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Book of Common Prayer 1662 - Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations
August 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm by v
An Act of Parliament was passed on January 21st 1606 (3 James I, cap 1), to appoint 5th November in each year as a day of thanksgiving for ‘the joyful day of deliverance’. This was by bell ringing, bonfires, church services etc.
This was a Holy Day as in Easter or Christmas and was observed in many Churches in Lewes fairly religiously until the mid 1730s, before being abolished in 1859, one assumes that many variations of prayer, hymns etc were used until the official version was included in the Book of Common Prayer in 1662. Below is the official version as written in the revised 1662 Book of Common Prayer. I have tried to leave the spelling and grammar as it was, when written where possible.
A FORM of PRAYER with THANKSGIVING to be uſed yearly upon the Fifth Day of November; for the happy Deliverance of King JAMES I, and the Three Eﬅates of ENGLAND, from the moﬅ traiterous and bloody intended Maſſacre by Gunpowder: And alſo for the happy Arrival of His Majeﬅy King WILLIAM on this Day, for the Deliverance of our Church and Nation.
# # The Miniﬅer of every Pariſh ſhall give warning to his Pariſhioners publickly in the Church at Morning Prayer, the Sunday before, for the due obſervation of the ſaid Day. And after Morning Prayer, or preaching, upon the ſaid Fifth Day of November, ſhall read publickly, diﬅinctly, and plainly, the Act of Parliament, made in the third Year of King James the Firﬅ, for the obſervation of it.
# # The Service ſhall be the ſame with the uſual Office for Holy Days in all things; except where it is hereafter otherwiſe appointed.
# # If this Day ſhall happen to be a Sunday, only the Collect proper for that Sunday ſhall be added to this Office in its place.
# # Morning Prayer ſhall begin with theſe Sentences:
THE Lord is full of compaſſion and mercy: long ſuffering, and of great goodneſs. Pſal. 103. 8.
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.
# # Inﬅead of Venite exultemus, ſhall this Hymn following be uſed; one verſe by the Prieﬅ, and another by the Clerk and People. Give thanks unto the Lord for he is gracious: and his mercy endureth for ever. Pſal. 107. 1.
Let them give thanks whom the Lord hath redeemed: and delivered from the hand of the enemy. ver. 2.
G U N P O W D E R T R E A S O N
Many a time have they fought againﬅ me from my youth up: may Iſrael now ſay. Psal. 139. 1.
Yea, many a time have they vexed me from my youth up: but they have not prevailed againﬅ me. ver. 2.
They have privily laid their net to deﬅroy me without a cauſe: yea, even without a cauſe, have they made a pit for my ſoul. Pſal. 35. 7.
They have laid a net for my feet, and preſſed down my ſoul: they have digged a pit before me , and are fallen into the midﬅ of it them-ſelves. Pſal. 57. 7.
Great is our Lord, and great is his power: yea, and his wiſdom is infinite. Pſal. 147. 5.
The Lord ſetteth up the meek : and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground. ver. 6.
Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand: and upon the ſon of man whom thou madeﬅ ſo ﬅrong for thine own ſelf. Pſal. 80. 17.
And ſo will not we go back from thee: O let us live , and we ſhall call up on thy Name. ver. 18.
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 with out end.
# # Proper Pſalms. 64, 124, 125.
# # Proper Leſſons.
The firﬅ, 2 Sam. 22.
The ſecond, Acts 23.
# # In the Suffrages after the Creed, theſe ſhall be inſerted, and uſed for the King.
Prieﬅ. . O Lord, ſave the King;
People. . Who putteth his truﬅ in thee.
Prieﬅ. . Send him help from thy holy place;
People. . And evermore mightily defend him.
Prieﬅ. . Let his enemies have no advantage againﬅ him;
People. . Let not the wicked approach to hurt him.
# # Inﬅead of the firﬅ Colleft for Morning Prayer, ſhall theſe two beuſed.
ALMIGHTY God, who haﬅ in all ages ſhewed thy power and mercy in the miraculous and gracious deliverance of thy Church, and in the protection of righteous and religious Kings and ﬅates, profeſſing thy holy and eternal truth, from the wicked conſpiracies, and malicious practices of all the enemies thereof; We yield thee our unfeigned thanks and praiſe for the wonderful and mighty deliverance of our gracious Sovereign King James the Firﬅ, the Queen, the Prince, and all the Royal Branches, with the Nobility, Clergy and Commons of England, then aſſembled in Parliament, by Popiſh treachery appointed as ſheep to the ſlaughter, in a moﬅ barbarous and ſavage manner, beyond the examples of former ages. From this unnatural Conſpiracy, not our merit, but thy mercy; not our foreſight, but thy providence delivered us: And therefore not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto they Name be aſcribed all honour and glory, in all Churches of the Saints, from generation to generation, through Jeſus Chriﬅ our Lord.
ACCEPT alſo, moﬅ gracious God, of our unfeigned thanks, for filling our hearts again with joy and gladneſs, after the time that thou hadﬅ afflicted us, and putting a new ſong into our mouths, by bringing his Majeﬅy King William upon this day, for the deliverance of our Church and Nation from Popiſh tyranny and arbitrary power. We adore the wiſdom and juﬅice of thy providence, which ſo timely interpoſed in our extreme danger, and diſappointed all the deſigns of our enemies. We beſeech thee, give us ſuch a lively and laﬅing ſenſe of what thou didﬅ then, and haﬅ ſince that time done for us, that we may not grow ſecure and careleſs in our obedience, by preſuming upon thy great and undeſerved goodneſs; but that it may lead us to repentance, and move us to be the more diligent and zealous in all the duties of our Religion, which thou haﬅ in a marvellous manner preſerved to us. Let truth and juﬅice, brotherly kindneſs and charity, devotion and piety, concord and unity, with all other virtues, ſo flouriſh among us, that they may be the ﬅability of our times, and make this Church a praiſe in the earth. All which we humbly beg for the ſake of our bleſſed Lord and Saviour.
# # In the end of the Litany , (which ſhall always this Day br uſed) after the Collect (We humbly beſeech thee, O Father, &c) ſhall this be ſaid which followeth.
ALMIGHTY God and heavenly Father, who of thy gracious providence, and tender mercy towards us, didﬅ prevent the malice and imaginations of our enemies, by diſcovering and confounding their horrible and wicked enterprize, plotted and intended this day to have been executed againﬅ the King, and whole State of England, for the ſubverſion of the Government and Religion eﬅabliſhed among us; and didﬅ likwiſe upon this day wonderfully conduct thy ſervant King William, and bring him ſafely into England, to preſerve us from the attempts of our enemies to bereave us of our Religion and Laws; We moﬅ humbly praiſe and magnify thy moﬅ glorious Name for thy un-ſpeakable goodneſs towards us, expreſſed in both theſe acts of thy mercy. We confeſs it has been of thy mercy alone that we are not conſumed; for our ſins have cried to heaven againﬅ us, and our iniquities juﬅly called for vengeance upon us. But thou haﬅ not dealt with us after our ſins, nor rewarded us after our iniquities; nor given us over, as we deſerved, to be a prey to our enemies; but haﬅ in mercy delivered us from their malice, and preſerved us from death and deﬅruction. Let the conſideration of this thy repeated goodneſs, O Lord, work in us true repentance, that iniquity may not be our ruin: And increaſe in us more and more a lively faith and love, fruitful in all holy obedience; that thou mayeﬅ ﬅill continue thy favour, with the light of thy Goſpel, to us and our poﬅerity for ever more; and that for thy dear Son’s ſake Jeſus Chriﬅ, our only Mediator and Advocate.
# # Inﬅead of the Prayer (In time of War and Tumults) ſhall be uſed this Prayer following.
Lord, who didﬅ this day diſcover the ſnares of death that were laid for us, and didﬅ wonderfully deliver us from the ſame; Be thou ﬅill our mightly Protector, and ſcatter our enemies that delight in blood: infatuate and defeat their counſels, abate their pride, aſſuage their malice, and confound their devices. Strengthen the hands of our gracious Sovereign King GEORGE, and all that are put in authority under him, with judgment and juﬅice, to cut off all ſuch workers of iniquity, as turn Religion into Rebellion, and Faith into Faction; that they may never prevail againﬅ us, or triumph in the ruin of thy church among us: but that our gracious Sovereign and his Realms, being preſerved in thy true Religion, and by thy merciful goodneſs protected in the ſame, we may all duly ſerve thee, and give thee thanks in thy holy Congregation, through Jeſus Chriﬅ our Lord.
# # In the Communion Service, inﬅead of the Collect for the Day ſhall this which followeth be uſed.
ETERNAL God, and our moﬅ mightly Protector, we thy unworthy ſervants do humbly preſent ourſelves before thy Majeﬅy, acknowledging thy power, wiſdom and goodneſs, in preſerving the King, and the Three Eﬅates of the Realm of England aſſembled in Parliament, from the deﬅruction this day intended againﬅ them. Make us, we beſeech thee, truly thankful for this, and for all other thy great mercies towards us; particularly for thy making this day againﬅ memorable, by a freſh inﬅance of thy loving kindneſs towards us. We bleſs thee for giving his late Majeﬅy King William a ſafe arrival here, and for making all oppoſition fall before him, till he became our King and Governor. We beſeech thee to protect and defend our Sovereign King GEORGE, and all the Royal Family, from all treaſons and conſpiracies; Preſerve him in all thy faith, fear and love; Proſper his reign with long happineſs here on earth; and crown him with everlaﬅing glory hereafter, through Jeſus Chriﬅ our only Saviour and Redeemer.
The Epiﬅle. ROM . 13. 1.
LET every ſoul be ſubject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be, are ordained of God. Whoſoever therefore reſiﬅeth the power, reſiﬅeth the ordinance of God: and they that reſiﬅ ſhall receive to themſelves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou ſhalt have praiſe of the ſame: for he is the miniﬅer of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the ſword in vain: for he is the miniﬅer of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye muﬅ needs be ſubject, not only for wrath, but alſo for conſcience ſake. For, for this cauſe pay ye tribute alſo; for they are God’s miniﬅers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due, cuﬅom to whom cuﬅom, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour.
The Goſpel. S. LUKE . 9. 51.
AND it came to paſs, when the time was come that he ſhould be received up, he ﬅedfaﬅly set his face to go to Jeruſalem, and ſent meſſengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, becauſe his face was as though he would go to Jeruſalem. And when his diſciples James and John ſaw this, they ſaid, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and conſume them, even as Elias did? But he turned and rebuked them, and ſaid, Ye know not what manner of ſpirit ye are of: For the Son of man is not come to deﬅroy men’s lives, but to ſave them. And they went to another village.
# # After the Creed, if there be no Sermon, ſhall be read one of the ſix
homilies againﬅ Rebellion.
# # This Sentence is to be read at the Offertory.
WHATSOEVER ye would that men ſhould do to you, do ye even ſo to them; for this is the law and the prophets. St. Matth. 7. 12.
# # After the Prayer for the Church militant this following Prayer is to be uſed.
God, whoſe Name is excellent in all the earth, and thy glory above the heavens; who, on this day, didﬅ miraculouſly preſerve our Church and State from the ſecret contrivance and helliſh malice of Popiſh conſpirators; and on this day alſo didﬅ begin to give us a mightly deliverance from the open tyranny and oppreſſion of the ſame cruel and blood-thirﬅy enemies; We bleſs and adore thy glorious Majeﬅy, as for the former, ſo for this thy late marvellous loving-kindneſs to our church and Nation, in the preſervation of our religion and liberties. And we humbly pray, that the devout ſenſe of this thy repeated mercy may renew and increaſe in us a ſpirit of love and thankfulneſs to Thee its only Author; a ſpirit of peaceable ſubmiſſion and obedience to our gracious Sovereign Lord King GEORGE; and a ſpirit of fervent zeal for our holy religion, which thou haﬅ ſo wonderfully reſcued, and eﬅabliſhed a bleſſing to us and our poﬅerity. And this we beg for Jeſus Chriﬅ his ſake.
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