The Edwardine Injunctions of 1547

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  • Injunctions of Edward VI (1547)
    • Education
      • In Lent ask all at confession if they know the Paternoster, creed and commandments and urge them to do so if otherwise.
      • All parents, masters, governors to have care for the religious upbringing of the young
      • Shall provide within 3 months a Bible in English, and within 12 months Erasmus` New Testament; and ensure free access to the books
      • Every benefice of £100 or more to fund a scholar at a university
      • Every holy day where no sermon, must recite the pater noster, creed and Commandments in English to the parishioners so that they learn them
      • Chantry priests to teach reading and writing to youths
    • Theology
      • Iconoclasm
        • If any images, idols, pilgrimages previously advised to parishioners to recant and reprove them
        • Images to be taken down; no torches, tapers, wax images etc ; only two lights on altar before the Sacrament.
        • Remove and destroy all images, and monuments that are accessories to idolatry. Encourage parishioners to do the same
      • Anti-Catholicism
        • Hinderers of worship and supporters of Rome to be detected and reported
      • Shall not encourage pilgrimages or hold out enticements
    • Practice
      • A parish register to be kept and record wedding, christening, burial; to be weekly updated in presence of wardens of the church.
      • Priests
        • No clergy to haunt pubs and taverns etc., nor play dice and gambling games
        • All clerics to obey the laws against the usurped powers of the pope
        • All deans, archdeacons, masters , prebendaries,etc being priests/ministers to preach by himself at least twice a year.
        • Minister not bound to visit women in childbirth, or attend on deceased before the corpse brought to the church yard
      • Finances
        • Tithes must be paid
        • Non resident clergy with benefice of more than £20 to distribute 1/40th part to the poor etc
        • Manses, churches, chapels etc to be repaired with 1/5th of  their benefice  until repairs completed
        • Provide a strong chest for collection of alms, with instructions on who and how to disburse monies
      • Services
        • The Sacraments to be properly administered
          • Proper and diligent preparation (state of mind and grace) for taking Communion
        • Once a quarter, at least, preach on the Scriptures and against fantasies - adoration of idols, pilgrimage
        • To preach quarterly against the usurped powers of Rome.
        • No change to be made to manner of fasting days, common prayer or other service
        • Qualifications on ceremonies, ringing bells, candles etc intercession banned if intention to imply discharge of the burden of sin
        • Shall read the provided homilies when no sermon
      • Churchmen to have New Testament in Latin and English, along with Erasmus`s paraphrase.; bishops to ensure this done and time spent on reading same; services in English and readings from the Testaments made, including comfort for the sick and despairing.
      • Holy days to be that with a religious overtone; not on drinking etc. But may labour in times of need eg harvest time
      • Simoniacal sale or purchase of a benefice prohibited
      • Use of Primers ; all graces at meals in English
      • The prime and hours should be omitted from  any sermon or homily
    • State Affairs
      • Once a year read all injunctions made to parishioners
      • Kings supremacy preached four times a year


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