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bear our heavenly Father's correc-shall come again at the end of the tion, whensoever, by any manner world, to judge the quick and the of adversity, it shall please his gra- dead?

The sick Person shall answer, All this I steadfastly 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 per sous that have offended 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 utter most of his power. And if he liath not before disposed of his goods, let him then be admonished to make hi 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 he put in remembrance to take order for the settling of their temporal estates, whilst they are in health.

cious goodness to visit us. And And dost thou believe in the there should be no greater comfort Holy Ghost; The holy Catholic to Christian persons, than to be Church; The Communion of made like unto Christ, by suffering Saints; The Remission of sins; patiently adversities, troubles, and The Resurrection of the flesh; and sicknesses. For he himself went everlasting life after death? 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 no.

Here the Minister shall rehearse the
Articles of the Faith, saying thus:

The Exhortation before rehearsed may be said before the Minister begin

his Prayer, as he shall see cause.

The Minister shall not omit earnestly to move such sick persons' as are of ability, to be liberal to the poor, And then the Minister shall say the Collect following. "

Let us pray. MOST merciful God, who, a cording to the multitude of thy mercies, dost so put away the sins of those who truly repent, that thou rememberest them no more; DOST thou believe in God, the open thine eye of mercy upon this Father Almighty, Maker of thy servant, who most earnestly heaven and earth? desireth pardon and forgiveness. And in Jesus Christ his only be- Renew in him, most loving Father, gotten Son our Lord? And that he whatsoever hath been decayed by was conceived by the Holy Ghost, the traud and matice of the devil, born of the Virgin Mary; that he or by his own carnal will and frail suffered under Pontius Pilate, wasiness; preserve and continue this crucified, dead, and buried; that he sick member in the unity of the went down into hell, and also did Church; consider his contrition, rise again the third day; that he accept his tears, assuage his pain, ascended into heaven, and sitteth as shall seem to thee most expedi on the right hand of God the Fa-ent for him. And forasmuch as ther Almighty; and from thence putteth his full trust only in thy

mercy, impute not unto him his TNTO God's gracious mercy and former sins, but strengthen him protection we commit thee: with thy blessed Spirit; and when The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. thou art pleased to take him hence, The Lord make his face to shine take him unto thy favour, through upon thee, and be gracious unto the merits of thy most dearly be- thee: The Lord lift up his counteloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord.nance upon thee, and give thee Amen. peace both now and evermore.

1 Then shall the Minister say this Amen.


Psalm 130. De Profundis. OUT of the deep have

called unto thee, O Lord; Lord, hear iny voice.

O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint.

Prayers which may be said with the foregoing service, or any part thereof, at the discretion of the Minister.


A Prayer for a sick Child. ALMIGHTY God and merci ful Father, to whom alone belong the issues of life and death;" If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to look down from heaven, we hummark what is done amiss; O Lord, bly beseech thee, with the eyes of who may abide it? mercy upon this Child, now lying For there is mercy with thee; upon the bed of sickness; Visit therefore shalt thou be feared. I look for the Lord, my soul doth deliver him in thy good appointed him, O Lord, with thy salvation; wait for him; in his word is my time from his bodily pain, and save trust. his soul for thy mercies' sake; My soul fleeth unto the Lord be- if it shall be thy pleasure to profore the morning watch; I say, be-long his days here on earth, he may fore the morning watch. live to thee, and be an instrument O Israel, trust in the Lord, for of thy glory, by serving thee faithwith the Lord there is mercy; and fully, and doing good in his genewith him is plenteous redemption. ration: or else receive him into And he shall redeem Israel from those heavenly habitations, where all his sins. the souls of those who sleep in the SAVIOUR of the world, who felicity: Grant this, O Lord, for Lord Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and by thy Cross and precious thy mercies' sake, in the same thy Blood hast redeemed us; save us Son our Lord Jesus Christ, who and help us, we humbly beseech liveth and reigneth with thee and thee, O Lord. the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Adding this:

Then shall the Minister say,

THE Almighty Lord, who is a
most strong tower to all those T
who put their trust in him, to whom
all things in heaven, in earth, and
under the earth, do bow and obey,

A Prayer for a sick Person, when there appeareth but small hope of recovery

FATHER of mercies, and God of all comfort, our only nelp in

he now and evermore thy defence; time of need; We fly unto thee for and make thee know and feel, that there is none other name under succour in behalf of this thy serheaven given to man, in whom, great weakness of body: Look vant, here lying under thy hand in and through whom, thou mayest receive health and salvation, but graciously upon him, O Lord; and only the name of our Lord Jesus eth, strengthen him, we beseech the more the outward man décavHere the Minister may use any part with thy grace and Holy Spirit, in thee, so much the more continually of the service of this Book, which, in his discretion, he shall think con- the inner man; Give him unfeignvenient to the occasion; and after ed repentance for all the errors of hat shall say, This life past, and steadfast faith in

Christ. Amen.


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thy Son Jesus, that his sins may BLESSED Lord, the Fathe be done away by thy mercy, and his of mercies, and the God of all pardon sealed in Heaven, before he comforts, we beseech thee, look go hence, and be no more seen. down in pity and compassion upon We know, O Lord, that there is no this thy afflicted servant. Thon word impossible with thee; and writest bitter things against him, that, if thou wilt, thou canst even and makest him to possess his for yet raise him up, and grant him a mer iniquities: Thy wrath lieth longer continuance amongst us: hard upon him, and his soul is full Yet, forasmuch as in all appcar- of trouble: But, O merciful God, ance the time of his dissolution who hast written thy holy word for draweth near, so fit and prepare our learning, that we, through him, we beseech thee, against the patience and comfort of thy holy hour of death, that after his depar- Scriptures, might have hope; give ture hence in peace, and in thy him a right understanding of himfavour, his soul may be received self, and of thy threats and prointo thine everlasting kingdom;mises; that he may neither cast through the merits and mediation away his confidence in thee, nor of Jesus Christ thine only Son, our place it any where but in thee. Lord and Saviour. Amen.. Give him strength against all his A Commendatory Prayer for a sick temptations, and heal all his disrson at the point of departure. tempers: Break not the bruised ALMIGHTY God, with reed, nor quench the smoking flax: whom do live the spirits of Shut not up thy tender mercies in just men made perfect, after they displeasure; but make him to hear are delivered from their earthly of joy and gladness, that the bones prisons; we humbly commend the which thou hast broken may re soul of this thy servant, our dear joice: Deliver him from fear of the brother, into thy hands, as into the enemy, and lift up the light of thy hands of a faithful Creator, and countenance upon him; and give most merciful Saviour; most hum-him peace, through the merits and bly beseeching thee, that it may be mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord. precious in thy sight: Wash it, we Amen. pray thee, in the blood of that immaculate Lamb, that was slain to take away the sins of the world; that whatsoever defilements it may have contracted in the midst of GOD, whose days are without this miserable and naughty world, end, and whose mercies can through the lust of the flesh, or the not be numbered; make us, we wiles of Satan, being purged and beseech thee, deeply sensible of the done away, it may be presented shortness and uncertainty of human pure and without spot before thee. life; and let thy Holy Spirit lead And teach us who survive, in this, through this vale of misery, in holi. and other like daily spectacles of ness and righteousness, all the mortality, to see how frail and un- days of our lives: That, when we certain our own condition is; and shall have served thee in our geneso to number our days, that we may ration, we may be gathered unto seriously apply our hearts to that our fathers, having the testimony of ho'y and heavenly wisdom, whilst a good conscience; in the commawe live here, which may in the end nion of the Catholic Church; in the bring us to life everlasting, through confidence of a certain faith; in the the merits of Jesus Christ thine comfort of a reasonable, religious, only Son our Lord. Amen. and holy hope; in favour with thee 1 A Prayer for Persons troubled in our God, and' in perfect charity Mind or in Conscience with the world. All which we ask

A Prayer which may he said by the Minister, in behalf of all present a the Visitation.



hrough Jesus Christ our Lord. GREAT and mighty God, who bringest down to the grave, A Prayer which may be said in case and bringest up again; we bless thy of sudden surprise and immediate wonderful goodness, for having turned our heaviness into joy and 0 MOST gracious Father, we fly our mourning into gladness, by unto thee for mercy in behalf restoring this our brother to some of this thy servant, here lying un- degree of his former health. Blessder the sudden visitation of thine ed be thy name, that thou didst not Land. If it be thy will, preserve forsake him in his sickness; but his life, that there may be place for didst visit him with comforts from repentance: But, if thou hast other-above; didst support him in pawise appointed, let thy mercy sup- tience and submission to thy will; ly to him the want of the usual and, at last, didst send kim seasonapportunity for the trimming of his ble relief. Perfect, we beseech lamp. Stir up in him such sorrow thee, this thy mercy towards him; for sin, and such fervent love to and prosper the means which shall thee, as may in a short time do the be made use of for his cure: That work of many days: That among being restored to health of body, he praises which thy Saints and vigour of mind, and cheerfulness of holy Angels shall sing to the honour spirit, he may be able to go to thine of thy mercy through eternal ages, house, to offer thee an oblation with It may be to thy unspeakable glory, great gladness; and to bless thy that thou hast redeemed the soul of holy name for all thy goodness tothis thy servant from eternal death, wards him, through Jesus Christ and made him partaker of the ever- our Saviour: To whom with thee lasting life, which is through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, be all honour Christ our Lord. Amen. and glory world without end

A Thanksgiving for the beginning of Amen.

a recovery,


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 Bickness) exhort their Parishioners to the often receiving of the Holy Com munion of the Body and Biood 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 ju 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:


The Collect. grant that he may take his sickness LMIGHTY everliving God, patiently, and recover his bodily. Maker of mankind, who dost health, if it be thy gracious will; torrect those whom thou dost love, and that whensoever his soul shall and chastise every one whom thou depart from the body, it may be dost receive; we beseech thee to without spot presented unto thee, have mercy upon this thy servant through Jesus Christ our Lord isited with thine hand; and to Amen.

The Epistle. Heb. xii. 6. The Gospel. St. John v. 24. MY son, despise not thou the VERILY, verily, I say unto yo chastening of the Lord, nor He that heareth my word, a faint when thou art rebuked of him. believeth on him that sent me, hath For whom the Lord loveth, he chas-everlasting life, and shall not come teneth; and scourgeth every son into condemnation; but is passed whom he receiveth. 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, &e. 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, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks there for, 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 contagious sickness or disease, when none of the Parish or Neighbours 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 communicate with him.



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 themselves.

The Minister, meeting 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,

AM the resurrection and the life, [can carry nothing out. saith the Lord; he that believeth gave, and the Lord in me, though he were dead, yet away; blessed be the shall he live: And whosoever liv- Lord." 1 Tim. vi. 7. eth and believeth in me, shall never die. St. John xi. 25, 26.


KNOW that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms_de

The Lord hath taken name of the Job i. 21. After they are come into the Church, shall be said or sung the following Anthem, taken from the 39th and 90th Psalms.

ORD, let me know my end, and the number of my days stroy this body, yet in my flesh that I may be certified how long I shall I see God; whom I shall see have to live.

for myself, and mine eyes shall be- Behold, thou hast made my days hold, and not another. Job xix. as it were a span long; and mine 25, 26, 27. age is even as nothing in respect of WE brought nothing into this thee; and verily every man living is world, and it is certain welaltogether vanity.

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