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as heretofore hath been used in like cases by the Queen's Ecclesiastical laws. Provided always, and be it enacted, That whatsoever Person offending in the premisses, shall for the offence first receive punishment of the Ordinary, having a testimony thereof under the said Ordinary's seal, shall not for the same offence eftsoones be convicted before the Justices; and likewise, receiving for the said first offence, punishment by the Justices, he shall not for the same offence eftsoones receive punishment of the Ordinary; any thing contained in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding Provided always, and be it enacted, That such Ornaments of the Church, and of the Ministers thereof, shall be retained and be in use, as was in the Church of England by Authority of Parliament, in the second year of the Reign of King Edward the Sixth, until other order shall be therein taken by the Authority of the Queen's Majesty, with the advice of Her Commissioners appointed and authorized under the great seal of England, or of this Realm, for Causes Ecclesiastical, or by the Authority of the Lord Deputy, or other Governor or Governors of this Realm for the time being, with the advice of the Council of this Realm under the great seal of the same, and also that if there shall happen any contempt or irreverence to be used in the Ceremonies or Rites of the Church, by the misusing of the Orders appointed in this Book, the Queen's Majesty may, by the like advice of the said Commissioners; or the Lord Deputy, or other Gover
nor or Governors of this Realm for the time being, may, with the advice of the Council of this Realm, ordain and publish such further Ceremonies or Rites, as may be most for the advancement of God's glory, the edifying of his Church, and the due reverence of Christ's Holy Mysteries and Sacraments. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances wherein or whereby any other Service, Administration of Sacraments, or Common Prayer is limited, established, or set forth to be used within this Realm, shall from henceforth be utterly void and of none effect. And forasmuch as in most places of this Realm, there cannot be found English Ministers to serve in the Church or Places appointed for Common Prayer, or to minister the Sacraments to the people, and that if some good mean were provided, that they might use the Prayer, Service, and Administration of Sacraments set out and established by this Act, in such language as they might best understand, the due Honour of God should be thereby much advanced; and for that also, that the same may not be in their native language, as well for difficulty to get it printed, as that few in the whole Realm can read the Irish Letters: We do therefore most humbly beseech Your Majesty, that with Your Highness's Favour and Royal Assent, it
may be enacted, ordained, established and provided by Authority of this Parliament, That in every such Church
or Place, where the Common Minister or Priest hath not the use or knowledge of the English tongue, it shall be lawful for the same Common Minister or Priest to say and use the Mattins, Evensong, Celebration of the Lord's Supper, and Administration of each of the Sacraments, and all their Common and Open Prayer in the Latin tongue, in such order and form as they be mentioned and set forth in the said Book established by this according to the tenor of this Act, and none otherwise, nor in other manner; any thing before expressed and contained in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding.
Queen's Printers'. 11. 8, 9. by this Act, and according.
FOR THE UNIFORMITY OF PUBLIC PRAYERS, AND ADMINIS
TRATION OF SACRAMENTS, AND OTHER RITES AND CERE-
WHEREAS nothing conduceth more to the honour
of God, the settling of the peace of a Nation, (which is desired of all good men,) nor to the advancement of Religion, then an universal agreement in the Public Worship of Almighty God; and to the intent that We, His Majesty's Subjects of this His Kingdom of Ireland, may hold the same Uniformity of Common Prayers, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the Use of the Church of England: together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, pointed as they are to be sung or said in Churches; and the form or Manner of Making, Ordaining, or Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, which was recommended unto both Houses of
The text has been collated by the Editor with the Statute Roll, preserved in the
Rolls Office, Dublin, of which it is an accurate copy, with the alteration only of the contractions, old spelling, and supplying the necessary capital letters. In the following notes are shown the variations from the original Manuscript Statute in the professed copy contained in the Book of Common Prayer, printed in 4to. in 1846“ by George and John Grierson, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty” in Ireland.
Convocation here assembled in Ireland; to consider whether the same Form of Public Worship might not be profitably received, as the Public Form of Divine Service in this Your Majesty's Kingdom of Ireland. Whereupon both Houses of Convocation did diligently consider the same, and after mature consideration, well weighing the great advantages that must necessarily arise unto the whole Kingdom from the Uniformity of Public Prayers, did fully approve and allow the same, and have exhibited and presented in writing unto Your Majesty's Lord Lieutenant and Council here in Ireland, one Book hereunto annexed; intituled, The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the Use of the Church of England; together with the Psalter and Psalms of David, pointed as they are to be sung or said in Churches; and the form or Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating Bishops, Priests and Deacons. Therefore to the intent that the greatly desirable work of Uniformity in Divine Worship may be obtained, and that every Person within this Your Majesty's Realm of Ireland, may certainly know the rule to which he is to conform in Public Worship and Administration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of Ireland, and the manner how and by whom Bishops, Priests, and Deacons