A Brief Inquiry Into the Law of the Church of England with Respect to Private Confession

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Rivingtons, 1858 - Confession - 35 pages
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Page 15 - There are two Sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel ; that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord. Those five commonly called Sacraments (that is to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Matrimony, and Extreme Unction) are not to be counted for Sacraments of the Gospel...
Page 29 - Here shall the sick person be moved to make a special confession of his sins, if he feel his conscience troubled with any weighty matter.
Page 28 - Then shall the Minister examine whether he repent him truly of his sins, and be in charity with all the world ; exhorting him to forgive, from the bottom of his heart, all persons that have offended him...
Page 16 - Absolution hath the promise of forgiveness of sins, yet by the express word of the New Testament it hath not this promise annexed and tied to the visible sign, which is imposition of hands. For this visible sign, (I mean laying on of hands,) is not expressly commanded in the New Testament to be used in Absolution, as the visible signs in Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ; and therefore Absolution is no such Sacrament as Baptism and the Lord's Supper are, and...
Page 8 - ... requiring such as shall be satisfied with a general confession not to be offended with them that do use, to their further satisfying, the auricular and secret confession to the priest ; nor those also which think needful or convenient, for the quietness of their own consciences, particularly to open their sins to the priest, to be offended with them that are satisfied with their humble confession to God, and the general confession to the Church.
Page 8 - And because it is requisite, that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full trust in God's mercy, and with a quiet conscience ; therefore if there be any of you, who by this means cannot quiet his own conscience herein, but requireth further comfort or counsel ; let him come to me, or to some other discreet and learned Minister of God's Word, and open his grief...
Page 4 - Constitution, but do straitly charge and admonish him, that he do not at any time reveal and make known to any person whatsoever any crime or offence so committed to his trust and secrecy, (except they be such crimes as by the laws of this realm his own life may be called into question for concealing the same,) under pain of irregularity.
Page 14 - 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 to be read in Churches by the Ministers, diligently and distinctly, that they may be understanded of the people.
Page 20 - I do not say but that, if any do find themselves troubled in conscience, they may repair to their learned curate or pastor, or to some other godly learned man, and show the trouble and doubt of their conscience to them, that they may receive at their hand the comfortable salve of God's word ; but it is against the true Christian liberty that any man should be bound to the numbering of his sins, as it hath been used heretofore in the time of blindness and ignorance.
Page 28 - ... to declare his debts, what he oweth, and what is owing unto him ; for the better discharging of his conscience, and the quietness of his executors. But men should often be put in remembrance to take order for the settling of their temporal estates whilst they are in health. IT These words before rehearsed may be said before the Minister begin his prayer, as he shall see cause. IT The Minister should not omit earnestly to move such sick persons as are of ability to be liberal to the poor.

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