This paper surveys the full history of special prayers, fasts and thanksgivings called by ecclesiastical authorities in response to disease, meteorological events, fire, earthquakes and successful or failed harvests during the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It is based on the little studied proclamations and acts supporting special days, and the prayers issued to be read in English, Welsh and Irish Churches. These provide new evidence of the continuity into the modern period of ideas concerning God's providential government of the natural world.
|Title of host publication||God's bounty?: the churches of the natural world|
|Place of Publication||Saffron Walden|
|Publisher||Ecclesiastical History Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Name||Studies in Church History|
|Publisher||Ecclesiastical History Society / Boydell & Brewer Ltd.|