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heavenly wisdom, whilst we
live here, which may in the end bring us to life everlast
ing, through the merits of Jesus Christ thine only Son our
lieth hard upon him, and his soul is full of trouble: But, () merciful God, who hast written thy holy word for our learning, that we, through
Persons troubled in Mind or in Con
BLESSED Lord, the Fa
threats and promises; that he may neither cast away his confidence in thee, nor place it any where but in thee. Give him strength against all his temptations, and heal all his distempers: Break not the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax: Shut not up thy tender merciesindispleasure; but make him to hear 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 countenance upon him; and give him peace, through the meritsand mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord. !.Amen.
* A Prayer which may be said by the Minister, in behalf of all firesent at the Visitation. O GOD, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered; make us, we beseech thee, deeply sensible of the shortness and uncertainty of human life ; and let thy Holy Spirit lead us through this vale of misery, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our lives : That, when we shall have served thee in our generation, we may be gathered unto our fathers, having the testimony of a good conscience; in the communion of the Catholic Church ; in the confiin perfect charity with the world : All which we ask through.JesusChristour Lord. .Mmen.
patience and comfort of thy'dence of a certain faith ; in holy Scriptures, might have the comfort of a reasonable, hope; give him a right under-religious, and holy hope ; in standing of himself, and of ** with thee our God, and THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
* A Prayer which may be said in case of sudden surfirise and immediate danger.
MOST gracious Father,
we fly unto thee formercy in behalf of this thy servant, here lying under the sudden visitation of thine hand. If it be thy will, preserve his life, that there may be place for repentance : But, if thou hast otherwise appointed, let thy mercy supply to him the want of the usual opportunity forthe trimming of his lamp. Stir up in him such sorrow for sin and such fervent love to thee, as may in a short time do the work of many days : That among the praises which thy Saints and holy Angels shall sing to the honour of thymercy through eternal ages, it may be to thy unspeakable glory, that thou hast redeemed the soul of this thy servant from eternal death, and made him partaker of the everlasting life, which is through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* A Thanksgiving for the beginning of a Recovery, |GREAT and mighty God, who bringest down to the |grave, and bringest up again; we bless thy wonderful goodness, for having turned our heaviness into joy and our mourning into gladness, by restoring this our brothertosome degree of his former health. Blessed be thy Name, that 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 will ; and, at last, didst send him seasonable relief. Perfect, we beseech thee, this thy mercy towards him; and prosper the means which shall be made use of for his cure : That being restored to health of body, vigour 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 thy ho
ly Name for all thy goodness
towards him, through Jesus Christ our Saviour: To whom with thee and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
* Porasmuch as all mortal men are subject to many sudden fierils, diseases, and sicknesses, and ever uncertain what time they shall defiart out of this life : therefore, to the in
tent they may be always in
readiness to die, whensoever
it shall filease .Almighty God to call them, the Ministers shall diligently from time to time (but especially in the time of festilence, 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 fublicly administered in the Church ; that so doing, they may, in case of sudden visitation, have the dess cause to be disquieted for lack of the same. But if the sick fierson 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 too at the least ; ) and all things necessary being fireflared, the Minister shall there celebrate the Holy Communion, beginning with the Collect, Eftistle, and Goshel, Aere following :
The Collect. The E/listle. Heb. xii. 5.
LMighty everliving God, Maker-ef mankind, who dost correct those whom thou dost love, and chastise every one whom thou dost receive; we beseechthee 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
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.
The Gosfiel. St. John v. 24.
ERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath ever
lasting life, and shall not come into condemnation ; but is
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. passed from death unto life.
* After which the Minister shall proceed according to the Form before prescribed for the Holy Communion, 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 iast 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 steadfasth 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 therehave delivered up the king-that body that shall be, but dom to God, even the Father; bare grain ; it may chance of when he shall have put downwheat, or of some other grain. all rule, and all authority, and But God giveth it a body as it power. For he must reign till hath pleased him; and to every he hath put all enemies under'seed his own body. All flesh his feet. The last enemy that is not the same flesh; but there
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. Elsewhat 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, Idie 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
is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial : But the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon,and anotherglory of the stars: For one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption ; it is raised in incorruption : It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power : It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural ; and afterwards that which is spiritual. The first man is of
this to your shame. But some the earth, earthy : The second
man will say, How are the dead raised up ; and with what body do they come 3 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die. And that which
man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they that are earthy : and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly . And as we have borne the image
thou sowest, thou sowest not of the earthy, we shall also
bear theimage of theheavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit corruption. Behold, I show you a mystery : We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump : For the trumpet shall sound,and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must putonincorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory : The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks
be to God,which giveth us the F
victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren,be yesteadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
* When they come to the grave, while the Corfise is made ready to be laid into the earth, shall be sung or said,
TMAN, that is born of a wo.
man, hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is
'cut down like a flower; he fleeth as it were ashadow, and never continueth in one stay. In the midst of life we are in death : Of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased ? Yet,O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death. Theu knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts: Shut not thy merciful ears to our prayers; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour,thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death to fall from thee.
* Then, while the earth shall be cast usion the Body by some standing by, the Mimister shall say,
ORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God, in his wise Providence, to take out of this world the soul of our deceased Brother, we therefore commit his Body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust: looking for the general Resurrection in the last Day, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord JesusChrist; at whose second coming in glorious Majesty to judge the World, the Earth and the Sea shall give up their Dead; and the corruptible Bodies ofthose who sleep in him shall be