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declared the same by giving Son, God the Holy Ghost, and receiving a ring, and by bless, preserve, and keep you: joining hands ; I pronounce, The Lord mercifully with his that they are man and wife ; in favour look upon you, and fill the name of the FATHER, and you with all spiritual benedicof the Son, and of the Holy tion and grace; that ye may Ghost. Amen.

so live together in this life, that | And the Minister shall add this Blessing: in the world to come ye may

GOD the FATHER, God the have life everlasting. Amen.

THE ORDER FOR

THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.

shall say,

9 When any person is sick, notice shall be Min. O Lord, save thy

given thereof to the Minister of the Parish; servant ; who, coming into the sick person's house,

Ans. Who putteth his trust PEACE be to this house, and in thee. to all that dwell in it.

Min. Send him help from

thy holy place; T When he cometh into the sick man's presence, he shall

Ans. And evermore mightily kneeling down,

say, REMEMBER not, LORD, our

defend him. : iniquities, nor the iniquities of

Min. Let the enemy have our forefathers; Spare us, good

no advantage of him ;

Ans, Nor the wicked apLORD, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy proach to hurt him.

Min. Be unto him, O LORD, most precious blood; and be not angry with us for ever.

a strong tower,

Ans, From the face of his Ans. Spare us, good LORD.

enemy.
T Then the Minister shall say,

Min.
O LORD,

hear our

prayer., LORD, have mercy upon us.

Ans. And let our cry come Christ, have mercy upon us. unto thee. , LORD, have mercy upon us.

Minister. OUR Father, who art in hea. O LORD, look down from ven, Hallowed be thy Name; heaven, behold, visit, and relieve Thy kingdom come; Thy will this thy servant. Look upon be done on earth, as it is in him with the eyes of thy mercy; heaven; Give us this day our give him comfort and daily bread; And forgive us our confidence in thee; defend him trespasses, as we forgive those from the danger of the enemy; who. trespass against us; And and keep him in perpetual lead us not into temptation ; But peace and safety, through JESUS deliver us from evil. Amen. Christ our Lord. Amen

Let us pray.

sure

HEAR us, Almighty and and render unto him humble most merciful God and Saviour: thanks for his fatherly visitation, Extend thy accustomed good-submitting yourself wholly unto ness to this thy servant, who is his will, it shall turn to your grieved with sickness. Sanc- profit, and help you forward in tify, we beseech thee, this thy the right way that leadeth unto fatherly correction to him ; that everlasting life. the sense of his weakness may at If the person visited be very sick, then the add strength to his faith, and Minister may end bis Exhortation in this seriousness to his repentance :

place, or else proceed: that if it shall be thy good TAKE therefore in good part pleasure to restore him to his the chastisement of the LORD: former health he may lead the for, as Saint Paul saith in the residue of his life in thy fear, twelfth chapter to the Hebrews, and to thy glory: or else give Whom the LORD loveth he him grace so to take thy visita- chasteneth, and scourgeth every tion, that after this painful life son whom he receiveth. If ye ended, he may dwell with thee endure chastening, God dealeth in life everlasting, through with you as with sons: for what Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. son is he whom the father 1 Then shall the Minister exhort the sick chasteneth not? But if ye be

person after this form, or other like : without chastisement, whereof

DEARLY beloved, know all are partakers, then are ye this, that ALMIGHTY God is the bastards, and not sons. FurLORD of life and death, and of thermore, we have had fathers all things to them pertaining; of our flesh, which corrected as youth, strength, health, age, us, and we gave them reverence: weakness, and sickness. Where- shall we not much rather be in fore, whatsoever your sickness subjection unto the Father of be, know you certainly that it spirits, and live? For they is God's visitation. And for verily for a few days chastened what cause soever this sickness us after their own pleasure; but be sent unto you; whether it he for our profit, that we might be to try your patience for the be partakers of his holiness. example of others, and that your These words, good brother, are faith may be found, in the day written in holy Scripture, for of the Lord, laudable, glorious, our comfort and instruction ; and honourable, to the increase that we should patiently, and of glory and endless felicity; with thanksgiving, bear our or else it be sent unto you heavenly Father's correction, to correct and amend in you whensoever, by any manner of whatsoever doth offend the eyes adversky, it shall please his of your heavenly Father; know gracious goodness to visit us. you certainly, that if you truly And there should be no greater repent you of your sins, and comfort to Christian persons, bear your sickness patiently, than to be made like unto trusting in God's mercy, for his CHRIST, by suffering patiently dear Son Jesus Christ's sake, adversities, troubles, and sick

nesses. For he himself went not cified, dead, and buried; that up to joy, but first he suffered he went down into hell, and pain : he entered not into his also did rise again the third glory, before he was crucified. day ; that he ascended into So truly our way to eternal joy, heaven, and sitteth on the is to suffer here with CHRIST ; right hand of God the Father and our door to enter into Almighty; and from thence eternal life, is gladly to die with shall come again at the end of CHRIST ;

that we may rise the world, to judge the quick again from death, and dwell and the dead ? with him in everlasting life. And dost thou believe in Now, therefore, taking your the Holy Ghost; The holy sickness, which is thus profitable catholic Church; The comfor you, patiently, I exhort you munion of saints ; The remisin the name of God, to remem- sion of sins ; The resurrection ber the profession which you of the flesh; and everlasting made unto God in your baptism. life after death? And forasmuch as after this

- The sick person shall answer, life there is an account to be

All this I steadfastly believe. given unto the righteous Judge, by whom all must be judged, "Then shall the Minister examine whether

he repent him truly of his sins, and be in without respect of persons; I charity with all the world ; exhorting him require you to examine your

to forgive, from the bottom of his heart, all self, and your estate, both

persons that have offended him; and if he

hath offended any other, to ask them toward God and man; so that, forgiveness ; and where he hath done accusing and condemning your

injury or wrong to any man, that he make

amends to the uttermost of his power. And self for your own faults, you if he hath not before disposed of his goods, may find

let him then be admonished to make his at our heavenly mercy

Will, and to declare his debts, what he Father's hand for Christ's

oweth, and what is owing unto him, for the sake, and not be accused better discharging of his conscience, and

the quietness of his Executors. But men and condemned in that fearful

should often be put in remembrance to take judgment. Therefore I shall order for the settling of their temporal rehearse to you the articles of estates, whilst they are in health. our faith; that you may know "The Exhortation before rehearsed may be

said before the Minister begin his prayer, whether you do believe as a as he shall see cause. Christian man should, or no. The Minister shall not omit earnestly to

move such sick persons as are of ability, Here the Minister shall rehearse the articles

to be liberal to the poor. of the Faith, saying thus :

TT And then the Minister shall say the Collect DOST thou believe in God

following the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth ?

O MOST merciful God, who, And in Jesus Christ his only according to the multitude of begotten Son our Lord? And thy mercies, dost so put away that he was conceived by the the sins of those who truly Holy Ghost, born of the repent, that thou rememberest Virgin Mary ; that he suffered them no more; open

thine

eye under Pontius Pilate, was cru- of mercy upon this thy servant,

Let us pray:

who most earnestly desireth

T Adding this : pardon and forgiveness. Renew O SAVIOUR of the world, in him, most loving Father, who by thy cross and precious whatsoever hath been decayed blood hast redeemed us ; save by the fraud and malice of the us, and help us, we humbly devil, or by his own carnal beseech thee, O LORD. will and frailness; preserve and

T Then shall the Minister say, continue this sick member in the unity of the Church ; con- THE Almighty LORD, who sider his contrition, accept his is a most strong tower to all lears, assuage his pain, as shall those who put their trust in seem to thee most expedient him, to whom all things in for him. And forasmuch as he heaven, in earth, and under the putteth his full trust only in thy earth, do bow and obey, be now mercy, impute not unto him his and evermore thy defence; and former sins, but strengthen him make thee know and feel, that with thy blessed Spirit ; and there is none other name under when thou art pleased to take heaven given to man, in whom, him hence, take him unto thy and through whom, thou mayest favour, through the merits of receive health and salvation, thy most dearly beloved Son but only the name of our Lord JESUS CHRIST our Lord, Amen. JESUS CHRIST. Amen. 9 Then shall the Minister say this Psalm: T Here the Minister may use any part of the

service of this Book, which, in his discretion, Psalm 130. De Profundis, he shall think convenient to the occasion ;

and after that shall say. OUT of the deep have I called unto thee, O LORD;

UNTO God's gracious mercy LORD, hear my voice.

and protection we commit thee: O let thine ears consider well | The Lord bless thee, and keep the voice of my complaint.

thee : The LORD make his face If thou, LORD, wilt be ex- to shine upon thee, and be treme to mark what is done gracious unto thee: The LORD amiss; O Lord, who

lift may

up

his countenance upon abide it?

thee, and give

thee
peace

both For there is mercy with thee: now and evermore. Amen. therefore shalt thou be feared.

Prayers which may be said with the I look for the Lord, my soul foregoing service, or any part thereof, at

the discretion of the Minister. doth wait for him ; in his word

TA Prayer for a sick Child. is my trust.

My soul fleeth unto the LORD, 0 ALMIGHTY God and before the morning watch; I merciful Father, to whom alone say, before the morning watch. belong the issues of life and

O Israel, trust in the LORD, death; look down from heaven, for with the LORD there is we humbly beseech thee, with mercy; and with him is plen- the eyes of mercy upon this teous redemption.

child, now lying upon the bed And he shall redeem Israel of sickness : Visit him, O LORD, from all his sins.

with thy salvation ; deliver him

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in thy good appointed time continuance amongst us: yet, from his bodily pain, and save forasmuch as in all appearance his soul for thy mercies' sake; the time of his dissolution that if it shall be thy pleasure draweth near, so fit and

prepare to prolong his days here on him, we beseech thee, against earth, he may live to thee, and the hour of death, that after his be an instrument of thy glory, departure hence in peace, and by serving thee faithfully, and in thy favour, his soul may be doing good in his generation : received into thine everlasting or else receive him into those kingdom ; through the merits heavenly habitations, where the and mediation of Jesus Christ souls of those who sleep in the thine only Son, our Lord and LORD Jesus enjoy perpetual Saviour. Amen. rest and felicity : Grant this, O 11 A Commendatory Prayer for a sick person LORD, for thy mercies' sake, in at the point of departure. the same thy Son our Lord O ALMIGHTY GOD, with JESUS CHRIST, who liveth and whom do live the spirits of just reigneth with thee and the men made perfect, after they Holy Ghost, ever one God, are delivered from their earthly world without end. Amen. prisons; we humbly commend

the soul of this thy servant, our T A Prayer for a sick person, when there dear brother, into thy hands, appeareth but a small hope of recovery:

as into the hands of a faithful O FATHER of mercies, and Creator, and most merciful God of all comfort, our only Saviour; most humbly beseechhelp in time of need; we fly ing thee, that it may be precious unto thee for succour in behalf in thy sight: wash it, we pray of this thy servant, here lying thee, in the blood of that under thy hand in great weak- immaculate Lamb, that was ness of body: look graciously slain to take away the sins of upon him, O LORD; and the the world; that whatsoever more the outward man decayeth, defilements it may have constrengthen him, we, beseech tracted in the midst of this thee, so much the more con- miserable and naughty world, tinually with thy grace and through the lust of the flesh, holy Spirit, in the inner man: or the wiles of Satan, being give him unfeigned repentance purged and done away, it may for all the errors of his life past, be presented pure and without and steadfast faith in thy Son spot before thee. And teach JESUS, that his sins may be us who survive, in this, and done away by thy mercy, and other like daily spectacles of his pardon sealed in heaven, mortality, to see how frail and before he go hence, and be no uncertain our own condition is ; more seen. We know, O LORD, and so to number our days, that that there is no word impossible we may seriously apply our with thee; and that, if thou hearts to that holy and heavenly wilt, thou canst even yet raise wisdom, whilst we live here, him up, and grant him a longer which may in the end bring us

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