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of almighty God, to the kinges highnes honor, the publike weale of this realme, and increase of vertue in the same: appoynted and assigned these Iniunctions ensuing to be kept and obserued, of the Deane, Persons, Vicares, Curates & stipēdaries, resident or hauing cure of souls or any other spirituall administration wythin the Deanry, vnder the paines here after limitted and appoynted.

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To the first, is that the Deane, Persons, Vicares, and other hauing cure of soul any wher within this Deanry shall faithfully keepe and obserue, and as farre as in them may lie, shall cause to be kept and obserued of allother, al & singuler lawes, and statutes of thys realme, made for the abolishing and extirpation of the bishop of Romes pretensed and vsurped power and iurisdiction within this realme, and for the stablishment and confirmation of the kynges autority and iurisdiction within the same. as of the supreame head of the church of England, shall to be vttermost of their wit, knowledge and learning, purely, sincerely, and without anye coulor or dissymulation declare, manifest, and open, by the space of one quarter of a yere, now next ensuing, once euery sōday, and after at the least wise, twise euerye quarter of a yere in their sermones and other collations, that the bishop of Romes vsurped power and iurisdiction hauinge no establishmente nor ground by the law of God, was of mooste iust causes takē away and abolished, and that therfore they owe vnto him no manner of obedience or subiection, and that the kinges power is wyth in his dominion the highest potentate, and power vnder God, to whome al men wythin the same dominion by Gods commaūdement, owe most loyalty and obedience afore and aboue al other potentates in earth.

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Item, wheras certain articles 

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I.e., the Ten Articles: in the Convocation of 1536 there was a sharply abridged version of the Ten Articles and the first attempt at defining the doctrines of the newly established Church of England. This is published by Foxe earlier in this chapter. The total document is rather more traditional in its orientation that Foxe's version: notably it defended the real presence of Christ's body and blood in the Sacrament and it gave (an admittedly qualified) approval of prayers for the souls of the dead.

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were latelye deuised and put forthe by the kinges highnesse autority, and condescended by the prelates and clergy of this his realme in conuocation, wherof part were necessary to be holden and beleued for our saluation, and the other part doo concerne and touch certain laudable ceremonies, rites, and vsages of the church, mete and conuenient to be kept and vsed for a decent & politike order in the same, the said Deane, persones, Vicares and other Curates, shall so opē and declare in their sermons, and other collations the said Articles vnto them that be vnder their cure, that they may plainlye knowe and discerne which of them be necessary to be beleued and obserued for their saluation, & which be not necessary, but only doo concerne the decent and polliticke order of the saide Churche, according to such commaundemēt and admonition as hath bene geuen vnto thē heretofore by the authority of the kinges highnes in that behalfe.

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Moreouer that they shall declare vnto all suche as be vnder their cure, the articles likewise deuised, put forthe and auctorised of late for and concerning the abrogation of certayn superstitious holy daies, accordinge to the effect and purport of the same Articles, and perswade their parishoners to keepe and obserue the same inuiolablye, as thinges holsome prouided, decreed, and established by common cōsent and publike autority for the weale, commodity, and profite of al this relme.

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Besides this, to the intent that al superstition and hipocrisye crepte into diuers mennes hartes, may vanishe awaye, they shal not setforth nor extoll any Images, Reliques, or miracles for any superstition or luker, nor allure the people by any intreatments to the pilgrimages of anye saints, otherwise then is permitted in the Articles lately put forthe by the authoritye of the kinges maiestie, and condescended vppon by the prelates and cleargye of this his realme in conuocation, as thoughe it were proper or peculier to that sainte to geue this commodity or that, seinge all goodnesse, health, and grace, ought to be both looked and asked for, onely of God, as of the verye author of the same, and of none other, for wythoute him it can not be geuen, but they shal exhorte aswel their parishoners, as other pilgrymes, that they doo rather apply them selues to the keping of Goddes commaundements, and fulfilling of his workes of charitye, perswadinge them that they shall please God more, by the true exercising of their bodely labour, trauaile or occupation, and prouidinge for their famylies, then if they went about to the said pilgrimages, and it shal profit more theyr soul helth if they doo bestow that on the pore and neady, which they woulde haue bestowed vppon the said Images or reliques.

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Also in the same their sermones and other collations, the Persones, Vicares and other Curates aforesaide shal diligentlye admonish the fathers and mothers, maisters and gouernoures of youth, beinge wythin theyr cure, to teach or cause to be taught, their chyldren and seruauntes euen from their infancye, the Pater noster, 

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I.e., the Lord's Prayer.

the articles of our faith, and the ten commaundements in their mother tongue, & the same so taught, shal cause the said youthe ofte to repeate and vnderstand. And to the intent this may be the more easily done, the said Curates shall in their sermones deliberatelye and plainely recite of the said pater noster, articles or commaundemants, one clause or article one daie, and an other an other daie, til the whole be tanght and learned by little and little, and shall deliuer the same in wrytinge, or shew where printed bokes, conteining the same, be to be solde to them that can reade or will desire the same. And therto that the said fa

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