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1. Divine Testimony.

New Testament. Col. iv. 16, “And when this epistle is

read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle

from Laodicea.” 2. Human Testimony. A. Fathers. The Pastor of Hermas was read in the churches.

Euseb. Eccles. Hist. lib. III. c. iii. Hieron. in Catalog. Scriptor. Eccles. vol. II. p. 831. Ruffin, ad Expos. Symb. p. 26. Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians was read in the churches, Euseb. lib. 1v. c. xiv. Hieron. in Catal. Script. Eccles. vol. 11. p. 843. So the Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, Euseb. Hist. Eccles. lib. III. C. xvi. Hieron. in Catal. Script. Eccles. vol. II.

p. 839.

B. Council. 3 Council of Carthage, Hard. vol. 1. p. 968.

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De Ejigu. Viestra Of Consecration of Bishops and Carit.

Vinisters. L IBELLUSdeConsecratione The book of Consecration of

Archiepiscoporum et Epis- Archbishops and Bishops, and coporum, et de ordinatione Pres. ordering of Priests and Deabyterorum et Diaconorun, edi- cons, lately set forth in the tus nuper temporibus Edrardi time of Edward the Sixth, and VI., et auctoritate Parliamenti confirmed at the same time by illis ipsis temporibus conirma- authority of Parliament, doth tus, omnia ad ejusmodi conse- contain all things necessary to crationem et ordinationem ne such consecration and ordercessaria continet, et nihil habet ing: neither hath it anything, quod ex se sit aut superstitiosum that of itself is superstitious aut impium; itaque quicunque and ungodly. And therefore juxta ritus illius libri consecrati whosoever are consecrated or aut ordinati sunt, ab anno se- ordered according to the rites cundo prædicti regis Edvardi of that book, since the second usque ad hoc tempus, aut in year of the aforenamed King posterum juxta eosdem ritus Edward unto this time, or consecrabuntur aut ordinabun- hereafter shall be consecrated tur, rite, atque ordine, atque or ordered according to the legitime, statuimus esse et fore same rites, we decree all such consecratos et ordinatos. to be rightly, orderly, and law

fully consecrated and ordered.

| This Article is rehearsed in the Act for Uniformity, xiv Carol. II. 1662.

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The Phraseology of this Article.
1. As compared with Article XXXV. of those of 1552.
A. In the Latin.
1552.

1562, 1571.
De libro Precationum et De Episcoporum et Minis-

Cæremoniarum Ecclesio trorum Consecratione.

Anglicanæ.
Liber qui nuperrime auctori- Libellus de Consecratione,

tate regis et Parliamenti &c.
Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ tra-
ditus est, continens modum
et formam orandi, et sa-
cramenta administrandi in
Ecclesia Anglicana; si-
militer et libellus eadem
auctoritate editus de or-
dinatione ministrorum Ec-
clesiæ, quoad doctrinæ
veritatem, pii sunt, et
salutari doctrinæ
gelii in nullo repugnant,
sed congruunt, et eandem
non parum promovent et
illustrant: atque ideo ab
omnibus Ecclesiæ Angli-
canæ fidelibus membris, et
maxime a ministris verbi,
cum omni promptitudine
animorum et gratiarum
actione recipiendi, appro-
bandi, et populo Dei

commendandi sunt.
B. In the English.

Of the Book of Prayer and of the Consecration of

Ceremonies of the Church Bishops and Ministers,

of England.
The book,' which of very late The book of consecration of

time was given to the archbishops and bishops,
Church of England by the &c.
king's authority, contain-

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ing the manner and form of praying, and ministering the sacraments in the Church of England, likewise also the book of ordering ministers of the Church, set forth by the foresaid authority, are godly, and in no point repugnant to the wholesome doctrine of the gospel, but agreeable thereunto, furthering and beautifying the same not a little; and therefore all faithful members of the Church of England, and chiefly of the ministers of the word, they ought to be received, and allowed with all readiness of mind and thanksgiving, and to be commended to the people of

GOD. 2. When the Latin and English are compared with each other. Esse et fore

to be. Three PROPOSITIONS. I. The book of Consecration of Archbishops, and Bishops, and order

ing of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the time of Edward VI., and confirmed at the same time by authority of Parliament, doth contain all things necessary to such consecra

tion and ordering. II. The book of Consecration of Archbishops, and Bishops, and order

ing of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the time of Edward VI., and confirmed at the same time by authority of Parliament, doth contain all things necessary to such consecration and ordering, and hath not anything that of itself is super

stitious and ungodly. III. Whosoever are consecrated and ordered according to the rites

of that book, since the second year of the aforenamed King

Edward, unto this time or hereafter, shall be consecrated or ordered according to the same rites, we decree all such to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully consecrated and ordered.

Prop. I. The book of Consecration of Archbishops, and Bishops, and

ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the time of Edward VI., and confirmed at the same time by authority of Parliament, doth contain all things necessary to such consecration and ordering. Divine Testimony.

New Testament. Acts xiii. 3, “ And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”—See also Acts vi. 6. 1 Tim. iv. 14. 2 Tim. i. 6. Tit. i. 5.

Prop. II. The book of Consecration of Archbishops, and Bishops, and

ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the time of Edward VI., and confirmed at the same time by authority of Parliament, doth contain all things necessary to such consecration and ordering, and hath not any thing that of itself is superstitious and ungodly. 1. Divine Testimony.

Old Testament. Numb. xxvii. 18, 19, “ And the LORD said

unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him. And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congre

gation; and give him a charge in their sight.” 2. Human Testimony.

Fathers. Ignat.' Epist. ad Smyrn. c. xii., “I salute your

right worthy Bishop, and your venerable presbytery, and your deacons.”——See also c. viii. Philad. ec. iv. vii. x. Trall. cc. iii. vii. Magnes. cc. vi. xiii. Ephes. cc. ii. iii. iv. v. Polyc. c. vi. Clem. ad Cor. c. xliv. Just Mart. Apol. Iren. adv. Hæres. lib. III. c. ii. Tert. de Fuga, c. xi., who testifies also to the Apostolical origin of Episcopacy. De Præscript. Hæret. c. xxxii. De Fuga, c. xiii. adv. Marc. IV. c. v.

? See Bishop Pearson's Vind. Ignat. P. 11, c. xiii.

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