences, which have for so many hundred years, in dilferent times and places, exercised the Church of Christ, We will, that all farther 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 Scriptures, and the general meaning of the Articles of the Church of England according 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 Article, but shall take it in the literal and grammatical sense.
That if any publick Header in either of Our Universities, or any Head or Master of a College, or any other person respectively in either of them, shall ,',tlix. any new sense to any Article, or shall publickiy read, determine, or hold any publick Disputation, or surfer any such to be held either way, in either the Universities or Colleges respect,vely; 01 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 Olfenders, 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.
THERE is but one living and true God, everlasting, without hody, parts, or passions; of infi nite power, wisdom, and good ness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and in.visible. And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
II. Of the Word or Son of God, which trt>.t made very Man.
TH E Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God, and of one substance with the Father, took Man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance: so that two whole and perlect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God, and very Man; who truly sulfered, was crucilied, dead and buried, to reconcile his Fa-' ther to us, and to be a sacrilice, . not only for original guilt, but also for all actual sins of men.
III. Of the going down of Chritt
AS Christ died for us, and was buried, so also is st to be believed, that he went down into Heli.
CHRIST did truly rise again from death, and' took a*ain his body, with ttesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of Man's nature; wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there sitteth, unt,l he return to judge all Men at the last day.
V. Of the Holy GAo*.
THE Holy Ghost, proceediaK from the Father and the Sob, is of cue substance, majestv, and
flory, with the Father and the
HOLY Scripture contaweth all
thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose autho> rity was never any doubt in the Church.
Of the Names and Number of the
The First Book of Samtsel,
The Second Book ofSamuel,
The First Book of Eings,
The Second Book of Ktngtt,
The First Book of Chronicles,
The Second Book of Chronicles,
The First Book of Esdras,
The Second Bodk of Esdras,
The Book of Either,
The Book of Job,
Ecclestastes or Preacher,
Cantica, or Songs of Solomon,
Four Prophets the greater,
Twelve Prophets the less.
And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine; such are these following:
The Third Book of EsAras,
The Fourth Book of Esdras,
The Book of Tobias,
The Book ofJwlilh,
The rest of the Book of Esther,
The Book of Wisdom,
Jesus the Son of Sirach,
Baruch the Prophet,
The Song of the Three Children,
The Story of Susanna,
Of Bel and the Dragon,
The Prayer of Manasses,
The First Book of Maccabees,
The Second Book of Maccabees.
AH the Books of the New Tesj tament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical.
VII. Of the Old Testament.
THE Old Testaments not contrary to the New: for both in the Old and New Testament ever
lasting life is offered to Mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man. Wherefore they are not to be heard, which feign that the old Fathers did look only for transitory promises. Although the Law given from God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and Kites, do not bind Christian men, nor the Civil precepts thereof ought of neccs. sity to be received in any com* monwealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Commandments which are called Moral.
VIII. Of the Three Creeds.
TH E Three Creeds, Nieent Creed, Athanasiusis Creed, and that which is commonly called the Apostlesi Creed, ought thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of holy Scripture. IX. Of Original or Birth-sin.
ORIGINAL Sin standeth not in the following of Adam, (as the Pelagians do vainly talk ;) but it is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is ingendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the spirit; and therefore in every person born into this world, it deserveth Godis wrath and damnation. And this infection of nature doth remain, yea in them that are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, called in Greek, phronema sarkos, which some do expound the wisdom, some sensuality, some the affection, some the desire, of the flesh, is not subject to the Law of God. And although there is no condemnation for them that believe and are baptized, yet the Apostle doth confess, that concupiscence and lust hath of itself the nature of sin.
THE condition of Man after the fall of Adam is such, that he i cannot turn and prepare himself. j