More free ebooks, you say?
Indeed I do. To celebrate No Evil being (just over) a year old, it'll be free on Kindle on Sunday and Monday.
In the meanwhile, here's the prayer from the Visitation of the Sick which is intended to be said 'for persons troubled in mind or conscience.'
O blessed Lord, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comforts; I beseech thee, look down in pity and compassion upon this thy afflicted servant. Thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess my former iniquities; thy wrath lieth hard upon me and my soul is full of trouble: But, o merciful God, thou hast written thy holy Word for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of thy holy Scriptures, might have hope; give me a right understanding of myself, and of they threats and promises; that I may neither cast away my confidence in thee, nor place it anywhere but in thee. Give me strength against all my temptations, and heal my distempers. Break not the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax. Shut not up thy tender mercies in displeasure; but make me to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou has broken may rejoice. Deliver me from fear of the enemy and lift up the light of they countenance upon me, and give me peace, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord…
It is not a difficult stretch of the imagination to see Edward Strelley's hand in there.
And, highly relevant to the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549, the 24th of the 39 Articles (as they became, after Cranmer's time).
XXIV. OF SPEAKING IN THE CONGREGATION IN SUCH A TONGUE AS THE PEOPLE UNDERSTANDETH
IT is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of God, and the custom of the Primitive Church, to have publick Prayer in the Church, or to minister the Sacraments in a tongue not understanded of the people.
Look out for more from book IV in the coming weeks.
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