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K. Henry 8. The kinges iniunctions for reformation of the Church.

ster, to vnderstand and say the Lords Prayer and Creede in their own vulgare tongue, with other necessary & most fruitefull Iniunctions, the tenour whereof here foloweth.

¶ Iniunctions exhibited. ann. 1538.

MarginaliaIniunctions by the king.IN the name 

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These are the second Royal Injunctions of Henry VIII and they establish the programme set forth in Cromwell's Injunctions of 1536. They were a triumph for the evangelical cause and Foxe prints them in full, without amendment.

of God Amen. By the authority & commission of the most excellent Prince, Henry by the grace of God, King of England, & of France, defendour of þe faith, Lord of Ireland. and in earth supreme head vnder Christ, of the Church of England, I Thomas Lorde Cromwell, Lord priuie seale, Vicegerent to the kings said highnes for all his iurisdiction Ecclesiasticall within this Realme, do for the aduauncement of the true honour of almighty God, encrease of vertue, & discharge of the Kings maiestie, giue and exhibite vnto you N. these Iniunctiōs folowing to be kept, obserued, & fulfilled vpō the paine hereafter declared.

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First, that ye shall truely obserue and keepe all & singular the Kings highnes Iniunctions geuē vnto you heretofore in my name by his graces authority, not only vpon the paines therein expressed, but also in your default now after this second monition continued, vppon further punishment to be straightly extended towardes you by the Kings highnes arbitrement or his vicegerent aforesayde.

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MarginaliaFor the Bible to be set vp in Churches.Item, that ye shall prouide on this side the feast of N. 

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I.e. Easter 1539.

next comming, one booke of the whole Byble of the largest volume in English, and the same set vp in some conueniēt place within the said Church that ye haue cure of, whereas your parishioners may most cōmodiously resorte to þe same & read it. The charges of which booke shal be ratably borne betwene you, the parson and parishoners aforesaid: that is to say, the one halfe by you, & the other halfe by thē.

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Item, that yee shall discourage no man, priuely nor apertly, from the reading or hearing of the sayd Bible, but shal expresly prouoke, stirre & exhort euery person to reade the same, as that which is þe very liuely word of God, that euery Christen persons is bounden to embrace, beleeue, & folow, if he looke to be saued, admonishing them neuerthelesse to auoyde all contention and alteration therein, and to vse an honest sobrietie in the inquisition of the true sence of the same, and to referre the explication of the obscure places, to men of higher iudgement in scripture.

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Item, that ye shall euery sonday and holyday through the yeare, openly & plainly recite to your parishners, twise or thrise together, or oftner if neede require, one Article or sentence of the Pater noster, or Creede in Englishe, MarginaliaThe Lordes praier to be learned in Englishe. to the entēt they may learne þe same by hart, & so frō day to day, to geue thē one like lesson or sentēce of the same, till they haue learned the whole Pater noster, and Creede in Englishe by rote, and as they be taught euery sentence of the same by rote, ye shall expound & declare the vnderstāding of þe same vnto them, exhorting al parents and housholders, to teach their children and seruants the same, as they are bound in conscience to do: and that done, ye shall declare vnto them the tenne commandements, one by one, euery sonday and holyday, till they be likewise perfect in the same.

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Item, that ye shall in confessions euery Lent, examine euery person that commeth to confession to you, whether they can recite the Articles of our faith, and the Pater noster in Englishe, and heare them say the same particularly: wherein if they be not perfect, ye shall declare to them, that euery Christen person ought to know the same before they should receiue the blessed Sacrament of the Alter, and monish them to learne the same more perfectly by the nexte yeare folowing, or else, like as they ought not to presume to come to Gods boord without perfect knowledge of the same (and if they do, it is to the great perill of their soules) so ye shall declare vnto them, that yee looke for other Iniunctions from the Kings highnes by that time, to stay and repeale all such from Gods boord, as shall be founde ignoraunt in the premisses: wherefore do ye thus admonish them, to the entent they should both eschue the perill of their soules, and also the worldly rebuke that they might incurre heereafter by the same.

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MarginaliaSermons quarterly to be made.Item, that ye shall make or cause to be made in the sayd Church, and euery other cure ye haue, one Sermon euery quarter of a yeare at the least, wherein ye shall purely and sincerely declare the very Gospell of Christ, and in þe same exhort your hearers to the workes of charitie, mercy, and faith, specially prescribed and commaunded in scripture, & not to repose their trust or affiance in other workes deuised by mens fantasies besides scripture: as in wandering to Pilgrimages, offering of money, candles, or tapers to fained Reliques or Images, or kissing, or licking the same, saieng ouer a number of beades not vnderstanded ne minded on, or such like superstition: for the doyng whereof, ye not onely haue no promise of reward in Scripture, but cōtrariwise great threats and maledictiōs of God, as thingstending to Idolatrie and superstition, whiche of all other offences, God almighty doth most detest and abhorre, for that the same diminisheth most his honour and glory.

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MarginaliaImages pulled downe.Item, that suche fayned Images as ye knowe in any of your cures to be so abused with Pilgrimages or offerings of any thing made thereunto, ye shall for auoiding of that most detestable offence of Idolatry, forthwith take downe without delay, and shal suffer from henceforth no candles, tapers, or Images of waxe, to be set afore any Image or picture, but only the light that commonly goeth acrosse the Church by the roodeloft, the light afore the Sacrament of the Altar, and the light about the sepulchre: whiche for the adorning of the Church and diuine seruice, yee shall suffer to remayne still, admonishing youre parishners, that Images serue for none other purpose, but as the bookes of vnlearned men that can no letters, wherby they might be admonished of the liues and conuersation of them, that the saide Images do represent. Which Images, if they abuse for any other intēt then for such remembrances, they cōmit Idolatrie in the same to the great danger of their soules: and therfore the Kings highnes graciously tendering the weale of his subiects soules, hath in part already, & more will hereafter trauaile for the abolishing of such Images, as might bee occasion of so greate offence to God, and so great a daunger to the soules of his louing subiects.

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MarginaliaGood ministers to be placed.Item, that in all suche benefices or cures, as yee haue, whereupon ye be not your self resident, yee shall appoynte such Curates in your stead, as both can by habilitie, & will also promptly execute these iniunctions, and do their duty otherwise, that ye are bounden to do in euery behalfe accordingly, and profite their cure no lesse with good example of liuing, then with declaration of the word of God, or else their lacke and defaults shall be imputed vnto you, who shall straightly aunswer for the same, if they do otherwise.

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Item, that you shall admit no man to preach within anye of your benefices or cures, but suche as shall appeare vnto you to be sufficiently licenced therunto by the Kings highnes or his graces authority, or the bishop of þe dioces, and such as shal be so licenced, ye shal gladly receiue, to declare þe word of God without any resistance or cōtradictiō.

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MarginaliaPilgrymage & Images abandoned.Item, if ye haue heretofore declared to your parishners any thing to þe extolling & setting forth of pilgrimages, to fained reliques or images, or any such superstitiō, ye shall now openly afore the same, recant & reproue þe same, shewing them (as the truth is) that you dyd the same vpon no ground of Scripture, bnt as being led & seduced by a common errour and abuse crept into the Church, thorough the sufferance and auarice of such as felt profite by the same.

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MarginaliaThe worde of God to be preached without stop or interruption.Item, if ye do or shall know any within your parish, or elsewhere, that is a letter of the word of God to be read in english, or sincerely preached, or of the executiō of these iniunctions or a fautor of the Bishop of Romes pretensed power, now by the lawes of this Realme iustly reiected and extirped: ye shall detect and same to the Kings highnes or his honourable Counsayle, or to his vicegerent aforesayd, or to the iustice of peace next adioyning.

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MarginaliaRegister booke for euery parish.Item, that you and euery Parson, Vicar, or Curate, within this diocesse, shall for euery Church keep one booke of Register, wherein ye shall write the day and yeare of euery wedding, christening, & burieng, made within your parish for your time, & so for euery man succeding you likewise & also therin set euery persons name that shall be so wedded, christined or buried, & for the safe keeping of the same booke, the parish shall be bounde to prouide of theyr common charges, one sure coffer with ij. lockes and keies, whereof the one to remaine with you, and the other wyth the Wardens of euery such parish wherein the sayd booke shall be layd vp: Which booke ye shall euery Sonday take foorth, and in the presence of the saide Wardens, or one of them, write and record in the same, al the weddings, christnings, and buriengs, made the whole weeke before, and that done, to lay vp the sayd booke in the sayde coffer as afore, and for euery time the same shall be omitted, the partie that shall be in the fault thereof, shall forfaite to the sayd Church three shillings foure pence, to be employed on the reparation of the same Church.

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Item, that ye shall once euer quarter of a yeare, reade these and the other former iniunctions geuen vnto you by authoritie of the Kings highnes, openly and deliberately before al your parishners, to the entent that both you may be the better admonished of your duetie, and your said parishners the more incited to ensue the same for their part.

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MarginaliaTythes to be payed.Item, for as much as by a lawe established, euery man is bound to pay his tithes, no man shall by colour of duty omitted by their Curates, deteine their tithes, & so redub one wrong with another, or be his owne iudge, but shall truly pay þe same as hath ben accustomed to their persons & curates, without any restraint or diminutiō: & such lacke

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