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XXVII. Of Baptism.
, of Difference, whereby Christian Men are discerned from others that be not christened; but it is also a sign of Regeneration, or New Birth, whereby, as by an Instrument, they that receive Baptism rightly, are grafted into the Church; the Promises of the Forgiveness of Sin, and of our Adoption to be the Sons of God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and, fealed; Faith is confirmed, and Grace increase i by Virtue of Prayer unto God. The Baptism of young Children is in any wise to be retained in the Church, as molt agreeable with the Inticution of Christ.
XXVIII. Of the Lords Supper.
that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another, but rather it is a Sacrament of our Redemption by Chrifts Death; infomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with Faith receive the same, the Bread which we break, is a partaking of the Body of Christ; and likewise the Cup of Blesing is a partaking of the Blood of Christ.
Transubstantiation, or the Change of the Substance of Bread and Wine in the Supper of che Lord, cannot be proved by holy Writ; but it is repugnant to the plain Words of Scripture, overthroweth the Nature of a Sacrament, and hath given Occasion to many Superititions.
The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten in the Supper, only after an heavenly and sp:ritual Manner. And the Mean whereby the Body of Christ is received and caten in the Supper, is Faith.
The Sacrament of the Lords Supper was not by Christs Ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped, XXIX. Of the Wicked, which eat not the Body of Christ in
the Use of the Lords Supper. THE
HE Wicked, and lui h as be void of a lively Faith,
alihough they do carnally and visibly press with their Teeth, as Saint Augultine faith, the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ; yet in no wise are they Partakers of Chrift, but rather, to their Condemnation, do eat and drink the Sign or Sacrament of to great a Thing:
XXX. Of both Kinds.
people : for both the parts of the Lords Sacrament, by Christs Ordinance and Commandment, ought to be Ministered to all Christian men alike. XXXI. Of the one Oblation of Christ finished upon the Cross. THE Offering of Christ once made, is that perfect Re
demption, Propitiation, and Satisfaction for all the fins of the whole worki, both Original and Actual, and there is none other Satisfaction for fin, but that alone. Wherefore the Sacrifice of Maffes, 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.
XXXII. Of the Marriage of Priests.
Gods Law, either to vow the Estate of single life, or to obstain from Marriage : therefore it is lawlul for them, as for all other Christian mến, to Marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge the same to serve better to godľiness. XXXIII. Of excommunicate Persons, how they are to be avoided. THA "HAT 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.
XXXIV. of the Traditions of the Church. T is not neceffiry 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 Mens Manners, so thaç nothing be ordained against Gods Word. Whosoever, through his private judgment, willingly and purposely doth openly break the Traditions end Ceremonies of the Church, which be nut repugnant to the Word of God, and be ordained and approved by common Authority, ought to be rebuked openly, that other 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 woundech the Consciences of the weak Brethren.
Every particular or national Church hath Authority to
XXXV. Of Homilies.
whereof we have joined under this Article, doch contain a godly and wholesome doctrine, and necessary for these Times, as doth the Former Book cf Homilies, which were fet 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 be understanded of the Peuple.
Of the Names of the Homilies. 1 OF the right Use of the Church, 2 Against Peril of Idolatry. 3 Of repairing and keeping clean of Churches. 4 Of good Works: First of Fafting. 5 Against Gluttony and Drunknness. 6 Aza nft Excess of Apparel, 7 Of Prayer. 8 of the Place and time of prayer. 9 That Common Prayers and Sacraments ought to be Minift
ered in a known Tongue. 10 Of the Reverent Estimation of Gods Word. 11 Of Alms doing 12 Of the Nativity of Christ. 13 Of the Passion of Christ. 14 Of the Resurrection of Christ. 15 Of the worthy Receiving of the Sacrament of the Body and
Bloed of Christ. 16 Of the gifts of the Holy Ghost. 17 For the Rogation-days. 18 Of the State of Matrimony. 19 Of Repentance. 26 Against Idleness. 21 Againsi Rebellion.
XXXVI. Of Confecration of Bishops and Ministers.
and Ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the Time of Edward the Sixth, and confirmed at the same Time by Authority of Parliament, doth contain all Things necessary to such Confecration and Ordering: Neither hath it any Thing, that of itself is fuperftitious and ungodly. And therefore whosoever are Confecrated or Ordered according to the Rites of that Book, since the Second Year of the forenamed 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
XXXVII. Of the Civil Magistrates.
of England, and other Her Dominions, unto whom the chief Government of all Estates of this Realm, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Civil, in all Causes doth appertain; and is not, nor ought to be subject to any foreign Jurisdiction.
Where we attribute to the Queens Majesty the chief Go. vernment, by which Ticles we understand the Minds of some Nanderous Folks to be offended; we give not to our Princes the Ministering either of Gods Word, or of the Sacraments; the which Thing the Injunctions also lately set forth by Elizabeth our Queen do molt 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 como mitted to their Charge by God, whether they be Ecclesialsical or Temporal, and restrain with the Civil Sword the stubborn and evil Doers.
The Bishop of Rome hath no Jurisdiction in this Realın of England.
The Laws of this Realm may punish Christian Men with Death, fir heinous and grievous offences.
It is lawful for Christian Men, at the Coinmaniment of the Magistrat:, to wear Weapons, and serve in the Wars.
XXXVIII. Of Christian Mens Goods, which are not commenti
*HE Riches and Goods or Chriftians are not common, T
as touching the Right, Title, and Poffeffion of the same, as certain Anabaptists do falsely boast. Nøcwithitanding, every Man ought, of such Things as he poffefseth, liberally to give Alms to the Poor, according to his Ability.
XXXIX Of a Christian Mans Oath.
Christian Men by our Lord Jesus Christ, and James his Apostle ; fo 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 ; fo it be cune according to the Prophets teaching, in Justice, Judgment and Truth.
TuS Book of Articles, before rebearsed, is again approved,
and allowed to be bolden and executed within the Reolm, by the assent and consent of our Sovereign LadyLIZABETH, by the Grace of God, of England, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of ihe Faith, &c. Which Articles were deliberately read, and confirmed again by the Subscription of the bands of the Archbishops and Bishops of the Upper House, and by the Subscription of the whole Clergy of the nether bouse in their Convocation in the Year of our Lord 1571.