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The Publick Worship of God,'

Agreed upon by The Assembly of Divines at Westminster, with

Commissioners from the Church of Scotland, as a Part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion betwixt the Churches of Christ in the Three Kingdoms of Scotland, England and Ireland.

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An ACT of the General Affembly of the Church

of Scotland, Anno 1645, for Establishing and Obferving this present DIRECTORY,

Together with An Ad of Parliament 1645, Approving and Esta

blishing the same.

Cor. xiv. 40. Let all Things be done decently, and

in Order. Ver. 26.- -Let all Things be done to edifying.

Printed in the Year 1764.

ACTS approving the Directory.
Edinburgh, May 17, 1645. Poft meridiem.
He Commissioners of the General Assembly having

tory for publick Worship, fent unto them from their Brethren now in England, and finding the same agreeable to the Form approven in the late General Assemblys Do therefore, according to the Power committed to them by the faid Assembly, Ordain and Require the said Directory for the publick Worship of God, to be forthwith practised and observed by all the Ministers and others within this Kirk, whom it doth concern; and that all fuch Rules and Practices be laid aside, as may frustrate the Intent of the Directory. And, for this Effect, it is also ordained, That this Directory, with the Preface, together with the Acts of the General Assembly, and of the Parliament of this Kingdom establishing the same, be presently printed for the Use of this Kirk; wherein Mr. Andrew Ker, Clerk to the Commision of the As. sembly, is required to use all possible Care and Dilje gence; and he is hereby authorized with full Power to cause, print, and reprint the faine from Time to Time, as there shall be Occasion,

A. KER.

Charles I. Parl. 3. Seff. 5. An Act of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Scotland,

approving and establishing the Directory for Publick
Worshipa

At Edinburgh, February 6, 1645.
He Estates of Parliament now conveened, in the

Second Session of this first Triennial Parliament, by vertue of the last Act of the last Parliament, holden by his Majesty and the three Estates in Anno 1641, after públick Reading, and serious Consideration of the Act

under

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under-written of the General Assembly, approving the following Directory for the publick Worship of God in the Three Kingdoms, lately united by the Solemn League and Covenant, together with the Ordinance of the Parliament of England establishing the said Directory *, and the Directory itself, do heartily and cheerfully agree to the said Directory, according to the Act of the General Assembly approving the same. Which A&, together with the Directory itself, the Estates of Parliament do, without a contrary Voice, ratifie and approve in all the Heads and Articles thereof; and do interpone and add the Authority of Parliament to the faid Act of the General Assembly. And do ordain the fame to have the Strength and Force of a Law and Act of Parliament, and Execution to pass thereupon, for observing the said Directory, according to the faid Act of the General Affembly in all Points.

ALEX. GIBSON Cler. Registri.

Assembly at Edinburgh, February 3. 1645. Seff. 10." Ad of the General Asembly of the Kirk of Scotland, for

establishing and putting in Execution of the Directory for the publick Worship of God.

Hereas an happy Unity, and Uniformity in Reli

gion amongst the Kirks of Christ in these Three Kingdoms, united under one Sovereign, hath been long and earnestly wished for by the Godly and Well-affected amongst us, was propounded as a main Article of the Jarge Treaty, without which Band and Bulwark, no fafe, well-grounded and lasting Peace could be expected; and afterward, with greater Strength and Maturity, revived in the Solemn League 'and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms; whereby they stand straitly obliged to endeavour the nearest'Uniformity in one Form

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* See Collection of Acts, No. 28.

of Church-Government, Directory of Worship, Canfefion of Faith, and Form of Catechising : Which hath also be. fore, and since our entring into that Covenant, been the Matter of many Supplications and Remonstrances, and fending Commissioners to the King's Majesty, of Decla. Fations to the Honourable Houses of the Parliament of England, and of Letters to the Reverend Asembly of Di. vines, and others of the Ministry of the Kirk of Eng. land, being allo the End of our sending Commissioners, as was desired from this Kirk, with Commission to treat of Uniformity in the four Particulars afore-mentioned, with such Committees as should be appointed by both Houses of the Parliament of England, and by the Al sembly of Divines fitting at Weflminster; And befide all this, it being, in Point of Conscience, the chief Motive and End of our adventuring upon manifold and great Hazards, for quenching the devouring Flame of the prefent unnatural and bloody War in England, though to the weakening of this Kingdom within itself, and the Advantage of the Enemy which hath invaded it, accounting nothing too dear to us, so that this our Joy be fulfilled. And this

great Work being so far advanced, that a Directory for the publick Worthip of God in all the Three Kingdoms, being agreed upon by the Honourable Houses of the Parliament of England, after Consultation with the Divines of both Kingdoms there affembled, and fent to us for our Approbation, that, being also agreed upon by this Kirk and Kingdom of Scotland, it may be in the Name of both Kingdoms presented to the King, for his Royal Consent and Ratio fication; The General Assembly having most seriouly conlidered, revised, and examined the Directory afore. inentioned, after several publick. Readings of it, after much Deliberation, both publickly, and in private Con. mittees, after full Liberty given to all to object against it, and carpet Invitations of all who have any Scruples about it, to make known the same, that they might be fatisfied ; Doth unanimously, and without a contrary Voice, agree to, and approve the following Directory, in all the Heads thereof, together with the Preface set

before

now

before it! And doth require, decem, and ordain, That according to the plain Tenor and Meaning thereof, and the Intent of the Preface, it be carefully and uniformly observed and practised by all the Ministers and others within this Kingdom, whom it doth concerns, which Practice shall be begun, upon Intimation given to the Several Prefbyteries from the Commissioners of this Ge. neral Assembly, who fhall also take fpecial Care for the tineous printing of this Directory, that a priuted Copy of it be provided and kept for the Use of every Kirk in this Kingdom; Also, that each Presbytery have a prints ed Copy thereof for their use, and take special Notice of the Observation or Neglect thereof in every Congregation within their Bounds, and make known the famo to the Provincial or General Assembly, as there shall be Cause. Provided always, that the Clause in the Direc: tory, of the Administration of the Lord's Supper, which mentioneth the Communicant's fitting about the Table, or at it, be hot interpreted, as if, in the Judgment of this Kirk, it were indifferent, and free for any of the Communicants, not to come to, and receive at the Table; or as if we did approve the distributing of the Elements by the Minister to each Communicant, and not by the Communicants among themselves. It is also provided, That this shall be no Prejudice to the Order and Practice of this Kirk, in fuch Particulars as are appointed by the Books of Discipline, and Acts of General Assemblies, and are not otherwise ordered and appointed in the Directory.

Finally, The Assembly doth, with much Joy and Thankfulness, acknowledge the rich Blessing and invaluable Mercy of God, in bringing the fo much wilhedfor Uniformity in Religion to fuch a happy Period, that these Kingdoms, once at so great Distance in the Forin of Worthip, are now by the Blessing of God brought to a nearer Uniformity than any other reformed Kirks; which is unto us the Return of our Prayers, and a Lightning of our Eyes, and Reviving of our Hearts, in the midst of our many Sorrows and Sufferings; a taking away, in a great Measure, the Re

proach

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