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9. The Common Prayers and
10. Of the reverend Estima-
15. Of the worthy receiving of the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Chrift. 16. Of the Gifts of the Holy
17. For the Rogation-days.
19. Of Repentance.
XXXVI. Of Confecration of Bishops and Minifters.
HE book of Confecration of Archbishops and
TBishops, and Ordering of Priefts and Deacons, lately
fet forth in the time of Edward the Sixth, and confirmed at the fame time by authority of Parliament, doth contain all things neceffary to fuch confecration and ordering: Neither hath it any thing that of itself is fuperftitious and ungodly. And therefore whofoever are confecrated or ordered according to the rites of that book, fince the fecond year of the fore-named King Edward unto this time, or hereafter fhall be confecrated or ordered according to the fame rites; we decree all fuch to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully confecrated and ordered.
XXXVII. Of the Civil Magiftrates.
THE King's Majefty hath the chief power in this realm of England, and other his dominions, unto whom the chief government of all eftates of this realm, whether they be ecclefiaftical or civil, in all caufes doth appertain; and is not, nor ought to be, fubject to any foreign jurifdiction.
Where we attribute to the King's Majefty the chief government, by which titles we understand the minds of fome flanderous folks to be offended; we give not our Princes the miniftering either of God's Word, or of the Sacraments; the which thing the injunctions alfo lately fet forth by Elizabeth our Queen, do most plainly testify: but that only prerogative, which we fee to have been
given always to all godly Princes in holy Scriptures by God himself; that is, that they should rule all eftates and degrees committed to their charge by God, whether they be ecclefiaftical or temporal, and reftrain with the civil fword the ftubborn and evil doers.
The Bishop of Rome hath no jurifdiction in this realm of England.
The laws of the realm may punifh Chriftian men with death, for heinous and grievous offences.
It is lawful for Chriftian men, at the commandment of the magiftrare, to wear weapons, and ferve in the wars.
XXXVIII. of Christian men's Goods which are not common.
HE riches and goods of Chriftians are not common, as touching the right, title, and poffeffion of the fame, as certain Anabaptifts do falfely boaft. Notwithftanding every man ought, of fuch things as he poffeffeth, liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his ability.
XXXIX. Of a Chriftian man's Oath.
S we' confefs that vain and rafh fwearing is forbidden Christian men by our Lord Jefus Chrift, and James his Apoftle; fo we judge that Chriftian religion doth not prohibit, but that a man may fwear, when the magiftrate requireth, in the caufe of faith and charity, fo it be done according to the prophets teaching, in juftice, judgment, and truth.
HIS Book of Articles before rehearfed is again approved, and allowed to be holden and executed "within the realm, by the affent and confent of our Sovereign Lady ELIZABETH, by the Grace of God, of England, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the "Faith, &c. Which Articles were deliberately read, "and confirmed again by fubfcription of the hands of "the Archbishops and Bishops of the Upper Houfe, "and by the fubfcription of the whole Clergy of the "Nether Houfe, in their Convocation, in the Year of "our Lord 1571.
The Ratification The Articles in their prefent form were again confirmed by Parliament in the reign of Charles II. ann.dem. 1662. During the Inter-regnum (A. D. 1643) directions had been given by the Parlia ment to the affembly of divines, to alter and amend the fame, and to render their femfe more exprefs and determinate in favour of Calvinism. In confequence of this injunction, the Affembly met to debate upon the articles individually, but having spent ten weeks about the first fifteen, their attention was called off to other matters. The altered articles are tranfcribed underneath:
ARTICLES OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, Revised and altered by the Affembly of Divines at Weftminster, in the
Art. I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.-There is but one living and true God, everlafting, without body, parts, or pallions, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the maker and preferver of all things both vifible and invifible. And in unity of this godhead, there be three perfons, of one fubitance, power, and eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft.
Art. II. Of the Word, or Son of God, which was made very Man.-The Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlafting of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one fubitance with the Father, took man's nature in the womb of the bleffed virgin, of her fubftance; fo that two whole and perfect natures, that is to fay, the godhead and the manhood, were joined together in one perfon, never to be divided, whereof is one Chrift, very God and very man, who for our fakes truly fuffered moft grievous torments in his foul from God, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a facritice, not for origina guilt, but alfo for actual fins of men.
Art. III. As Christ died for us, and was buried, so it is to be believed that he continued in the ftate of the dead, and under the power and dominion of death, from the time of his death and burial until his refurrection; which hath been otherwife expreffed thus: he went down into hell.