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Nisi Dominus. Psal. 127.
EXcept the Lord build the house: their labour is but lost that build it.
Except the Lord keep the city: the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is but lost labour, that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children, and the fruit of the womb; are an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord.
Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant: even £0 are the young children.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost; [Hallelujah :]
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. [Hallelujah.]
fhen the Deacon Jball fay, Let us pray.
Then Jhall the Priest fay,
Then /hall the Priest fay the Lord's prayer, the
s\ U R Father, who art in heaven; Hallowed be ^-^ thy name. 'Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as. as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from the evil one. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Pr. O Lord, save this woman thy servant;
Then Jball the Priest say,
s\ Almighty God, we give thee humble thanks ^-^ for that thou hast vouchsafed to deliver this woman thy servant from the great pain and peril of child-birth: Grant, we beseech thee, most merciful Father, that she through thy help may both faithfully live and walk according to thy will in this present life, and also may be partaker of everlasting glory in the life to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Priest turn to the Woman, and blest her, saying,
'T* H E 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. Amen.
T'he woman that cometb to give her thanks, must remain in the fame place; and there offer her offer* ing, and receive the Holy Communion,
The The ORDER for the
Visitation of the Sick.
When any person is sick, notice jhall immediately bt given thereof to the Priest, that the sick person may be vijited, and receive the affiance of the Church, before his strength be too far spent.
she Tries coming into the sick person s house, shall fay, Peace be to this house, and to all that dwell in ic
When he cometh into the fick man's presence, he shall say,
IS any sick among you? let him call for the Elders, that is the Priests, of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. fames v. 14, 15.
tfben the Priest shall exhort the sick person after this
form or other like, T^Early beloved, know this, that Almighty God *-"' is the Lord of life and death, and of all things to them pertaining, as youth, strength, health, age,
weakness, weakness, and sickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your* sickness is, know you certainly that it is God's visi-* tation. And for what cause soever this sickness issent unto you; whether it be to try your patience for the example of others, and that your faith may be found in the day of the Lord laudable, glorious, and honourable, to rhe encrease of glory and endless felicity; or else it be &nt unto you to correct: and amend in you whatsoever doth offend the eyes of your heavenly Father; know you certainly, that if you truly repent you of your sins, and bear your sickness patiently, trusting in God's mercy, for his dear Son Jesus Christ's sake, and render unto him humble thanks for his fatherly visitation, submitting your self wholly unto his will; it shall turn to your profit, and help you forward in the right way that leadeth unto everlasting life.
Is the person visited be very Jick, the Priefi may end his exhortation in this place, or else proceed.
*~T* A K E therefore in good part the chastisement of the Lord: for (as Saint Paul faith) whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son that he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he, whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons. Furthermore, we have had Fathers of our flesh, who corrected us, and we gave them reverence; shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. These words, dearly beloved, are written in Holy Scripture for
our our comfort and instruction, that we should patiently and with thanksgiving bear our heavenly Father's correction, whensoever by any manner of adversity it shall please his gracious goodness to visit us. And there should be no greater comfort to Christian persons, than to be made like unto Christ, by suffering patiently adversities, troubles, and sicknesses. For he himself went not up to joy, but first he suffered pain j he entered not into his glory, before he was crucified. So truly our way to eternal joy, is to suffer "here with Christ; and our door to enter into eternal life, is gladly to die with Christ; that we may rife again from death, and dwell with him in everlasting lise. Now therefore taking your sickness, which is thus profitable for you, patiently, I exhort you in the name of God to remember the profession, which you made unto God in your baptism. And forasmuch as after this life there is an account to be given unto the righteous judge, by whom all must be judged without respect of persons; I require you to examine yourself and your state both towards God and man; so that accusing and condemning your self 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 believe as a Christian should or no.