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XXXVI. Of Confecration of Bishops and Ministers.
and Ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the Time of Edward the Sixth, and confirmed at the same Time by Authority of Parliament, doth contain all Things necessary to such Confecration and Ordering: Neither hath it any Thing, that of itself is fuperftitious and ungodly. And therefore whosoever are Confecrated or Ordered according to the Rites of that Book, since the Second Year of the forenamed King Edward, unto this Time, or hereafter shall be Consecrated or Ordered according to the same Rites we decree all such to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully Consecrated and Ordered
XXXVII. Of the Civil Magistrates.
of England, and other Her Dominions, unto whom the chief Government of all Estates of this Realm, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Civil, in all Causes doth appertain; and is not, nor ought to be subject to any foreign Jurisdiction.
Where we attribute to the Queens Majesty the chief Go. vernment, by which Ticles we understand the Minds of some Nanderous Folks to be offended; we give not to our Princes the Ministering either of Gods Word, or of the Sacraments; the which Thing the Injunctions also lately set forth by Elizabeth our Queen do molt plainly testify; but that only Prerogative which we fee to have been given always to all godly Princes in holy Scriptures by God himself, that is, that they should rule all Eftates and Degrees como mitted to their Charge by God, whether they be Ecclesialsical or Temporal, and restrain with the Civil Sword the stubborn and evil Doers.
The Bishop of Rome hath no Jurisdiction in this Realın of England.
The Laws of this Realm may punish Christian Men with Death, fir heinous and grievous offences.
It is lawful for Christian Men, at the Coinmaniment of the Magistrat:, to wear Weapons, and serve in the Wars.
XXXVIII. Of Christian Mens Goods, which are not commenti
*HE Riches and Goods or Chriftians are not common, T
as touching the Right, Title, and Poffeffion of the same, as certain Anabaptists do falsely boast. Nøcwithitanding, every Man ought, of such Things as he poffefseth, liberally to give Alms to the Poor, according to his Ability.
XXXIX Of a Christian Mans Oath.
Christian Men by our Lord Jesus Christ, and James his Apostle ; fo we judge, that Christian Religion doth not prohibit, but that a Man may swear, when the Magistrate requireth, in a Cause of Faith and Charity ; fo it be cune according to the Prophets teaching, in Justice, Judgment and Truth.
TuS Book of Articles, before rebearsed, is again approved,
and allowed to be bolden and executed within the Reolm, by the assent and consent of our Sovereign LadyLIZABETH, by the Grace of God, of England, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of ihe Faith, &c. Which Articles were deliberately read, and confirmed again by the Subscription of the bands of the Archbishops and Bishops of the Upper House, and by the Subscription of the whole Clergy of the nether bouse in their Convocation in the Year of our Lord 1571.