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P

A

R.

T

II,

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

317

And therefore in

purfuance

of

chis

his

Majelly's moft gracious Commifíion,

for

the

fatisfaetion

of tender

Confciences, and the

procuring

of

Peace and

Unity

among(t our

(elves,

wejudge meet to propofe,

Fit*, That

all

the Prayers,

and other

Materials

of

the Liturgy may

confift

of

no-

thing

doubtful

or

queffisned

amongft

pious, learned, and

orthodox

Perrons, inafmuch

as

the

profeffed end

of

compofrng

them

is

for

the declaring

of

the

Unity and

Consnt

of

all who join

in the

publick

Worfhip

;

it being

too evident

that

the

limiting

of

Church

-

Communion to things

of

doubtful

Diptatian,

bath

been in

all

Ages

the

ground

of

Schifm and

Separation according

to the

faying

of

a

learned Perfon.

'>To load our publick Forms,

with the private

Fancies

upon which

we differ,

is Mr.

Hu1es:

the

moft

foveraiggn

way to perpetuate Schifm

to the

World's End.

Prayer, Con-

'

fe(fion,

Thanklgiving, reading

of

the

Scriptures, and adminiftration

of

the

Sacra-

'

meets in the plaineft, and

fimpleft

manner, were matter enough to

furnish

out

a

'

fuflicient

Liturgy, though nothingeither

of

private

Opinion, or of Church

-

pomp,

. of

Garments, or prefcribed

Geftures,

of Imagery,

of

Mufick,

of matter

concern-

'

ing the Dead,

of many

Superfluities

which creep into the Church under the Name

of

Order,

and

Decency,

did interpofe

it

felt.

To

charge Churches

and Liturgies

`

with

things unnecelfary,

was

the

fir(t

beginning

of

all Superftition, and when

a

Scruple

of

Confcience began to

be

made

or pretended, then

Schifmbegan to break

`

in.

If

the

fpecial

Guides and

Fathers

of

the

Church

would be a

little fparing

of

incumberingChurcheswith

Superfluities,

or

not

over

-

rigid, either in revivingob-

`folete

Cuftoms,

or

impofing

new, there

would be far

lets

Caufe

of

Schifm,

or

Su-

'

perffition

;

and

all

the Inconvenience were

likely

to

enfue, would be but this,

they

'fhouldin

fo

doingyield

a

little to the imbecillity

of their Inferiors;

a

thing

'

which

Sr.

Paul would

never

have refuted

to

do

:

Mean while, wherefoever

falle

'or

fufpeeted

Opinions are made

a piece

of Church-Liturgy

; he

that

feparates

is

not the

Schifmatick

;

for

it

is

alike unlawful

to

make profeffion

of

known, or

fur

pealed

Falfhood,

as

to put

in prualice unlawful or

fufpeóted A&ion.

z.

Further,

we humbly defire

that it

may

be

ferioufly confidered,

that

as

our firft

Reformers out

of their

great Wifdom, did

at that time

fo

compofe the Liturgy,

as

to

win

upon the

Papills, and

to draw them into their Church

-

Communion,

by va-

rying

as

little

as

they

well could,

from the

Romsfh

Forms before

in ufe;

fo

whether

in the prefent Conflitution, and State

of

Things

amongft

us,

we

fhould

not

accor-

ding

to

the

fame

Rule of Prudence

and

Charity,

have our

Liturgy

fo

compofed,

as

to

gain upon the Judgments and Affection

of

all

thofe

who in

the

Subflantials

of

the

Proteflant

Religion are

of the

fame Perfuafions

with our

felves

:

Inafmuch

as a

more

firm

Union

and Confent

of

all fuch,

as

well

inWorfhip,

as

in

Doárine,

would rgreatly ffrengthen the

Proteflant Intercft

againft

all

thofe Dangers

and

Temptations

which

ourinteftine

Divifions and Animofities

do expofe

us

unto, from

the common Adverfary.

'!

g.

That

the Repetitions, and

Refponfals

of

the Clerk and

People,

and the alter-

nate

reading

of

the Pfalms and Hymns

which

caufe a confufed

Murmur

in

the

Con-

gregation, whereby what

is

read

is

lets

intelligible, and therefore

unedifying,

may

be omitted

:

The

Minifter

being

appointed for the People

in

all

publick

Ser-

vices

appertaining

untoGod

'and

the

Holy Scriptures,both

of

the Old and New

Te

Rament, intimating the Peoples Part in publick Prayer to

be

only with

Silence

and

Reverence to attend thereunto, and

to

declare their

Content

in

the

Clofe, by fay-

ing

Amon.

q.

That

in regard the Litany (though otherwife containing

in it manyholy

Pe-

titions))

is

fo

framed,

that the Petitionsfor

a great

part

are

uttered only

by

the

Peo-

ple,

which

we think

not to

be

fo

confonant

to

Scripture,

which

makes'theMiniff:er

the

Mouth

of

the People to God in Prayer, the Particulars

thereof

may be cotn-

pofed into one folemn

Prayer to be

offered

by the Minifter unto God

for

the

People.

ç.

That

there be

nothing in

the Liturgy which may

feem

tocountenance the

Obfervation

of

Lem,

as

a

Religioni

F4'

-

the

Example

of

Chrift's falling

Forty

Days and Nights, being no more imitable,

nor

intended

for

the Imitation

of

a

Chriftian, than

any other

of

his

Miraculous Works

were, or than

Mafia

his

forty

Days

Fall

was for

the Jews:

And the

Aft of

Parliament,

ç

Elm. forbidding ab-

Rìnence from

Flefh

to

be obferved

upon any other than

a

Politick Confr ation,

and

punilhing

all

thofe who by

Preaching, Teaching, Writing, or

open Speeches,

lAall

notifie that

the forbearingofFiefh,is

of

any necelllty

for

the

laving

of the

Soul,

or that it

is

the

Service

of

God, otherwifethan

as

other politick

Laws

art

6.

That