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THE VISITATION OF THE SICK. I When any person is sick, notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the

Parish; who, coming into the sick person's house, shall say, PEACE EACE be to this house, and to all / servant who is grieved with sickness. that dwell in it.

Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy fa. When he cometh into the sick man's presence therly correction to him; that the sense he shall say, kneeling down,

of his weakness may add strength to his REMEMBER not, Lord, our ini- faith, and seriousness to his repentance:

quities, nor the iniquities of our That, if it shall be thy good pleasure forefathers : Spare us, good Lord, spare

restore him to his former health, he thy people, whom thou hast redeemed may lead the residue of his life in thy with thy most precious blood, and be fear, and to thy glory: or else, give him not angry with us for ever.

grace so to take thy visitation, that, after Answer. Spare us, good Lord.

this painful life ended, he may dwell

with thee in life everlasting; through Then the Minister shall say,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Minister exhort the sick person Lord, have mercy upon us.

after this form, or other like. Christ, have mercy upon us Lord, have mercy upon us.

Almighty God is the Lord of life UR Father, which art in heaven, and death, and of all things to them

Let us pray.

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dom come. Thy will be done in earth, age, weakness, and sickness. WhereAs it is in heaven. Give us this day our fore, whatsoever your sickness is, know daily bread. And forgive us our tres- you certainly, that it is God's visitation, passes, As we forgive them that trespass And for what cause soever this sickness against us. And lead us not into tempta- is sent unto you; whether it be to try tion; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

your patience for the example of others, Minister. O Lord, save thy servant ; and that your faith may be found in the

Answer. Which putteth his trust in day of the Lord laudable, glorious, and thee.

honourable, to the increase of glory Minister. Send him help from thy and endless felicity; or else it be sent holy place;

unto you to correct and amend in you Answer. And evermore mightily de- whatsoever doth offend the eyes of your fend him.

heavenly Father; know you certainly, Minister. Let the enemy have no ad- that if you truly repent you of your sins, vantage of him;

and bear your sickness patiently, trusting Answer. Nor the wicked approach to in God's mercy, for his dear Son Jesus hurt him.

Christ's sake, and render unto him humMinister. Be unto him, O Lord, a ble thanks for his fatherly visitation, strong tower,

submitting yourself wholly unto his will, Answer. From the face of his enemy. it shall turn to your profit, and help you Minister. O Lord, hear our prayers. forward in the right way that leadeth

Answer. And let our cry come unto unto everlasting life. thee.

If the person visited be very sick, then the Minister.

Curate may end his exhortation in this place, O

LORD, look down from heaven, or else proceed.

behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant. Look upon him with the eyes TAKE therefore in good part the

chastisement of the Lord : For (as of thy mercy, give him comfort and sure Saint Paul saith in the twelfth Chapter confidence in thee, defend him from to the Hebrews) whom the Lord loveth the danger of the enemy, and keep him he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son in perpetual peace and safety; through whom he receiveth. If ye endure chasJesus Christ our Lord. Amer.

tening, God dealeth with you as with EAR us, Almighty and most mer- sons; for what son is he whom the fa.

ciful God and Saviour; extend ther chasteneth not? But if ye be without thy accustomed goodness to this thy chastisement, whereof all are partakers,


then are ye bastards, and not sons. Fur- and also did rise again the third day; thermore, we have had fathers of our that he ascended into heaven, and sitteth flesh, which corrected us, and we gave at the right hand of God the Father them reverence : shall we not much Almighty; and from thence shall come rather be in subjection unto the Father again at the end of the world, to judge of spirits, and live ? For they verily for the quick and the dead ? a few days chastened us after their own And dost thou believe in the Holy pleasure ; but he for our profit, that Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; the we might be partakers of his holiness. Communion of Saints; the Remission These words, good brother, are written of sins; the Resurrection of the flesh; in holy Scripture for our comfort and and everlasting life after death? instruction; that we should patiently, and with thanksgiving, bear our hea

The sick person shall answer, venly Father's correction, whensoever by All this I stedfastly believe. any manner of adversity it shall please Then shall Minister examine whether his gracious goodness to visit us. And

he repent him truly of his sins, and be in there should be no greater comfort to

charity with all the world ; exhorting him Christian persons, than to be made to forgive, from the bottom of his heart, all like unto Christ, by suffering patiently persons that have offended him; and if he adversities, troubles, and sicknesses. hath offended any other, to ask them forgiveFor he himself went not up to joy, but

ness; and where he hath done injury or first he suffered pain; he entered not wrong to any man, that he make amends to into his glory before he was crucified.

the utter most of his power. And if he hath So truly our way to eternal joy is to

not before disposed of his goods, let kim then

be admonished to make his Will, and to suffer here with Christ; and our door

declare his Debts, what he oweth, and what is to enter into eternal life is gladly to die

owing unto kim; for the better discharging with Christ; that we may rise again of his conscience, and the quietness of his from death, and dwell with him in Executors. But men should often be put in everlasting life. Now therefore, taking remembrance to take order for the settling your sickness, which is thus profitable of their temporal estates, whilst they are in

health. for you, patiently, I exhort you, in the Name of God, to remember the pro. These words before rehearsed may be said fession which you made unto God in

before the Minister begin his Prayer, as he

shall see cause. your Baptism. And forasmuch as after this life there is an account to be given the Minister should not omit earnestly to unto the righteous Judge, by whom

move such sick persons as are of ability to

be liberal to the poor. all must be judged, without respect of persons, I require you to examine your. Here shall the sick person be moved to make self and your estate, both toward God

a special Confession of his sins, if he feel his and man; so that, accusing and con

conscience troubled with any weighty matter.

After which Confession, the Priest shall abdemning yourself for your own faults,

solve him (if he humbly and heartily desire you may find mercy at our heavenly

it) after this sort. Father's hand for Christ's sake, and not be accused and condemned in that OUR Lord Jesus Christ, who hath fearful judgement. Therefore I shall

left power to his Church to absolve rehearse to you the Articles of our all sinners who truly repent and believe Faith, that you may know whether you

in him, of his great mercy forgive thee do believe as a Christian man should, thine offences : And by his authority

committed to me, I absolve thee from or no.

all thy sins, In the Name of the Father, | Here the Minister shall rehearse the Articles and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. of the Faith, saying thus,


Let us pray.

ther Almighty, Maker of heaven

And then the Priest shall say the Collect and earth ?

following. And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten Son our Lord ? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of ing to the multitude of thy mercies, the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under dost so put away the sins of those who Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and truly repent, that thou rememberest buried; that he went down into hell, them no more; Open thine eye of


IN thee, Lord have put

myutesrent : Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

mercy upon this thy servant, who most As for me, I will patiently abide earnestly desireth pardon and forgive- alway: and will praise thee more and ness, Renew in him, most loving Fa. more. ther, whatsoever hath been decayed by My mouth shall daily speak of thy the fraud and malice of the devil, or righteousness and salvation : for I know by his own carnal will and frailness; no end thereof. preserve and continue this sick member I will go forth in the strength of the in the unity of the Church; consider Lord God : and will make mention of his contrition, accept his tears, asswage thy righteousness only. his pain, as shall seem to thee most Thou, O God, hast taught me from expedient for him. And forasmuch as my youth up until now : therefore will he putteth his full trust only in thy I tell of thy wondrous works. mercy, impute not unto him his former Forsake me not, O God, in mine old sins, but strengthen him with thy bless- age, when I am gray-headed : until ed Spirit; and, when thou art pleased I have shewed thy strength unto this to take him hence, take him unto thy generation, and thy power to all them favour, through the merits of thy most that are yet for to come. dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Thy righteousness, O God, is very Lord. Amen.

high, and great things are they that

thou hast done : 0 God, who is like Then shall the Minister say this Psalm.

unto thee? In te, Domine, speravi. Psalm lxxi.

Glory be to the Father, and to the let me to confusion but rid me, and deliver me in thy right- and ever shall be : world without end.

As it was in the beginning, is now, eousness; incline thine ear unto me, Amen. and save me.

Adding this.
Be thou my strong hold, whereunto
I may alway resort : thou

hast promised O SAVIOUR of the world, who by to help me; for thou art my house of redeemed us, Save us, and help us, we

thy Cross and precious Blood hast defence, and my castle.

humbly beseech thee, O Lord. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly : out of the hand of the

Then shall the Minister say, unrighteous and cruel man. For thou, O Lord God, art the thing

THE Almighty Lord, who is a most

strong tower to all them that put that I long for : thou art my hope, even their trust in him, to whom all things from my youth.

in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, Through thee have I been holden up do bow and obey, be now and evermore ever since I was born : thou art he that thy defence; and make thee know and took me out of my mother's womb; my feel, that there is none other Name praise shall alway be of thee.

under heaven given to man, in whom, I am become as it were a monster and through whom, thou mayest receive unto many : but my sure trust is in health and salvation, but only the Name thee.

of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. O let my mouth be filled with thy praise : that I may sing of thy glory and

And after that shall say, honour all the day long.

Cast me not away in the time of age : protection we commit thee. The forsake me not when my strength fail. Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The eth me.

Lord make his face to shine upon thee, For mine enemies speak against me, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord and they that lay wait for my soul take lift up his countenance upon thee, and their counsel together, saying: God hath give thee peace, both now and evermore, forsaken him, persecute him, and take Amen. him ; for there is none to deliver him. Go not far from me, O God : my God,

A Prayer for a sick child, haste thee to help me.


ALMIGHTY God, and merciful Let them be confounded and perish Father, to whom alone belong the that are against my soul : let them be issues of life and death; Look down covered with shame and dishonour that from heaven, we humbly beseech thee, seek to do me evil.

with the eyes of mercy upon this child mercies, and the God of all comwith thy grace and holy Spirit in the forts; We beseech thee, look down inner man. Give him unfeigned re- in pity and compassion upon this thy pentance for all the errors of his life afflicted servant. Thou writest bitter past, and stedfast faith in thy Son Je- things against him, and makest him to sus; that his sins may be done away by possess his former iniquities; thy wrath thy mercy, and his pardon sealed in lieth hard upon him, and his soul is full heaven, before he go hence, and be no of trouble: But, o merciful God, who more seen. We know, O Lord, that hast written thy holy Word for our there is no word impossible with thee; learning, that we, through patience and and that, if thou wilt, thou canst even comfort of thy holy Scriptures, might yet raise him up, and grant him a longer have hope; give him a right undercontinuance amongst us : Yet, forasmuch standing of himself, and of thy threats as in all appearance the time of his dis- and promises ; that he may neither solution draweth near, so fit and prepare cast away his confidence in thee, nor him, we beseech thee, against the hour place it any where but in thee. Give of death, that after his departure hence him strength against all his temptations, in peace, and in thy favour, his soul and heal all his distempers. Break not may be received into thine everlasting the bruised reed, nor quench the smokkingdom, through the merits and me- ing flax. Shut not up thy tender mercies diation of Jesus Christ, thine only Son, in displeasure; but make him to hear our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

now lying upon the bed of sickness : mend the soul of this thy servant, our Visit him, o Lord, with thy salvation; dear brother, into thy hands, as into deliver him in thy good appointed time the hands of a faithful Creator, and from his bodily pain, and save his soul most merciful Saviour ; most humbly for thy mercies sake: That, if it shall beseeching thee, that it may be precious be thy pleasure to prolong his days here in thy sight. Wash it, we pray thee, on earth, he may live to thee, and be in the blood of that immaculate Lamb, an instrument of thy glory, by serving that was slain to take away the sins of thee faithfully, and doing good in his the world ; that whatsoever defilements generation; or else receive him into it may have contracted in the midst those heavenly habitations, where the of this miserable and naughty world, souls of them that sleep in the Lord through the lusts of the flesh, or the Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. wiles of Satan, being purged and done Grant this, O Lord, for thy mercies' away, it may be presented pure and sake, in the same thy Son our Lord without spot before thee. And teach Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth us who survive, in this and other like with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one daily spectacles of mortality, to see how God, world without end. Amen.

frail and uncertain our own condition A Prayer for a sick person, when there is ; and so to number our days, that we appeareth small hope of recovery.

may seriously apply our hearts to that 0

FATHER of mercies, and God of holy and heavenly wisdom, whilst we all comfort, our only help in time live here, which may in the end bring

us to life everlasting, through the meof need; We fly unto thee for succour in behalf of this thy servant, here lying Lord. Amen.

rits of Jesus Christ thine only Son our under thy hand in great weakness of body. Look graciously upon him, 0 A Prayer for persons troubled in mind Lord; and the more the outward man

or in conscience. decayeth, strengthen him, we beseech thee, so much the more continually O BLESSED Lord, the Father of

of joy and gladness, that the bones which A commendatory Prayer for a sick per thou hast broken may rejoice. Deliver

son at the point of departure. him from fear of the enemy, and lift up O thy :

live the spirits of just men made and give him peace, through the me. perfect, after they are delivered from rits and mediation of Jesus Christ our their earthly prisons; We humbly com- Lord, Amen.

T Forasmuch as all mortal men be 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 a readiness to die, when soever it shall please Almighty God to call ther, the Curates 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 publickly 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 Curate, signifying also how many there are to communs cate with him, which shall be three, or two at the least,) and having a convenient place in the sick man's house, with all things necessary 80 prepared, that the Curate may reverently minister, he shall there celebrate the holy Communion, beginning with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, here following.

The Collect.

The Epistle. Hebr. xii. 5. ,


Y son, despise not thou the chastenof mankind, who dost correct those ing of the Lord, nor faint when whom thou dost love, and chastise every thou art rebuked of him. For whom one whom thou dost receive; We be- the Lord loveth he chasteneth; and seech thee to have mercy upon this thy scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. servant visited with thine hand, and to grant that he may take his sick. The Gospel, St. John v. 24. ness, patiently, and recover his bodily VERILY, verily I say unto you, He

; whensoever his soul shall depart from eth on him that sent me, hath everthe body, it may be without spot pre- lasting life, and shall not come into sented unto thee; through Jesus Christ condemnation; but is passed from death our Lord. Amen.

unto life.

After which the Priest shall proceed according to the form before prescribed for the holy Communion, beginning at these words [Ye that do truly &c.] At the time of the distribution of the holy Sacrament, the Priest shall first receive the Communion himself, and after minister unto them that 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 Curate, 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 Curate shall instruct him, that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and stedfastly 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 therefore, 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. I When the sick person is visited, and receiveth the holy Communion all at one

time, then the Priest, for more expedition, shall cut off the form of the Visitation at the Psalm [In thee, O Lord, have I put my trust, &c.] and go straight to the Communion. In the time of the Plague, Sweat, or such other like contagious times of sickness or diseases, when none of the Parish or neighbours can be gotten to communi. cate with the sick in their houses, for fear of the infection, upon special request of the diseased, the Minister may only communicate with him.

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