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ARTICLES OF RELIGION.
XXXII. Of the Marriage of Priests. MTHE Supper of the Lord is not only a sign
ISHOPS, Priests, and Deacons, are not 1 of the love that Christians ought to have | D commanded by God's Law, either to vow among themselves one to another; but rather the estate of single life, or to abstain from it is a Sacrament of our Redemption by Christ's marriage: therefore it is lawful also for them, as death: insomuch that to such as rightly, wor for all other Christian men, to marry at their thily, and with faith, receive the same, the own discretion, as they shall judge the same Bread which we break is a partaking of the to serve better to godliness. Body of Christ; and likewise the Cup of Blessing is a partaking of the Blood of Christ.
XXXIII. Of excommunicate Persons, how Transubstantiation (or the change of the
they are to be avoided. substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper MTHAT person which by open denunciation of the Lord, cannot be proved by holy Writ; I of the Church is rightly cut off from the but it is repugnant to the plain words of Scrip unity of the Church, and excommunicated, ture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, ought to be taken of the whole multitude of and hath given occasion to many superstitions. the faithful, as an Heathen and Publican, until
The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eat he be openly reconciled by penance, and reen, in the Supper, only after an heavenly and ceived into the Church by a Judge that hath spiritual manner. And the mean whereby the authority thereunto. Body of Christ is received and eaten in the
XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the Church. Supper is Faith. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was
TT is not necessary that Traditions and Cerenot by Christ's ordinance reserved, carried
1 monies be in all places one, or utterly about, lifted up, or worshipped.
like; for at all times they have been divers,
and may be changed according to the diverXXIX. Of the Wicked which eat not the Body
sities of countries, times, and men's manners, of Christ in the use of the Lord's Supper.
so that nothing be ordained against God's M HE Wicked, and such as be void of a Word. Whosoever through his private judge
I lively faith, although they do carnally and ment, willingly and purposely, doth openly visibly press with their teeth (as Saint Augus break the traditions and ceremonies of the tine saith) the Sacrament of the Body and Church, which be not repugnant to the Word Blood of Christ, yet in no wise are they par of God, and be ordained and approved by comtakers of Christ : but rather, to their condem mon authority, ought to be rebuked openly, nation, do eat and drink the sign or Sacrament (that others may fear to do the like,) as he of so great a thing.
that offendeth againsu the common order of XXX. Of both kinds.
the Church, and hurter the authority of the MHE Cup of the Lord is not to be denied
Magistrate, and woundeth the consciences of I to the Lay-people: for both the parts of
the weak brethren. the Lord's Sacrament, by Christ's ordinance
Every particular or national Church hath and commandment, ought to be ministered to
authority to ordain, change, and abolish, cereall Christian men alike.
monies or rites of the Church ordained only
by man's authority, so that all things be done XXXI. Of the one Oblation of Christ finished | upon the Cross.
XXXV. Of Homilies. THE Offering of Christ once made is that
perfect redemption, propitiation, and satis MTHE second Book of Homilies, the several faction, for all the sins of the whole world, both 1 titles whereof we have joined under this original and actual; and there is none other | Article, doth contain a godly and wholesome satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore | Doctrine, and necessary for these times, as the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was doth the former Book of Homilies, which were commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ set forth in the time of Edward the Sixth; and for the quick and the dead, to have remission therefore we judge them to be read in Churches of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and by the Ministers, diligently and distinctly, that dangerous deceits.
| they may be understanded of the people.
OF THE NAMES OF THE HOMILIES.
of all Estates of this Realm, whether they be 1. OF the right Use of the Church.
Ecclesiastical or Civil, in all causes doth ap2. Against peril of Idolatry.
pertain, and is not, nor ought to be, subject 3. Of the repairing and keeping clea
to any foreign Jurisdiction.
Where we attribute to the Queen's Majesty
the chief government, by which Titles we un5. Against Gluttony and Drunkenness.
derstand the minds of some slanderous folks 6. Against Excess of Apparel,
to be offended; we give not to our Princes the 7. Of Prayer.
ministering either of God's Word, or of the 8. Of the Place and Time of Prayer.
Sacraments, the which thing the Injunctions 9. That Common Prayers and Sacraments ought
also lately set forth by Elizabeth our Queen to be ministered in a known tongue.
do most plainly testify; but that only preroga10. Of the reverend estimation of God's Word.
tive, which we see to have been given always 11. Of Alms-doing.
to all godly Princes in holy Scriptures by God 12. Of the Nativity of Christ.
himself; that is, that they should rule all 13. Of the Passion of Christ.
estates and degrees committed to their charge 14. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
by God, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Tem15. Of the worthy receiving of the Sacrament of poral, and restrain with the civil sword the the Body and Blood of Christ.
stubborn and evil-doers. 16. Of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost.
The Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in 17. For the Rogation-days.
this Realm of England. 18. Of the state of Matrimony.
The Laws of the Realm may punish Chris19. Of Repentance.
tian men with death, for heinous and grievous 20. Against Idleness.
offences. 21. Against Rebellion.
It is lawful for Christian men, at the comXXXVI. Of Consecration of Bishops and
mandment of the Magistrate, to wear weapons, Ministers.
and serve in the wars.
are not common.
M HE Riches and Goods of Christians are time by authority of Parliament, doth contain
I not common, as touching the right, title, all things necessary to such Consecration and
and possession of the same, as certain AnabapOrdering: neither hath it any thing, that of
tists do falsely boast. Notwithstanding, every itself is superstitious a: u ungodly. And there
man ought, of such things as he possesseth, fore whosoever are causecrated or ordered ac
liberally to give alms to the poor, according cording to the Rites of that Book, since the
to his ability. second year of the forenamed King Edward
XXXIX. Of a Christian man's Oath. unto this time, or hereafter shall be consecrated or ordered according to the same Rites;
A S we confess that vain and rash Swearing we decree all such to be rightly, orderly, and
A is forbidden Christian men by our Lord lawfully consecrated and ordered.
Jesus Christ, and James his Apostle, so we
judge, that Christian Religion doth not proXXXVII. Of the Civil Magistrates.
hibit, but that a man may swear when the M HE Queen's Majesty hath the chief power | Magistrate requireth, in a cause of faith and
I in this Realm of England, and other her charity, so it be done according to the Prophet's
THIS Book of Articles before rehearsed, is again approved, and allowed to be holden and
executed within the Realm, by the assent and consent of our Sovereign Lady ELIZABETH,
A TABLE OF THE ARTICLES.
1. OF Faith in the Holy Trinity.
Of Works before Justification.
Of Works of Supererogation.
21. Of the Authority of General Councils.