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JAMES, by the Grace of God, King of England, Scotland,
France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. to all to whom these presents fball come, greeting : Whereas our Bishops, Deans of our Cathedral Churches, Archdeacons, Chapters, and Colleges, and the other Clergy of every Diocese within the Province of Canterbury, being summoned and called by virtue of our Writ dire&ted to the Most Reverend Fatber in God, John, late Archbishop of Canterbury, and bearing date the one and thirtieth day of January, in the first year of our reign of England, France, and Ireland, and of Scotland the thirty-seventb, to have appeared before him in our Cathedral Church of St. Paul in London, the twentieth day of March then next ensuing, or elsewhere, as be should bave thought it most convenient, to treat, consent, and conclude upon certain difficult and urgent affairs mentioned in the said Writ; did thereupon, at the time appointed, and within the Cathedral Church of St. Paul aforesaid, assemble themselves, and appear in Convocation for that purpose, according to our said Writ, before the Right Reverend Father in God, Richard Bisbop of London, duly (upon a second Writ of ours dated the ninth day of March aforesaid) authorized, appointed, and conflituted, by reason of the said Archbishop of Canterbury bis death, President of the said Convocation, to execute those things, which, by virtue of our first Writ, did appertain to him the said Archbishop to have executed, if be bad lived: We, for divers urgent and weighty causes and considerations us thereunto especially moving, of our especial grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion, did, by virtue of our Prerogative Royal, and Supreme Authority in Causes Ecclefiaftical, give and grant by our several Letters Patent under our Great Seal of England, the one dated the twelfth day of April last past, and the other the twenty-fifth day of June then next following, full, free, and lawful liberty, licence, power, and autbority unto the said Bishop of London,
President of the said Convocation, and to the other Bisbops, Deans, Archdeacons, Chapters, and Colleges, and the rest of the Clergy before mentioned, of the faid Province, that they, from time to time, during our first Parliament now prorogued, might confer, treat, debate, consider, confult, and agree of and upon such Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Constitutions, as they should think necessary, fit, and cona nient, for the honour and service of Almighty God, the good and quiet of the Church, and the better government thereof, to be from time to time observed, performed, fulfilled, and kept, as well by the Archbishops of Canterbury, the Bishops, and their Successors, and the rest of the whole Clergy of the said Province of Canterbury, in their several callings, offices, funčțions, ministries, degrees, and administrations; as also by all and every Dean of the Arches, and other Judge of the faid Archbishop's Courts, Guardians of Spiritualities, Chancellors, Deans and Chapters, Archdeacons, Commisaries, Officials, Registrars, and all and every other Ecclefiaftical Officers, and their inferior Ministers, whatsoever, of the same Province of Canterbury, in their and every of their distinet Courts, and in the order and manner of their and every of their Proceedings; and by all other Persons within this realm, as far as lawfully, being members of the Church, it may concern them, as in our said Letters Patent amongst other clauses more at large doth appear. Forasmuch as the Bishop of London, President of the said Convocation, and others, the said Bishops, Deans, Archdeacons, Chapters, and Colleges, with the rest of the Clergy, having met together, at the time and place before mentioned, and then and there, by virtue of our said authority granted unto them, treated of, concluded, and agreed upon certain Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Constitutions, to the end and purpose by us limited and prescribed unto them; and have thereupon offered and presented the same unto us, most bumbly desiring us to give our royal asent unto their faid Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Constitutions, according to the form of a certain Statute or AEL of Parliament, made in that behalf in the twenty-fifth year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth, and by our said Pre
tog'ative Royal and Supreme Authority in Caufes Ecclefiaftical, to ratify by our Letters Patent under our Great Seal of England, and to confirm the fame, the title and tenor of them being word for word as ensueth :
CONSTITUTIONS and CANONS Ecclesiastical,
treated upon by the Bishop of London, President of the Convocation for the Province of Canterbury, and the rest of the Bishops and Clergy of the said Province; and agreed upon with the King's Majesty's Licence, in their Synod begun at London, Anno Domini 1603, and'in the Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord JAMES, by the Grace of God, King of England, France, and Ireland, the First, and of Scotland the Thirtyseventh.
And now published for the due observation of them, by his
Majesty's authority under the Great Seal of England.
Of the CHURCH OF ENGLAND. 1. The King's Supremacy over the Church of England, in
Causes Ecclesiastical, to be maintained. AS S our duty to the King's most excellent Majesty re
quireth, we first decree and ordain, That the Archbishop of Canterbury, (from time to time,) all Bishops of this Province, all Deans, Archdeacons, Parsons, Vicars, and all other Ecclesiastical Persons,' shall faithfully keep and observe, and (as much as in them lieth) shall cause to be observed and kept of others, all and singular laws and statutes, made for restoring to the Crown of this kingdom the ancient jurisdiction over the State Ecclefiaftical, and abolishing of all foreign power repugnant to the same. Furthermore, ail Ecclefiaftical Persons, having cure of souls, and all other Preachers, and Readers of Divinity Lectures, fhall, to the uttermost of their wit, knowledge, and learning, purely and fincerely, without any colour or diffinnulation, teach, manifeft, open, and declare, four times every year at the least, in their sermons and other collations and lectures, that all usurped and foreign power (forasmuch as the fame hath no eltablishment nor ground by the law of God) is for most
just causes taken away and abolished : and that therefore no nianner of obedience, or fubjection, within his Ma. jesty's realms and dominions, is due unto any such fo. reign power, but that the King's power, within his realms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and all other his dominions and countries, is the highest power under God; to whom all men, as well inhabitants, as born within the fame, do by God's laws owe most loyalty and obedience, afore and above all other powers and poten: tates in the earth.
2. Impugners of the King's Supremacy censured. WHOS
CHOSOEVER shall hereafter affirm, That the King's
Majesty hath not the same authority in Causes Ecclesiastical, that the godly Kings had amongst the Jews. and Chriftian Emperors of the primitive Church ; or impeach any part of his regal supremacy in the said causes restored to the Crown, and by the laws of this realm therein established; let him be excommunicated ipfo facto, and not restored, but only by the Archbishop, after his repentance, and public revocation of those his wicked
3. The Church of England, a true and Apoftolical Church. WHOSOEVER shall hereafter affirm, That the Church
of England, by law established under the King's Majesty, is not a true and Apoftolical Church, teaching and maintaining the doctrine of the Apoftles; let him be excommunicated ipfo facto, and not restored, but only by the Archbishop, after his repentance, and public revocation of this his wicked error.
4. Impugners of the public Worship of God, established in the
Churcb of England, censured.
HOSOEVER shall hereafter affirm, That the form
of God's worship in the Church of England, eltablished by law, and contained in the Book of Common Prayer and Administration of Sacraments, is a corrupt, fuperftitious, or unlawful worship of God, or containeth any thing in it that is repugnant to the Scriptures ; let him be excommunicated ipfo fa&to, and not restored, but by the Bishop of the place, or Archbishop, after his repentance, and public revocation of such his wicked errors.
3. Impugners of the Articles of Religion, established in the Son "Church of England, censured.
HOSOEVER shall hereafter affirm, That any of the
nine and thirty Articles agreed upon by the Archbishops and Bishops of both provinces, and the whole Clergy, in the Convocation holden at London, in the year of our Lord God one thousand five hundred fixtytwo, for avoiding diversities of opinions, and for the establishing of consent touching true Religion, are in any part superstitious or erroneous, or such as he may not with a good conscience subscribe unto; let him be excommunicated ipfo facto, and not restored, but only by the Archbishop, after his repentance, and public revocation of such his wicked errors,
6. Impugners of the Rites and Ceremonies, establisbed in the
Church of England, censured. THOSOEVER shall hereafter affirm, That the Rites
and Ceremonies of the Church of England by law established are wicked, antichristian, or fuperftitious, or such as, being commanded by lawful authority, men, who are zealously and godly affected, may not with any good confcience approve them, use them, or, as occasion requireth, subscribe unto them; let him be excommunicated ipfo fa&to, and not restored until he repent, and publiely revoke such his wicked errors, 7. Impugners of the Government of the Church of England
by Archbishops, Bishops, &c. censured. WHOSOEVER. fhall hereafter affirm, That the go
vernment of the Church of England under his Majefty by Archbishops, Bithops, Deans, Archdeacons, and the rest that bear office in the fame, is antichristian, and repugnant to the Word of God; let him be excommunicated ipfo fa&to, and so continue until he repent, and publicly revoke such his wicked errors.
8. Impugners of the Form of confecrating and ordering Arch
bishops, Bishops, &c. in the Church of England, censured. WH
HOSOEVER shall hereafter affirm or teach, That
the form and manner of making and confecrating Bishops, Priefts, and Deacons, containeth any thing in it