PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVINGS
O GOD, heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast
promised to all those who seek thy kingdom, and the righteousness thereof, all
things necessary to their bodily sustenance: Send us, we beseech thee, in this
our necessity, such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits
of the earth to our comfort, and to thy honour; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O ALMIGHTY Lord God, who for the sin of man didst once
drown all the world, except eight persons, and afterward of thy great mercy
didst promise never to destroy it so again: We humbly beseech thee, that
although we for our iniquities have worthily deserved a plague of rain and
waters, yet upon our true repentance thou wilt send us such weather, as that we
may receive the fruits of the earth in due season; and learn both by thy
punishment to amend our lives, and for thy clemency to give thee praise and
glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In Time of
Dearth and Famine.
O GOD, heavenly Father, whose gift it is that the rain
doth fall, the earth is fruitful, beasts do increase, and fishes do multiply:
Behold, we beseech thee, the afflictions of thy people; and grant that the
scarcity and dearth, which we do now most justly suffer for our iniquity, may,
through thy goodness be mercifully turned into cheapness and plenty; for the
love of Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all
honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
O GOD, merciful Father, who, in the time of Elisha the
prophet, didst suddenly in Samaria turn great scarcity and dearth into plenty
and cheapness: Have mercy upon us, that we, who are now for our sins punished
with like adversity, may likewise find a seasonable relief : Increase the
fruits of the earth by thy heavenly benediction; and grant that we, receiving
thy bountiful liberality, may use the same to thy glory, the relief of those
that are needy, and our own comfort; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In the time of
War and Tumults.
O ALMIGHTY God, King of all kings, and Governor of all
things, whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth justly
to punish sinners, and to be merciful to those who truly repent: Save and
deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies; abate their
pride, assuage their malice, and confound their devices; that we, being armed
with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee,
who art the only giver of all victory; through the merits of thy Son, Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the time of
any common Plague or Sickness.
O ALMIGHTY God, who in thy wrath did send a plague upon
thine own people in the wilderness, for their obstinate rebellion against Moses
and Aaron; and also, in the time of king David, didst slay with the plague of
Pestilence threescore and ten thousand, and yet remembering thy mercy didst
save the rest: Have pity upon us miserable sinners, who now are visited with
great sickness and mortality; that like as thou didst then accept of an
atonement, and didst command the destroying Angel to cease from punishing, so
it may now please thee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the Ember
Weeks, to be said every day, for those that are about to be admitted into Holy
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased to
thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son: Mercifully
look upon the same, and at this time so guide and govern the minds of thy
servants the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly
on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons, to serve in
the sacred Ministry of thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any
holy function, give thy grace and heavenly benediction; that both by their life
and doctrine they may show forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of
all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy
divine providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church: Give thy grace,
we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office and
administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy
doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve
before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and the benefit of thy holy
Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer that
may be said after any of the former.
O GOD, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and
to forgive, receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with
the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us; for
the honour of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
[A Prayer for
the High Court of Parliament, to be read during their Session.
MOST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for this
Kingdom in general, so especially for the High Court of Parliament, under our
most religious and gracious Queen at this time assembled: That thou wouldest be
pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations, to the advancement of
thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of our
Sovereign and her Dominions; that all things may be so ordered and settled by
their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and
happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us
for all generations. These and all other necessaries, for them, for us, and thy
whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ, our most
blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.]
A Collect or
Prayer for all Conditions of Men, to be used at such times when the Litany is
not appointed to be said.
O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly
beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men: that thou wouldest be pleased
to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More
especially, we pray for the good estate of the Catholick Church; that it may be
so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call
themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in
unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally,
we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those, who are any ways afflicted, or
distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [*especially those for whom our
prayers are desired;] that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them,
according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their
sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for
Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.
* This to be said when any desire the prayers of the
ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy
servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and
loving-kindness to us, and to all men; [*particularly to those who desire
now to offer up their praises and thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchsafed
unto them.] We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the
blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the
redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and
for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy
mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we shew forth
thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to
thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our
days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be
all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
* This to be said when any that have been prayed for
desire to return praise.
O GOD our heavenly Father, who by thy gracious providence
dost cause the former and the latter rain to descend upon the earth, that it
may bring forth fruit for the use of man: We give thee humble thanks that it
hath pleased thee, in our great necessity, to send us at the last a joyful rain
upon thine inheritance, and to refresh it when it was dry, to the great comfort
of us thy unworthy servants, and to the glory of thy holy Name; through thy
mercies in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O LORD God, who hast justly humbled us by thy late plague
of immoderate rain and waters, and in thy mercy hast relieved and comforted our
souls by this seasonable and blessed change of weather: We praise and glorify
thy holy Name for this thy mercy, and will always declare thy loving-kindness
from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O MOST merciful Father, who of thy gracious goodness hast
heard the devout prayers of thy Church, and turned our dearth and scarcity into
cheapness and plenty: We give thee humble thanks for this thy special bounty;
beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness unto us, that our land may
yield us her fruits of increase, to thy glory and our comfort; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Peace, and
Deliverance from our Enemies.
O ALMIGHTY God, who art a strong tower of defence unto thy
servants against the face of their enemies: We yield thee praise and
thanksgiving for our deliverance from those great and apparent dangers
wherewith we were compassed. We acknowledge it thy goodness that we were not
delivered over as a prey unto them; beseeching thee still to continue such thy
mercies towards us, that all the world may know that thou art our Saviour and
mighty Deliverer; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Publick Peace at Home.
O ETERNAL God, our heavenly Father, Who alone makest men
to be of one mind in a house, and stillest the outrage of a violent and unruly
people: We bless thy holy Name, that it hath pleased thee to appease the
seditious tumults which have been lately raised up amongst us: most humbly
beseeching thee to grant to all of us grace, that we may henceforth obediently
walk in thy holy commandments; and, leading a quiet and peaceable life in all
godliness and honesty, may continually offer unto thee our sacrifice of praise
and thanksgiving for these thy mercies towards us; through Jesus Christ our
Deliverance from the Plague, or other common Sickness.
O LORD God, who has wounded us for our sins, and consumed
us for our transgressions, by thy late heavy and dreadful visitation; and now,
in the midst of judgment remembering mercy, hast redeemed our souls from the
jaws of death: We offer unto thy fatherly goodness ourselves, our souls and
bodies which thou hast delivered, to be a living sacrifice unto thee, always
praising and magnifying thy mercies in the midst of thy Church; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
WE humbly acknowledge before thee, O most merciful Father,
that all the punishments which are threatened in thy law might justly have
fallen upon us, by reason of our manifold transgressions and hardness of heart:
Yet seeing it hath pleased thee of thy tender mercy, upon our weak and unworthy
humiliation, to assuage the contagious sickness wherewith we lately have been
sore afflicted, and to restore the voice of joy and health into our dwellings;
We offer unto thy Divine Majesty the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
lauding and magnifying thy preservation and providence over us; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
[† The prayer here bracketed is particular to Kingdom and