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For having put an end to the Great Rebellion, by the Restoration of the King and Royal Family, and the Restoration of the Government after many years of interruption; which unspeakable Mercies were wonderfully completed upon the Twenty-ninth of May, in the Year 1660. And in Memory thereof that Day in every Year is by Act of Parliament appointed to be for ever kept holy.

The Act of Parliament made in the Twelfth, and confirmed in the Thirteenth Year of King Charles the Second, for the Observation of the Twenty-ninth Day of May yearly, as a Day of Publick Thanksgiving, is to be read publickly in all Churches at Morning Prayer, immediately after the Nicene Creed, on the Lord's Day next before every such Twenty-ninth of May, and notice to be given for the due Observation of the said Day.

The Service shall be the same with the usual Office for Holy-days; except where it is in this Office otherwise appointed.

If this Day shall happen to be Ascension-Day, or Whit-Sunday, the Collects of this Office are to be added to the Offices of those Festivals in their proper places: If it be Monday or Tuesday in Whitsun-week, or Trinity-Sunday, the Proper Psalms appointed for this Day, instead of those of ordinary Course, shall be also used, and the Collects added as before; and in all these cases the rest of this Office shall be omitted: But if it shall happen to be any other Sunday, this whole Office shall be used, as it followeth, entirely. And what Festival soever shall happen to fall upon this solemn Day of Thanksgiving, the following Hymn, appointed instead of Venite exultemus, shall be constantly used.

Morning Prayer shall begin with these Sentences.

TO the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him : neither have  we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.

It is of the Lord's mercies that we were not consumed : because his compassions fail not. Lam. iii. 22.

Instead of Venite exultemus shall be sung or said this Hymn following: one Verse by the Priest, and another by the Clerk and people.

 My song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the Lord : with my mouth will I ever be shewing forth his truth from one generation to another. Psal. lxxxix. 1.

The merciful and gracious Lord hath so done his marvelous works : that they ought to be had in remembrance. Psal. cxi. 4.  

Who can express the noble acts of the Lord: or shew forth all his praise? Psal. cvi. 2.

The works of the Lord are great : sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. Psal. cxi. 2.

The Lord setteth up the meek : and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground. Psal. cxlvii. 6.

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgement : for all them that are oppressed with wrong. Psal. ciii. 6.

For he will not alway be chiding : neither keepeth he his anger for ever. Ver. 9

He hath not dealt with us after our sins : nor rewarded us according to our wickedness. Ver. 10.

For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth : so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. Ver. 11.

Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children : even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him. Ver. 13.

Thou, O God, hast proved us: thou also hast tried us, even as silver is tried. Psal. lxvi. 9.

Thou sufferedst men to ride over our heads, we went through fire and water : but thou hast brought us out into a wealthy place. Ver. 11.

O how great troubles and adversities hast thou shewed us! and yet didst thou turn and refresh us : yea, and broughtest us from the deep of the earth again. Psal. lxxi. 18.

Thou didst remember us in our low estate, and redeem us from our enemies : for thy mercy endureth for ever. Psal. cxxxvi. 23, 24.

Lord, thou art become gracious unto thy land : thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Psal. lxxxv. 1.

God hath shewed us his goodness plenteously : and God hath let us see our desire upon our enemies. Psal. lix. 10.

They are brought down and fallen : but we are risen and stand upright. Psal. xx. 8.

There are they fallen, all that work wickedness: they are cast down, and shall not be able to stand. Psal. xxxvi. 12.

The Lord hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us : even he shall bless the house of Israel, he shall bless the house of Aaron. Psal. cxv. 12.

He shall bless them that fear the Lord : both small and great. Ver. 13.

O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men! Psal. cvii. 21.

That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving : and tell out his works with gladness! Ver. 22.

And not hide them from the children of the generations to come : but shew the honour of the Lord, his mighty and wonderful works that he hath done! Psal. lxxviii. 4.

That our posterity may also know them, and the children that are yet unborn : and not be as their forefathers a faithless and stubborn generation. Ver. 6, 9.

Give thanks, O Israel, unto God the Lord in the congregations : from the ground of the heart. Psal. lxviii. 26.

Praised be the Lord daily : even the God who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us. Ver. 19.

O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end : but establish thou the righteous. Psal. vii. 9.

Let all those that seek thee be joyful and glad in thee : and let all such as love thy salvation say alway, The Lord be praised. Psal. xl. 19.

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.

Proper Psalms, cxxiv, cxxvi,

cxxix, cxviii.

Proper Lessons.

The First, 2 Sam. xix. ver. 9. or

Numb. xvi.

Te Deum.

The Second, The Epistle of St. Jude.

Jubilate Deo.

The Suffrages next after the Creed, shall stand thus.

Priest. O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.

Answer. And grant us thy salvation.

Priest. O Lord, save the Queen;

Answer. Who putteth her trust in thee.

Priest. Send her help from thy holy place.

Answer. And evermore mightily defend her.

Priest. Let her enemies have no advantage against her.

Answer. Let not the wicked approach to hurt her.

Priest. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.

Answer. And make thy chosen people joyful.

Priest. Give peace in our time, O Lord.

Answer. Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

Priest. Be unto us, O Lord, a strong tower,

Answer. From the face of our enemies.

Priest. O Lord, hear our prayer.

Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.

Instead of the first Collect at Morning Prayer shall these two which follow be used.

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 the wonderful deliverance of these Kingdoms from THE GREAT REBELLION, and all the Miseries and Oppressions consequent thereupon, under which they had so long groaned. We acknowledge it thy goodness, that we were not utterly 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.

O LORD God of our salvation, who hast been exceedingly gracious unto this land, and by thy miraculous providence didst deliver us out of our miserable confusions; by restoring to us, and to his own just and undoubted Rights, our then most gracious Sovereign Lord, King Charles the Second, notwithstanding all the power and malice of his enemies; and, by placing him on the Throne of these Kingdoms, didst restore also unto us the publick and free profession of thy true Religion and Worship, together with our former Peace and Prosperity, to the great comfort and joy of our hearts: We are here now before thee, with all due thankfulness, to acknowledge thine unspeakable goodness herein, as upon this Day shewed unto us, and to offer unto thee our sacrifice of praise for the same; humbly beseeching thee to accept this our unfeigned, though unworthy oblation of ourselves; vowing all holy obedience in thought, word and work, unto thy Divine Majesty; and promising all loyal and dutiful Allegiance to thine anointed Servant now set over us, and to her Heirs after her; whom we beseech thee to bless with all increase of grace, honour and happiness, in this world, and to crown her with immortality and glory in the world to come, for Jesus Christ his sake our only 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 which next followeth.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast in all ages shewed forth thy power and mercy in the miraculous and gracious deliverances of thy Church, and in the protection of righteous and religious Kings and States, professing thy holy and eternal truth, from the malicious Conspiracies and wicked Practices of all their enemies; We yield unto thee our unfeigned thanks and praise, as for thy many other great and publick mercies, so especially for that signal and wonderful Deliverance, by thy wise and good Providence as upon this Day completed, and vouchsafed to our then most gracious Sovereign King Charles the Second, and all the Royal Family, and in them, to this whole Church and State, and all orders and degrees of men in both, from the unnatural Rebellion, Usurpation, and Tyranny of ungodly and cruel men, and from the sad confusions and ruin thereupon ensuing. From all these, O gracious and merciful Lord God, not our merit, but thy mercy; not our foresight, but thy Providence; not our own arm, but thy right hand, and thine arm, did rescue and deliver us. And therefore, not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name be ascribed all Honour, and Glory, and Praise, with most humble and hearty thanks, in all Churches of the Saints: Even so blessed be the Lord our God, who alone doeth wondrous things, and blessed be the Name of his Majesty for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour. Amen.

In the Communion Service, immediately before the reading of the Epistle, shall these two Collects be used, instead of the Collect for the Queen and the Collect of the Day.

O Almighty God, &c.

O Lord God of our salvation, &c.

As before at Morning Prayer.

The Epistle. 1 St. Peter ii. 11.

DEARLY beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles : that, whereas they speak against you as evil-doers, they may, by your good works which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake; whether it be to the King, as supreme; or unto Governours, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men : as free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King.

The Gospel. St. Matth. xxii. 16.

AND they sent out unto him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man; for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute-money. And they brought unto him a peny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

In the Offertory shall this Sentence be read.

NOT every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven : but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. St. Matth. vii. 21.

After the Prayer [For the whole state of Christ s Church, &c.] this Collect following shall be used.

ALMIGHTY God and heavenly Father, who, of thine infinite and unspeakable goodness towards us, didst in a most extraordinary and wonderful manner disappoint and overthrow the wicked designs of those traiterous, heady, and high-minded men, who, under the pretence of Religion and thy most holy Name, had contrived, and well-nigh effected the utter destruction of this Church and Kingdom: As we do this day most heartily and devoutly adore and magnify thy glorious Name for this thine infinite goodness already vouchsafed to us; so do we most humbly beseech thee to continue thy grace and favour towards us, that no such dismal calamity may ever again fall upon us. Infatuate and defeat all the secret counsels of deceitful and wicked men against us: 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 again prevail against us, nor triumph in the ruin of the Monarchy and thy Church among us. Protect and defend our Sovereign Lady the Queen, with the whole Royal Family, from all Treasons and Conspiracies. Be unto her an helmet of salvation, and a strong tower of defence against the face of all her enemies; clothe them with shame and confusion, but upon Herself and her Posterity let the Crown for ever flourish. So we thy people, and the sheep of thy pasture, will give thee thanks for ever, and will always be shewing forth thy praise from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our only Saviour and Redeemer, to whom, with thee, O Father, and the Holy Ghost, be glory in the Church throughout all ages, world without end. Amen

* 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.

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