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blasphemed emonges the heathen, hast of late most sharply corrected and scourged our christian brethren thy servants with terrible wars and dreadful invasions of most deadly and cruel enemies, Turks and Infidels: But now of thy fatherly pity and merciful goodness, without any desert of ours, even for thine own name's sake, hast, by thy assistance given to divers Christian princes and potentates, at length, when all our hope was almost past, dispersed and put to confusion those Infidels, being thine and our mortal enemies, and graciously delivered thy afflicted and distressed Christians in the Isle of Malta and sundry other places in Christendom, to the glory and praise of thy name, and to the exceeding comfort of all sorrowful Christian hearts: We render unto thee most humble and hearty thanks for these thy great mercies shewed to them that were thus afflicted and in danger; we laud and praise thee, most humbly beseeching thee to grant unto all those that profess thy holy name, that we may shew ourselves in our living thankful to thee for these and all other thy benefits: Endue us (O Lord) and all other Christian people with thy heavenly grace, that we may truly know thee, and obediently walk in thy holy commandments, lest we again provoke thy just wrath against us: Continue thy great mercies towards us, and as in this, so in all other invasions of Turks and Infidels, save and defend thy holy Church, that all posterities ensuing may continually confess thy holy name, praising and magnifying thee with thy only Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, to whom be all laud, praise, glory and empire, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Imprynted at London by Wyllyam Seres, dwellinge at the west end of Paules, at the sygne of

the Hedgehogge.

¶ Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum.

Anno. 1565.

A FORM to be used in common prayer, every Sunday, Wed- x.
nesday, and Friday, through the whole Realm: To
excite and stir all godly people to pray unto God
for the preservation of those Christians and their Coun-
tries, that are now invaded by the Turk in Hungary,
or elsewhere.

Set forth by the most Reverend father in God, Matthew, Archbishop of
Canterbury, by the authority of the Queen's Majesty.

The Preface.

WHERE as the Turks the last year most fiercely assailing the Isle of Malta, with a great army and navy, by the grace and assistance of Almighty God (for the which we with other Christians at that time by our hearty prayers made most humble suit) were from thence repelled and driven, with their great loss, shame and confusion; they, being inflamed with malice and desire of vengeance, do now by land invade the kingdom of Hungary (which hath of long time been as a most strong wall and defence to all Christendom) far more terribly and dreadfully, and with greater force and violence, than they did either the last year, or at any time within the remembrance of man: It is our parts, which for distance of place cannot succour them with temporal aid of men, to assist them at the least with spiritual aid, that is to say, with earnest, hearty, and fervent prayer to Almighty God for them, desiring him, after the examples of Moses, Josaphat, Ezechias, and other godly men, in his great mercy to defend, preserve, and deliver Christians, professing his holy name, and to give sufficient might and power to the Emperor's excellent Majesty, as God's principal minister, to repress the rage and violence of these Infidels, who by all tyranny and cruelty labour utterly to root out not only true religion, but also the very name and memory of Christ our only Saviour, and all Christianity. And forsomuch as if the Infidels, who have already a great part of that most goodly and strong kingdom in their possession, should prevail wholly against the same (which God forbid) all the rest of Christendom should lie as it were naked and open to the incursions and invasions of the said savage and most cruel enemies the Turks, to the most dreadful danger of whole Christendom; all diligence, heartiness, and fervency is so much the more now to be used in our prayers for God's aid, how far greater the danger and peril is now, than before it was. And although it is every Christian man's duty, of his own devotion to pray at all times: yet for that the corrupt nature of man is so slothful and negligent in this his duty, he hath need by often 'and sundry means to be stirred up, and put in remembrance of his duty.

Exod. xvii.

ii. Para. xx.

iiii. Reg. xix.

For the effectual accomplishment whereof, it is ordered and appointed as followeth.

First, that all Parsons and Curates shall exhort their parishioners to endeavour themselves to come unto the Church, with as many of their family, as may be spared from their necessary business: And they to resort thither, not only upon Sundays and holidays, but also upon Wednesdays and Fridays, during this dangerous and perilous time: exhorting them there reverently and godly to behave themselves, and with penitent minds, kneeling on their knees, to lift up their hearts, and pray to the merciful God to turn from us, and all Christendom, those plagues and punishments, which we and they through our unthankfulness and sinful lives have deserved.

Secondly, that the said Parsons and Curates shall then distinctly and plainly read the general confession appointed in the book of Service, with the residue of the Morning prayer, unto the first lesson.

Then for the first Lesson shall be read one of the Chapters hereafter following, or so much thereof as is appointed.

Exod. xiiii. Exod. xvii. beginning at these words: Then came Amelech and fought with Israel. &c. Josue x. Unto these words: And laid great stones on the Cave's mouth, which remain until this day. Judges vii. i kyng xvii. iiii kyng vii. iiii kyng xix. The second of the Chronicles, or Paralipomenon xx. Unto these words: And his God gave him rest on every side. Act. xii.

After that, instead of Te Deum laudamus, that is to say: We praise thee, O God: shall be said the li. Psalm : Have mercy upon me, O God. &c.

Then immediately after, upon Wednesdays and Fridays, shall be said the Creed. I believe in God. &c. And after that the accustomed prayers following, unto the end of the Morning prayer. And upon Sundays, the second Lessons shall be read, as they are ordinarily appointed with the rest of the Morning prayer.

That done, the Litany shall be said in the mids of the people, unto the end of the Collect in the same Litany, which beginneth with these words: We humbly beseech thee, O Father. &c. And then shall follow one of these Psalms in their order, to be said of the Minister according to the order of the days, with the answer of the people.

The Psalm.

HEAR our prayer, O Lord, consider our desire: hearken Psal. exliii. unto us for thy truth and righteousness sake.

Oh hearken then to the voice of our calling, our King and our God: Psal. v. for unto thee will we make our prayer.


O God, the Heathen are come into thine inheritance: Psal.lxxix, & thine adversaries roar in the mids of thy congregations, and set up their banners for tokens.

They have set fire upon thy holy places, and have defiled the dwell- Psal. Ixxiv. ing place of thy name: and destroyed them even unto the ground.

The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be Psal. Ixxix. meat unto the fowls of the air: and the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the land.

Their blood have they shed like water on every side of Hierusalem: Psal. Ixxix. and there was no man to bury them.

And so we are become an open shame to our enemies: Psal. Ixxix. a very scorn and derision unto them that are round about


Lord, how long wilt thou be angry? Shall thy jealousy burn like fire for ever?

Psal. lxxix.

O God, wherefore art thou absent from us so long? Psal. Ixxiv. why is thy wrath so kindled against the sheep of thy pasture?

Oh remember not our old sins, but have mercy upon us, and that Psal. Ixxix. soon for we are come to great misery.

But think upon the congregation: whom thou hast pur- Psal. Ixxiv. chased and redeemed of old.

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: Oh Psal. Ixxix. deliver us, and be merciful unto our sins, for thy name's sake.

Wherefore do the Heathen say, Where is now their God? Psal. Ixxix. Make haste that thou mayst utterly destroy every enemy: which Psal. Ixxiv. hath done evil in thy sanctuary.

Arise, O GOD: maintain thine own cause remember Psal. Ixxiv. how the wicked man blasphemeth thee daily.

Pour out thine indignation upon the Heathen that have not known Psal. lxxix. thee: and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.

O let the vengeance of thy servants' blood that is shed: Psal. Ixxix. be openly shewed upon the Heathen in our sight.

Deliver us from our enemies, O God: defend us from them that rise Psal. lix. up against us.



Psal. xxxv.

Psal. ixxix.

Psal. ii.

Psal. xi.

Psal. xciv.

Psal. iii.

Psal. iii.

Psal. x.

Psal. x.

Psal. xxv.

Psal. xxv.

Psal. x.

Psal. xxvii.

Psal. x.

Psal. x.

Let them be confounded and put to shame: let them be turned back and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief against us.

So we that be thy people, and sheep of thy pasture, shall give thee thanks for ever: and will alway be shewing forth thy praise from generation to generation.

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.

Or this Psalm.

THE Heathen do furiously rage together, and the Kings of the earth stand up, and rulers take counsel together: against the Lord, and against his anointed.

The ungodly bend their bows, and make ready their arrows within the quiver: that they may shoot at those that call upon the name of the Lord.

They smite down thy people, O Lord and trouble thine heritage.

Lord, how are they increased that trouble us! many are they that rise against us.

Many one there be, that say of our souls: There is no help for them in their God.

The ungodly are so proud, that they care not for God: neither is God in all their thoughts, nor his judgments in their sight.

They have said in their hearts, Tush, God hath forgotten: he hideth away his face, and he will never see it.

For thy name's sake, O Lord, be merciful unto our sins: for they are great.

Turn thee unto us and have mercy upon us: for we are desolate and in great misery.

Stand not so far off, O Lord: neither hide thy face in the needful time of trouble.

Hearken unto our voice, O Lord, now when we cry unto thee arise, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand, and forget not thy people.

Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God? while he doth say in his heart, Tush, thou God carest not for it.

O take the matter into thy hand: thy people commit

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