[Dr. John Colet was a loving and lovable man, a man in advance of his age, a reformer before the Reformation, who shook off the fetters by which the intellect of men had been bound throughout the Middle Ages. By the new method of interpretation of Scripture, and the new style of preaching which he initiated, he was a benefactor to his own age; by the school which he founded—St. Paul’s School—he has been a benefactor to all succeeding ages.]
We render thanks to You, 0 Almighty and everlasting God, by whose patience we have been spared, by whose power we have been upheld, and by whose bounty we have been supplied, even to this present time, and we suppliantly beseech You that our refreshments may be temperate, our rest moderate, our labor with care, and our wishes bounded by our wants. You give liberally and upraidest not; give us the meekness of wisdom. So illuminate our dark minds with the light of Your Divine grace, that we may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent, whom to know is life eternal. Grant that with our whole understanding, will, and affections we may apply ourselves to obtain proficiency in practice, as well as in knowledge, thus honoring You who works all in all, and without whom we can do nothing.
We pray You that in whatever we, day by day— whether by thought, word, or deed—offend against Your commandments, You would of Your paternal favor entirely remit and frankly pardon. Let our repentance be practical, our faith active, our love unwearied, our hope patient, and our humility profound. Yet conscious of our imperfections and infirmities, may we find acceptance as we also seek forgiveness, for His sake in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of Your grace.
Have compassion upon our Church and nation, especially on the King’s most excellent Majesty.* Be his asylum from all his enemies, his protection amidst all dangers and calamities. Make his subjects grateful, faithful and obedient. Dispense Your Holy Spirit to all in authority, that they may consult for the public good, repress vice, recompense virtue, and advance the interests of pure and undefiled religion, that our land may be the praise of all the earth, the handmaid to piety, no less than the mistress of the airs.
Banish out of the world at large all idolatry and superstition, all infidelity and skepticism, all heresy and error, all tyranny and oppression, all cruelty and war, that mankind may worship You in the beauty of holiness.
Finally, we commend to You this family, with all our friends, acquaintance, and neighbors. Grant us to be like-minded, one towards another, according to Christ Jesus, that we may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Book: A Book of Uncommon Prayers
Compiled by: Edwin Hodder
Published: London: T. S. Virtue and Co. 1898
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2014