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TO BE USED AT SEA.
O MOST powerful and glorious Lord God, at whose command the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof; We, thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help; Save, Lord, or else we perish. We confess, when we have been safe, and seen all things quiet about us, we have forgotten thee our God, and refused to hearken to the still voice of thy word, and to obey thy commandments: But now we see how terrible thou art in all thy works of wonder; the great God to be feared above all: And therefore we adore thy Divine Majesty, acknowledging thy power, and imploring thy goodness. Help, Lord, and save us for thy mercy's sake, in Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord. Amen.
¶ Or this.
MOST glorious and gracious Lord God, who dwellest in heaven, but beholdest
all things below; Look down, we beseech thee, and hear us, calling out
of the depth of misery, and out of the jaws of this death, which is now
ready to swallow us up: Save, Lord, or else we perish. The living, the
living shall praise thee. O send thy word of command to rebuke the raging
winds and the roaring sea; that we, being delivered from this distress,
may live to serve thee, and to glorify thy Name all the days of our life.
Hear, Lord, and save us, for the infinite merits of our blessed Saviour,
thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Prayer to be said before a fight at sea against any enemy.
MOST powerful and glorious Lord God, the Lord of hosts, that rulest and
commandest all things; Thou sittest in the throne judging right, and therefore
we make our address to thy Divine Majesty in this our necessity, that
thou wouldest take the cause into thine own hand, and judge between us
and our enemies. Stir up thy strength, O Lord, and come and help us; for
thou givest not alway the battle to the strong, but canst save by many
or by few. O let not our sins now cry against us for vengeance; but hear
us thy poor servants begging mercy, and imploring thy help, and that thou
wouldest be a defence unto us against the face of the enemy. Make it appear
that thou art our Saviour and mighty Deliverer, through Jesus Christ our
Short Prayers for single persons, who cannot meet to join in prayer with others, by reason of the fight, or storm.
be merciful to us sinners, and save us for thy mercy's sake.
Special Prayers with respect to the enemy.
O Lord, art just and powerful: O defend our cause against the face of
Short Prayers in respect of a storm.
O Lord, who stillest the raging of the sea, hear; hear us, and save us,
that we perish not.
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, have mercy upon us, save us now and evermore. Amen.
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
¶ When there shall be imminent danger, as many as can be spared from necessary service in the ship shall be called together, and make an humble confession of their sin to God: In which, every one ought seriously to reflect upon those particular sins of which his conscience shalt accuse him; saying as followeth,
ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we from time to time most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
*added for 1892 BCP.
¶ Then shall the Priest,* if there be any in the ship, say,
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him; Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thanksgiving after a storm.
Jubilate Deo. From Psalm lxvi
BE joyful in God, all ye lands; sing praises unto the honour of his Name;
make his praise to be glorious.
Confitemini Domino. From Psalm cvii.
THAT men would praise the Lord for his goodness; and declare the wonders
that he doeth for the children of men!
Collects of Thanksgiving.
O MOST blessed and glorious Lord God, who art of infinite goodness and mercy; We, thy poor creatures, whom thou hast made and preserved, holding our souls in life, and now rescuing us out of the jaws of death, humbly present ourselves again before thy Divine Majesty, to offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, for that thou heardest us when we called in our trouble, and didst not cast out our prayer, which we made before thee in our great distress: even when we gave all for lost, our ship, our goods, our lives, then didst thou mercifully look upon us, and wonderfully command a deliverance; for which we, now being in safety, do give all praise and glory to thy Holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Or this.
MOST mighty and gracious good God, thy mercy is over thy works,. but in
special manner bath been extended towards us, whom thou hast so powerfully
and wonderfully defended. Thou hast showed us terrible things, and wonders
in the deep, that we might see how powerful and gracious a God thou art;
how able and ready to help those who trust in thee. Thou hast showed us
how both winds and seas obey thy command; that we may learn, even from
them, hereafter to obey thy voice, and to do thy will. We therefore bless
and glorify thy Name, for this thy mercy in saving us, when we were ready
to perish. And, we beseech thee, make us as truly sensible now of thy
mercy, as we were then of the danger. And give us hearts always ready
to express our thankfulness, not only by words, but also by our lives,
in being more obedient to thy holy commandments. Continue, we beseech
thee, this thy goodness to us; that we, whom thou hast saved, may serve
thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; through Jesus
Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A Hymn of Praise and Thanksgiving after a dangerous Tempest.
COME, let us give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious; and his mercy
endureth for ever.
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the Lord had not been on our side, now may we say; if the Lord himself
had not been on our side, when men rose up against us;
¶ After this Hymn may be said the Te Deum.
¶ Then the Collect.
O ALMIGHTY God, the Sovereign Commander of all the world, in whose hand is power and might, which none is able to withstand; We bless and magnify thy great and glorious Name for this happy Victory, the whole glory whereof we do ascribe to thee, who art the only giver of Victory. And, we beseech thee, give us grace to improve this great mercy to thy glory, the advancement of thy Gospel, the honour of our country, and, as much as in us lieth, to the good of all man-kind. And, we beseech thee, give us such a sense of this great mercy, as may engage us to a true thankfulness, such as may appear in our lives by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord; to Whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, as for all thy mercies, so in particular for this Victory and Deliverance, be all glory and honour, world without end. Amen.
2 Cor. xiii. 14.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore, Amen.
At the Burial of their* Dead at Sea.
¶ The Office in the Common Prayer Book may be used; only instead of these words, [We therefore commit his body to the ground, earth to earth, &c.] say,
WE therefore commit his body to the deep, to be turned into corruption, looking for the resurrection of the body (when the sea shall give up her dead,) and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who at his coming shall change our vile body, that it may be like his glorious body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.
* "the" from 1793-1845
[In the 1892 BCP, this Committal appears at the end of the Burial Rite.]
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