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THE PETITION AND ARTICLES Exhibited in Parliament againſt IOHN POCKLINGTON, Doctor in Divinity, Parſon of Yelden, in Bedford, hire, Anno 1641.

Jer. 23. v. 15.

Therefore thus ſaith theord of Hosts, concerning the Pro­phes; behold I will feed them with wormwood, and make thens drne the water of gall; for from the Prophets of Ieruſalem is prophneneſſe gonforth into all the Land.


Imprinted at London, 1641.



HEE hath within theſe few yeares, in his Church of Yelden turned the Com­munion Table Altarwiſe.


He bowes to or before this Altar, very low; as often as either he paſſeth by it, or makes his ap­proach thereunto.


He ſhewes more outward reverence to the Altar, then to the name of God: for one time in the Church proteſting before GOD, and his holy Altar, when he made mention of the Altar, he turned himſelfe towards it, and made low obey ſance before it, but at the name of God he ſhewed no ſuch reſpect.


He hath placed a Croſſe in a Cloth behind the Aſ­tar, called the Altar-cloth.


He uſeth much to magnifie the Croſſe; and once in his Sermon ſpeaking of Moſes his prayer againſt Ama­lecke, he ſaid, that Moſes ſpread forth his armes in the2 forme of a Croſſe, and that that poſture of his was more availeable with God then his prayer.


He hath cauſed a Bell to be hung up in his Chan­cell, called a Sacring Bell, which the Clarke alwayes rings at the gong up to Seond Service, which he per­formes with variety of poſtures, ſometimes turning his fae towards the South ſometimes towards the Eaſt, and ſometimes towards the Weſt.


He hath canſed two clothes to be made, which He cals Corporals; and theſe be uſeth to lay over the Bread in the Sacrament; and each of theſe h••n five. Groſſes on it, one at each corner, and one in the middle.


That he refuſed to give the Sacrament on Eaſter­day, Anno 1638. to 12. or 14. of his Pariſhioners, tho they had acquainted him before, that they intended to receive on that day, according to their uſuall cuſtome; and though at the time of the adminiſtration of the ſa­crament, even from the beginning thereof to the end, they kneeled at the railes (for otherwiſe he would not adminiſter it to them at any time) yet He ſtill paſſed them by, and ſent them away without it, to their great reproach and diſcomfort; having no juſt cauſe ſo to do.


He hath alſo compoſed and publiſhed two books of Pamphets, the one intituted Sunday no Sabbath, the o­ther3 Altare Chriſtianum, wherin he juſtifies and defends all thoſe Innovations in Religion that have bin unhap­pily introduced into this Church, which alſo he practi­ſes by himſelf; and beſides in thoſe bookes he aſſerts and maintaines divers wicked, Popiſh & Antichriſhian points, to the great danger & dammage of this Church and ſtate, juſtifies; ſundry Popiſh canonied Sains for true Saints & Martyrs of God and cenſures our owne Engliſh Martyrs (mentioned in M. Foxes Calender, before his booke of Acts and Monuments, ſet forth by publique Authority, and ap­proved by the whole Convocation, Anno 1579.) for Tray­tors Murderers, Rebels, and Hereticks.


He affirmes and maintaines the dedication and con­ſecration of curches by Prayers and tht (as he ſaith) from the Doctrine and Decrees of Popes of the firſt and beſt times, and confirmed by the Doctrine and practice of the holy Catholike Churh. And he cenſures the Cen­turiſts for bold and impious, becauſe they condemn & brand ſuch kind of Popiſh Conſecration of wood and ſtones, for the Myſtery of iniquity, Alt. Chr. ca10. page 52.


He teaches and affirmes, that the diſtinction of pl­ces in the Church〈…〉antient•••and obſerved even from the Apoſtles〈…〉••verall places in the Church were appo•••ed or the••egy, and for the Lai­ty, Alt. Chr. c. 8. p. 43, 44. And theſe ſeverall places had ſeverall degrees of holine•••. And it orium was the place for the Laity, and that was leſſe holy; but Presbyterium was the place for the Clergy and this was more holy. And in the holy place namely the Chancell or Presby­tery, there was a Throne or Chaire placed.



But He bethinks himſelf, and ſaith, that this Chaire was not in all Churches, but onely in the Churches of Biſhops; and that ſuch a Chaire was in the Church of Ie­ruſalem and Rome: and then after affirms, that the Suc­ceſſion of Biſhops in ſuch a Chaire, was one thing that kept St. Auguſtine from departing out of the boſome of the Catholick Church; for he brings him in, ſaying thus, The ſucceſſion of Prieſts from St. Peter, keepes mee of right in the Church: the name of this Catholick See (that is, of Rome) keepes me in, Alt. Chr. p. 47.


The Copy of the Petition. To the right Honourable, the Lords of the upper Houſe of Parliament, The humble Petition of I. H. of Cardington in the County of Bedford, Gentleman.

Humbly ſheweth,

THAT IohPocklington Doctor of Divinity, Rector of the Pariſh Church of Yelden in the County of Bedford, Vicar of Wareſly in the County of Huntington, Prebend of Lincolne, Peterborough, and Windſore, hath bin a chiefe Author and Ring-leader in all thoſe Innovations which have of late flowed into the Church of England.

May it therefore pleaſe this Honourable Houſe, to take the premiſes into your juſt and pious conſideration, and to convent the ſaid D. Pocklington before you, to anſwer the ſame, that ſo he may receive ſuch condigne and exemplary puniſhment, as may deter all others from the like dangerous Attempts, and I innovations: and your Petitioner ſhall ever pray, &c.


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TextThe petition and articles exhibited in Parliament against Iohn Pocklington, doctor in divinity, parson of Yelden in Befordshire, Anno 1641
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Bibliographic informationThe petition and articles exhibited in Parliament against Iohn Pocklington, doctor in divinity, parson of Yelden in Befordshire, Anno 1641 I. H., England and Wales. Parliament.. [2], 5, [1] p. [s.n.],Imprinted at London :1641.. (The petition was brought into the House of Lords by "I. H., of Cardington in the county of Bedford, gentleman.") ("Satirical woodcut" on title page.) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Pocklington, John -- Early works to 1800.
  • Trials (Sacrilege) -- England -- Early works to 1800.

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