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mine yourself, and your estate settling of their temporal estates,
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 man or no.
Here the Minister shall rehearse the Ar
ticles of the Faith, saying thus:
heaven and earth?
whilst they are in health.
T The Exhortation before rehearsed may be said before the Minister begin his Prayer, as he shall see cause.
The Minister shall not omit earnestly
Let us pray.
of thy mercies, dost so put away the sins of those who truly repent, that thou rememberest them no
more; open thine eye
on this thy servant, who most earAnd in Jesus Christ his only be-nestly desireth pardon and forgiveness.
Renew in him, most gotten Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, loving Father, whatsoever hath born of the Virgin Mary; that he been decayed by the fraud and suffered under Pontius Pilate, was malice of the devil, or by his own crucified, dead, and buried; that carnal will and frailness; preserve he went down into hell, and also and continue this sick member in did rise again the third day; that the unity of the Church; consider he ascended into heaven, and sit-his contrition, accept his tears, teth 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 Ghost; 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 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 persons that have of fended him; aud if he hath offended any ether, to ask them forgiveness; 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 oweth, and what is owing unto him, for the better dicharging of his conscience, and the quietness of his Executors. But men should often be put in rememberance to take order for the
assuage his pain, as shall seem to
T Then shall the Minister say this Psalm:
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?
For there is mercy with thee; therefore shalt thou be feared. 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, | save his soul for thy mercies' sake; before the morning watch. that if it shall be thy pleasure to O Israel, trust in the Lord, for prolong his days here on earth, with the Lord there is mercy; he may live to thee, and be an inand with him is plenteous re-strument of thy glory, by serving demption.
And he shall redeem Israel from all his sins.
by thy Cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us; save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
thee faithfully, and doing good in his generation: or else receive him into those heavenly habitations, where the souls of those who
perpetual rest and felicity: Grant this, O Lord, for thy mercies' sake, in the same thy Son our Lord Je sus Chirst, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
A Prayer for a sick Person, when there appeareth but small hope of recovery. of mercies, and
God of all comfort, our only
Then shall the Minister say, THE HE Almighty Lord, who is a most strong tower to all those who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey, be now and evermore thy defence; and make thee help in time of need; We fly unto know and feel, that there is none thee for succour in behalf of this other name under heaven given thy servant, here lying under thy to man, in whom, and through hand in great weakness of body: whom, thou mayest receive health Look graciously upon him, O and salvation, but only the name Lord; and the more the outward of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.man decayeth, strengthen him, we Here the Minister may use any part of beseech thee, so much the more the service of this Book, which, in his continually with thy grace and discretion, he shall think convenient to Holy Spirit, in the inner man; the occasion; and after that shall say, Give him unfeigned repentance for UNTO God's fo we cmeroy all the errors of his life past, and and protection commit thee: The Lord bless thee, and steadfast faith in thy Son Jesus, keep thee: The Lord make his that his sins may be done away face to shine upon thee, and be by thy mercy, and his pardon sealgracious unto thee: The Lord lifted in Heaven, before he go hence, up his countenance upon thee, Lord, that there is no word imposand be no more seen. We know,O and give thee peace both now sible with thee; and that, if thon wilt, thou canst even yet raise him up,and grant him a longer continuat the discretion of the Minister. ance amongst us: Yet, forasmuch TA Prayer for a sick Child. as in all appearance the time of ALMIGHTY God and mer- his dissolution draweth near, so ciful Father, to whom alone fit and prepare him, we beseech belong the issues of life and death; thee, against the hour of death, look down from heaven, we hum- that after his departure hence in bly beseech thee, with the eyes of peace, and in thy favour, his soul mercy upon this Child, now lying may be received into thine everupon the bed of sickness: Visit lasting kingdom; through the him, O Lord, with thy salvation; merits and mediation of Jesus deliver him in thy good appointed Christ thine only Son, our Lord time from his bodily pain, and and Saviour. Amen
and evermore. Amen.
Prayers which may be said with the foregoing service, or any part thereof,
TA_Commendatory Prayer for a sick | threats and promises; that he may
A Prayer which may be said by the
GOD, whose days are 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 3 dear brother, into thy hands, as into of a tor, and most merciful Saviour; gladness, that the bones which most humbly beseeching thee, thou hast broken may rejoice: that it may be precious in thy Deliver him from fear of the enesight: Wash it, we pray thee, in my, and lift up the light of thy he blood of that immaculate countenance upon him; and give Lamb, that was slain to take away him peace, through the merits and the sins of the world; that what- mediation of Jesus Christ our soever defilements it may have Lord. Amen. contracted in the midst of this miserable and naughty world, through the lust of the flesh, or the wiles of Satan, being purged and done away, it may be preout end, and whose mercies sented pure and without spot cannot be numbered; make us, before thee. And teach us who we beseech thee, deeply sensible survive, in this, and other like of human life; and let thy Holy of the shortness and uncertainty daily spectacles of mortality, to see how frail and uncertain our Spirit lead us through this vale of own condition is; and so to nummisery, in holiness and righteousber our days, that we may seri-ness, all the days of our lives. ously apply our hearts to that holy thee in our generation, we may That, when we shall have served and heavenly wisdom, whilst we live here, which may in the end be gathered unto our fathers, havbring us to life everlasting, ing the testimony of a good conthrough the merits of Jesus Christ science; in the communion of thine only Son our Lord. Amen. the Catholic Church; in the confidence of a certain faith; in the comfort of a reasonable, religious, and holy hope; in favour with rity with the world: All which thee our in we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
TA Prayer which may be said in case of sudden surprise and immediate danger. fly unto thee for mercy in MOST gracious Father, we
of mercies, and the God of all comforts, we beseech thee, look down in pity and compassion upon this thy afflicted servant. Thou writest bitter things against him, and makest him to posseth his Thy wrath lieth hard upon him, and his soul behalf of this thy servant, here lyis full of trouble: But, O merciful ing under the sudden visitation of God, who hast written thy holy thine hand. If it be thy will, word for our learning, that we, preserve his life, that there may through patience and comfort of be place for repentance: But, if thy holy Scriptures, might have thou hast otherwise appointed, hope; give him a right under- let thy mercy supply to him the standing of himself, and of thy want of the usual opportunity for
A Prayer for Persons troubled in Mind
the trimming of his lamp. Stir, by restoring this our brother to up in him such sorrow for sin, some degree of his former health. and such fervent love to thee, as Blessed be thy name, that thon may in a short time do the work didst not forsake him in his sickof many days: That among the ness; but didst visit him with compraises which thy Saints and holy forts from above; didst support Angels shall sing to the honour him in patience and submission to of thy mercy through eternal thy will; and, at last, didst send ages, it may be to thy unspeaka-him seasonable relief. Perfect, ble glory, that thou hast redeem- we beseech thee, this thy mercy ed the soul of this thy servant towards him; and prosper the from eternal death, and made him means which shall be made use partaker of the everlasting life, of for his cure: That being rewhich is through Jesus Christ stored to health of body, vigour our Lord. Amen. of mind, and cheerfulness of spirit, he may be able to go to thine house, to offer thee an oblation with great gladness; and to bless
A Thanksgiving for the beginning of a
bringest down to the grave, ness towards him, through Jesus and bringest up again; we bless Christ our Saviour: To whom thy wonderful goodness, for hav- with thee and the Holy Spirit, be ing turned our heaviness into joy all honour and glory world withand our mourning into gladness, out end. Amen.
THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
7 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:
LMIGHTY everliving God,
correct those whom thou dost love,and chastise every one whom thou dost receive; we beseech
soul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented
our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5. MY son, despise not thou the
thee to have mercy upon this thy servant visited with hand; the Lord, nor and to grant that he may take his faint when thou art rebuked or sickness patiently, and recover his him. For whom the Lord loveth, bodily health, if it be thy gracious he chasteneth; and scourgeth will; and that whensoever his every son whom he receiveth.
The Gospe. St. John v. 24. Ime, hath everlasting life, and shall
and believeth on him that sent
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.
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 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.
THE ORDER FOR
THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD.
Here is to be noted, that the Office ensuing is not to be used for any unbaptized
The Minister, meeting the Corpse at the entrance of the Church-yard, and going
IAM, the resurrection, and the
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.
KNOW that my Redeemer liv. eth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another. Job xix. 25, 26, 27.
WE brought nothing into this
world, and is certain we can carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 1 Tim. vi. 7. Job i. 21.
shall be said or sung the following Anthem, taken from the 39th and 90th Psalms.
and the number of my days; ORD, know that I may be certified how long have to live.
Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long; and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain; he heapeth up riches,
and cannot tell who shall gather
And now, Lord, what is my hope? Truly my hope is even in thee.
Deliver me from all mine of