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THE OLDER FOR
THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
When any person is sick, notice shall be given thereof to the Min ister of the Parish; who, coming into the sick person's house, shall say,
PEACE be to this house, and to all that dwell in it. When no cometh into the sick man's presence, he shall say,
kneeling down, EMEMBER not, Lord, our iniquities, nor
good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.
Answer. Spare us, good Lord.
I Then the Minister shall say,
Let us pray
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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 tempta. tion; But deliver from evil. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, save thy servant;
him. Minister. Let the enemy have no advantage
Answer. Nor the wicked approach to hurt
him. Minister. Be unto him, O Lord, a strong
visit, and relieve this thy servant. upon him with the eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort and sure confidence in thee, defend him from the danger of the enemy, and keep him in perpetual peace and safety; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(EAR us, Almighty and most merciful God ness to this thy servant, who is grieved with sickness. Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction to him; that the sense of his weakness may add strength to his faith, and seriousness to his repentance: that, if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore him to his former health, he may lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory: or else, give him grace so to take thy visitation, that, after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 1 Then shall the Minister exhort the sick Person after this form, EARLY beloved, know this, that Almighty
or other like,
of all things to them pertaining; as, youth, strength, health, age, weakness, and sickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your sickness be, know you certainly that it is God's visitation. And for what cause soever this sickness be sent unto you; whether it be to try your patience for the example of others, and that your faith may be found, in the day of the Lord, laudable, glorious, and honourable, to the increase of glory and endless felicity; or else it be sent unto you to correct and amend in you whatsoever doth offend the eyes of your heavenly Father; know you certainly, that if you truly repent you of your sins, and bear your sickness patiently, trusting in God's mercy for his dear Son Jesus Christ's sake, and render unto him humble thanks for his fatherly visitation, submitting yourself wholly unto his will, it shall turn to your profit, and help you forward in the right way that leadeth unto everlasting life.
Tf the Person visited be very sick, then the Minister may end his
Exhortation in this place, or else proceed. JAKE therefore in good part the chastisement
twelfth Chapter to the Hebrews) whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if
ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. These words, good brother, are written in holy Scripture for our comfort and instruction; that we should patiently, and with thanksgiving, bear our heavenly Father's correction, whensoever, by any manner of adversity, it shall please his gracious goodness to visit us. And there should be no greater comfort to Christian persons, than to be made like unto Christ, by suf
fering patiently adversities, troubles, and sick
For he himself went not up to joy, but first he suffered pain; he entered not into his glory before he was crucified. So truly our way to eternal joy is to suffer here with Christ; and our door to enter into eternal life is gladly to die with Christ; that we may rise again from death, and dwell with him in everlasting life. Now therefore, taking your sickness, which is thus profitable for you, patiently, I exhort you, in the Name of God, to remember the profession which you made unto 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, or
1 Here the Minister shall rehearse tho Articles of the Faith, saying
thus, OST thou believe in God the Father Al.
mighty, Maker of heaven and earth And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary: that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried: that he went down into hell, and also did rise again the third day: that he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: and from thence shall come again, at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead?
And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghosté
the holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints: the Remission of sins: the Resurrection of the flesh: and everlasting Life after death?
The sick person shall answer, All this I stedfastly believe.
| Then shall the Minister examine whether he repent him truly of
his sins, and be in charity with all the world; exhorting him to forgive, from the bottom of his heart, all persons that have offended him; and if he hath offended any other, to ask them för. giveness; 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 onceth, and what is owing unto him, for the better discharging of his con. science, and the quietness of his Executors. But men should often be put in remembrance to take order for the settling of their tem poral estates, whilst they are in health, T The Exhortation before rehearsed, may be said before the Minister
begin his Prayer, as he shüll see cauše. I The Minister shall not omit earnestly to movc such sick persons
as are of ability, to be liberal to the poor.
Let us pray.
MOST merciful God, who, according to the
multitude of thy mercies, dost so put away the sins of those who truly repent, that thou rememberest them no more; Open thine eye of mercy upon this thy servant, who most earnestly desireth pardon and forgiveness. Renew in him, most loving Father, whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by his own carnal will and frailness; preserve and continue this sick member in the unity of the Church; consider his contrition, accept his tears, assuage his pain, as shall seem to thee most expedient for him. And forasmuch as he putteth his full trust only in thy mercy, impute not unto him his former sins, but strengthen him with thy blessed Spirit;