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It is covenient, that the new married Persons soould receive the boly communion at the Time of their Marriage, or at the firft Opportunity after their Marriage.
The ORDER for the
VISITATION of the SICK.
When any Perfom is fick, Notice fhall be given thereof torbe Minifer of the
Parih; wbo coming into tbe fick Perfon's Houfe, ball say,
EACE be to this House, and to all that dwell in it. When be cometh into the fuck Man's Presence, be ball say, kneeling down.
Emember not, Lord, our iniquities, nor the iniquities
of our forefathers : Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou haft redeemed with thy molt precious blood; and be not angry with us for ever.
Answ. Spare us, good Lord,
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done in Earth, As it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trefpass againft us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from eyil. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, save thy servant;
Anfw. Which putteth his trust in thee.
Answ. And evermore mightily defend him.
Ansu. Nor the wicked approach to hurt bim.
Minister. O Lord, hear our prayers ;
relieve this thy servant. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy; give him comfort and fure confidence in thee; defend bim from the danger of the enemy; and keep him in perpetual peace and safety, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
EAR us, Almighty, and most merciful God and Sa
viour ; extend thy accustomed goodness lervant, who is grieved with sickness. Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy, Fatherly correction to bim; that the fenfe of his weakness may add strength to his faith, and seriousness to bis repentance: That if it Thall be thy good pleasure to restore him to bis former health, be may lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory; or else give him grace fo to take thy visitation, that after this painful life ended, be may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through Jelus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then fall the Minister exhort the fack Person after this form, or other like :
EARLY 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 fickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your fickness is, know you certainly, that it is God's visitation. And for what cause soever this fickoess is sent 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 increase of glory, and endless felicity; or else it be fent unto you to correct and amend in you whatsoever doch offend the eyes of your heavenly Father; know you certainly, that if you truly repent you of your fins, and bear your sickness 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 yourself 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 vifted be very fick, then the Curate, may end bis Exhortation
in ibis pluce, or else proceed. WAKE therefore in good part the chastisement of the
Lord: For (as St Paul faith in the twelfth Chapter to the Hebrews) whom the Lord loveth he chaíteneth, and Icourgeth every fon whom he receiveth. If ye endure chaltening, God dealeth with you as wish fons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if
be without chaititement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not fons. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave them reverence : shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of Spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chaltened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit,
that we might be partakers of his holiness. These words, good brother, are written in böly. Scripture for our comfort and instruction, that we should patiently, and with thankfgiving, bear our heavenly Father's correction, when soever by any manner of adversity it shall please his gracious goodness to visit us. And there should be no greater comfort to Christian perfons, than to be made like unto Christ, by suffering patiently adversities, troubles, and ficknesses. 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 eterpal joy is to suffer here with Christ; and our door to enter into eternal life, is gladly to die with Christ; that we may rise again from death, and dwell with him in everlasting life. Now therefore taking your fickness, which is thus profitable for you, patiently, I exhort you 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 ço be given unto the righteous Judge, by whom all must be judged without respect of perfons ; I require you to examine yourself and your estate, both toward God and man; fo chat accusing and condem
ning yourself for your own faults, you may find mercy at our heavenly Father's hand for Chriit's sake, and not be acculed and condemned in that fearful judgment. Therefore I shall rehearse to you the Articles of our Faith, that you may know whether you do believe as a Christian man should, or no.
Here the Minister fall rehearse the Articles of the Faith, saying thus, OST thou believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker
of heaven and earth? And in Jelus Christ his only begotten Son our Lord ? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; that he went down into hell, and also did rise again the third day ; that he ascended into heaven, and fittech at the right hand of God the Father Almighty ; and from thence shall come ayain at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead?
And doft thou believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; the Communion of saints; the remission of lins; the resurrection of the flesh; and everlasting life afier death ?
The fick Person shall answer.
All this I ftedraftly believe. Then fall the Minister examine sebether be repent him truly of bis firs, and
be in charity with all the world: exhorting him 10 forgive from the borrom ofte bis beart all perfons that have offended him, and if he hath offended ang orber, to ask them forgiveness; and where be kath dune injury or wrong 10 any man, that he make amends to the aftermofit of his power. And if be barb not before disposed of bis goods, let him then be admonified to make bis Will, and 10 declare bis Dubts, what he oweth, and vrbat is owing unto bim, for the berrer discharging of his Conscience, and the quietness of lis Executors. But men pould often be put in remembrance 10 take order for
tbe feriling of their temporal estates whilħ they are in health. Tbese words bifore rebearsed, may be said before obe minifler begin his Prayer,
as be lball fie cauft. The Minifer frould nct omit earnefly to move such fick Persons as are of abiliry, to be liberaire the
poor. Here thell tbe fick Person be moved to make a special Confeffion of his firs, if
be feel bis Concienci troubled with any weighty manter. after wbich Gone port, ebe Prih foall abjolve him (if be humbly and heartily difire il) ejrer :bis fert;
UR Lord Jesus Christ, who hath left power to his
Church to absolve all finners who truly repent and believe in him, of his great mercy forgive thee thine offences: And by his authority committed to me, I absolve thee from all thy sins, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
And then tbe Priest pall say the Collea following.
Let us pray.
Most merciful God, who according to the multitude
of thy mercies, doft so put away the sins of those who truly repent, that thou rememberest chem no more ; Open
of mercy upon this thy fervant, who moit earnestly desireth pardon and forgiveness. Renew in him (moft loving Father) whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by bis own carnal will and frailness; preserve and continue this fick member in the unity of the Church; consider bis contrition, accept his tears, asswage bis pain, as shall seem to thee most expedient for bim. And forasmuch as be putteth his full trust only in thy mercy, impute not unto him his former fins ? but îtrengthen him with thy blessed Spirit; and when thou art plealed to take him hence, take him unto thy favour, through the merits of thy most dearly beloved Son Jelus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Tben all the Minister say this Pfalm.
71. thee, O Lord, have I put my trust, let me never be put to confusion: but rid me, and deliver me in thy righteousness; incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
Be thou my strong hoki, whereunto I may alway resort : thou hast promised to help me, for thou art my house of defence, and my castle.
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly: out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
For thou, O Lord God, are the thing that I long for: an art my hope, even from my youth.