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November 5, 2015

guyfawkeshead-lBELOW, the first collect for the day:

ALMIGHTY God, who hast in all ages shewed thy power and mercy in the miraculous and gracious deliverance of thy Church, and in the protection of righteous and religious Kings and States, professing thy holy and eternal truth, from the wicked conspiracies and malicious practices of all the enemies thereof; We yield thee our unfeigned thanks and praise for the wonderful and mighty deliverance of our late gracious Sovereign King JAMES, the Queen, the Prince, and all the Royal Branches, with the Nobility, Clergy, and Commons of ENGLAND, then assembled in Parliament, by Popish treachery appointed as sheep to the slaughter, in a most barbarous, and savage manner, beyond the examples of former ages. From this unnatural conspiracy, not our merit, but thy mercy; not our foresight, but thy providence, delivered us: And therefore, not unto us, O Lord, not unto us; but unto thy Name be ascribed all honour and glory in all Churches of the saints, from generation to generation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As always, the full service for the Fifth of November may be found here.


Image depicting the severed head of Guy Fawkes published in ‘Mischeefes mysterie London’ in 1617. Courtesy British Library, shelfmark G.11429.

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