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Let us pray.
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 those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us
from evil. Amen.
Eternal God, Creator and
Preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life; send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name; that as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring given and received is a token and pledge) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Min. O Lord, save thy ser.
Want; Ams. Who putteth his trust in thee. Min. Send him help from thy holy place; .Ans. And evermore mightily defend him. Min. Let the enemy have no advantage of him ; ...Ans. Northe wicked approach to hurt him. Min. Be unto him, O Lord, a strong tower; ...Ans. From the face of his enemy. Min. O Lord, hear our prayer; .Ans. And let our cry come unto thee. Minister. Lord, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy; give him comfort and sure confidence in thee; defend him 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 Saviour: Extend thy accustomed goodness to this thy servant, who is grieved with sickness. Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy Fatherly correction to him ; that the sense of his weakness may add strength to his faith, and seriousness to his repentance: That if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore him to his former health, he may lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory: Or else give him grace so to take thy visitation, that after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee
in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
T Then shall the JMinister eachort the sick 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 pertain. ing; as youth, strength, health, age, weakness, and sickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your sickness is, know you certainly that it is God’s visitation. And for what cause soever this sick. ness 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 sent 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 sickness patiently, trusting in God’s mercy, for his dear Son Jesus Christ’s sake, 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 visited be very sick, then the inister may end his Eachortation in this Place, or else proceed:
TASE therefore in good part the chastisement of the Lord: For, as Saint Paul saith in the twelfth chapter to the Hebrews, Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom 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, 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 chastened 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 holy Scripture, for our comfort and instruction; that we should patiently, and with thanksgiving, bear our heavenly Father’s correction, whensoever, 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 Čhrist, 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 rise again from death, and dwell with him in everlasting life. Now therefore, taking your sickness, which is thus profitable for you, patiently, I exhort you in the name of God, to remember the profession which ou made unto God in your aptism. And forasmuch 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 estate, both toward God and man; so that, accusing and condemning yourself for your own faults, you may find mercy at our heavenly Father’s hand for Christ’s sake, 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 you do believe as a
Christian man should, or no. | Here the JMinister shall rehearse the ./loticles of the Faith, saying thus :
OST thou believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth? And in Jesus Christ his onlybegotten 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 sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; and from thence shall come again at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead? And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints; The Remission of sins; The Resurrection of the flesh; and everlasting life after death? | The sick Person shall answer,
All this I steadfastly believe. and what is owing unto him, for the better discharging of his Conscience, and the quietness of his Executors. But men should often be put in remembrance to take order for the settling of their temporal estates, whilst they are in health. T The Exhortation before rehearsed may be said before the Minister begin his Prayer, as he shall see cause. T The JMinister shall not omit earnestly to move such sick Persons as are of ability, to be liberal to the Poor. T.And then the JMinister shall say the Collect jollowing. Let us pray. O Most merciful God, who, ~ according to the multitude of thy mercies, dost so put away the sins of those who truly repent, that thou rememberest them no more; open thine eye of mercy upon this thy servant, who most earnestly desireth pardon and forgiveness. Renew in him, most loving Father, whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by his own carnal will and frailness; preserve and continue this sick member in the unity of the Church; consider his contrition, accept his tears, assuage his pain, as shall seem to thee most expedient for him. And forasmuch as he putteth his full trust only in thy mercy, impute not unto him, his former sins, but strengthen him with thy blessed Spirit; and when thouart leased to take him hence, take }. unto thy favour, through the merits of thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our
* Then shall the JMinister eacamine, whether he repent him truly of his sins, and be in charity with all the world; eachorting him to forgive, from the bottom of his heart, all persons that have offended him; and if he hath offended any other, to ask them forgiveness; and where he hath done injury or wrong to any man, that he make amends to the uttermost of his power. And if he hath not before disposed of his goods, let him them be admonished to make his Will. and to declare his debts, what he oweth,
* Then shall the Minister say this Psalm :
Psalm 130. De Profundis. O. of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord; Lord hear my voice. O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint. If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme
to mark what is done amiss; O
Lord, who may abide it?
For there is mercy with thee; therefore shalt thou be feared. I look for the Lord, my soul doth wait for him; in his word is my trust. My soul fleeth unto the Lord before the morning watch ; f say, before the morning watch. O Israel, trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mer. cy; and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his sins. "I Adding this: Saviour of the world, who by thy Cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us; save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
T Then shall the Minister say, THE Almighty Lord, who is a most Strong tower to all those who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey, be now and evermore thy defence; and make thee know and feel, that there is none other name under Heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom, thou mayest receive health and salvation, but only the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
TI Here the JMinister may use any part of the service of this Book, which, in his discretion, he shall think convenient to the occasion; and after that shall say,
NTO God’s gracious mercy and protection we commit thee: The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace both now and evermore. Amen,