To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken.—Jer. 6.10

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Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven,
and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes
and commandments... But they and our fathers dealt proudly,
and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to
thy commandments
.—Nehemiah 9.13,16.

Reign:James VI
Parliament:The First Parliament of King James the Sixth (1567-12-15 — 1567-12-29)
Session:Only Session of the First Parliament of James VI

5. Anent the Messe abolished, and punishing of all that hearis or sayis the samine.

ITEM, Our Soveraine Lord, with advise of his dearest Regent, and the three Estaits of this present Parliament ratifyis and apprevis the Act under written, maid in the Parliament halden at Edinburgh, the 23. day of August, the zeir 1560. zeires. And of new in this present Parliament statuts and ordainis, the said Act to be as an perpetual Law, to all our Soveraine Lords Lieges in all times to cum; Of {359} the quhilk, the tenour followes. The quhilk day, for-sameikle as almichty God be his maist trew and blessed word, hes declared the reverence, and honour quhilk suld be given unto him. And be his Sonne JESUS CHRIST hes declared the trew use of the Sacraments, willing the same to be used, according to his will and word. Be quhilk it is notour, and perfitelie knawen, that the Sacramentes of Baptisme, and of the Bodie and bloud of JESUS CHRIST, hes bene in all times by-past corrupted, be the Papistical Kirk, and be their usurped Ministers. And presentlie, notwithstanding the reformatioun alreadie made, according to Gods word: Zit there is sum of the said Papist Kirk, that stubburnely perseveris in their wicked Idolatrie, sayand Messe, and Baptizand, conforme to the Papis Kirk, prophanand therethrow the Sacraments foirsaides, in quiet and secreete places, therethrow nouther regardand God, nor his word. THEREFOIRE, it is statute and ordained in this present Parliament, that na maner of persoun, or personnis, in onie time cumming, administrat ony of the Sacraments foirsaids, secreetly, or ony uther maner of way, but they that are admitted, and havand power to that effect. And that na maner of persoun nor persounis, say Messe, nor zit hear Messe, nor be present theirat, under the paine of confiscatioun of all their gudis movabil, and unmovabil, and punishing of their bodyes at the discretioun of the Magistrat, within quhais Jurisdictioun sik personnis happinnis to be apprehended, for the first fault. Banishment of the Realme, for the second fault: And Justifying to the death, for the thrid fault. And ordainis all Schireffes, Stewards, Baillies, and their deputes, Provestes, and Baillies of Burrowes, and uthers Judges quhatsumever, within this Realme, to take diligent sute and inquisitioun, within their bounds, quhair ony sik usurped Ministerie is used, Messe saying, or they that beis present at the doing thereof, ratifyand, and approovand the samin, take & apprehend them, to the effect, that the paines above written may be execute upon them. And therefore of new decernis & ordaines the contraveneris of the samin, in ony tyme heirafter, to be punished according to the paines of the aforesaid Acte above rehearsed.