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OF CEREMONIES,

WHY SOME BB ABOLISHED, AND SONE RETAINED.

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in the Church, and have had their beginning by the institution of man, some at the first were of godly intent and purpose devised, and yet at length turned to vanity and superstition: some entered into the Church by urdiscreet devotion, and such a zeal as was without knowledge; and for be. cause they were winked at in the beginning, they grew daily to more and more abuses, which not only for their unprofitableness, but also because they have much blinded the people, and obscured the glory of God, are worthy to be cut away, and clean rejected : other there be, which aithough they have been devised by man, yet it is thought good to reserve ihem still, as well for a decent order in the Church, (for the which they were first devised) as because they pertain to edifi. cation, whereunto all things done in the Church (as the Apostle teacheth) ought to be referred.

And although the keeping or omitting of a Ceremony, in itself considered, is but a small thing; yet the wilful and contemptuous transgression and breaking of a common order and discipline is no small offence before God, Let all things be done among you, saith Saint Paul, in a seemly and due order : The appointment of the which order pertaineth not to private men; therefore no man ought to take in hand, nor presume to appoint or alter any publick or common Order in Christ's Church, except he be lawfully called and authorized thereunto.

And whereas in this our time, the minds of men are so diverse, that some think it a great matter of conscience to depart from a piece of the least of their Cere. monies, they be so addicted to their old customs; and again on the other side, some be so new. fangled, that would innovate all things, and so despise the old, that nothing can like them, but that is new : it was thought expe.

dient, not so much to have respect how to please and satisfy either of these parties, as how to please God, and profit ihem both. And yet lest any man should be offended, whom good reason might satisfy, here be certain causes rendered, why some of the accustomed Ceremonies be put away, and some retained and kept still.

Some are put away, because the great excess and multitude of them hath so increased in these latter days, that the burden of them was intolerable; whereof Saint Augustine in his time complained, that they were grown to such a number, that the estate of Christian people was in worse case concerning that matter, than were the Jews. And he counsel. led that such yoke and burden should be taken away, as time would serve quietly to do it. But what would Saint Augustine have said, if he had seen the Ceremo. nies of late days used among us ; whereunto the multitude used in his time was not to be compared ? This our excessive multitude of Ceremonies was so great, and many of them so dark, that they did more confound and darken, than declare and set forth Christ's benefits unto us. And besides this, Christ's Gospel is not a Ceremonial Law, (as much of Moses' Law was) but it is a Religion to serve God, not in bondage of the figure or shadow, but in the free. dom of the Spirit ; being content only with those Ceremonies which do serve to a decent Order and godly Discipline, and such as be apt to stir up the dull mind of man to the remembrance of his duty to God, by some notable and special signification, whereby he might be edified. Furthermore, the most weighty cause of the a. bolishment of certain Cercmonies was, That they were so far abused, partly by the superstitious blind. ness of the rude and unlearned, and partly by the unsatiable ava. rice of such as sought more their own lucre, than the glory of God,

that the abuses could not well be ed. For as those be taken away taken away, the thing remaining which were most abused, and stiil.

did burden men's consciences But now as concerning those without any cause; so the other persons, which peradventure will that remain, are retained for a be offended, for that some of the discipline and order, which (upon old Ceremonies are retained still. I just causes) may be altered and If they consider that without changed, and therefore are not some Ceremonies it is not possible to be esteemed equal with God's to keep any Order, or quiet Disci- Law. And moreover, they be pline in the Church, they shall neither dark nor dumb Ceremoeasily perceive just cause to re- nies, but are so set forth, that form their judgments. And if every man may understand what they think much, that any of the they do mean, and to what use old do remain, and would rather they do serve. So that it is not have all devised anew: then such like that they in time to come men granting some Ceremonies should be abused as other have convenient to be had, surely been. And in these our doings where the old may be well used, we condemn no other Nations, there they cannot reasonably re- nor prescribe any thing but to prove the old only for their age, our own people only: For we think without bewraying of their own it convenient that every Country folly. For in such a case they should use such Ceremonies as ought rather to have reverence they shall think best to the setunto them for their antiquity, if ting forth of God's honour and they will declare themselves to glory, and to the reducing of the be more studious of unity and people to a most perfect and god. concord, than of innovations and ly living, without error or supernew-fangleness, which (as much stition;

and that they should put as may be with true setting forth away other things, which from of Christ's Religion) is always to time to time they perceive to be be eschewed. Furthermore, such most abused, as in men's ordi. shall have no just cause with the nances it often chanceth diversly Ceremonies reserved to be offend. in divers countries.

T THE ORDER HOW THE PSALTER IS
APPOINTED TO BE READ.

And, whereas the 119th Psalm through once every Month, is divided into twenty-two por: as it is there appointed, both for tions, and is over-long to be read Morning and Evening Prayer. at one time; It is so ordered, that But in February it shall be read at one time shall not be read only to the twenty-eighth, or above four or five of the said por. twenty-ninth day of the month. tions.

And, whereas January, March, And at the end of every Psalm, May, July, August, October, and and of every such part of the December have One-and-thirty 119th Psalm, shall be repeated days apiece; It is ordered, that this Hymn, the same Psalms shall be read the

Glory be to the Father, and to last day of the said months,

the Son : and to the Holy Ghost ; which were read the day before : So that the Psalter may begin As it was in the beginning, is again the first day of the next

now, and ever shall be : world month ensuing.

without end. Amen. Note, that the Psalter followeth the Division of the Hebrews, and the Translation of the great English Bible, set forth and used In the time of King Henry the Eighth, and Edward the Sixth.

T THE ORDER HOW THE REST OF HOLY
SCRIPTURE IS APPOINTED

TO BE READ,

THE Gud Testament is appointe specially appointed in the Table,

for

the Lesson Morning and Evening Prayer, time may, at the discretion of so as the most part thereof will the Minister, be any Chapter be read every year once, as in from the four Gospels, or any the Calendar is appointed. Lesson appointed in the Tablo

The New Testament is ap- of Lessons from the four Gos. pointed for the second Lessons pels. at Morning and Evening Prayer, and shall be read over orderly

Upon occasions, to be approved

by the Ordinary, other Lessons every year twice, once in the

may, with his consent, be subMorning and once in the Even

stituted for those which are aping, besides the Epistles and

pointed in the Calendar, Gospels, except the Apocalypse, out of which there are only

And note, that whensoever certain Lessons appointed at the

Proper Psalms or Lessons are end of the year, and certain appointed, then the Psalms and Proper_Lessons appointed upon

Lessons of ordinary course apdivers Feasts.

pointed in the Psalter and Ca. And to know what Lessons lendar (if they be different) shall shall be read every day, look for

be omitted for that time. the day of the Month in the Note also, that upon occasions Calendar following, and there ye

to be appointed by ihe Ordinary, shall find the Chapters and por- other Psalms may, with his contions of Chapters that shall be sent, be substituted for those apread for the Lessons, both at pointed in the Psalter. Morning and Evening Prayer, If any of the Holy-days for except only the Moveable Feasts, which Proper Lessons are ap. which are not in the Calendar, pointed in the Table fall upon a and the Immoveable, where there Sunday which is the first Sunday is a blank left in the Column of in Advent, Easter-Day, WhitLessons, the Proper Lessons for Sunday, or Trinity-Sunday, the all which days are to be found Lessons appointed for such Sunin the Table of Proper Lessons. day shall be read, but if it fall

If Evening Prayer is said at upon any other Sunday, the two different times in the same Lessons appointed either for the place of worship on any Sunday Sunday or for the Holy-day may (except a Sunday for which Al. be read at the discretion of the ternative second Lessons are Minister.

Note also, that the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel appointed for the Sunday shall serve all the week after, where it is not in this Book otherwise ordered.

1 PROPER LESSONS

TO BE READ AT MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER, ON TEE SUNDAYS,

AND OTHER HOLY-DAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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LESSONS PROPER FOR SUNDAYS.

MATTINS.

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Sunday after
Ascension-Day .. Deut. - XIX,

Dent. - Xxxiv, or Joshua-l Whil-Sunday. 1 Lesson. - Xvi, to v. 18 Isaiahl. Ezek. - XVI,

(v. 25 2 Leason. Rom. -- viii, to Galat.--. v. 16 Acts xvill. v. 2+ (v. 18

(to xix. v. 21 Trinity-Sunday. 1 Lesson, Isaiah - vi, to Genesis- xviil. » Gen.-i, & ii, to (v. 11

(0.4 2 Lesson. Rev.-i, to v. 9 Eph. iv. to v. 17 .. Matthew

- ili, Sundays after

Trinity. The First

Josh, jil. . 7 to Josh, v.v.13 to Joshua - xxiv. (iv, v. 15

(vi. v. 21 Second

Judges - iv. Judges v. Judg. vi. v. 11 Third

1 Sam, -ii, to 1 Sam.iii. » 1 Sam. - iv. to (0.27

(v. 19 Fonrth

xii,

Ruth-
Fifth
xv. to r. 24

xvi. , 1 Sam. xvii,
Sixtb
2 Samuel i. 2 Sam. xii, lo 2 Sam, - xviii,

(v. 24 Seventh 1 Chron,xxi, 1 Chron.xxii. 1 Chron. xxviii.

(to v. 2i Eighth

xxix, v. 9 2 Chron. - i. , 1 Kings -ili.

(to v. 29
Ninth
1 Kings - x. to 1 Kings xi, to

xi, o, 26

(u. 15
Tenth.

xii,
xiii.

xvii.
Eleventh
xviii.

Σχί. Twelfth xxii, to v. 41 2 Kings- ii, 10 2 Kings iv, d. 8

(v. 16

(to v. 38 Thirteenth. 2 Kings .

vi, to v. 24

vii. Fourteenth

ix.
I, too. 32

xiii. Fifteenth

xviii.

- xxiii, to v. 31 Sixteenth 2 Chron, xxxvi. Neh.-1, & ii. to

viii,

(0.9 Seventeenth

Jeremiah – Y. Jerem.-xii, ., Jerem. -IXXV. Eighteenth xxxvi. Ezekielii. Ezek, -ujii, lo

(v. 17 Nineteenth Ezekiel - ziv.

xxiv. v. 15 Twentieth

xxxiv.

Xxxvii, Daniel i, Twenty-first Daniel iii. Daniel -- iv.

V.
Twenty-second

vi.
vii. v. 9

xii. Twenty-third Hosea --- xiv.

Joel -- ii, 0, 21

Joel – lii, v. 9 Twenty-fourth Amos

Amos

V. Amog ix, Twenty-fifth Micah-- iv.&v.

Micah- vi. ,,Micah vii,

(lo v. 8 Twenty-sixth ... Habakkuk- ii. Habakkuk-ili. Zephan. -lii. Twenty-seventh. Eccles. — xi. & Haggai — ii. to Mal.- iii, & iv.

(xii,

(v. 10

(v. 25

xix.

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xviii.

22

Nole.That the Lessons appointed in the above Table for the Twentyseventh Sunday after Trinity shall always be read on the Sunday next beforo Advent.

If there be a third Service on Sundays, the Second Lesson for that Ser. vice may be any Chapter from the four Gospels, or any Lesson appointed in the Calendar from the four Gospels, at the discretion of the Minister, except on those Sundays for which alternative Second Lessons are specially Appointed in the above Table.

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