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BY THE ARCHBISHOPS AND BISHOPS
Of both Provinces, and the whole Clergy, in the Convocation holden at London, in the Year 1562, for the avoiding of Diversities of Opinions, and for the establishing of Consent touching true Religion.
IN PERILOUS TIMES;
THE THIRTY-NINE ARTICLES OF THE
CHURCH OF ENGLAND
EXPLAINED AND COMMENTED UPON.
BY THE REV. THOMAS PIGOT, A. M.
INCUMBENT OF ST. HELENS, LANCASHIRE.
PUBLISHED BY R. B. SEELEY AND W. BURNSIDE :
AND SOLD BY L. AND J. SEELEY,
FLEET STREET, LONDON.
MY DEAR PARISHIONERS,
It has been well observed, that the responsibility of the Clergy is increased by the circumstances of the times. Looking at the dangers which threaten "our Zion," unusual exertion is now required from those, whose sacred character ought to procure for them a very great influence over the community: for since the time of the Reformation, the enemies of our Church were at no period more on the alert than at the present moment, and with a bitterness unexampled. Thank God there is very little of this spirit here; but if you will take notice of the proceedings of the London Ecclesiastical Knowledge Society,' and the Congregational Union Society,' both most actively employed against us, will not think I have made use of too strong an expression.