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ceeding Ages; tlrat so they may be able, in
CANON XV. their Sermons and otherwise, to instruct the peo
RESPECTING THE COMMUNION SERVICE, AS THE MOST ple under their Charge, in the truly Catholic
SOLEMN PART OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP. principles of that pure and primitive Church. For their farther assistance in discharge of their HEREAS it is acknowledged by the Twenduty, by means of mutual communication with
tieth and Thirty-fourth of the Thirtyeach other in the way of personal conference, nine Articles of the Church of England, that the Clergy of each Diocese are to attend such not only the Church in general, but “ every Meetings as their Bishop may think proper to “ particular or national Church, hath authority appoint, either for the purpose of hearing a " to ordain, change, and abolish Ceremonies, charge delivered by him, or for discussing “ or Rites of the Church, ordained only by any particular Diocesan Business. But the
“ man's authority, so that all things be done to Clergy of one Diocese must not interfere in the
“ edifying," the Episcopal Church in Scotland, concerns of another, nor take any directions
availing herself of this inherent Right, hath for their conduct, but from their own immedi.
long adopted and very generally used, a Form ate Ecclesiastical Superior; it being always un for the celebration of the Holy Communion, derstood, that they still retain the right of ap
known by the name of the Scotch Communion pealing from any sentence of their own Bi- Office :
Office ; which Form has been justly considered, shop by which they may think themselves ag
and is hereby considered as the authorised Sergrieved, to the Primus, and other com-pro
vice of the Episcopal Church in the Adminisvincial Bishops in Synod canonically assem
tration of that Sacrament: And as, in order to bled.
promote an Union among all those who profess to be of the Episcopal persuasion in Scotland,
permission was lately granted by the Bishops to CANON XIV.
retain the use of the English Office in all Con.
gregations where the said Office had been preREGULATING TIIE TIMES, AND PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES,
viously in use, the same permission is now ratiFOR DIVINE SERVICE.
fied and confirmed: And it is also enacted, that 'THE Members of this Church, being duly in the use either of the Scotch or English Office,
taught and admonished, not to " forsake no Alteration nor Interpolation whatever shall " the assembling of themselves together,” for take place, nor shall any change from the one the public Worship of God, particularly on the to the other be admitted, unless it be agreeable Lord's Day, commonly called Sunday; and al to the Minister and his Congregation, and apso on such other Holydays as have been usual proved of by the Bishop. In respect, howly observed by the Episcopal Church in this ever, to the authority which sanctioned the part of the United Kingdom, it is therefore Scotch Liturgy, and for other good and sushhereby ordered, that the Clergy do reverently cient reasons, it is hereby enacted, that the and devoutly attend on these sacred Solemni- Scotch Communion Office shall be used in all ties, to the regular Celebration of Divine Ser Consecrations of Bishops; and that every Bivice in their several Congregations; that so the shop, when consecrated, shall give his full aspeople, being accustomed to see every thing, sent to it, as being sound in itself, and of priaccording to the Apostle's rule,“ done de mary authority in Scotland; and therefore shall “cently, and in order,” may be ready and not permit its being laid aside, where now used, well disposed as Christians to bear their part in but by the authority of the College of Bishops. that form of Worship which is so well calculated to impress on their minds a just sense of what they are taught to believe, as an Article of their Creed, the COMMUNION of
POINTING OUT WILAT UNIFORMITY IS TO BE USED IN
THE ORDINARY PARTS OF THE MORNING AND
REQUIRING DUE IXTIMATION, AND PREPARATION,
name of Jesus in the Creed; and when the Minister mentions the Gospel for the day, the people rising up shall devoutly say, (where the custom has so been), “ Glory be to thee,
“O God;" and when the Minister declares the A Sin all the ordinary parts of Divine Service, Holy Gospel to be ended, they shall answer,
it is necessary to fix by authority the pre “ Thanks be to Thee, O Lord, for this thy glocise Form, from which no Presbyter or Deacon “rious Gospel.” During the time of Divine shall be at liberty to depart, by his own alte Service, no Person shall depart out of the place rations or insertions, lest such liberty should of worship without some urgent or reasonable produce consequences destructive of Decency
cause. and Order, It is hereby enacted, that, in future, every Presbyter, or Deacon in this Church, shall adhere strictly to the words of the English
CANON XVIII. Liturgy in the Morning and Evening Service, unless where for obvious reasons, resulting from the difference between a legal Establishment TO BE MADE FOR TAE HOLY COMMUNION. and Toleration, his Bishop shall authorise any deviations.
IN every Congregation of this Church, the All National Fasts and Thanksgivings enjoin 1 - Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper shall ed by the Civil Authority, shall in this Church bc administered by the Bishop, Pastor, or Mibe religiously observed; and every Bishop shall nister, so often, and at such times, as that every give directions to his Clergy what Form of Member of the Congregation come to a proper Prayer they are to use on such particular occa time of life for discharging that duty, may sions.
communicate at least thrice in the year, whereof the Feast of Easter, or of Pentecost, to be
one solemn season set apart for that purpose. CANON XVII.
Of this due warning shall be publicly given
to the Congregation, during Divine Service, on ENJOINING ALL DUE REVERENCE AND ATTENTION the Sunday before each Holy Communion, that IN TIME OF DIVINE SERVICE.
the People may the better prepare themselves IT is hereby ordered that all proper care be | for the participation of that venerable Sacra
taken of the Chapels, or Places of Worship ment. For this purpose, every Clergyman shall in this Church, and every endeavour used to pay attention to the spirit and design of the Ru. have them decent and commodious, and kept brics prefixed to the Order for the Administrain good repair. In the time of Divine Ser- tion of the Lord's Supper, in the Book of Com. vice, the most devout attention shall be given mon Prayer; and shall be diligent in enforcing by the people to what is read, preached, or mi- the duties there prescribed, on all those who nistered ; and that they may glorify God in are committed to his Pastoral Charge ; instruct. body, as well as in spirit, agreeably to what ing them carefully in the nature and design of an Apostle enjoins, they shall humbly kneel that Holy Sacrament, and warning them of the upon their knees, when the General Confession, danger of receiving the same unworthily : And the Litany, and other Prayers are read, making because strangers, or those who have but lately the appointed Responses with an audible voice, joined his Congregation, with the intention of in a grave and serious manner, and shall reve- | remaining therein, cannot always be so well rently stand up at the repetition of the Creed known to him, as to enable him to judge whe
-at the reading or singing of the Psalms, ther they be meet to be partakers of those Hymns, or Anthems, bowing devoutly at the Holy Mysteries : Such persons, if required by
n shall produce from the concedor from
munion, burnish a rule to the Clergy, by
him, shall produce from the Clergyman, to whose , and to unite themselves to the Episcopal Com. Congregation they formerly belonged, or from munion, it becomes a matter of serious imporsome respectable Member of this Church, an Attestation, that they are regular Members of they may be directed in such cases; it is therethis Church, or of the United Church of Eng. fore enacted, that in all instances where the land and Ireland.
Applicants shall express a doubt of the validity In most of the Congregations of this Church, of the Baptism wbich they may have received it is customary to have public Prayers on some fom the Minister, or pretended Minister, of the day immediately before, and after the Admini sect to which they formerly belonged, the Clerstration of the Lord's Supper, and to have a gyman of the Scotch Episcopal Church, to Collect suited to the purpose for which the
purpose for which the whom the application shall be made, shall bappeople are assembled on each of these Days; tize the Person in the form of words prescribed in which case every Bishop shall prescribe what in the Book of Common Prayer, by the Church he judges proper to be used within his own of England, in similar cases of doubt; “ 17 Diocese.
“ THOU ART NOT ALREADY BAPTIZED, N. I bap“ tize thee in the Name of the Father, and of
“ the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen." CANON XIX.
RESPECTING THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRA
MENT OF BAPTISM.
TN the present 'situation of the Episcopal REQUIRING A REGULAR COURSE OF CATECHIZING Church in Scotland, various causes combine
IN ALL CONGREGATIONS. in rendering it hardly possible to persuade the 'THE Christian Church having ever maintainMembers of this Church to bring their Children
ed the necessity of early and sound into be baptized in a Chapel, or place of Pub. struction in the first Principles of her holy lic Worship; and it would be found equally Faith, it is therefore hereby enacted, that conimproper to press upon them the necessity, or stant attention be shewn to this important dueven the expediency, of procuring any other
ty; for which purpose, either some part of the Sponsor, under the name of Godfather or God season of Lent, or other convenient time, on mother, than the Father or Mother of the
Sundays or Holydays, shall be set apart for Child, if no impediment lies against their be
examining and instructing the young Members ing received as such: Therefore, Baptism' be of every Congregation, first in the Catechism ing thus almost constantly administered in pri contained in the Book of Common Prayer, and vate houses, without the possibility of obtain
afterwards in such an enlarged Form of Explaing any solemn recognition of it before a Con- nation of the several parts of that Catechism, gregation, or in a place of Public Worship, the l as every Bishop shall prescribe, or recommend officiating Clergyman may select from the Of- to the Clergy of his Diocese :
to the Clergy of his Diocese : And these Clerfice for Public Baptism in the Book of Com
gy shall make it their business earnestly to mon Prayer, such parts of that Ofice as are
exhort, and admonish their people respecting essentially necessary to the due Administration
the great usefulness of this mode of Instruction, of that Sacrament; provided that such selec and point out to Parents, and others who may tion be approved of by his Bishop, and do not have the charge of young persons, the necestend to excite any doubt as to the validity of sity of bringing them regularly up to be catethe Baptism so administered: And whereas from
chized, at the times which their Pastors shall the unhappy multiplicity of religious sects in
judge most convenient to appoint for that purthis country, cases frequently occur in which
pose. Persons, from conscientious motives, express a desire to separate themselves from such sects,
CANON CANON XXI.
of this Church to use any more of the Form
of Matrimony contained in the Book of ComAPTOISTING CONFIRMATION TO BE ADMINISTERED
| mon Prayer, than what tends to secure the forIN EVERY DIOCESE ONCE IN THREE YEARS, AND
mal consent of the parties; and that they soTHE CARE TO BE TAKEN THAT DUE PREPARATION DE MADE FOR THAT SOLEMN SERVICE.
lemnly promise before God, and the Witnesses
present, to live together as Husband and Wife, HEREAS it has been a sacred, and so
according to God's Holy Ordinance; and all ' Jemo Appointment in the Christian
this accompanied with suitable Prayers for the Church, continued from the times of the A
Blessing of God's Grace and Assistance, to enpostles, that all Bishops should, in their several
able them so to live together in tbis life, that Districts, regularly administer the holy Rite of | in the world to come they may have life everConfirmation, by laying their hands upon per
lasting. It is recommended to every Clergysons who bave been baptized, and duly instruct
man of this Church to keep a correct Register, ed in the principles of Christ's Religion, pray
or List, both of his Baptisms and Marriages, ing over them, and blessing them with the Gift
which, if required, he shall shew to the Bishop of the Holy Spirit; therefore, it is hereby en at the time of his Visitation; and also take acted, that every Bishop of this Church shall
care that such List," or a copy of it, may be visit his Diocese, if he be able to do it, once in
given to the Person who succeeds him in his three years, and administer this sacred Ordinance
pastoral Charge. in every Congregation within the same, where it may be most convenient to bring the people who are to receive the benefit of it: And
CANON XXIII, every Pastor or Minister, on receiving intimation from the Bishop of the time of his trien
| RESPECTING THE VISITATION OF THE SICK, AND
THE BURIAL OF TOE DEAD. nial Visitation, shall use his best endeavour to get those properly prepared for it, whom he “ AS in all the days of their spiritual waris to present to the Bishop to be confirmed by - “ fare, from their Baptism to their Buhim; giving him a List of their Names, and rial,” Christians have the benefit of assistance being ready to answer any questions he may from the Ministry of the Clergy, so ought they put respecting their age and qualifications. more especially to apply for this spiritual aid, in
the time of their sickness, wlien, their need of
it being more urgent, they ought to rememCANON XXII. .
ber, and observe the Apostle's injunction," Is
“ any man sick among you, let him call for RESPECTING TOC SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
" the Elders,” or Presbyters, “ of the Church THE Civil Law having required the Publica. “ and let them pray over him;" therefore, it
tion of Banns before Marriage, no Cler- is hereby enacted, that when any Presbyter or gyman of this Church shall take upon him to Clergyman, of this Church, is called to visit solemnize Matrimony, without having previ- any sick Member of his Congregation, he shall ously received a sufficient attestation, that the not neglect to perform his duty; but, repairLaw in this respect has been duly complied ing to the sick person's house, shall be there with. He shall not join persons in Matrimony | ready to administer all suitable comfort and who are within the forbidden Degrees, nor un instruction, either according to the Order for der the Age of Twenty-one Years, unless with the Visitation of the Sick, as laid down in the the-consent of their parents or guardians : And Book of Common Prayer, or in any other way, as the legal Provisions respecting Marriage “ as he shall think most needful and convediffer very much in this country, from what the "nient.” For his assistance in discharging this Law appoints to be done in the Church of Eng. / pious and charitable office, he shall have recourse land, therefore it is unnecessary for the Clergy to such Books of Devotion, as have been ap
onder hoe he“ AS..fate, from the be benefit of as
proved, and recommended by some of the best, to execute the Office of a Deacon, declares and soundest Divines of the Church, and be wil- himself to be “ inwardly moved by the Holy ling to take the advice, or direction of his own “ Ghost to take upon himself this Office and Bishop, in any case, which may particularly “ Ministration, to serve God for the promotion call for it. When the Prayers of the Congre “ of his glory, and the edifying of his people ;" gation are desired in behalf of any sick Mem- therefore, in order that he may be warned of ber of it, the Clergyman is at liberty to use the the danger of dissembling with the Spirit of Collect appointed for the Communion of the Truth, it is hereby declared, that if any PerSick, inserting after the words," visited with son exercising his ministry in this Church, shall " thine hand,”-the words," for whom our afterwards give up the exercise of his ministe. “ prayers are now desired," or any of the rial functions, and betake himself wholly to other prayers in the " Order for the Visitas any worldly business, merely for the sake of " tion of the Sick," as the case may require; the emoluments of any such secular employand he shall also be ready to do the last duty, ment, he shall be incapable of ever resuming when called to read the “ Order for the Bu- | the exercise of any ministerial Office in the “ rial of the Dead,” which he shall use as | Church, whose sacred service he has thus prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer, as shamefully abandoned. far as circumstances will permit that Order to be observed by the Clergy of this Church.
DECLARING WHAT CENSURE, OR SPIRITUAL PENAL
TY, IS TO BE INCURRED BY A BREACH OF THESE
NOTORIOUS OFFENDERS NOT TO BE ADMITTED TO
N O Minister of this Church shall in anywise
admit to the receiving of the Holy Communion any Member of his Congregation, who is openly known to live in sin notorious, without repentance, such as “ Blasphemers of God, “ Hinderers, or Slanderers of his Word, Adul“ terers, or those that be in malice, or envy, or " any other grievous crime:" Provided, that every Minister, so repelling any, shall, upon
complaint, or being required by the Bishop, or Ordinary, signify the cause thereof unto him, and therein obey his Order, and Direction. See 26th and 27th Canons of the Church of England.
1 F it shall be ascertained, by clear and suffi
cient evidence, that any Bishop of this Church has neglected any of the duties, or acted contrary to any of the Regulations prescribed to him by this Code of Canons, he shall be censured, or dealt with by the other Bishops, as they may reasonably judge that his Neglect or Transgression requires : And in all cases of complaint, whether they refer to Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, the sentence of the Bishops, that is, of the whole, or of the majority of their number, shall be final and conclusive.
And as, in the peculiar situation of this Church, many inconveniences would necessarily arise from laying any of its Clergy under a sentence of temporary suspension, therefore, it is hereby enacted, that for the first breach of obedience, in a Presbyter or Deacon, to any of the preceding Canons, the Offender shall be privately rebuked and admonished by the Bishop of the Diocese in which the offence has been committed, and before two other Clergymen called to witness this necessary act of Discipline. If after such reproof and exhortation, enforced by just threatening of sererer censure
REQUIRING THE CLERGY OF THIS CHURCR TO CON-
A S every Clergyman of this Church, as well
as of the United Church of England and Ireland, at the time of his receiving authority