Jane-AustenTwo hundred years ago today (January 28, 1813), Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published. While the author is justly remembered and praised for her novels, less well-known is her strong Christian faith. What follows is a selection of one of her prayers – words still well worth the reading.

Above all other blessings Oh! God, for ourselves, and our fellow-creatures, we implore Thee to quicken our sense of thy Mercy in the redemption of the World, of the Value of that Holy Religion in which we have been brought up, that we may not, by our own neglect, throw away the salvation thou hast given us, nor be Christians only in name.

Amen. Amen indeed.