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THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
T 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 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 ar* 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 Col' Jeet, Epistle, and Gospel, here following.
A LMIGHTY, everliving God, Maker of mankind, who dost cor-*1 rect those whom thou dost love, and chastise every one whom thou dost receive; We beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy servant visited with thine hand, and to grant that he may take his sickness patiently, and recover his bodily health, if it be thy gracious will; and that whensoever his soul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented unto thee; through Jesua Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5. MY son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth; and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
The Gospel. St. John v. 34. "ITERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and * believeth on Him that sent mej hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is 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 ofter minister unto those who are appointed to communicate with the sick, and last of all to the sick person. T 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 com' pany 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 eteadfastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his Blood for his redemption, earnestly ALMIGHTY, everliving God, whose most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of his most precious side both water and blood; and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go teach all nations, and baptize them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy congregation; sanctify this Water to the mystical washing away of sin, and grant that the Persons now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy failhful children; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Then shall the Minister lake each Person to be baplizedby the right hand; and placing him conveniently by the Font, according to his discretion., shall ask the Godfathers and Godmothers the Name; and then shall dip him in the water, or pour water upon him, saying,
TVT I baptize thee In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say, ll receive this Person into the congregation of Christ's flock; * * and do * sign him with the sign of he r. Here the Minister Cross, in token that hereafterhe shall not shallmake a Cross upon be ashamed o confess the faith of Christ ft Persm,s forehead. crucified, and manfully to fight under his J banner, against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen.
H The same Rule, as to the Omission of the sign of the Cross, is to be observed here as in the Baptism of Infants.
Then shall the Minister say, CEEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that these Persons are re^ generate, and grafted into the body of Christ's Church, let us give thanks unto Almighty God for these benefits; and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that they may lead the rest of their life according to this beginning.
Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, all kneeling. ("lUR Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy Name. Thy "kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses; As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
VyE yield thee humble thanks, O heavenly Father, that thou hast *v vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy graee? and faith in thee: Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to these Persons; that, behi" now born again, and made heirs of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, they may continue thy Servants, and attain thy promises; through the same Lord Jesus Christ thy Son,who live and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, everlastingly. Amen.
H Then, all standing up, the Minister shall use this Exhortation following; shutting to the Godfathers and Godmothers first.
pORASMUCH as these Persons have promised, in your presence, A to renounce the devil and all his works^ to believe in God, ana to serve him; ye must remember, that it is your part and duty to put them in mind, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession, they have now made before this congregation, and especially before you their chosen witnesses. And ye are also to call upon them to use all diligence to be rightly instructed in God's holy Word; that so they may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and live godly, righteously, and soberly, in this present world.
1[ And then, speaking to the baptized Persons, he shall proceed and say,
AND as for you, who have now by Baptism put on Christ, it is ** your part and duly also, being made the children of God and of the light, by faith in Jesus Christ, to walk answerably to your Christian calling, and as becometh the children of light; remembering always that Baptism representeth unto us our profession; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto him; that as he died, and rose again for us, so should we, who are baptized, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
It is expedient that every Person, thus baptized, should be confirmed by the Bishop, so soon after his Baptism as conveniently may be; that so he may be admitted to the Holy Communion. \ Whereas necessity may require the baptizing of Adults in private houses, in consideration of extreme sickness; the same is hereby allowed in that case. And a convenient number of persons shall be assembled in the house wlure the Sacrament is to be performed. And in the exhortation, Well-beloved, Sfc, instead of these words, come hither desiring, shall be inserted this word, desirous.
If there be occasion for the Office of Infant Baptism and that of Adults at the same time, the Minister shall use the exhortation and one of the prayers next following in the Office for Adults; only, in the exhortation and prayer, after the words, these Persons, and these thy servants, adding, and these Infants. Then the Minister shall proceed to the questions to be demanded in the eases respectively. After the immersion, or the pouring of water, the prayer shall be as in this service; only, after the words, these Persons, shall be added, and these Infants. After which the remaining part of each service shall be used; first that for Adults, and lastly that for Infants.
H" If any persons, not baptized in their infancy, shall be brought to be baptized before they come to years of discretion to answer for themtelves, it may suffice to use the Office for Public Baptism ofInfants; or, in case of extreme danger, the Office for Private Baptism; only changing the word Infant, for Child, or Person, as occasion n* A CATECHISM;
THAT IS TO SAT,
AN INSTRUCTION, TO BE LEARNED BY EVERY PERSON BEFORE HE BE BROUGHT TO BE CONFIRMED BY THB BISHOP.
V. or M.
Question. Who gave you this Name?
Answer. My Sponsors in Baptism; wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Question. What did your Sponsors then for you?
Answer. They did promise and vow three things in my name. First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesn. Secondly, that I should believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith. And Thirdly, that I should keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of my life.
Question. Dost thou not think that thou art bound to believe, and to do, as they have promised for thee?
Answer. Yes, verily; and by God's help so I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me to this state of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my Hfe s end.
Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief.
T BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and ■* earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell, The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholic Church, The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body; And the Life everlasting. Amen.
Question. What dost thou chiefly learn in these Articles of thy Belief?
Answer. First, I learn to believe in God the Father, who hath made me, and all the world.
Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind.
r, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and all the
I' You said that your Sponsors did promise for you, that you should keep God's Comma ldments. Tell me how many there are?
Question. Which are they?
'"PHE same which God spake in the twentieth Chapter of Exodus, saying, I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
I. Thou shalt have none other gods but me.
I. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth bell or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and show mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep my commandments.
I. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, that taketh his Name in vain.
IV. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work; thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy manservant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.
V. Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
VI. Thou shalt do no murder.
1 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
I. Thou shalt not steal.
IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.
Question. What dost thou chiefly learn by these Commandments?
I I learn two things; my duty towards God, and my duty towards my Neighbour. Question. What is thy duty towards God?
Answer My duty towards God, is to believe in him, to fear him, and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength; to worship him, to give him thanks, to put my whole trust in him, to call upon him, to honour his holy Name and his Word, and to serve him truly all the days of my life.
Question. What is thy duty towards thy Neighbour?
Answer. My duly towards my Neighbour, is to love him as myself, and to do to all men as I would they should do unto me: To love, honour, and succour my father and mother: To honour