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137. The whole Fees for Mhewing Letters of Orders, and

other Licences, due but once in every Bishop's time. FORASMUCH as the chief and principal cause and use

of Visitation is, that the Bishop, Archdeacon, or other afligned to visit, may get some good knowledge of the state, sufficiency, and ability of the Clergy, and other perfons whom they are to visit; we think it convenient, that every Parson, Vicar, Curate, Schoolmaster, or other person licensed whosoever, do at the Bishop's first Vifitation, or at the next Visitation after his admiffion, shew and exhibit unto him his Letters of Orders, Institution, and Induction, and all other bis Dispensations, Licences, or Faculties whatsoever, to be by the faid Bishop either allowed, or (if there be just caufe) disallowed and rejected ; and being by him approved, to be, as the custom is, signed by the Registrar; and that the whole fees accustomed to be paid in the Visitations in respect of the premises, be paid only once in the whole time of every Bishop, and afterwards but half of the said accustomed fees in every other Visitation, during the said Bishop's continuance.

Apparitors. 138. The Number of Apparitors restrained. FORASMUCH

as we are desirous to redress fuch abuses and aggrievances as are faid to grow by Somners or Apparitors, we think it meet that the

multitude of Apparitors be (as much as is possible) abridged or restrained : wherefore we decree and ordain, That no Bishop or Archdeacon, or their Vicars, or Officials, or other inferior Or. dinaries, shall depute or have more Apparitors to serve in their jurisdictions respectively, than either they or their predeceffors were accustomed to have thirty years before the publishing of these our present Conftitutions. All which Apparitors shall' by themselves faithfully execute their offices; neither shall they, by any colour or pretence whatsoever, cause or suffer their mandates to be executed by any Meffengers or Substitutes, unless it be upon fome good cause to be first known and approved by the Ordinary of the place. Moreover, they shall not take upon them the office of Promoters or Informers for the court, neither shall they exact more or greater fees than are in these our

Constitutions formerly prescribed. And if either the num. ber of the Apparitors deputed shall exceed the aforesaid limitation, or any of the laid Apparitors shall offend in any of the premises; the perfons deputing them, if they be Bishops, shall, upon admonition of their superior, discharge the persons exceeding the number fo limited ; if inferior Ordinaries, they shall be suspended from the execution of their office, until they have dismissed the Apparitors by them so deputed ; and the parties themselves so deputed shall for ever be removed from the office of Apparitors; and if, being so removed, they defist not from the exercise of their faid offices, let them be punished by ecclesiastical censures, as persons contumacious. Provided, That if upon experience the number of the said Apparitors be too great in any diocese in the judgment of the Archbishop of Canterbury for the time being, they shall by him be fo abridged, as he shall think meet and convenient.

Authority of Synods.

139. A National Synod the Church Representative. WHOSOEVER shall hereafter affirm, That the sacred

Synod of this nation, in the name of Christ and by the King's authority assembled, is not the true Church of England by representation, let him be excommunicated, and not restored, until he repent, and publicly revoke that his wicked error.

140. Synods conclude as well the absent as the present, WHOSOEVER shall affirm, That no manner of person,

either of the Clergy or Laity, not being themselves particularly afsembled in the said sacred Synod, are to be lubject to the decrees thereof in causes ecclefiaftical, (made and ratified by the King's Majesty's supreme authority,) as not having given their voices unto them, let him be excommunicated, and not restored, until he repent, and publicly revoke that his wicked error.

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141. Depravers of the Synod censured. WHOSOEVER shall hereafter affirm, That the facred

Synod, assembled as aforesaid, was a company of such persons as did conspire together against godly and religious professors of the Gospel; and that therefore both they and their proceedings in making of Canons and Conftitutions in caufes ecclefiaftical by the King's authority, as aforesaid, ought to be despised and contemned, the same being ratified, confirmed, and enjoined by the said regal power, supremacy, and authority; let them be excom. municated, and not restored, until they repent, and publicly revoke that their wicked error.

WE of our princely inclination and royal care for the

maintenance of the present estate and government of the Church of England, by the Laws of this our Realm now Jettled and established, having diligently, with great contentment and comfort, read and considered of all these their said Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Constitutions, agreed upon, as is before expressed ; and finding the same such as we are persuaded will be very profitable, not only to our Clergy, but to the whole Church of this our Kingdom, and to all the true Members of it, if they be avell observed; bave therefore for us, our Heirs, and lawful Successors, of our especial grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion, given, and by these preJents do give our royal asent, according to the form of the said Statute or Axt of Parliament aforesaid, to all and every of the said Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Conflitutions, and to all and every thing in them contained, as they are before written.

And furthermore, we do not only by our said Prerogative Royal, and supreme Authority in Causes Ecclefiaftical, ratify, confirm, and establish, by these our Letters Patent, the said Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Conflitutions, and all and every thing in them contained, as is aforesaid ; but do likewise propound, publish, and straightway enjoin and command by our faid Authority, and by these our Letters Patent, the same to be diligently observed, executed, and equally kept by all


our loving Subječts of this our Kingdom, both within the Provinces of Canterbury and York, in all points wherein they do or may concern every or any of them, according to this our will and pleasure hereby signified and expressed; and that likewise, for the better observation of them, every Minister, by what name or title soever be be called, fall in the Paris Church or Chapel where he bath charge, read all the said Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Constitutions, once every year, upon fome Sundays or Holy-days, in the Afternoon, before. Divine Service, dividing the same in such fort, as that the one half may be read one day, and the other another day: the Book of the said Canons to be provided at the charge of the Parish, betwixt this and the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord God next ensuing : Nraitly charging and commanding all Archbishops, Bishops, and all other that exercise any Ecclefiaftical Jurisdiction within this Realm, every man in his place, to see, and procure (so much as in them lieth) all and every of the same Canons, Orders, Ordinances, and Constitutions, to be in all points duly observed ; not sparing to execute the penalties in them severally mentioned, upon any that shall wittingly or wilfully break or negle&t to observe the same, as they tender the honour of God, the peace of the Church, the tranquillity of the Kingdom, and their duties and service to us their King and Sovereign.

In witness, &c.


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Of the Church of England. "THE CHE King's Supremacy over the Church of England, in Causes Ecclesiastical, to be maintained.

Page 23 2. Impugners of the King's Supremacy censured.

24 3. The Church of England a true and apostolical Church. 4. Impugners of the public. Worship of God, established in the Church of England, censured.

ib. 5. Impugners of the Articles of Religion, established in the Church of England, censured.

25 6. Impugners of the Rites and Ceremonies, established in the Church of England, censured.

ib. 7. Impugners of the Government of the Church of England by Archbishops, Bishops, &c. censured.

ib. 8. Impugners of the Form of consecrating and ordering Arch

bishops, Bishops, &c. in the Church of England, censured. ib. 9. Authors of Schism in the Church of England censured.

26 10. Maintainers of Schismatics in the Church of England cen

sured. 11. Maintainers of Conventicles censured.

ib. 12. Maintainers of Conftitutions made in Conventicles censured.

27 Of Divine Service, and Administration of the Sacraments.. 13. Due Celebration of Sundays and Holy-days.

ib. 14. The prescript Form of Divine Service to be used on Sundays and Holy-days.

ib. 15. The Litany to be read on Wednesdays and Fridays. 28 16. Colleges to use the prescript Form of Divine Service. 17. Students in Colleges to wear Surplices in time of Divine Ser. vice.

ib. 18. A reverence and attention to be used within the Church in

time of Divine Service, 19. Loiterers not to be suffered near the Church in time of Divine Service.

ib. 20. Bread and Wine to be provided against every Communion. 30 21. The Communion to be thrice a Year received.

ib. 22. Warning to be given beforehand for the Communion. ib. 23. Students in Colleges to receive the Communion four times a Year.

ib. 24. Copes to be worn in Cathedral Churches by those that administer the Communion.

31 25. Surplices



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