Life and Letters of William John Butler: Late Dean of Lincoln, and Sometime Vicar of Wantage

Macmillan, 1897 - 401 pages

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Page 185 - Receive the Holy Ghost for the Office and work of a Priest in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the Imposition of our hands. Whose sins thou dost forgive, they are forgiven; and whose sins thou dost retain, they are retained.
Page 184 - Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them ; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.
Page 186 - ... requiring such as shall be satisfied with a general confession, not to be offended with them that do use, to their further satisfying, the auricular and secret confession to the priest...
Page 187 - ... that he do not at any time reveal and make known to any person whatsoever any crime or offence so committed to his trust and secrecy (except they be such crimes as by the laws of this realm his own life may be called in question for concealing the same) under pain of irregularity.
Page 187 - ... do straitly charge and admonish him, that he do not at any time reveal and make known to any person whatsoever, any crime or offence so committed to his trust and secrecy...
Page 186 - God's mercy, and with a quiet conscience; therefore if there be any of you, who by this means cannot quiet his own conscience herein, but requireth further comfort or counsel, let him come to me, or to some other discreet and learned Minister of God's Word, and open his grief; that by the ministry of God's holy Word he may receive the benefit of absolution, together with ghostly counsel and advice, to the quieting of his conscience, and avoiding of all scruple and doubtfulness.
Page 184 - For although absolution hath the promise of forgiveness of sin ; yet by the express word of the New Testament, it hath not this promise annexed and tied to the visible sign, which is imposition of hands. For this visible sign (I mean laying on of hands) is not expressly commanded in the New Testament to be used in absolution, as the visible signs in Baptism and the LORD'S Supper are : and therefore absolution is no such sacrament as Baptism and the Communion are.
Page 185 - Our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath left power to his Church to absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, •of his great mercy thee thine offences; and by his Authority committed to me, I absolve thee from all thy sins, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Page 186 - be moved to ' were added in 1661, and that, therefore, at the last revision of the Book of Common Prayer, the Church of England affirmed the duty of exhorting to confession in certain cases more strongly than at the date of the Reformation, probably because the practice had fallen into abeyance during the Great Rebellion. " (8) The Church of England also, holding it 'requisite that no man should come to the Holy Communion but with a full trust in GOD'S mercy, and with a quiet conscience...
Page 222 - For the Lord God will help me ; therefore shall I not be confounded : therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

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