❧: ❧: ARTICLES to be enquired of, in the Kyn­ges Maiesties Visitacion.

FIrst, whether that the Bishop, Archedeacons, and other, hauynge iurisdiccion Ecclesiasticall, haue caused onely to be song or sayde the English Procession in their Cathedrall churche, & other churches of their Diocesse.

Item, whether your Bishop, Chauncelor, Commissarie, Archedeacon, or Officiall be pro­pence and light in excommunicating of men, for a litle Lucre.

Item, whether they or any of them, for one mans trespace, haue taken awaye from the peo­ple, and the whole parishioners, their diuine ser­uice, as for violatyng & suspendyng the churche yeardes and such lyke.

Item, whether they do take excessiue somes of money for consecrating agayne either of the church yeardes, or of any other ornamentes for the vse of alters, or of belles, where is no nede of consecracion, but is supersticiouse and lucra­tiue.

Item, whether that they or any of them take any great exactions, for institucions, inducciōs assignations of pencions, or for any other ma­ter Ecclesiasticall.

Item, whether they do lightly call any Per­sons before them, ex officio, and put thē to their purgacion, without vrgent suspicion or infamy proued.

Item, whether the Bishop haue not prea­ched without dissimulacion, agaynst the vsur­ped power of the Bishop of Rome, and setfurth the kynges Maiesties Iurisdiction to be the onely supreme power in al his realmes and do­minions.

Whether the Bishop haue personally prea­chede in any of your churches, or any wher with in this diocesse, and how ofte in the yere.

Item, whether he and hys officers haue di­ligētly executed for their part, our late Kynges Iniunctions and his letters missiues, for a due order in the religion of Christe, and caused the sayde Iniunctions and letters, to be diligently put in execution thorough his Diocesse.

Item, whether he hath learned and discrete officers vnder him, that do without any respect of persones punyshe such crymes, as appertey­neth to Ecclesiasticall iurisdiction.

Item, whether he or any of his officers, do ta­ke any money or other gifte, to hyde & cloke ad­ultery, or any other notorious vyce, that ought by them to be punished.

Item, if any commutacion of penaunce ha­ue ben made to a pecuniary some, to what pur­pose thesame hathe bene conuerted, and what good dedes hath bene done with thesame, and [Page] specify thesame deedes.

Item whether the bishop hath suche chaplai­nes aboute hym, as been hable to preache the woorde of God, and do thesame purely and syn­cerely, and how ofte in the yere, how many thei be, and what be their names.

ITem whether Persones, Vicars and Curates, and euery of them, haue iustly and truely with­out dissimulaciō, preached against the vsurped power, and pretensed aucthoritie & iurisoicciō of the bishop of Rome.

Item whether thei haue preached and decla­red, that the Kynges Maiesties power, auctho­ritie, and preeminence, is within this Realme and the dominiōs of thesame, the moste supreme and highest vnder God.

Item, whether any persone hath by writyng, Cyphryng, Printyng, preachyng, or teachyng, deede, or acte, obstinatly holden and stand with, to extoll, set furthe, maintein or defende, the auc­thoritie, iurisdiccion or power of the bishopp of Rome, or of his Sea, heretofore claimed and v­surped: or by any pretense, obstinatly or malici­ously inuēted any thyng for the extollyng of the same, or any parte therof.

Item, whether thei haue declared to their Parishioners the articles concernyng the abro­gacion of certain superfluous holy daies, and dooen their indeuoure, to perswade their saied [Page] Parishioners to kepe and obserue thesame arti­cles inuiolably, and whether any of those abro­gated daies hath sithens thesaied abrogacion, been kept as holy daies, contrary to thesaid ar­ticles, and by whose occasion thei wer so kept.

Whether there doo remain not taken doune in your Churches, Chapelles, or els where, any misused Images, with Pilgrimages, clothes, stones, shoes, offerynges, kissynges, Candelstic­kes, trindilles of waxe, and suche other like, and whether there doo remain not delaied and de­stroyed, any Shrines, coueryng of Shrines, or any other monument of Idolatrie, Supersticiō and Hypocrysy.

Whether thei haue not diligently taught v­pon the Sondaies and holy daies, their Pari­shioners, and specially the youth, their Pater no­ster, the Articles of our faithe, and the Tenne commaundemetes in English, and whether thei haue expounded and declared the vnderstan­dyng of thesame.

Whether thei haue diligently, duely & reue­rently, ministered the sacramētes in their cures.

Whether such beneficed men, as be lawfully absent from their benefices, doo leaue their cure to a rude and vnlearned persone, and not to an honest, well learned and expert Curate.

Whether thei haue prouided & laied in some conuenient place of the churche where thei haue cure, a bible of the largest volume in Englishe.

Whether Persones, Vicars, Curates, Chaū ­tery [Page] Priestes, and other stipendaries be commō haunters and resorters to Tauernes and ale­houses, geuing themselfes to excessiue drinkyng riotyng, and plaiyng at vulawfull games, and apply not themselfes chiefly to the study of scri­pture, teachyng of youthe, or some other honest and Godly exercise.

Whether thei be resident vpon their benefi­ces, and kepe hospitalitie or no: and if thei be absēt or kepe no hospitalitie, whether thei do make due distribucion emonges the poore Parishio­ners or no.

Whether thei hauyng yerely to dispēd in spi­rituall promociōs an C. l. do not find cōpetenly one scolar in any vniuersitie, or at some grāmet scole, and for asmany C. l. as euery of them may dispend, so many scolars likewise be founde by them, and what be their names that thei so find.

Whether thei kepe their Chauncelles, Rectories, Vicarages, and all other houses appertey­nyng to them, in due reparacions.

Whether thei haue euery lent, required their Parishioners in their confession, to recite their Pater noster, tharticles of our faith, and the tenne commaundementes in Englishe.

Whether thei haue coūsailed or moued their Parishioners, rather to praie in a toungue not knowen then in Englishe, or to put their truste in any prescribed numbre of praiers, as in sai­yng ouer a numbre of beades or other like.

Whether thei haue preached, or caused to bee [Page] preached purely and syncerely the word of God & the faith of christ in euery of their cures, euery quarter of the yere once at the least: Exhortyng their Parishioners to the workes commaunded by scripture, and not to workes diuised by mannes phantasies.

Whether in their sermōs, their haue exhorted the fathers and Mothers, Masters, and gouer­nors of youth, to bryng theim vp in some verte­ous study or occupacion.

Whether thei haue exhorted the people to o­bediēce to the kynges Maiestie and his officers and to charitie and loue, one to another.

Whether thei haue moued the people to read and heare the scripture in Englishe, & haue not discoraged theim from readyng and hearyng of thesame suche as be not prohibited so to do.

Whether thei haue declare to their parishio­ners, that thei ought to knowe and vnderstand the Pater noster, the articles of our faith, and ten cōmaundemētes in Englishe, before thei should receiue the blessed Sacrament of the aulter.

Whether thei haue taught the people the true vse of Images, whiche is onely to put theim in remembraunce of the Godly and verteous lifes of them that thei do represent: and haue taught that if thesaied people vse the Images for any other purpose, thei committe Idolatrie, to the greate daunger of their soules.

Whether thei haue declared, and to their wittes and power haue perswaded the people, [Page] that the maner and kynde of fastyng in Lent & other dayes in the yere, is but a meere positiue lawe, and that therfore all persons hauing iuste cause of sickenes, or necessitie, or beyng licenced by the kynges Maiestie, may temperately eate all kyndes of meate without grudge or scruple of conscience.

Whether your Parsonnes, Vicars, and Cu­rates haue shewed and declared vnto you, the true vse of ceremonies, that is to say: That they be no workers, nor woorkes of saluacion, but onely outwarde signes and tookens to put vs in remembraunce of thynges, of higher perfec­tion.

Whether they haue admitted any mā to prea­che in their cures, not beynge lawfully licenced thereunto, or haue refused or repelled suche to preache, as haue bene so licenced.

Whether they, which haue spoken and decla­red any thyng, for the settingfurth of pilgrima­ges; fayned reliques, images, or any such super­sticion, haue not openly recanted thesame.

Whether they haue one boke or registre sa­uefely kept, wherin they write the daye of euery wedding, christening, and buriyng.

Whether the kinges Iniunccions wer quar­terly red or not.

Whether they haue declared to theyr pary­shyoners; that saincte Markes daye, and the euens of the abrogated holy dayes, should not be fasted.

[Page] Whether the knollynge at the Aues be vsed.

Whether they haue the procession boke in English, & in their processions vse none other Letany, but that, whiche is setfurthe in thesame boke. And whether thei omitte thesame English Letany at any tyme in their processions:& whe­ther they haue had thesame Letany as ofte as they were commaunded.

Whether they haue put out of their churche bokes, this woorde Papa, and the name and ser­iuce of Thomas Becket, and prayers hauynge rubricies, conteyning Pardons or indulgences and all other superlticious legēdes & prayers.

Whether they bid the beades accordynge to the ordre prescribed by our late souereigne lord kyng Henry the. VIII.

Whether they or any of them, haue been ad­mitted to their benefices by Simony, or by any other vnlaufull meanes.

Whether in theyr masses they vse not the collectes made for the Kyng, and make not spe­ciall mencion of hys Maiesties name in the­same.

Whether they or any of them, doo kepe mo benefices, and other Ecclesiastical promocions then they ought to do, not hauynge suffi­cient licences and dispensaciōs ther­unto, and howe many they ke­pe, and theyr names. ,:,

[Page] WHether you knowe anye person, that is a letter of the wor­de of God, to be redde in English: So that it bee mekely, humbly, & reuerently done, & without distur­baunce of the people, and by them that haue au­thoritie there to.

Whether you knowe any person spirituall or temporall, which doeth let the woorde of God, to be preached, or that the Kinges Iniunctions should not be duely executed.

Whether any persone hath obstinately and maliciously, without a iuste & reasonable cause, broken the laudable ceremonies of the Church, commaunded to be obserued, or supersticiously abused thesame: as in castynge of holy Water vpon theyr beddes and other places, and bea­ryng about them holy breade, or makyng cros­ses of woodde vpon Palme Sundaye, or bles­syng with the holy Candell, thinkyng therby to put awaye synnes, dryue awaye deuilles, drea­mes, and phantasies, or puttynge truste or con­fidence of saluaciō in thesame ceremonies, whe­reas they be ordeined only to put vs in remem­braunce of the benefites, whiche we haue recey­ued by Christe.

Whether any person spirituall or temporall, kepe the Church holy daye, and the dedication day, at any other tyme, then is appointed by the ordinaunce made in that behalfe by the Kinges Maiestie.

[Page] Whether Matens, Masse, and Euensong, be kept at due houres in the Churche.

Whether any bee braulers, slaunderers, chi­ders, scolders, and sowers of discorde, betwene one persone and another.

Whether any bee common swearers, or blas­phemers of the name of God.

Whether any vse, lewde, vnchast, vnhonest, & filthy communicacion, songes or ballettes.

Whether any doo vse to common, Iangle or talke in the Churche, at the tyme of the diuine seruice, Preachyng, Readyng, or declaryng the worde of God.

Whether any do obstinatly kepe and defend any erronious opinion, contrary to the worde of God, and faith of Christ.

Whether any commit adultery, fornicacion, or incest, or bee common baudes, and receiuors of suche naughtie persones.

Whether you knowe any that vse Charmes. Sorrery, Enchauntmentes, Witchecraft, sothe­saiyng, or any other like crafte inuented by the deuill.

Whether you knowe any to be maried with­in the degrees prohibited by the lawe of God, or that bee seperated and diuorced without a iuste cause, approued by the law of God, and whether any suche haue maried again.

Whether the Churche, Pulpit, and other ne­cessary thinges apperteinyng to thesame, he suf­ficiently repaired.

[Page] Whether you know any to haue made priuie contractes of Matrimony, not callyng twoo or more thereunto.

Whether any haue maried solempnely with­out bannes askyng.

Whether you knowe any that haue taken v­pon theim, the execucion of any mannes testa­ment, or be admitted to the administraciō of the goodes of the dedde, whiche do not duely distri­bute thesame goodes, accordyng to the trust cō ­mitted vnto theim, and specially suche goodes, as wer geuen and bequethed, or appointed to be distributed emong the poore people, repairyng of high waies, finding of poore scholars, or ma­riage of poore maides.

To what vses and intentes, all suche gyftes and bequestes, of cattail, money, and other thyn­ges, as in tymes past wer made, for the findyng of tapers, candelles, or lampes, in the Churche, be now employed, and whether thei be embecil­led and withholden, and by whom.

Whether there bee any persones, commonly enfamed of adultrie, fornicacion, common swea­ryng, blasphemyng the name of God, droncken­nesse. Simony, or other notorious crime, whom the bishop, Archedeacon, or other his ordinary, for fauor or feare, haue not corrected accordyn­gly, although thei haue been sundery tymes pre­sented, and detected in visitacion, or otherwyse lawfully accused.

Whether there be any other primars, vsed by [Page] them that doo not vnderstande Latyn, then the Englysh Pryme, rsethfurth by the kynges Ma­iestie: And whither they that vnderstand Latin, do vse any other then the latin primar settfurth by lyke authoritie.

Whether there be any other Grāmer taught in any schole, within the realme, then that which is setfurth by the kynges Maiestie.

Whether they knowe any alienacion of lan­des, tenementes, iewelles or goodes, perteyning to the Churche.

For chauntry Priestes.

WHether they be residente on their Chauntries.

Whether they be aydinge and as­sistynge the persone or Vicar of the Churche, that they be of in the ministracion of ye Sacramentes, and diuine seruice accordingly.

Whether they kepe and perfourme all suche dooles and distribucions to the pore, and other dedes of Charitie, as they are bounde by theyr foundacions to do.

Whether thei be of euil name, fame, or vnho­nest conuersacion, fighters, swerers, dronckar­des, or incontinent lyuers.

Item, what benefices and how many they ha­ue, besides their Chauntryes, and by what title they do kepe thesame.

¶Richardus Grafton Regis Impressor excudebat.

Cum Priuilegio ad impri­meudum solum.

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