A FORM OF PRAYER WITH THANKSGIVING,
To be used yearly upon the Fifth Day of
For the happy Deliverance of King JAMES I, and the Three
Estates of England, from the most
traiterous and bloody-intended Massacre by
Gunpowder : And also for the happy Arrival of his Majesty
King William on this Day, for the
Deliverance of our Church and Nation.
The Minister of every Parish shall give
warning to his Parishioners publickly in the Church
at Morning Prayer, the Sunday before, for the due observation of the said Day.
And after Morning Prayer, or Preaching, upon the said Fifth Day of November,
shall read publickly, distinctly, and plainly, the
Act of Parliament, made in the third Year of King James the First, for the Observation of it.
The Service shall be
the same with the usual Office for Holy-days in all things; except where it is
hereafter otherwise appointed.
If this Day shall
happen to be a Sunday, only the Collect proper for that Sunday shall be added
to this Office in its place.
Morning Prayer shall begin with these
THE Lord is full of compassion and mercy: long-suffering,
and of great goodness. Psal. ciii. 8.
He will not
alway be chiding: neither keepeth he his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt
with us after our sins: nor rewarded us according to
our wickedness. Ver. 10.
Instead of Venite exultemus shall this Hymn following be used, one
verse by the Priest, and another by the Clerk and People.
O GIVE thanks unto
the Lord for he is gracious: and his mercy endureth
for ever. Psal.
Let them give thanks,
whom the Lord hath redeemed: and delivered from the hand of the enemy.
Many a time have they fought against me from my youth up:
may Israel now say.
Psal. cxxix. 1.
Yea, many a time
have they vexed me from my youth up: but they have not prevailed against
me. Ver. 2.
They have privily laid their
net to destroy me without a cause: yea, even without a cause, have they made a
pit for my soul. Psal. xxxv. 7.
They have laid a net
for my feet, and pressed down my soul: they have digged a pit before me, and are fallen into the midst of
it themselves. Psal.
Great is our Lord, and great is his power:
yea, and his wisdom is infinite.
Psal. cxlvii. 5.
setteth up the meek: and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground.
Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand: and upon
the son of man whom thou madest so strong for
thine own self. Psal.
And so will not we
go back from thee: O let us live, and we shall call upon thy Name.
Glory be to the Father, and to
the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
The First, 2 Sam.
The Second, Acts xxiii.
In the Suffrages after the
Creed these shall be inserted and used for the Queen.
Priest. O Lord, save the
People. Who putteth her trust in thee.
Priest. Send her help from thy
People. And evermore mightily
Priest. Let her enemies have no
advantage against her.
People. Let not the wicked
approach to hurt her.
Instead of the
First Collect for Morning Prayer shall these two be used.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast in all ages shewed thy power and mercy in the miraculous and gracious
deliverance of thy Church, and in the protection of righteous and religious
Kings and States, professing thy holy and eternal truth, from the wicked
conspiracies and malicious practices of all the enemies thereof; We yield thee
our unfeigned thanks and praise for the wonderful and mighty deliverance of our
gracious Sovereign King James the
First, the Queen, the Prince, and all the Royal Branches, with the Nobility,
Clergy, and Commons of England, then
assembled in Parliament, by Popish treachery appointed as sheep to the
slaughter, in a most barbarous and savage manner, beyond the examples of former
ages. From this unnatural Conspiracy, not our merit, but thy mercy; not our
foresight, but thy providence delivered us: And therefore not unto us, O Lord,
not unto us, but unto thy Name be ascribed all honour and glory, in all Churches of the saints, from
generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ACCEPT also, most gracious God, of our unfeigned thanks
for filling our hearts again with joy and gladness, after the time that thou
hast afflicted us, and putting a new song into our mouths, by bringing His
Majesty King William upon this Day,
for the Deliverance of our Church and Nation from Popish Tyranny and arbitrary
power. We adore the wisdom and justice of thy Providence, which so timely
interposed in our extreme danger, and disappointed all the designs of our
enemies. We beseech thee, give us such a lively and lasting sense of what thou
didst then, and hast since that time done for us, that we may not grow secure
and careless in our obedience, by presuming upon thy great and undeserved
goodness; but that it may lead us to repentance, and move us to be the more
diligent and zealous in all the duties of our Religion, which thou hast in a
marvellous manner preserved to us. Let truth and
justice, brotherly kindness and charity, devotion and piety, concord and unity,
with all other virtues, so flourish among us, that they may be the stability of
our times, and make this Church a praise in the
earth. All which we humbly beg for the sake of our blessed
Lord and Saviour. Amen.
In the end of the Litany (which shall
always this Day be used) after the Collect [We humbly beseech thee, O
Father, &c.] shall this be said
ALMIGHTY God and heavenly Father, who of thy gracious
Providence, and tender mercy towards us, didst prevent the malice and
imaginations of our enemies, by discovering and confounding their horrible and
wicked Enterprize, plotted and intended this day to
have been executed against the King, and whole State of
England, for the subversion of the
Government and Religion established among us; and didst likewise upon this day wonderfully conduct thy servant
King William, and bring him safely
into England, to preserve us from the attempts of our enemies to bereave us of
our Religion and Laws: We most humbly praise and magnify thy most glorious Name
for thy unspeakable goodness towards us, expressed in both these acts of thy
mercy. We confess it has been of thy mercy alone that we are not consumed: for
our sins have cried to heaven against us, and our iniquities justly called for
vengeance upon us. But thou hast not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded
us after our iniquities; nor given us over, as we deserved, to be a prey to our
enemies; but hast in mercy delivered us from their malice, and preserved us
from death and destruction. Let the consideration of this thy repeated
goodness, O Lord, work in us true repentance, that iniquity may not be our
ruin. And increase in us more and more a lively faith and love, fruitful in all
holy obedience; that thou mayest still continue thy
favour, with the light of thy Gospel, to us and our
posterity for evermore; and that for thy dear Son's sake, Jesus Christ our
only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
Instead of the Prayer [In time of War
and Tumults] shall be used this Prayer
O LORD, who didst this day discover the snares of death
that were laid for us, and didst wonderfully deliver us from the same; Be thou
still our mighty Protector, and scatter our enemies that delight in blood:
Infatuate and defeat their counsels, abate their pride, asswage their malice,
and confound their devices. Strengthen the hands of our gracious Sovereign
Queen *ELIZABETH, and all that are put in authority under her, with judgement
and justice, to cut off all such workers of iniquity, as turn Religion into
Rebellion, and Faith into Faction; that they may never prevail against us, or
triumph in the ruin of thy Church among us: but that our gracious Sovereign, and
her Realms, being preserved in thy true Religion, and by thy merciful goodness
protected in the same, we may all duly serve thee, and give thee thanks in thy
holy congregation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the Communion Service, instead of the
Collect for the Day, shall this which followeth be
ETERNAL God, and our most mighty Protector, we thy
unworthy servants do humbly present ourselves before
thy Majesty, acknowledging thy power, wisdom and goodness, in preserving the
King, and of the Three Estates of the Realm of
assembled in Parliament, from the destruction this day intended against them.
Make us, we beseech thee, truly thankful for this, and for all other thy great
mercies towards us; particularly for thy making this day again memorable, by
a fresh instance of thy loving-kindness towards us. We bless thee for giving
his late Majesty King William a safe
arrival here, and for making all opposition fall before him, till he became our
King and Governour. We beseech thee to protect and defend our Sovereign Queen
*ELIZABETH, and all the Royal Family, from all treasons and conspiracies:
Preserve her in thy faith, fear, and love; Prosper her Reign with long happiness
here on earth; and crown her with everlasting glory hereafter; through Jesus
Christ our only Saviour and Redeemer.
Rom. xiii. 1.
LET every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for
there is no power, but of God : the powers that be
are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth
the power resisteth the ordinance of God; and they
that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.
Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that
which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the
same: for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which
is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in
vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to
execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must
needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For
for this cause pay ye tribute also; for they are
God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore
to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear
to whom fear, honour to whom honour.
The Gospel. St.
Luke. ix. 51.
AND it came to pass, when the time was come that he should
be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to
Jerusalem, and sent messengers before his face; and they went and entered into
a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him: And they did not receive
him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his
disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command
fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he
turned and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what
manner of spirit ye are of: For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's
lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
Creed, if there be no Sermon, shall be read one of the six Homilies against
This Sentence is to be read at the
WHATSOEVER ye would that men should do to you, do
ye even so to them; for this is the Law and the
Prophets. St. Matth. vii. 12.
Prayer for the Church militant this following Prayer is to be used.
O GOD, whose Name is excellent in all the earth, and thy
glory above the heavens; who, on this day didst miraculously preserve our
Church and State from the secret contrivance and hellish malice of Popish
conspirators; and on this day also didst begin to give us a mighty deliverance
from the open tyranny and oppression of the same cruel and blood-thirsty
enemies: We bless and adore thy glorious Majesty, as for the former, so for
this thy late marvellous loving-kindness to our
Church and Nation, in the preservation of our Religion and Liberties. And we
humbly pray, that the devout sense of this thy repeated mercy may renew and
increase in us a spirit of love and thankfulness to thee its only Author; a
spirit of peaceable submission and obedience to our gracious Sovereign Lady,
Queen ELIZABETH* ; and a spirit of fervent zeal for
our holy Religion which thou hast so wonderfully rescued, and established, a
blessing to us and our posterity. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake.
* These forms follow
an edition of the Book of Common Prayer printed at the University Press,
Oxford, 1839, and read Victoria for Elizabeth in the original.