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COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
If any sick Person is desirous of receiving the Communion at his house, he shall give notice to the Minister; and, all things necessary being prepared, the Minister shall there celebrate the Communion, beginning with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel here following:
THE COLLECT. ALMIGHTY, everlasting God, maker of man
kind, who dost correct 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 to restore 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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heb. xii. 5. M Y 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.
St. John v. 24. VERILY, verily, I say unto you, he who loveth
my word, and believeth on him who sent me, 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 the words, Ye who do truly, &c.
END OF THE COMMUNION.
There should be for every Child two or three Sponsors; who may most properly be Parents or nearest Relations.
Minister. H EAR the words of our Saviour Christ to his
Apostles : Go ye, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. .
Hear what is said of him in another place :
They brought young children to him, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
Hear also what St. Peter saith :
away the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God.
Dearly beloved, Ye have brought this child here to be baptized ; I demand therefore, Will ye faithfully and earnestly exhort this child to renounce the hurtful vanities of this world, with all covetous desires of the same, and carnal desires of the flesh, so that he may not follow, nor be led by them?
Answ. I will.
Min. Will ye instruct him in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Answ. I will.
Min. Will ye exhort him to keep God's holy will and commandments, and to walk in the same all the days of his life?
Answ. I will.
Then shall the Minister take the Child into his hands,
and say to the Sponsors, Name this child.
Then, naming it after them, and either dipping it in the water, or sprinkling water upon it, he shall say, BAPTIZE thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Min. Let us pray.
LMIGHTY and ever blessed God, by whose providence the different generations of mankind are raised up to know thee, and to enjoy thy favor for ever; grant that this child, now dedicated to thee by our office and ministry, may be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly saved through thy mercy, who dost live and govern all things, world without end. We beseech thee to enable thy servants who are intrusted with the care of this child, to perform their duty faithfully ; give them wisdom to be his defence against the temptations incident to childhood and youth; and as he grows up in life, graciously assist them to enlarge his understanding and to open his heart to the impressions of religion and virtue. This our petition we humbly present in the name of Jesus Christ our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
W E give thee humble thanks, O Heavenly Fa
V ther, that thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee; increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore, that we may be enabled to mortify all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily to proceed in all virtue and godliness of living, till we come to that eternal kingdom, which thou hast promised by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
N OW unto him who is able to keep us from
falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.