A Form of Thanksgiving and Prayer to Almighty God,
Upon the Completion of Fifty Years Her Majesty's Reign;
Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode,
Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. 1887.
(Note.) This Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving is to be used either upon Tuesday the Twenty-first day of June next, or on any other day between the Twenty-first and the Twenty-eighth day of June inclusive.
And if it be used on Sunday the Twenty-sixth, then the whole, or else such parts as here are named, shall be used in addition to the ordinary service of the day, namely:—
After the Collect of the Day the Third Prayer in this Office, O Lord our God, Who upholdest.
After the General Thanksgiving the First Thanksgiving in this Office, Almighty God, we humbly offer.
Before the Prayer of St. Chrysostom the Prayer, Blessed Lord, the Prince.
In the end of the Holy Communion the two last Prayers with the Benediction as here appointed.
A Form of Thanksgiving and Prayer.Priest.O Lord, open Thou our lips. Answer.And our mouth shall shew forth Thy praise. Priest.O Lord, save the Queen. Answer.And mercifully hear us when we call upon Thee. Priest.Praise ye the Lord. Answer.The Lord's name be praised.
Te Deum Laudamus.
We praise thee, O God: we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee: the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubin, and Seraphin: continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth;page 4
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty: of thy Glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles: praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets: praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs: praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world: doth acknowledge thee;
The Father: of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true: and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory: O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son: of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man: thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death: thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God: in the Glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come: to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants: whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.page 5
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints: in glory everlasting
O Lord, save thy people: and bless thine heritage.
Govern them: and lift them up for ever.
Day by day: we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name: ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord: to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us: have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us: as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.
¶ And after that these Prayers, all devoutly kneeling, the Minister first pronouncing with a loud voice,
The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.
Minister. Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.Priest.O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us. Answer.And grant us thy salvation. Priest.O Lord, save the Queen; Answer.Who putteth her trust in thee. Priest.Send her help from thy holy place. 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 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. page break Priest.Be unto us, O Lord, a strong tower; Answer.From the face of our enemies. Priest.O Lord, hear our prayer; Answer.And let our cry come unto thee.
¶ Then shall the Priest say,
Almighty God, we humbly offer unto Thy Divine Majesty our prayers and hearty thanksgivings for our gracious Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria, unto whom Thou hast accomplished full fifty years of Sovereignty. We praise Thee that through Thy grace She hath kept the charge Thou gavest Her in the day when Thou didst set the Crown upon Her head, bidding Her "to do Justice, stay the growth of iniquity, "and protect the Holy Church of God; to help "and defend widows and orphans; to restore the "things gone to decay, maintain the things that "are restored; punish and reform what is amiss, "and confirm what is in good order; to keep the "Royal Law and Lively Oracles of God. "We bless Thee that Thou hast heard, through sorrow and through joy, our prayer that She should alway possess the hearts of Her people. And page 8 we humbly pray Thee that for the years to come She may rejoice in Thy strength, and at the Resurrection of the Just enter into Thine immortal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, who didst call Thy servant Victoria, our Queen, as at this time to the Throne of Her Ancestors in the governance of this Realm; we yield Thee humble thanks for the abundance of Dominion wherewith Thou hast exalted and enlarged Her Empire, and for the Love of Her in which Thou hast knit together in one the hearts of many nations; we praise Thee for the swift increase of knowledge with power, for the spreading of Truth and Faith in Her times, and gifts above all that we could ask or think. And humbly we beseech Thee that overmastering both sinful passion and selfish interest, and being protected from temptations and delivered from all evil, the unnumbered peoples of Her heritage may serve Thee, bearing one another's burdens and advancing continually in Thy perfect Law of Liberty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.page 9
O lord our God, Who upholdest and governest all things in heaven and earth; receive our humble prayers with our hearty thanksgivings, for our Sovereign Lady Victoria, as on this day set over us by Thy grace and providence to be our Queen; and so together with Her bless Albert Edward Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the Royal Family, that they all, ever trusting in Thy goodness, protected by Thy power, and crowned with Thy grace and endless favour, may continue before Thee in health, peace, joy and honour, and live long and happy lives upon earth, and after death may 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 Ghost liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. Amen.
¶ Then shall be suny,
Psalm xx. Exaudiat te Dominus.
The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble: the Name of the God of Jacob defend thee;
2 Send thee help from the sanctuary: and strengthen thee out of Sion;
3 Remember all thy offerings: and accept thy burnt sacrifice;page 10
4 Grant thee thy heart's desire: and fulfil all thy mind.
5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and triumph in the Name of the Lord our God: the Lord perform all thy petitions.
6 Now know I, that the Lord helpeth his Anointed, and will hear him from his holy heaven: even with the wholesome strength of his right hand.
7 Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought down, and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
9 Save, Lord, and hear us, O King of heaven: when we call upon thee.
¶ And then shall be read this Lesson,
1 Pet. ii. 6-18 [Behold, I lay ... Honour the King].
¶ Here followeth a Hymn or Anthem.
¶ Which ended the Prayers following shall be said by the Minister,
Blessed Lord, the Prince of the Kings of the earth, Who callest Christian Princes to defend Thy faith, and maintain Thy spiritual page 11 kingdom; grant that no errors may disturb the Peace of Thy Church, nor causeless divisions weaken it. Give unto our Queen all heavenly graces, for the service of Thy true Religion and the hallowing of Thy Name among all nations. And that these blessings may be continued to after ages let there never be one wanting in Her House to receive the sceptre of our United Kingdom, that our posterity may see her children's children, and peace upon the Israel of God. Amen.
O 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 danger 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.page 12
Grant, O Lord, we beseech Thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by Thy governance that Thy Church may joyfully serve Thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The peace of God, which passeth all under-standing, 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 remain with you always. Amen.