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praises which thy Saints and be thy name, that thou didst holy Angels shall sing to the not forsake him in his sickness ; honour of thy mercy, through but didst visit him with com eternal ages, it may be to thy forts from above; didst support unspeakable glory, that thou him in patience and submission hast redeemed the soul of this to thy will; and, at last, didst thy servant from eternal death, send him seasonable relief. and made him partaker, of Perfect, we befeech thee, this the everlasting lite, which is thy mercy towards him; and through Jesus Christ our Lord. prosper the means which shall Amen.
be made use of for his cure : TA Thanksgiving for the be- of body, vigour of mind, and
That being, restored to health ginning of a recovery.
cheerfulness of spirit, he may GREAT and mighty God, be able to go to thine house, to
who bringest down to the offer thee an oblation with great graye, and bringest up again; gladness; and to bless thy holy we bless thy wonderful good- name for all thy goodness toness, for having turned our hea- wards him, through JesusChrist viness into joy and our mourn- our Saviour: To whom, with ing into gladness, by restoring thee and the Holy Spirit, be all this our brother to some degree honour and glory, world withof his former health. Blessed out end. Amen.
THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
T Forasmuch as all mortal men are subject to many sudden perils, diseases, and sicknesses, and ever uncertain
what time they shul} depart out of this life; therefore, to the intent they may be always in readiness 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 infoctious 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 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 bis 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.
every one whom thou dost ro, everliving ceive;
we beseech thee to have God, Maker of mankind, mercy upon this thy, servant who dost correct those whom visited with thine band; and to thou dost love, and chastise grant that he may take his sick
ness patiently, and recover his of him. For whom the Lord bodily health, if it be thy gra- loveth, he chasteneth ; and cious
ill; and that whenso-scourgeth every son whom he cver his soul shall depart from receiveth. the body, it may be without spot The Gospel. St. John v. 24. presented unto thee, through VERILY, verily, I say uns
. . The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5.
my word, and believeth on him
that sent me, hath everlasting Y
chastening of the Lord, condemnation; but is passed nor faint when thou art rebuked I 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. 1 At the time of the distribution of the Holy Sacrament, the Mi
nister shall first receive the Communion himself, and after minister unto those who are appointed to communicate with the
sick, and last of all to the sick person. TI 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 impedimeni, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Bloor, the Minister shall instruct him, that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and steadfastly believe that Jesus Christ hall uffered death'upon the Cross for him, and shed his blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath theroly, and giving him hearty thanks therefor, he doth eat ani riak the body ani Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul's health, although he do not receive the Sacrament
with his mouth. I When the sick Person is visited and receiveth the Holy Com
munion ! at one time, then the Minister, for more expeditiori, stali cut off the Form of the Visitation at the Psalm,
and mostra chile the Communion. lite times of contagious sickness or disease, when none of
the Parish or Neighbours can be gotien to communicate with the ick in their houses, for fear of the infection, upon special reguest of the diseased, the Minister alone may communicate with him.
THE ORDER FOR THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD. 9 Here is to be noted, ihat the Office ensuing is not be used for
any unbriptized Adults, any who die excommunicate, or who have bid violent hands upon themselves. The Minister, meeting the Corpse at the entrance of the Church-yard, and going before it either into the Church, or uwards the Grave, shall say, or sing,
AM the resurrection and the jaway, like as it were a moth
life, saith the Lord; he that fretting a garment: Every man believeth in me, though he were therefore is but vanity, dead, yet shall he live: And Hear my prayer, O Lord; whosoever liveth and believeth and with thine ears consider in me, shall never die. St. my calling: Hold not thy peace John xi. 25, 26.
at my tears. KNOW that my Redeemer For I am a stranger with thee,
liveth, and that he shall and a sojourner; as all my fastand at the latter day upon the thers were. earth: And though after my Ospare me a little, that I may skin worms destroy this body, recover my strength ; before I yet in my flesh shall I see go hence, and be no more seen. God; whom I shall see for my- Lord, thou hast been our reself, and mine eyes shall be- fuge, from one generation to hold, and not another. Job xix. another. 25, 26, 27.
Before the mountains were We ,
this world, and it is cer- and the world were made, thou tain we can carry nothing out, art God from everlasting, and The Lord gave, and the Lord world without end. hath taken away ; blessed be Thou turnest man to destructhe name of the Lord. 1 Tim. tion; again thou sayest, Come vi. 7. Job i. 21.
again, ye children of men. 1 After they are come into the For a thousand years in thy
Church, shall be said or şight are but as yesterday; seesun the folloring Anthem, ing that is past as a watch in taken from the 39th and 90th the night. Psalms.
As soon as thou scatterest ORD, let me know my them, they are even as asleep; my days: that I may be certi- the grass. fied how long I have to live. In the morning it is green,
Behold, thou hast made my and groweth up; but in the days as it were a span long evening it is cut down, dried and mine age is even as nothing up, and withered. in respect of thee; and verily For we consume away in thy every man living is altogether displeasure, and are afraid at vanity.
thy wrathful indignation. For man walketh in a vain Thou hast set our misdeeds shadow, and disquieteth him- before thee;. and our secret self in vain; he heapeth up sins in the light of thy counriches, and cannot tell who tenance. shall gather them.
For when thou art angry, all And now, Lord, what is my our days are gone : We bring hope ? Truly my hope is even our years to an end, as it were in thee.
a tale that is told. Deliver me from all mine of The days of our age are fences; and make me not a re- threescore years and ten; and buke unto the foolish.
though men be so strong that When thou with rebukes dost they come to fourscore years, chasten
man for sin, thou ma- yet is their strength then but kest his beauty to consume l labour and sorrow; BO BOOT
passeth it away, and we are by your rejoicing, which I have gone.
in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die So teach us to number our daily. If after the manner of days, that we may apply our men I have fought with beasts hearts unto wisdom.
at Ephesus, what advantageth Glory be to the Father, and it me, if the dead rise not? to the Son, and to the Holy Let us eat and drink, for toGhost;
morrow we die. Be not de As it was in the beginning, is ceived: Evil communications now, and ever shall be, world corrupt good manners. Awake without end. Amen.
to righteousness, and sin not: Then shall follow the Les- for some have not the knowson, taken out of the tif- ledge of God. I speak this to teenth Chapter of the first your shame. But some man Epistle of St. Paul to the will say, How are the dead raisCorinthians.
ed up and with what body do 1 Cor. xv. 20. they come? Thou fool, that Now is Christ risen from which thou sowest is not quick first fruits of them that slept. which thou sowest, thou sowest For since by man came death, not that body that shall be, but by man came also the resur- bare grain; it may chance of rection of the dead. For as wheat, or of some other grain. in Adam all die, even so in But God giveth it body as it Christ shall all be made alive. hath pleased him; and to every But every man in his own or seed his own body. All flesh der: Christ the first fruits; af- is not the same flesh; but there terwards they that are Christ's, is one kind of flesh of men, at his coming. Then cometh another flesh of beasts, apother the end, when he shall have of fishes, and another of birds. delivered up, the kingdom to There are also celestial bodies, God, even the Father; when and bodies terrestrial: But the he shall have put down glory of the celestial is one, all rule, and all authority, and the glory of the terrestrial and power. For he must reign is another. There is one glory till he hath put all enemies un- of the sun, and another glory der his feet. The last enemy of the moon, and another glory that shall be destroyed is death of the stars: For one star diffor he hath put all things under fereth from another star in glohis feet. But when he saith ry. So also is the resurrection all things are put under him, it of the dead. It is sown in coris manifest that he is excepted ruption; it is raised in incorwhich did put all things under ruption : It is sown in dishohim. And when all things shall nour; it is raised in glory: It is be subdued unto him, then shall sown in weakness; it is raised the Son also himself be subject in power: It is sown a natuunto him that put all things un- ral body; it is raised a spirituder him, that God may be all al body. There is a natural in all. Else what shall they do body, and there is a spiritnal which are baptized for the dead, body. And so it is written, The if the dead rise not at all? Why first man Adam was made a are they then baptized for the living soul, the last Adam was dead? And why stand we in made a quickening spirit. Howsopardy every hour? I protest I beit, that was not first which is
spiritual, but that which is na- sery. He cometh up, and 18 tural; and afterward that which cut down like a flower; he is spiritual. The first man is of fleeth as it were a shadow, and the earth, earthy: The second never continueth in one stay. man is the Lord from heaven. In the midst of life we are in As is the earthy, such are they death: Of' whom may we seek that are earthy: and as is the for succour, but of thee, o heavenly, such are they also Lord, who for our sins art justthat are heavenly. And as welly displeased ? have borne the image of the Yet, O Lord God most holy, earthy, we shall also bear the O Lord most mighty, O holy image of the heavenly. Now and most merciful Saviour, de this I say, brethren, that flesh liver us not into the bitter pains and blood cannot inherit the of eternal death. kingdom of God; neither doth Thou knowest, Lord, the se. corruption inherit incorrup- crets of our hearts : shut vot tion. Behold, I show you a thy merciful ears to our praymystery : We shall not all ers; but spare us, Lord most sleep, but we shall all be holy, o God most mighty, O changed, in a moment, in the holy and merciful Saviour, twinkling of an eye, at the last thou most worthy Judge etertrump: For the trumpet shall nal, suffer us not, at our last sound, and the dead shall be bour, for any pains of death to raised incorruptible, and we fall from thee. shall be changed. For this cor- Then, while the earth shall ruptible must put on incorrup- be cast upon the body bu tion, and this mortal must put some standing by, the Mion immortality. So when this nister shall say, corruptible shall have patron pleased Almighty God, in
FORASMUCH as it bath shall have put on immortality, his wise Providence, to take then shall be brought to pass out of this world the Soul of the saying that is written, our deceased Brother, Death is swallowed up in vic- therefore commit his Body to tory, death, where is thy the ground; earth to earth, sting? O grave, where is thy ashes to ashes, dust to dust victory? The sting of death is looking for the general resursin, and the strength of sin is the rection in the last Day, and the law. But thanks be to God, life of the World to come, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ; through our Lord Jesus Christ. at whose second coming in gloTherefore, my beloved bre-rious Majesty to judge the thren, be yo steadfast, unmove- World, the Earth and the Sea able, always abounding in the shall give up their dead; and work of the Lord; forasmuch the corruptible Bodies of those as ye know that your labour is who sleep in himn shall be not in vain in the Lord.
changed, and made like unto When they come to the grave, (his own glorious Body; acwhile the Corpse is mode cording to the mighty working ready to be laid into the whereby he is able to subdue
earth, shall be sung or said, all things unto himself. MA AN, that is born of a wo- I Then shall be said, or sung, time to live, and is full of mimanne hath but short I HEARD a voice from
hea unto me, Write,