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Nisi Dominus. Pfal. 127. Except the Lord build the house : their labour
Except the Lord keep the city: the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is but loft 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 so are the
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.]
Then the Deacon fall say,
Let us pray.
Then mall the Priest say, Lord, have mercy upon us. Anfw. Christ, have mercy upon us. Pr. Lord, have mercy upon us. Then pall the Priest say the Lord's prayer, the
People repeating it with him. OY UR 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 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 shall the Priest say,
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 mall the Priest turn to the Woman, and bless
her, saying, TH
HE Lord bless thee, and keep thee : The
Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift
his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace, both now and evermore, Amen.
The woman that cometh to give her thanks, must re
main in the same place; and there offer her offering, and receive the Holy Communion.
The ORDER for the
Visitation of the SIC K.
any person is fick, notice Mall immediately be given thereof to the Priest, that the fick person may be vihted, and receive the asistance of the Church,
before his strength be too far spent. The Priest coming into the fick person's house, shall say,
Peace be to this house, and to all that dwell in it. When he cometh into the fick man's presence, he
shall say, S 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. James v. 14, 15. Then the Priest shall exhort the fick person after this
form or other like, DEarly 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, and sickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your fickness is, know you certainly that it is God's visitation. And for what cause foever this sickness is fent 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 the encrease of glory and endless felicity; or else it be feħt 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 fickness patiently, trusting in God's mercy,
for his dear Son Jesus Christ's fake, 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.
If the person visited be very fick, the Priest may
end his exhortation in this place, or else proceed. TA
AKE therefore in good part the chastisement
of the Lord: for (as Saint Paul faith) whom the Lord lovech, he chastenech, and scourgeth every fon 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 comfort and instruction, that we should patiently and with thanksgiving bear our heavenly Father's correction, whenfoever 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; 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 life. Now therefore taking your fickness, which is thus profitable for you, patiently, I exhort
in the name of God to remember the profession, which you made unto God in your baptism. And forafmuch 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 fake, 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
believe as a Chriftian should or no. Here the Priest shall rehearse the Articles of the
Faith, saying thus, Dost thou believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth ? And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy