& thought all their service they ought to the church was only preaching, are brought to yielfl themselves in partem curct and become curates as well as Lecturers. . The disrespect y' y* ministers have shewed of the publick prayers of y* church hath bred suche irreverence in y* people, that it is a rare thing in many places to see any upon their knees at y^ reading of the prayers, or (almost) at the receiving of the Sacrament ; and some stick not to say that sitting was 3^* fittest gesture both at the prayers and at y^ Sacrament . It was scarce found in any place y' the Communion Table was placed in such sort as y' it might appeare it was any whitt respected, but so placed y^ boyes and others might sitt about it & leane upon it ; and in many places, by teaching of children in the church, or chancell, the Communion Table was y* place where y* boyes did all their busi- nesse, and oftentimes eate their victualls upon it. For redresse of w<* abuses in time to come there is order geven. At Chester the Deane and Chapter have placed their Communion Table where it ought to stand, & have decently furnished it But it is not so at Carlile. . In some places of these two Diocesses there are some goodly churches, & reasonably well kept in repayre ; but so defaced w* 1 galleries, & pewes, as it is not to be endured. For reformacion whereof there is good order geven, if it be performed according to promise made by the ministers and churchwardens. At Wiggen in Lancashire, a Benefice of good worth ^^ the Bishop of Chester holdeth in commmdam^ the Bishop hath built a faire large chancelL In most other places y® churches are very miserable, and ruinous ia the fabrick, and kept so sordidly w'*»in as would trouble any Christian to see it The two Cathedrall Churches are not as they ought to be ; and in each of them there is this inconvenience, that they are as well parish churches as Cathedrall churches ; whereby there groweth a ques- tion touching y« repayre of the fabrick. And there is by this occasion another inconvenience, that at the same time there is double service in y« same church. The service w'*> Voices and Organs in the Quire, and 3r« reading service in y« body of the church. And when, in either place* any part of the service y' is prescribed is omitted, or mutilated, y* answere hath ben, that the one geveth way to y* other, & what is omitted in y*
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