Collect of Thanksgiving
O Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we poor sinners lift up our hearts to Thee, to bless and praise Thy holy name for all Thy manifold and great mercies to these Confederate States, from the first day even until now. O most Mighty and Gracious Good God, Thy mercy is over all Thy works, but in special manner hath been extended towards us, Thy people, whom Thou hast so powerfully defended. Thou hast showed us wonderful and terrible things; but Thou hast continued to protect and bless us; that we might see how Powerful and Gracious a God Thou art; how able and ready to help those who trust in Thee. O God, with deep thankfulness of spirit we worship and adore Thee for Thy protecting power and grace. Be Thou still our God, our Guide and Mighty Defender. And make us, we beseech Thee, truly sensible of Thy mercies. And give us hearts always ready to express our thankfulness, not only by words, but also by our lives, in being more obedient to Thy Holy Commandments; that we, whom Thou hast saved, may serve Thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
– Prescribed by Bishop Thomas Frederick Davis to the Protestant Episcopal Churches of the Diocese of South Carolina, to be used on Thursday, March 5th, 1863, being the day of “Thanksgiving, Humiliation and Prayer” appointed by the Governor of the State.