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1 A Commendatory Prayer for a sick threats and promises; that he may
Person at the point of departure. neither cast away his confidence n ALMIGHTY God, with in thee, nor place it any where U whom do live the spirits of but in thee. " Give hirn strength jast men made perfect, after they against all his temptations, and are delivered from their earthly heal all his distempers : Break not prisons; we humbly commend the bruised reed, nor quench the the soul of this thy servant, our smoking fax: Shut not up thy dear brother, into thy hands, as tender mercies in displeasure ; into the hands of a faithful Crea- but make him to hear of joy and tor, and most merciful Saviour:/ gladness, that the bones which most humbly beseeching thee, thou hast broken may rejoice : that it may be precious in thy Deliver him from fear of the enesight: Wash it, we pray thee, in my, and lift up the light of thy he blood of that immaculate countenance upon him ; and give Lamb, that was slain to take away him peace, through the merits and the sins of the world ; that what- mediation of Jesus Christ our soever defilements it may have Lord. Amen. contracted in the midst of this 1 A Prayer which may be said by the miserable and naughty world, Minister, in behalf of all present at the
Visitation. through the lust of the flesh, or the wiles of Satan, being purged O
dlo GOD, whose days are withand done away, it may be pre
V out end, and whose mercies sented pure and without spot
cannot be numbered; make us,
we beseech thee, deeply sensible before thee. And teach us who survive, in this, and other like
of the shortness and uncertainty
of human life; and let thy Holy daily spectacles of mortality, to
Spirit lead us through this vale of see how frail and uncertain our);
misery, in holiness and righteousown condition is; and so to number our days, that we may seri-1
ness, all the days of our lives. ously apply our hearts to that holy |
That, when we shall have served and heavenly wisdom, whilst we
thee in our generation, we may live here, which may in the end be gathered unto our fathers, havbring us to life everlasting,
tinging the testimony of a good conthrough the merits of Jesus Christ science; in the communion of thine only Son our Lord. Amen.
the Catholic Church; in the conT A Prayer for Persons troubled in Mind
fidence of a certain faith; in the
comfort of a reasonable, religious, or in Conscience.
and holy hope; in favour with O BLESSED Lord, the Father thee our God, and in perfect cha
of mercies, and the God of Irity with the world. All which all comforts, we beseech thee, we ask through Jesus Christ our look down in pity and compassion Lord. Amen. upon this thy afflicted servant. 1 A Prayer which may be said in case of Thou writest bitter things against sudden surpriseand immediate danger. him, and makest him to possess! MOST gracious Father, we his former iniquities: Thy wrath fy unto thee for mercy in lieth bard upon him, and his soul behalf of this thy servant, bere ly. is full of trouble: But, O merciful sing under the sudden visitation of God, who hast written thy holy thine hand. If it be thy will, Word for our learning, that we preserve his life, that there may through patience and comfort of be place for repentance: But, it Hy holy Scriptures, might have thou hast otherwise appointed; nope; give him a right under-| let thy mercy supply to him the standing of himself, and of thy want of the usual opportunity for the trimming of his lamp. Stir, by restoring this our brother to up in him such sorrow for sin, some degree of his former health. and such fervent love to thee, as Blessed be thy name, that thou may in a short time do the work didst not forsake him in his sickof many days: That among the ness; but didst visit him with compraises which thy Saints and holy forts from above; didst support Angels shall sing to the honour him in patience and submission to of thy mercy through eternal thy will; and, at last, didst send ages, it may be to thv unspeaka. him seasonable relief. Perfect, ble glory, that thou hast redeem- we beseech thee, this thy mercy ed the soul of this thy servant towards him; and prosper the from eternal death, and made him means which shall be made use partaker of the everlasting life, of for his cure: That being rewhich is through Jesus Christ stored to health of body, vigour our Lord. Amen.
of mind, and cheerfulness of spi
rit, he may be able to go to thine IA Thanksgiving for the beginning of a he
house, to offer thee an oblation
with great gladness; and to bless CREAT and mighty God, who thy holy name for all thy goodU bringest down to the grave, ness towards him, through Jesus and bringest up again; we bless Christ our Saviour: To whom thy wonderful goodness, for hav- with thee and the Holy Spirit, be ing turned our heaviness into joy all honour and glory world with. and our mourning into gladness,lout end. Amen.
THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
1 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; therefore, to the intent they may be always in readiness to die, whensoever it shall please Almighty God to call them, the Ministers 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 less cause to be disquieted for lack of the same. But if the sick personi 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 Gospel, here following:
soul shall depart from the body, A LMIGHTY everliving God, it may be without spot presented h Maker of mankind, who dost unto thee, through Jesus Christ correct those whom thou dost our Lord. Amen. love,and chastise every one whom The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5. thou dost receive; we beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy MTY son, despise not thou the servant visited with thine hand; chastening of the Lord, nor and to grant that he may take his faint when thou art rebuked or sickness patiently, and recover his him. For whom the Lord loveth, bodily health, if it be thy gracious he chasteneth; and scourgeth will; and that whensoever his every son whom he receiveth.
The Gospe St. John v. 24. me, hath everlasting life, and shall VERILY, verily, I say unto you, not come into condemnation;
- He that heareth my word, but is passed from death unto life. and believeth on him that sent After which the Minister shall proceed according to the Form before prescribe! for the Holy Communion, beginning at the words, Ye who do truly, &c. 1 At the time of the distribution of the Holy Sacrament, the linister 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 bis sins, and stead fastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his blood for his redemption, earnestly 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. I 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 Forin of the Visita. tion at the Psalm, and go straight to the Communion, In the times of contagious sickness or disease, when none of the Parish or Neighbours can be gotten to communicate with the sick in their bouses, for fear of the infection; upon special request of the diseased, the Minister alone may coinmunicate with him.
THE ORDER FOR THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD. 1 Here is to be noted, that the Office ensuing is not to be used for any unbaptized Adults, any who die excommunicate, or who have laid violent hands upon them selves. The Minister, nieeting the Corpse at the entrance of the Church-yard, and going
before it either into the Church, or towards the Grave, shall say, or sing, TAM the resurrection and the After they are come into the Church, I life, saith the Lord: he that I shall be said or sung the following An. believeth in me, though he were
| them, taken from the 39th and 90th
Psalms. dead, yet shall be live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in T ORD, let me know my end, me, shall never die. St. John si. L and the number of my days; 25, 26.
that I may be certified how long, JKNOW that my Redeemer liv- I have to liye. Teth, and that he shall stand at. Behold, thou hast made my the latter day upon the earth: days as it were a span long; and And though after my skin worms mine age is even as nothing in destroy this body, yet in my flesh respect of thee; and verily every shall I see God; whom I shall man living is altogether vanity. see for myself, and mine eyes. For man walketh in a vain shall behold, and not another. shadow, and disquieteth himself Job xix. 25, 26, 27.
in vain; he heapeth up riches, WE brought nothing into this and cannot tell who shall gather
W world, and it is certain we them. can carry nothing out. The Lord And now, Lord, what is my gave, and the Lord bath taken a: Ibope ? Truly my bope is even in Way; blessed be the name of the thee. Lord. 1 Tim. vi, 7. Job i, 21. Deliver me from all mine of
fences, and make me not a re-strength then but labour and sop. Duke unto the foolish.
row; so soon passeth it away, When thou with rebukes dost and we are gone. chasten man for sin, thou makest So teach us to number our his beauty to consume away, like days, that we may apply our as it were a moth fretting a gar- hearts unto wisdom. ment: every man herefore is but Glory be to the Father, and to vanity.
the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; Hear my prayer, O Lord; and! As it was in the beginning, is with thine ears consider my call-now, and ever shall be, world ing: Hold not thy peace at my without end. Amen. tears.
1 Then shall follow the Lesson, taken out For I am a stranger with thee, of the fifteenth Clapter of the first and a sojourner; as all my fa-1
[ Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. thers were.
1 Cor. xv. 20. O spare me a little, that I may N OW is Christ risen from the recover my strength; before I go IV dead, and become the first hence, and be no more seen. fruits of them that slept. For
Lord, thou hast been our re- since by man came death, by fuge, from one generation to an- man came also the resurrection other.
of the dead. For as in Adain all Before the mountains were die, even so in Christ shall all be brought forth, or ever the earth made alive. But every man in and the world were made, thou his own order: Christ the first art God from everlasting, and fruits; afterward they that are world without end.
Christ's, at his coming. Then Thou tornest man to destruc-cometh the end, when he shall tion; again thou sayest, Come, have delivered up the kingdom again, ye #hildren of men. to God, even the Father; when
For a thousand years in thy he shall have put down all rule, sight are but as yesterday; see- and all authority, and power. ing that is past as a watch in the For he must reign till he hath night.
put all enemies under his feet. As soon as thou scatterest them, | The last enemy that shall be dethey are even as asleep; and fade stroyed is death: for he hath put away suddenly like the grass. all things under his feet. But
In the morning it is green, and when he saith all things are put groweth up; bui in the evening under him, it is manifest that he it is cut down, dried up, and wi- is excepted which did put all
things under him. And when all For we consume away in thy things shall be subdued unto him, displeasure; and are afraid at then shall the Son a thy wrathful indignation. be subject unto him, that put all
Thou hast set our misdeeds be- things under him, that God may fore thee; and our secret sins in be all in all. Else what shall the liglt of thy countenance. I they do which are baptized for
For when thou art angry, all the dead, if the dead rise not at our days are gone: We bring all ? Why are they then baptized our years to an end, as it were a for the dead? And why stand we tale that is told.
in jeopardy every hour? I protest The days of our age are three by your rejoicing, which I have score years and ten; and though in Christ Jesus our Lo men be so strong that they come daily. If after the manner of mer to fourscore years, yet is their I have fonght with beasts
Eprosus, what advantageth it me, venly. And as we have borne if the dead rise not? Let us eat the image of the earthy, we shall and drink, for 10-morrow we die. also bear the image of the hea. Be not deceived: Evil cominuni- venly. Now this I say, brethren, cations corrupt good manners. that flesh and blood cannot in Awake to righteousness, and sin herit the kingdom of God; neinot: for some have not the know-thier doth corruption inherit inledge of God. I speak this to your corruption. Behold, I show you shame. But some man will say, a mystery: We shall not all sleep, How are the dead raised up? and but we shall all be changed, in a with what body do thev come? Imoment, in the twinkling of an Thou fool, that which thou sowest eye, at the last trump: For the is not quickened, except it die. trumpet shall sound, and the . And that which thou-sowest, thou dead shall be raised incorruptisowest not that body that shall ble, and we shall be changed. For be, but bare grain; it may chance this corruptible must put on inof wheat, or of some other grain. corruption, and this mortal must But God giveth it a body as it put on immortality. So when hath pleased him; and to every this corruptible shall have put seed his own body. All flesh is not on incorruption, and this mortal the same flesh; but there is one shall have put on immortality, kind of flesh of men, another flesh then shall be brought to pass the of beasts, another of fishes, and saying that is written, Death is another of birds. There are also swallowed up in victory. O celestial bodies, and bodies ter- death, where is thy sting? 0 restrial : But the glory of the ce- Igrave, where is thy victory ? The lestial is one, and the glory of sting of death is sin, and the the terrestrial is another. There strength of sin is the law. But is one glory of the sun, and ano- thanks bè to God, which giveth ther glory of the moon, and ano- us the victory through our Lord ther glory of the stars: Forone star Jesus Christ. Therefore, my bediffereth from another star in loved brethren, be ye steadfast, glory. So also is the resurrec- unmoveable, always abounding tion of the dead. It is sown in in the work of the Lord; forascorruption; it is raised in incor- much as ye know that your laruption: It is sown in dishonour; bour is not in vain in the Lord. it is raised in glory: It is sown.in | When they come to the grave, while weakness; it is raised in power: the Corpse is made ready to be laid It is sown a natural body; it is into the earth, shall be sung or said, raised a spiritual body. There is INTAN, that is born of a woman, a natural body, and there is a spi-1.1 bath but a short time to live, ritual body. And so it is written, and is full of misery. He cometh The first man Adam was made a up, and is cut down like a flower; living soul, the last Adam was he neeth as it were a shadow, made a quickening spirit. How-and never continueth in one stay.. beit, that was not first which is! In the midst of life we are in spiritual, but that which is natu- death: Of whom may we seek for ral; and afterward that which is succour, but of thee, O Lord, who spiritual. The first man is of the for our sins art justly displeased. earth, earthy: The second man Yet, O Lord God most holy, O is the Lord from heaven. As is Lord most mighty, O holy and the earthy, such are they that are most merciful Saviour, deliver us earthy: and as is the heavenly, not into the bitter pains of etersuch are they also that are lea- (nal death,