Excerpt from The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England: Together With the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as They Are to Be Sung or Said in Churches and the Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons
Liturgy, to keep the mean between the two extremes, of too much sti ﬂ ness in refusing, and of too much easiness in admitting any varia tion from it. For, as on the one side eo n ex erience sheweth, that w ere a c ange hath been made of things advisedly estab lished (no evident necessity. So re quiring) sundry inconveniences have thereupon ensued; and those many times more and greater than the evils, that were intended to be remedied such change: So on the other si e, the particular forms of Divine worship, and the Bites and Ceremonies appointed to be used therein, being things in their own nature indifferent, and alter able, and so acknowledged; it is but reasonable, that upon weighty and important considerations, ao cording to the various exigency of times and occasions, such changes and alterations should be made therein; as to those that are in slice of Authorit. Should from e to time seem either necessary or expedient. Accordingly we find, that in the reigns of several princes of blessed memoasince the eformation, the urch, upon ust and weighty considera tions her thereunto moving, hat-h yielded to make such alterations in some particulars, 8 in their respective times were t ought con venient: yet so as that the main body and essentials of it (as well in the chiefest materials, as in the frame and order thereof) have still continued the same unto this da and do yet stand firm and shaken, notwithstandin all Vain attempts and impe uous as.
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