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53. No public Opposition between Preachers, IF any Preacher shall in the Pulpit particularly, or nanie
ly of purpose, impugn or confute any doctrine delivered by any other Preacher in the same Church, or in any Church near adjoining, before he hath acquainted the Bishop of the diocese therewith, and received order from him what to do in that case, because upon such public diffenting and contradicting there may grow
much offence and disquietness unto the people ; the Churchwardens, or party grieved, shall forthwith fignify the fame to the said Bishop, and not suffer the said Preacher any more to occupy that place which he hath once abuled, except he faithfully promise to forbear all such matter of contention in the Church, until the Bishop hath taken further order therein ; who fhall with all convenient speed fo proceed therein, that public fatisfaction may be made in the congregation where the offence was given. Provided, that if either of the parties offending do appeal, he shall not be suffered to preach pendente lite.
54. The Licences of Preachers refusing Conformity to be void. IF any man licensed heretofore to preach, by any
Arch bishop, Bishop, or by either of the Univerfities, shall at any time from henceforth refuse to conform himself to the Laws, Ordinances, and Rites Ecclefiaftical, established in the Church of England, he shall be admonished by the Bishop of the diocese, or Ordinary of the place, to fubmit himself to the use and due exercise of the same. And if, after such admonition, he do not conform himself within the space of one month, we determine and decree, That the Licence of every such Preacher shall thereupon be utterly void, and of none effect.
55. The Form of a Prayer to be used by all Preachers before
their Sermons. BEFORE all Sermons, Lectures, and Homilies the
Preachers and Ministers shall move the people to join with them in Prayer in this form, or to this effect, as briefly as conveniently they may: Ye shall pray for Christ's holy Catholic Church, that is, for the whole congregation of Christian people dispersed throughout the whole world, and especially for the Churches of England, Scotland, and Ireland : and herein I require you most especi
ally to pray for the King's most excellent Majesty, our Sovereign Lord JAMES, King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and Supreme Governor in these his realms, and all other his dominions and countries, over all persons in all causes, as well Ecclefiaftical as Temporal : ye shall also pray for our gracious Queen Anne, the noble Prince HENRY, and the rest of the King and Queen's royal issue : ye shall also pray for the Ministers of God's holy Word and Sacraments, as well Archbishops and Bishops, as other Pastors and Curates : ye shall alto pray for the King's most honourable Council, and for all the Nobility and Magiftrates of this realm; that all and every of these, in their several callings, may serve truly and painfully to the glory of God, and the edifying and well governing of his people, remembering the account that they must make : also thall the whole Commons of this realm, that they may live in the true faith and fear of God, in humble obedience to the King, and brotherly charity one to another. Finally, let us praise God for all those which are departed out of this life in the faith of Christ, and pray unto God, that we may have grace to direct our lives after their good example'; that, this life ended, we may be made partakers with them of the glorious resurrection in the life everlasting; always concluding with the Lord's Prayer.
56. Preachers and Lecturers to read Divine Service, and ad
minifter the Sacraments twice a Year at the least. EVERY Minister, being poffeffed of a Benefice that hath
cure and charge of louls, although he chiefly attend to preaching, and hath a Curate under him to execute the other duties which are to be performed for him in the Church, and likewise every other stipendiary Preacher that readeth any lecture, or catechizeth, or preacheth in any Church or Chapel, shall twice at the least every year read himself the Divine Service upon two several Sundays publicly, and at the usual times, both in the forenoon and afternoon, in the Church which he so pofleffeth, or where he readeth, catechizeth, or preacheth, as is aforesaid ; and Thall likewise as often in every year administer the Sacraments of Baptism, if there be any to be baptized, and of the Lord's Supper, in such manner and form, and with the observation of all such rites and ceremonies as are prefcribed by the Book of Common Prayer in that behalf; which if he do not accordingly perform, then thall he that
is possessed of a Benefice (as before) be suspended ; and he that is but a Reader, Preacher, or Catechizer, be removed from his place by the Bishop of the diocefe, until he or they shall submit themselves to perform all the faid duties, in such manner and sort as before is prescribed.
57. The Sacraments not to be refused at the Hands of un
preaching Ministers. WHEREAS divers perfons, feduced by false teachers,
do refuse to have their children baptized by a Minister that is no Preacher, and to receive the holy Communion at his hands in the same respect, as though the virtue of those Sacraments did depend upon his ability to preach ; forasmuch as the doctrine both of Baptism and of the Lord's Supper is to sufficiently fet down in the Book of Common Prayer to be used at the administration of the faid Sacraments, as nothing can be added unto it that is material and neceffary; we do require and charge every such person, seduced as aforesaid, to reform that their wilfulness, and to submit himself to the order of the Church in that behalf; both the said Sacraments being equally effectual, whether they be ministered by a Minister that is no Preacher, or by one that is a Preacher. And if any hereafter shall offend herein, or leave their own Parishchurches in that respect, and communicate, or cause their children to be baptized, in other parishes abroad, and will not be moved thereby to reform that their error and unlawful course; let them be presented to the Ordinary of the place by the Minister, Church-wardens, and Side men, or Queft-men of the parishes where they dwell, and there receive such punishment by Ecclefiaftical censures, as such obstinacy doth worthily deserve; that is, let them (persisting in their wilfulness) be fufpended, and then, after a month's further obstinacy, excommunicated. And likewise if any Parson, Vicar, or Curate, shall, after the publishing hereof, either receive to the Communion any such persons which are not of his own church and parish, or shall baptize any of their children, thereby strengthening them in their faid errors; let him be suspended, and not releafed thereof, until he do faithfully promise that he will not afterwards offend therein,
.58. Ministers reading Divine Service, and administering the
Sacraments, to wear Surplices, and Graduates therewithal
VERY Minister saying the public Prayers, or minister
ing the Sacraments, or other Rites of the Church, shall wear a decent and comely Surplice with Sleeves, to be provided at the charge of the parish. And if any question arise touching the matter, decency, or comeliness thereof, the fame shall be decided by the discretion of the Ordinary. Furthermore, such Ministers as are Graduates shall wear upon their Surplices, at such times, such Hoods as by the orders of the Universities are agreeable to their degrees, which no Minister thall wear (being no Graduate) under pain of fufpenfion. Notwithstanding it thall be lawful for such Ministers as are not Graduates to wear upon their Surplices, instead of Hoods, some decent Tippet of black, so it be not filk..
59. Ministers to catechize every Sunday. EVER
VERY Parson, Vicar, or Curate, upon every Sunday
and Holy-day, before Evening Prayer, shall, for half an hour or more, examine and instruct the youth and ignorant persons of his parish, in the Ten Commandments, the Articles of the Belief, and in the Lord's Prayer ; and Lhall diligently hear, instruct, and teach them the Catechism set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. And all fathers, mothers, masters, and mistreffes, fhall cause their children, servants, and apprentices, which have not learned the Catechism, to come to the Church at the time appointed, obediently to hear, and to be ordered by the Minister, until they have learned the same. And if any Minister neglect his duty herein, let him be sharply reproved upon the first complaint, and true notice thereof given to the Bishop or Ordinary of the place. If, after fubmitting himself, he shall willingly offend therein again, let him be suspended; if so the third time, there being little hope that he will be therein reformed, then excommunicated, and so remain until he will be reformed. And likewise if any of the said fathers, mothers, masters, or mistresses, children, servants, or apprentices, shall neg. lect their duties, as the one fort in not causing them to come, and the other in refusing to learn, as aforesaid ; let "them be suspended by their Ordinaries, (if they be not children,) and if they fo perfift by the space of a month, then let them be excommunicated.
60. Confirmation to be performed once in three YearsoFORASMUCH as it hath been a folemn, ancient, and
laudable custom in the Church of God, continued from the Apostles' times, that all Bishops should lay their hands upon children baptized, and instructed in the Catechism of Christian Religion, praying over them, and blefling them, which we commonly call Confirmation; and that this holy action hath been accustomed in the Church in former ages, to be performed in the Bishop's visitation every third year; we will and appoint, That every Bishop or his Suffragan, in his accustomed visitation, do in his own person carefully observe the faid custom. And if in that year, by reason of some infirmity, he be not able personally to visit, then he shall not omit the execution of that duty of Confirmation the next year after, as he may conveniently.
61. Ministers to prepare Children for Confirmation.
, for the better accomplishing of the orders prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer concerning Confirmation, 'fhall take especial care that none shall be presented to the Bishop for him to lay his hands upon, but fach as can render an account of their faith according to the Catechism in the said book contained. And when the Bishop shall aflign any time for the performance of that part of his duty, every such Minister shall use his best endeavour to prepare and make able, and likewise to procure as many as he can to be then brought, and by the Bishop to be confirmed.
62. Ministers not to marry any Persons without Banns, or
NO Minister, upon pain of suspension per triennium ipfo
fa&to, shall celebrate Matrimony between any persons, without a faculty or licence granted by some of the persons in these our Constitutions expressed, except the Banns of Matrimony have been first published three several Sundays, or Holy-days, in the time of Divine Service, in the