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A Prayer for a sick person, when away the sins of the world: that
there appeareth small hope of whatsoever defilements it may recovery.
have contracted in the midst of FATHER of mercies, and this miserable and naughty world, God of all comfort, our only
through the lusts of the flesh, or help in time of need; We fly un
the wiles of Satan, being purged to thee for succour in behalf of and done away, it may be presentthis thy servant, here lying under ed pure and without spot before thy hand in great weakness of thee. And teach us who survive, body. Look graciously upon him,
in this and other like daily specO Lord; and the more the out
tacles of mortality, to see how ward man decayeth, strengthen frail and uncertain our own conhim, we beseech thee, so much dition is; and so to number our the more continually with thy days, that we may seriously apply grace and holy Spirit in the inner our hearts to that holy and heaman. Give him unfeigned repent
venly wisdom, whilst we live here, ance for all the errors of his life which may in the end bring us past, and stedfast faith in thy Son to life everlasting, through the Jesus; that his sins may be done
merits of Jesus Christ thine only away by thy mercy, and his par
Son our Lord. Amen. don sealed in heaven, before he
A Prayer for persons troubled in go hence, and be no more seen.
mind or in conscience. We know, O Lord, that there is no word impossible with thee;
BLESSED Lord, the Father and that, if thou wilt, thou canst
of mercies, and the God of even yet raise him up, and grant
all comforts; We beseech thee, him a longer continuance amongst
look down in pity and compassion us : Yet, forasmuch as in all ap
upon this thy afflicted servant. pearance the time of his disso Thou writest bitter things against lution dra weth near, so fit and
him, and makest him to possess prepare him, we beseech thee, a
his former iniquities; thy wrath gainst the hour of death, that af
lieth hard upon him, and his soul ter his departure hence in peace,
is full of trouble : But, o merciful and in thy favour, his soul may
God, who hast written thy holy be received into thine everlasting
Word for our learning, that we, kingdom, through the merits and
through patience and comfort of mediation of Jesus Christ, thine
thy holy Scriptures, might have only Son, our Lord and Saviour.
hope; give him a right underAmen.
standing of himself, and of thy
threats and promises; that he may A commendatory Prayer for a
neither cast away his confidence sick person at the point of de
in thee, nor place it any where parture.
but in thee. Give him strength ALMIGHTY God, with against all his temptations, and U whom do live the spirits of heal all his distempers. Break not just men made perfect, after they the bruised reed, nor quench the are delivered from their earthly smoking flax. Shut not up thy prisons; We humbly commend tender mercies in displeasure; but the soul of this thy servant, our make him to hear of joy and gladdear brother, into thy hands, as ness, that the bones which thou into the hands of a faithful Cre- hast broken may rejoice. Deliver ator, and most merciful Saviour; him from fear of the enemy, and most humbly beseeching thee, lift up the light of thy countethat it may be precious in thy nance upon him, and give him sight. Wash it, we pray thee, in peace, through the merits and the blood of that immaculate mediation of Jesus Christ our Lamb, that was slain to take | Lord. Amen.
cause to mention they may hall be public of thes
(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, whensoever it shall please Almighty God to call them, 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 communicate 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 so 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.
TY son, despise not thou the correct those whom thou dost love,
IV chastening of the Lord, nor
faint when thou art rebuked of and chastise every one whom thou
him. For whom the Lord loveth dost receive; We beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy servant
he chasteneth; and scourgeth evevisited with thine hand, and to
ry son whom he receiveth. grant that he may take his sick
The Gospel. St. John v. 24. ness patiently, and recover his bodily health, (if it be thy gra VERILY, verily I say unto you, cious will ;) and whensoever his V He that heareth my word, soul shall depart from the body, and believeth on him that sent it may be without spot presented me, hath everlasting life, and shall unto thee; through Jesus Christ not come into condemnation; but our Lord. Amen.
| is passed from death 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 fc.] 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. 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. I In the time of the Plague, Sweat, or such other like contagious times of sickness or diseases, when none of the Parish or neighbour's can be gotten to communicate with the sick in their houses, for fear of the infection, upon special request of the diseased, the Minister may only communicate with him.
fc. rend isitation at thriest, for more receiveth the holun:
THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD.
Here is to be noted, that the Office ensuing is not to be used for any that die unbaptized, or excommunicate, or have laid violent hands upon themselves. The Priest and Clerks 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 the respect of thee; and verily every I life, saith the Lord : he that man living is altogether vanity. believeth in me, though he were For man walketh in a vain shadead, yet shall he live: and who dow, and disquieteth himself in soever liveth and believeth in me vain : he hea peth up riches, and shall never die. St. John xi. 25, cannot tell who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what is my I KNOW that my Redeemer
hope : truly my hope is even in
thee. I liveth, and that he shall stand
Deliver me from all mine ofat the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms
fences : and make me not a redestroy this body, yet in my flesh
buke unto the foolish. shall I see God: whom I shall see
I became dumb, and opened not
my mouth : for it was thy doing. for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another. Job xix.
Take thy plague away from me:
I am even consumed by means of 25, 26, 27.
thy heavy hand. W E brought nothing into this When thou with rebukes dost W world, and it is certain we
chasten man for sin, thou makest can carry nothing out. The Lord
his beauty to consume away, like gave, and the Lord hath taken
as it were a moth fretting a garaway ; blessed be the Name of the
ment : every man therefore is but Lord. 1 Tim. vi. 7. Job i. 21.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and After they are come into the Church, shall be read one or both
with thine ears consider my callof these Psalms following:
ing : hold not thy peace at my
tears. Dixi, custodiam. Psalm xxxix. For I am a stranger with thee : I SAID, I will take heed to my and a sojourner, as all my fathers I ways ; that I offend not in my were. tongue.
O spare me a little, that I may I will keep my mouth as it were recover my strength : before I go with a bridle : while the ungodly hence, and be no more seen. is in my sight.
Glory be to the Father, and to I held my tongue, and spake the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; nothing : I kept silence, yea, even As it was in the beginning, is from good words; but it was pain now, and ever shall be : world and grief to me.
without end. Amen. My heart was hot within me, and while I was thus musing the
Domine, refugium. Psalm xc. fire kindled : and at the last I I ORD, thou hast been our respake with my tongue;
U fuge : from one generation to Lord, let me know mine end, | another. and the number of my days : that Before the mountains were I may be certified how long I have brought forth, or ever the earth to live.
and the world were made : thou Behold, thou hast made my art God from everlasting, and days as it were a span long : and world without end. mine age is even as nothing in Thou turnest man to destruc
tion: again thou sayest, Come Then shall follow the Lesson again, ye children of men.
taken out of the fifteenth ChapFor a thousand years in thy
ter of the former Epistle of Saint sight are but as yesterday : seeing
Paul to the Corinthians. that is past as a watch in the
1 Cor. xv. 20. night.
NOW is Christ risen from the As soon as thou scatterest them, I dead, and become the firstthey are even as a sleep : and fade fruits of them that slept. For away suddenly like the grass. since by man came death, by man
In the morning it is green, and came also the resurrection of the groweth up : but in the evening dead. For as in Adam all die, it is cut down, dried up, and wi even so in Christ shall all be made thered.
alive. But every man in his own For we consume away in thy order: Christ the first-fruits; afdispleasure : and are afraid at thy terward they that are Christ's, at wrathful indignation.
his coming. Then cometh the end, Thou hast set our misdeeds be when he shall have delivered up fore thee : and our secret sins in the kingdom to God, even the the light of thy countenance.
Father, when he shall have put For when thou art angry all down all rule, and all authority, our days are gone : we bring our and power. For he must reign, years to an end, as it were a tale till he hath put all enemies unthat is told.
der his feet. The last enemy that The days of our age are three shall be destroyed is death. For score years and ten; and though he hath put all things under his men be so strong, that they come feet. But when he saith, all things to fourscore years : yet is their are put under him, it is manifest strength then but labour and sor that he is excepted, which did put row; so soon passeth it away, and | all things under him. And when we are gone.
all things shall be subdued unto But who regardeth the power him, then shall the Son also himof thy wrath : for even thereafter self be subject unto him that put as a man feareth, so is thy dis all things under him, that God pleasure.
may be all in all. Else what shall O teach us to number our days : they do which are baptized for the that we may apply our hearts un dead, if the dead rise not at all ? to wisdom.
Why are they then baptized for Turn thee again, O Lord, at the dead? and why stand we in the last : and be gracious unto jeopardy every hour? I protest by thy servants.
your rejoicing, which I have in o satisfy us with thy mercy, Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. and that soon : so shall we rejoice If after the manner of men I have and be glad all the days of our fought with beasts at Ephesus, life.
what advantageth it me, if the Comfort us again now after the dead rise not? Let us eat and time that thou hast plagued us : drink, for to-morrow we die. Be and for the years wherein we not deceived: evil communicahave suffered adversity.
tions corrupt good manners. AShew thy servants thy work : wake to righteousness, and sin and their children thy glory. not; for some have not the know
And the glorious Majesty of ledge of God. I speak this to your the Lord our God be upon us : shame. But some man will say, prosper thou the work of our How are the dead raised up? and hands upon us, o prosper thou with what body do they come ? our handy-work.
Thou fool, that which thou sowest Glory be to the Father, and to is not quickened, except it die. the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; And that which thou sowest, thou
As it was in the beginning, is sowest not that body that shall now, and ever shall be : world be, but bare grain, it may chance without end. Amen.
| of wheat, or of some other grain :
But God giveth it a body, as it | ed up in victory. O death, where aath pleased him, and to every is thy sting? O grave, where is seed his own body. All flesh is thy victory? The sting of death is net the same flesh; but there is sin, and the strength of sin is the one kind of flesh of men, another law. But thanks be to God, which flesh of beasts, another of fishes, giveth us the victory through our and another of birds. There are | Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my also celestial bodies, and bodies beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, terrestrial; but the glory of the unmoveable, always abounding in celestial is one, and the glory of the work of the Lord, forasmuch the terrestrial is another. There is as ye know that your labour is one glory of the sun, and another not in vain in the Lord. glory of the moon, and another
When they come to the Grave, glory of the stars; for one star
while the Corpse is made ready differeth from another star in glo
to be laid into the earth, the ry. So also is the resurrection of
Priest shall say, or the Priest the dead: It is sown in corrup
and Clerks shall sing: tion; it is raised in incorruption :
CAN that is born of a woman It is sown in dishonour; it is rais
I hath but a short time to live, ed in glory : It is sown in weak
and is full of misery. He cometh ness; it is raised in power: It is
up, and is cut down, like a flowsown a natural body; it is raised
er; he fleeth as it were a shadow, a spiritual body. There is a na
and never continueth in one stay. tural body, and there is a spiri
In the midst of life we are in tual body. And so it is written,
death : of whom may we seek for The first man Adam was made a
succour, but of thee, O Lord, who living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. How
for our sins art justly displeased ?
Yet, O Lord God most holy, O beit, that was not first which is
Lord most mighty, o holy and spiritual, but that which is na
most merciful Saviour, deliver us tural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of
not into the bitter pains of eter
nal death. the earth, earthy: the second man
Thou knowest, Lord, the seis the Lord from heaven. As is
crets of our hearts; shut not thy the earthy, such are they that are
merciful ears to our prayer: but earthy: and as is the heavenly,
spare us, Lord most holy, O God such are they also that are hea
most mighty, O holy and merciful venly. And as we have borne the
Saviour, thou most worthy Judge image of the earthy, we shall also
eternal, suffer us not, at our last bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that
hour, for any pains of death, to
fall from thee. flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth Then, while the earth shall be corruption inherit incorruption. cast upon the Body by some standBehold, I shew you a mystery: ing by, the Priest shall say, We shall not all sleep, but we DORASMUCH as it hath pleasshall all be changed, in a mo Ted Almighty God of his great ment, in the twinkling of an eye, mercy to take unto himself the at the last trump, (for the trum soul of our dear brother here depet shall sound,) and the dead parted, we therefore commit his shall be raised incorruptible, and body to the ground; earth to we shall be changed. For this earth, ashes to ashes, dust to corruptible must put on incorrup dust; in sure and certain hope of tion, and this mortal must put on the Resurrection to eternal life, immortality. So when this cor- through our Lord Jesus Christ; ruptible shall have put on incor who shall change our vile body, ruption, and this mortal shall that it may be like unto his glohave put on immortality; then rious body, according to the mighshall be brought to pass the saying ty working, whereby he is able that is written, Death is swallow- to subdue all things to himself.