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AND THE FORM AND MAXXER OF MAKING, ORDAINING,
AND CONSECRAT NG
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THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK.
I Thath been the wisdom of the use of the Liturgy (though en.
Church of England, ever since joined by the Laws of the Land, the first compiling of her Publick and those Laws never yet repeal Liturgy, to keep the mean be- ed) came, during the late unhaptween the two extremes, of too py confusions, to be discontinued, much stiffness in refusing, and of is too well known to the world, too much easiness in admitting and we are not willing here to any variation from it. For, as on remember. But when, upon His the one side common experience | Majesty's happy Restoration, it sheweth, that where a change seemed probable, that, amongst hath been made of things advis. other things, the use of the Liedly established (no evident ne- turgy would also return of course cessity so requiring) sundry in. (the same having never been leconveniences have thereupon en- gally abolished) unless some time. sued; and those many times more ly means were used to prevent and greater than the evils, that it; those men who under the late were intended to be remedied by usurped powers had made it a such change: So on the other great part of their business to ren. side, the particular Forms of Di. der the people disaffected therevine worship, and the Rites and unto, saw themselves in point of Ceremonies appointed to be used reputation and interest concerned therein, being things in their own (unless they would freely acknow. nature indifferent, and alterable, ledge themselves to have erred, and so acknowledged; it is but which such men are very hardly reasonable, that upon weighty brought to do) with their utmost and important considerations, ac- endeavours to hinder the restitucording to the various exigency tion thereof. In order whereunto of times and occasions, such divers Pamphlets were publishchanges and alterations should ed against the Book of Common be made therein, as to those that Prayer, the old objections mus. are in place of Authority should tered up, with the addition of from time to time seem either ne- some new ones, more than for cessary or expedient. According. merly had been made, to make ly we find, that in the Reigns of the number swell. In fine, great several Princes of blessed me. importunities were used to His mory since the Reformation, the Sacred Majesty, that the said Church, upon just and weigh Book might be revised, and such ty considerations her thereunto Alterations therein, and Addimoving, hath yielded to make tions thereunto made, as should such alterations in some particu. be thought requisite for the ease lars, as in their respective times of tender Consciences: whereunto were thought convenient : Yet so, His Majesty, out of his pious inas that the main Body and Essen clination to give satisfaction (so tials of it (as well in the chiefest far as could be reasonably exmaterials, as in the frame and peeted) to all his subjects of what order thereof) have still conti: persuasion soever, did graciously nued the same unto this day, and condescend. do yet stand firm and unshaken, In which review we have ennotwithstanding all the vajn at- deavoured to observe the like tempts and impetuous assaults moderation, as we find to have made against it, by such men as been used in the like case in forare given to change, and have al. mer times. And therefore of the ways discovered a greater regard sundry Alterations proposed unto to their own private fancies and us, we have rejected all such as interests, than to that duty they were either of dangerous conowe to the publick.
sequence (as secretly striking at By what undue means, and for some established Doctrine, or lauwhat mischievous purposes the dable Practice of the Church of