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dral Churches, or other places, where the said Books shall be attained and gotten, before the said Feast of the Nativity of Saint John Baptist, shall within three wecks next after the said Books so attained and gotten, use the said Service, and put the same in use according to this Act.

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That no person or persons shall be af any time hereafter impeached, or otherwise mo. lefted of or for any of the offences above menrioned, hereafter to be committed, or done con. trary to this A&t, unless he or they so offending be thereof indi&ted at the next general Sessions, to be holden before any such Justices of Oyer and Determiner, or Justices of Affize, next after any offence committed or done, contrary to the tenour of this Act.

Provided always and be it Ordained, and Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and fingular Lords of the Parliament, for the third offence above mentioned, shall be tried by their Peers,

Provided also, and be it Ordained, and Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That ihe Mayor of London, and all other Mayors, Bailiffs, and other Head-officers, of all, and singular Cities, Boroughs, and Towns - Corporate within this Realm, Wales and the Marches of the same, to the which, Justices of Aflize do not commonly repair, fhall have full power and Authority, by vir. tue of this Act, to enquire, hear, and determine the offences abovelaid, and every


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ly, within fifteen days after the Feast of Easter, and Saint Michael the Archangel, in like manner and form, as Justices of Allize, and Oyer, and Determiner may do.

Provided always, and he it Ordained and Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and fingular Archbishops and Bishops, and every of iheir Chancellors, Commissaries, Archdeacons, and other Ordinaries, having any peculiar Eccleļastical jurisdiction, shall have full power and Auibority, by virtue of this Act, as well to enquire in their Visitations, Synods, and elsewhere within ibeir jurisdiætion, at any other time, and place, to take accusations, and informations of all, and every the things above mentioned, done, committed or perpetrated within the limits of their jurisdictions and Authority, as to punish the fame by admonition, excommunication, sequestration, or deprivation, and other censures, and process, in like form, as heretofore hath been used in like cases by the Queen's Ecclesiastical Laws.

Provided always, and be it Enacted, That whatsoever person offending in the premises shall for the offence' first receive punishment of the Ordinary, having a testimonial thereof under the said Ordinary's seal, shall not for the fame of. fence eftsoons be convicted before, the Justices; and likewise receiving for the faid first offence punishment first by the Justices, he thall not for the same offence eftfoons receive punishment of the Ordinary: Any thing contained in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding.


Provided always, and be it Enacted, That fuch ornaments of the Churcb and of the Ministers thereof, shall be retained, and be in use, as were in this Church of England, by the Authority of Parliament, in the second year of the reign of King Edward the Sixth, until other order shall be therein taken by the Authority of the Queen's Majesty, with the advice of Her Commissioners, appointed and authorized under the great feal of England for causes Ecclefiaftical, or of the Me. tropolitan of this Realm. And also, That if there Shall happen any contempt, or irreverence to be used in the Ceremonies, or Rites of the Church, by the misusing of the Orders appointed in this Book; The Queen's Majesty may, by the like advice of the faid Commissioners, or Metropo. litan, ordain and publish such further Ceremo. nies, or Rites, as may be most for the advancement of God's glory, the edifying of his Church, and the due reverence of Christ's høly Mysteries and Sacraments.

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances, wherein, or whereby any other Service, Adminiftration of Sacraments, or Common-Prayer, is limited, established, or set forth to be used with in this Realm, or any other the Queen's Dominions, or Countries, shall from henceforth be ut. terly void, and of none effect.


An Act for the Uniformity of Publịc Prayers, and Administration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies: And for establishing the Form of making, ordaining, and confecrating Bishops, Priests, and Deacons in the Church of England. 14 Carol. II.

Queen Elizabeth, there was one Uniform Order of Common-Service and Prayer, and of the Administration of Sacraments, Rites and Cee remonies in the Church of England (agreeable to the Word of God, and Usage in the Primitive Church) compiled by the Reverend Bishops and Clergy, set forth in one Book, intituled, “The " Book of Common-prayer, and Administration “ of Sacramerxs, and other Rites and Ceremo. " nies in the Church of England," and enjoined to be used by Aą of Parliament, holden in the faid first year of the said late, Queen, intituled, “ An Aá for she Uniformity of Common-prayer " and Service in the Church, and Adeniniftra, « tion of the Sacraments,” very comfortable to all good people desirous to live in Christian conversation, and most profitable to the Eftate of abis Realm, upon the which the Mercy, Favour, and Blessing of Almighty God is in no wife fo readily and plentifully poured, as by Come mon-Prayers, due using of the Sacraments, and often Preaching of the Gospel, with devotion of the hearers: And yet this notwithstanding, a


great number of people in divers parts of this Realmy, following their own sensuality, and living without knowledge and due fear of God, do wil. folly and fchifmatically alistain, and refuse to come to their Parish-Churches, and other public places where Common.prayer, Administration of the Sacraments, and preaching of the Word of God is used upon the Sundays and other days, ordained and appointed to be kept and observed as Holidays? And whereas by the great and scandalous neglect of Ministers in the said Order, or Liturgy; to let forth and enjoined as aforesaid, great mischiefs and inconveniencies, during the times of the late unhappy troubles, have arisen and grown; and many people have been led into Factions and Schifms, to the great decay and fcandal of the Reformed Religion of the Church of England, and to the hazard of many fouls: for prevention thereof in time to come, for settling the peace of the Church, and for allaying the present distempers, which the indisposition of the time hath contracted; The King's Majesty' (according to his Declaration of the Five and twen. tieth of Odober, One thoufand fix hund,ed and fixty) granted His Commission under the Great Seal of England, to several Bishops and other Dis vires to review the Book of Common-prayer, and tot prepare such' Alterations and Additions, as they thought fit to offer: And afterwards the Convocations of búin the provinces of 'Can. tepburycand York, being bý his Majesty called and affembled and now fitting) His Majesty

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