A Form of Prayer with Fasting;

To be used yearly on the Thirtieth of January,

Being the Day of the Martyrdom of the Blessed King Charles the First; to implore the mercy of God, that neither the Guilt of that sacred and innocent Blood, nor those other sins, by which God was provoked to deliver up both us and our King into the hands of cruel and unreasonable men, may at any time hereafter be visited upon us or our posterity.

    If this Day shall happen to be a Sunday, this Form of Prayer shall be used and the Fast kept the next day following. And upon the Lord's Day next before the Day to be kept, at Morning Prayer, immediately after the Nicene Creed, notice shall be given for the due observation of the said Day.

    The Service of the Day shall be the same with the usual Office for Holy-days in all things; except where it is in this Office otherwise appointed.

The Order for Morning Prayer

He that ministereth, shall begin with one or more of these Sentences.

TO THE Lord our God belong 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. Dan. ix. 9, 10.
      Correct us, O Lord, but with judgement: not in thine anger, lest thou bring us to nothing. Jer. x. 24.
      Enter not into judgement with thy servants, O Lord: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psalm cxliii. 2.

Instead of Venite Exultemus the Hymn following shall be said or sung; one Verse by the Priest, another by the Clerk and people.

RIGHTEOUS art thou, O Lord: and just are thy judgements! Psalm cxix. 137.
      Thou art just, O Lord, in all that is brought upon us: for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly. Neh. ix. 33.
      Nevertheless, our feet were almost gone: our treadings had well-nigh slipped. Psalm lxxiii. 2.
      For why? we were grieved at the wicked: we did also see the ungodly in such prosperity. Ver. 3
      The people stood up, and the rulers took counsel together: against the Lord, and against his Anointed. Psalm ii. 2.
      They cast their heads together with one consent: and were confederate against him. Psalm lxxxiii. 5.
      He heard the blasphemy of the multitude, and fear was on every side: while they conspired together against him, to take away his life. Psalm xxxi. 15.
      They spoke against him with false tongues, and compassed him about with words of hatred: and fought against him without a cause. Psalm cix. 2.
      Yea, his own familiar friends, whom he trusted: they that eat of his bread laid great wait for him. Psalm xli. 9.
      They rewarded him evil for good: to the great discomfort of his soul. Psalm xxxv. 12
      They took their counsel together, saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute him, and take him, for there is none to deliver him. Psalm lxxi. 9
      The breath of our nostrils, the Anointed of the Lord was taken in their pits: of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall be safe. Lam. iv. 20.
      The adversary and the enemy entered into the gates of Jerusalem: saying, When shall he die, and his name perish? Ver. 12. Psalm xli. 5
      Let the sentence of guiltiness proceed against him: and now that he lieth, let him rise up no more. Ver. 8.
      False witnesses also did rise up against him: they laid to his charge things that he knew not. Psalm xxxv. 11.
      For the sins of the people, and the iniquities of the priests: they shed the blood of the just in the midst of Jerusalem. Lam. iv. 13
      O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man. Gen. xlix. 6.
      Even the man of thy right hand: the Son of man, whom thou hadst made so strong for thine own self. Psalm lxxx. 17.
      In the sight of the unwise he seemed to die: and his departure was taken for misery. Wisd. iii. 2
      They fools counted his life madness, and his end to be without honour: but he is in peace. Wisd. v. 4 & iii. 3.
      For though he was punished in the sight of men: yet was his hope full of immortality. Wisd. iii. 4.
      How is he numbered with the children of God: and his lot is among the saints! Wisd. v. 5.
      But, O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth, thou God, to whom vengeance belongeth: be favourable and gracious unto Sion. Psalm xciv. 1. & ii. 18.
      Be merciful, O Lord, unto thy people, whom thou hast redeemed: and lay not innocent blood to our charge. Deut. xxi. 8.
      O shut not up our souls with sinners: nor our lives with the bloodthirsty. 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 righteousness. Psalm li. 14.
      For thou art the God that hast no pleasure in wickedness: neither shall any evil dwell with thee. Psalm v. 4.
      Thou wilt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord abhors both the blood-thirsty and deceitful man. Ver. 6.
      O how suddenly do they consume: perish, and come to a fearful end! Psalm lxxii. 18.
      Yea, even like a dream, when one awaketh: so didst thou make their image to vanish out of the city Ver. 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 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 Sam. i.
The Second, St. Matth. xxvii.

    Instead of the first Collect at Morning 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 Sovereign King Charles the First, to 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 people of this land; nor let it 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 mercies' sake, through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BLESSED Lord, in whose sight the death of thy saints is precious; We magnify thy name for the 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 Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

    In the end of the Litany (which shall always on this Day be used) immediately after the Collect [We humbly beseech thee, O Father, &c.] the three Collects next following are to be read.

O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully hear our prayers, and 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.

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 would 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 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 compassion, Long-suffering, and of great pity. Though sparest 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.

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