Article IX. Of Rites and Ceremonies.

As concerning rites and ceremonies of Christ’s Church, as to have such vestments in doing God’s service, as be and have been most part used, as sprinkling of holy water to put us in remembrance of our baptism, and the blood of Christ sprinkled for our redemption upon the Cross; giving of holy bread, to put us in remembrance of the sacrament of the altar, that all Christian men be one body mystical of Christ, as the bread is made of many grains, and yet but one loaf, and to put us in remembrance of the receiving of the holy sacrament and body of Christ, the which we ought to receive in right charity, which in the beginning of Christ’s Church men did more often receive than they use nowadays to do; bearing of candles on Candlemas Day, in memory of Christ the spiritual light, of whom Simeon did prophesy, as is read in the Church that day; giving of ashes on Ash Wednesday, to put in remembrance every Christian man in the beginning of Lent and penance, that he is but ashes and earth, and thereto shall return, which is right necessary to be uttered from henceforth in our mother tongue always on the same day; bearing of palms on Palm Sunday, in memory of the receiving of Christ into Jerusalem, a little before his death, that we may have the same desire to receive him into our hearts; creeping to the cross and humbling ourselves to Christ before the same, and kissing of it in memory of our redemption by Christ made upon the cross; setting up of the sepulture of Christ, whose body after his death was buried; the hallowing of the font and other like exorcisms and benedictions by the ministers of Christ’s Church; and all other like laudable customs, rites and ceremonies be not to be contemned and cast away, but to be used and continued as things good and laudable, to put us in remembrance of those spiritual things that they do signify; not suffering them to be forgot, or to be put in oblivion, but renewing them in our memories from time to time. But none of these ceremonies have power to remit sin, but only to stir and lift up our minds unto God, by whom only our sins be forgiven.

From the Ten Articles of 1536.
(Documents of the English Reformation, edited by Gerald Bray, 172-173.)