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FLASHBACK: Pilgrims Pledged to Advance Christianity on Journey to the New World

By Penny Starr | January 6, 2016 | 12:36pm EST
Signing the Mayflower Compact 1620, a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899 (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

The men who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to establish the first permanent English settlement in what would become the state of Virginia were clear that their mission in establishing a home in the New World was to give God glory and promote the message of Christianity.

Forty one men signed what would become known as the Mayflower Compact, named after the ship that transported them from Europe to the future United States of America.

Here is the text of the compact, signed in 1620:

“In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.

“Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November [New Style,  November 21], in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Dom. 1620.”

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