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Re: Sinclair Dates "The Act of Supremacy"
English Parliamentary Act of 30 October 1534 recognized Henry VIII's
assumption of the powers of the pope in England. Her Majesty, the Queen, is
still know as F.D. ( English translation Defender of the Faithful.) A title
given the pope to King Henry VIII.
At Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in the Abbey Church of St. Peter,
Westminster, on 2 June, 1953 Geoffrey, Archbishop of Canterbury first
questioned the Queen:
Archbishop:" Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia,
New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon, and of your
Possessions and other Territories to any of them belonging or pertaining,
according to their respective laws and customs?"
Queen: "I solemnly promise so to do."
Archbishop: "Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be
executed in all your judgements?"
Queen: "I will."
Archbishop: "Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God
and the true profession of the Gospel?
Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the
Protestant Reformed Religion established by law?
Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of
England, and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof, as
by law established in England?
And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the
Churches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as
by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them? "
The Queen "All this I promise to do."
Before the Oath the Queen had first been reconized. The Archbishop, together
with the Lord Chancellor, Lord Great Chamberlain, Lord High Constable, and
Earl Marshal (Garter King of Arms preceding them), faced East and after
South, West, and North, and at every of the four sides the Archbishop shall
with a loud voice speak to the People: and the Queen in the mean while,
standing up by King Edward's Chair, shall turn and show herself unto the
People at every of the four corners of the compass as the Archbishop is at
every of them, the Archbishop saying:
Sirs, I here present unto you
your undoubted Queen:
Wherefore all you who are come this day
to do your homage and service,
Are you willing to do the same?
"Albeit the king's Majesty justly and rightfully is and ought to be the
supreme head of the Church of England, and so is recognized by the clergy of
this realm in their convocations, yet nevertheless, for corroboration and
confirmation thereof, and for increase of virtue in Christ's religion within
this realm of England, and to repress and extirpate all errors, heresies,
and other enormities and abuses heretofore used in the same, be it enacted,
by authority of this present Parliament, that the king, our sovereign lord,
his heirs and successors, kings of this realm, shall be taken, accepted, and
reputed the only supreme head in earth of the Church of England, called
Anglicans Ecclesia; and shall have and enjoy, annexed and united to the
imperial crown of this realm, as well the title and style thereof, as all
honors, dignities, preeminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities,
immunities, profits, and commodities to the said dignity of the supreme head
of the same Church belonging and appertaining; and that our said sovereign
lord, his heirs and successors, kings of this realm, shall have full power
and authority from time to time to visit, repress, redress, record, order,
correct, restrain, and amend all such errors, heresies, abuses, offenses,
contempts and enormities, whatsoever they be, which by any manner of
spiritual authority or jurisdiction ought or may lawfully be reformed,
repressed, ordered, redressed, corrected, restrained, or amended, most to
the pleasure of Almighty God, the increase of virtue in Christ's religion,
and for the conservation of the peace, unity, and tranquility of this realm;
any usage, foreign land, foreign authority, prescription, or any other thing
or things to the contrary hereof notwithstanding."
Milton Viorst, ed., The Great Documents of Western Civilization (New York;
Barnes and Noble, 1965)
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