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who keepeth his promise for ever ; strength of an horse; neither de.

6 Who helpeth them to right|lighteth he in any man's legs. that suffer wrong; who feedeth the 11 But the Lord's delight is in hungry.

thern that fear him, and put their 7 The Lord looseth men out of trust in his mercy. prison; the Lord giveth sight to the 12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusablind.

lem; praise thy God, o Sion; 8 The Lord helpeth them that 13 For he hath made fast the are fallen; the Lord careth for the bars of thy gates, and hath blessed righteous.

thy children within thee. 9 The Lord careth for the stran 14 He maketh peace in thy borger; he defendeth the fatherless ders, and filleth thee with flour of and widow: as for the way of wheat. the ungodly, he turneth it upside 15 He sendeth forth his comdown.

mandment upon earth, and his 10 The Lord thy God, O Sion, word runneth very swiftly. shall be King for evermore, and 16 He giveth snow like wool, throughout all generations. and scattereth the hoar frost like EVENING PRAYER.

ashes. Psalm 147. Laudate Dominum. 17 He casteth forth his ice like

PRAISE the Lord; for it morsels; who is able to abide his

is a good thing to sing frost ? praises unto our God; yea, a joy 18 He sendeth out his word, and ful and pleasant thing it is to be melteth them; he bloweth with his thankful.

wind, and the waters flow. 2 The Lord doth build up Je 19 He showeth his word unto rusalem, and gather together the Jacob, his statutes and ordinances outcasts of Israel.

unto Israel. 3 He healeth those that are 20 He hath not dealt so with broken in heart, and giveth medi- any nation; neither have the heacine to heal their sickness. then knowledge of his laws. 4 He telleth the number of the Psalm 148. Laudate Dominum. ,

PRAISE the Lord of heaven, names.

. 5 Great is our Lord, and great. 2 Praise him, all ye angels of his; is his power; yea, and his wisdom praise him, all his hosts. is infinite.

3 Praise him, sun and moon; 6 The Lord setteth up the meek, praise him, all ye stars and light. and bringeth the ungodly down to 4 Praise him, all ye heavens, the ground.

and ye waters that are above the 7. O sing unto the Lord with heavens. thanksgiving; sing praises upon 5 Let them praise the name of the harp unto our God;

the Lord; for he spake the word, 8 Who covereth the heaven with and they were made; he comclouds, and prepareth rain for the manded, and they were created. earth; and maketh the grass to 6 He hath made them fast for grow upon the mountains, and ever and ever; he hath given herb for the use of men.

them a law, which shall not be 9 Who giveth fodder unto the broken. cattle, and feedeth the young ra

7 Praise the Lord upon earth, ye vens that call upon him.

dragons, and all deeps; 10 He hath no pleasure in the 8 Fire and hail, snow and va

stars, and calleth them all by their O praise

him in the height,

pours, wind and storm, fulfilling), 5 Let the saints be joyful with his word;

glory; let them rejoice in their 9 Mountains and all hills; fruit- beds. ful trees and all cedars;

6 Let the praises of God be in 10 Beasts and all cattle; worms their mouth, and a two-edged sword and feathered fowls;

in their hands. 11 Kings of the earth and all 7 To be avenged of the heathen, people; princes and all judges of and to rebuke the people ; the world;

8 To bind their kings in chains, 12 Young men and maidens, and their nobles with links of old men and children, praise the iron. name of the Lord; for his name 9 That they may be avenged of only is excellent, and his praise them; as it is written, Such honour above heaven and earth.

bave all bis saints. 13 He shall exalt the horn of Psalm 150. Laudate Dominum. his people: all his saints shall

ness; praise him in the fir-, Israel, even the people that serveth mament of his power. bim.

2 Praise him in his noble acts; Psalm 149. Cantate Domino. praise him according to his excelO

SING unto the Lord a new lent greatness.

song; let the congregation of 3 Praise him in the sound of saints praise him.

the trumpet; praise him upon the 2 Let Israel rejoice in him that lute and harp. made him, and let the children of 4 Praise him in the cymbals Sion be joyful in their King. and dances; praise him upon the

3 Let them praise his name in strings and pipe. the dance; let them sing praises 5 Praise him upon the wellunto him with tabret and harp. tuned cymbals; praise him upon

4 For the Lord hath pleasure in the loud cymbals. his people, and helpeth the meek 6 Let every thing that hath hearted.

breath praise the Lord.

praise him; even the children

of O PRAISE God in his holi



As established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Uņi. ted States of America, in Convention, on the twelfth Day of September, in the Year of our Lord 1861.

Art. I. Of Farth in the Holy Trinity. And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the

THERE is but one living and true God, ever- Church doth read for example of life and instrucinfinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker to establish any doctrine; such are these fotand Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. lowing: And in unity of this Godhead, there be three per The Third Book of Esdras, The Fourth Boots sons, of one substance, power, and eternity ; the of Esdras, The Book of Tobias, The Book of JuFather, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

dith, The rest of the Book of Hester, The Book of

Wisdom, Jesus the Son of Sirach, Baruch the Art. II. Of the Word, or Son of God, which Prophet, The Song of the three Children, The Stowas made very Man.

ry of Susanna, Of Bel and the Dragon, The The Son, which is the Word of the Father, be- Prayer of Manasses, The First Book of Maccagotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and bees, The Second Book of Maccabees. eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took All the Books of the New Testament, as they are Man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of commonly received, we do receive and account her substance : so that two whole and perfect Na-them Canonical. tures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be ART. VII. Of the Old Testament. divided, whereof is one Christ, very God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead,

and for both in the Old and New Testament


The Old Testament is not contrary to the New ; buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a life is offered to mankind by Christ, who is the only sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for Mediator between God and Man, being both God actual sins of men.

and Man. Wherefore they are not to be heard, Art. III. Of the going down of Christ into Hell

. transitory Promises. Although the Law given from

which feign, that the Old Fathers did look only for As Christ died for us, and was buried; so also is God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and Rites, it to be believed, that he went down into hell.

do not bind Christian men, nor the Civil Precepts

thereof ought of necessity to be received in any Art. IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ. Commonwealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian Christ did truly rise again from death, and took man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things ap- Commandments which are called moral. pertaining to the perfection of Man's nature, wherewith he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth,

ART. VIII. Of the Creeds. until he return to judge all men at the last day. The Nicene Creed, and that which is commonly

called the Apostles' Creed, ought thoroughly to be Art. V. Of the Holy Ghost. received and believed: for they may be proved by The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father most certain warrants of Holy Scripture. and the Son, is of one substance, Majesty, and Glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal ART. IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin. God.

Original Sin standeth not in the following of Adam. Art. VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scrip. and corruption of the nature of every man, that

(as the Pelagians do vainly talk :) but it is the fault tures for Salvation.

naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam, Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary whereby man is very far gone from original rightto Salvation : so that whatsoever is not read there- eousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so in, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be requi- that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the Spirit ; red of

any man, that it should be believed as an ar- and therefore in every person born into this world, ticle of the Faith, or be thought requisite or neces- it deserveth God's wrath and damnation. And this sary to Salvation. In the name of the Holy Scrip- infection of nature doth remain, yea, in them that ture we do understand those Canonical Books of are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, the Old and New Testament, of whose. Authority called in Greek, øgbynpa oaguds, which some do exwas never any doubt in the Church.

pound the Wisdom, some Sensuality, some the Ar

fection, some the Desire of the Flesh, is not subject 1 of the Names and Number of the Canonical to the law of God. And although there is no conBooks.

demnation for them that believe and are baptized.; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numeri, Deutero. yet the Apostle doth confess, that concupiscence nomium, Joshue, Judges, Ruth, The First Book of and lust hath of itself the nature of sin. Samuel, The Second Book of Samuel, The First Book of Kings, The Second Book of Kings, The

Art. X. Of Free-Will. First Book of Chronicles, The Second Book of The condition of man after the fall of Adam, is Chronicles, The First Book of Esdras, The Second such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by Book of Esdras, The Book of Hester, The Book his own natural strength and good works, to faith, of Job, The Psalms, The Proverbs, Ecclesiastes or and calling upon God: wherefore we have no Preacher, Cantica or Songs of Solomon, Four power to do good works pleasant and

acceptable Prophets the greater, Twelve Prophets the less. to God, without the grace of God by Christ pre


venting us, that we may have a good will, and were laid) he hath constantly decreed, by his coun working with us, when we have that good will. sel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damna

tion, those whom he hath chosen in Christ out of Art. XI. Of the Justification of Man. mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting We are accounted righteous before God, only for salvation, as vessels made to honour. Wherefore the Merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by they, which he endued with so excellent a benefit Faith ; and not for our own Works or Deservings of God, be called according to God's purpose by his Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is Spirit working in due season: they through grace a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of com- obey the calling : they be justified freely: they be fort, as more largely is expressed in the Homily of made sons of God by adoption : they be made like Justification.

the image of his only begotten Son Jesus Christ :

they walk religiously in good works; and at length Art. XII. Of good Works.

by God's mercy they attain to everlasting felicity. Albeit that good Works, which are the Fruits of our Election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and

As the godly consideration of Predestination, and Faith, and follow after Justification, cannot put unspeakable comfort to godly persons, and such as away our sins, and endure the severity of God's feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ, Judgment; yet are they pleasing and acceptable mortifying the works of the flesh and their earthly to God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of members, and drawing up their mind to high and a true and lively Faith; insomuch that by them a heavenly things, as well because it doth greatly eslively Faith may be as evidently known, as a tree tablish and confirm their faith of eternal salvation, discerned by the fruit.

to be enjoyed through Christ, as because it doth ferArt. XIII. Of Works before Justification.

vently kindle their love towards God: so, for curious

and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of Christ, to Works done before the grace of Christ, and the have continually before their eyes the Sentence of inspiration of his Spirit, are not pleasant to God, God's Predestination, is a most dangerous downforasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ, fall, whereby the Devil doth thrust them either into neither do they make men meet to receive grace, or desperation, or into wretchlessness of most unclean (as the School-Authors say) deserve grace of con- living, no less perilous than desperation. gruity: yea rather, for that they are not done as Furthermore, we must receive God's Promises in God hath willed and commanded them to be done, such wise as they be generally set forth to us in we doubt not but they have the nature of sin. holy Scripture: And in our doings, that will of God

is to be followed, which we have expressly declaArt. XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. red unto us in the Word of God. Voluntary Works, besides over and above God's Commandments, which they call Works of Super- Art. XVIII. Of obtaining Eternal Salvation erogation, cannot be taught without arrogancy and

only by the Name of Christ. impiety. For by them men do declare, That they They also are to be had accursed, that presume do not only render unto God as much as they are to say, that every man shall be saved by the Law bound to do, but that they do more for his sake than or Sect which he professeth, so that he he diligent of bounden duty is required: Whereas Christ saith to frame his life according to that Law, and the plainly, When ye have done all that is commanded light of nature. For holy Scripture doth set out to you, say, We are unprofitable servants. unto us only the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby

men must be saved. Art. XV. Of Christ alone without sin.

Art. XIX. Of the Church. Christ in the truth of our nature, was made like The visible Church of Christ is a Congregation unto us in all things, sin only except, from which of faithful men, in the which the pure Word of God he was clearly void, both in his flesh, and in his is preached, and the Sacraments be duly ministerspirit. He came to be a Lamb without spot, who ed according to Christ's Ordinance, in all those by sacrifice of himself once made, should take away things that of necessity are requisite to the same. the sins of the world; and sin (as St. John saith) As the Church of Hierusalem, Alexandria, and was not in him. But all we the rest (although Antioch, have erred; so also the Church of Rome baptized and born again in Christ) yet offend in hath erred, not only in their living and manner of many things; and if we say we have no sin, we Ceremonies, but also in matters of faith. deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Art. XX. Of the Authority of the Church. ART. XVI. Of Sin after Baptism. The Church hath power to decree Rites or Cere. Not every deadly sin, willingly committed after monies, and Authority in controversies of Faith: Baptism, is sin against the Holy Ghost, and unpar- And yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain any donable. Wherefore the grant of repentance is thing that is contrary to God's Word written; neinot to be denied to such as fall into sin after Bap- ther may it so expound one place of Scripture, that tism. After we have received the Haly Ghost, we it be repugnant to another. Wherefore, although the may depart from grace given, and fall into sin, and Church be a Witness and a Keeper of Holy Writ, by the grace of God (we may) arise again, and yet as it ought not to decree any thing against the amend our lives. And therefore they are to be same, so besides the same ought it not to enforce condemned, which say, they can no more sin as any thing to be believed for necessity of salvation. long as they live here, or deny the place of forgiveness to such as truly repent.

Art. XXI. Of the Authority of General Councils.* ART. XVII. Of Predestination and Election.

Art. XXII. Of Purgatory. Predestination to life is the everlasting purpose of The Romish doctrine concerning Purgatory, ParGod, whereby (before the foundations of the world dons, Worshipping, and Adoration, as well of Ima

* The 21st of the former articles is omitted, because it is partly of a local and civil nature, and is provided for, as to the remaining parts of it, in other articles.



ges, as of Reliques, and also invocation of Saints, Art. XXVII. Of Baptism. is a fond thing vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to of Difference, whereby Christian men are discerned

Baptism is not only a sign of Profession, and mark the Word of God.

from others that be not christened: but it is also a Art. XXIII. Of Ministering in the Congrega- an instrunient, they that receive Baptism rightly are

sign of Regeneration, or new Birth, whereby, as by tion.

grafted into the Church: the promises of the forgiveIt is not lawful for any man to take upon him the ness of sin, and of our adoption to be the sons of Office of public Preaching, or Ministering the Sa. God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealcraments in the Congregation, before he be lawfully ed : faith is confirmed, and grace increased by vircalled, and sent to execute the same. And those tue of Prayer unto God. The Baptism of young we ought to judge lawfully called and sent, which children is in any wise to be retained in the Church be chosen and called to this work by men whosas must agreeable with the institution of Christ. have public Authority given unto them in the Congregation, to call and send Ministers into the Lord's Vineyard.

Art. XXVIII. Of the Lord's Supper.

The Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the Art. XXIV. Of Speaking in the Congregation Love that Christians ought to have among them

in such a tongue as the People understandeth. selves one to another; but rather it is a Sacrament

It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of of our Redemption by Christ's death : insomuch God, and the custom of the Primitive Church, to that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith rehave Public Prayer in the Church, or to minister ceive the same, the Bread which we break is a parthe Sacraments in a tongue not understanded of the taking of the Body of Christ ;, and likewise the people.

Cup of Blessing is a partaking of the Blood of

Art. XXV. Of the Sacraments.

Transubstantiation (or the change of the SubSacraments ordained of Christ be not only badges Lord, cannot be proved by Holy Writ; but it is re

stance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the or tokens of Christian men’s Profession; but rather pugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthey be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs throweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given of grace, and God's good will towards us, by the occasion to many Superstitions. which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not

The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten i only quicken, but also strengthen and confirm our the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual faith in him. There are two Sacraments ordained of Christ Christ is received and eaten in the Supper, is Faith.

And the mean whereby the Body of our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptism, The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was not by and the Supper of the Lord.

Christ's Ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted Those five commonly called Sacraments, that is ny, and Extreme Unction, are not to be counted for Art. XXIX. Of the Wicked, which eat not of the to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Matrimo- up, or worshipped. Sacraments of the Gospel, being such as have grown, partly of the corrupt following of the Apos- Body of Christ in the Use of the Lord's Supper. des, partly are states of life allowed by the Scrip The wicked, and such as be void of a lively faith, tures; but yet have not like nature of Sacraments although they do carnally and visibly press with with Baptism and the Lord's Supper, for that they their teeth (as St. Augustine saith) the Sacrunent have not any visible Sign or Ceremony ordained of the Budy and Blood of Christ; yet in no wise. of God.

are they partakers of Christ; but rather to their The Sacraments were not ordained of Christ to Condemnation do eat and drink the Sign or Sacra-; be gazed upon, or to be carried about, but that we ment of so great a thing. should duly use them. And in such only as worthily receive the same, they have a wholesome ef

ART. XXX. Of both Kinds. fect or operation : but they that receive them unworthily, purchase to themselves damnation, as St. Lay-People: for both the parts of the Lord's Sa

The Cup of the Lord is not to be denied to the Paul saith.

crament by Christ's Ordinance and Commandment, Art. XXVI. Of the Unworthiness of the Minis- ought to be ministered to all Christian men alike. ters, which hinders not the Effect of the

Sacraments. Art. XXXI. Of the one Oblation of Christ finish; Although in the visible Church the evil be ever

ed upon the Cross. mingled with the good, and sometime the evil have chief authority in the ministration of the Word and

The offering of Christ once made, is that perfect Sacraments: yet, forasmuch as they do not the redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction for all the same in their own name, but in Christ's, and do mni- sins of the whole world, both original and actual ; nister by his Commission and Authority, we may alone. Wherefore the Sacrifice of Masses, in which

and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that use their Ministry, both in hearing the Word of God, and in receiving the Sacraments. Neither is it was commonly said, that the Priest 'did offer the effect of Christ's Ordinance taken away by their Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission wickedness, nor the grace of God's gifts diminished of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and danfrom such, as by faith, and rightly, do receive the gerous deceits. Sacraments ministered unto them, which be effectual; because of Christ's institution and promise,

Art. XXXII. Of the Marriage of Priests. although they be rministered by evil men.

Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, are not comNevertheless, it appertaineth to the Discipline of manded by God's Law, either to vow the estate of the Church, that inquiry be made of evil Ministers, single life, or to abstain from Marriage: therefore and that they be accused by those that have know- it is lawful for them, as for all other Christian men, ledge of their offences: and finally being found to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge guilty, by just judgment, be deposed.

(the same to serve better to godliness.

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