Program for Centennial Anniversary of George Washington's Inauguration


Program for Centennial Anniversary of George Washington's Inauguration






1889 April 30


This program delineates the service commemorating the centennial of George Washington’s Inauguration.


Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia





No. 401.
Centennial Anniversary
President of the United States.

Printed for the Parish by The American Church Press Co., Streator, Ill.Bishop Provoost officiated at St. Paul’s Chapel, New York, on the occasion of the religious observance of Washington’s inauguration, April 30, A. D. 1789. This Service is compiled from offices in “The Proposed Book,” undoubtedly used by the Bishop at that service. It is known that the Te Deum was sung, and that appropriate prayers were read by the Bishop on that occasion. It is believed therefore that this Service practically reproduces the service on that memorable day.

The body of this service was compiled by Dean Hale of Davenport, Iowa, at the request of the Bishop of that Diocese. We are also indebted to Bishop Perry for historical quotations.

American Citizens;


On the morning of April 30, A. D. 1789, the church-bells throughout the land summoned the people to prayer in view of the induction into office of the Father of his Country as President of the United States. The simple ceremonies attending this noteworthy event took place at the City Hall, New York, which then occupied the site on Wall Street where the Treasury now stands. This building, a stately structure of composite architecture, was fitted up for the occasion with suitable adornments; and from the gallery looking out on Wall Street, the oath of office was administered to the President in the presence of a vast concourse of people. Proceeding to the Senate Chamber, Washington delivered to both Houses of Congress his Inaugural Address, a document abounding in evidences of a deep religious feeling, such as might be expected from the Christian and Churchman the Father of his Country was. At the close of the public exercises of the inauguration, the President, attended by the members of both Houses of Congress and the whole assemblage of spectators, proceeded on foot to St. Paul’s Chapel, in Broadway, where the Te Deum was sung, and the Church’s prayers were said by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Samuel Provoost, the first Bishop of New York, and one of the Chaplains of Congress. Thus piously, and in humble recognition of an over-ruling Providence, was inaugurated our first President.

The Minister shall begin the Service by reading the following

Sentences of Scripture:The Lord has been mindful of us, and He shall bless us; He shall bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.—Ps. CXV.: 12, 13.

O that men would therefore praise the Lord for His goodness, and declare the wonders that He doeth for the children of men.—Ps. CVII.: 21.Minister. Let us pray.

Then shall the Minister and people say, all kneeling,OUR Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on Earth, As it is in Heaven: Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For Thine is the Kingdom, And the Power, And the Glory, Forever and ever. Amen.

Then likewise he shall say:

O Lord, open Thou our lips.

Answer. And our mouth shall show forth Thy praise.Min. O God, make speed to save us.

Ans. O Lord, make haste to help us,
Here, all standing up, the Minister shall say,

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost.

Ans. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

Min. Praise ye the Lord.

Ans. The Lord’s Name be praised.

Then shall be sung the following Anthem:

MY Song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the Lord: with my Mouth will I ever be shewing Thy Truth from one generation to another.—Ps. LXXXIX.: 1.

The merciful and gracious Lord hath so done His marvelous Works: that they ought to be had in remembrance.—Ps. CXI.: 4.

Who can express the noble Acts of the Lord: or show forth all His Praise?—Ps. CXI.: 2.

The works of the Lord are great: sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.—Ps. CXI.: 2.

He hath not dealt with us after our sins: nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses.

For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth: so great is His mercy also toward them that fear Him.—Ps. CIII.: 10, 11.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.[Read Responsively, All Standing.]

Psalm CXVIII. Confitemini Domino.

1. O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious; because his mercy endureth for ever.

2. Let Israel now confess that he is gracious, and that his mercy endureth for ever.

3. Let the house of Aaron now confess, that his mercy endureth for ever.

4. Yea, let them now that fear the Lord confess, that his mercy endureth for ever.

5. I called upon the Lord in trouble; and the Lord heard me at large.

6. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear what man doeth unto me.

7. The Lord taketh my part with them that help me; therefore shall I see my desire upon mine enemies.

8. It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put any confidence in man.

9. It is better to trust the Lord, than to put any confidence in princes.

10. All nations compassed me round about; but in the Name of the Lord will I destroy them.

11. They kept me in on every side, they kept me in, I say, on every side; but in the Name of the Lord will I destroy them.

12. They came about me like bees, and are extinct even as the fire among the thorns; for in the Name of the Lord I will destroy them.13. Thou hast thrust sore at me, that I might fall; but the Lord was my help.14. The Lord is my strength, and my song; and is become my salvation.15. The voice of joy and health is in the dwellings of the righteous; the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass.16. The right hand of the Lord hath the pre-eminence; the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass.17. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.18. The Lord hath chastened and corrected me; but he hath not given me over unto death.19. Open me the gates of righteousness, that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the Lord.20. This is the gate of the Lord, the righteous shall enter into it.21. I will thank thee; for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.22. The same stone which the builders refused, is become the head-stone in the corner.23. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.24. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.2

5. Help me now, O Lord: O Lord, send us now prosperity.26. Blessed be he that cometh in the Name of the Lord: we have wished you good luck, ye that are of the house of the Lord.

27. God is the Lord, who hath showed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the altar.

28. Thou art my God, and I will thank thee; thou art my God, and I will praise thee.29. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is gracious, and his mercy endureth for ever.

Glory be to the Father. and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Then shall be read the Lesson, Deut. VIII.

WE praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting. To thee, all Angels cry aloud; the Heavens and all the Powers therein.

To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry,Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.

Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of thy Glory.

The glorions company of the Apostles praise thee.

The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise thee.

The noble army of Martyrs praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee;The Father, of an infinite Majesty;Thine adorable, true; and only Son;Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.

Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the Glory of the Father.

We believe that thou shalt come to be our Judge.

We therefore pray thee, help thy servants, whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.Make them to be numbered with thy Saints, in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage.

Govern them and lift them up for ever.Day by day we magnify thee;And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us,O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us, as our trust is in thee.

O Lord, in thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate. Was crucified, dead, and buried, He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead, He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints; the Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.¶ And after that, these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling; the Minister first pronouncing,The Lord be with you:Ans. And with thy spirit.Min. Let us pray.

O Lord show thy mercy upon us;Ans. And grant us Thy salvation.Min. O Lord, bless and preserve these United States;Ans. And mercifully hear us when we call upon Thee.Min. Endue Thy ministers with righteousness;Ans. And make Thy chosen people joyful.Min. O God, make clean our hearts within us;Ans. And take not Thy Holy Sprit from us.ALMIGHTY God, Who hast in all ages showed forth Thy power and thy mercy in the preservation of Thy Church, and in the protection of all who put their sure trust in Thee; Grant that the people of this land, which Thou hast so blessed, may show forth their thanks and praise for Thy mercies, by loving obedience to Thy laws; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O GOD, Who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of Whom standeth our eternal life, Whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us, Thy humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in Thy defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; Through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O LORD our Heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with Thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin: neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may, by Thy goverance, be righteous in Thy sight; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O LORD our Heavenly Father, the high and mighty Ruler of the Universe, Who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech Thee with Thy favor to behold The President, and all in authority, executive, legislative, and judicial, in these United States; And so replenish them with the grace of Thy Holy Spirit, that they may always incline to Thy will, and walk in Thy way. Endue them plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant them in health and wealth long to live; and finally, after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O GOD, Whose Name is excellent in all the earth, and Whose glory is above the heavens, and Who didst, on this day, inspire and direct the hearts of our forefathers in laying the strong foundations of peace, liberty, and safety for our nation; we bless and adore Thy glorious Majesty for this Thy loving kindness towards us. And we humbly pray that the devout sense of Thy signal mercies to our land may renew and increase in us a spirit of love and thankfulness to Thee, the Author of all good, and a spirit of true devotion to the welfare of our country. May we so improve Thine inestimable blessings, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we Thine unworthy servants, do give Thee most humble and hearty thanks for all Thy goodness and loving kindness to us, and to all men. We bless Thee for our creation preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for Thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech Thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we may show forth Thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to Thy service, and by walking before Thee in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.ALMIGHTY God, Who hast given us grace at this time to make our common supplications unto Thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in Thy Name, Thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of Thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of Thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with s all evermore. Amen.APRIL 30th, A. D. 1789.[An EXTRACT.]“It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this last official act, my fervent supplication to that Almighty Being, Who rules over the universe, Who presides in the councils of nations, and Whose providental aid can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible Hand, which conducts the affairs of men, more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some tokens of Providential agency. And, in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government, the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities, from which the event has resulted, cannot be compared with the means by which most governments have been established, without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seems to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me, I trust, in thinking that there are none under the influence of which the proceedings of a new and free government can more auspiciouly commence.”The People’s Service, published weekly at Streator, Ill., by The American Church Press Company, for the use of Parishes. Price, $1.00 a hundred copies, postpaid. [Entered as second class matter at Streator, Ill., for transmission through the mails.]301 L. M.

From the xcv. Psalm.

O COME, loud anthems let us sing,Loud thanks to our almighty King,And high our grateful voices rise,As our Salvation’s rock we praise,2 Into his presence let us hasteTo thank him for his favours past;To him address, in joyful songs,The praise that to his name belongs.3 For God, the Lord, enthroned in state,Is with unrivaled glory great;The depths of earth are in his handHer secret wealth at his command.4 O let us to his courts repair, And bow with adoration there; Low on our knees with reverence fall,And on the Lord our maker call.309 6s. 4s.

GOD bless our native land! Firm may she ever stand, Through storm and night; When the wild tempests rave, Ruler of winds and wave, Do thou or country save By thy great might.2 For her our prayer shall rise To God, above the skies; On him we wait: Thou who art evernigh Guarding with watchful eye, To thee aloud we cry, God save the state!326 C. M GOD of our fathers, by whose hand,—Thy people still are blest, Be with us through our pilgrimage;Conduct us to our rest.2 Through each perplexing path of lifeOur wandering footsteps guide;Give us each day our daily bread. And raiment fit provide.3 O spread thy sheltering wings around,Till all our wanderings cease, And at our Father’s loved abode Our souls arrive in peace.4 Such blessings from thy gracious handOur humble prayers implore; And thou, the Lord. shall be our God,And portion evermore.307 6s. 4s.BEFORE the Lord we bow, The God who reigns above, And rules the world below, Boundless in power and love: Our thanks we bring In joy and praise, Our hearts we raise To heaven’s high King.

2 The nation thou hast blest May well thy love declare, From foes and fears at rest, Protected by thy care. For this fair land, For this bright day, Our thanks we pay—Gifts of thy hand.3 May every mountain height, Each vale and forest green, Shine in thy word’s pure light, And its rich fruits be seen! May every tongue Be tuned to praise, And join to raise A grateful song.4 Earth! hear thy Maker’s voice, The great Redeemer own, Believe, obey, rejoice And worship him alone; Cast down thy pride, Thy sin deplore, And bow before The Crucified.5 And when in power he comes, O may our native land, From all its rending tombs, Send forth a glorious band: A countless throng Ever to sing To heaven’s high King Salvation’s song.

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Unknown, “Program for Centennial Anniversary of George Washington's Inauguration,” 1889 April 30, WWP15068, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.