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TO ALMIGHTY GOD;
To be used in all Churches and Chapels within this Realm, every Year, upon the Twenty-ninth Day of January; being the Day on which His Majesty began his happy Reign.
The Service shall be the same with the usual Office for Holy-days in all things; except where it is in this Office otherwise appointed.
If this Day shall happen to be Sunday, this whole Office shall be used, as it fol loweth, entirely.
Morning Prayer shall begin with these
EXHORT that first of all, Supplications, Prayers, Intercessions, and giving of Thanks, be made for all men; for Kings, and for all that are in Authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty for this is good and acceptable unto God our Saviour. 1 Tim. ii. 1, 2, 3.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 St. John i. 8,9.
¶Instead of Venite exultemus the Hymn following shall be said or sung; one Verse by the Priest, and another by the Clerk and people.
LORD our Governour: how excellent is thy Name in all the world! Psalm viii. 1.
Lord, what is man, that thou hast such respect unto him or the son of man, that thou so regardest him? Psalm cxliv. 3.
The merciful and gracious Lord hath so done his marvellous works that they ought to be had in remembrance. Psalm cxi. 4.
O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men! Psalm cvii. 21.
Behold, O God our Defender and look upon the face of thine Anointed. Psalm 1xxxiv. 9.
O hold thou up his goings in thy paths that his footsteps slip not. Psalm xvii. 5.
Grant the King a long life: and make him glad with the joy of thy countenance. Psalm 1xi. 6. & xxi. 6.
Let him dwell before thee for ever: 0 prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness, that they may preserve him. Psalm lxi. 7.
In his time let the righteous flourish : and let peace be in all our borders. Psalm 1xxii. 7. & cxlvii. 14.
As for his enemies, clothe them with shame but upon himself let his crown flourish. Psalm cxxxii. 19.
Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel: which only doeth wondrous things. Psalm Ixxii, 18.
Answer. And grant us thy salvation. Priest. O Lord, save the King; Answer. Who putteth his trust in thee. Priest. Send him help from thy holy place.
Answer. And evermore mightily defend him.
Priest. Let his enemies have no advantage against him.
Answer. Let not the wicked approach to hurt him.
Priest. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
Answer. And make thy chosen people joyful.
Priest. O Lord, save thy people.
Answer. And bless thine inheritance. 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 ene
Priest. O Lord, hear our prayer; Answer. And let our cry come unto
Instead of the first Collect at Morning Prayer shall be used this following Collect of Thanksgiving for His Mājesty's Accession to the Throne.
ALMIGHTY God, who rulest over
all the kingdoms of the World, and disposest of them according to thy good pleasure; We yield thee unfeign
ed thanks, for that thou wast pleased, as on this day, to place thy Servant our Sovereign Lord, King GEORGE upon the Throne of this Realm. Let thy wisdom be his guide, and let thine arm strengthen him; let justice, truth, and holiness, let peace and love, and all those virtues that adorn the Christian profession, flourish in his days; direct all his counsels and endeavours to thy glory, and the welfare of his people; and give us grace to obey him cheerfully and willingly for conscience sake; that neither our sinful passions, nor our private interests, may disappoint his cares for the publick gcod; let him always possess the hearts of his people, that they may never be wanting in honour to his Person, and dutiful submission to his Authority; let his Reign be long and prosperous, and crown him with immortality in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. In the end of the Litany (which shall always be used upon this Day) after the Collect[We humbly beseech thee, O Father, &c.] shall the following Prayer, for the King and Royal Fa mily, be used.
LORD our God, who upholdest and governest all things in heaven and earth; receive our humble prayers, with our hearty thanksgivings, for our Sovereign Lord GEORGE, as on this day, set over us by thy grace and providence to be our King; and so together with him bless all the Royal Family; that they all, ever trusting in thy goodness, protected by thy power, and crowned with thy gracious and endless favour, may continue before thee in health, peace, joy, and honour, and may live long and happy lives upon earth, and after death obtain everlasting life and glory in the kingdom of heaven, by the Merits and Mediation of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth ever one God,world without end. Amen.
Then shall follow this Collect, for God's protection of the King against all his enemies.
OST gracious God, who hast set thy Servant GEORGE our King upon the Throne of his Ancestors, we most humbly beseech thee to protect him on the same from all the dangers to which he may be exposed; Hide him from the gathering together of the froward, and from the insurrection of wicked doers; Do thou weaken the hands, blast the designs, and defeat the enterprizes of all his enemies, that no secret conspiracies, nor open violences, may disquiet his Reign; but that, being safely kept under the shadow of thy wing, and supported by thy power, he may triumph over all opposi tion; that so the world may acknowledge thee to be his defender and
mighty deliverer in all difficulties and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Then the Prayer for the high Court of Parliament (if sitting.)
In the Communion Service, immediately before the reading of the Epistle, instead of the Collect for the King, and that of the Day, shall be used this Prayer for the King, as supreme Governour of this Church.
LESSED Lord, who hast called Christian Princes to the defence of thy Faith, and hast made it their duty to promote the spiritual welfare, together with the temporal interest of their people; We acknowledge with humble and thankful hearts thy great good. ness to us, in setting thy Servant our most gracious King over this Church and Nation; Give him, we beseech thee, all those heavenly graces that are requisite for so high a trust; Let the work of thee his God prosper in his hands; Let his eyes behold the success of his designs for the service of thy true Religion established amongst us; And make him a blessed instrument of protecting and advancing thy Truth, wherever it is persecuted and oppressed; Let Hypocrisy and Profaneness, Superstition and Idolatry, fly before his face; Let not Heresies and false Doctrines disturb the peace of the Church, nor Schisms and causeless Di visions weaken it; But grant us to be of one heart and one mind in serving thee our God, and obeying him accord ing to thy will: And that these bless. ings may be continued to after-ages, let there never be one wanting in his house to succeed him in the government of this United Kingdom, that our posterity may see his children's chil dren, and peace upon Israel. So we that are thy people, and sheep of thy pasture, shall give thee thanks for ever, and will always be shewing forth thy praise from generation to generation. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 St. Peter ii. 11. DEARLY beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgruns, 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 your selves 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 malicious
ness, but as the servants of God. Ho nour 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 Cæsar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ve 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, C.
sar'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.
After the Nicene Creed shall follow the Scrmon.
In the Offertory shall this Sentence be
LET your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. St. Matth. v. 16.
After the Prayer [For the whole State of Christ's Church &c.] these Collects following shall be used.
A Prayer for Unity. GOD the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace; Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us
from godly Union and Concord: that, as there is but one Body, and one Spirit, and one Hope of our Calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may henceforth be all of one heart, and of one soul, united in one holy bond of Truth and Peace, of Faith and Charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GRANT, O Lord, we beseech thee,
that the course of this world may
be so peaceably ordered by thy govern ance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. A. men.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty
God, that the words, which we have heard this day with our outward ears, may through thy grace be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all
wisdom, who knowest our necessi ties before we ask, and our ignorance in asking; We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things, which for our unworthi. ness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE peace of God which passeth all
understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and re. main with you always. Amen.
"OUR Will and Pleasure is, That these Four Forms of Prayer and Service, made for the Fifth of November, the Thirtieth of January, the Twenty"ninth of May, and the Twenty-ninth of January, be forthwith printed and "published, and annexed to the Book of Common Prayer and Liturgy of the "United Church of England and Ireland, to be used yearly on the said Days, in "all Cathedral and Collegiate Churches and Chapels; in all Chapels of Colleges and Halls within Our Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Dublin, and "of Our Colleges of Eton and Winchester, and in all Parish-Churches and "Chapels within those parts of Our United Kingdom called England and Ire❝ land.
"Given at Our Court at Carlton House the Twenty-first Day of "February, 1820, in the First Year of Our Reign.
"By His Majesty's Command,
BY THE ARCHBISHOPS AND BISHOPS OF BOTH
PROVINCES, AND THE WHOLE CLERGY,
In the Convocation holden at London in the Year 1562, for the avoiding of Diver sities of Opinions, and for the establishing of Consent touching true Religion: Reprinted by His Majesty's Commandment, with his Royal Declaration prefixed thereunto.
HIS MAJESTY'S DECLARATION.
BEING by God's Ordinance, according to our just Title, Defender of the Faith, and Supreme Governour of the Church, within these Our Dominions, We hold it most agreeable to this Our Kingly Office, and Our own religious Zeal, to conserve and maintain the Church committed to Our Charge, in Unity of true Religion, and in the Bond of Peace; and not to suffer unnecessary Disputations, Altercations, or Questions to be raised, which may nourish Faction both in the Church and Commonwealth. We have therefore, upon mature Deliberation, and with the Advice of so many of Our Bishops as might conveniently be called together, thought fit to make this Declaration following:
That the Articles of the Church of England (which have been allowed and aut thorized heretofore, and which Our Clergy generally have subscribed unto) do contain the true Doctrine of the Church of England agreeable to God's Word: which We do therefore ratify and confirm, requiring all Our loving Subjects to continue in the uniform Profession thereof, and prohibiting the least difference from the said Articles; which to that End We command to be new printed, and this Our Declaration to be published therewith.
That We are Supreme Governour of the Church of England: And that if any difference arise about the external Policy, concerning the Injunctions, Canons, and other Constitutions whatsoever thereto belonging, the Clergy in their Convocation is to order and settle them, having first obtained leave under Our Broad Seal so to do: and We approving their said Ordinances and Constitutions; pro. viding that none be made contrary to the Laws and Customs of the Land.
That out of Our Princely Care that the Churchmen may do the Work which is proper unto them, the Bishops and Clergy, from time to time in Convocation, upon their humble Desire, shall have Licence under Our Broad Seal to deliberate of, and to do all such Things, as, being made plain by them, and assented unto by Us, shall concern the settled Continuance of the Doctrine and Discipline of the Church of England now established; from which We will not endure any varying or departing in the least Degree.
That for the present, though some differences have been ill raised, yet We take comfort in this, that all Clergymen within Our Realm have always most willingly subscribed to the Articles established; which is an argument to Us, that they all agree in the true, usual, literal meaning of the said Articles; and that eveni n those curious points, in which the present differences lie, men of all sorts take the Articles of the Church of England to be for them; which is an argument again, that none of them intend any desertion of the Articles established.
That therefore in these both Curious and unhappy differences, which have for so many hundred years, in different times and places, exercised the Church of Christ, We will, that all further curious search be laid aside, and these disputes shut up in God's promises, as they be generally set forth to us in the holy Scrip tures, and the general meaning of the Articles of the Church of England according to them. And that no man hereafter shall either print, or preach, to draw the Article aside any way, but shall submit to it in the plain and full meaning thereof; and shall not put his own sense or comment to be the meaning of the Article, but shall take it in the literal and grammatical sense.
That if any publick Reader in either of Our Universities, or any Head or Master of a College, or any other person respectively in either of them, shall affix any new sense to any Article, or shall publickly read, determine, or hold any publick Disputation, or suffer any such to be held either way, in either the Universities or Colleges respectively; or if any Divine in the Universities shali preach or print any thing either way, other than is already established in Convo. cation with Our Royal Assent; he, or they the Offenders, shall be liable to Our displeasure, and the Church's censure in Our Commission Ecclesiastical, as well us any other: And We will see there shall be due Execution upon theni.
ARTICLES OF RELIGION.
1. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity. THERE is but one living and true
God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Fa ther, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. II. Of the Word or Son of God, which was made very Man. THE Son, which is the Word of the
Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God, and of one substance with the Father, took Man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance: so that two whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.
III. Of the going down of Christ into "Hell.
S Christ died for us, and was buried, so also is it to be believed, that he went down into Hell.
IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ. CHRIST did truly rise again from
death, and took again his body, with fleshi, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of Man's nature; wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there sitteth, until he return to judge all Men at the last day.
V. Of the Holy Ghost. THE Holy Ghost, proceeding from
the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.
VI. Of the Sufficiency of the holy Scriptures for salvation.
HOLY Scripture containeth all things
necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the holy Scripture we do understand those Canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.
Ecclesiastes or Preacher,
And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for exam. ple of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine; such are these fol. lowing:
The Third Book of Esdras,
The rest of the Book of Esther,
The Song of the Three Children,
VIL Of the Old Testament. THE Old Testament is not contrary
to the New: for both in the Old and New Testament everlasting life is offered to Mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man. Where. fore they are not to be heard, which feign that the old Fathers did look only for transitory promises. Although the Law given from God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and Rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the Civil precepts thereof ought of necessity to be