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SWP No. 171b

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SWP No. 171b.1

(Province Laws (Resolves etc.) 1696-7. : Call for Day of Prayer with Fasting)

By the Honble the Lt. Govr. Council & assembly of his Majtye Province of ye Massachusetts Bay;
in General Court assembled.

Whereas the Anger of God is not yet turned away; but his Hand is still stretched out against his
people; in manifold judgments; particularly, in drawing out to such a Length, the Troubles of
Europe, by a perplexing War. And more Especially, respecting our selves in this Province, in
that God is pleased still to go on in diminishing our substance cutting short our Harvest;
blasting our most promising Undertakings; more ways than one, Unsettling of us; and by his more
immediate Hand, snatching away many out of our Embraces by suddain & violent deaths; even at
this time when the Sword is devouring so many; both at home and abroad; and that after many Days
of publick and Solemn addressing of Him. And altho, considering the many Sins prevailing in the
midst of us, We cannot but wonder at the Patience and Mercy moderating these Rebukes; yet we
cannot but also Fear, that there is somthing still wanting to accompany our Suplications. And
doubtless there are some particular Sins, which God is angry with our Israel for, that have not
been duely seen and resented by us, about which God expects to be sought, if ever He turn again
our Captivity.

Wherefore its Commandd & Apointd that Thursday the Fourteenth of January next be observed as a
Day of Prayer with Fasting throughout this Province; strictly forbidding all Servile
Labour thereon. That so all God's people may offer up fervent Supplications unto him for ye
preservation & prosperity of his Majtys. Royal person & Governmt and Success to attend his
Affaires both at home & abroad that all Iniquity may be put away, which hath stirred Gods holy
Jealousie against this Land; that He would shew us what we know not, and help us, wherein we
have done amiss, to doe so no more: And Especially, that whatever Mistakes, on either hand, have
been fallen into; either by the body of this People, or any Orders of Men, referring to the late
Tragedie raised amongst us by Satan and his Instruments, through the awfull Judgment of God; he
would humble us therefore, and pardon all the Errors of his Servants and People that desire to
Love his Name, And be attoned to His Land. That He would remove the Rod of the Wicked from off
the Lot of the Righteous; That He would bring the American Heathen, and cause them to hear and
obey his voice;

Acts & Resolves, vol. 7, appendix 2, p. 132.