The Elizabethan Homilies 1623 (Introduction)

entitled in the former part of Homilies.  Set out by the authority of the late Queens
Majesty: and to be read in every Parish Church agreeably. LONDON Printed by John Bill,
Printer to the Kings most Excellent Majesty. 1623.

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I. OF the right use of the Church.

II. Against peril of Idolatry.

III. For repairing and keeping clean the Church.

IV. Of good works. And first of Fasting.

V. Against gluttony and drunkenness.

VI. Against excess of apparel.

VII. An homily of Prayer.

VIII. Of the place and time of Prayer.

IX. Of Common Prayer and Sacraments.

X. An information of them which take offence at certain places of holy Scripture.

XI. Of alms deeds.

XII. Of the Nativity.

XIII. Of the Passion for good Friday.

XIV. Of the Resurrection for Easter day.

XV. Of the worthy receiving of the Sacrament.

XVI. An Homily concerning the coming down of the holy Ghost, for Whitsunday.

XVII. An Homily for Rogation week.

XVIII. Of the state of Matrimony.

XIX. Against Idleness.

XX. Of Repentance and true Reconciliation unto God.

XXI. An Homily against disobedience and wilful rebellion.


all Ministers Ecclesiastical.

FOR that the Lord doth require of his servant, whom he hath set over his household, to
show both faithfulness and prudence in his office: it shall be necessary that ye above all
other doe behave yourselves most faithfully and diligently in your so high a function:
that is, aptly, plainly, and distinctly to read the sacred Scriptures, diligently to instruct
the youth in their Catechism, gravely and reverently to minister his most holy
Sacraments, prudently also to choose out such Homilies as be most meet for the time,
and for the more agreeable instruction of the people committed to your charge, with such
discretion, that where the Homily may appear too long for one reading, to divide the
same to be read part in the forenoon, and part in the afternoon. And where it may so
chance some one or other Chapter of the Old Testament to fall in order to be read upon
the Sundays or Holy days, which were better to be changed with some other of the New
Testament of more edification, it shall be well done to spend your time to consider well of
such Chapters before hand, whereby your prudence and diligence in your office may
appear, so that your people may have cause to glorify God for you, and be the readier to
embrace your labors, to your better commendation, to the discharge of your consciences
and their own.

STC 13675 VOLUME 2.1 Copy-text: Certain Sermons, ed. Mary Ellen Rickey and Thomas B. Stroup
Gainesville, FL: Scholars' Facsimiles 1968. Version 1.0, Edited and encoded by Ian Lancashire
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