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felicity. Grant this, for thy mercy's sake; through cies, that thou hast redeemed his soul from death, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
and made him partaker of eternal life; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [From Mr. Kettlewell.] LORD, pity the troubles and weakness of this A Prayer for a sick Person, when there appeareth infant, and pity our sorrows, who are afflicted with
small hope of Recovery. it, and for it. Ease it of its pains, and strengthen
(Visitation Office.) it when it lies struggling for life. Raise it up again, if it shall please thee, to grow in years and
O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, stature, in wisdom and virtue; and thereby to our only help in time of need; we fiy unto thee comfort us, and glorify thee.
for succour in behalf of this thy servant, here lying We believe, O Almighty Father, that thou under thy hand in great weakness of body. Look knowest best what is fit, both for it and us, and graciously upon him, O Lord, and, the more the wilt do what is fit for both, and therefore we leave outward man decayeth, strengthen him, we beit to thee, lo dispose of it as thou pleasest. But seech thee, so much the more continually with whether it be to life or death, let it be thine in thy grace and Holy Spirit in the inner man, both, and either preserve it to be thy true and Give him unfeigned repentance for all the errors faithful servant here on earth, or take it to the of his life past, and steadfast faith in thy Son Jeblessedness of thy children in the kingdom of sus, that his sins may be forgiven, and his pardon heaven; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus sealed in heaven, before he go hence, and be no Christ. Amen.
more seen. We know, O Lord, that there is no
work impossible with thee, and that, if thou wilt, 4 Prayer for a person who, from a state of thou canst even yet raise him up, and grant him a
Yet forasmuch as Health, is suddenly seized with the Symptoms !onger continuance among us. of Death.
in all appearance the time of his dissolution draw
eth near, so fit and prepare him, we beseech thee, O most gracious Father, Lord of heaven and against the hour of deaih, that after his departure earth, Judge of the living and of the dead, behold hence in peace, and in thy favour, his soul may thy servants turning to thee for pity and mercy, be received into thine everlasting kingdom; in behalf of ourselves and this thy servant. It through the mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son, was but lately that we beheld him in as promising our Saviour. Amen. a state of health and life, as any one of us seems to be in at present, and therefore our concern is so A general Prayer for Preparation and Readimuch the greater to behold so sudden a change,
ness to die. and so unlooked for an instance of our mortality.
We know, O Lord, thou canst bring back from LORD, "what is our life, but a vapour which the brink of the grave, and as suddenly raise thy appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth servant again as thou hast cast him down, and away ?" Even at the longest, how short and therefore we think it not too late to implore thy transitory! and when we think ourselves most mercy upon him for his recovery; at least we beg secure, yet we know not what a day may bring of thee to spare him a little, that he may recover forth; nor how soon thou mayest come, before we his strength, and have time to make his peace are aware, to call us to our last account. with thee,“ before he go hence, and be no more Quickly shall we be as water spilt on the seen.” But if it be thy will to remove him at this ground, which cannot be gathered up again. time into another world, O let the miracles of thy Quickly shall we be snatched away hence, and compassion, and thy wonderful mercy, supply to our place here shall know us no more. him the want of the usual measures of time, that Our bodies shall soon lie down in the grave, he may fit himself for eternity. And let the great- and our souls be summoned to appear before the ness of his calamity be a means to procure his tribunal of Christ, to receive our everlasting doom; pardon for those defects and degrees of unreadi- and yet, O Lord, how do the generality of manness which this sudden stroke hath caused. And kind live in this world, as if they were never to teach us all, we beseech thee, from this unexpected leave it! How unmindful are we all of our deparfate of our brother, to be continually upon our ture! how improvident of our time! how careless guard, and to watch and pray, since we know not of our souls, and negligent in our preparations for the hour when the “Master of the house cometh,” eternity! so that thou mightest justly cut us off whether " in the evening, or at midnight, or in in the midst of our sins, and our unpreparedness the morning.".
to appear before thee. But, O God of all comfort Lord, thou hast now called thy servant before and mercy, remember not our sins against thee, he was aware of it; 0, give him such a great and but remember thy own love to us in Jesus Christ, effectual repentance in this exigence, that in a and thy tender mercies which have been ever of short time it may be sufficient to do the work of old. O, remember how short our time is, and many days. Thou regardest, O Lord, the sin- " so teach us to number our days, that we may cerity of our hearts more than the measures of apply our hearts unto wisdom.” time, in our conversion; accept therefore, we be In the days of our health and prosperity, let us, seech thee, the few minutes of thy servant's un- from the example of our brother's weakness, refeigned tears and humiliation for his sins, as if member our own approaching fate; and let him, they were hours and days of a longer preparation; from the sudden change of health to sickness, con and let it be thy pleasure to rescue him from all sider how few and evil all his days have been, and the evils he deserves, and all the evils he fears, that there is no satisfaction in any thing, but in that in the songs of eternity which angels and knowing thee, O God. Lord, what have we to saints shall sing to the glory of thy name, this also do in this world, but to devote ourselves wholly to may be reckoned amongst thine invaluable mer- thy service, and to make ready for the world to 2 K
come ? O, that we may all of us be mindful of and torments; from all pains and punishments,
Good Lord deliver him. Quicken thy servant, O Lord, into a powerful By thy manifold and great mercies; by the maand serious consideration of these things, now thou nifold and great mercies of Jesus Christ thy Son; hast brought him into more intimate acquaintance by his agony and bloody sweat; by his strong with them. Instruct and assist him in this great crying and tears; by his bitter cross and passion; work of preparation to die. Show him how to do by his resurrection and ascension; by his interit, and help him with good success to perform it; cession and mediation; and by the graces and that when the time of his dissolution draweth comforts of the Holy Ghost; near, he may have nothing else to do, but to re Good Lord deliver him. sign himself willingly and cheerfully into thy this time of extremity; in his last and greathands, as into the hands of a merciful Creator, est need; in the hour of death, and in the day of there to remain with thee for ever in that blessed judgment; place where sin and sickness and death shall be Good Lord deliver him. no more. Amen.
We sinners do beseech thee to hear us, O Lord
God; that it may please thee to be his defender A commendatory Prayer for a sick Person at the and keeper; to remember him with the favour point of Departure.
thou bearest unto thy people, and to visit him
with thy salvation: (Visitation Office.)
We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. O Almighty God, with whom do live the spi- soul from the power of the enemy, to receive it to
That it may please thee to save and deliver his rits of just men made perfect; we humbly commend the soul of this thy servant our dear brother thy mercy, and to give him a quiet and joyful deinto thy hands, as into the hands of a faithful parture: Creator, and most merciful Saviour; humbly be
We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. seeching thee, that it may be acceptable in thy
That it may please thee to be merciful, and to sight. And teach us, who survive, by this and forgive all the sins and offences, which at any other daily instances of mortality, to see how frail time of his life he hath committed against thee: and uncertain our own condition is, and so to
We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. number our days, that we may seriously apply
That it may please thee not to lay to his charge, our hearts to that holy and heavenly wisdom, what in the lust of the flesh, or in the lust of the which may bring us to life everlasting; through eye, or in the pride of life, he hath committed Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord. Amen.
We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. A Litany for a sick Person at the time of
That it may please thee not to lay to his
cbarge, what, in the fierceness of his wrath, or in Departure.
vain and idle words, he hath committed against [From Bishop Andrews.)
We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. O God, the Father of heaven,
That it may please thee to make him partaker Have mercy upon him:
thy mercies, and promises, in Christ Jesus. Keep and defend him.
We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord.
and peace, and a part in the blessed resurrection Save and deliver him.
of life and glory: O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. Father and the Son,
That it may please thee to vouchsafe his soul Have mercy upon him:
the enjoyment of everlasting happiness, with all Strengthen and comfort him.
the blessed saints in thy heavenly kingdom: O, holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity,
We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. Have mercy upon him.
Son of God, we beseech thee to hear us. Remember not, Lord, his offences; call not to O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of mind the offences of his forefathers; but spare the world; him, good Lord, spare thy servant, whom thou
Grant him thy peace. hast redeemed with thy precious blood, and be O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of not angry with him for ever.
the world; From thy wrath and indignation ; from the fear Have mercy upon him. of death; from the guilt and burden of his sins, O Saviour of the world, &c. and from the dreadful sentence of the last judg Unto thy gracious, &c.
as follow, III. ment; Good Lord deliver him.
Form of recommending the Soul to God, in her From the sting of conscience: from impatience,
Departure from the Body. distrust, or despair; and from the extremity of sickness or agony, which may any ways withdraw
(From Bishop Cosins.) his mind from thee;
Into thy merciful hands, O Lord, we commend Good Lord deliver him.
the soul of this thy servant, now departing from From the powers of darkness ; from the illu- the body. Receive him, we humbly beseech thee, sions and assaults of our ghostly enemy; and from ciety of thy saints in heaven. Amen.
into the arms of thy mercy, into the glorious sathe bitter pangs of eternal death; Good Lord deliver him.
God the Father, who hath created thee; God From all danger and distress ; from all terrors the Son, who hath redeemed thee; God the Holy
Ghost, who hath infused his grace into thee; be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day now and evermore thy defence, assist thee in this our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses thy last trial, and bring thee to everlasting life. as we forgive them that tres pass against us. And Amen.
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from
evil. Amen. [From Bishop Taylor.]
" Lord, thou hast been our refuge from one 1.
generation to another. O Holy and most gracious Jesus, we humbly
Before the mountains were brought forth, or recommend the soul of thy servant into thy hands,
ever the earth and the world were made, :hou thy most merciful hands : let thy blessed angels art God from everlasting, and world without end. stand in ministry about thy servant, and protect sayest, Come again, ye children of men.
Thou turnest man to destruction; again thou him in his departure. Amen.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as II.
yesterday, seeing that is past as a watch in the LORD, receive the soul of this thy servant: enter night. not into judgment with him ; spare him whom As soon as thou scatterest them, they are thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, even as a sleep, and fade away suddenly like the and deliver him from all evil and mischief, from grass. the crafts and assaults of the devil, from the fear of In the morning it is green, and groweth up; death, and from everlasting condemnation. Amen. but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and III.
For we consume away in thy displeasure, and LORD, impute not unto him the follies of his are afraid of thy wrathful indignation. youth, nor any of the errors of his life; but Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee, and strengthen him in his agony, and carry him safely our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. through the last distress. Let not his faith waver, For when thou art angry, all our days are nor his hope fail, nor his charity be diminished; gone; we bring our years to an end, as it were a let him die in peace, and rest in hope, and rise in tale that is told. glory. Amen.
So teach us to number our days, that we may O SAVIOUR of the world, who by thy cross and apply our hearts unto wisdom. precious blood hast redeemed us; save and help
Turn thee again at last, and be gracious to ihis thy departing servant, we humbly beseech thy servants. thee, O Lord. Amen.
Comfort them again, now after the time that
thou hast afflicted them, and for the present ocUnto thy gracious mercy and protection we casion, wherein they suffer adversity. commit him. O Lord, bless him, and keep him. O satisfy them with thy mercy, and that soon; Make thy face to shine upon him, and be gracious so shall they rejoice, and be glad all the days of unto him. Lift up thy countenance upon him, their life.” and give him peace, both now and evermore. Amen.
Most just art thou, O God, in all thy dealings A consolatory Form of Derotion that may be our punishment is less than our ini.
used with the Friends or Relations of the qyities deserve;" and therefore we desire to subDeceased.
mit with all humility and patience to this dispen
sation of thy divine providence. Be pleased so to "Sorrow not, brethren, for them which are sanctify it to this family, that thy grace and mercy asleep, even as others, who have no hope. may more abundantly flow upon thy servants.
"For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose Thy property it is to bring good out of evil; O again; even so them also which sleep in Jesus, turn that evil, which is now befallen this house, to will God bring with him.”—1 Thess. iv. 13, 14. the benefit of every one of us, that so we may be
" It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth good able to say, from happy experience, that "the unto him."-1 Sam. Üï. 18.
house of mourning is better than the house of “ The righteous is taken away from the evil to feasting," while the death of our brother, through come.”—Isaiah lvii. 1.
thy blessing, shall conduce and minister to our “ Though the righteous be prevented with spiritual advantage. death, yet shall he be in rest.
Let the sight of his change make us the more “The honourable age is not that which stand- mindful of our own, and the sense of our loss eth in length of days, nor that which is measured make us cleave more steadfastly to thee, O God. by number of years.
Let the remembrance of his virtues make us fol. “But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and low his example, and the hope we have of his an unspotted life is old age.”—Wisd. iv. 7, 8, 9. being blessed, cause us to "press," with the more
“Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death earnestness, " towards the mark, for the prize of of his saints."- Fsalm cxvi. 15.
our high calling in Christ Jesus." “ Yea, blessed are the dead, which die in the Thou knowest, O Lord, the weakness and Lord; even so saith the Spirit; for they rest from frailty of our nature, and therefore we beseech their labours." —Rev. xiv. 13.
thee to give thy servants, who are more nearly Let us pray.
concerned in this visitation, a constant supply of
thy good Spirit, to enable them to bear it with Lord, have mercy upon us.
humility, patience, resignation, and submission Christ, have mercy upon us.
to thy divine will, as becometh the Gospel of JeLord, have mercy upon us.
sus Christ. O that no repining thoughts may Our Father which art in heaven: hallowed be arise in their hearts to discompose their duty to thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be wards thee, or towards their neighbour: but help
them rather to think wherein they have offended be pleased to comfort him in this bed of sickness thee, and carefully to amend it: to place their establish him with the light of thy countenance . affections more steadfastly on those immoveable and grant that no repining thoughts may increase things which are above, and freely resign all their his illness, or discompose his duty towards thee, os thoughts and desires unto thee; saying, with holy his neighbour: but enable him to think wherein Job, " The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken he hath offended thee, and carefully to amend his away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” And errors; to set his affections on things above, and let the death of thy servant strike us all with not on things below, and to lay up for himself such a lively sense of our mortality, as may cause treasures in heaven, even the treasures of a good us so thoroughly to die to sin, and live to grace, life, which no disasters or calamities shall ever be that when we die, we may rest in him, as our able to take from him. Grant this, O heavenly hope is this our brother doth.
Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. We evidently see “that death is the end of all men;" grant us therefore grace to lay it to heart, A Prayer for a Person who by any calamitous to despise the world, “ to abhor that which is evil,
Disaster hath broken any of his Bones, or is and cleave to that which is good; to delight in thy very much bruised and hurt in his Body. word, to study thy will, to observe thy law, and to
(From Mr. Jenks.) take all possible care to promote thy honour, and our own salvation ; that when we go the way hast taught us that "affliction cometh not forth
O Lord, the only disposer of all events, thou of all earth, we may be comforted by thy pre- of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the sence," and admitted into thy heavenly kingdom.ground:" but that the disasters which befall us Amen.
are by thy appointment. Thou art just in all Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our thou bringest" upon us: and though thy “judgsupplications and prayers, and dispose the way ments are far above out of our sight, yet we of thy servants towards the attainment of ever know " that they are right, and that it is in very lasting salvation; that, among all the changes faithfulness thou causest us to be afflicted.” “Why and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be then should a living man complain, a man for the defended by thy most gracious and ready help; punishment of his sins ?" Let these considerations through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. prevail with thy servant to submit to thy dispen
The Lord bless us and keep us, the Lord lift sations. Make him resolve to bear the effects of up the light of his countenance upon us, and thy displeasīre, and to consider it as the just degive us peace, now and for evermore. Amen. sert of his sins. O Lord, give him patience and
strength, and grace, proportionable to this great trial; and enable him so to conduct himself under it, that, after the affliction is removed, he may find
cause to say, "it was good for him to be afflicted.” OCCASIONAL PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS FOR THE | Thou that hast torn and smitten, thon art able to SICK AND UNFORTUNATE IN EXTRAORDINARY heal and to comfort. Be pleased to remember him
in this his low estate. Cause him to “search and A Prayer for a Person whose Illness is chiefly try his ways, and turn to thee, and bring forth brought on him by some calamitous Disaster or
fruits meet for repentance." loss, as of Estate, Relations, or Friends, f.c. from the deepest affliction: O, let it be thy gra
We know, O Lord, thou canst raise him up [From Bishop Patrick.)
cious will to glorify thy power and mercy in his
recovery; or, however thou shalt think fií to disO most gracious and glorious God, supreme pose of this “vile body," grant him, O God, a Judge and Governor of the world, “ in whom we mind entirely resigned to thy will, and satisfied live, and move, and have our being,” and from with thy dispensations. O, make this calamity whom all the blessings we enjoy, and "every the messenger of thy love to his soul, and the good and perfect gift cometh,” grant us, we hum- happy means of his conversiun ; through Jesus bly beseech thee, such a measure of thy grace, Christ. Amen. that whenever thou art pleased to remove any of thy blessings from us, we may bear it with a per- A Prayer for a Person that is afflicted with lect resignation to thy divine will; and with all
grievous Pains of his Body. patience, humility, and contentedness of spirit, monsider how unworthy we are of the least of thy
[From Mr. Jenks.) mercies.
O Lord, thou art a merciful God, and dost not More particularly, O Lord, we beseech thee to willingly afflict the children of men; but when give this peaceableness, and contentedness of necessity requires, thou chastisest us for our profit, nind, to this thy servant, whom thou hast so sen- that we may be partakers of thy holiness. Resibly afflicted, by taking so near and dear a bless- move, we beseech thee, this aftliction from thy ing from him. O give him such a portion of thy servant, or enable him to bear what thou art blessed Spirit, and such a lively sense of his duty, pleased to lay upon him. Lord, all his desire is that he may have power to surmount all the dif- before thee, and his groaning is not hid from ficulties he labours under, and freely to resign all thee. Regard his affliction, when thou hearest his thoughts and desires unto thee, submitting his cry. Enter not into judgment with him, nor himself entirely to thy good providence, and re- deal with him according to his sins, but according solving, by thy gracious assistance, to rest con- to thy mercy in Jesus Christ. O gracious Father, tented with whatsoever thou in thy wisdom ap- sanctify to him what thou hast laid upon him, pointest for him. Thou knowest, O Lord, the that his present affliction may work out for him weakness and frailty of our nature, and therefore an eternal weight of glory. Support him under
his pams, till it shall please thee to grant him hand presseth him sore; so that there is no soundease and comfort. And, however thou shalt deal ness in his fiesh, because of thine anger; neither with kim, let him not repine at thy correction, is there any rest in his bones by reason of his nor sin in charging thee foolishly. Make him sin. sensible, that thou doest nothing but what is wise “O reject him not utterly, but take thy plague and just ; nothing but what thy servant shall one away from him. Return, O Lord, and that day have cause to bless and praise thee for doing speedily; for his spirit faileth. O leave him not And let this consideration teach him to glorify in his distress; for though the world may forsake thee in the time of his visitation, by an humble him, his sure trust is in thee. To thee, O Lord, submission to thy will, and a sincere reformation does he cry; to thee doth he stretch forth his under thy providential dispensations; that thou hands; his soul thirsteth after thee as a barren and mayest visit him in mercy and love, show him the dry land. Lord, all his desire is before thee, and joy of thy salvation; through Jesus Christ our his groaning is not hid from thee. Comfort him Lord. Amen.
therefore again now after the time that thou hast
afflicted him, and for the days wherein he hath A Prayer for One who is troubled with acute suffered adversity."
Pains of the Gout, Stone, Colic, or any other bodily Distemper.
Put a stop, O Lord, we beseech thee, to this
raging infection, and say to the destroying angel, (From Mr. Spinkes.)
“It is enough." Protect us under the shadow of
thy wings, that we may not " be afraid of any ter. O BLESSED God, just and holy, who dost not ror by night; nor for the arrow that fieth by day; willingly afilict the children of men; withhold not, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; we beseech thee, thy assistance from this thy ser
nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noonvant in the extremity of his pain. His sorrows day;" but that, with ease in our minds, and health are increased, and his soul is full of trouble. He in our bodies, we may serve thee cheerfully all the has none to flee unto, for the ease and mitigation days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. of his agonies, but to thee, O Lord. He freely Amen. owns that his sufferings are infinitely less than he A Prayer for a Person in a Consumption, op has deserved; yet since they pierce deep, and are become almost too heavy for him to bear, we pre
any lingering Disease. sume to call upon thee for aid; and to entreat thee,
[From Mr. Jenks.] not to punish him according to his deserts. For O MERCIFUL God, thou hast long kept thy serif thou shouldest be extreme to mark what is done vant under thy chastening hand; thou hast made amiss, O Lord, who may abide it?". Spare him him acquainted with grief; and his sickness is therefore for thy mercy's sake; and correct him even become his familiar companion: yet, O bless, "not in thine anger, lest thou bring him to nothing;” | ed Lord, grant that he may not be impatient un Endue him with that patience which may enable der thy chastisement, who art pleased to wait so him cheerfully to submit to thy chastisement; long for the return of a sinner : but let him reand grant him an unfeigned repentance for all member that thou hast kind intentions, even in his sins. Comfort his soul, which melteth away thy bitterest dispensations; that thou “chastenest for very heaviness, and let thy loving mercy come him whom thou lovest, and scourgest every son unto him. Sanctify this thy fatherly correction whom thou receivest.” Teach him, O gracious to him, that it may be for thy glory, and his ad- Father, to see love in thy rod, and justice in all vantage. And when thy gracious ends in afflict-thy dealings; that he may humble himself under ing him, shall be accomplished, which we know thy mighty hand ; that he may think it good for are not for “thy pleasure," but for his profit, give him to have been afflicted, and patiently wait for him, we beseech thee, a fresh occasion to rejoice thy loving kindness. in thy saving health ; through Jesus Christ our Yet, that his faith may not fail, nor his patience Lord. Amen.
be overcome, give him ease and relaxation from
his pain, and a happy conclusion of this long vi. A Prayer for a person in the Small-Por, or sitation. In the mean time, grant that he may any such-like raging infectious Disease.
neither despise thy chastening, nor faint under O Gracious and merciful Father, the only thy rebukes; but employ the time which thou giver of health, look down, we beseech thee, with lendest, and improve the affliction which thou an eye of compassion, upon thy miserable and continuest, as a gracious opportunity for his spidisconsolate servant, from whom thou hast taken ritual advantage; that under the decays of the this great and valuable blessing; and instead of it, body, the inner man may be renewed day by day; has filled every part of his body with a sore
and that whatever appertains to his everlasting disease.
salvation may be promoted and perfected througk Teach him, O Lord, and teach us all from hence, the riches of thy grace, and the multitude of thy to consider how soon the beauty of life is blasted mercies in Jesus Christ. Amen. like a flower, and our "strength dried up like a A Prayer for a person who is lame in his Sick potsherd,” that we may not put our trust in any of these transitory things, but in thee only, the living God, who art able to save and to destroy, to
(From Mr. Lewis.) kill and to make alive.
O ALMIGHTY God, who "art eyes to the blind Our brother, whom we now behold a spectacle and feet to the lame," have pity, we entreat thee, of misery, was lately, like one of us, in perfect on thy servant: help him in his distress, and bless, health. But now "thou makest his beauty to we pray thee, the means made use of for his cure. consume away, as it were a moth fretting a gar- Make him sensible of thy design in visiting him ment. Thine arrows stick fast in him, and thy' with this affliction; cause him to remember, how