Certain Sermons or Homilies (1547) and a Homily against Disobedience and Wilful Rebellion (1570)

Certain Sermons or Homilies (1547) and a Homily against Disobedience and Wilful Rebellion (1570)

RONALD B. BOND
Series: Heritage
Copyright Date: 1987
Pages: 260
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3138/j.ctt15jvxqw
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    Certain Sermons or Homilies (1547) and a Homily against Disobedience and Wilful Rebellion (1570)
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    Bond traces the development and decline of interest in the homilies both as aids for preachers and as statements of reformed doctrine. In addition he analyses the themes, organizations, and styles of the homilies presented.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-3220-2
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-xi)
  4. Abbreviations
    (pp. xii-xii)
  5. Introduction
    • 1 A Two-Edged Sword: The History of the Tudor Homilies
      (pp. 3-25)

      The Tudor homilies are set sermons that were designed to help ignorant parish priests discharge the duty of regular preaching to those for whom they had cure of souls. Yet they are also incisive formulations of a new and relatively uncompromising protestantism, dissent from which the royal supremacy would not tolerate. On the one hand they resemble the medieval homiliaries, the books of model sermons on which the inadequately trained curate could rely when instructing the flock in the rudiments of the faith;¹ on the other, they reflect a ‘Cromwellian’ desire to use the pulpit as an agent of religious...

    • 2 “Lean and Flashy Songs”: The Themes, Organization, and Style of the First Book of Homilies
      (pp. 26-39)

      The original book of Tudor homilies owes its existence and its characteristic features to Thomas Cranmer, as Bale recognized in 1557 when he attributed the ‘Homelias Christianos Lib. I’ to him.¹ Like another Cranmerian legacy, the Book of Common Prayer, the book of homilies reveals a ‘mingled and mixed religion,’ a mean between radical protestantism and residual Catholicism that appealed to the temper of the times, despite the worries of some zealots that such ‘mediocrity’ was leaden, not golden.² Although the homilies denounce ‘popish’ practices and decry the tenets of what was loosely called ‘anabaptism,’ and although they explain an...

    • 3 The Northern Rising and Against Rebellion
      (pp. 40-45)

      In the northern reaches of England the Reformation had made little headway when, ten years after Elizabeth’s accession, Mary crossed the border seeking refuge from her Scottish troubles. In these ‘dark corners of the land,’ recusants surfaced with disturbing regularity for, as Sir Ralph Sadler reported to Cecil, ‘the ancient faith still lay like lees at the bottom of men’s hearts and if the vessell was ever so little stirred came to the top.’¹ It was Mary’s arrival that stirred the earls of Westmorland and Northumberland, along with Leonard Dacres in Cumberland, into open revolt against the queen in the...

    • 4 The Texts
      (pp. 46-50)

      This edition aims to make available the text of the homilies in a form close to that in which they were read and heard in mid-sixteenth-century England. I have by no means attempted to produce a ‘definitive’ edition, since that task would have required exhaustive examination and collation of all the issues of some thirty-four editions of the first book that appeared between 1547 and 1687. But I have attempted, while keeping in mind the needs of readers unfamiliar with the language and idiom of Tudor English, to present an old-spelling text that is, substantially, Edwardian. In this respect, the...

  6. Certayne Sermons or Homelies (1547)
    • A Table of the Sermones or Homelies Conteined in This Presente Volume
      (pp. 53-54)
    • The Preface [1547]
      (pp. 55-56)

      The Kynges moste excellent Majestic, by the prudente advyse of hys moste deere beloved uncle, Edwarde Duke of Somersett, governor of hys Majesties persone and protector of all hys Hyghnes realmes, dominions and subjectes, with the reste of hys moste honorable counsayll, moste graciously considerynge the manifolde enormities whiche heretofore have crept into hys Graces realme throughe the false usurped power of the Bishoppe of Rome and the ungodly doctryne of hys adhérentes, not onelye unto the greate decaye of Christian religion, but also, if Gods mercy were not, unto the utter destruction of innumerable soules whiche, through hypocrysy and...

    • The Preface [1559]
      (pp. 57-60)

      Considering howe necessary it is that the Worde of God, which is the onely foode of the soule and that mooste excellent lyght that wee muste walke by in this our most daungerous pylgrymage, shoulde at all convenient times be preached unto the people, that thereby they may both learne theyr duetie towardes God, theyr Prince and theyr neyghbours, accordyng to the mynd of the Holy Ghoste expressed in the Scriptures; and also to avoyde the manyfolde enormities which hearetofore by false doctrine have crept into the churche of God, and howe that all they whiche are appoynted ministers have...

    • 1 A Fruitfull Exhortation to the Readyng and Knowledge of Holy Scripture
      (pp. 61-69)

      Unto a Christian man there can be nothynge either more necessarie or profitable then the knowledge of Holy Scripture: forasmuche as in it is conteyned Gods true Word, settyngefurth his glorie and also mannes duetie. And there is no truth, nor doctrine, necessary for our justificacion and everlastyng salvacion, but that is, or may be, drawen out of that fountain and welle of truth. Therfore, as many as be desirous to entre into the right and perfect way unto God must applie their myndes to knowe Holy Scripture, without the which they can neyther sufficiently knowe God and his will,...

    • 2 An Homelie of the Miserie of Al Mankynd, and of Hys Condempnacion Death Everlastyng, by Hys Awne Synne
      (pp. 70-78)

      The Holy Ghost in writing the Holy Scripture is in nothinge more diligent then to pulle doune mannes vainglory and pride, whiche, of all vices, is most universally grafted in al mankynd, even from the first infection of our first father Adam. And therfore, we reade in many places of Scripture many notable lessons against this old rooted vice, to teache us the moste commendable vertue of humilitie, how to knowe our selfes, and to remembre what we be of our selfes. In the boke of Genesis, almighty God geveth us al a title we be of our selfes. In...

    • 3 An Homelie of the Salvacion of Mankynd, by Onely Christ Our Savior, from Synne and Death Everlastyng
      (pp. 79-90)

      Because all men be synners and offenders against God, and breakers of his law and commaundementes, therfore can no manne by his awne actes, woorkes and deedes – seme thei never so good – be justified and made righteous before God; but every man of necessitie is constrayned to seke for another righteousnesse, or justificacion, to be received at Gods awne handes, that is to saie, the remission, pardon and forgevenesse of his synnes and trespasses in suche thynges as he hath offended. And this justificacion or righteousnesse whiche we so receive by Gods mercie and Christes mérites, embraced by faithe, is...

    • 4 A Short Declaration of the True, Lively and Christian Faithe
      (pp. 91-102)

      The firste entrie unto God, good Christian people, is through faith, whereby, as it is declared in the laste sermon, we be justified before God. And least any man should be deceyved for lacke of right understanding thereof, it is diligently to be noted that faythe is taken in the Scripture two maner of wayes.

      There is one fayth, whiche in Scripture is called a dead faythe, whiche bryngeth furth no good workes, but is idle, barrain and unfruitefull. And this faith by the holy apostle Sainct James is compared to the fayth of devilles, which beleve God to be...

    • 5 An Homelie, or Sermon, of Good Woorkes Annexed unto Faithe
      (pp. 103-119)

      In the last sermon was declared unto you what the lively and true faithe of a Christian man is: that it causeth not a man to be idle, but to be occupied in bringyng furthe good workes, as occasion serveth.

      Now by Gods grace shalbe declared the seconde thyng that before was noted of faith: that without it can no good worke be doen acceptable and pleasaunt unto God. For as a braunche cannot beare fruit of it self, saith our savior Christ, except it abide in the vine, so cannot you, except you abide in me: I am the...

    • 6 An Homelie of Christian Love and Charitie
      (pp. 120-127)

      Of all thynges that be good to bee taught unto Christian people, there is nothynge more necessarye to bee spoken of and dayely called upon then charitie, aswell for that all maner of woorkes of righteousnes be conteyned in it, as also that the decay therof is the ruyne of the worlde, the banishment of vertue, and the cause of all vice. And for so muche as almoste every man maketh and frameth to hymself charitie after hys awne appetite, and howe detestable soever his lyfe be, both unto God and man, yet he perswadeth hymself stil that he hath...

    • 7 Against Swearyng and Perjury
      (pp. 128-136)

      Almightie God, to the intent his moste holy name should be had in honor and evermore be magnified of the people, commaundeth that no man shoulde take hys name vainly in his mouth, threatenyng punishmente unto hym that unreverently abuseth it by swearyng, forswearyng and blasphemy. To the intent, therfore, that thys commaundement maye be the better knowen and kepte, it shalbe declared unto you bothe howe it is lawfull for Christian people to sweare, and also what perill and daunger it is vainly to sweare, or to be forsworne.

      Firste, when judges require othes of the people for declaracion...

    • 8 A Sermon, How Daungerous a Thynge It Is To Declyne from God
      (pp. 137-146)

      Of our goyng from God, the Wyseman sayeth that pryde was the first beginning, for by it mans harte was turned from God hys maker. For pryde, saieth he, is the fountain of all synne; he that hath it shalbe ful of cursynges, and at the ende it shall overthrow hym. And, as by pride and sinne we go from God, so shall God and al goodnes with hym go from us. And the prophet Ozee doeth plainlye affirme that they which go awaye still from God by vicious livyng and yet would go about to pacifye him otherwise by...

    • 9 An Exhortation agaynst the Feare of Death
      (pp. 147-160)

      It is not to be marveyled that worldly men do feare to dye, for death depriveth them of all worldly honors, riches and possessions, in the fruition whereof the worldely man compteth hymself happie, so long as he maye enjoye theim at hys awne pleasure, and other wyse, if he be dispossessed of thesame, without hope of recovery, then he can none other thinke of himself but that he is unhappie, because he hath loste hys worldely joye and pleasure. Alas, thinketh this carnall man, shall I now depart for ever from all my honors, all my treasures, from my...

    • 10 An Exhortacion concernyng Good Ordre and Obedience to Rulers and Magistrates
      (pp. 161-173)

      Almightie God hath created and appointed all thinges in heaven, yearth and waters in a moste excellent and perfect ordre. In heaven, he hath appoynted distinct orders and states of archangelles and angels. In yearth, he hath assigned kynges, princes, with other governors under them, all in good and necessary ordre. The water above is kept and raineth doune in due time and ceason. The sunne, mone, sterres, rainbow, thunder, lightning, cloudes and al birdes of the aire do kepe their ordre. The yearth, trees, seedes, plantes, herbes, corne, grasse and all maner of beastes kepe them in their ordre....

    • 11 An Homelie of Whoredome and Unclennesse
      (pp. 174-190)

      Although there want not, good Christian people, great swarmes of vices worthi to be rebuked – unto such decai is true godlynes and verteous livinge now come — yet above other vices the outragious seas of adultery, whoredome, fornicacion and unclennesse have not onelye braste in, but also overflowed almoste the whoole worlde, unto the greate dishonor of God, the excedyng infamie of the name of Christ, the notable decay of true religion and the utter destruction of the publique wealthe. And that so abundantly, that through the customable use thereof thys vice is growen into suche an height that in a...

    • 12 An Homelie agaynst Contencion and Braulynge
      (pp. 191-206)

      Thys daye, good Christen people, shalbe declared unto you the unprofitablenes and shamfull unhonesty of contencion, stryfe and debate: to the entente that when you shall se, as it were in a table paynted before your eyes, the evilfavorednes and deformitie of this most detestable vice, your stomackes maye be moved to ryse agaynst it, and to detest and abhorre that synne which is so much to be hated and so pernicious and hurtful to al men. But emong all kyndes of contencion, none is more hurtfull then is contencion in matters of religion.

      Eschewe, saieth Sainct Paul, foolish and...

  7. AN HOMELIE AGAINST DISOBEDIENCE AND WYLFULL REBELLION
    (pp. 207-259)

    As God, the creator and Lorde of all thinges, appointed his angels and heavenly creatures in all obedience to serve and to honour his majestic: so was it his wil that man, his chiefe creature upon the earth, should live under the obedience of him, his creator and Lorde; and for that cause, God, assoone as he had created man, gave unto him a certaine precept and lawe, which he, being yet in the state of innocencie, and remayning in paradise, shoulde observe as a pledge and token of his due and bounden obedience, with denunciation of death if he...