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Queen Katherine Parr's Prayer

The following is a lovely prayer composed by Queen Katherine Parr of England in 1544, probably with some editorial assistance from Archbishop Thomas Carnmer.

She wrote it for her husband, Henry VIII, and his men on the field of battle.

Link here goes into quite a good analysis.

I hope to place this permanently on our Order's prayer page.

Praier for men to saie enteryng into battayle

O Almighty Kyng and lorde of hostes,
which by thy angelles therunto apoynted
doost mynister both warre and peace,
and whiche diddest geue unto Dauid
bothe courage and strength,
beying but a littell one,
unarmed, and unexpert in feates of warre
with his sling to sette upon and ouerthrowe
the great huge Goliath:
our cause now being iust,
and beying inforced to entre into warre and battaile,
we most humbly beseech the
(O Lorde God of hostes)
so to tourne the hertes of our enemies
to the desyre of peace,
that no christen bloud be spilt,
or else graunt (O Lorde)
that with small effusion of bloud,
and to the litle hurte and damoge of innocentes,
we maie to thy glorie obteine victorie:
and that the warres beyng sone ended,
we maie al with one hert and mynde,
all knitte togither in concord and unitie,
laude and praise the:
which lyuest and reignest, worlde without ende.

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