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A Prayer for Persons troubled in A Prayer which may be said in mind or in conscience.

case of sudden surprise and 0) BLESSED Lord, the Father

immediate danger. ,

MOST gracious Father, we down in pity and compassion behalf of this thy servant, here upon this thy afflicted servant.

lying under the sudden visitation Thou writest bitter things against of thine hand. If it be thy will, him, and makest him to possess preserve his life, that there may his former iniquities; thy wrath be place for repentance; but if lieth hard upon him, and his soul thou hast otherwise appointed, let is full of trouble. But, O merciful thy mercy supply to him the want God, who hast written thy holy of the usual opportunity for the Word for our learning, that we, trimming of his lamp. Štir up in through patience and comfort of him such sorrow for sin, and such thy holy Scriptures, might have fervent love to thee, as may in a hope; give him a right under- short time do the work of many standing of himself, and of thy days: That among the praises threats and promises; that he may which thy saints and holy angels neither cast away his confidence shall sing to the honour of thy in thee, nor place it any where mercy through eternal ages, it may but in thee. Give him strength be to thy unspeakable glory, that against all his temptations, and thou hast redeemed the soul of this heal all his distempers. Break not thy servant from eternal death, and the bruised reed, nor quench the made him partaker of the everlastsmoking flax. Shut not up thy ing life, which is through Jesus tender mercies in displeasure; but Christ our Lord.

Amen. make him to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou A Thanksgiving for the beginhast broken may rejoice. Deliver ning of a recovery. him from fear of the enemy, and lift up the light of thy countenance GR

*REAT and mighty God, who

bringest down to the grave, upon him, and give him peace, through the merits and mediation

and bringest up again; We bless of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

thy wonderful goodness, for hav

ing turned our heaviness into joy A Prayer which may be said by and our mourning into gladness,

the Minister in behalf of all | by restoring this our brother to present at the visitation. some degree of his former health. O GOD, whose days are without Blessed be thy Name that thou end,

didst not forsake him in his sicknot be numbered; Make us, we ness; but didst visit him with combeseech thee, deeply sensible of forts from above; didst support the shortness and uncertainty of him in patience and submission to human life; and let thy Holy thy will; and, at last, didst send Spirit lead us through this vale him seasonable relief. Perfect, we of misery, in holiness and righte- beseech thee, this thy mercy toousness, all the days of our lives : wards him; and prosper the means That, when we shall have served which shall be made use of for his thee in our generation, we may cure: That being restored to health be gathered unto our fathers, hav- of body, vigour of mind, and cheering the testimony of a good con- fulness of spirit, he may be able to science; in the communion of the go to thine house, to offer thee an catholic Church; in the confidence oblation with great gladness; and of a certain faith; in the comfort to bless thy holy Name for all thy of a reasonable, religious, and holy goodness towards him ; through hope; in favour with thee our God, Jesus Christ our Saviour, to whom, and in perfect charity with the with thee and the Holy Spirit, bé world. All which we ask through all honour and glory, world withJesus Christ our Lord. Amen. out end.


Forasmuch as all mortal men are subject to many sudden perils, diseases, and sicknesses, and ever uncertain what time they shall départ out of this life; therefore, to the intent they may be always in readi. ness 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 Šaviour 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 to 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, Epistle, and Gospel, here following. The Collect.

The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5. ALMIGHTY; exerliving, God,

Maker of mankind, who dost Myson, despise not thou the correct those whom thou dost love,

chastening of the Lord, nor

faint when thou art rebuked of and chastise every one whom thou

him. For whom the Lord lovdost receive; We beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy servant

eth he chasteneth; and scourgeth visited with thine hand, and to

every son whom he receiveth. grant that he may take his sickness patiently, and recover his bo

The Gospel. St. John v. 24. dily health, if it be thy gracious VERILW, verily, Osaympto you: ; that

He that heareth , 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. 1 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 Communión 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 Sacra. ment 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 tha therefore, he doth eat and drink thé Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his Souls 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 Minister, for more expedition, shall cut off the form of the Visitation at the Psalm, and go straight to the Communion. 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.



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. 4 The Minister, meeting the Corpse at the entrance of the Churchyard,

and going before it, either into the Church, or towards the Grave,

shall say, or sing, I

AM the resurrection and the When thou with rebukes dost

life, saith the Lord: he that chasten man for sin, thou makest believeth in me, though he were his beauty to consume away, like dead, yet shall he live: and who- as it were a moth fretting a garsoever liveth and believeth in me, ment: every man therefore is but shall never die.

vanity. St. John xi. 25, 26. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and

with thine ears consider my callI KNOW that my Redeemer

ing; hold not thy peace at my liveth, and that he shall stand

tears ; at the latter day upon the earth.

For I am a stranger with thee, And though after my skin worms

and a sojourner, as all my fathers destroy this body, yet in my flesh

were. shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall

O spare me a little, that I may behold, and not another.

recover my strength, before I go

hence, and be no more seen. Job xix. 25, 26, 27.

LORD, thou hast been our reWE

E brought nothing into this fuge, from one generation to an

world, and it is certain we other. can carry nothing out. The Lord Before the mountains gave, and the Lord hath taken brought forth, or ever the earth away; blessed be the Name of the and the world were made, thou Lord. 1 Tim. vi. 7. Job i. 21. art God from everlasting, and

world without end. After they are come into the Thou turnest man to destrucChurch, shall be said or sung the

tion; again thou sayest, Come following Anthem, taken from the

again, ye children of men. xxxix. and xc. Psalms.

For a thousand years in thy ORD, let me know my end, sight are but as yesterday; seeing

that is past as a watch' in the that I may be certified how long I night. have to live.

As soon as thou scatterest them Behold, thou hast made my they are even as a sleep; and fade days as it were a span long, and away suddenly like the grass. mine age is even as nothing in In the morning it is green, and respect of thee; and verily every groweth up; but in the evening man living is altogether vanity. it is cut down, dried up, and wi

For man walketh in a vain thered. shadow, and disquieteth himself For we consume away in thy in vain; he heapeth up riches, displeasure; and are afraid at thy and cannot tell who shall gather wrathful indignation. them.

Thou hast set our misdeeds beAnd now, Lord, what is my fore thee; and our secret sins in hope? Truly my hope is even in the light of thy countenance. thee.

For when thou art angry, all Deliver me from all mine of our days are gone : we bring our fences; and make me not a re- years to an end, as it were a tale buke unto the foolish.

that is told.


number of my days;

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The days of our age are three- what advantageth it me, if the score years and ten; and though dead rise not ? let us eat and men be so strong that they come drink, for to-morrow we die. Be to fourscore years, yet is their not deceived: evil communicastrength then but labour and sor- tions corrupt good manners. Arow; so soon passeth it away, and wake to righteousness, and sin we are gone.

not; for some have not the knowSo teach us to number our days, ledge of God. I speak this to your that we may apply our hearts un- shame. But some man will say, to wisdom.

How are the dead raised up? and Glory be to the Father, and with what body do they come? to the Son, and to the Holy Thou fool! that which thou sowGhost;

est is not quickened, except it die. As it was in the beginning, is And that which thou sowest, thou now, and ever shall be, world sowest not that body that shall without end. Amen.

be, but bare grain, it may chance

of wheat, or of some other grain. Then shall follow the Lesson,

But God giveth it a body as it taken out of the fifteenth Chapter of the first Epistle of St. Paul

hath pleased him, and to every to the Corinthians.

seed his own body. All flesh is

not the same flesh; but there is 1 Cor. xv. 20.

one kind of flesh of men, another is Christ risen from the flesh of beasts, another of fishes,

and another of birds. There are fruits of them that slept. For also celestial bodies, and bodies since by man came death, by man terrestrial; but the glory of the came also the resurrection of the celestial is one, and the glory of dead. For as in Adam all die, the terrestrial is another. There is even so in Christ shall all be made one glory of the sun, and another alive. But every man in his own glory of the moon, and another order: Christ the first-fruits; af- glory of the stars; for one star terward they that are Christ's, at differeth from another star in glohis coming. Then cometh the end, ry. So also is the resurrection of when he shall have delivered up the dead. It is sown in corrupthe kingdom to God, even the tion; it is raised in incorruption : Father; when he shall have put it is sown in dishonour; it is raisdown all rule, and all authority, ed in glory: it is sown in weakand power. For he must reign, ness; it is raised in power: it is till he hath put all enemies un- sown a natural body; it is raised der his feet. The last enemy that a spiritual body. There is a nashall be destroyed is death. For tural body, and there is a spirihe hath put all things under his tual body. And so it is written, feet. But when he saith, all things The first man Adam was made a are put under him, it is manifest living soul; the last Adam was that he is excepted, which did put made a quickening spirit. Howall things under him. And when beit, that was not first which is all things shall be subdued unto spiritual, but that which is nahim, then shall the Son also him- tural; and afterward that which self be subject unto Him that put is spiritual. The first man is of all things under him, that God the earth, earthy: the second man may be all in all. Else what shall is the Lord from heaven. As is they do which are baptized for the the earthy, such are they that are dead, if the dead rise not at all? earthy: and as is the heavenly, Why are they then baptized for such are they also that are heathe dead? and why stand we in venly. And as we have borne the jeopardy every hour? I protest by image of the earthy, we shall also your rejoicing, which I have in bear the image of the heavenly. Christ Jesus our Lord, I die

daily. Now this I say, brethren, that If after the manner of men I have flesh and blood cannot inherit the fought with beasts at Ephesus, kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. I Then, while the earth shall be Behold, I show you a mystery: cast upon the Body by some we shall not all sleep, but we standing by, the Minister shall shall all be changed, in a mo- say, ment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead

ed Almighty God, in his wise shall be raised incorruptible, and

providence, to take out of this

world the soul of our deceased we shall be changed. For this

brother, we therefore commit his corruptible must put on incorrup- body to the ground; earth to tion, and this mortal must put on

earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incor

looking for the general Resurrec

tion in the last day, and the life ruption, and this mortal shall

of the world to come, through have put on immortality; then

our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose shall be brought to pass the saying

second coming in glorious majesty that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where

to judge the world, the earth and

the sea shall give up their dead; is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is

and the corruptible bodies of those

who sleep in him shall be changsin; and the strength of sin is the

ed, and made like unto his own Law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our

glorious body; according to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my nighty working whereby he is beloved brethren, be ye steadfast,

able to subdue all things unto

himself. unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch I Then shall be said, or sung, as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

I ,

saying unto me, Write, From When they come to the Grave,

henceforth blessed are the dead while the Corpse is made ready

who die in the Lord : even so to be laid into the earth, shall be saith the Spirit; for they rest from sung or said,

their labours.

Rev, xiv. 13. AN, that is born of a woman,

Then the Minister shall say the

Lord's Prayer. and is full of misery. He cometh ; he fleeth were

ven, Hallowed be thy . dow, and never continueth in one Thy kingdom come. Thy will be stay.

done on earth, As it is in heaven. In the midst of life we are in Give us this day our daily bread. death :

of whom may we seek And forgive us our trespasses, As for succour, but of thee, O Lord, we forgive those who trespass awho for our sins art justly dis- gainst us. And lead us not into pleased ?

temptation; But deliver us from Yet, O Lord God most holy, O evil. Amen. Lord most mighty, o holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us

Then the Minister shall say one not into the bitter pains of eter

or both of the following Prayer's, nal death.

at his discretion. Thou knowest, Lord, the se- LMIGHTY God, with whom crets of our hearts; shut not thy do live the spirits of those merciful ears to our prayers; but who depart hence in the Lord, spare us, Lord most holy, o God and with whom the souls of the most mighty, 0 holy and merciful faithful, after they are delivered Saviour, thou most worthy Judge from the burden of the flesh, are eternal, suffer us not, at our last in joy and felicity; We give thee hour, for any pains of death, to hearty thanks for the good exfall from thee.

amples of all those thy servants,

M ; up; and is cut down, like a flow. OVE. Fatheren hoe art, in hea


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