Five Articles of Perth

Five Articles of Perth

The Five Articles of Perth were an attempt by King James VI of Scotland to impose practices on the presbyterian Church of Scotland in an attempt to integrate it with the episcopalian Church of England.

The articles provided for-
*kneeling during communion
*private baptism
*private communion for the sick or infirm
*confirmation by a Bishop
*the observance of Holy Days.

This insensitive move was deeply unpopular with many Scots, who were proud of their democratic system of church governance. The articles were reluctantly accepted by the General Assembly of the Church at Perth in 1618, and were not ratified by the Scottish Parliament until 1621 (the approving Act being itself repealed by the Confession of Faith Ratification Act 1690).

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