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pain of the imputation of imposture or cofenage, and deposition from the ministry.

73. Ministers not to hold private Conventicles. FORASMUCH as all conventicles, and fecret meetings

of Priests and Ministers, have been ever justly accounted very hurtful to the state of the Church wherein they live; we do now ordain and constitute, That no Priests, or Minifters of the Word of God, or any other persons, shall meet together in any private house, or elsewhere, to confult upon any matter or course to be taken by them, or upon their motion or direction by any other, which may any way tend to the impeaching or depraving of the

doctrine of the Church of England, or of the Book of Common Prayer, or of any part of the government and discipline now established in the Church of England, under pain of excommunication ipso facto.

74. Decency in Apparel enjoined to Ministers. THE true, ancient, and flourishing Churches of Christ,

being ever desirous, that their Prelacy and Clergy might be had as well in outward reverence, as otherwise regarded for the worthiness of their ministry, did think it fit, by a prescript form of decent and comely apparel, to have them known to the people, and thereby to receive the honour and estimation due to the special Messengers and Ministers of Almighty God: we therefore following their grave judgment, and the ancient custom of the Church of England, and hoping that in time newfangleness of apparel in some factious persons will die of itself, do constitute and appoint, That the Archbishops and Bilhops shall not intermit to use the accustomed apparel of their degrees. Likewise all Deans, Masters of Colleges, Archdeacons, and Prebendaries, in Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, (being Priests or Deacons,) Doctors in Divinity, Law, and Physic, Bachelors in Divinity, Masters of Arts, and Bachelors of Law, having any Ecelefiaftical Living, shall usually wear Gowns with standing Collars and Sleeves strait at the hands, or wide Sleeves, as is used in the Universities, with Hoods or Tippets of ilk or farcenet, and square Caps. And that all other Ministers admitted or to be admitted into that function thall also usually wear the like apparel as is aforesaid, except Tippets only. We do further in like manner ordain, That


all the said Ecclefiaftical Persons above mentioned shall usually wear in their journeys Cloaks with Sleeves, commonly called Priest's Cloaks, without guards, welts, long buttons, or cuts. And no Ecclesiastical Person shall wear any Coif or wrought Night-cap, but only plain Night-caps of black filk, fatten, or velvet. In all which particulars concerning the apparel here prescribed, our meaning is not to attribute any holiness or special worthiness to the faid garments, but for decency, gravity, and order, as is before specified. In private houles, and in their studies, the said Persons Ecclefiaftical may use any comely and Scholar-like apparel, provided that it be not cut or pinkt; and that in public they go not in their Doublet and Hose, without Coats or Ča:Yocks; and that they wear not any light-coloured Stockings. Likewise poor beneficed Men and Curates (not being able to provide themselves long Gowns) may go in fhort Gowns of the fashion aforesaid.

75. Sober Conversation required in Ministers. NO

Ecclesiastical Person shall at any time, other than

for their honeft necessities, resort to any taverns, or alehouses, neither shall they board or lodge in any such places. Furthermore, they shall not give themselves to any bafe or servile labour, or to drinking or riot, spending their time idly by day or by night, playing at dice, cards, or tables, or any other unlawful games : but at all times convenient they shall hear or read somewhat of the holy Scriptures, or Thall occupy themselves with some other honest study or exercise, always doing the things which fhall appertain to honesty, and endeavouring to profit the Church of God; having always in mind, that they ought to excel all others in purity of life, and should be examples to the people to live well and christianly, under pain of Ecclefiaftical cenfures, to be inflicted with severity, according to the qualities of their offences.

76. Ministers at no time to forsake their Calling. NO O man being admitted a Deacon or Minister shall from

thenceforth voluntarily relinquish the same, nor after. ward use himself in the course of his life as a Layman, upon pain of excommunication. And the names of all such men, fo forsaking their calling, the Church-wardens of the parish where they dwell shall present to the Bishop


of the diocese, or to the Ordinary of the place, having epifcopal jurisdiction.


77. None to teach School without Licence. NO

O man shall teach either in public fchool, or private

house, but such as shall be allowed by the Bishop of the diocese, or Ordinary of the place, under his hand and feal, being found meet as well for his learning and dexterity in teaching, as for fober and honeft conversation, and allo for right understanding of God's true religion ; and also except he shall first subscribe to the first and third Articles afore-mentioned fimply, and to the two first clauses of the second Article.

78. Curates desirous to teach to be licensed before others. IN N what Parish-church or Chapel foever there is a Cu

rate, which is a Master of Arts, or Bachelor of Arts, or is otherwise well able to teach youth, and will willingly fo do, for the better increase of his living, and training up of children in principles of true religion; we will and ordain, That a licence to teach youth of the parish where he ferveth be granted to none by the Ordinary of that place, but only to the said Curate. Provided always, that this Conftitution shall not extend to any Parish or Chapel in country towns, where there is a public school founded already; in which case we think it not meet to allow any to teach grammar, but only him that is allowed for the faid public school.

79. The Duty of Schoolmasters.

, children are able to bear, the larger or shorter Catechism heretofore by public authority set forth. And as often as any Sermon shall be upon holy and festival days within the parish where they teach, they thall bring their scholars to the Church where fucb Sermon shall be made, and there see them quietly and soberly behave themselves ; and shall examine them at times convenient, after their return, what they have borne away of such-Sermon. Upon other days, and at other times, they shall train them up with such sentences of holy Scripture, as shall be most expedient to induce them to all godliness : and they shall teach the Grammar set forth by King Henry the Eighth, and continued in the times of King Edward the Sixth, and Queen Elizabeth of noble memory, and none other. And if any Schoolmaster, being licensed, and having subscribed as aforesaid, shall offend in any of the premises, or either speak, write, or teach against any. thing whereunto he hath formerly subscribed,

(if upon admonition by the Or. dinary he do not amend and reform himself,) let him be suspended from teaching School any longer.

Things appertaining to Churches.

80. The great Bible, and Book of Common Prayer, to be

bad in every Church. THE

HE Church-wardens or Quest-men of every Church

and Chapel shall, at the charge of the parish, provide the Book of Common Prayer, lately explained in some few points by his Majesty's authority, according to the laws and his Highness's prerogative in that behalf, and that with all convenient speed, but at the furthest within two months after the publishing of these our Constitutions. And if any parishes be yet unfurnished of the Bible of the largest volume, or of the Books of Homilies allowed by authority, the said Church-wardens fliall within convenient time provide the same at the like charge of the parish.

81. A Font of Stone for Baptism in every Church. .


lected in many places, we appoint, that there shall be a Font of Stone in every Church and Chapel where Baptism is to be ministered; the same to be set in the ancient usual places : in which only Font the Minister shall baptize publicly.

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82. A decent Communion-table in


Church. WHEREAS we have no doubt, but that in all Churches

within the realm of England, convenient and decent Tables are provided and placed for the celebration of the holy Communion, we appoint, that the fame Tables shall


from time to time be kept and repaired in fufficient and seemly manner, and covered, in time of Divine Service, with a carpet of ilk or other decent stuff, thought meet by the Ordinary of the place, if any question be made of it, and with a fair linen cloth at the time of the Ministration, as becometh that Table, and fo ftand, faving when the said holy Communion is to be administered : at which time the same shall be placed in so good sort within the Church or Chancel, as thereby the Minister may

be more conveniently heard of the Communicants in his Prayer and Ministration, and the Communicants also more convenia ently, and in more number, may communicate with the said Minister; and that the Ten Commandinents be fet up on the East end of every Church and Chapel, where the people may best see and read the fame, and other chofen sentences written upon the walls of the said Churches and Chapels, in places convenient; and likewife that a convenient seat be made for the Minister to read service in. All these to be done at the charge of the parish.


83. A Pulpit to be provided in every Church. THE Church-wardens or Quest-men, at the common

charge of the Parishioners in every Church, shall provide a comely and decent Pulpit to be set in a convenient place within the fame, by the discretion of the Ordinary of the place, if any question do arise, and to be there feemly kept for the preaching of God's Word.

84. A Chest for Alms in


Church, THE HE Church-wardens shall provide and have, within

three months after the publishing of these Constitutions, a strong Chest, with a hole in the upper part thereof, to be provided at the charge of the parish, (if there be none such already provided,) having three keys; of which one shall remain in the custody of the Parson, Vicar, or Curate, and the other two in the custody of the Church-wardens for the time being: which Chest they shall set and fasten in the most convenient place, to the intent the Parishioners may put into it their alms for their poor neighbours. And the Parfon, Vicar, or Curate shall diligently, from time to time, and especially when men make their teftaments, call upon, exhort, and move their neighbours to confer and give, as they may well spare, to the faid


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