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AN ACT

FOR THE

UNIFORMITY OF COMMON PRAYER,

and Service in the Church, and Administration of the Sacraments,

Primo Elizabetha.

WHERE at the death of our late Soveraign Lord King Edword, minister the Sacraments in such Cathedral, or Parish Church, a the Sixth, there remained one uniform order of Common Service, other places, as he should use to minister the same, in such order and Prayer, and of the administration of Sacraments, Rites and and form, as they be mentioned, and set forth in the said Book, Ceremonies in the Church of England, which was set forth in one or shall wilfully, or obstinately standing in the same, use any Book, intituled, The Book of Common Prayer, and Administra other Rite, Ceremony, Order, Form, or manner of celebrating of the tion of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies in the Lords Supper openly, or privily, or Mattens, Even song, admiChurch of England, Authorized by Act of Parliament holden in nistration of the Sacraments, or other open Prayers, than is menthe fifth and sixth years of our said late Soveraign Lord King tioned, and set forth in the said Book, [Open Prayer in, and Edward the Sixth, intituled, An Act for the Uniformity of through this Act, is meant that Prayer, which is for other to Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments; The come unto, or hear, either in Common Churches, or private which was repealed, and taken away by Act of Parliament, in the Chappels, or Oratories, commonly called the Service of the first year of the Reign of our late Soveraign Lady Queen Mary, Church] or shall preach, declare, or speak any thing in the deroto the great decay of the due honour of God, and discomfort to gation, or depraving of the said Book, or any thing therein conthe professors of the truth of Christs Religion :

tained, or of any part thereof, and shall be thereof lawfully con. Be it therefore enacted by the Authority of this present Par victed, according to the Laws of this Realm, by verdict of twelve liament, That the said Statute of Repeal, and every thing therein men, or by his own confession, or by the notorious evidence of contained, only concerning the said Book, and the Service, Ad | the fact; shall lose, and forfeit to the Queens Highness, Ha ministration of Sacraments, Rites, and Ceremonies contained or Heirs, and Successors, for his first offence, the profit of all his appointed in, or by the said Book, shall be void and of none Spiritual Benefices, or Promotions, coming, or arising in one effect, from and after the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John whole year next after his conviction : And also that the person so Baptist next coming : and That the said Book, with the order convicted shall for the same offence suffer imprisonment by the of Service, and of the Administration of Sacraments, Rites and space of six moneths, without Bail, or Mainprise : And if any Ceremonies, with the alteration and additions therein added and such person, once convict of any offence concerning the premisses, appointed by this Statute, shall stand, and be, from, and after shall after his first conviction, eftsoons offend, and be thereof in the said Feast of the Nativity of Saint John Baptist, in full force form aforesaid lawfully convict; That then the same person shall and effect, according to the tenour and effect of this Statute : for his second offence suffer imprisonment by the space of one Any thing in the foresaid Statute of Repeal to the contrary not whole year, and also shall therefore be deprived ipso facto of all withstanding.

his Spiritual Promotions; and, That it shall be lawful to al [2] And further be it Enacted by the Queens Highness, with the Patrons, or Donors of all and singular the same Spiritual Proassent of the Lords and Commons of this present Parliament motions, or any of them, to present, or collate to the same, as asseinbled, and by the Authority of the same, That all, and sin though the person or persons so offending were dead : and That, gular Ministers in any Cathedral, or Parish-Church, or other if any such person, or persons, after he shall be twice convicted place within this Realm of England, Wales, and the Marches of in form aforesaid, shall offend against any of the premisses the the same, or other the Queens Dominions, shall from and after third time, and shall be thereof, in form aforesaid, lawfully conthe Feast of the Nativity of Saint John Baptist next coming, be victed; That then the person so offending, and convicted the bounden to say and use the Mattens, Evensong, celebration of third time shall be deprived ipso facto of all his Spiritual Prothe LORDS Supper, and administration of each of the Sacraments, motions, and also shall suffer imprisonment during his life: And and all other Common and open Prayer, in such order and form if the person, that shall offend, and be convict in form aforesaid, as is mentioned in the said Book, so Authorized by Parliament in concerning any of the premisses, shall not be Beneficed, nor hare the said fifth and sixth year of the Reign of King Edward the any Spiritual Promotion; That then the same Person, so offendSixth; with one alteration, or addition of certain Lessons to be ing, and convict, shall for the first offence suffer imprisonment used on every Sunday in the year, and the form of the Letany during one whole year next after his said conviction, without altered, and corrected, and two sentences only added in the de. Bail or Mainprise : And if any such person not having any Sp. livery of the Sacrament to the Communicants, and none other, or ritual Promotion, after his first conviction, shall eftsoons offend otherwise : and, That if any manner of Parson, Vicar, or other in any thing concerning the premisses, and shall in forın aforesaid whatsoever Minister, that ought or should sing, or say Common be thereof lawfully convicted; That then the same person shall Prayer mentioned in the said Book, or minister the Sacraments, for his second offence suffer imprisonment during his life. from, and after the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John Baptist [3] And it is Ordained, and Enacted by the Authority aforesaid. Dext coming, refuse to use the said Common Prayers, or to That if any person, or persons whatsoever, after the said Feast of the Nativity of St. John Baptist next coming, shall in any | som law. And for their Authority in this behalf, Be it further Enterludes, Playes, Songs, Rimes, or by other open words de- Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and singular the clare, or speak any thing in the derogation, depraving, or de same Archbishops, Bishops, and all other their officers, exercising spising of the same Book, or of any thing therein contained, or Ecclesiastical jurisdiction, aswel in place exempt, as not exempt, any part thereof, or shall by open fact, deed, or by open threat within their Diocesse shall have full power and Authority by this nings compel, or cause, or otherwise procure, or maintain any Act to reform, correct and punish by censures of the Church, all, Parson, Vicar, or other Minister in any Cathedral, or Parish and singular persons, which shall offend within any of their juris. Church, or in Chappel, or in any other Place, to sing, or say any dictions, or Diocesse, after the said Feast of the Nativity of Saint Common, or open Prayer, or to minister any Sacrament otherwise, John Baptist next coming, against this Act and Statute: Any or in any other manner, and form, than is mentioned in the said other Law, Statute, Priviledge, Liberty, or Provision heretofore Book; or that by any of the said means shall unlawfully inter made, had, or suffered to the contrary notwithstanding. rupt, or let any Parson, Vicar, or other Minister in any Cathe [5] And it is Ordained and Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, dral, or Parish-Church, Chappel, or any other place to sing or That all and every Justice of Oyer and Determiner, or Justices say Common and open Prayer, or to minister the Sacraments, or of Assize shall have full power and Authority in every of their any of them, in such manner, and form, as is mentioned in the open and general Sessions to enquire, hear and determine all and said Book; That then every such person, being thereof lawfully all manner of offences, that shall be committed, or done contrary convicted in form abovesaid, shall forfeit to the Queen our Sove. to any Article contained in this present Act, within the limits of raign Lady, Her Heirs, and Successors for the first offence an the Commission to them directed, and to make process for the hundred marks : And if any person, or persons, being once con. execution of the same, as they may do against any person being vict of any such offence, eftsoons offend against any of the last indicted before them of trespass, or lawfully convicted thereof. recited offences, and shall in form aforesaid be thereof lawfully [6] Provided always, and be it Enacted by the Authority aforeconvict; That then the same person, so offending and convict, said, That all and every Archbishop and Bishop shall and may at shall for the second offence forfeit to the Queen our Soveraign all time and times at his liberty and pleasure, joyn and associate Lady, Her Heirs, and Successors Four hundred marks : And if himself by vertue of this Act to the said Justices of Oyer and any person, after he in form aforesaid shall have been twice con Determiner, or to the said Justices of Assise, at every of the said vict of any offence concerning any of the last recited offences, open and general Sessions, to be bolden in any place within his shall offend the third time, and be thereof in form abovesaid Diocess for and to the inquiry, hearing, and determining of the lawfully convict; That then every person, so offending and con offences aforesaid. vict, shall for his third offence forfeit to our Soveraign Lady [7] Provided also, and be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, the Queen all his Goods and Chattels, and shall suffer imprison That the Books concerning the said Service shall at the costs and ment during his life : And if any person or persons, that for his charges of the Parishioners of every Parish, and Cathedral Church first offence concerning the premisses, shall be convict in form be attained, and gotten before the said Feast of the Nativity of aforesaid, do not pay the sum to be paid by vertue of his con Saint John Baptist next following, and that all such Parishes viction, in such manner and form, as the same ought to be paid, and Cathedral Churches, or other places, where the said Books within six weeks next after his conviction ; That then every shall be attained and gotten before the said Feast of the Nativity person so convict, and so not paying the same, shall for the same of Saint John Baptist, shall within three weeks next after the first offence, in stead of the said sum, suffer imprisonment by the said books so attained and gotten, use the said Service, and put space of six moneths without Bail or Mainprise : And if any the same in use according to this Act. person, or persons, that for his second offence concerning the [8] And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That premisses shall be convict in form aforesaid, do not pay the said no person or persons shall be at any time hereafter impeached, or sum to be paid by vertue of his conviction, and this estatute, in otherwise molested oť or for any of the offences above mentioned, such manner and form, as the same ought to be paid, within six hereafter to be committed, or done contrary to this Act, unless weeks next after this said second conviction ; That then every he or they so offending be thereof indicted at the next general person so convicted, and not paying the same, shall for the same sessions to be holden before any such Justices of Oyer and Desecond offence, in the stead of the said suin, suffer imprisonment terminer, or Justices of Assise, next after any offence committed during twelve moneths without Bail or Mainprise : and, That or done, contrary to the tenour of this Act. from and after the said Feast of the Nativity of Saint John [9] Provided always, and be it Ordained, and Enacted by the Baptist next coming, all, and every person and persons, inhabit. Authority aforesaid, That all and singular Lords of the Parliament, ing within this Realm, or any other the Queens Majesties Do. for the third offence above mentioned, shall be tried by their minions, shall diligently and faithfully, having no lawful, or Peers. reasonable excuse to be absent, indeavour themselves to resort to [10] Provided also, and be it Ordained, and Enacted by the Au. their Parish-Church, or Chappel accustomed, or upon reasonable thority afore said, That the Mayor of London, and all other Mayors, let thereof, to some usual place, where Common Prayer, and such Bayliffs, and other Head-officers of all, and singular Cities, service of God shall be used in such time of let, upon every Sun Boroughs, and Towns-corporate within this Realm, Wales and day, and other dayes ordained and used to be kept as holy days, the Marches of the same, to the which Justices of Assise do not and then, and there to abide orderly and soberly, during the time | commonly repair, shall have full power and Authority by vertue of Common Prayer, Preachings, or other Service of God there to of this Act, to enquire, hear, and determine the offences abovebe used and ministred, upon pain of punishment by the censures said, and every of them yearly, within fifteen days after the of the Church ; and also upon pain, that every person so offend Feasts of Easter, and saint Michael the Archangel, in like ing shall forfeit for every such offence twelve pence, to be levied manner and form, as Justices of Assise, and Oyer, and Deterby the Church wardens of the Parish, where such offence shall be miner may do. done, to the use of the poor of the same Parish, of the goods, (11] Provided always, and be it Ordained and Enacted by the lands, and tenements of such offender, by way of distress.

Authority aforesaid, That all and singular Archbishops, and [4] And for due execution hereof, the Queens most excellent Bishops, and every of their Chancellors, Commissaries, ArchMajesty, the Lords Temporal, and all the Commons in this present deacons, and other Ordinaries, having any peculiar Ecclesiastical Parliament assembled, doth in Gods Name earnestly require, and jurisdiction shall have full power and Authority by vertue of this charge all the Archbishops, Bishops, and other Ordinaries, that Act, aswel to enquire in their Visitation, Synods, or elsewhere they shall endeavour themselves to the uttermost of their know within their jurisdiction, at any other time, and place, to take ledges, that the due and true execution hereof may be had accusations, and informations of all, and every the things above throughout their Diocesse and Charges, as they will answer mentioned, done, committed, or perpetrated within the limits of before God for such evils and plagues, wherewith Almighty God their jurisdiction and Authority, and to punish the same by may justly punish His people for neglecting His good and whol. admonition, excommunication, sequestration, or deprivation, or other censures, and processes, in like form, as heretofore hath pointed and Authorized under the great seal of England for been used in like cases by the Queens Ecclesiastical Laws.

causes Ecclesiastical, or of the Metropolitan of this Realm : And [12] Provided alwaies, and be it Enacted, That whatsoever also, That if there shall happen any contempt, or irreverence to person offending in the premisses shall for the first offence receive be used in the Ceremonies, or Rites of the Church, by the mis. punishment of the Ordinary, having a testimonial thereof under using of the Orders appointed in this Book; the Queens Majesty the said Ordinaries seal, shall not for the same offence eftsoons be may by the like advice of the said Commissioners, or Metroconvicted before the Justices; and likewise receiving for the said politan, ordain and publish such further Ceremonies, or Rites, as first offence punishment by the Justices, he shall not for the

may be most for the advancement of Gods glory, the edifying of

may be most for the advancement of God same first offence eftsoons receive punishment of the Ordinary: His Church, and the due reverence of CHRISTs holy Mysteries Any thing contained in this Act to the contrary notwith- and Sacraments. standing.

[14] And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That [13] Provided always, and be it Enacted, That such ornaments | all Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances, wherein, or whereby any other of the Church and of the ministers thereof shall be retained, and Service, Administration of Sacraments, or Common Prayer is be in use, as was in this Church of England by the Authority of limited, established, or set forth to be used within this Realm, or Parliament in the second year of the reign of King Edward the any other the Queens Dominions, and Countries, shall from Sixth, until other order shall be therein taken by Authority of henceforth utterly be void, and of none effect. the Queens Majesty, with the advice of Her Commissioners, ap

AN ACT

FOR THE

UNIFORMITY OF PUBLICK PRAYERS,

And Administration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies : And for

establishing the Form of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating Bishops,
Priests, and Deacons in the Church of England.

XIV. Carol. II.

WHEREAS in the first year of the late Queen Elizabeth there arisen and grown; and many people have been led into Factions was one Uniform Order of Common Service and Prayer, and of | and Schisms, to the great decay and scandal of the Reformed the Administration of Sacraments, Rites and Ceremonies in the Religion of the Church of England, and to the hazard of many Church of England (agreeable to the Word of God, and usage of souls : for prevention whereof in time to come, for setling the the Primitive Church) compiled by the Reverend Bishops and Peace of the Church, and for allaying the present distempers, Clergy, set forth in one Book, Entituled, The Book of Common which the indisposition of the time hath contracted, The Kings Prayer, and Administration of Sacraments, and other Rites Majesty (according to His Declaration of the Five and twentieth and Ceremonies in the Church of England, and enjoyned to be of October, One thousand six hundred and sixty) granted His used by Act of Parliament, holden in the said First year of the Commission under the great Seal of England to several Bishops said late Queen, Entituled, An Act for the Uniformity of Com. / and other Divines to review the Book of Common Prayer, and to mon Prayer, and Service in the Church, and Administration of prepare such Alterations and Additions, as they thought fit to the Sacraments, very comfortable to all good people desirous to offer ; And afterwards the Convocations of both the Provinces of live in Christian conversation, and most profitable to the Estate Canterbury and York, being by his Majesty called and assembled of this Realm, upon the which the Mercy, Favour and Blessing of (and now sitting) His Majesty hath been pleased to Authorize Almighty God is in no wise so rendily and plentifully poured, as and require the Presidents of the said Convocations, and other by Common Prayers, due using of the Sacraments, and often the Bishops and Clergy of the same, to review the said Book of Preaching of the Gospel, with devotion of the hearers: And yet Common Prayer, and the Book of the Form and manner of the this notwithstanding, a great number of people in divers parts of Making and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons; And this Realm, following their own sensuality, and living without that after mature consideration, they should make such Additions knowledge and due fear of God, do wilfully and Schismatically | and Alterations in the said Books respectively, as to them should abstain, and refuse to come to their Parish Churches and other seem meet and convenient; And should exhibit and present the Publick places where Common Prayer, Administration of the same to His Majesty in writing, for his further allowance or Sacraments, and Preaching of the Word of God is used upon the confirmation ; since which time, upon full and mature deliberaSundays and other days ordained and appointed to be kept and tion, they the said Presidents, Bishops, and Clergy of both Proobserved as Holy days: And whereas by the great and scandalous vinces have accordingly reviewed the said Books, and have made neglect of Ministers in using the said (riler, or Liturgy so set some Alterations which they think fit to be inserted to the same; forth and enjoyned as aforesaid, great mischiefs and inconve- and some Additional Prayers to the said Book of Common-Prayer, niences, during the times of the late unhappy troubles, have to be used upon proper and emergent occasions; and have exhibited and presented the same unto his Majesty in writing, in [4] I A. B. Do here declare my unfeigned assent, and consent one Book, Entituled, The Book of Common Prayer, and Admi. to all, and every thing contained, and prescribed in, and by the nistration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of Book intituled, The Book of Common Prayer and Administration the Church, according to the use of the Church of England, to- of the Sacraments, and other Rites, and Ceremonies of the gether with the Psalter, or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are Church, according to the use of the Church of England; toto be sung or said in Churches ; and the Form and Manner of gether with the Psalter, or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and to be sung, or said in Churches, and the form, or manner of Deacons : All which His Majesty having duely considered hath Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, ard fully approved and allowed the same, and recommended to this Deacons ; present Parliament, that the said Books of Common Prayer, and of the Form of Ordination and Consecration of Bishops, Priests, [5] And, That all and every such person, who shall (without and Deacons, with the Alterations and Additions, which have some lawful Impediment, to be allowed and approved of by the been so made and presented to His Majesty by the said Convoca Ordinary of the place) neglect or refuse to do the same within the tions, be the Book, which shall be appointed to be used by all time aforesaid, or (in case of such Impediment) within one that Officiate in all Cathedral and Collegiate Churches and Moneth after such Impediment removed, shall ipso facto be deChappels, and in all Chappels of Colledges and Halls in both the prived of all his Spiritual Promotions; And that from thenceforth Universities, and the Colledges of Eaton and Winchester, and in it shall be lawful to, and for all Patrons, and Donors of all and all Parish-Churches and Chappels within the Kingdom of Eng. singular the said Spiritual Promotions, or of any of them, accordland, Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed, ing to their respective Rights, and Titles, to present, or collate to and by all that Make, or Consecrate Bishops, Priests or Deacons the same; as though the person, or persons, so offending or in any of the said Places, under such Sanctions and Penalties as neglecting were dead. the Houses of Parliament shall think fit: Now in regard that [6] And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That nothing conduceth more to the setling of the Peace of this every person, who shall hereafter be presented, or collated, or put Nation (which is desired of all good men) nor to the honour of into any Ecclesiastical Benefice, or Promotion within this Realm our Religion, and the propagation thereof, than an Universal of England and places aforesaid, shall in the Church, Chappel, or agreement in the Public Worship of Almighty God; and to the place of Publick Worship, belonging to his said Benefice or Prointent that every person within this Realm, may certainly know motion, within two Moneths next after that he shall be in the the rule, to which he is to conform in Public Worship, and Ad actual possession of the said Ecclesiastical Benefice or Promotion, ministration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of upon some Lords day openly, publickly and solemnly Read the the Church of England, and the manner how, and by whom Morning and Evening Prayers, appointed to be Read by, and Bishops, Priests, and Deacons are, and ought to be Made, Or. according to the said Book of Common Prayer, at the times dained and Consecrated ;

thereby appointed, and after such Reading thereof, shall openly, [2] Be it Enacted by the Kings most Excellent Majesty, by and publickly before the Congregation there assembled, declare the advice, and with the consent of the Lords Spiritual and Tem his unfeigned assent, and consent to the use of all things therein poral, and of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, contained and prescribed, according to the form before appointed : and by the Authority of the same, That all and singular Minis and That all and every such person, who shall (without some ters, in any Cathedral, Collegiate, or Parish-Church or Chappel, lawful Impediment, to be allowed and approved by the Ordinary or other place of Publick Worship within this Realm of England, of the place) neglect or refuse to do the same within the time Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed, shall be aforesaid, or (in case of such Impediment) within one month bound to say and use the Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, after such Impediment removed shall ipso facto be deprived of Celebration and Administration of both the Sacraments, and all all his said Ecclesiastical Benefices and Promotions; and That other the Publick, and Common Prayer, in such order and form from thenceforth, it shall and may be lawful to, and for all as is mentioned in the said Book, annexed and joyned to this Patrons, and Donors of all and singular the said Ecclesiastical present Act, and Entituled, The Book of Common Prayer, and Benefices and Promotions, or any of them (according to their Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Cere- respective Rights and Titles) to present, or collate to the same, monies of the Church, according to the use of the Church of as though the person or persons so offending, or neglecting, wero England : together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed dead. as they are to be sung or said in Churches ; and the form or [7] And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, in all places, where the proper Incumbent of any Parsonage, or Priests, and Deacons : and That the Morning and Evening | Vicarage, or Benefice with Cure doth reside on his Living, and Prayers, therein contained, shall upon every Lords day, and keep a Curate, the Incumbent himself in person (not having upon all other days and occasions, and at the times therein ap some lawful Impediment, to be allowed by the Ordinary of the pointed, be openly and solemnly read by all and every Minister place) shall once (at the least) in every month openly and pubor Curate in every Church, Chappel, or other place of Publick lickly Read the Common Prayers and Service, in, and by the Worship within this Realm of England, and places aforesaid. said Book prescribed, and (if there be occasion) Administer each

[3] And to the end that Uniformity in the Publick Worship of the Sacraments and other Rites of the Church, in the Parish of GOD (which is so much desired) may be speedily effected, Be it Church or Chappel, of, or belonging to the same Parsonage, further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That every Parson, Vicarage, or Benefice, in such order, manner and form, as in, Vicar, or other Minister whatsoever, who now hath, and enjoyeth and by the said Book is appointed, upon pain to forfeit the sum any Ecclesiastical Benefice, or Promotion within this Realm of of Five pounds to the use of the poor of the Parish for every England, or places aforesaid, shall in the Church, Chappel, or offence, upon conviction by confession, or proof of two credible place of Publick Worship belonging to his said Benefice or Pro Witnesses upon Oath, before two Justices of the Peace of the motion, upon some Lords day before the Feast of Saint Bartho County, City, or Town-Corporate where the offence shall be comlomew, which shall be in the year of our Lord God, One thou mitted, (which Oath the said Justices are hereby Impowred to sand six hundred sixty and two, openly, publickly, and solemnly Administer) and in default of payment within ten days, to be read the Morning and Evening Prayer appointed to be read by, | levied by distress, and sale of the goods and chattels of the and according to the said Book of Common Prayer at the times Offender, by the Warrant of the said Justices, by the Churchthereby appointed, and after such reading thereof shall openly wardens, or Over-seers of the Poor of the said Parish, rendring and publickly, before the Congregation there assembled, declare the surplusage to the party. his unfeigned assent, and consent to the use of all things in the | [8] And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That said Book contained and prescribed, in these words, and no every Dean, Canon, and Prebendary of every Cathedral, or Colother;

legiate Church, and all Masters, and other Heads, Fellows, Chaplains, and Tutors of, or in any Colledge, Hall, House of Learning, ment aforesaid, upon some Lords day within three months then or Hospital, and every Publick Professor, and Reader in either of next following, in his Parish Church where he is to officiate, in the Universities, and in every Colledge elsewhere, and every Par. the presence of the Congregation there assembled, in the time of son, Vicar, Curate, Lecturer, and every other person in holy Divine Service ; upon pain that every person failing therein shall Orders, and every School-master keeping any publick, or private lose such Parsonage, Vicarage, or Benefice, Curates place, or School, and every person Instructing, or Teaching any Youth in Lecturers place respectively, and shall be utterly disabled, and any House or private Family as a Tutor, or School-master, who ipso facto deprived of the same; And that the said Parsonage, upon the first day of May, which shall be in the year of our Vicarage, or Benefice, Curates place or Lecturers place shall be Lord God, One thousand six hundred sixty two, or at any time void, as if he was naturally dead. thereafter shall be Incumbent, or have possession of any Deanry, [12] Provided always, that from and after the Twenty fifth day Canonry, Prebend, Mastership, Headship, Fellow-ship, Professors. of March, which shall be in the year of our Lord God, One thouplace, or Readers place, Parsonage, Vicarage, or any other Eccle- sand six hundred eighty two, there shall be omitted in the said siastical Dignity or Promotion, or of any Curates place, Lecture, Declaration or Acknowledgement so to be subscribed and read, or School; or shall instruct or teach any Youth as Tutor, or these words following, scilicet, School-master, shall before the Feast-day of Saint Bartholomew,

And I do declare that I do hold there lies no obligation on which shall be in the year of our Lord One thousand six hundred

me, or on any other person from the Oath, commonly called The sixty two, or at or before his, or their respective admission to be

solemn League and Covenant, to endeavour any change, or alteIncumbent, or have possession aforesaid, subscribe the Declaration

ration of Government either in Church or State; And that the or Acknowledgement following, Scilicet :

same was in it self an unlawful Oath, and imposed upon the 197 I A. B. Do declare that it is not lawful upon any pretence Subjects of this Realm against the known Laws and Liberties of whatsoever to take Arms against the King; and that I do this Kingdom ; abhor that Traiterous Position of taking Arms by His Autho

So as none of the persons aforesaid shall from thenceforth be rity against His Person, or against those that are Commissionated by him; and that I will conform to the Liturgy of the

at all obliged to subscribo or read that part of the said Declara

tion or Acknowledgement. Church of England, as it is now by Law established. And I do

[13] Provided always, and be it Enacted, That from and after declare that I do hold, there lies no Obligation upon me, or on

the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, which shall be in the year of our any other person from the Oath, commonly called the Solemn

Lord, One thousand six hundred sixty and two, no person, who League and Covenant, to endeavour any change, or alteration of

now is Incumbent, and in possession of any Parsonage, Vicarage, Government, either in Church, or State; and that the same was

or Benefice, and who is not already in holy Orders by Episcopal in it self an unlawful Oath, and imposed upon the Subjects of

Ordination, or shall not before the Feast-day of Saint Bartholo. this Realm against the known Laws and Liberties of this King.

mew be ordained Priest or Deacon, according to the form of dom.

Episcopal Ordination, shall have, hold, or enjoy the said Parson[10] Which said Declaration and Acknowledgement shall be age, Vicarage, Benefice with Cure or other Ecclesiastical Prosubscribed by every of the said Masters and other Heads, Fellows, motion within this Kingdom of England, or the Dominion of Chaplains, and Tutors of, or in any Colledge, Hall, or House of Wales, or Town of Berwick upon Tweed; but shall be utterly Learning, and by every publick Professor and Reader in either of disabled, and ipso facto deprived of the same; and all his Ecclethe Universities, before the Vice-Chancellor of the respective siastical Promotions shall be void, as if he was naturally dead. Universities for the time being, or his Deputy; And the said [14] And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That Declaration or Acknowledgement shall be subscribed before the no person whatsoever shall thenceforth be capable to be admitted respective Arch-bishop, Bishop or Ordinary of the Diocess, by to any Parsonage, Vicarage, Benefice, or other Ecclesiastical Proevery other person hereby injoyned to subscribe the same, upon motion or Dignity whatsoever, nor shall presume to Consecrate pain, that all and every of the persons aforesaid, failing in such and Administer the holy Sacrament of the LORDS Supper, before subscription, shall lose and forfeit such respective Deanry, Ca such time as he shall be Ordained Priest, according to the form nonry, Prebend, Mastership, Headship, Fellowship, Professors and manner in, and by the said Book prescribed, unless he hare place, Readers place, Parsonage, Vicarage, Ecclesiastical Dignity, formerly been made Priest by Episcopal Ordination, upon pain to or Promotion, Curates place, Lecture, and School, and shall be forfeit for every offence the sum of One hundred pounds; (one utterly disabled, and ipso facto deprived of the same; and that moyety thereof to the Kings Majesty, the other moyety thereof every such respective Deanry, Canonry, Prebend, Mastership, to be equally divided between the poor of the Parish where the Headship, Fellowship, Professors place, Readers place, Parson offence shall be committed, and such person, or persons as shall age, Vicarage, Ecclesiastical Dignity, or Promotion, Curates sue for the same by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint, or Information place, Lecture and School shall be void, as if such person so fail. in any of bis Majesties Courts of Record; wherein no Essoign, ing were naturally dead.

Protection, or Wager of Law shall be allowed) And to be disabled [11] And if any Schoolmaster or other person, Instructing or from taking, or being admitted into the Order of Priest, by the teaching Youth in any private House or Family, as a Tutor or space of one whole year then next following. Schoolmaster, shall Instruct or Teach any Youth as a Tutor [15] Provided that the Penalties in this Act shall not extend or Schoolmaster, before License obtained from his respective to the Foreiners or Aliens of the Forein Reformed Churches al. Archbishop, Bishop, or Ordinary of the Diocess, according to the lowed, or to be allowed by the Kings Majesty, His Heirs and Laws and Statutes of this Realm, (for which he shall pay twelve Successors, in England. pence onely) and before such subscription and acknowledgement [16] Provided always, That no title to confer, or present by lapse made as aforesaid; Then every such School-master and other, shall accrue by any avoidance, or deprivation ipso facto by vertue Instructing and Teaching as aforesaid, shall for the first offence of this Statute, but after six months after notice of such void. suffer three months Imprisonment without bail or mainprise; ance, or deprivation given by the Ordinary to the Patron, or such and for every second and other such offence shall suffer three sentence of deprivation openly and publickly read in the Parish months Imprisonment without bail or mainprise, and also forfeit Church of the Bencfice, Parsonage, or Vicarage becoming void, to His Majesty the sum of five pounds.

or whereof the Incumbent shall be deprived by vertue of this And after such subscription made, every such Parson, Vicar, Act. Curate, and Lecturer shall procure a certificate under the Hand [17] And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That and Seal of the respective Archbishop, Bishop, or Ordinary of the no Form, or Order of Common Prayers, Administration of SacraDiocess, (who are hereby enjoyned and required upon demandments, Rites or Ceremonies shall be openly used in any Church, to make and deliver the same) and shall publickly and openly Chappel, or other Publick place of or in any Colledge, or Hall in read the same, together with the Declaration, or Acknowledge. either of the Universities, the Colledges of Westminster, Win

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