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Parish-churches and Chapels where the said parties dwell, according to the Book of Common Prayer. Neither shall any Minister, upon the like pain, under any pretence whatsoever, join any persons fo licensed in marriage at any unseasonable times, but only between the hours of eight and twelve in the forenoon, nor in any private place, but either in the said Churches or Chapels where one of them dwelleth, and likewise in time of Divine Service; nor when Banns are thrice asked, and no licence in that respect necessary, before the parents or governors of the parties to be married, being under the age of twenty and one years, shall either personally, or by lufficient teľtimony, lignity to him their consents given to the said Marriage.
63. Mmisters of exempt Churches not to marry without
Banns, or Licence.
E *VERY Minister,who shall hereafter celebrate Marriage
between any persons contrary to our faid Constitutions, or any part of them, under colour of any peculiar liberty or privilege claimed to appertain to certain Churches and Chapels, shall be suspended per triennium by the Ordinary of the place where the offence shall be committed. And if any such Minister shall afterwards remove from the place where he hath committed that fault, before he be suspended, as is aforesaid, then shall the Bishop of the diocese, or Ordinary of the place where he remaineth, upon certificate under the band and seal of the other Ordinary, from whose jurisdiction he removed, execute that censure
64. Ministers folemnly to bid Holy-days. EVE
VERY Parson, Vicar, or Curate, shall in his several
charge declare to the people, every Sunday at the time appointed in the Communion-book, whether there be any Holy-days or Fafting-days the week following. And if any do hereafter wittingly offend herein, and being once admonished thereof by his Ordinary, shall again omit that duty, let him be censured according to law, until he submit himself to the due performance of it
65. Ministers 65. Ministers folemnly to denounce Recufants and Excommu
ALLOrdinaries shall, in their several jurisdictions, care
give : ftinate refusing to frequent Divine Service eftablished by, public authority within this realm of England, as those alto (especially of the better sort and condition) who for notorious contumacy, or other notable crimes, stand lawfully excommunicate, (unlefs within three months immediately after the said sentence of Excommunication pro. nounced against them, they reform themselves, and obtain the benefit of abfolution,) be every fix months ensuing, as well in the Parish Church, as in the Cathedral Church of the diocese in which they remain, by the Minister openly in time of Divine Service, upon some Sunday, denounced and declared excommunicate, that others may be thereby both admonished to refrain their company and society, and excited the rather to procure out a writ De excommunicato capiendo, thereby to bring and reduce them into due order and obedience. Likewise the Registrar of every Ecclefiaftical Court thall yearly between Michaelmas and Christmas duly certify the Archbishop of the province of all and fingular the premises aforesaida
66. Ministers to confer with Recufants. VERY Minister being a Preacher, and having any
Popish Recufant or Recufants in his parish, and thought fit by the Bishop of the diocese, shall labour diligently with them from time to time, thereby to reclaim them from their errors. And if he be no Preacher, or not such a Preacher, then he shall procure, if he can possibly, fome that are Preachers so qualified, to take pains with them for that purpofc If he can procure none, then he thall inform the Bishop of the diocese thereof, who shall not only appoint fome neighbour Preacher or Preachers ada joining to take that labour upon them, but himself also, as his important affairs will permit him, shall use his beft endeavour, by instruction, persuasion, and all good means he can devise, to reclaim both them and all other within his diocese fo affected.
67. Ministers to visit the Sick. 7.HEN any person is dangerously fick in any parish, the
s Minister, or Curate, having knowledge thereof, shall refort unto him or her, (if the disease be not known, or probably suspected, to be infe&ious,) to instruct and come fort them in their distress, according to the order of the Communion-book, if he be no Preacher; or if he be a Preacher, then as he shall think most needful and convenient. And when any is passing out of this life, a bell shall be tolled, and the Minister Thall not then Nack to do his last duty. And after the party's death, if it so fall out, there shall be rung no more than one short peal, and one other before the burial, and one other after the burial,
68. Ministers not to refuse to christen or bury. NO Minister shall refuse or delay to chriften any child
according to the form of the Book of Common Prayer, that is brought to the Church to him upon Sundays or Holy-days to be christened, or to bury any corpse that is brought to the Church or Church-yard, convenient warning being given him thereof before, in such manner and form as is prescribed in the said Book of Common Prayer. And if he shall refuse to christen the one, or bury the other, (except the party deceased were denounced excommunicated majori excommunicatione, for some grievous and notorious crinie, and no man able to testify of his repent. ance,) he shall be suspended by the Bishop of the diocese from his miniftry by the space of three months.
69. Ministers not to defer christening, if the Child be in
danger. IF any Minifter, being duly, without any manner of colo
lusion, informed of the weakness and danger of death of any infant unbaptized in his parish, and thereupon desired to go or come to the place where the said infant remaineth, to baptize the fame, shall either wilfully refuse fo to do, or of purpose, or of grofs negligence, shall so defer the time, as, when he might conveniently have resorted to the place, and have baptized the said infant, it dieth, through such his default, unbaptized; the said Minister shall be suspended for three months; and before his restitution shall acknowledge his fault, and promise before his
Ordinary, that he will not wittingly incur the like again. Provided, that where there is a Curate, or a Substitute, this Conftitution shall not extend to the Parson òr Vicar himself, but to the Curate or Substitute present.
70. Ministers to keep a Register of Christenings, Weddings,
and Burials. IN every Paris.church and Chapel within this realm,
shall be provided one parchment book at the charge of the parish, wherein shall be written the day and year of every Christening, Wedding, and Burial, which have been in that parilh since the time that the law was first made in that behalf, fo far as the ancient books thereof can be procured, but especially since the beginning of the reign of the late Queen. And for the safe keeping of the faid book, the Church-wardens, at the charge of the parish, shall provide one sure coffer, with three locks and keys: whereof the one to remain with the Minister, and the other two with the Church-wardens, severally; so that neither the Minister without the two Church-wardens, nor the Church-wardens without the Minister, shall at any time take that book out of the said coffer. And henceforth upon every Sabbath-day, inmediately after Morning or Evening Prayer, the Minister and Churchwardens shall take the said parchment book out of the faid coffer, and the Minister, in the presence of the Church-wardens, fhall write and record in the said book the names of all persons christened, together with the names and surnames of their parents, and also the names of all persons married and buried in that parish in the week before, and the day and year of every such Christening, Marriage, and Burial ; and, that done, they fhall lay up that book in the coffer, as before, and the Minister and Church-wardens unto every page
at book, when it shall be filled with such infcriptions, fhall subscribe their names. And the Church-wardens shall once every year, within one month after the five and twentieth day of March, transmit unto the Bishop of the diocese, or his Chancellor, a true copy of the names of all persons chriftened, married, or buried in their parish in the year beföre, ended the said five and twentieth day of March, and the certain days and months in which every such Chriftening, Marriage, and Burial was had, to be subscribed with the hands of the said Minister and Church-wardens, to the end the same may faithfully be preserved in the Re
gistry gistry of the said Bishop; which certificate shall be received without fee. And if the Minister or Church-wardens shall be negligent in performance of any thing herein con-, tained, it shall be lawful for the Bishop, or his Chancellor, to convent them, and proceed against every of them as contemners of this our Constitution.
51. Ministers not to preach, or administer the Communion, in
private Houses NO
O Minister shall preach, or administer the holy Com
munion, in any private house, except it be in times of necessity, when any being either so impotent as he cannot go to the Church, or very dangerously sick, are defirous to be partakers of the holy Sacranient, upon pain of suspension for the first offence, and excommunication for the second. Provided, that houses are here reputed for private houses, wherein are no Chapels dedicated and allowed by the Ecclefiaftical Laws of this realm. And provided also, under the pains before expressed, that no Chaplains do preach or administer the Communion in any other places, but in the Chapels of the said houses; and that also they do the same very seldom upon Sundays and Holy-days; so that both the lords and masters of the said houses, and their families, shall at other times refort to their own Parish-churches, and there receive the holy Communion at the least once every year.
72. Ministers not to appoint public or private Fasts or Pro
phecies, or to exorcise, but by authority. O Minister or Ministers shall, without the licence and
direction of the Bishop of the diocese first obtained and had under his hand and seal, appoint or keep any solemn Fasts, either publicly or in any private houles, other than such as by law are, or by public authority shall be appointed, nor shall be wittingly present at any of them, under pain of suspension for the first fault, of excommunication for the second, and of deposition from the ministry for the third. Neither shall any Minister not licensed, as is aforesaid, presume to appoint or hold any meetings for Sermons, commonly termed by some Prophecies or Exercifes, in market-towns, or other places, under the said pains : nor, without such licence, to attempt upon any pretence whatsoever, either of possession or obsellion, by fasting and prayer, to cast oụt any Devil or Deyils, under