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Christ, by suffering patiently ad-fhell, and also did rise again the versities, troubles, and sickness. third day; that he ascended into For he himself went not up to heaven, and sitteth on the right joy, but first he suffered pain hand of God the Father AlmighHe entered not into his glory ty; and from thence shall come before he was crucified. So again at the end of the world, to truly our way to eternal joy, is to judge the quick and the dead? suffer here with Christ; and our And dost thou believe in the door to enter into eternal life, is Holy Ghost; The holy Catholic gladly to die with Christ; that Church; The Communion of we may rise again from death, Saints; The Remission of sins; and dwell with him in everlasting The Resurrection of the flesh; life. Now, therefore, taking your and everlasting life after death? sickness, which is thus profitable for you, patiently, I exhort you in the name of God, to remember the profession which you made urto God in your Baptism. And forasmuch as after this life there is an account to be given unto the righteous Judge, by whom all must be judged, without respect of persons; I require you to examine yourself, and your estate, both toward God and man; so that, accusing and condemning yourself for your own faults, you may find mercy at our heavenly Father's hand for Christ's sake, and not be accused and condemned in that fearful judgment. Therefore i shall rehearse to you the articles of our Faith; that you may know whether you do believe as a Christian man should,
Here the Minister shall rehearse the
DOST thou believe in God the
The sick person shall answer, All this I steadfastly believe. Then shall the Minister examine, whe ther he repent him truly of his sins, and be in charity with all the world; er horting him to forgive, from the bottom of his heart, all persons that have of fended him; and if he hath offended any other, to ask them forgiveness; and where he hath done injury or wrong to any man, that he make amends to the uttermost of his power. And if he hath not before disposed of his goods, let him then be admonished to make his Will, and to declare his debts, what he oweth,
and what is owing unto him, for the better discharging of his conscience, and the quietness of his Executors. But men should often be put in remembrance to take order for the settling of their tem The exhortation before rehearsed may poral estates, whilst they are in health. be said before the Minister begin his The Minister shall not omit earnestly Prayer, as he shall see cause. to move such sick persons as are of ability, to be liberal to the poor. And then the Minister shall say the Colleet following.
Father Almighty, Maker of thy heaven and earth?
Let us pray.
Most merciful God, who, according to the multitude of mercies, dost so put away the sins of those who truly repent, And in Jesus Christ his only-that thou rememberest them no begotten Son our Lord? And that more; open thine eye of mercy he was conceived by the Holy upon this thy servant, who most Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; earnestly desireth pardon and forthat he suffered under Pontius giveness. Renew in him, most Pilate, was crucified, dead, and loving Father, whatsoever hath buried; that he went down injo}been decayed by the fraud and
malice of the devil, or by his own/who put their trust in him, to carnal will and frailness pre-whom all things in heaven, in serve and continue this sick mem-earth, and under the earth, do ber in the unity of the Church ; bow and obey, be now and everconsider his contrition, accept his more thy defence; and make thee tears, assuage his pain, as shall know and feel, that there is none seem to thee most expedient for other name under heaven given him. And forasmuch as he put-to man, in whom, and through teth his full trust only in thy mer-whom, thou mayest receive health cy, impute not unto him his for-jand salvation, but only the name mer sins, but strengthen him with of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. thy blessed Spirit; and when thou Here the Minister may use any part of the service of this Book, which, in his art pleased to take him hence, take discretion, he shall think convenient to him unto thy favour, through the the occasion; and after that shall say, merits of thy most dearly beloved NTO God's graciou. mercy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. and protection we commit Then shail the Minister say this Psalm: thee: The Lord bless thee, and Psalm 130. De Profundis. keep thee. The Lord make his OUT of the deep have I called face to shine upon thee, and be unto thee, O Lord; Lord, gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace both now and evermore. Amen.
hear my vcice.
O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint.
If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss; 0 Lord, who may abide it?
For there is mercy with thee; therefore shalt thou be feared.
I look for the Lord, my soul! doth wait for him; in his word is my trust.
O Israel, trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy and with him is plentcous redemption.
Prayers which may be said with the fore going service, or any part thereof, at the discretion of the Minister.
A Prayer for a Sick Child. Almighty God and mercifu Father, to whom alone be ook down from heaven, we humlong the issues of life and death,
My soul fleeth unto the Lord,bly beseech thee, with the eyes of mercy upon this Child, now before the morning watch; I say, iying upon the bed of sickness: before the morning watch. Visit him, O Lord, with thy sal vation; deliver him in thy good appointed time from his bodily pain, and save his soul for thy mercies sake; that if it shall be thy pleasure to prolong his days here on earth, he may live to Saviour of the world, who thee, and be an instrument of thy by thy Cross and precious glory, by serving thee faithfully, and doing good in his ger.eration:
And he shall redeem Israel from all his sins.
Blood hast redeemed us; save us, and help us, we humbly beseech Or else receive him into those thee, Lord.
Then shall the Minister say,
heavenly habitations, where the souls of those who sleep in the Lord Jesus enjoy perpetual rest
THE Almighty Lord, who is a most strong tower to all those and felicity: Grant this, O Lord,
for thy mercies sake, in the same made perfect, after they are delithy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, vered from their earthly prisons; who liveth and reigneth with we humbly commend the soul of thee and the Holy Ghost, ever this thy servant, cur dear brother, one God, world without end. into thy hands, as into the hands Amen. of a faithful Creator, and most A Prayer for a sick Person, when there merciful Saviour; most humbly appeureth but small hope of recovery. beseeching thee, that it may be Father of mercies, and God precious in thy sight: Wash it of all comfort, our only help we pray thee, in the blood of tha in time of need; We fly unto thee immaculate Lamb, that was slain for succour in behalf of this thy to take away the sins of the servant, here lying under thy world; that whatsoever defilehand in great weakness of body:ments it may have contracted in Look graciously upon him, O the midst of this miserable and Lord; and the more the outward naughty world, through the lust man decayeth, strengthen him, of the flesh, cr the wiles of Satan, we beseech thee, so much the being purged and done away, it more continually with thy grace may be presented pure and withand Holy Spirit, in the inner out spot before thee. And each man. Give him unfeigned repen-us who survive, in this, and other tance for all the errors of his life like daily spectacles of mortality, past, and steadfast faith in thy to see how frail and uncertain Son Jesus, that his sins may be our own condition is; and so to done away by thy mercy, and his number our days, that we may pardon sealed in Heaven, before seriously apply our hearts to that he go hence, and be no more seen. holy and heavenly wisdom, whilst We know, O Lord, that there is we live here, which may in the no word impossible with thee; end bring us to life everlasting, and that, if thou wilt, thou canst through the merits of Jesus Christ even yet raise him up, and grant thine only Son our Lord. Amen. him a longer continuance amongst A Prayer for Persons troubled in Mind us: Yet, forasmuch as in all appearance the time of his disso- Blessed Lord, the Father of lution draweth near, so fit and mercies, and the God of all prepare him, we beseech thee, comforts, we beseech thee, look against the hour of death, that down in pity and compassion upafter his departure hence in peace, on this thy afflicted servant. Thou and in thy favour, his soul may writest bitter things against him, be received into thine everlasting and makest him to possess his kingdom; through the merits and former iniquities: Thy wrath lieth mediation of Jesus Christ thine hard upon him, and his soul is full only Son, our Lord and Saviour. of trouble: But, O merciful God, Amen. who hast written thy holy word A Commendatory Prayer for a sick for our learning, that we, through Person at the point of departure. patience and comfort of thy holy Almighty God, with whom do Scriptures, might have hope; live the spirits of just men give him a right understanding
of himself, and of thy threats and thine hand. If it be thy will, pre promises; that he may neither serve his life, that there may be cast away his confidence in thee, place for repentance: But, if thou nor place it any where but in hast otherwise appointed, let thy thee. Give him strength against mercy supply to him the want of all his temptations, and heal all his the usual opportunity for the trimdistempers: Break not the bruised ming of his lamp. Stir up in him reed, nor quench the smoking flax: such sorrow for sin and such ferShut not up thy tender mercies in vent love to thee, as may in a displeasure; but make him to hear short time do the work of many of joy and gladness, that the bones days: That among the praises which thou hast broken may re-which thy Saints and holy Angels joice: Deliver him from fear of shall sing to the honour of thy the enemy, and lift up the light mercy through eternal ages, it of thy countenance upon him:may be to thy unspeakable glory, and give him peace, through the that thou hast redeemed the soul merits and mediation of Jesus of this thy servant from eternal Christ our Lord. Amen." death, and made him partaker
A Prayer which may be said by the Mi- of the everlasting life, which is nister, in behalf of all present at the through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered; make us, we
TAThanksgiving for the beginning of a
beseech thee, deeply sensible of GREAT and mighty God, who the shortness and uncertainty of bringest down to the grave, human life, and let thy Holy Spiand bringest up again: we bless rit lead us through this vale of thy wonderful goodness, for havmisery, in holiness and righteous-ing turned our heaviness into joy ness, all the days of our lives: and our mourning into gladness, That, when we shall have served by restoring this our brother to thee in our generation, we may Blessed be thy name, that thou some degree of his former health. be gathered unto our fathers, hav-| didst not forsake him in his sick. ing the testimony of a good conscience; in the Communion of the ness; but didst visit him with comCatholic Church; in the confiforts from above; didst support dence of a certain faith; in the him in patience and submission to comfort of a reasonable, religious, him seasonable relief. Perfect, we thy will; and, at last, didst send and holy hope; in favour with thee our God, and in perfect cha-wards him; and prosper the means beseech thee, this thy mercy tority with the world All which which shall be made use of for his we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. cure: That being restored to A Prayer which may be said in case of health of body, vigour of mind, sudden surprise and immediate danger. and cheerfulness of spirit, he may Most gracious Father, we fly be able to go to thine house, to unto thee for mercy in behalf offer thee an oblation with great of this thy servant, here lying gladness; and to bless thy holy under the sudden visitation of name for all thy goodness towards
im, through Jesus Christ our Sa-the Holy Spirit, be all honour and viour: To whom with thee and glory, world without end. Amen.
THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK. Forasmuch as all mortal men are subject to many sudden perils, diseases, and sicknesses, and ever uncertain what time they shall depart out of this life; there fore, to the intent they may be always in readiness to die, whensoever it shall please Almighty God to call them, the Minister shall diligently from time to time but especially in the time of pestilence, or other infectious sickness) exhort their Parishioners to the often receiving of the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, when it shall be publicly administered in the Church, that so doing, they may, in case of sudden visitation, have the least use to be dis quieted for lack of the same. But if the sick Person be not able to come to the Church, and yet is desirous to receive the Communion in his house; then he must give timely notice to the Minister, signifying also how many there are to communicate with him; (which shall be two at the least ;) and all things necessary being prepared, the Minister shall there celebrate the Holy Communion, beginning with the Collect, Epistle,and Gosp., here following:
ALMIGHTY everliving God.
The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5.
Maker of mankind, who dost MY son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor correct those whom thou dost love, and chastise every one whom faint when thou art rebuked of thou dost receive; we beseech him. For whom the Lord lov thee to have mercy upon this thy eth, he chasteneth; and scourgservant visited with thine handeth every son whom he receiv eth. and to grant that he may take his
sickness patiently, and recover his The Gospel. St. John, v. 24. bodily health, if it be thy gracious VERILY, verily, I say unto you, will; and that whensoever his He that heareth my word, and soul shall depart from the body, believeth on him that sent me, it may be without spot presented hath everlasting life, and shall not unto thee, through Jesus Christ come into condemnation ; but is our Lord. Amen. passed from death unto life.
After which the Minister shall proceed according to the Form before prescribed for the Holy Communion, beginning at these words, Ye who do truly, &c.
At the time of the distribution of the Holy Sacrament. the Minister shall first receive the Communion himself, and after minister unto those who are appointed to communicate with the sick, and last of all to the sick person.
But if a man, either by reason of extremity of sickness, or for want of warning in due time to the Minister, or for lack of company to receive with him, or by any other just impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood the Minister shall instruct him, that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and steadfastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his blood for his redemption, carnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefor, he doth eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul's health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth.
When the sick Person is visited and receiveth the Holy Communion all at one time, then the Minister, for more expedition, shall cut off the Form of the Visitation at the Psalm, and go straight to the Communion.
In the times of er ntagious sickness or disease, when none of the Parish or Neigh bours can be gotten to communicate with the sick in their houses, for fear of the infection; upon special request of the diseased, the Minister alone may comune oate with him.