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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;


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UR Lord Jesus Christ, who hath left

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 sbe Priest mall say the Colleat following.

Let us pray.

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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 them no more; Open thine eye of mercy upon this thy fervant, who molt earnestly desireth pardon and forgiveness. Renew in bim (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 fick member in the unity of the Church; consider bis contrition, accept his tears, afswage 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 bis former fins ? but Atrengthen him with thy blessed Spirit; and when thou are 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 fall the Minister say this P/alm.

Inte, Domine, speravi. Pfal. 71. N 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, art the thing that I long for : zbou art my hope, even from my youth.


Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born : chou art he that took me out of my mother's womb; my praile Mall alway be of thee. I am become as ic were a monster unto many : but

my sure trust is in thee.

O let my mouth be filled with thy praise : that I may sing of thy glory and honour all the day long.

Cast me not away in the time of age : forsake me not when my strength faileth me.

For mine enemies speak against me, and they that lay wait for my soul, cake their counsel together, saying: God hath forsaken himn, persecute him, and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

Go not far from me, o God: my God, baste thee to help me.

Let them be confounded and perish that are against my foul : let them be covered with shame and dishonour that seek to do me evil.

As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise thee more and more.

My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and salvation : for I know no end thereof.

I will go forth in the strength of the Lord God : and will make mention of thy righteousness only.

Thou, O God, haft taught me from my youth up until now: therefore will I tell of thy wonderous works.

Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am gray-headed : until I have shewed thy ftrength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.

Thy righteousness, O God, is very high, and great things are they that thou hast done : O God, who is like unto thee?

Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the, &c.

Adding this,
Saviour of the world, who by thy Cross and precious

Blood haft redeemed us, save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord,




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Then shall the Minister say,
THE Almighty Lord, who is a most strong tower to all

them that puț their trust in him, to whoin all things in heaven, in earth, do bow and obey, bę now and evermore thy defence, and make thee know and feel, that there iş none other Name under heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom thou mayst receive health and salvation, but only the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

And after that shall say,
NTO God's gracious mercy and protection we commit

thee. The Lord bless thie, and keep thee, The Lord make his face to line upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace both now and evermore.

. Amen.' A Prayer for a sick Child. Almighty God, and mercifu! Father, to whom alone

belong the issues of life and death ; look down from heaven, we humbly befeech thee, with the eyes of mercy upon this Child now lying upon the bed of sickness : visit bim, O Lord, with thy salvation ; deliver hiin in thy good appointed time from bis bodily pain, and lave his soul for thy mercies take. That if it shall be thy pleasure to prolong his days here on earth, he may live to thee, and be an instrument of thy glory, by serving thee faithfully, and doing good in his generation, or elle receive bir into those heavenly habitations, where the souls of them that neep in the Lord Jelus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. Grant this, O Lord, for thy mercies sake, in the same thy Son our Lord Jesus Chrift, who liveth and reigneth with thet and the Holy Ghoít, tycr one God, world without end. Amen, A Prayer for a lick Person, when there appeareth finall hope of recovery.

Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, our only

help in time cf need; We fiy unto thee for succour in behalf of this thy fervant, here lying under thy hand in great weakness of body. Look graciously upon bim, O Lord, and the more the outward man decayeth, strengthen

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thy grace and Holy Spirit in the inner man.

Give him unfeigned repentance for all the errors of his life past, and stedfast faith in thy Son Jesus, that his fins may be done away by chy mercy, and his pardon seale:t in heaven, before

go hence, and be no more seen.' We know, O Lord, that there is no word impossible with thee; and that if thou wilt, thou canst even yet raise bim up, and grant bim a longer continuance amongst us Yet, forafmuch as in all appearance the time of his diffolution draweth near, fo fit and

prepare bim, we beseech thee, against the hour of death, that after his departure hence in peace, and in thy favour, bis fuul may be received into thine everlasting kingdom, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Chrilt thine only Son, our Lord and Saviour, 'Ainen. A commendatory Prayer for a sick Person at the point of departure.

Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of just

men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prilons; We humbly commend the soul of this thy fervant; our dear brother, into thy hands, as into the hands of a faithful Creator, and most merciful Saviour, most humbly beléęching thee, that it may be precious in thy fight. Wash it, we pray thee, in the blood of that immaculate Lamb that was llain to take away the fins of the world ; that whatsoever defilements it may have contracted in the midst of this miserable and naughty world, through the lusts of the Aesh, or chę wiles of Satan, being purged and done away, it may be presented pure and without spot before thee. And teach us, who survive, in this and other like daily spectacles of mortality, to see how frail and uncertain our own condition is, and so to number our days, that we may seriously apply our hearts to that holy and heavenly wisdom, whilst we live here, which may in the end bring us to life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, thine only Son our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Persons troubled in mind or in conscience.
Blessed Lord, the Father of mercies, and the God
of all comforts, wę teleech thee look down in pity


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