Lancelot Andrewes and Adoration  

Posted by Joe Rawls

Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626), a great proponent of Laudian Anglicanism, was during his lifetime known publicly as a great preacher.  Out of the public eye he turned his personal chapel into an oasis of high-church liturgy during a time when the standard worship on offer in most English parishes was Morning Prayer in a surplice.  Even more privately, but perhaps of more lasting significance, were Preces Privatae, a manuscript of private prayers that was not published until long after his death.  The inspiration for these prayers came from many sources, including the medieval West and the Patristic East.  "An Act of Adoration" is found on page 198 of an online version of the prayers, a link to which may be found in the "Anglicans" section of the outer sidebar.

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O God the Father of heaven,
who hast marvellously created the world out of nothing,
who dost govern and uphold heaven and earth with thy power,
who didst deliver thine only begotten for us unto death;
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
who didst will to be incarnate of a virgin,
who hast washed us from our sins by thy precious blood,
who rising from the dead didst ascend victorious to heaven:
O God the Holy Ghost, the Comforter,
who didst descend upon Jesus in the form of a dove,
who coming upon the apostles didst appear in fiery tongues,
who dost visit and confirm with thy grace the hearts of the saints:
O sacred, higher, eternal, blissful, blessed Trinity,
always to be praised, yet always unspeakable:
O Father good,
O Son loving,
O Spirit kind,
whose majesty is unspeakable,
whose power is incomparable,
whose goodness is inestimable:
whose work is life,
whose love is grace,
whose contemplation is glory:
Deity, Divinity, Unity, Trinity:
Thee I worship, Thee I call upon,
with the whole affection of my heart I bless now
and for evermore.

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