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The CONTENTS of this BOOK.
HE for the 16 The Order of the Mini-
17 The Order of Baptifm,
thofe of Riper Years.
TUniformity of Com-
2 The Preface.
3 Concerning the Service of
7 A Table of Proper Leffons
8 The Calendar with the Ta-
20 The Form of Solemniza-
21 Vifitation of the Sick, and
9 Tables and Rules for the
13 The Litany.
14 Prayers and Thanksgiv-
An All for the Uniformity of Common Prayer, and Service e the Church, and Adminiftration of the Sacraments.
HERE at the death of our late Sovereign Lord King Edward the Sixth, there remaincd one uniform Order of Common Service and Prayer, and of the Adminiftration of Sacraments, Rites, and Ceremonies in the Church of England, which was fet forth in one Book, Intituled, The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies in the Church of England, Authorized by Act of Parliament, holden in the firth and fixth years of our faid late Sovereign Lord King Edward the Suth, Intituled, An All for the Uniformity of Comment Prayer, and Adminiftration of the Sacraments, The which was repealed, and taken away by Act of Parliament, in the first Year of the Reiga of our late Sovereign Lady Queen Mary, to the Beat decay of the due honour of God, and discomfort to the Profeffors of the Truth of Chrifts Religion:
Be it therefore Enated by the Authority of this Prefent Parliament, That the faid Statute of Repeal, and every thing therein contained, only concerning the faid Boek, and the Service, Admisitration of Sacrarsents, Rites and Ceremonies contained, or appointed in or by the faid Book, fhall be void and of nene effect, from and after the Feath of the Nativity of 9.John Baptif next coming: and, That the faid Book with the Order of Service, and of the Administration of Sacraments, Rires and Ceremonies, with the alteration, and additions therein added and appointed by this Statute, thall ftand, and be, from, and after the faid Fear of the Nativity of S. John Baptift, in full force and effect, according to the tenor and effect of this Statute: Any thing in the forefaid Statute of Repeal to the contrary notwithstanding.
And further be,it Enacted by the Queens Highnefs, with the Affent of the Lords and Commons in this prefent Parliament ambled, and by Authority of the fame, That all and fingular Minitters in any Cathedral, or Parith-Church, or other place within this Realm of England, Wales, and the Marches of the fame, or other the Queens Dominions, mall, from and after the Feaft of the Nativity of S. John Banti next coming, be bounden to fay and ufe the Mattens, Evenfong, Celebration of the Lords Supper, and Adminiftration of each of the Sacraments, and all their Common and Open Prayer, in fuch order and form as is mentioned in the faid Book, fo Authorized by Parliament in the faid fifth and fixth Years of the Reign of King Edward the Sixth; with one alteration, or addition of certain Leons to be used on every Sunday in the Year, and the Form of the Litany altered and corrected, and two Sentences only added in the delivery of the Sacrament to the Communicants, and none other,or otherwife: And, That if any manner of Parfon, Vicar, or other whatfoever Miuifer,that ought or thould fing or fay Common Prayer mentioned in the fald Book, or minifter the Sacraments, from and after the Feaft of the Nativity of S. John Baptif next coming, refufe to ufe the faid Common Prayers, or to minifter the Sacraments in fuch Cathedral, or ParishChurch, or other places, as he should use to minifter the fame, in fuch order and form, as they be mentioned, and fet forth in the faid Book; or fhall wilfully, or obstinately standing in the fame, ufe any other Rite, Ceremony, Ordar, Form, Manner of celebrating of the Lords Supper openly, or privily, or Mattens, Evenfong,or Adminißration of the Sacaments.or other Open Prayers,than is mentioned and fet forth in the faid Book; [Open Prayer in and throughout this 48, is meant that Prayer which is for others to come unto or bear,either in Common Churches, or Private Chapels, or Oratories commonly called the Service of the Church] or shall preach, declare, or peak any thing in the derogation, or depraving of the faid Book, or any thing therein contained, or of any part thereof, and fhall be thereof lawfully convicted, according to the laws of this Realm, by verdict of twelve mea, or by his own conffion, or by the notorious evidence of the Faft; he shall loft and forfeit to the Queens Highness, Her Heirs and Succeffo:5, for his first Offence, the profit of all his Spiritual Benetices, or Promotions, coming or arifing in one whole Year next after bis conviction: and alfo that the Perfon fo convicted fhail for the fame Offence fuffer Imprisonment by the pace of fix Months, without Ball or Mainprife: And if any fuch Berfon, once convict of any Offence concerning the Fremiffes, fhall after his first conviction efticons offend, and be thereof in form aforefaid lawfully convia; That then the fame Ferfon thall for his second Offence fuffer Imprisonment by the space of one whole Year, and alfo fhall therefore be deprived info fate of all his Spiritual Promotions; and, That it shall be lawful to ali Patrens,or Donors of all and fingular the fare Spiritual Promotions, or of any of them, to prefent or collate to the fame, as though the Perfon or Perfons fo effending were dead and, That if any futh Perfon or Perfont, after he fall be twice convicted in form aforesaid,fhall offend against any of the Premises the third time, and fhall be thereof in for aforesaid lawfully convicted; That then the Perfon fo offendIs, and convicted the third time, fhall be deprived ipfe facto of all bis Spiritual Promotions, and alfo faall fuffer Imprifonment during his life: And if the Perfoa that fhall offend, and be convicted in form aforefaid,concerning any ofthe Premifles, shall not be Bencfced, nor have any Spiritual Promotion; That
then the fame Perfon fo offending, and convict, fhall for the
And it is ordained and Era@ed by the Authority aforesaid,
And for due execution hereof, the Queens moft excellent Majesty, the Lords Temporal, and all the Commons in this prefent Parliament aflembled, do in Gods name ca neftly requive and charge all the Archbishops, Bishops, and other Ordinaries, that they shall endeavour themfelves to the uttermost of their knowledessethat the due and true execution hereat may be had throughout their Diocefles and Charges, as they will an fwer before God for fuch evile and plagues,wherewith Almighty God may judly punish his people or neglecting this pond and wholfome law. And for their Authority in this behalf, Be it further Enacted by the Authority afort faid. That ail and find gular the faid Archbishops, Bihons, and all other their officers, exercising Ecclefiaftical Jurifdiction, as well in places exempt, as not exempt, within their Diocelles, hall have full Power and Authority by this Act, to reform. correct, and punish by Cenfitres of the Church, all, and ingular Perfons which fall offend within any of their Jurifdictious, or Diocefies, after the faid Feast of the Nativity of S. John hapti next coming, against this Aft and Statute: An, other Law, Statute, Privi
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ledge, Liberty, or Provifion heretofore made, had, or fuffered
And it is ordained, and Kracted by the Authority afore-
Provided always, and be it Enated by the Authority afrefa d, That ab and every Archbithon and Bishop shall and may at all time and times at his liberty and pleature join and aate himself by virtue of this Act to the faid fuftices of Over and Determiner, or to the said Justices of Afuze, at every of the fald open and general Seffions to be holden in any stace wirkin bis Diuerfe, for and to the inquiry, hearing, and determining of the Offences aforefaid.
Provided alto, 371 be it Enaced by the Authority aforefaid, That the Banks concerning the raid Services hall at the Cuts and Charg of the Parish ones of every Parish, and Cathedral Church, he arrained, and potten before the faid Feast of the Nativity of 5. John Baptif next following; and that all fuch Farithes and Cathedral Churchts, or other places, where the fad Books Chail be attained and gotten befe the faid Feast of the Nativity of S. John Baptif, thall within three Weeks next after the faid Books to atrained and potten, ufe the faid Serike, and put the fame in ute according to this Aft.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That to Perfon or Perfons fhall be at any time hereafter impeached, or otherwife molested ut, or for any the Offences above mentioned, hereafter to be committed, or done contrary to this AS, unless her they fo offending be thereof indicted at the sext general Seffions to be holden before any fuch Juftices of Oyer and Determiner, or Juftices of Afize, next after any offence committed or done contrary to the tenor of this Act.
Provided always, and be it Ordained and Ehafted by the Authurry aforesaid, That all and fingular Lords of the Farliarent, for the third Offence above mentioned, shall be tried by their Peers.
Provided alf, and be it Ordained and Enacted by the Authority sforefaid, That the Mayor of London, and all other Mayors, Bailiffs, and other Head-Officers of all and fingular Cities, Boroughs, and Town-Corporate, within this Realm, Wales, and the Marches of the fame, to the which Juftices of Affize do rint commonly renair, fhall have full Power and Authority by virtue of this Act, to enquire, hear, and deter
mine the Offences abovefaid, and every of them yearly,within fifteen Days after the Feafts of Easter, and 8. Michart ute Archaneel, in like manner and form as Juftices of Atize, and Oyer and Determiner may do.
Provided always, and be it Ordained and Epacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and fingular Archbishops, and Bishops, and every of their Chancellors, Commiffaries, Arch deacons, and other Ordinaries, having any peculiar Ecclefi attical Jurisdiction, fhall have full power and Authority by virtue of this Act, as well to enquire in their Vilitations, Synods, and exfew here within their Jurifdiction, at any other time and place, to take Accufations and Informations of all, and every the things above men ioned, done, committed, of perctrated, within the limits of their Jurifdition and Authority, and to punish the fame by Admonition, Excommuniczon, Sequestration, or Deprivation, and other Centures, and Proceles in like torm, as heretofore hath been used ja like Cafes by the Queens Ecclefiaftical Laws.
Provided always, and be it Enacted, That whatfoever Perfon offending in the Premifles, thall, for the Offence,first receive Punishment of the Ordinary, having a Teftimonial thereof under the fad Ordinary's Seal, shall not for the fame offence eftoons be convicted before the Juftices; and likewife receiv ing, for the faid Offence, Punishment first by the Juftices, he fhall not for the fate Offence eftfoons receive Punishment of the Ordinary: Any thing contained in this Act to the cuntrary notwithstanding.
Provided always, and brit Enafted, That fuch Ornaments of the Church, and of the Minifters thereof fhall be retained, and be in ufe, as were in this Church of England by the Authority of Parliament in the fecond Year of the Reign of King Edwar the Sixth, until other Order fhall be therein taken by the Authority of the Queens Majesty, with the Advice of Her Commiffioners, appointed and Authorized under the Great Seal of England for Caufes Ecclefiaftical, or of the Metropolitan of this Realm: And alfo, That if there fhall happen any Contempt, or Irreverence to be used in the Ceremonies or Rhes of the Church, by the mifufing of the orders appointed in this Book; the Queens Majefty may by the like advice of the faid Commithoners, or Metropolitan, ordain and publish fuch further Ceremonies, or Rites, as may be moft for the advancement of Gods Glory, the edifying of his Church, and the due reverence of Chrifts holy Mysteries and Sacraments.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That all Laws, Statues, and Ordinances, wherein, or whereby any other Service, Adminiftration of Sacraments, or Comman Prayer is limited, eftablished, or fet forth to be u'ed within this Realm,or any other the Queens Domininions,or Countries, fhall from henceforth be utterly void, and of none effect.
An A for the Uniformity of Publick Prayers, and Administration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies: And for eftablishing the Form of Making, Ordaining, ana Confecrating Bishops, Priefts, and Deacons in the Church of England.
Hereas in the first Year of the late Queen Elizabeth, there was one Uniform Order of Common Service and Prayer, and of the Administration of Sacraments,Kites and Ceremonies in the Church of England (agreeable to the Word of God, and ufage of the Primitive Church) compiled by the Reverend Eiton and Clergy, fet forth in one Book, Intituled, be Book Common Prayer, and Adminiftration of Sacraments, and other Rite; and Ceremonies in the Church of England; and enjoined to be used by Act of Parliament, holden in the fud fire Year of the faid late Queen, Innituled, An A for the Unformity of Comon Prayer, and Service in the Church, grd Administration of the Sacraments, very comfortable to A good reuple, derous to live in Chriftian converfation, and most probable to the State or this Realm,upon the which the Mercy, Favour and Belfing of Almighty God is in no wite fo readily and plentifully poured, as by Common Prayers, Gue ufing of the Sacraments, and often Preaching of the Gofpel, with devotion of the hearers: And yet this notwithstanding a great number of People in divers parts of this Realm following their own fenfuality, and living without knowledge and due fear of God, do witrully and fchifmatically abftain Rad refuse to come to their Parish-Churches, and other publiek places where Common Prayer, Administration of the Sacraments, and Preaching of the Word of God is used upon the Sundays, and other days areained and appointed to be kept and obferved as Holy-days: And whereas by the great and fcandaloss neglect of Minifters in ufing the faid Order or LiParey, to fet forth and enjoined as aforefaid, great mifchief's and inconvtojencies, during the times of the late unhappy troubles have arifen and grown; and many people have been lesnt Factions and Schifms, to the great decay and scandal of the Reformed Religion of the Church of England, and to the hazard of many Souls: For prevention whereof in time to come, for friching the peace of the Church,and for allaying the prefent ditemers which the Indifpofition of the time hath contracted, the Kings Majefty (according to his Declaration of the Five and twentieth of October, One thousand fix hun. dred and fixry) granted his Commission under the great Seal of England to feveral Bishops, and other Divines, to review the Book of Common Prayep, and to prepare fuch Alterations and
XIV. CAROLI II.
Additions as they thought fit to offer; and afterwards the Convocations of both the Provinces of Canterburyand Tork, heing by his Majefty called and allèmbled (and now fitting) His Majuity hath been pleafed to authorize and require the Prefis dents of the faid Convocations, and otherthe Bithops and Clergy of the fame, to review the laid Book of Common Prayer, and the Book of the Form and Manner of the Making and Cofecrating of Bishops, Friefts and Deacons, and that after mature confideration, they fhould make fuch Additions and Alterations in the faid Books refpectively, as to them should feem meet and convenient; And thould exhibit and prefent the fame to His Majesty in writing, for his further allowance or confirmation; fincewhich time, upon full and mature deliberation, they the faid Prefidents, Bithops and Clergy of both Provinces have accordingly reviewed the faid Books, and have måde fome Alterations which they think fit to be inferted to the fame; And fome additional Prayers to the faid Book of Common Prayer, to be ufad upon proper and energent occafions ; and have exhibited and prefented the fame unto His Majesty in writing in one Book, Intituled, The Book of Com men Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Pites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the use of the Church of England, together with the Pfaiter or Pfalms of David, Pointed as they are to be fung er faid in Churches, and the Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Confecrat ing of Bishops, Priests and Deacons: All which his Majefty having duly considered, hath fully approved and allowed the fame, and recommended to this prefent Parliament, that the faid Book of Common Prayer, and of the Form of Ordination and Confecration of Bishops, Priests and Deacons, with the Alterations and Additions, which have been fo made and prefented to his Majefty by the faid Convocations, be the Book which hall be appointed to be used by all that Oficiate in all Cathe dral and Collegiate Churches and Chapels, and in all Chapels of Colleges and Halls in both the Universities, and the Colleges of Ban and Win befter, and in all Parish-Churches and Chapels within the Kingdom of England,Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed, and by all that Make or Confecrate Bishops, Priefts or Deatens, in any of the faid places, une der fuch Sanctions and Penalties as the Houfes of Parliament fhall think fit. Now in regard that nothing conduceth more to 22 the
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the fettling of the Peace of this Nation (which is defired of all good men) nor to the honour of our Religion, and the propaganou thereof, than an univerfal agreement in the Publick Worship of Almighty God; and to the intent that every Perfog within this Realm may certainly know the rule to which he is to conform in Publick Worthip,and Administration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonics of the Church of EngJand, and the manner how, and by whom Bishops, Priefts and Deacons are,and ought to be Made Ordained and Confecrated;
Be it Eoaded by the Kings moft Excellent Majefty, by the Advice, and with the Content of the Lords spiritual and Temporal,and of the Commons in this pretent Parliament affembled, and by the Authority of the fame, That all and fingular Minifters in any Cathedral, Collegiate or Parish-Church or Chapel, or other place of Publick Worship within this Realm of England, Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed, thall be bound to fay and ufe the Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Celebration and Adminiftration of both the Sacraments, and all other the Publick and Common Prayer,in fuch order and form as is mentioned in the faid Book annexed and joined to this prefent Act, and Intituled, The Bock of Commen Prayer, and Adminißration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church,according to the ufe of the Church of England; fogsther with the Pfalter or Pjalms of David, Pointed as they are to be fung or faid in Churches: and the Form and Manner of Making Ordaining, and Confecrating of Bishops, Priefs, and Deacons: and, That the Morning and Evening Prayers therein contained, fall, upon every Lords Day, and upon all other days and occafions, and at the times therein appointed, be openly and folemnly read by all and every Minifter, or Curate in every Church, Chapel, or other place of Fublick Worship within this Realm of England, and places aforefaid.
publickly read the Common Prayers and Service in and by the
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That
And to the end that Uniformity in the Publick Worthip of God (which is fo much defuired) may be fpeedily effected, Be it further Enacted by the Authority aforetaid, That every Parfoa, Vicar, or other Miniiter whatsoever, who now hath, and enjoyeth any Ecclefiaftical Benence or Promotion within this Realm of England, or places aforefaid, thall, in the Church, Chapel, or place of Publick Worship belonging to his faid Benefice or Promotion upon fome Lords Day before the Feaft of Saint Bartholomew, which thall be in the Year of our Lord God, One thoufand fix hundred sixty and two, openly, publickly, and folemnly read the Morning and Evening Prayer, appointed to be read by, and according to the faid Book of Common Prayer, at the times thereby appointed; and after fuch reading thereof shall openly and publickly before the Congregation there affembled, declare his unfeigned aflent and Confent to the ufe of all things in the faid Book contained and prefcribed in thefe words, and no other;
A. B. do here declare my unfeigned affent and confent to
Book, Intituled, The Book of Common Prayer, and Admini-
A. B. do declare, That it is not lawful upon any pre'ence what foever to take Arms against the King; and that I do abhor that traiterous Pofition of taking Arms by his Autho rityagainst his Perion,or against thofe that are Commiffionated by him; and that I will conform to the Liturgy of the Church of England, as it is now by Law established. And I do declare, that I do hold there lies no obligation upon me, or on any other perfon from the Oath commonly called, The Solemn League and Covenant, to endeavour any change, or alteration of Government, either in Church or State; and that the fame was in itfelf an unlawful Oath, and impofed upon the Subjects of this Realm against the known Laws, and Liberties of this Kingdom.
And that all and every fuch Perfon, who fhall (without
And be it further Enatted by the Authority aforefaid, That
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That
Which faid Declaration and Acknowledgment fall be fubfcribed by every of the faid Mafters and other Heads, Fellows, Chaplains, and Tutors of, or in any College, Hall, or House of Learning, ant by every publick Proteff r and Reader in either of the Univerfities, before the Vice-chancellor of the refpective Universities for the time being, or his Deputy; And the faid Declaration or Acknowledgment thall be f hfcribes before the respective Archbishop, Bishop, or Ordinary of the Diocefs, by every other perfon hereby enjoined to fubfcribe the fame, upon pain that all and every of the perfons aforefa d, failing in fuch fubfcription, shall lofe and forteit fuch refpective Deanry Canonry, Prebend,Mafte hip. Headfhip, Fellowship Proteffors place, Readers place, Parfumage, Vicarage, E clefiaftical Dignity or Promotion, Curates place, Lecture, and School, and fhall be utterly disabled, and ipfo facts deprived of the fame; and that every fuch refpective Deanry, Canonry, Prebend, Maftership, Headthip, Fellowship, Profeffors place, Readers place, Partonage, Vicarage, Ecclefiaftical Dignity, or Promotion, Curates place, Lecture and School, fhall be void, as if fuch person fo failing were naturally dead.
And if any School-mafter or other perfon instructing or teaching Youth in any private Houfe or Family, as a Tutor or School-master fhall instruct or teach any Youth as a Tuter or Scheel-mafter, before Licence obtained from his refpect ve Archbishop, Bishop, or Ordinary of the Diocefs, according to the Laws an: Statutes of this Realm (for which he shall pay twelve pence only) and before fuch fubfcription and acknow ledgment made as aforefaid; Then every fuch School-mater, and other, inftructing and teaching as aforefaid, fhall for the first offence futter three Months Imprifonment without Bail or Mair prife; and for every fecond and other fuch offence f fuffer three Months Imprifonment without Ea 1 or Mainprife, and alfo for eit to His Majesty the fur of five pounds.
And after fuch fubfcription made, every fuch Parfon, Vicar, Curate, and Lecturer, fhall procure a Certificate under the Hand and Seal of the refpective Archbishon, Bishop,or Ordinary of the Diocefs (who are hereby enjoined and required upon Demand to make and deliver the fame) and thal publickly and openly read the fame, together with the Declaration, or Acknowledgment aforesaid,upon fome Lords Day within three Months then next tollowing in his Parish-Church where he is to officiate in the prefence of the Congregation there affen. bled in the time of Divine Servicos upon pain that every perfon failing therein, shall lofe fuch Farfonage, Vicarage, or Benefice, Curates place, or Lecturers place respectively, and fhall be utterly disabled, and ipfo facto deprived of the fame: And that the said Parfonage, Vicarage, or Benefice, Curates place, or Lecturers place fhall be void, as if he were naturally dead.
Provided always, That from and after the Twenty fifth Day
So as none of the perfons aforefaid thall from thenceforth be at all chiged to fubfcribe or read that part of the faid De claration or Acknowled-ment.
Provided always, and be it Enacted, That from and after the Feast of St. Barthelemewe,which fhall be in the Year of our Lord, One thoufand fix hundred fixty and two, no Perfon, who now is Incumbent, and in Potleton of any Parfonage, Vicarage, or Benefice, and who is not already in holy Orders by Epifcopal Ordination, or fhall not before the faid Feaft day of St. Barthelemeto, be Ordained Priett or Deacon, according to the Form of Erifcopal Ordination, fhall have, hold or enjoy the faid Parfenage, Vicarage, Benefice with Cure, or other Ecclefagical Promotion, within this Kingdom of England, or the Dominion of Wales, or Town of Berwick upon Tweed; But thall be utterly disabled, and info facts deprived of the fume; And all his Ecclefiaftical Promotions fhall be vold as if he were naturally dead.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That no Perfon whatfoever shall thenceforth be capable to be admitted to any Parfonage, Vicarage, Benefice, or other Ecclefiaftlcal Promotion or Dienity whatfoever, nor fhall prefume to Confecrare andAdminifter the holy Sacrament of the Lords Supper, before fuch time as he than be Ordained Prieft, according to the farm and manner in and by the faid Book prefcribed, unless be have formerly been made Prieft by Epifcopal Ordination, upon pain to forfei: for every Offence the fum of One hundred pounds; (one moiety thereof to the Kings Majefty, the other mosety thereof to be equally divided between the Poor of the Parish where the Offence (hall be committed, and fuch Perfon or Perfons as fhall fue for the fame by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint, or Information in any of His Majefty's Courts of Record, wherein no Effign, Protection, or Wager of Law fhall be allowed) and to be difabled from taking or being admitted Into the Order of Priest, by the space of one whole Year then next following.
Provided that the Penalties in this A&t fhall not extend to the Foreigners or Aliens of the Foreign Reformed Churches, allowed, or to be allowed by the Kings Majefty, His Heirs, and Succeffes, in England.
Provided always, That no Title to confer, or prefent by lapfe fhall accrue by any avoidance or deprivationi fe facto by virtue of this Statute, but after fix months after notice of fuch voidance or deprivation given by the Ordinary to the Fatron, or fuch Sentence of deprivation openly and publickly read in the Pa ish-Church of the Benefice, Parfonage, or Vicarape becoming word, or whereof the Incumbent shall be deprived by virtue of this Act.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefald, That to Form or Order of Common Prayers, Administration of Sacrameurs, Rites or Ceremonies, fhall be openly used in any Church, Chapel, or other publick place of, or in any Collere or Hall in either of the Universities, the Colleges of Westminster, Winchester, or Eaten, or any of them, other than what is prefcribed and appointed to be used in and by the faid Book; and, That the prefent Governor, or Head of every College and Hall in the faid Univerfities, and of the faid Colleges of Westminster, Wimber, and Eaton, within one Month after the Feast of St. Bartholomew, which shall be in the Year of our Lord, One thousand fix hundred fixty and two: And every Governor or Head of any of the faid Colleges or Halls, hereafter to be elected or appointed within one Month next after his Eleftion er Collaton, and Admiffion into the fame Government or Hearhip, fall openly and publickly in the Church, Chapel, or other publick Place of the fame College or Hall, and in the prefence of the Fellows and Scholars of the fame, or the greater part of them then refident, fubfcribe unto the Nine and thirty Articles of Religion, mentioned in the Statute mads in the thirteenth year of the Reign of the late Queen Izabeth,and unto the fald Book; and declare his unfeigned Allen and Content unto, and Approbation of the faid Articles, and of the fame Book, and to the ufe of all the Prayers, Rites and Ceremonies, Forms and Orders in the faid Book prescribed and contained, according to the Form aforefaid; and that all fach Governors or Heads of the faid Colleges and Halls,or any of them, as are, or fhall be in Holy Orders, fhall once at least in every quarter of the year (not having a lawful Impediment) openly and publickly read the Morning Prayer, and Service in and by the faid Book appointed to be read in the Church, Chapel, or other publick Place of the fame Collere or Hall, upon pain to lofe and be fufpended of, and from all the Fenests and Profits belonging to the fame Government or Headftio, by the space of fix Months, by the Vifitor or Vifitors of the fame Colege or Hat); And if any Governor or Head of any College or Hall, fufpended for not fubfcribing unto the aid Articles and Book.or for not reading of the Morning Prayer and service, forefaid, fhall not at, or before the end of fix Months next after fuch Suspension, fubfcribe unto the faid Articles and Book and declare his Confent thereunto, as aforefain, or Rend the Morn në Prayer, and Service, as aforefaid, then fuch Government or Headship shall be infe fa e void.
Provided always, That it shall and may be lawful to use the
Morning and Evening Prayers,and all other Prayers, and Ser vice preferibed in and by the faid Book, in the Chapels or other publick Places of the refpeétive Colleges and Halls, in both the Universities, in the Colleges of Westminster, Winchester, and Faten, and in the Convocations of the Cries of either Province, in Larin; Any thing in this At contained to the contrary notwithstanding.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That no Perfon fhall be, or be received as a Lecturer, or permitted, futtered, or allowed to Preach as a Lecturer, or to Preach or Read any Sermon or Lecture, in any Church, Chapel, or other Place of publick Worship within this Realm of England, or the Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed, unless he be first approved, and ther unto licensed by the Archbishop of the Province, or Bishop of the Diocefs, or (in cafe the: ee be void) by the Guardian of the Spiritualties under his Seal, and fhall, in the prefence of the fame Archbishop, or Bishop, or Guardian, Read the Nine and thirty Articles of Relig on mentioned in the Statute of the Thirteenth year of the late Queen Elizabeth, with Declaration of his unfeigned Affent to the fame; and. That every perfon and perfons, who now is, or hereafter shall be Licensed Affigned, Appointed, or Receiv ed as a Lecturer to Preach upon any Day of the Week, in any Church, Chanel, or place of Fublick Worship within this Realm of England, or places aforefaid, the fift time he Preacheth (before his Sermon) fhall openly, publickly, and folemnly Read the Common Prayers and service in and by the faid Book appointed to be Read fo that time of the day, and then and there publickly, and op nly declare his Affent un, and Approbation of the said Book, and to the Ufe of all the Prayers,Rites and Ceremonies, Forms and Orders therein contained and prefcribed, according to the Form before appointed in this Act; And alfo fhall upon the firft Lecture-day of every Month afterwards, long as he continues Lecturer, crPreacher there, rt the place appointed for his faid Lecture or Sermon, before his faid Lecture or Sermon, openly, publickly, and fo lemnly read the Common Prayers, and Service in and by the faid Book appointed to be read for that time of the day, at which the faid Lecture or Sermon is to be preached; and after fuchReading thereof, fhall openly and publickly before theCongregation there affembled, declare his unfeigned Affent and Confent unto, and Approbation of the faid Book, and to the ufe of all the Prayers, Rites and Ceremonies. Forms and Orders therein contained and prefcribed, according to the Form aforefaid; and, That all and every fuch Perfon and Perfont who thall neglect or refufe to do the fame fhall from thenceforth be difabled to preach the faid, or any other Lecture or Sermon in the faid, or any other Church, Chapel, or Place of public Worship, until fuch time as he and they shall openly, publickly, and folemnly Read the Common Prayers and Service appointed by the faid Book, and Conform in all Points to the things therein appointed and prefcribed, according to the purport, true intent, and meaning of this Act.
Provided always, That if the faid Sermon or Lecture be to be preached or read in any Cathedral, or Collegiate Church or Chapel, it shall be fufficient for the faid Lecturer openly at the time aforefaid, to declare his Affent and Confent to all things contained in the faid Book, according to the Form aforefaid.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That if any Perfon who is by this Act difabled to pre ch any Lecture or Sermon, hall, during the time that he shall continue and reniain to disabled, preach any Sermon or Lecture; That then for every fuch offence the Perfon and Pertons fo offerding, thall fuffer three months Imprifonment in the Common Goal,without Bail or Mainprife; and that any two Juftices of the Peace of any County of this Kingdom, and places aforefaid, and the Mayor, or other chief Magiftrate of any City, or TownCorporate within the fame,upon Certificate from the Ordinary of the place made to him or them of the offence committed, hall, and are hereby required to commit the perfon or ne, fans fo offending to the Goal of the fame County, City, or Town Corporate accordingly.
Provided always, and be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That at all and every time and times, when any Sermon or Lecture is to be Preached, the Common Prayers and Service in and by the faid Book appointed to be Read for that time of the day, fhall be openly, publickly, and folemnly Read by fome Pricft or Deacon, in the Church, Charel, or Place of publick Worship, where the faid Sermon or Lecture is to be preached, before fuch Sermon or Lecture he preached; And that the Lecturer then to Preach fhall be prefent at the reading thereof.
Proviced nevertheless, That this At fhall not extend to the University-Churches in the Universities of this Realm, or either of them, when or at fuch times as any Sermon or Lecture is Preached or Read in the faid Churches, or any of them, for, or as the Publick University-Sermon or Lecture; but that the fame Sermons and Lectures may be Preached or Read in fuch fort and manner as the fame have been heretofore Preached or Read; This Act, or any thing herein contained to the contrary thereof in any wife notwithstanding.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That the feveral Food Laws, and Stitutes of this Realm, which have been formerly made. and are now in force for the Uniformity of Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, within this Realm of England, and places aforesaid, fhall ftand in fuil force and frength to all intents and purnofes whaticever, for the establishing and confirming of the fald Book, Intituled, The Bork of Common Prayer, and Admiration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, cccording to the Ufe of the Church of England; together with the Pfalter or forms of David, Pointed as they are to be fung or faid in Churches; and the Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Confecrating of Bjkops Priefis,and Deaconiz