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tinency therefore entered into the holy yoke of matrimony. Whereupon the greater parte of the house so fully agreed to the equall ponishment, that vnlesse it had bin made felonye aswell for thone as thother that act had neuer passed the house, and therefore equal punishement was assigned for either of those deedes in that session though in the next Session or parliament after, ther was mitigation or qualificatiō of the punishmēt for the horrible horedome of priestes, the mariage of priestes standinge stil vnder the daunger and punishment limited in the statute afore. The said Broke also required to be certified of them that were lerned, how it might be proued by the scriptures that god at al commaunded lay men to receue the sacrament of his blessed body and blood in one kinde, to wite, in materiall breade, to doo it in remembrance of him who shed his bloode for the remission of theire sinnes and to shew the Lordes death vntill his comminge, if it be so that in geuinge this commaundement bibite ex hoc omnes, drinke ye all of this, no lay man at all be included, but contrary wise this other kinde of the Sacramente, to wite, the cup, or the materiall wine be by God forbidden them: for (saide he) if in that vniuersall proposition: Drinke you al of this, be included euery one of that nomber vnto whom Christe when he tooke breade in his hande and gaue thankes vnto his heuenly father, did giue this commaundement saynge: take ye, eate ye, this is my body, do ye this in remembrance of me: Then nedes must our clargy graunt vnto vs which be lay men, that either it is leful for vs also with the priestes to receue the sacrament in both the kinds, that is to wete, both in bred and the cup or wine: either else that wee sillye lay men are not commaunded to receaue the sacrament at al, and consequently nether therby to remember him to be oure mercifull sauyour who hath died for remission of our sinnes, nor to shewe his death vntil he come wherby he declared his most tender loue towards vs. wherfore if it might not be graunted that it was lawfull to receue the blessed sacrament in both kindes, he required some authority of scripture to be brought for the same, aledging farther that albeit through grosse ignorance, contempt of Gods holy word, and the insaciable ambition and couetousnes of such men as made marchandise of mens soules, affirminge in effect that christ died in vayne, that grosse & folish erronre of transubstanciation hath within this foure or fiue houndred yere crept in, &, as a festered canker now spred it selfe abrode in al those places wher þe bishop of rome hath established his vsurped autority. yet said Brok euen vnto this day in all the greke church that blind errour and folish opinion of transubstantiation was neuer receued, and S, Paule himselfe calleth it bread after those wordes which they call the consecration, fiue times in one chapiter: nether hath manne said he I thinck, euer heretofore presumed to affirme that the breade after the consecration should be bothe the bodye and bloode, and the wine bothe the bloode and body in such sort as ether of those kindes deuided vnto many partes, should in euery of those partes conteine the whole naturall body and bloode of our Sauior Iesu christ as this present act affirmeth. Therfore before this act do passe suche doubtes are to be resolued where by menne afterwarde mighte incurr daunger of life for lacke of the plain explication of our meaninge of them. as for exāple where this act affirmeth that the wine after the consecration is christes naturall bloode & body both, how woulde our clargy that the sely vnlerned lay man shuld aunswere, if it wer asked him as it is like inough to be what he beleues to be in the chalis, when the priest holds it ouer his hed? for they make an infusion you know, of water and that before the consecratiō so that there is a mixture of the water and wine: whether nowe shall we affirme the thing which before was water is now by þe cōmixion of the wine, turned with the wine into both the naturall bloode and body of Christ? ether else will it content them that it be aūswered thus, that the water remaineth water stil. diuers such doubtes might be put, but to come to an ende, if this bill muste nedaes passe as an act, I most hartely wish that first such places of þe scripture & allegatiōs of holy fathers as the bishops and other the lerned of this relme do recite in confirmation of this doctrine, those they would vouchsafe to communicate vnto this house, to thentēt that men which be yet of contrary mindes beinge ouercome by their true conference of the scriptures: strēgh of arguments, might without grudge of consciēce agre vnto þt, which while they be otherwise minded they cannot without sin graunt vnto. And fi ally, whereby this act we greatly differ from many christian relmes and prouinces, all which professe christes true religiō and neuer the lesse set not foorth these lawes at al: much lesse with such paines of death, I hartely beseke God it may plese the kings maiesty þt this whole act, with the conferences of scriptures, allegation of doctors and fourmes of argumentes, which our clergy and other the furtherers of this act haue brought in, and affirmed for the establishing of it nowe, for a law may be truly translated into þe laten tong to this entent, that other nations likewise professinge christes religion seing by those autorities what hathe moued this realme to passe this act, either being ouercome with our truth thus lately founde out, may be procured to receiue the like doctrine, for that they see it suffi

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