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Act of Supremacy

Act of Supremacy  

(1534 and 1559)Enactments of the English Parliament, confirming respectively the supremacy of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I over the Anglican Church. Henry was styled “Supreme Head” of the Church but ...
Acts of Uniformity

Acts of Uniformity  

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A series of English laws intended to secure the legal and doctrinal basis of the Anglican Communion. The first (1549) made the Book of Common Prayer compulsory in church services, with severe ...
Alternative Service Book 1980

Alternative Service Book 1980  

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Church of England service-book. It is an ‘alternative’ to the Book of Common Prayer to which it corresponds in content.
Angela Burdett Coutts

Angela Burdett Coutts  

(1814–1906), heiress and philanthropist. She inherited her wealth from Thomas Coutts, the banker. Her benefactions to the C of E included the building and endowment of a number of churches and the ...
Anglicanism

Anglicanism  

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Of, relating to, or denoting the Church of England or any Church in communion with it. The name comes (in the early 17th century) from medieval Latin Anglicanus (its adoption suggested by Anglicana ...
Archbishop of York

Archbishop of York  

1 Richard III. See Cardinal; Rotherham, Thomas.2 In 1 Henry IV he joins Northumberland's rebellion, but in 2 Henry IV he is tricked by Prince John into dismissing his ...
baptists

baptists  

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A person who practises baptism; The Baptist is the epithet of St John of Chancery.A Baptist is a member of a Protestant Christian denomination advocating baptism only of adult believers by total ...
Book of Common Prayer

Book of Common Prayer  

(often BCP).The major prayer book of the Anglican Church, and official service book of the Church of England. Its centrality and continuing use is advocated by the Prayer Book Society.[...]
Canterbury

Canterbury  

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In 597 St Augustine arrived in Canterbury and established his first church there. He had been instructed to organize England in two provinces, with archbishops at London and York, but from the first ...
Celtic church

Celtic church  

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This term, which describes the Christian church as it developed in Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, recognizes that church practice in all three countries had many features in common, but should not ...
certificate of sacrament

certificate of sacrament  

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Among the provisions of the Test Act 1673, which excluded from civil or military employment all except members of the Church of England, was the requirement that a certificate, signed by a minister, ...
Church Commissioners

Church Commissioners  

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For England. The body formed in 1948 by the amalgamation of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and Queen Anne's Bounty. It is responsible for managing many of the C of E's historic assets. By the ...
Church of Ireland

Church of Ireland  

Building on 4th‐cent. traces, Patrick evangelized Ireland (c.432) and developed a distinctively Celtic Christianity, but with the partial Anglo‐Norman conquest of Ireland the church again joined ...
church rates

church rates  

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Until 1868 churchwardens were allowed to levy a rate on all householders in a parish in England and Wales (regardless of whether or not they attended the services of the ...
coinage

coinage  

The WestByzantiumThe WestByzantiumInstrument of an exchange economy, as standard of values and principal means of payment, Money was not in exclusive use, everywhere and always, in the ...
congé d'élire

congé d'élire  

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(Fr.).‘Permission to elect’ a bishop, granted in the Church of England by the Crown to the dean and chapter of the cathedral of the diocese.
congregationalism

congregationalism  

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Protestant churches based on local autonomy and the equality of all believers. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only sacraments accepted. As in other reformed Churches, there are ministers who ...
convocations of Canterbury and York

convocations of Canterbury and York  

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A meeting of the clergy of Canterbury or York. The roots of the convocations were early provincial synods, made up primarily of bishops, and later clerical assemblies called to consent ...
Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion

Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion  

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Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (1707–91), financed the Calvinist branch of the Methodist movement, led by George Whitefield, whom she appointed her chaplain in 1751. She built chapels in ...
curate

curate  

Properly, an ordained person who has the care (‘cure’) of a parish, i.e. in England a rector or vicar. Such a cleric is also known as the ‘incumbent’. Incumbents are chosen by the ‘patron’ and ...

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