Article XV. Of Ecclesiastical Usages

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1 Of Usages in the Church they teach that those ought to be observed which may be observed without sin, and which are profitable unto tranquillity and good order in the Church, as particular holy days, festivals, and the like.

2 Nevertheless, concerning such things men are admonished that consciences are not to be burdened, as though such observance was necessary to salvation.

3 They are admonished also that human traditions instituted to propitiate God, to merit grace, and to make satisfaction for sins, are opposed to the Gospel and the doctrine of faith. Wherefore vows and traditions concerning meats and

4 days, etc., instituted to merit grace and to make satisfaction for sins, are useless and contrary to the Gospel.

Confession Confutation Apology [Defense]