The Reign of Christ. Book One. Chapter Thirteen: The Regulation of Ceremonies

Christ’s churches must have their freedom so that each may define the content and method of presentation of sacred readings, interpretations of Scriptures, catechizing, administration of the sacraments, prayers and psalms, and similarly the public correction of sinners, imposition of penance, and reconciliation for those who have satisfied the churches by doing penance, all in such a way as each church judges to be of greatest profit for its people, so that as a result of these activities they may be moved to a true and living repentance, and strengthened and advanced in the faith of Christ.

By Martin Bucer

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