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137. The whole Fees for fhewing Letters of Orders, and other Licences, due but once in every Bishop's time.
FORASMUCH as the chief and principal cause and use
of Vifitation is, that the Bishop, Archdeacon, or other affigned to vifit, may get fome good knowledge of the ftate, fufficiency, and ability of the Clergy, and other perfons whom they are to vifit; we think it convenient, that every Parfon, Vicar, Curate, Schoolmafter, or other perfon licensed whofoever, do at the Bishop's first Vifitation, or at the next Vifitation after his admiffion, fhew and exhibit unto him his Letters of Orders, Inftitution, and Induction, and all other his Difpenfations, Licences, or Faculties whatsoever, to be by the faid Bishop either allowed, or (if there be juft caufe) difallowed and rejected; and being by him approved, to be, as the custom is, figned by the Regiftrar; and that the whole fees accustomed to be paid in the Vifitations in refpect of the premises, be paid only once in the whole time of every Bishop, and afterwards but half of the faid accustomed fees in every other Vifitation, during the said Bishop's continuance.
138. The Number of Apparitors reftrained. FORASMUCH as we are defirous to redress such abuses and aggrievances as are faid to grow by Somners or Apparitors, we think it meet that the multitude of Apparitors be (as much as is poffible) abridged or reftrained: wherefore we decree and ordain, That no Bifhop or Archdeacon, or their Vicars, or Officials, or other inferior Ordinaries, fhall depute or have more Apparitors to ferve in their jurifdictions refpectively, than either they or their predeceffors were accustomed to have thirty years before the publifhing of thefe our prefent Conftitutions. All which Apparitors fhall by themfelves faithfully execute their offices; neither fhall they, by any colour or pretence whatfoever, caufe or fuffer their mandates to be executed by any Meffengers or Substitutes, unless it be upon some good caufe to be firft known and approved by the Ordinary of the place. Moreover, they shall not take upon them the office of Promoters or Informers for the court, neither shall they exact more or greater fees than are in these our
Conftitutions formerly prescribed. And if either the num ber of the Apparitors deputed fhall exceed the aforefaid limitation, or any of the faid Apparitors fhall offend in any of the premises; the perfons deputing them, if they be Bishops, fhall, upon admonition of their fuperior, difcharge the perfons exceeding the number fo limited; if inferior Ordinaries, they fhall be fufpended from the execution of their office, until they have difmiffed the Apparitors by them fo deputed; and the parties themfelves fo deputed fhall for ever be removed from the office of Apparitors; and if, being fo removed, they defift not from the exercise of their faid offices, let them be punished by ecclefiaftical cenfures, as perfons contumacious. Provided, That if upon experience the number of the faid Apparitors be too great in any diocefe in the judgment of the Archbishop of Canterbury for the time being, they fhall by him be fo abridged, as he fhall think meet and convenient.
Authority of Synods.
139. A National Synod the Church Representative.
THOSOEVER fhall hereafter affirm, That the facred Synod of this nation, in the name of Chrift and by the King's authority affembled, is not the true Church of England by reprefentation, let him be excommunicated, and not reftored, until he repent, and publicly revoke that his wicked error. ⠀
140. Synods conclude as well the abfent as the prefent. WHOSOEVER fhall affirm, That no manner of perfon,
either of the Clergy or Laity, not being themfelves particularly affembled in the faid facred Synod, are to be fubject to the decrees thereof in caufes ecclefiaftical, (made and ratified by the King's Majefty's fupreme authority,) as not having given their voices unto them, let him be excommunicated, and not restored, until he repent, and publicly revoke that his wicked error.
141. Depravers of the Synod cenfured.
HOSOEVER fhall hereafter affirm, That the facred Synod, affembled as aforefaid, was a company of fuch perfons as did confpire together againft godly and religious profeffors of the Gofpel; and that therefore both they and their proceedings in making of Canons and Conftitutions in caufes ecclefiaftical by the King's authority, as aforefaid, ought to be defpifed and contemned, the fame being ratified, confirmed, and enjoined by the said regal power, fupremacy, and authority; let them be excommunicated, and not reftored, until they repent, and publicly revoke that their wicked error.
E of our princely inclination and royal care for the maintenance of the prefent eflate and government of the Church of England, by the Laws of this our Realm now Jettled and established, having diligently, with great contentment and comfort, read and confidered of all these their said Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Conftitutions, agreed upon, as is before expressed; and finding the fame fuch as we are perfuaded will be very profitable, not only to our Clergy, but to the whole Church of this our Kingdom, and to all the true Members of it, if they be ivell obferved; have therefore for us, our Heirs, and lawful Succeffors, of our especial grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion, given, and by these preJents do give our royal affent, according to the form of the said Statute or Act of Parliament aforefaid, to all and every of the faid Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Conflitutions, and to all and every thing in them contained, as they are before
And furthermore, we do not only by our faid Prerogative Royal, and fupreme Authority in Caufes Ecclefiaftical, ratify, confirm, and establish, by these our Letters Patent, the faid Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Conflitutions, and all and every thing in them contained, as is aforefaid; but do likewife propound, publish, and ftraightway enjoin and command by our faid Authority, and by these our Letters Patent, the fame to be diligently obferved, executed, and equally kept by all
our loving Subjects of this our Kingdom, both within the Provinces of Canterbury and York, in all points wherein they do or may concern every or any of them, according to this our will and pleasure bereby fignified and expreffed; and that likewife, for the better obfervation of them, every Minifler, by what name or title foever he be called, fhall in the Parish Church or Chapel where he hath charge, read all the faid Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Conftitutions, once every year, upon fome Sundays or Holy-days, in the Afternoon, before Divine Service, dividing the fame in fuch fort, as that the one half may be read one day, and the other another day: the Book of the faid Canons to be provided at the charge of the Parish, betwixt this and the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord God next enfuing: flraitly charging and commanding all Archbishops, Bishops, and all other that exercife any Ecclefiaftical Jurifdiction within this Realm, every man in his place, to fee, and procure (fo much as in them lieth) all and every of the fame Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Conftitutions, to be in all points duly obferved; not sparing to execute the penalties in them feverally mentioned, upon any that fball wittingly or wilfully break or neglect to obferve the fame, as they tender the honour of God, the peace of the Church, the tranquillity of the Kingdom, and their duties and fervice to us their King and Sovereign.
In witnefs, &c.
The Table of the Conftitutions and Canons
Of the Church of England.
1.THE King's Sunlitical, to be maintained.
HE King's Supremacy over the Church of England, in
2. Impugners of the King's Supremacy cenfured.
3. The Church of England a true and apoftolical Church.
4. Impugners of the public Worship of God, eftablished in the Church of England, cenfured.
5. Impugners of the Articles of Religion, established in the Church of England, censured.
6. Impugners of the Rites and Ceremonies, established in the Church of England, cenfured,
ib. 7. Impugners of the Government of the Church of England by Archbishops, Bishops, &c. cenfured. ib.
8. Impugners of the Form of confecrating and ordering Archbifhops, Bishops, &c. in the Church of England, cenfured. ib. 9. Authors of Schism in the Church of England cenfured. 26 10. Maintainers of Schifmatics in the Church of England cen
Of Divine Service, and Adminiftration of the Sacraments.
13. Due Celebration of Sundays and Holy-days.
14. The prescript Form of Divine Service to be used on Sundays
15. The Litany to be read on Wednesdays and Fridays. 16. Colleges to use the prescript Form of Divine Service.
17. Students in Colleges to wear Surplices in time of Divine Service.
18. A reverence and attention to be used within the Church in time of Divine Service.
19. Loiterers not to be suffered near the Church in time of Divine Service. ib. 20. Bread and Wine to be provided against every Communion. 30 21. The Communion to be thrice a Year received. ib. 22. Warning to be given beforehand for the Communion. ib. 23. Students in Colleges to receive the Communion four times a Year. ib.
24. Copes to be worn in Cathedral Churches by those that adminifter the Communion.