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all kneel upon their knees, and the Priest and Clerks kneeling (in the Place ruhere they are accustomid
to say the Litany) mall say the siit. Pjulm. .: Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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Minister. Let us pray..
that they whose consciences by fin are accused by thy merciful pardon may be abfolved, through Chriit our Lord. Amen.
MOST mighty God, and merciful Father, who halt compassion upon: all men, and hatelt nothing that U thou hast made, who wouldeit not the death of a finner, but that he thould rather turn from his fia and be faved ; Mercitully forgive us our trespalles ; receive and comfort us, who are grieved and wearied with the burden of ur fins. Thy property is always to have mercy: to thec only it apperiaineth to forgive lins, Spare us therefore, good Lord, spare thy people whom thou hast redeemed; enter not iuto judgement with thy servants, who are vile earth, and miserable finners; but fo turn shine anger from us, who meekly acknowledge our vileness, and truly repent us of our faults; and so make halte co help us in this world, that we may ever live with thee in the world to come, through Jelus Christ our Lord. Amen. , jee?. ;.' . . . . Then all the people, ay this that follozeerb, afier the Minifter: .
. T URN thou us, O good Lord, and so fhall we be tuined. "Be favourable O Lord, be favourable to thy . ." people, who turn to thee in weeping, fasting, and praying. For thou art a merciful God, full of compaffion, long-suffering, and of great pity. Thou spared when we deterve punishment, and in thy wrath chinkett uron mercy. Spare thy people, good Lord, spare them. And let not chine heritage be brought to coajulion. Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy is great, and after the multitude of thy mercies look upon us, through the merits and mediation of thy bleffed Son Jesus Coritt our Lord. Amen.
. Then the Minifier alone fall say, THE Lord bless us, and keep us ; the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us, and give us peace noix
1 and for evermore. Amen. ing ill to such as are guilty of the Criines there fpoken of that doeth, &c. and Ainen here does not fignify as in the Because if we attend to each of those fentences we shall hnd end of the Prayers, So be it, or I pray God it inay be for that the expression is not Curfed be, &c, but Cursed is he but as it is in the end of the Creed, all this I firmly believe.
& Holy Trinity..
1, of faith in the Holy Trinity. ***** T H ERE is but One living and true God, everlasting without body, parts, or pallion; of infinite power,
I wisdom, and goodness; the Maker and Preseryer of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and éternity; the Father, the Son, and the
• 11. Ofibie Word, ór Son of God which was made very Mar. * T HE Ŝon, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal
God, of one substance with the Father, took Man's nature in the womb of the blefled Virgin, of her sub. nance: so that two whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhoud, were joined together ja one Perfon, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God, and věry Man; who truly suffered, was Crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile bis Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual fins of men..
in : ill. Oribe going down of Cbrift into Hello A s Christ died for us, and was buried; Yo alio is it to be believed, that he went down into Helle
IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ.'" HRIST did truly rise again from death, and took again his body, with Alella, botes, and all things appers
taining to the perfection of Man's nature, wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there Gitteth, until he return to judge all men at the last day....
1... v, or the Holy Gholt, T he Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one Substances Majesty, and Glory, T with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.
- VI., Of the fufficiency of the holy Scriptures for Salvation... . T TOLY Scripture containerh all things necessary to Salvation : To that whatsoever is not read therein, dor may
be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an Article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to Salvation. In the name of the holy Scripture we do understand thufo Canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whole Authority was never any doubt in the Churchus
of obe Names and Number of the Canonical BOOKS..
I The I. Book of Chronicles,
The II. Book of Chronicles,
ang Piso Leviticus,
Tries" . The I. Book of Esdras,
4 Sisyri sl. I be 11. Book of Esdras, .
' Deuteronomium. Islal 3 m. bala's in dino
The Book of Hefter, Tolouά,
The Book of 7ob : fudges, ;
The Psalms, ti'. .' Ruth,
The Proverbs, The l. Book of Samuil,
Ecclefiafles, or Preacler, . The Il. Book of Saniutl,
Cania, or Songs of Solonion, The I. Book of Kings,
IV. Prophers the greater, The II. Book of Kings,
XII. Propbets the less, And the other Books (as Hierome faith) the Church doth read for example of life and inftru&tion of manners ;
but yet doth it not apply them to establish any Doctrine : Such are these following : The III. Book of Esdras,
Baruch the Prophet, The IV. Book of Efdras,
I be Song of the three Children, The Book of Tobias,
The Story of Sufanna, The Book of Judith,
of Bel and the Dragon, The relt of the Book of Heftet,
"The Prayer of Manafes, in The Book of Wisdom,
I be I. Book of Maccabees . Jejus the Son of Syrach, in
I The II. Book of Maccabees,
* The reasons for compiling these Articles seem to have son to endeavour to secure themselves from it, and from all its been firft chefe, in imitation of the German Proteflants, to Abettors. These Articles were probably prepared at forft by make known the true opinions of the Church of England; CRANMER and RIDLEY, and publ thed by royal Authority, and the real causes of her opposition to the Church of Rome. first in the Reign of King EDWARD the 6th, 1552; and 2dly, To keep all such out of its Pale, as might be disposed again with some alterations in the Reign of Queen ELIZA secretly to undermine and betray it. For as the Reformers had BETH, 1563. sinarted long under the tyranny of Popery, so they had rea
all the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive and account them Canonical.
in: VII. Of the Oid Teftament, THE Old Testament is not contrary to the New; for both in the Old and New Tetament everlafing life is
I offered to mankind by Christ, wto is the only M diator between God and Man, being both God and Man, Wherefore thcy are not to be heard, which feign thac the Old Fathers did look only for transpory Proavises. Al though the Law given from God by Mofes, as touching (ereinonies and Rires, do no: bind Chriftian men, nor the Civil Precepts thercof ought of neceility to be received in any Common-wealth : yet notwithlanding, no.Chrisian nan whaisoever is free front the obedience of the Command inents which are called Morale*
; . ;' VII. Of the three Creedso : ... ?! THE Three Creeds, Nice Creed, Albanais's Creed, and that which is commonly calle; the Apitles
Creed, oughi throughly to to received and believed; for they may be proved by mod certain warranta of boly Scripture. i v ..?... :-* oso
D r ug RIGINAL Sin fanteih not in the following of Adown, (as the Pelagians do vainiy talk) hut it is the fault
and corruption of the pature, of every man, that naturally is ingendred at the off p:ing of Adam, wherany man is very far gone from original righteousnefs, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, 19 that the leth lufteth always contrary to the Spirit ; and therefore in every perion, born into this work. it deferveth Gods wrath apd damnation. And this infection of nature doch remain ; yea, in ches that are regenerated, shereby the luft of the flesh, called in Greek, Phronema farkos, which fome do expound the wisdom, fome sensuality, some the affection, fome the desire of the flesh, is not subject to the laiv of God. And although there is no co.. demnation for them that believe and are baptized, yet the Apofle doth confess, that concupi ccace and lut fath of irfelt the nature of fin.
X. Of free-will, T HE condițion of man after the fall of Adam, is such, that he cannot turn and prepa:c himself by his own
1 natural strength and good works to faith, and calling upon God: Wherefore we have no p.iver to do good works pl-afant and acceptable tu God, without the grace of God by Christ p.evenciag us, that we may Have a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will.
; . . . " " XI. Of the Juftification of Mana TITE are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Befus Christ, by.
faith ; and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by faith only, is a melt wholfome Doctrice, and very full of comfort as mose largely is expreffea in the Homily of Justihcation
i XII. Of Gaca Works. - A LBEIT that good Works, which are the fruits of Faith, and follow after Julljacation, cannot put away
A our fins, and endure the severity of God's Judgment; yet are they plealing and acceptable o Godia Ca nili and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively Faith ; insomuch that to them a lively faith may be as evidently known, as a tree discerned by the fruit.
. XIII. of Warks bajere Juftificarios. W O RKS done before the grace of Christ, and the inspiration of his fpirit, are not pleasing to God, for) PVV asmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ, neither do they make men meet to receive grace, or (as the School. Authors say) deferve grace of congruity : yea, rather for that they are not done as God hath willed and commanded them to be done, we doabt not bat they have the nature of sin. .
· XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. . V OLUNTARY Works besides, over and above God's Commandments which they call Works of Supererge
gation, CANDSG be caught withoyt arrogancy and impiery : for by chem men do declare that they do not only rendei unto God as much as they are bound to do, but that they do more for his fake, than of beurder de ty is required : whereas Chrif faith plaialy, Whep ye have done all that are commanded to you, say, We are unprofitable servants, is
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3. Of Cbril alone without Sira
": HRIST in the truth ofour nature, was made like unto us in all things, (fin only except 3) from which he was w clearly void, both in his Beth, and in his spirit. He came to be a lamb without spot, who by fcribce of himself once made, fhould take away the fins of the world, and sin (as St. John faith), was not in him. But all we the reft (akhough baptized and born again in Chrift) yet offend in many things and if we fay we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the trach is not in us.
XVI. 'Of Sin aftur Baptifmo ATOT every, deadly an willingly committed after Baptism, is lin again, the Holy Ghost, and engardona
I abic. Wherefore the grant of repentance is not to be denied to fuch, as fall into fin after Baptifm. Al ter we have received the Holy Ghoft, we way depaft from grase given, and fall into sing and by the grace of God (we may) arise again, and amend our lives, And therefore they are to be condemnade whiske fayantha Can no moic din as long as they live herc, or deny the place of forgiveness to Sucbe as truly repentino 9 BORRE
. .. mer in. . , XVII. Of Pridellination and Eidâion.jpm . Ip in "MI. D Redestination to life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were I laid) he hath conitantly decited, by his Council, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom he hath chosen in Chriftowcot mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting falvation, as vesels inade co honrur. Wherefore they which be endued with to excellent a benefit of God, be called according to Gods parpofe by his Spirit working in due seafon : they through grace obey the calling: they be justified freely: they he madjons of God by adoption : they be made like the image of his only begot:en Son Jesus Chrilt: They wa' k religic vily in good works, and at length by Gods mercy they attain to everlasting felicity.
As the godly contideration of Predefination, and our Election in Christ is full of (weet, pli afant, and unspeakable confort to godly persons, and fuch as feel in themielves, the working of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of tlie fich, and their earthly members, and drawing up their mind to high and heavenly things, as weil because it doth greatly establiih and confirm their faith of eternal salvation, to be enjoyed through Chrift, as' becaute it doth fervantly kindle their love towards God : So, for curious and carnal per, fons, lacking thelpirit of Christ, to have continually before their eyes the fentence of Gods Predestinacion, is a mcft dangerous downfall, whereby the Devil aoth thruit them cither info. delperation, or into wretchlesness of me it unclean livin', no less perilous than desperation.
Purthernycre, we'n:ult receive Gods-Promises in fuch wife as they be generally set forth to us in holy Scrip tur:: And in our doings, that will of God is to be followed, which we have exprelly declared unto us in the word of God. .
XVill. Of ob:aining eternal Saluation only by the Name of Chrift. KTHEY also are tó he had accurfed, that presume to say, that every man tha:l be faved by the Law or Sect
| which he professeth, so that lie te diligent to frame his life according to that Law and the Light of Na ture. For holy Scripture doch let out unco us. only the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby men mutt be saved.
••,. , XIX. Of the Churchip I E visible Church of Christ is a Congregation of faithful men, in the which the pure, Word of God is | preached, and the Sacraments be duly joinutered according tu Cbrifts Ordinance, in all those things that ci peceflity are requisie to the saine. · As the Church of Hierufalem, Alexandria, and Artisch, have erred; so also the Church of Rome hath erred, Lot only in their living and manner of Ceremonie:, but also in maters of Faith.
· XX. Of the Authority of the Church. T HE Church hath power to decree Rites-or Ceremonies, and Authority in controversies of Faith: And
yet it is not law ul for the Church to ordain any thing that is contrary to Gods Word written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture that it be repugnant to another. Wheretore, although the Church hea Witness and a Kreper of Holy Writ; yet as it ought not to decree any thing against the same, fo belides. the same ought it no: 10 enforce any thing w be believed for necessity of falvation...
xxi. Of the Authority of general Councils. ENERAL Councils may not be gachered together without the commandment and will of Princes. And
I when they be gathered together (forasmuch as they be, an Afiembly of Men, whereof all be not governed with the Spirit and Word of God) they may ers, and some times bave erred, even in things pertaining unto God. Wherefore things ordained by them as neccflary to salvacion, have neither length nor Authority, uu. less it may be declared that they be taken out of Holy Scripture.
XXII. Of Purgatory . T HE Romina Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping and Adoracion, as well of images,
1 as of reliques, and alfo invocation of Saints, is a fond thing.vainly invented, and grounded upon no war.. Fanty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God.
so XXIII. Of Ministering in the congregation. . . TT is not lawful for any Man to rake upon him che office of public preaching, or ministering the Sacraments
in the Congregation, before he be lawfully callod, and fent to execute the fame. And those we ought to judge lawfully called and 'fents, which be chosen and called to this Work by men who have publick Authority given unto them in the Congregation, to call and send Ministers into the Lords Vineyard.. . ,. ;
' XXIV. Of jpeaking is be Congregation in fuch alongwe as the people underlandetbeli TT is a ching plainly repugnant to the word of God, and the cuitom of the Primitive Church, to have Pub lic Prayer in the Church,, or to Minifter the Sacraments in a Tongoe not underlanded of the people.
mgreXXV. Of the Sacraments. ACRAMENTS ordaired of Chrift be not oniy badges or tokens of Christian mens profesion : but rather
they be certain suve witnefics, and effectual diges of grace, and Gods good will cowards us, by the which the doth workinvisibly in us, and doth not only quicken but also strengthen and confirm our faith in him.. ..
There are two Sacraments brdaired of Chrilt our Lord in the Gospel that is 10 say. Baptism and the Sup. per of the Lord
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Those five commonly called Sacraments, that is to say, Confirmation. Perance, Orders, Matrimony and es. treme Unction, are not be counted for Sacraments of the Gospel, being such as have grown, partly of the corrapt following of the Apostles, partly are fta:es of life allowed by the Scriptures : but yet have not like nature of Sacraments wiib Baptism and the Lords Supper, for that they have not any visible Sign or Ceremony ordained of God. · The Sacraments were not ordained of Christ to be gazed upon, or to be carried about, but chat we should duly use the.n. And in such only as worthily receive the same, they have a wholesome effect or operation : but they that receive them unworthily, purchase to themselves damnation, as St. Paul saith.. . XXVI. Of the Unrrorthiness of the Ministers, which binders not the effect of ibe Sacraments.
A LTHOUGH in the visible Church the evil be ever mingled with the good, and sometimes the evil hive 71 chief authority in the ministration of the Word and Sacrements : yet forasnuch as they do notche fanie in their own name, but in Christs, and do minister by his Commission and Authority, we may use their Mini Dry, both in hearing the Word of God, and in the receiving of the Sacramen:s. Neither is the effe&t of Christs ordinance raken away by their wickedness, nor the grace of Gods gifts diminished from fuch, as by faith, and rightly do receive the Sacraments ministered unto them, which be effectual, because of Christs inftita. tion and promise, although they be ministered by evil men.
Nevertheless, it appertaineth to the Discipline of the Church, that enquiry be made of evil Ministers, and that they be accused by those that have knowledge of their offences : and ligally being found guilty, by juft Judgment be deposed.
XXVII. Or Baprifm. . . DAPTISM is not only a sign of Profesion, and mark of Differenee, whereby Christian men are discerned
D from others that be not christened: but it is also a sign of Regeneration, or new Birth, whereby, as by an inftrumcnt, they that receive Baptism rightly are grafted into the Church : the promises of the forgiveness of fin, and of our adoption to be the Sons of God by the Holy Gholt, are visiby signed and fealed : faith is confirmed, and grace increased by virtue of prayer unto God. The Baptism of young children is in any wife to be retained in the Church, as most agreeable with the institution of Christ.
XXVIII. Of the Lords Supper. MT HE Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the Love that Chriftians ought to have among themselves one
T to another : but rather it is a Sacrament of our redemption by Christs death: Infomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faich receive the same, the Bread which we break, is a partaking of the body of Chrilt ; and likewise the Cup of Blessing is a partaking of the Blood of Christ.
Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord. cannot be proved by holy Writ ; but it is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sa. crament, and hath given occasion to many Superftitions.
The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiricual manner. And the mean whereby the Body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper, is Faith. The Sacrament ofthe Lords Supper was not by Chrifts ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped.
XXIX. Of the wicked, which cat not the Body of Christ in the use of the Lords Supper. T HE wicked and such as be void of a lively faith, although they do carnaly and visibly press with their
1 Teeth (as St. Augustine saith) the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Chiift : yet in no wife are they partakers of Chrift; but rather to their condemnation do cat and diink the Sign or Sacrament of so great a thing.
XXX of both Kinds. T HE Çup of the Lord is not to be denied to the lay-people, for both the parts of the Lords Sacrament, 1 by Christs ordinance and commandment, ought to be miniltered to all Christian men alike.
XXXI. Of tbe one oblation of Christ finished upon the Crojs. . . T HE Offering of Chrift once made, is that perfect redemption; propitiation, and satisfaction for all the
1 fins of the whole world both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for fin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifice of Maffes, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to bave jemission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits.
XXXII. Of the Marriage of Pruefis. D ISHOPS, Priests, and Deacons, are not commanded by Gods Law, either to vow the estate of single life,
D or to abitain from marriage: therefore it is lawful for them, as for all other Ch:istian men, to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge the same to serve better to godliness.
XXXIII. Of excommunicate perfons, how they are to be avoided. MTHAT person, which by open denunciation of the Church is rightly cut off from the unity of the Churchi,
T 'and excommunicated, ought to be taken of the whole multitude of the faithtul, as an Heathen and Pube lican, until he be openly reconciled by penance, and received into the Church by a Judge that hach auchority thereunto.
. XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the Chureb. IT is not necessary that Traditions and Ceremonies be in all places one, or utterly like; for at all times they I have been divers, and may be changed according to the diversity of Countries, Times, and Mens manners,