A FORM OF PRAYER WITH THANKSGIVING TO ALMIGHTY GOD,
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The Lord setteth up the
meek : and bringeth the
ungodly down to the ground. Psal.
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
Yea, like as a
father pitieth his own children : even
so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him. Ver.
Thou, O God, hast proved us: thou also hast tried us, even
as silver is tried. Psal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
The First, 2 Sam.
xix. ver. 9. or
The Second, The Epistle of St. Jude.
The Suffrages next after the
Creed, shall stand thus.
Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
Answer. And grant us
Priest. O Lord, save the Queen;
putteth her trust in thee.
Priest. Send her help from thy
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
Answer. And make thy
chosen people joyful.
Priest. Give peace in our time, O
Answer. Because there is none other that
fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
Priest. Be unto us, O Lord, a
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
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,
O Lord God of our salvation, &c.
As before at Morning
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
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.
* 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.