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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 fake, through the merits of thy Son Jesus Chrilt our Lord. Amen.

LESSED Lord, in whose fight the death of thy

saints is precious ; We magnify thy Name for thine abundant

upon our martyred Sovereign ; by which he was enabled fo cheerfully to follow the steps of his blessed Master and Saviour, in a constant meek suffering of all barbarous indigbities, and at last resisting unto blood : and even then, according to the fame 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 fins : and all for Jesus Christ his fake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen. T In the end of the Litany, (which shall always on this

day be used) immediately after the Colleet [We humbly beseech thee, O Father, &c.] the three Colleets next following are to be read.

LORD, we beseech thee mercifully hear our

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

Most mighty God, and merciful Father, who hast

compassion upon all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made ; who wouldelt nor the death of a finner, but that he should rather turn from his fin, and be saved: Mercifully forgive us our trespasses ; receive and comfort us, who are grieved and wearied with the butden 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; enrer dot into judgment with thy servants,

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who are vile earth and miserable sinners: but so turn thide anger from ns, who meekly acknowledge our vileness, and truly repent us of our faults; and so make halte to help us in this world, that we may ever live with thee in the world to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. TURN thou: us, O good Lord, and so shall we be

turned. 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 compasfion, long.saffering, and of great pity.. Thou spareft when we deserve punishment, and in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy. Spare thy people, good Lord, spare them, and let not thine heritage be brought to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy is great ; and after the multitude of thy mercies look upon us, through the merits and mediation of thy blessed Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Communion Service, after the Prayer for the King, [Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting, &c.) instead of the Collect for the day, Jhall these two

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O most mighty God, &c.
Blessed Lord, in whose light, &c.

As in the Morning Prayers.

The Epiftle. i St. Pet, ii. 13.
UBMIT yourselves to every ordinance of man for the

or unto governors, as unto them that are fent by him for the punilhment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with welldoing ye may put to filence the ignorance of foolilh men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak 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 to 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 buffeted for your faults, ye shall 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 alfo suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no fin, neither was guile found in his mouth.

The Gospel. St. Matt. xxi. 33.
THERE was a certain housholder, which planted a

wine-press in it, and builded a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandınen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first and they did unto them likewise." But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will revereuce my son. But when the husbandmen faw 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 New him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They fay 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.

After the Nicene Creed, shall;be read, instead of the Sermon for that day, the first and second parts of the Homily against Disobedience and wilful Rebellion, set forth by authority; or the Minister who officiates shall preach a Sermon of his own composing upon the same argument. I

In the Offertory shall this Sentence be read. THATSOEVER ye would that men should do unto

you, even fo do unto them: for this is the law and the prophets. St. Matt. vii. 12.


the last murdered by them; though we cannot reflect upon to foul an act but with horror and astonishment, yer do we most gratefully commemorate the glories of thy grace, which chen hined forth in thine Anoited; whom ikou walt pleafed, 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 fuch an height of violence, as to kill him, and to take poffeffion of his throne ; yet didst thou in great mercy preferve his Son, whofe right it was, and at length by a wonderful providence bring hiin back, and fet him thereon, to restore thy prue Religion, and to: fetile peace amongst us: for these phy great mercies we glorify thy Name, through Jesus, Chrilt our blessed Saviour. Amen. Immediately ofter the Calleci (Lighten our darkness, sc.)

shall these three next following be used. 1! O Lord, we befeech chce, &c.

O moft mighty God, and merciful Father, &c.
Turn thou us, O good Lord, and fo, i'c.

As before at Morning Prayer.
Immediately before the Prayer of St. Chryfoftom, skall

tbis Collect, which next followeth, be used., LMIGHTY and everlasting God, whofe righreousa

ness is like the strong mountains, and thy judgments like the great deep; and who, by that barbarous murder, as on this day committed upon the facred Perfon of thine Anointed, haft taught us, that neither the greatest of Kings, nor the best of men, are more fecure from violence than from natural death : Teach us alfo hereby fo to nuinber our days, that we may apply our hearts utiio wifdom. And grant that neither the splendour of 20y thing that is great, nor the conceit of any thing that is good in us, may withdraw our eyes from looking upon ourselves as finful dust and alhes; but that, according to the example of this thy blessed Martyr, we may prefs fortward to ihe prize of the high calling that is before us, in :." and patience, humility and meekness, mortification

and self-denial, charity and constant perseverance upto the end; and 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.

A Form of Prayer,


THANKSGIVING TO ALMIGHTY GOD, For having put an End to the Great Rebellion, by the

Reftitution of the King and Royal Family, and the Restoration of the Government after many years interruprion: which unspeakable mercies were wonderfully completed upon the Truenty-ninth of May, in the year 1660. And in memory thereof, that day in every year is, by A& of Parliament, appointed to be for ever kept holy.

The A&t of Parliament made in the twelfth, and comfirmed in the thirteenth year of King CHARLES the Second, for the observation of the Tweilt y-nith Day of May yearly, as a day of public Thanksgiving, is to be readhabLicly in all Churches at Morning Prayer, immediately after the Nicene Creed, on the Lord's Day next before every Juch Twenty-ninth of May, and notice to be given for the due observation of tke faid day.

A form of prayer, &c) In the sessions 1660, an Act was passed for a peipetual anniversary thanksgiving for his Majesty's happy restoration; upon which occasion the bishops were commanded to draw up a suitable form of prayer. This form, however, was afterwards altered, and some objectionable pallages expunged, such as the following: “ We beseecha thee to give us grace to remember and provide for our latter end, by a careful and Itudious imitation of this thy blessed faint and martyr, and all other thy faints and martyrs that have gone before us; that we may be made worthy to receive the benefit by their prayers, which they, in communion with thy church catholic, offer up unto thee for that part of it here militant, and yet in fight with, and danger from the flcih."

Said day] In the same manner the Ad for the observation of the Fifth of November is appointed be read, by that A& itself, publicly in the Church after morning prayer or preaching, on the faid day.--And yet it is remarkable, that both these acts, together with the act for the thirtieth

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