Act of Uniformity Requires Use of Book of Common Prayer in Britain

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The Act of Uniformity comes into effect in Britain.

Enacted after the restoration of the monarchy, it furthers the "uniformity of public prayers and administration of the sacraments" by requiring the use of the Book of Common prayer for rites and ceremonies in all church services.

Adherence to the Book of Common Prayer is further required for anyone to hold any public office, even though the requirement is for use of the newest edition which almost no one has seen yet.

Around 2,000 Anglican ministers resign rather than conform to the statute, and around this time Puritans adopt the name "non-conformists" for their position. This becomes known as the "Great Ejection" of 1662.

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