Browne’s Exposition of the 39 Articles

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

Section II. — The Supremacy of the Bishop of Rome. THIS is a most extensive subject, and of primary importance in the controversy between the Churches of Rome and England. For, if once the supreme authority of the Roman Patriarch is conceded, all other Roman doctrines seem to follow as of course. And so it…

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

Article XXXVII. Of the Civil Magistrates The Queen’s Majesty hath the chief power in this Realm of England, and other her Dominions, unto whom the chief Government of all Estates of this Realm, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Civil, in all causes doth appertain, and is not, nor ought to be, subject to any foreign…

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An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXXVI

Article XXXVI. Of Consecration of Bishops and Ministers. The Book of Consecration of Archbishops and Bishops, and Ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth in the time of Edward the Sixth, and confirmed at the same time by authority of Parliament, doth contain all things necessary to such Consecration and Ordering: neither hath it…

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An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXXV

Article XXXV. Of the Homilies. The second Book of Homilies, the several titles whereof we have joined under this Article, doth contain a godly and wholesome doctrine, and necessary for these times, as doth the former Book of Homilies, which were set forth in the time of Edward the Sixth; and therefore we judge them…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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