Articles by E. Harold Browne

E. Harold Browne

(Edward) Harold Browne was an English bishop, born at Aylesbury and educated at Eton and Cambridge. He was ordained in 1836, and two years later was elected senior tutor of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. From 1843 to 1849 he was vice-principal of St David’s College, Lampeter, and in 1854 was appointed Norrisian professor of divinity at Cambridge. His best-known book is the Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles (vol. i., Cambridge, 1850; vol. ii., London, 1853), which remained for many years a standard work on the subject and is still beloved today. In 1864 he was consecrated bishop of Ely.


An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXXIV

Article XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the Church. It is not necessary that Traditions and Ceremonies be in all places one, and utterly like; for at all times they have been divers, and may be changed according to the diversities of countries, times, and men’s manners, so that nothing be ordained against God’s Word. Whosoever…


An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXXIII

Article XXXIII. Of Excommunicate Persons, how they are to be avoided. THAT person, which by open denunciation of the Church is rightly cut off from the unity of the Church, and excommunicated, ought to be taken of the whole multitude of the faithful as an Heathen and Publican, until he be openly reconciled by penance,…


An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXXII

Article XXXII. Of the Marriage of Priests. BISHOPS, Priests, and Deacons, are not commanded by God’s Law, either to vow the estate of single life, or to abstain from marriage: therefore it is lawful for them, as for all other Christian men, to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge the same to…


An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXXI

Article XXXI. Of the one Oblation of Christ finished upon the Cross. THE Offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifices of Masses, in the…


An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXX

Article XXX. Of both Kinds. THE Cup of the Lord is not to be denied to the Lay-people: for both the parts of the Lord’s Sacrament, by Christ’s ordinance and commandment, ought to be ministered to all Christian men alike. De utraque Specie. CALIX Domini laicis non est denegandus, utraque enim pars Dominici Sacramenti ex…


An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXIX

Article XXIX. Of the Wicked which eat not the Body of Christ in the use of the Lord’s Supper. THE Wicked, and such as be void of a lively faith, although they do carnally and visibly press with their teeth (as St. Augustine saith) the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, yet in…


An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXVIII (Part 2)

Section II. — Scriptural Proof. I. The Words of Institution. WE know that almost all the sacrifices, among both Jews and Gentiles, were succeeded by a feast upon the body of the sacrificed victim; the persons, who thus fed upon the sacrifice, declaring their interest in the sacred rite, and through it entering into covenant…


Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXVIII (Part 1)

Article XXVIII. Of the Lord’s Supper. THE Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another; but rather is a Sacrament of our Redemption by Christ’s death: insomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith, receive the same, the Bread…


An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXVII (Part 2)

Section III. — History. IT has generally been considered, that on the doctrine of baptismal grace the testimony of primitive antiquity is more than ordinarily clear, uniform, and consentient. A very high esteem of the Sacraments pervades the writings of all the fathers, and is especially apparent in their respect for baptism. The controversies of…


Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXVII (Part 1)

Article XXVII. Of Baptism. BAPTISM is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference, whereby Christian men are discerned from others that be not christened, but it is also a sign of Regeneration or new Birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they that receive Baptism rigtly are grafted into the Church; the promises…

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