THE ACT AGAINST THE MESSE.  [ 10 July 1560 ]

 In the Parliament haldin at Edinburgh, the tent of Julij, the year of God Jm fyve hundreth threscoir yearis, the said Parliament being continewed to the first of August nixt thairafter following, with continewatioun of dayis, upoun the twenty-four day of the said moneth of August, the Thre Estaitis then being present: The whiche day, forsamekle as Almychtie God be his maist trew and blessed worde, hes declaired the reverence and honour quhilk should be gevin to him: and, be his Sone Jesus Christ, has declaired the trew use of the Sacramentis, willing the same to be used according to his will and wonle: Be the quhilk it is notour and perfitlie knawin that the Sacrarnentis of Baptisme and of the body and bloode of Jesus Christ, hes bene in all tymes bygane corrupted be the Papisticall Kirk, and be thair usurpit ministries; and presentlie , notwithstanding  the Reformatioun  already maide according to  Goddis worde,  yit nottheless thair is some of the same Papis Kirk that stubburnlie perseveris in thair wicked  idolatrie, sayand Masse, and Baptizand  conforme to the Papis Kirk, prophanand thairthrow the Sacramentis doirsaidis, in quyett and secreatt places, regardand thairthrow nowther God nor his worde: Thairfoir It Is statut and ordeaned In this present Parliament, that na manner of persone nor personis, in ony tyme cuming, administrat ony of the Sacramentis foirsaidis secreatlie, or ony other maner of way, but thei that ar admitted and havand power to that effect; nor say Messe, nor yit hear Messe, nor be present thairat, under the paine of confiscatioun of all thair goodis, (movabill and unmovabill,) and punisheing of thair bodyis at the discretioun of the Magistrattis, within whais jurisdiction sick personis happynnls to be apprehended, for the first fault; banisching of the Realme, for the secound fault; and justifleing to the dead, for the thrid falt: And ordainis all Schireffis, Stewartis, Bailleis, and thair deputtis, Provestis, and Bailleis of Burrowis, and otheris judges whatsumever, within this Realm; to taik diligent suyt and inquisitioun within thair boundis, whair ony sick usurped ministenie is used; Messe saying, or thei that beis present at the doing thairof, ratifeand and apprevand the samyn, and tack and apprehend thame, to the effect that the panis above wrettin may be execut upon thame.

Exractum de libro Parliamenti, per me etc

(Sic subscribitur,)

Jacobus McGill
 

Abolition of Papal Authority.

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