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and lay not innocent blood to our charge. Deut. xxi. 8.

Oshut not up our souls with sinners nor our lives with the blood-thirsty. Psalm xxvi. 9.

Deliver us from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of our salvation and our tongues shall sing of thy rightcousness. Psalmi li. 14.

For thou art the God that hast no pleasure in wickedness: neither shall any evil dwell with thee. Psalm v. 4.

be (as this day) taken away by the hands of cruel and bloody men: We thy sinful creatures here assembled before thee, do, in the behalf of all the people of this land, humbly confess, that they were the crying sins of this Nation, which brought down this heavy judgement upon us. But, O gracious God, when thou makest inquisition for blood, lay not the guilt of this innocent blood, (the shedding whereof nothing but the blood of thy Son can expiate,) lay it not to the charge of the

Thou wilt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord abhors

both the blood-thirsty and deceit-people of this land; nor let it ful man. Verse ō. ever be required of us, or our posterity. Be merciful, O Lord, be merciful unto thy people, whom thou hast redeemed; and be not angry with us for ever: But pardon us for thy mercy's sake, through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O how suddenly do they consume perish, and come to a fearful end! Psalm Ixxiii. 18.

Yea, even like as a dream, when one awaketh: so didst thou make their image to vanish out of the city. Verse 19.

Great and marvellous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty: just and true are thy ways, O King of saints. Rev. xv. 3.

Righteous art thou, O Lord and just are thy judgements. Psalm cxix. 137.

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. ix, x, xi. Proper Lessons. The First, 2 Samuel i. The Second, St. Matth. xxvii. Instead of the first Collect at Morn. ing Prayer shall these two which next follow be used.

O Most mighty God, terrible in thy judgements, and wonderful in thy doings toward the children of men; who in thy heavy displeasure didst suffer the life of our gracious Sovereigu King Charles the First, to

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LESSED Lord, in whose sight the death of thy saints is precious; We magnify thy Name for thine abundant grace bestowed upon our martyred Sovereign; by which he was enabled so cheerfully to follow the steps of his blessed Master and Saviour, in a constant meek suffering of all barbarous indignities, and at last resisting unto blood; and even then, according to the same pattern, praying for his murderers. Let his memory, O Lord, be ever blessed among us; that we may follow the example of his courage and constancy, his meekness and patience, and great charity. And grant, that this our land may be freed from the vengeance of his righteous blood, and thy mercy glorified in the forgiveness of our sins and all for Jesus Christ his sake, our only Medi ator and Advocate. Amen. 15

In the end of the Liany (which | Lord, spare them, And let not shall always on this Day be used) thine heritage be brought to immediately after the Collect [We hambly beseech thee, O Father, &c.] confusion. Hear us, O Lord, the three Collects next following are for thy mercy is great, And after the multitude of thy miercies look upon us; Through the

to be read.


our prayers, and Lord, we beseech thee mer

spare all those who confess their sins unto thee; that they whose consciences by sin are accused, by thy merciful pardon may be absolved; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

blessed Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be favourable, O Lord, be favourable to thy people, Who turn to thee in weeping, fasting, and praying. For thou art a merciful God, Full of compas sion, Long-suffering, and of great pity. Thou sparest when we deserve punishment, And in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy. Spare thy people, good



In the Communion Service, after the Prayer for the King [Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting, &c.] instead of the Collect for the. Day shall these two be used.

most mighty God, &c.

Blessed Lord, &c. [As in the
Morning Prayers.]

O Most mighty God, and merciful Father, who hast compassion upon all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made; who wouldest not the death of a sinner, but that he should rather turn from his sin, and be saved: Mercifully forgive us our trespasses; receive and comfort us, who are grieved and wearied with the burden of our sins. Thy property is always to have mercy; to thee only it appertaineth to forgive sins. Spare us therefore, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed; enter not into judgement with thy servants, who are vile earth and miserable sinners: but so turn thine anger from us, who meekly acknowledge our vileness, and truly repent us of our faults; and so make haste to help us into this world, that we may ever live with thee in the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

URN thou us, O good Lord,

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The Epistle. 1 St. Peter ii. 13. UBMIT yourselves to every SUB ordinance of man for the Lord's sake; whether it be to the King, as supreme; or unto are sent by him, for the punishgovernours, as unto them that ment 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. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only

the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thank-worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if when ye be

take it patiently? but if when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps; who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.


The Gospel. St. Matth. xxi. 33,

Lord, heavenly Father,

who didst not

us as

was certain house holder which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, Jand digged a wine-press in it,

to to husbandmen, and went into
a far country. And when the
betime of the fruit drew near, he
Josent his servants to the hus-King
bandmen, that they might re-
ceive the fruits of it. And the
husbandmen took his servants,
and beat one, and killed another,
Land stoned another. Again he
sent other servants, more than
the first: and they did unto
them likewise. But last of all
she sent unto them his son, say-
ing, They will reverence my
son. But when the husbandmen
saw the son, they said among
themselves,This is the heir,
come, let us kill him, and let us
seize on his inheritance. And
they caught him, and cast him
out of the vineyard, and slew
him. When the lord therefore
of the vineyard cometh, what

our sins have deserved, but hast in the midst of judgement remembered mercy; We acknow and built a tower, and let it outledge it thine especial favour, that, though for our many and great provocations, thou didst suffer thine anointed blessed Charles the First (as on this day) to fall into the hands and barbarously to be murdered of violent and blood-thirsty men, by them, yet thou didst not leave us for ever, as sheep without a shepherd; but by thy gracious providence didst miracuHeir of his Crowns, our then lously preserve the undoubted gracious Sovereign King Charles the Second, from his bloody enemies, hiding him under the shadow of thy wings, until their tyranny was overpast; and didst bring him back, in thy good appointed time, to sit upon the throne of his Father; and toge ther with the Royal Family didst restore to us our ancient Govern

men? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

will he do unto those husband-ment in Church and State. For these thy great and unspeakable mercies we render to thee our most humble and unfeigned to continue thy gracious protecthanks; beseeching, thee, still tion over the whole Royal Family, and to grant to our graci ous Sovereign King GEORGE, a long and a happy Reign over us: So we that are thy people will give thee thanks for ever, and will alway be shewing forth thy praise from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.


The Hymn appointed to be used at Morning Prayer instead of Venite exultemus shall here also be used before the Proper Psalms.

Righteous art thou, O Lord, &c.

Proper Psalms. lxxix, xciv, lxxxv.

Proper Lessons. The First, Jer. xii. or Dan. ix.

to ver. 22.

The Second, Hebr. xi. ver. 32. and xii. to ver. 7.

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

O Almighty Lord God, who by thy wisdom not only guidest and orderest all things most suitably to thine own justice; but also performest thy pleasure in such a manner, that we cannot but acknowledge thee to be righteous in all thy ways, and holy in all thy works: We thy sinful people do here fall down before thee, confess ing that thy judgements were right, in permitting cruel men, sons of Belial, (as on this day) to imbrue their hands in the blood of thine Anointed; we having drawn down the same upon ourselves, by the great and long provocations of our sius against thee. For which we do therefore here humble ourselves before thee; beseeching thee to deliver this Nation from blood-guiltiness, (that of this day especially,) and to turn from us and our posterity all those judgements, which we by our sins have worthily deserved: Grant this, for the all-sufficient merits of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

LESSED God, just and powerful, who didst permit

thy dear Servant, our dread Sovereign King Charles the First, to be (as upon this day) given up to the violent outrages of wicked men, to be despitefully used, and at the last murdered by them: Though we cannot reflect upon so foul an act, but with horror and astonishment; yet do we most gratefully commemorate the glories of thy grace, which then shined forth in thine Anointed; whom thou wast pleased, even at the hour of death, to endue with an eminent measure of exemplary patience, meekness, and charity, before the face of his cruel enemies. And albeit thou didst suffer them to proceed to such an height of violence, as to kill him, and to take possession of his Throne; yet didst thou in great mercy preserve his Son, whose right it was, and at length by a wonderful providence bring him back, and set him thereon, to restore thy true Religion, and to settle peace amongst us: For these thy great mercies we glorify thy Name, through Jesus Christ our blessed Saviour. Amen.

Immediately after the Collect [Lighten our darkness, &c.] shall these three next following be used.

O Lord, we beseech &c.
O most mighty God, &c.
Turn thou us, &c. [As before
at Morning Prayer.]

Immediately before the Prayer of Saint Chrysostom shall this Collect which next followeth be used.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting

is like the strong mountains, and thy judgements like the great deep; and who, by that barbarous murder (as on this

dust and ashes; but that, ac cording to the example of this thy blessed Martyr, we may press forward to the prize of the high calling that is before us, in faith and patience, humility and meekness, mortification and selfdenial, charity and constant perseverance unto the end: Aud all this for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ his sake; to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

day) committed upon the sacred Person of thine Anointed, hast taught us, that neither the greatest of Kings, nor the best of men, are more secure from violence than from natural death: Teach ns also hereby so to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. And grant, that neither the splendor of any thing that is great, nor the conceit of any thing that is good in us, may withdraw our eyes from looking upon ourselves as sinful



For having put an end to the Great Rebellion, by the Restitution of the King and Royal Family, and the Restoration of the Government after many years 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 Thir teenth Year

ninth Day of King Charles the Second, for the Observation of the Twenty

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.

the Lord our

mercies and forgivenesses, 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. Daniel 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

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