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From The River Thames Beach Party: “Times of Sickness & Mortality”

April 7, 2020

Charles Bartlett has written an excellent essay, titled Times of Sickness and Mortality, in the blog River Thames Beach Party.  He compares the prayers found in the 1662 BCP and the 1928 BCP for such times as these, and I pretty much agree with his thoughts.  Indeed, I commend the essay to you.

I will add that in our household we pray the prayer for “In the time of any common Plague or Sickness” from the 1662 BCP every evening, and here is its text:

O Almighty God, who in thy wrath did send a plague upon thine own people in the wilderness, for their obstinate rebellion against Moses and Aaron; and also, in the time of king David, didst slay with the plague of Pestilence threescore and ten thousand, and yet remembering thy mercy didst save the rest; Have pity upon us miserable sinners, who now are visited with great sickness and mortality; that like as thou didst then accept of an atonement, and didst command the destroying Angel to cease from punishing, so it may now please thee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you would, please join in this and beseech the Lord to “withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness”.

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