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Book of Common Prayer: The Prayer for the Sovereign and Katherine Parr

First published in 1545, "Prayers or Meditations" by Queen Katherine Parr became so popular that 19 new editions were published by 1595 (reign of Elizabeth I). This edition was published in 1546 and bound by a cover made by the Nuns of Little Gedding. Located at Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe.

First published in 1545, “Prayers or Meditations” by Queen Katherine Parr became so popular that 19 new editions were published by 1595 (reign of Elizabeth I). This edition was published in 1546 and bound by a cover made by the Nuns of Little Gedding. Located at Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe. © Meg Mcgath (permission needed to distribute)

The Prayer for the Sovereign History–The order of Morning and Evening Prayer ended with the third collect until the revision after the Savoy Conference in 1662. The Prayer for the Sovereign is almost entirely taken from the Sacramentary of Gregory the Great. It was first translated by Queen Katherine Parr and published in a book called “Prayers and Meditations” collected out of Holy Works in 1545.

Queen Elizabeth I Prayer Book, c.1559

It was observed in the reign of Elizabeth that the queen could not be prayed for except on days when the Litany or Communion Office was appointed to be read and hence this prayer was inserted to meet the defect of the daily services.

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About tudorqueen6 (136 Articles)
I have been studying the genealogy and the history of the Parr family since 2007. I studied Women's Studies with an emphasis on English Women's History at the University of Maryland. My goal is to educate those who love Tudor History and to push aside the never ending myth that Queen Katherine Parr was nothing more than a nursemaid to King Henry VIII. I am planning on writing a book specifically on the family genealogy and relations which made Queen Katherine an important woman in her own right -- even before her own birth.

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