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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

ECCLESIASTICAL VESTMENTS BILL.

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ECCLESIASTICAL VESTMENTS BILL. The bill (says the Parliamentary Remembrancer) proposes to deal only with the vestments of the offi. ciating clergy. But, though some singular caprices in these vestments have certainly given offence in the particular case, these form but a very small part of the whole array of novelties that have been introduced, and which have led to the scenes that every Sunday has witnessed for several months past. Even were the personal vestments of the clergy the piincipal ground of complaint, this bill would be of little avaiL It is wanting in all the precision that would make such a bill capable of practical interpretation. We have not now to deal with cases such as are hinted at in some of the old articles of visitation, when the churchwardens and laity were asked as to the incum- bent, Doth he commonly go in silk, satin, velvet, plush, being haply but a curate ? Are his clothes rather horseman's coats and riding jackets, than priest's cloaks ? Doth he wear long shaggy hair, deep ruffs, falling bands down to his shoulders; or useth he other indecent apparel, rather fitting a swaggerer than a priest?" (Articles of Bishop Montaign, 1638.) The offence now is, on the contrary, that a particular array of precise ceremonials—onca common, but long since deemed, by most men, inconsistent with the simplicity of Protestant worship--ig attempted to be raised up again, and thrust in the face of worshippers, whether they are willing or not. Touching these attempts, another article, issued by Archbishop Cranmer (1548) is worthy of being recorded. The spirit of it seems to have been somewhat forgotten by the favourers of these attempts. "Whether," asks the archbishop, "they have opened and declared unto you the true use of ceremonies: that is to say, that they be no workers nor works of salvation, but only outward signs and tokens, to put us in remembrance of things of higher perfection ?

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