Updated: May 30
THE HOLY ORTHODOX CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF AMERICA (Holy Cross Western Orthodox Church)
May 6, 2023 Coronation Day of King Charles III and Queen Camilla
With the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, changes are now required to be made to certain prayers in the Holy Eucharist and in Morning and Evening Prayer, in accordance with the Book of Common Prayer. Please note the following wording and make the appropriate changes in the Liturgy:
MORNING &EVENING PRAYER:
Priest: O Lord, save the King ;
People: And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
A Prayer for The King's Majesty
O LORD our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth: Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lord, King Charles; and so replenish him with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that he may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way: Endue him plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant him in health and wealth long to live; strengthen him that he may vanquish and overcome all his enemies, and finally after this life he may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p . 12.
A Prayer for The King and the Commonwealth
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless our Sovereign Lord, King Charles, the Parliaments of our Country and the Commonwealth, and all who are set in authority under him; that they may order all things in wisdom, righteousness, and peace, to the honour of thy holy Name, and the good of thy Church and people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p. 12.
A Prayer for The King, and all in Authority
O LORD GOD Almighty, who rulest the nations of the earth, we humbly beseech thee with thy favour to behold our Sovereign Lord, King Charles, that in all things he may be led by thy guidance and protected by thy power. We pray thee also to bless our gracious Queen Camilla, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and all the Royal Family. Endue with wisdom the Governor General of this Dominion, the Lieutenant Governors of the Provinces, the Legislators of our Country and the Commonwealth, and all who are set in authority; that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p. 13.
A Prayer for The King
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we are taught by thy holy Word, that the hearts of Kings are in thy rule and governance, and that thou dost dispose and tum them as it seemeth best to thy godly wisdom: We humbly beseech thee so to dispose and govern the heart of Charles thy servant, our King and Governor, that in all his thoughts, words, and works, he may ever seek thy honour and glory, and study to preserve thy people committed to his charge, in wealth, peace, and godliness: Grant this, O merciful Father, for thy dear Son's sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p. 48.
For the Royal Family
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless our most gracious Sovereign Lord, King Charles, our gracious Queen Camilla, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and all the Royal Family: Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p . 49.
For the King, and His Government in Canada
O GOD, who providest for thy people by thy power, and rulest over them in love: Vouchsafe so to bless thy servant our King, and his Government in this Dominion of Canada, that thy people may dwell in peace and safety, and thy Church serve thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p. 281.
A Prayer for The King on Accession Day (September 8th)
ALMIGHTY God, who rulest over all the kingdoms of the world, and dost order them according to thy good pleasure: We yield thee unfeigned thanks, for that thou wast pleased, as on this day, to set thy servant our Sovereign Lord, King Charles, upon the Throne of this Realm. Let thy wisdom be his guide, and let thine arm strengthen him; let truth and justice, holiness and righteousness, peace and charity, abound in his days; direct all his counsels and endeavours to thy glory, and the welfare of his subjects; give us grace to obey him cheerfully for conscience sake, and let him always possess the hearts of his people; let his reign be long and prosperous , and crown him with everlasting life in the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
A BIDDING PRAYER:
And here in let us pray most especially for our Sovereign Lord Charles the Third, by the grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada, and his other Realms and Territories, King, Head of the Commonwealth , Defender of the Faith. Let us also pray for all the members of the Royal Family. BCP, p . 63.
(BCP, p. 32.)
To keep and strengthen in the true worshipping of thee, in holiness of life, and in devotion to his people, thy servant, Charles, our most gracious King and Governor,
We beseech thee, good Lord.
To be his defender and keeper, giving him the victory over all his enemies,
We beseech thee, good Lord.
To bless and preserve our gracious Queen Camilla, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and all the Royal Family. We beseech thee, good Lord.
AT THE HOLY EUCHARIST
(BCP, p . 70.)
A Prayer for The King
ALMIGHTY God, whose kingdom is everlasting, and power infinite: Have mercy upon the whole Church ; and so rule the heart of thy chosen servant Charles, our King and Governor, that he, knowing whose minister he is, may above all things seek thy honour and glory: and that we and all his subjects, duly considering whose authority he hath, may faithfully serve, honour, and humbly obey him, in thee, and for thee, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth , ever one God, world without end. Amen.
© Dr. Charles Warner 2023