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to life everlasting, through the we beseech thee, deeply sensible merits of Jesus Christ thine of the shortness and uncertainty only Son our Lord. Amen. of human life; and let thy holy 1 A Prayer for persons troubled in mind or Spirit lead us through this

vale of misery, in holiness and O BLESSED LORD, the righteousness, all the days of Father of mercies, and the God our lives : that, when we shall of all comforts, we beseech have served thee in our generathee, look down in pity and tion, we may be gathered unto compassion upon

this thy our fathers, having the testiafflicted servant. Thoù writest mony of a good conscience; in bitter things against him, and the communion of the catholic makest him to possess his Church ; in the confidence of a former iniquities : thy wrath certain faith ; in the comfort lieth hard upon him, and his of a reasonable, religious, and soul is full of trouble ; but, o holy hope; in favour with thee merciful God, who hast written our God, and in perfect charity thy holy word for our learning, with the world : All which we that we, through patience and ask through JESUS CHRIST our comfort of thy holy Scriptures, Lord. Amen. might have hope; give him a 1 A Prayer which may be said in case of right understanding of himself, sudden surprise and immediate danger. and of thy threats and promises ; O MOST gracious Father, that he may neither cast away we fly unto thee for mercy in his confidence in thee, nor place behalf of this thy servant, here it any where but in thee. Give lying under the sudden visitahim strength against all his tion of thine hand. If it be thy temptations, and heal all his will, preserve his life, that there distempers : break not the may be place for repentance: bruised reed, nor quench the but, if thou hast otherwise smoking flax: shut not up thy appointed, let thy mercy supply tender mercies in displeasure ; to him the want of the usual but make him to hear of joy opportunity for the trimming and gladness, that the bones of his lamp. Stir up in him which thou hast broken may such sorrow for sin, and such rejoice: deliver him from fear fervent love to thee, as may in of the enemy, and lift up the a short time do the work of light of thy countenance upon many days : that among the him ; and give him peace, praises which thy saints an through the merits and media- holy angels shall sing to the tion of Jesus Christ our Lord. honour of thy mercy through Amen.

be to thy C A Prayer which may be said by the unspeakable glory, that thou

Minister, in behalf of all present at the hast redeemed the soul of this Visitation.

thy servant from eternal death, O GOD, whose days are and made him partaker of the without end, and whose mercies everlasting life, which is through cannot be numbered; make us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

eternal ages,

it may



87 A Thanksgiving for the beginning of a him seasonable relief. Perfect,

we beseech thee, this thy mercy GREAT and mighty God, towards him; and prosper the who bringest down to the grave, means which shall be made use and bringest up again; we bless of for his cure : that being thy wonderful goodness, for restored to health of body, having turned our heaviness vigour of mind, and cheerfulness into joy and our mourning into of spirit, he may be able to go gladness, by restoring this our to thine house, to offer thee an brother to some degree of his oblation with great gladness; former health. Blessed be thy and to bless thy holy name for name that thou didst not forsake all thy goodness towards him, him in his sickness; but didst through Jesus Christ our Savisit him with comforts from viour: to whom with thee and above; didst support him in the Holy Spirit, be all honour patience and submission to thy and glory world without end. will; and, at last, didst send Amen.


f 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 tó 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, Épistle, and Gospel, here following: The Collect.

The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5. ALMIGHTY everliving God, MY son, despise not thou the Maker of mankind, who dost chastening of the Lord, nor correct those whom thou dost faint when thou art rebuked love, and chastise every one of him. For whom the LORD whom thou dost receive; we loveth, he chasteneth ; and beseech thee to have mercy scourgeth every son whom he upon this thy servant visited receiveth. with thine hand; and to grant The Gospel. St. John v. 24. that he may take his sickness patiently, and recover his bodily VERILY, verily, I say unto health, if it be thy gracious you, He that heareth my word, will; and that whensoever his and believeth on him that sent soul shall depart from the me, hath everlasting life, and body, it may be without spot shall not come into condemnapresented unto thee, through tion; but is passed from death Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. I 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 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 at 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. T 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. IT 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.




1 Here is to be noted, that the Office ensuing is not to be used for any unbaptized adults

any who die excommunicate, or who have laid violent hands upon themselves. | The Minister, meeting the corpse at the entrance of the church-yard, and going before it

either into the church, or towards the grave, shall say, or sing, I AM the resurrection and taken away; blessed be the the life, saith the Lord; he that name of the Lord. 1 Tim. vi. 7. believeth in me, though he were Job. i. 21. dead, yet shall he live: and After they are come into the church, shall whosoever liveth and believeth

be said or sung the following Anthem, in me, shall never die. St. John taken from the 39th and 90th Psalms. xi. 25, 26.

LORD, let me know my end,

and the number of my days; I KNOW that Redeemer

that I


be certified how long liveth, and that he shall stand

I have to live. at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my days as it were a span long,

Behold, thou hast made my skin worms destroy this body, and mine age is even as nothing yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for

in respect of thee; and verily myself, and mine eyes shall every man living is altogether behold, and not another. Job vanity. xix. 25, 26, 27.

For man walketh in a vain

shadow, and disquieteth himself WE brought nothing into in vain ; he heapeth up riches, this world, and it is certain we and cannot tell who shall gather can carry nothing out. The them. LORD gave,

and the Lord hath And now, LORD, what is my


hope? Truly my hope is even before thee; and our secret in thee,

sins in the light of thy counteDeliver me from all mine nance. offences; and make me not a For when thou art angry,

all rebuke unto the foolish. our days are gone : We bring

When thou with rebukes our years to an end, as it were dost chasten man for sin, thou a tale that is told. makest his beauty to consume The days of our age are away, like as it were a moth threescore years and ten; and fretting a garment: every man though men be so strong that therefore is but vanity. they come to fourscore years,

Hear my prayer, O LORD; yet is their strength then but and with thine ears consider labour and sorrow; so my calling: hold not thy peace passeth it away, and we are gone. at my tears.

So teach us to number our For I am a stranger with thee, days, that we may apply our and a sojourner; as all my hearts unto wisdom. fathers were.

Glory be to the FATHER, and, O spare me a little, that I may to the Son, and to the Holy recover my strength; before I Ghost; go hence, and be no more seen. As it was in the beginning,

LORD, thou hast been our is now, and ever shall be, world refuge, from one generation to without end. Amen. another.

Then shall follow the Lesson, taken out Before the mountains were

of the fifteenth chapter of the first Epistle brought forth, or ever the earth of St. Paul to the Corinthians. and the world were made, thou

1 Cor. xv. 20. art God from everlasting, and world without end.

NOW is CHRIST risen from Thou turnest man to destruc- the dead, and become the first ition ; again thou sayest, Come fruits of them that slept. For again, ye children of men. since by man came death, by

For a thousand years in thy man came also the resurrection sight are but as yesterday'; of the dead. For as in Adam seeing that is past as a watch in all die, even so in Christ shall the night.

all be made alive. But every As soon

as thou scatterest man in his own order : CHRIST them, they are even as a sleep; the first fruits ; afterwards they and fade away suddenly like the that are CHRIST's, at his coming. grass.

Then cometh the end, when he In the morning it is green, shall have delivered and groweth up; but in the kingdom to God, even the evening it is cut down, dried Father ; when he shall have up, and withered.

put down all rule, and all For we consume away in thy authority, and power. For he displeasure ; and are afraid at must reign till he hath put all thy wrathful indignation, enemies under his feet. The

Thou hast set our misdeeds last enemy that shall be de:

up the

stroyed is death: for he hath terrestrial : but the glory of the put all things under his feet. celestial is one, and the glory of But when he saith all things are the terrestrial is another. There put under him, it is manifest is one glory of the sun, and that he is excepted which did another glory of the moon, and put all things under him. And another glory of the stars : for when all things shall be subdued one star differeth from another unto him, then shall the Son star in glory. So also is the also himself be subject unto resurrection of the dead. It is him that put all things under sown in corruption; it is raised him, that God may be all in all. in incorruption. It is sown in Else what shall they do which dishonour; it is raised in glory. are baptized for the dead, if the It is sown in weakness; it is dead rise not at all? Why are raised in power. It is sown a they then baptized for the dead? natural body; it is raised a And why stand we in jeopardy spiritual body. There is a every hour ? I protest by your natural body, and there is a rejoicing, which I have in spiritual body. And so it is CHRIST JEsus our Lord, I die written, The first man Adam daily. If after the manner of was made a living soul, the last men I have fought with beasts Adam was made a quickening at Ephesus, what advantageth spirit. Howbeit, that was not it me, if the dead rise not ? Let first which is spiritual, but that us eat and drink, for to-morrow which is natural; and afterward

Be not deceived : evil that which is spiritual. The communications corrupt good first man is of the earth, earthy:

Awake to righteous- the second man is the Lord ness, and sin not: for some from heaven. As is the earthy, have not the knowledge of God. such are they that are earthy: I speak this to your shame. and as is the heavenly, such are But some man will say, How they also that are heavenly. are the dead raised up? and And as we have borne the with what body do they come? image of the earthy, we shall Thou fool, that which thou also bear the image of the sowest is not quickened exceptit heavenly.

Now this I say, die. And that which thou sowest, brethren, that flesh and blood thou sowest not that body cannot inherit the kingdom of that shall be, but bare grain; God; neither doth corruption it may chance of wheat, or some inherit incorruption. Behold, other grain. But God giveth I show you a mystery: we shall it a body as it hath pleased him; not all sleep, but we shall all and to every seed his own body. be changed, in a moment, in All flesh is not the same flesh; the twinkling of an eye, at the but there is one kind of flesh last trump: for the trumpet of men, another flesh of beasts, shall sound, and the dead shall another of fishes, and another be raised incorruptible, and we of birds. There are

also shall be changed. For this celestial bodies, and bodies corruptible must put on incor

we die.


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