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T

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

32i

fo

the pureft

Ages

of

the

Church: Nor

anyImpolirions

of

Liturgies

upon any

Na-

tional Church

for fume

hundreds

of

years after.

We

find

indeed fome Liturgical

Forms fathered upon

St.

Baf:l,

St.

Chryfoflome,

and

Sr.

Ambrnfe,

but we have

not

feen any Copies

of them, but fuch

as

give

us

fufficient Evidence

to conclude them

either

wholly fpurious, or fointerpolated,

that

we cannotmake

a

judgment which

in them

bath

any

primitive Authority.

Having

thus in

general

expreffed our Delires,

we come now to

particulars,

which

we

find numerous,

and

of

a

various

nature

; fouie

we

grant

are of inferiour

Con

-

fideration,

verbal

rather than

material

(which

were they

not in the niblick Litur-

gy

of

fo famous a

Church, we

should

not

have

mentioned)

others dubious

and

difputable,

as

not

having

a

clear

Foundation

in

Scripture for

their warrant

:

but

force there be

that

feem

to

be

corrupt,

and

to carry

in them

a

repugnancy to

the

Rule

of

the Gofpel

;

and therefore have

adminifred

just

Matter of Exception and

Offence to many , truly

religious

,

and peaceable ;

not

Of

a

private Ration on-

ly, but learned and

judicious Divines,

as

well

of

other Reformed Churches,

as

of

the Church of

England, ever Once

the Reformation.

We know much hath been

fpoken

and written

by way

of

Apology, in

An-

fwer

to many

things

that

have

been

obje&ed ;

but yet

the

Doubts and

Scruples

of

Tender

Confciences

Rill

continue, or rather are

increafed. We do humbly

conceive

it

therefore

a

Work

worthy of

thofe Wonders

of

Salvation

, which

God

hath

wrought

for

his

Majesty

now on the Throne, and

for

the whole Kingdom, and

exceedingly

becoming the Minifters

of

the Gofpel

of

Peace, with

all

holy

Mode-

ration

and Tendernefs,

to endeavour the

removal

of

every

thing

out

of

the Wor-

fhip

of

God,

which may

jufly

offend

or

grieve

the

Spirits

of

fober

and

odly

Peo-

ple.

The Things

themfelves

that are

defired

to

be

removed,

not being

of

the Foun-

dation

of

Religion,

nor

the Effentials

of

Publick Worship,

nor the

Removal

of

them any

way tending to the

prejudice

of the Church

or State:

Therefore

their.

Continuance, and

rigorous Impofition, can

no

ways be able

to

countervail

the

laying afide

of

fo

many pious and able Minifters, and the unconceivable

grief that

will arife

to

multitudes

of

his

Majefy's molI Loyal and Peaceable

Subje&s,

who

upon

all occafions

are ready to

ferve

him

with their

Prayers, Elfates, and

Lives.

For

the

preventing of which

Evils, we

humbly

defire

that

there

Particulars

fol-

lowing, may be

taken into

furious

and tender Confideration.

Concerning

Morning and

Evening

Prayer,

Rubrick.

Tr

at

olntng

anti i

1ienfng

Mom

hall

be

ufeti

in the

ac=

eutometi

place

of

the

Qthutc ,

Chancel,

n

QLhappel

s

except

et lle

othettott'e Determinati

bp

the

9Dltií=

nate of

the place,

anti

the

(Chancel

(halt

remain

aD

in

ttmee

pat.

Rubrick.

enti

hem to

to

be

note',

that

the

9bintter, at

the

time ofthe

(tom=

munion,

anti

at

other

time%,

in hi$

itúttatíon,

than

tire

fuch

9Dlna=

mento

in

the

(thatch,

ao

Were

to

ate

bp

futhotitp of

h3arttament,

in

the

erconk

peat

of

the lacign

of

Edward

the ßHttb,aeeolDeng

to

tbg

ett

of Parliament.

Exception.

ST7

E

defire

that

the words

of

the

V

V firf

Rubrick may

be expreffed

as

in the

Book eftablished

by

Authority

of

Parliament

y ear

6

Edw.6. Thus [the

Morning

and

Evening

Prayer (hail

be

tied

in

fuch

place

of

the Church,

Chappe,

or Chan-

cel,

and

the

Minifterfhall

fo

turn him, ns

the

People.may heft

bear,

and

if

there

be

any

Contreverfe therein, the

matter

Pall

be

referred

to

the Ordinary.

Exception.

Forafmuch

as

this

Rubrick feemeth to

bring

back

the Cope, Albe,6'e. and o-

ther

Veiments

forbidden by the Corn

-

mon Prayer

Book,

I

and

6

Edw.

6:

and

and

fo

our Reafons

alledged againft

Ce-

remonies under our Eighteenth general

Exception, we defire

it

may be wholly

left

out.

Tt

Áubrick,