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& hipocrisy, crept into diuers mens harts, may vanish away, MarginaliaTo reproue and to prech against pilgrimages and imagesthey shal not setforth or extol any images relikes, or miracles, for any superstitiō, or luker nor alure the people by any intisemēts to the pilgrimage of any saynt or image. But reprouing the same, they shal teach that all goodnes, health & grace ought to be both asked & loked for, only of god, as of the very autor and geuer of the same, & of none other. MarginaliaSermons quarterlye to be madeItē that they the persōs aboue rehersed shal make or cause to be made, in their Churches & euerye other cure they haue, one sermon euery quarter of the yere at the least, wherin they shall purely & sincerely declare the word of god, MarginaliaDifference betwene workes cōmaunded of God: and workes deuised of mē and what they be.and in the same exhort the herers to the works of faith, mercy & chariti specially prescribed & cōmaunded in scripture, & that works deuised by mans fantasies, besydes scripture, as wandring to pilgrimages, offring of mony, candels or tapers, to reliques or images, or kissing & licking of the same praying vpon beads & such like superstitiō, haue not ōly no promes of reward in scrypture for doing of thē, but cōtrariwyse great threats and maledictyōs of god, for that they be thyngs tending to Idolatry and superstition, which of al other offēses god almighty doth most detest and abhorre, for that the same diminysheth moost his honor and glory.

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MarginaliaImages abused with pilgremage or offerings to be destroyed.Item that such images as they know in anye of their cures, to be, or haue bene so abused with pilgrimage or offrings 

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Injunction 3 cautiously endorses iconoclastic destruction of images 'abused' by pilgrimages, offerings, or censings. It permits employment of images as objects of 'remembraunce, whereby, men may be admonished, of the holy liues and conuersacion of theim, that the saide Images do represent: whiche Images, if thei do abuse for any other intent, thei commit Ydolatrye in the same, to the great daungier of their soules' (a3v). Taken in conjunction with Injunction 28, this provision renders apparent the iconoclastic thrust of official policy.

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of any thing made thervnto or shalbe hereafter incensed vnto, thei & none other priuate persons, shal for the auoidyng of that most detestable offence of Idolatry forthwith take downe and destroye the same, & shal suffer from henceforth, no torches nor candles, tapers, or images of waxe to be set afore any Image or pycture, but only ii. lights vpō the hygh aultare, before the sacramēt, whych for the sygnification that Christ is the verye true lyght of the world, they shal suffer to remayn styl, admonishynge theyr paryshoners, that Images serue for no other purpose, but to be a remembrāce, wherby men maye be admonyshed of the holy lyues & conuersatyon of thē, that the sayde ymages do represēt, which Images if they do abuse for any other intēt, they cōmyt Idolatry in the same to the great dāger of their souls.

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The ten commaundements & the Lordes prayer in english to be red euery holy day in the church.

Parentes and maisters charged in tradinge vp of there children in lerning or some profitable occupation.

Item that euery holy day throughout the yere, when they haue no sermō, they shal immediatly after the gospell plainlye recite to their parishoners in the pulpit The Pater noster, the Crede & the x. commaundements in Englysh 
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Injunction 4 represents an early, albeit radical, step in the introduction of a new vernacular worship service.

to the intent the people may learne the same by hart, exhorting al parents & housholders to teach their Chyldren and seruauntes the same, as they are bounde by the law of God, and in conscyence to do. Item that they shal charge fathers and mothers, masters and gouernors to bestowe theyr chyldren and seruauntes euen from theyr childhode, eyther in learnyng or to some honest exercyse, occupatyon or husbandrye, exhortinge and counsellynge, and by all theyr wayes & meanes they may, aswell in their sermons and collatiōs as other waies perswadinge their saide fathers and mothers, masters and other gouernors diligently to prouide and forsee, that the youth be in no manner of wise broughte vp in Idlenesse, least at anye time afterwarde for lacke of some crafte, occupation or other honest meane to lyue by, they be driuen to begginge, stealing, or some other vnthriftines, forasmuch as we may dailysee through slouth & idlenes, diuers valiant mē fal, some to begging, & some to theft & murther, which after brought to calamitye and misery, do blame their parents, frends & gouernors, which suffred thē to be brought vppe so idlely in theyr youth, wher if they had bene well brought vp in good learninge some occupation or crafte, they shuld (being rulers of their own houshold) haue profited thē selues as diuers other persones to the great cōmodity & ornament of the common wealth.

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MarginaliaSAlso that the saide personnes, vicars, and other curates shal diligently prouide that the sacraments be reuerently and duely ministred in their parishes. And if at any tyme it happen thē in anye of the cases expressed in the statutes of this realm, or of special licence geuen by the kinges maiesty to be absēt frō theyr benefyces, they shal leue their cure not to be a rude & vnlearned persō, but to an honest well lerned & expert curate, that can by his hability teach the rude and vnlearned of theyr cure, wholesom doctrin, and reduce thē to the right way that do err, & which also shall execute these Inuinctions, & do theyr duty otherwise, as they are boūd to do in euery behalf & accordingly may and wyl profyt theyr cure, no les with good example of liuyng then with the declaration of the word of god, or elsse theyr lacke & default shallbe imputed vnto thē. Who shal straightly answer for the same, if they do otherwise. MarginaliaO if all pastors would folow this iniunction.And alwais let thē se, that nether they nor theyr curates do seke more their own profit, promotiō or aduantage thē the profitt of the souls, that they haue vnder their cure, or þe glory of God. MarginaliaThe bible in englishe of the largist volume to be set vp in euery church with the paraphraseAlso that they shal prouyde within 3. mōths next after this visitatiō one boke of the whole Bible of the largest volume in Englysh, and wythin one xii. months next after the sayd visitation, the Paraphrasis of Erasmus also in English vpon the gospels, & the same sett vp in some conuenyent place, wythin the sayde church, that they haue cure of, wheras theyr parishoners may most commodiously resort vnto & read the same. The charges of which bookes shalbe ratably wel born betwene the person or proprietari, & the parishners aforsaid, that is to say thone half by the person or proprietary, and thother halfe by the parishners. And they shall discorage no mā autorised & licensed thervnto, frō the reding of any part of the Bible, ether in laten or English, but shal rather conform & exhort euery person to read the same, as the very liuely word of god 

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In a striking reversal of the 1543 withdrawal of permission for Bible reading by commoners (see n. 41, below), Injunction 7 mandates provision of chained copies of the Great Bible and the two-volume English translation of Erasmus's Paraphrases of the New Testament (1548-49; STC 2854-2854.7) for public reading by members of the laity.

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, & the specyal fode of mānes soul, that al christē persōs are boūd to embrace beleue & folow, if they loke to be saued, wherby they may the better know their duetyes to god euer gentilly & charitably exhorting them, & in his maiesties name, straightly charging & commaūding thē, that in the reding therof, no man to resō or contend, but quietly to here the reder MarginaliaEcclesiasticall persons not to haūt tauernes or to mispend there time in any and vnlawfull game.Also the said ecclesiastical persōs, shal in nowise at ani vnlawful time, nor for ani other cause thē for their honest necessity, haunt or resort to any tauerns, or ale houses, and after their dinner or supper, they shal not geue thē selues to drīking or riot, spending their time idlely by daye or by night, at dise, cardes, tables playing, or anye other vnlawfull game, but at all times as they shal haue leasure they shall here or read sōwhat of holy scrypture, or shall occupye them selues, with some honest exercise, and that they alwais do the thynges whyche appertaine to honestye

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