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18. Of the state of Matri- not, nor ought to be subject


19. Of Repentance.
20. Against Idleness.
21. Against Rebellion.

XXXVI. Of Consecration of

Bishops and Ministers. THE Book of Consecration of Archbishops and Bishops, 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 Consecration and Ordering: neither hath it any thing, that of itself is superstitious and ungodly. And therefore whosoever are consecrated or ordered according to the Rights 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. THE King's Majesty hath the

chief Power in this Realm of England, and other his 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

to any foreign Jurisdiction.

Where we attribute to the King's Majesty the chief Government, by which titles we understand the Minds of some slanderous Folks to be offended; we give not to our Princes the ministering either of God's Word, or of the Sacraments, the which thing the Injunctions also lately set forth by Elizabeth our Queen do most plainly testify; but that only Prerogative, which we see to have been given always to all godly Princes in holy Scriptures by God himself; that is, that they should rule all Estates and degrees committed to their Charge by God, whether they be ecclesiastical or temporal, and restrain with the civil Sword the stubborn and evil doers.

The Bishop of Rome hath no Jurisdiction in this Realm of England.

The laws of the Realm may punish Christian Men with Death, for heinous and grievous Offences.

It is lawful for Christian Men at the Commandment of the Magistrate, to wear Weapons, and serve in the


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XXXVIII. Of Christian Men's Goods which are not common. THE riches and goods of Christians are not common, as touching the right, title,

and possession of the same, as
certain Anabaptists do falsly
boast. Notwithstanding every
Man ought, of such things as
he possesseth, liberally to give
alms to the Poor, according
to his ability.

XXXIX. Of a Christian
Man's Oath.

As 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 Prophet's teaching, in Justice, Judgment, and Truth.


THIS Book of Articles before rehearsed, is again approved, and allowed to be holden and executed within the Realm, by the Assent and Consent 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 the Subscription of the Hands of the Archbishops and Bishops of the Upper House, and by the Subscription of the whole Clergy of the Nether House, in their Convocation, in the Year of our Lord 1571.

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1. OF Faith in the Holy Trinity.
2. Of Christ the Son of God.
3. Of his going down into Hell.
4. Of his Resurrection.
5. Of the Holy Ghost.

6. Of the Sufficiency of theScripture.
7. Of the Old Testament.

8. Of the Three Creeds. 9. Of Original Sin.

10. Of Free Will.

11. Of Justification." 12. Of good Works.

13. Of Works before Justification. 14. Of Works of Supererogation. 15. Of Christ alone without Sin. 16. Of Sin after Baptism.

17. Of Predestination and Election. 18. Of obtaining Salvation by Christ. 19. Of the Church.

20. Of the Authority of the Church. 21. Of the Authority of General Councils.

22. Of Purgatory.

23. Of ministering in the Congre→ gation.

24. Of speaking in the Congregation. 25. Of the Sacraments.

26. Of Unworthiness of Ministers. 27. Of Baptism.

28. Of the Lord's Supper.

29. Of the Wicked, which eat not the Body of Christ.

30. Of both Kinds.

31. Of Christ's one Oblation.
32. Of the Marriage of Priests.
33. Of Excommunicate Persons.
34. Of the Traditions of the Church,
35. Of the Homilies.

36. Of Consecration of Ministers.
37. Of Civil Magistrates.
38. Of Christian Men's Goods.
39. Of a Christian Man's Oath.

The Ratification.

Wherein whosoever are related, are forbidden in Scripture,

and our Laws, to marry together.

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This Table was set forth by authority A. D. 1563; and it is directed by Canon go to be publicly set up and fixed in every Church at the charge of the parish. To make it more known, it is usually subjoined to our Common Prayer Books. The same Canon declares, that all marriages contrary to these prohibitions shall be dissolved, as void from the beginning. Editor.

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HE following Notes on the Epistles and Gospels, are taken from my Notes on the New Testament. They might, perhaps, have been curtailed in some places, particularly where they relate to the Gospel History in general, pointing out the connexion of the story, and the harmony in the narratives of the four Evangelists; but I rather chose to leave it to the Reader, to make allowance for such annotations, whenever they shall appear superfluous.

The Notes to the Psalms are grounded on my Notes to the Old Testament; but they are necessarily altered, so as to be adapted to the Psalms of the Common Prayer Book. Some additions are made; the object of which is, principally, to compare the two translations, and illustrate the text of the Common Prayer, by the text of the Bible.

Wherever a passage is in italics after the passage quoted from the text, this is submitted as another translation; as "Meditation." Groaning. Such of them in the Notes on tlie Psalms as are followed by the signature B. T. are from the Bible translation.

J. R.

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