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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 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 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 Church. 2. Against Peril of Idolatry. 3. Of repairing and keeping clean of Churches. 4. Of good Works : first of Fasting. 5. Against Gluttony and Drunkenness. 6. Against Excess af Apparel. 7. Of Prayer. 8. Of the Place and Time of Prayer. 9. That Common Prayers and Sacraments ought to be ministered
in a known Tongue. 10. Of the reverent Estimation of God's Word. 11. Of Alm3-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 Blood
of Christ 16. Of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost. 17. For the Rogation-days. 18. Of the State of Matrimony. 19. Of Repentance. 20. Against Idleness. 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. The 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 conse. crated or ordered according to said form, we recree all such to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully consecrated and ordered.
Art. xxxvii. Of the Power of the Civil Megistrates. The power of the Civil Magistrate extendeth to all men, as well Clergy as Laity, in all things temporal: but hath no anthority in things purely spiritual. And we hold it to be the dury of all men who are professors of the Gospel, to pay respectful oberlience to the civil authority, regularly and legitimately constituted. Art. XXXVIII. Of Christian Men's Goods, which are not commoa,
The Riches and Goods of Christians are not common, as 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 we confess that vain and rash swearing is forbidden Christian men by our Lord Jesus Christ, and James his Apostle: se we julge that Christian Religion doth not prohibit, but ibat 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.