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The Exhortation before rehearsed may be said before the Minister begin his prayer, as he shall
¶ Adding this:
O SAVIOUR of the world, who The Minister shall not omit earnestly to move by thy cross and precious blood hast such sick persons as are of ability, to be liberal redeemed us; save us, and help us,
to the poor.
¶ And then the Minister shall say the Collect
we humbly beseech thee, O LORD.
¶ Then shall the Minister say,
following. Let us pray.
THE Almighty LORD, who is a O MOST merciful GOD, who, ac- most strong tower to all those who put cording to the multitude of thy mer-their trust in him, to whom all things cies, dost so put away the sins of in heaven, in earth, and under the those who truly repent, that thou re- earth, do bow and obey, be now and memberest them no more; open thine evermore thy defence; and make thee eye of mercy upon this thy servant, know and feel, that there is none other who most earnestly desireth pardon name under heaven given to man, in and forgiveness. Renew in him, most whom, and through whom thou mayloving Father, whatsoever hath been est receive health and salvation, but decayed by the fraud and malice of only the name of our Lord JESUS the devil, or by his own carnal will CHRIST. Amen. 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; and when thou art pleased to take him hence, take him unto thy favor, through the merits of thy most dearly beloved Son JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
T Then shall the Minister say this Psalm: Psalm 130. De Profundis. OUT of the deep have I called unto thee, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice. O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint.
If thou, LORD, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss; O LORD, who may abide it?
Here the Minister may use any part of the service of this Book, which, in his discretion, he shall think convenient to the occasion; and after that shall say,
TA Prayer for a sick Child.
O ALMIGHTY GOD and merci ful Father, to whom alone belong the issues of life and death; look down from heaven, we humbly beseech thee, with the eyes of mercy upon this child, now lying upon the bed of sickness: Visit him, O LORD, with thy salvation; deliver him in thy good appointed time from his bodily pain, and save his soul for thy mercies' sake; that if it shall be thy pleasure to prolong his days here on earth, he may live to thee, and be an instru ment of thy glory, by serving theo faithfully, and doing good in his ge neration or else receive him into those heavenly habitations, where the souls of those who sleep in the LORD JESUS enjoy perpetual rest and feli
I look for the LORD, my soul doth wait for him; in his word is my trust.
My soul fleeth unto the LORD, before the morning watch; I say, before the morning watch.'
O Israel, trust in the LORD, for with the LORD there is mercy; and with him is plenteous redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel from city: Grant this, O LORD, for thy all his sins.
mercies' sake, in the same thy Son
For there is mercy with thee: therefore shalt thou be feared.
UNTO GOD's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee: The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace both now and evermore.
Prayers which may be said with the foregoing service, or any part thereof, at the discretion of the Minister.
our Lord JESUS CHRIST, who liveth | whatsoever defilements it may have and reigneth with thee and the HOLY contracted in the midst of this miseGHOST, ever one GOD, world with-rable and naughty world, through out end. Amen. the lust of the flesh, or the wiles of it may be presented pure and without Satan, being purged and done away, spot before thee. And teach us who survive, in this, and other like daily spectacles of mortality, to see how frail and uncertain our own condition is; and so to number our days, that we may seriously apply our hearts to that holy and heavenly wisdom,
O FATHER of mercies, and GOD of all comfort, our only help in time of need; we fly unto thee for succor in behalf of this thy servant, here ly ing under thy hand in great weakness of body: look graciously upon him, O LORD; and the more the outward whilst we live here, which may in man decayeth, strengthen him, we the end bring us to life everlasting, beseech thee, so much the more con- through the merits of JESUS CHRIST tinually with thy grace and holy thine only Son our Lord. Amen. Spirit, in the inner man: give him. unfeigned repentance for all the errors of his life past, and steadfast faith in thy Son JESUS, that his sins may be, done away by thy mercy, and his pardon sealed in heaven, before he go
A Prayer for persons troubled in mind or in
O BLESSED LORD, the Father of mercies, and the GOD of all comforts, we beseech thee, look down in
hence, and be no more seen. We pity and compassion upon this thy know, O LORD, that there is no word afflicted servant. Thou writest bitter impossible with thee; and that, if thou things against him, and makest him wilt, thou canst even yet raise him to possess his former iniquities: thy up, and grant him a longer continu- wrath lieth hard upon him, and his : but, O merciance amongst us: yet, forasmuch as soul is full of troub in all appearance the time of his dis-ful GOD, who hast written thy holy solution draweth near, so fit and word for our learning, that we, pare him, we beseech thee, against through patience and comfort of thy the hour of death, that after his de- holy Scriptures, might have hope; give parture hence in peace, and in thy him a right understanding of himself, favor, his soul may be received into and of thy threats and promises; that thine everlasting kingdom; through he may neither cast away his confithe merits and mediation of JESUS dence in thee, nor place it any where CHRIST thine only Son, our Lord and but in thee. Give him strength Saviour. Amen. against all his temptations, and heal bruised reed, nor quench the smoking all his distempers: break not the in displeasure; but make him to hear flax shut not up thy tender mercies of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice: deliver him from fear of the enemy, and lift up the light of thy counte through the merits and mediation of nance upon him; and give him peace,
A Commendatory Prayer for a sick person at
JESUS CHRIST our Lord.
¶ A Prayer for a sick person, when there appear
O ALMIGHTY GOD, with whom do live the spirits of just men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prisons; we humbly commend the soul of this thy servant, our dear brother, into thy hands, as into the hands of a faithful Creator, and most merciful Saviour; most humbly beseeching thee, that it may be precious in thy sight: wash it, we pray thee, in the blood of that immaculate Lamb, that was slain to take
O GOD, whose days are without
away the sins of the world; that end, and whose mercies cannot be
A Prayer which may be said by the Minister,
in behalf of all present at the Visitation.
numbered; make us, we beseech thee, honor of thy mercy through eternal deeply sensible of the shortness and ages, it may be to thy unspeakable uncertainty of human life; and let thy glory, that thou hast redeemed the HOLY SPIRIT lead us through this soul of this thy servant from eternal vale of misery, in holiness and right- death, and made him partaker of the eousness, all the days of our lives: everlasting life, which is through that, when we shall have served thee JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. in our generation, we may be gath-TA Thanksgiving for the beginning of a recovery. ered unto our fathers, having the tesGREAT and mighty GOD, who timony of a good conscience; in the bringest down to the grave, and bring communion of the catholic Church; est up again; we bless thy wonderful in the confidence of a certain faith; goodness, for having turned our heain the comfort of a reasonable, reli- viness into joy and our mourning gious, and holy hope; in favor with into gladness, by restoring this our thee our GOD, and in perfect charity brother to some degree of his former with the world: All which we ask health. Blessed be thy name that through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. thou didst not forsake him in his sickness; but didst visit him with comforts from above; didst support him in patience and submission to thy O MOST gracious Father, we fly will; and, at last, didst send him unto thee for mercy in behalf of this seasonable relief. Perfect, we be thy servant, here lying under the seech thee, this thy mercy toward sudden visitation of thine hand. If him; and prosper the means which it be thy will, preserve his life, that shall be made use of for his cure: there may be place for repentance: that being restored to health of body, but, if thou hast otherwise appointed, vigor of mind, and cheerfulness of let thy mercy supply to him the want spirit, he may be able to go to thine of the usual opportunity for the trim- house, to offer thee an oblation with ming of his lamp. Stir up in him great gladness; and to bless thy holy such sorrow for sin, and such fervent name for all thy goodness toward him, love to thee, as may in a short time through JESUS CHRIST our Saviour: do the work of many days: that to whom with thee and the HOLY among the praises which thy saints SPIRIT, be all honor and glory world and holy angels shall sing to the without end. Amen.
A Prayer which may be said in case of sudden surprise and immediate danger.
THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
¶ 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 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. ALMIGHTY everliving GOD, Maker of mankind, who dost correct those whom thou dost love, and chas
tise 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 JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
whom the LORD loveth, he chasteneth; and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
The Epistle. Heb, xii. 5. MY son, despise not thou the chastening of the LORD, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For After which the Minister shall proceed according to the form before prescribed for the Holy Com munion, 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 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 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
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 neighbors 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.
The Gospel. St. John v. 24. VERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed, from death unto life.
THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD.
I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the LORD; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. St. John xi. 25, 26.
Here is to be noted, that the Office ensuing is not to be used for any unbaptized adults, any whe 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 toward the grave, shall say, or sing,
I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter
day upon the earth: and though after
WE brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The LORD gave, and
And now, LORD, what is my hope? Truly my hope is even in thee.
Deliver ine from all mine offences; and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.
Hear my prayer, O LORD; and with thine ears consider my calling hold not thy peace at my tears.
For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner; as all my fathers were. O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength; before I go hence, and be no more seen.
Glory be to the FATHER, and to the SON, and to the HOLY GHOST; As it was in the beginning, now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Thou turnest man to destruction; again thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday; seeing that is past as a watch in the night.
As soon as thou scatterest them, they are even as a sleep; and fade away suddenly like the grass.
In the morning it is green, and groweth up; but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
For we consume away in thy displeasure; and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.
Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee; and our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
For when thou art angry, all our days are gone: We bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.
The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years, yet is their strength then but labor and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Then shall follow the Lesson, taken out of the fifteenth chapter of the first Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
1 Cor. xv. 20.
NOW is CHRIST risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in CHRIST shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: CHRIST the first fruits; afterward they that are CHRIST'S, at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to GOD,
LORD, thou hast been our refuge, from one generation to another.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world even the FATHER; when he shall were made, thou art GOD from ever-have put down all rule, and all aulasting, and world without end. thority, and power. For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death: for he hath put all things under his feet But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the SON also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that GOD may be all in all. Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing, which I have in CHRIST JEsus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not for some have not the knowledge of GOD. I speak this to your shame. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up and with what body do