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The Ten Articles

1536. A summary of articles of faith of the “new” Church of England, these were adopted by Convocation to comply with the wishes of Henry VIII. The Bible, the three universal creeds, and acts of the first four councils were said to be authoritative. Baptism, the Lord's Supper, and penance were accepted sacraments. Transubstantiation in the Lord's Supper was not mentioned, but the real presence was asserted. Images could be used, but were not to be worshiped; but intercession might be made to the saints. Justification was more closely linked with faith, although works helped to justify. Prayers and Masses for the dead and purgatory were denied. These articles, which revealed Lutheran influence, were replaced in 1537 by another statement, the Bishops' Book.*