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Art. XXX. Of both Kinds. THE HE Cup of the Lord is not to be denied to the Lay
people: for both the parts of the Lord's Sacrament, by Christ's ordinance and commandment, ought to be ministered to all Christian men alike. Art. XXXI. Of the one Oblation of Christ finished upon the
HE Offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemp
tion, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits.
Art. XXXII. Of the Marriage of Priests. BISHOPS, Priests, and Deacons, are not commanded by
God's Law, either to vow the estate of single life, or to abstain from marriage: therefore it is lawful for them, as for all other Christian men, to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge the same to serve better to godliness. ART. XXXIII. Of excommunicate Persons, how they are to be
avoided. THAT person which by open denunciation of the Church
is rightly cut off from the unity of the Church, and excommunicated, ought to be taken of the whole multitude of the faithful, as an Heathen and Publican, until he be openly reconciled by penance, and received into the Church by a Judge that hath authority thereunto.
Art. XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the Church. IT T is not necessary that Traditions and Ceremonies be in all
places one, or utterly like; for at all times they have been divers, and may be changed according to the diversity of countries, times, and men's manners, so that nothing be ordained against God's Word. Whosoever, through his private judgment, willingly and purposely, doth openly break the Traditions and Ceremonies of the Church, which be not
repugnant to the Word of God, and be ordained and approved by common authority, ought to be rebuked openly, (that others may fear to do the like,) as he that offendeth against the common order of the Church, and hurteth the authority of the Magistrate, and woundeth the consciences of the weak brethren.
Every particular or national Church hath authority to ordain, change, and abolish,Ceremonies or Rites of the Church ordained only by man's authority, so that all things be done to edifying
Art. XXXV. Of the Homilies. THE Second Book of Homilies, the several titles whereof
we have joined under this Article, doth contain a godly and wholesome Doctrine, and necessary for these times, as doth the former Book of Homilies, which were set forth in the time of Edward the Sixth; and therefore we judge them to be read in Churches by the Ministers, diligently and distinctly, that they may be understanded of the people.
OF THE NAMES OF THE HOMILIES. 1. Of the right Use of the 10. Of the reverend EstimaChurch.
tion of God's Word. 2. Against Peril of Idolatry. 11. Of Alms-doing. 3. Of repairing and keeping 12. Of the Nativity of Christ.
clean of Churches. 13. Of the Passion of Christ. 4. Of good Works : first of 14. Of the Resurrection of Fasting.
Christ. 5. Against Gluttony
Gluttony and 15. Of the worthy receiving of Drunkenness.
the Sacrament of the Body 6. Against Excess of Apparel. and Blood of Christ. 7. Of Prayer.
16. Of the Gifts of the Holy 8. Of the Place and Time of Ghost. Prayer.
17. For the Rogation-days. 9. That Common Prayers and 18. Of the State of Matrimony.
Sacraments ought to be 19. Of Repentance.
21. Against Rebellion. [This Article is received in this Church, so far as it declares the Books of Homilies to be an explication of Christian doctrine, and instructive in piety and morals. But all references to the constitution and laws of England are considered as inapplicable to the circumstances of this Church ; which also suspends the order for the reading of said Homilies in churches, until a revision of them may be conveniently made, for the clearing of them, as well from obsolete words and phrases, as from the local references.]
ART. XXXVI. Of Consecration of Bishops and Ministers. ΤΗ
HE Book of Consecration of Bishops, and Ordering of
Priests and Deacons, as set forth by the General Convention of this Church in 1792, doth contain all things necessary to such Consecration and Ordering; neither hath it any thing that, of itself, is superstitious and ungodly. And, therefore, whosoever are consecrated or ordered according to said Form, we decree all such to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully consecrated and ordered.
Art. XXXVII. Of the Power of the Civil Magistrates. THE
HE Power of the Civil Magistrate extendeth to all men,
as well Clergy as Laity, in all things temporal; but hath no authority in things purely spiritual. And we hold it to be the duty of all men who are professors of the Gospel, to pay respectful obedience to the Civil Authority, regularly and legitimately constituted. Art. XXXVIII. Of Christian Men's Goods, which are not
common. VHE Riches and Goods of Christians are not common, as TH
touching the right, title, and possession of the same; as certain Anabaptists do falsely boast. Notwithstanding, every man ought, of such things as he possesseth, liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his ability.
ART. XXXIX. Of a Christian Man's Oath. AS
S we confess that vain and rash Swearing is forbidden
Christian men by our Lord Jesus Christ, and James his Apostle, so we judge, that Christian Religion doth not prohibit, but that a man may swear when the Magistrate requireth, in a cause of faith and charity, so it be done according to the Prophets teaching, in justice, judgment, and truth.
THE FORM AND MANNER OF
MAKING, ORDAINING, AND CONSECRATING
BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND DEACONS;
ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS ESTABLISHED BY THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY OF SAID CHURCH, IN GENERAL CONVENTION, IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, A. D. 1792.
T is evident unto all men, diligently reading Holy Scripture
and ancient Authors, that from the Apostles' time there have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church,-Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Which Offices were evermore had in such reverend Estimation, that no man might presume to execute any of them, except he were first called, tried, examined, and known to have such qualities as are requisite for the same; and also by public Prayer, with Imposition of Hands, were approved and admitted thereunto by lawful Authority. And therefore, to the intent that these Orders may be continued, and reverently used and esteemed in this Church, no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, in this Church, or suffered to execute any of the said Functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted thereunto, according to the Form hereafter following, or hath had Episcopal Consecration or Ordination.
And none shall be admitted a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, except he be of the age which the Canon in that case provided may require.
And the Bishop, knowing either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, any person to be a man of virtuous conversation, and without crime; and, after examination and trial, finding him sufficiently instructed in the Holy Scripture, and otherwise learned as the Canons require, may, at the times appointed, or else, on urgent occasion, upon some other day, in the face of the Church, admit him a Deacon, in such manner and form as followeth.
When the day appointed by the Bishop is come, after Morning Prayer is ended, there shall be a Sermon, or Exhortation, declaring the Duty and Ofice of such as come to be admitted Deacons ; how necessary that Order is in the Church of Christ,
and also, how the people ought to esteem them in their office. T A Priest shall present unto the Bishop, sitting in his chair near to the Holy Table,
such as desire to be ordained Deacons, each of them being decently habited, saying these words,
REVEREND Father in God i present unto you these
The Bishop. TAK VAKE heed that the persons, whom ye present unto us, be
apt and meet, for their learning and godly conversation, to exercise their Ministry duly, to the honour of God, and the edifying of his Church.
I The Priest shall answer : I
HAVE inquired concerning them, and also examined them, and think them so to be.
Then the Bishop shall say unto the People: BR
RETHREN, if there be any of you who knoweth any
Impediment, or notable Crime, in any of these persons presented to be ordered Deacons, for the which he ought not to be admitted to that Office, let him come forth in the Name of God, and show what the Crime or Impediment is.
And if any great Crime or Impediment be objected, the Bishop shall cease from Ordering that person, until such time as the party accused shall be found clear of that Crime. 9 Then the Bishop (commending such as shall be found meet to be Ordered, to the
Prayers of the congregation) shall, with the Clergy and People present, say the Litany. 1 Then shall be said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, as followeth.
The Collect. ALMIGHTY God, who by thy Divine Providence hast
appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church, and didst inspire thine Apostles to choose into the Order of Deacons the first Martyr Saint Stephen, with others ; Mercifully behold