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THE ORDER FOR
THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
Let us pray
When any Person is sick, notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the Parisk ;
who, coming into the sick Person's house, shall say, Peace be to this house, and to all
Minister. that dwell in it.
O Lord, look down from heaven,
behold, visit, and relieve this thy When he cometh into the Sick Man's pre
him with the sence, he shall say, kneeling down,
eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort REMEMBER not, Lord, our iniquities,
and sure confidence in thee, defend nor the iniquities of our forefathers :
him from the danger of the enemy, Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, and safety, through Jesus Christ our
and keep him in perpetual peace whom thou hast redeemed with thy
Lord. Amen. most precious blood; and be not angry with us for ever. Answer. Spare us, good Lord.
Hear us, Almighty and most mer
ciful God and Saviour ; extend the Then the Minister shall say,
accustomed goodness to this thy servant, who is grieved with sickness:
Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy Lord, have mercy upon us.
fatherly correction to him; that the Christ, have mercy upon us.
of his weakness may add Lord, have mercy upon us.
strength to his faith, and seriousness
to his repentance: That if it shall be The Lord's Prayer.
thy good pleasure to restore him to
his former health, he may lead the Our Father, &c. to- But deliver us residue of his life in thy fear, and to from evil. Amen.
thy glory: or else, give him grace Minister. O Lord, save thy ser- to take thy visitation, that after this vant;
painful life ended, he may dwell with Answer. Which putteth his trust thee in life everlasting, through Jesus in thee.
Christ our Lord. Amen. Minister. Send him help from thy holy place;
Then shall the Minister exhort the sick Answer. And evermore mightily Person after this form, or other like. defend him. Minister. Let the enemy have no
Dearly beloved, know this, that advantage of him ;
Almighty God is the Lord of life Answer. Nor the wicked approach and death, and of all things to them to hurt him.
pertaining, as youth, strength, health, Minister. Be unto him, O Lord, a age, weakness, and sickness. Wherestrong tower;
fore, whatsoever your sickness is Answer. From the face of his know you certainly, that it is God's enemy.
visitation. And for what cause soever Minister. O Lord, hear our prayers;
this sickness is sent unto you; whether Answer. And let our cry come
it be to try your patience for the unto thee.
example of others, and that your faith
may be found in the day of the Lord, patiently adversities, troubles, and sicklaudable, glorious, and honourable, to nesses. For he himself went not up to the increase of glory and endless joy, but first he suffered pain ; he felicity; or else it be sent unto you entered not into his glory, before he to correct and amend in you what- was crucified. So truly our way to soever doth offend the eyes of your eternal joy is to suffer here with Christ; heavenly Father; know you certainly, and our door to enter into eternal that if you truly repent you of your life, is gladly to die with Christ; sins, and bear your sickness patiently, that we may rise again from death, trusting in God's mercy, for his dear and dwell with him in everlasting life. Son Jesus Christ's sake, and render Now, therefore, taking your sickness, unto him humble thanks for his fa- which is thus profitable for you, patherly visitation, submitting yourself tiently; I exhort you, in the Name wholly unto his will, it shall turn to of God, to remember the profession your profit, and help you forward in which you made unto God in your the right way that leadeth unto ever- Baptism. And forasmuch as after this lasting life.
life there is an account to be given
unto the righteous Judge, by whom If the Person visited be very sick, then the
all must be judged without respect of end his exhortation in this persons ; I require you to examine place, or else proceed.
yourself and your estate, both toward
God and man; so that accusing and Take therefore in good part the condemning yourself for your own chastisement of the Lord : For (as
faults, you may find mercy at our heaSaint Paul saith in the twelfth chapter venly Father's hand for Christ's sake, to the Hebrews) " 6. whom the Lord
and not be accused and condemned “ loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth in that fearful judgment. Therefore I every
shall rehearse to you the Articles of “ 7. If ye endure chastening, God
our Faith ; that you may know whe“ dealeth with you, as with sons; for ther
do believe as a Christian man “ what son is he, whom the father should, or no. “ chasteneth not ? 8. But if ye be “ without chastisement, whereof all
Here the Minister shall rehearse the Articles " are partakers, then are ye bastards,
of the Faith, saying thus : 6 and not sons.
9. Furthermore, we “ have had fathers of our flesh, which Dost thou believe in God the Fa“ corrected us, and we gave them ther Almighty, Maker of heaven and
reverence: shall we not much rather earth ? “ be in subjection unto the Father And in Jesus Christ his only-begot“ of spirits, and live? 10. For they ten Son our Lord ? And that he was
verily for a few days chastened us conceived by the Holy Ghost, born “ after their own pleasure; but he for of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered “ our profit, that we might be par- under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, “ takers of his holiness." These dead, and buried; that he went down words, good brother, are written in into hell, and also did rise again the holy Scripture for our comfort and third day; that he ascended into heainstruction ; that we should patiently, ven, and sitteth on the right hand of and with thanksgiving, bear our hea- God the Father Almighty; and from venly Father's correction, whensoever thence shall come again at the end by any manner of adversity it shall of the world, to judge the quick and please his gracious goodness to visit the dead ? us. And there should be no greater And dost thou believe in the Holy comfort to Christian persons, than to Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church; be made like unto Christ, by suffering the communion of saints; the remis
sion of sins; the resurrection of the truly repent, that thou rememberest flesh; and everlasting life after death ? them no more ; Open thine eye of
mercy upon this thy servant, who most The sick Person shall answer, earnestly desireth pardon and forgiveAll this I stedfastly believe.
Renew in him, most loving
Father, whatsoever hath been decayed Then shall the Minister examine whether by the fraud and malice of the devil
, he repent him truly of his sins, and be in
or by his own carnal will and frailcharity with all the world ; exhorting him to forgive, from the bottom of his
ness; preserve and continue this sick heart, all Persons that have offended
member in the unity of the Church; him : and if he hath offended any other,
consider his contrition, accept his tears, to ask them forgiveness ; and where he asswage his pain, as shall seem to thee hath done injury or wrong to any man,
most expedient for him. And forasthat he make amends to the uttermost of
much as he putteth his full trust only And if he hath not before in thy mercy, impute not unto him his disposed of his goods, let him then be
former sins; but strengthen him with admonished to make his Will, and to thy blessed Spirit; and when thou art declare his Debts, what he oweth, and
pleased to take him hence, take him what is owing unto him ; for the better discharging of his Conscience, and the
unto thy favour, through the merits quietness of his Executors. But men
of thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus should often be put in remembrance to
Christ our Lord. Amen. take order for the settling of their temporal estates whilst they are in health. Then shall the Minister say the 71st Psalm,
ante, 342. These words, before rehearsed, may be said before the Minister begin his Prayer, as
Adding this : he shall see cause.
O Saviour of the world, who by thy The Minister should not omit earnestly to Cross and precious Blood hath redeemed
move such sick Persons, as are of ability, us; save us, and help us, we humbly to be liberal to the Poor.
beseech thee, O Lord. Here shall the sick Person be moved to make a special Confession of his sins, if
Then shall the Minister say, he feel his Conscience troubled with any
The Almighty Lord, who is a most weighty matter. After which Confession the Priest shall absolve him (if he strong tower to all them that put their humbly and heartily desire it) after
trust in him; to whom all things in this sort :
heaven, in earth, and under the earth,
do bow and obey, be now and everleft
more thy defence, and make thee know power to his Church to absolve all
and feel, that there is none (a) other sinners who truly repent, and believe in him ; of his great mercy forgive
name under heaven given to man,
in whom, and through whom, thou thee thine offences : and by his authority committed to me, I absolve thee
mayest receive health and salvation,
but only the Name of our Lord Jesus from all thy sins, In the Name of the
And after that shall say,
Unto God's gracious mercy and prosay following
tection we commit thee. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The Lord
make his face to shine upon thee, and O most merciful God, who accord
be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift ing to the multitude of thy mercies dost so put away the sins of those who
(a) None, &c." Acts iv. 12.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath dhe
Let us pray,
up his countenance upon thee, and forasmuch as in all appearance the give thee peace, both now and ever- time of his dissolution draweth near, more. Amen.
so fit and prepare him, we beseech thee,
against the hour of death; that after A Prayer for a sick Child.
his departure hence in peace, and in O Almighty God, and merciful Fa- thy favour, his soul may be received ther, to whom alone belong the issues
into thine everlasting kingdom, through of life and death; Look down from
the merits and mediation of Jesus heaven, we humbly beseech thee, with
Christ thine only Son, our Lord and the eyes of mercy upon this Child,
Saviour. Amen. now lying upon the bed of sickness : Visit him, o Lord, with thy salvation;
A commendatory Prayer for a sick Person deliver him in thy good appointed time
al the point of departure. from his bodily pain, and save his soul O Almighty God, with whom do live for thy mercies' sake: That if it shall
the spirits of just men made perfect, be thy pleasure to prolong his days after they are delivered from their here on earth, he may live to thee, earthly prison; We humbly commend and be an instrument of thy glory, by the soul of this thy servant, our dear serving thee faithfully, and doing good brother, into thy hands, as into the in his generation; or else receive him
hands of a faithful Creator and most into those heavenly habitations, where merciful Saviour; most humbly bethe souls of them that sleep in the seeching thee, that it may be precious Lord Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and in thy sight. Wash it, we pray thee, felicity: Grant this, O Lord, for thy in the blood of that immaculate Lamb, mercies' sake, in the same thy Son that was slain to take away the sins our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth
of the world ; that whatsoever defileand reigneth with thee and the Holy
ments it may have contracted in the Ghost, ever one God, world without
midst of this miserable and naughty end. Amen.
world, through the lusts of the flesh,
or the wiles of Satan, being purged A Prayer for a sick Person, when there appeareth small hope of recovery.
and done away, it may be presented
pure and without spot before thee. O Father of mercies, and God of And teach us, who survive, in this and all comfort, our only help in time of other like daily spectacles of mortality, need; We fly unto thee for succour
to see how frail and uncertain our own in behalf of this thy servant, here lying condition is; and so to number (6) our under thy hand in great weakness of days, that we may seriously apply our body. Look graciously upon him, o hearts to that holy and heavenly wisLord; and the more the outward man dom, whilst we live here, which may decayeth, strengthen him, we beseech in the end bring us to life everlasting, thee, so much the more continually through the merits of Jesus Christ with thy grace and Holy Spirit in the thine only Son our Lord. Amen.
Give him unfeigned repentance for all the errors of his life A Prayer for Persons troubled in mind or past, and stedfast faith in thy Son
in conscience. Jesus ; that his sins may be done away O BLESSED Lord, the Father of merby thy mercy, and his pardon sealed in
cies, and the God of all comforts; We heaven, before he go hence, and be no
beseech thee, look down in pity and more seen.
We know, O Lord, that there is no word impossible with thee;
compassion upon this thy afflicted serand that if thou wilt, thou canst even
Thou writest (c) bitter things yet raise him up, and grant him a (6) “ Number, &c." Psalm xc. 12. longer continuance amongst us: Yet (c) “ Writest, &c.” Job xiii. 26.
against him, and makest him to possess strength against all his temptations, and his former iniquities; thy wrath lieth heal all his distempers. Break (e) not hard upon him, and his soul is full of the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking trouble : But, o merciful God, who flax. Shut not up thy tender mercies in hast written thy holy Word for (d) our displeasure; but make him to (g) hear learning, that we, through patience and of joy and gladness, that the bones comfort of thy holy Scriptures, might which thou hast broken may rejoice. have hope; gave him a right under- Deliver him from fear of the enemy, standing of himself, and of thy threats and lift up the light of thy countenance and promises; that he may neither cast upon him, and give him peace, through away his confidence in thee, nor place the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ it any
where but in thee. Give him our Lord. Amen. (d) “ For, &c.” Rom. xv. 4. (e) “ Break, &c.” Is. xlii. 3. (g) “ Hear, &c.” Ps. li. 8.
COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
FORASMUCH as all mortal men be subject to many sudden perils, diseases, and sick
nesses, 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 shal 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 Curate, signifying also how many there are to communicate with him, which shall be three, or i'wo 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 Epistle. Heb. xii. 5. Almighty, everliving God, Maker of My son, despise not thou the chastenmankind, who dost correct those whoming of the Lord, nor faint when thou thou dost love, and chastise every one art rebuked of him. For whom the whom thou dost receive; We beseech Lord loveth hechasteneth, and scourgeth thee to have mercy upon this thy every son whom he receiveth. servant visited with thine hand; and to grant that he may take his sickness
The Gospel. John v. 24. patiently, and recover his bodily health, if it be thy gracious will; and when | Verily, verily, I say unto you, He soever his soul shall depart from the that heareth my word, and believeth on body, it may be without spot pre- him that sent me, bath everlasting life
, sented unto thee, through Jesus Christ and shall not come into condemnation; our Lord. Amen.
but is passed from death unto life. After which the Priest shall proceed according to the form before prescribed for the Holy Communion, begin
ning at these words (Ye that do truly repent, &c.] At the time of the distribution of the Holy Sacrament, the Priest shall first receive the Communion himself, and
afier minister unto them that are appointed to communicale with the Sick, and last of all to the sick Person: