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The Queen in the mean time passes up through the Body of the Church, into, and through the Choir, and so up the Stairs to the Theatre; and having passed by Her Throne, She makes Her humble Adoration, and then kneeling at the Faldstool? set for Her before Her Chair, uses some short private Prayers; and after, sitting down (not in Her Throne, but in Her Chair before, and below, Her Throne,) there reposes Herself.

SECT. II.-THE RECOGNITION.

The Queen being so placed, the Archbishop turneth to the East part of the Theatre, and after, together with

? According to the pictures of planted by a cushioned desk to the late coronations, this “ fald- kneel at. How long this has been, stool" has changed much from its I know not, in either case: but original and proper shape: it would the faldstool was not used at the now seem that a desk to kneel at coronation of Louis XV. in 1722. is placed before the chair, upon See the plates, in the account of it. which it would not be possible to Le Sacre de Louis XV, Roy de sit, which was one end and object France. fol. And see below, note of the proper faldstool. The name 11. however has been retained, and Du Cange explains the faldiswe have only to regret that the torium to be,“ Sella plicatilis," thing itself has been changed. which in fact it was: something Very probably this has been owing like the common camp-stool of the to the interference of subordinate present day. The same writer officials: who, very ignorant of quotes various etymologies which the purpose and meaning of many have been proposed for the name; parts of the Service, and of the the most probable of which, as it proper ornaments and the furni. is the most obvious, derives it “a ture to be provided, have never- Longobardico Falden, plicare, et theless obtruded themselves into Stoul, sedes.” In the coronationmatters beyond their office. service of Charles V. of France,

The same alteration has taken so often cited above, the faldstool place in

ince: and there als occurs in many of the illuminathe proper faldstool has been sup- tions ; one is placed for the king,

the Lord Chancellor, Lord Great Chamberlain, Lord High Constable and Earl Marshal (Garter King of Arms preceding them), goes to the other three sides of the Theatre in this Order, South, West, and North, and at every of the four sides, with a loud Voice, speaks to the People : And the Queen in the mean time standing up by Her Chair, turns and shews Herself unto the People at every of the four sides of the Theatre, as the Archbishop is at every of them, and while He speaks thus to the People : IRS, I here present unto you Queen VICTORIA,

the Undoubted Queen of this Realm : Wherefore All

you who are come this Day to do your Homage, Are you willing to do the same ?

The People signify their Willingness and Joy, by loud and repeated Acclamations, all with one Voice crying out,

God save Queen VICTORIA.
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another for the archbishop, and example, in the chronicle of John both alike. A low crossed, or Bromton: “Defuncto rege Ethelfolding-stool, which might be used redo, episcopi, et abbates, et quieither to kneel at, or to sit upon : que terræ nobiliores omnem ejus examples of both of which occur progeniem abnegantes, Kanutum in the manuscript.

pro rege apud Suthamptoniam re8 This title is of modern in- cognoverunt." Script. x. p.903. troduction, having been for the first time applied to this part of 9 « And the Choir sing this the Service, by Sandford, in his Anthem: The king shall rejoice, account of the coronation of James etc.” Psalm xxj. Order of Geo. II. But the term is ancient; for II.

SECT. III.-The First OBLATION.

a Pall and

The Bible, Paten, and Cup being brought by the Bishops who had borne them, and placed upon the Altar, the Archbishop goeth to the Altar and puts on his Cope, and standeth on the North Side of it: And the Bishops, who are to read the Litany, do also vest themselves. And the Officers of the Wardrobe, &c. spread Carpets and Cushions on the Floor and Steps of the Altar.

Which being done, the Queen, supported by the two Bishops, of Durham and Bath and Wells, and attended by the Dean of Westminster, the Great Officers, and the Lords that carry the Regalia going before Her, goes

down to the Altar, and kneeling upon the Steps of it First Oblation, makes her First Oblation; Which is a Pall, or AltarWedge of Gold. Cloth of Gold, delivered by an Officer of the Ward

robe to the Lord Great Chamberlain, and by Him, kneeling, to Her Majesty: and an Ingot or Wedge of Gold of a pound weight, which the Treasurer of the Household delivers to the Lord Great Chamberlain, and He to Her Majesty, kneeling : Who delivers them to the Archbishop, and the Archbishop standing (in which posture he is to receive all other Oblations) receives from Her, one after another, the Pall to be reverently laid upon the Altar, and the Gold to be received into the Bason, and with the like Reverence put upon the Altår.10

Then the Archbishop saith this Prayer, the Queen still kneeling :

10 In those Orders where the Queen ariseth from her chair, queen was crowned with a king, and being likewise supported by here is inserted the rubric for her two Bishops, and the Lords which majesty's oblation also.

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carry her regalia going Lefore her,

O

GOD, who dwellest in the high and holy Place,

with them also who are of an humble Spirit, Look down mercifully upon this Thy Servant, VICTORIA our Queen, here humbling Herself before Thee at Thy Footstool, and graciously receive these Oblations, which in humble Acknowledgement of Thy Sovereignty over all, and of Thy great Bounty to Her in particular, She hath now offered up unto Thee, through Jesus Christ our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

The Queen having thus offered, and so fulfilled his Commandment, who said, Thou shalt not appear before the Lord thy God empty; goes to Her Chair set for Her on the South side of the Altar, where She is to kneel at Her Faldstool" when the Litany begins.

In the mean time, the Lords who carry the Regalia, except those who carry the Swords, come in Order near to the Altar, and present Every One what He carries to the Archbishop, who delivers them to the Dean of Westminster, to be by Him placed upon the Altar, and then retire to the Places and Seats appointed for Them.

goeth down to the altar, and kneel. Litany, has been observed since ing upon the cushions there laid the time of K. James I. for her, on the left hand of the The Sermon was appointed to be king's, maketh her Oblation, which preached here, followed by the oath, is a Pall, to be received also by the · Veni Creator' and a prayer, the Archbishop, and laid upon the in the orders of K. James I. and altar.”

Charles II. In James II.'s the K. James I. offered “a Pall and Litany preceded the sermon : but, twenty pieces of gold."

as will be remarked again pre

sently, at that coronation there 11 The use of this term “ fald- was no communion. The present stool,” for the place at which the order began with K. William III. Sovereign is to kneel during the and Queen Mary.

SECT. IV.-The Litany.

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Then followeth the Litany, to be read by two Bishops, vested in Copes, and kneeling at a Faldstool above the Steps of the Theatre, on the middle of the East side thereof, the Choir reading the Responses.12

GOD the Father of heaven: have mercy upon

us miserable sinners. O God the Father of heaven : have mercy upon us miserable sinners. .

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world : have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world : have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son : have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons and one God: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons and one God: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

Remember not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers, neither take thou vengeance of our sins: spare us, good Lord, spare thy people whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.

Spare us, good Lord.
From all evil and mischief; from sin, from the crafts

12 « The Choir singing the responses to the organ." George II.

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