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Acts of Repentance, by way of Prayer and Ejaculation, to be used
especially by Old Men in their Age, and by all Men in their Sickness 480
A Prayer for the Grace and Perfection of Repentance
A Prayer for Pardon of Sins, to be said frequently in Time of Sickness,
and in all the Portions of Old Age
An Act of holy Resolution of Amendment of Life, in case of
An Analysis, or Resolution of the Decalogue, and the special Precepts
of the Gospel, describing the Duties enjoined, and the Sins forbidden
respectively; for the Assistance of Sick Men in making their Confes-
sions to God and his Ministers, and the rendering their Repentance
I. Comm. Thou shalt have none other Gods but me •••••
II. Comm. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven Image, nor wor-
IV. Comm. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath Day..
V. Comm. Honour thy Father and thy Mother.
IX. Comm. Thou shalt not bear False Witness
X. Comm. Thou shalt not Covet....
Acts of Charity, by way of Prayer and Ejaculation, which may also be
used for Thanksgiving, in case of Recovery
OF VISITATION OF THE SICK: OR THE ASSISTANCE THAT IS TO BE DONE TO
DYING PERSONS BY THE MINISTRY OF THEIR CLERGY-GUIDES.
Of ministering in the Sick Man's Confession of Sins and Repentance.. 510
Arguments and Exhortations to move the Sick Man to Confession of Sins ib.
Instruments by way of Consideration, to awaken a careless Person, and
Of the ministering to the Restitution and Pardon, or Reconciliation of
the Sick Person, by administering the Holy Sacrament ..... 523
Of ministering to the Sick Person by the Spiritual Man, as he is the
Considerations against unreasonable Fears of not having our Sins
An Exercise against Despair in the Day of our Death. •
Offices to be said by the Minister, in his Visitation of the Sick
A Prayer to be said by the Priest secretly..
A Prayer to be said by the Standers-by
A Prayer to be said in the Case of a sudden Surprise by Death, as by a
mortal Wound, or evil Accidents in Childbirth, when the Forms and
A Peroration concerning the Contingencies and Treatings of our de- e
parted Friends after Death, in order to their Burial, &¤ ̧• *• •............... ·
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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
AND TRULY NOBLE
RICHARD LORD VAUGHAN,
EARL OF CARBERY, KNIGHT OF THE HONOURABLE
I HAVE lived to see religion painted upon banners, and thrust out of churches, and the temple turned into a tabernacle, and that tabernacle made ambulatory, and covered with skins of beasts and torn curtains, and God to be worshipped, not as he is "the father of our Lord Jesus" (an afflicted prince, the king of sufferings), nor as the "God of peace," (which two appellatives God newly took upon him in the New Testament, and glories in for ever :) but he is owned now rather as "the Lord of Hosts," which title he was pleased to lay aside, when the kingdom of the gospel was preached by the Prince of peace. But when religion puts on armour, and God is not acknowledged by his New Testament titles, religion may have in it the power of the sword, but not the power
of godliness; and we may complain of this to God, and amongst them that are afflicted, but we have no remedy, but what we must expect from the fellowship of Christ's sufferings, and the returns of the God of peace. In the mean time, and now that religion pretends to stranger actions upon new principles, and men are apt to prefer a prosperous error before an afflicted truth, and some will think they are religious enough, if their worshippings have in them the prevailing ingredient; and the ministers of religion are so scattered, that they cannot unite to stop the inundation, and from chairs or pulpits, from their synods or tribunals, chastise the iniquity of the error, and the ambition of evil guides, and the infidelity of the willingly-seduced multitude, and that those few good people, who have no other plot in their religion but to serve God and save their souls, do want such assistances of ghostly counsel, as may serve their emergent needs, and assist their endeavours in the acquist of virtues, and relieve their dangers, when they are tempted to sin and death; I thought I had reasons enough inviting me to draw into one body those advices, which the several necessities of many men must use at some time or other, and many of them daily: that by a collection of holy precepts they might less feel the want of personal and attending guides, and that the rules for conduct of souls might be committed to a book, which they might always have; since they could not