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A Clause, Anno 8. Eliz. cap. 1. A Con WHEREFORE, for the plain declaration of all the prefirmation of mises, and to the intent that the same may the better be the Stat, of 2 Eliz. 1° known to every of the Queens Majesties Subjects, whereby touching such evil speech, as heretofore hath been used against the the Book

of high state of Prelacy, may hereafter cease; Be it now declared prayer, and and enacted by the Authority of this present Parliament, Adminis. That the said Act and Statute made in the first year of the tration of the Sacra- nego or our said woverat

Reign of our said Soveraign Lady the Queens Majesty, wherements. by the said Book of Common-prayer, and the Administration

of Sacraments, with other Rites and Ceremonies, is autho

rised and allowed to be used, shall stand remain good and A Con

perfect to all respects and purposes : And that such order firmation of and form for the Consecrating of Archbishops and Bishops, the Stat. of 5.& 6. Ed. and for the making of Priests, Deacons, and Ministers, as 6.1. touch- was set forth in the time of the said late King Edward the ing the form Sixth and authorized by Parliament in the fifth and sixth of consecratin

years of the said late King, shall stand and be in full force Archbi- and effect, and shall from henceforth be used and observed in shops, &c. all places within this Realm, and other the Queens Majesties

Dominions and Countries.

Anno 13. Eliz. cap. 12. Reformation of Disorders in

the Ministers of the Church, gc. THAT the Churches of the Queens Majesties Dominions, may be served with Pastors of sound Religion, be it Enacted by the Authority of this present Parliament, that every person under the degree of a Bishop, which doth or shall pretend to be a Priest, or Minister of Gods holy Word and Sacraments, by reason of any other form of Institution, Con

secration, or ordering, than the form set forth by Parliament 3 Ed. 6. 12. in the time of the late king of most worthy memory, King 5. Ed. 6. Edward the Sixth, or now used in the Reign of our most Dyer f. 377.

gracious Suveraign Lady, before the Feast of the Nativity of Christ next following, shall in the presence of the Bishop or Guardian of the Spiritualities of some one Diocess where he hath or shall have Ecclesiastical Living, declare his assent, and subscribe to all the Articles of Religion, which only concern the Confession of the true Christian faith, and the Doctrine of the Sacraments, comprised in a Book imprinted, Every Ec

person shall and Bishops of both Provinces, and the whole Clergy in the subscribe to Convocation holden at London, in the year of our Lord 1562, the Articles

touching according to the computation of the Church of England, for the con the avoiding of the diversities of Opinions, and for the esta- sion of the blishing of consent touching true Religion, put forth by the Faith, and

declare his Queens Authority; and shall bring from such Bishop or assent Guardian of Spiritualities, in writing, under his Seal authen-thereunto. tick, a testimonial of such assent and subscription, and openly Reading of

the Articles on some Sunday in the time of some public Service alternoon, in every Church where by reason of any Ecclesiastical living timonial. he ought to attend, read both the said testimonial, and the said Articles, upon pain that every such person which shall not before the said feast do as is appointed, shall be (ipso facto) deprived, and all his Ecclesiastical promotions shall bé void, as if he were then naturally dead.

And that if any person Ecclesiastical, or which shall have The peEcclesiastical Livings, shall advisedly maintain or affirm any malty.

maintaining Doctrine directly contrary or repugnant to any of the said of Doctrine Articles, and being convented before the Bishop of the against the Diocess, or the Ordinary, or before the Queens Highness of Artic Commissioners in causes Ecclesiastical shall persist therein, or not revoke his errour, or after such revocation eftsoons affirm such untrue Doctrine, such maintaining or affirming, and persisting, or such eftsoon affirming shall be just cause to deprive such person of his Ecclesiastical Promotions ; And it shall be lawful to the Bishop of the Diocess, or to the Ordinary, or the said Commissioners, to deprive such persons so persisting, or lawfully convicted of such eftsoons affirming, and upon such sentence or deprivation pronounced, he shall be indeed deprived. . And that no person shall hereafter be admitted to any Several Benefice with Cure, except he then be of the age of 23 years thi

var quired in


shall be admitred

him which at the least, and a Deacon, shall first have subscribed the

to said Articles in presence of the Ordinary, and publickly read a Benefice. the same in the Parish-Church of that Benefice, with declara

tion of his unfeigned assent to the same. And that every person after the end of this Session of Parliament to be ad. mitted to a Benefice with Cure, except that within two Months after his Induction, he do publicly read the said Articles in the same Church wlicreof he shall have Cure, in the time of Common-prayer there, with declaration of his unfeigned assent thereto, and be adınitted to minister the Sacraments within one year after his Induction, if he be not so admitted before, shall be upon every such default, ipso facto, immediately deprived.

And that no person now permitted by any dispensation, or

or Pre

the age of 21 years, or not being Deacon at the least, or which shall not be admitted, as is aforesaid, within one year next after the making of this Act, or within six Months after he shall accomplish the age of 24 years, on pain that such

his dispensation shall be meerly void. The Age of And that none shall be made Minister, or admitted to a Minister preach or administer the Sacraments, being under the age of and his c. 24 years, nor unless he first bring to the Bishop of that Diocess testimonial. from men kuown to the Bishop to be of sound Religion, a testi-.

monial both of his honest life, and of his professing the Doctrine expressed in the said Articles; nor unless he be able to answer and tender tò the Ordinary an account of his faith in Latine, according to the said Articles, or have special gift and ability to be a Preacher: nor shall be admitted to the Order of Deacon or Ministry, unless he shall first subscribe to the

said Articles. Who may And that none hereafter shall be admitted to any Benefice have a Be.. with Cure, of or above the value of thirty pounds yearly in nefice of the yearly value the Queens Books, unless he shall then be a Bachelour of of xxx l. al Divinity, or Preacher lawfully allowed by some Bishop within

this Realm, or by one of the Universities of Cambridge or

Oxford. Admissions And that all admissions to Benefices, Institutions, and

Inductions to be made of any person contrary to the form or Inductions, any Provision of this Act, and all tolerations, dispensations, Tolerations. qualifications, and licences whatsoever to be made to the No Lapse,

upon depricontrary hereof, shali be meerly void in Law, as if they never vation but were.

after notice. Provided always, That no title to confer or present by a Dyer fo.

. 377. 346. Lapse, shall accrue upon any deprivation, ipso facto, but 36 after six months notice of such deprivation given by the Cok. li. 6. Ordinary to the Patron.



SAINT PAUL. “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called : Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen."

· 1 Timothy, vi. 20, 21..

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