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and compaffion upon this thy afflicted fervant. Thou writeft bitter things against him, and makeft him to poffes his former iniquities, thy wrath lieth hard upon him, and his foul is full of trouble: But, O merciful God, who hast written thy holy Word for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of thy holy Scriptures might have hope; give bim a right understanding of bimfelf, and of thy threats and promifes, that he may neither caft away bis confidence in thee, nor place it any where but in thee. Give him ftrength against all bis temptations, and heal all bis diftempers. Break not the bruifed reed, nor quench the fmoking flax. Shut not up thy tender mercies in difpleafure; but make him to hear of joy and gladnefs, that the bones which thou haft broken may rejoice. Deliver him from fear of the enemy, and lift up the light of thy countenance upon bim, and give bim peace, through the merits and mediation of Jefus Chrift our Lord, Amen.
The COMMUNION of the SICK.
Orafmuch as all mortal Men be fubject to many fudden Perils, Dif eafes and Sickneffes, and ever uncertain what time they fhall depart out of this life; therefore to the intent they may be always in a readiness to die, whenfoever it shall please Almighty God to call them, the Curates fhall diligently from time to time (but especially in the time of Peftilence, or other infectious Sickness) exhort their Parishoners to the often receiving of the holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Chriß, when it shall be publickly adminiftered in the Church; that fo doing, they may, in cafe of fudden vifitation, have the lefs caufe to be difquieted for lack of the fame. But if the fick Perfon be not able to come to the Church, and yet is defirous to receive the Communion in his house; then he must give timely notice to the Curate, fignifying alfo how many there are to communicate with him (which shall be three, or two at the leaft) and having a convenient place in the fick Man's houfe, with all things neceffary to prepared, that the Curate may reverently minifter, he fhall there celebrate the holy Communion, beginning with the Collect, Epile, and Gofpel, here following.
Lmighty everliving God, maker of mankind, who doft correct thofe whom thou doft love, and chastise every one whom thou dot receive; We befeech thee to have
mercy upon this thy fervant vifited with thine hand, and to grant that be may take bis fickness patiently, and recover bis bodily health (if it be thy gracious will) and whenfoever his foul fhall depart from the body, it may be without spot prefented unto thee, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. 12. 5.
fon, defpife not thou the chaftening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth, he chafteneth; and fcourgeth every Son whom he receiveth.
The Gospel. St John 5. 24.
Erily, verily I fay unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that fent me, hath everlafting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is paffed from death unto life.
After which the Priest fhall proceed according to the form before prefcribed for the holy Communion, beginning at thefe words (Ye that de truly, &c.)
At the time of the diftribution of the holy Sacrament, the Prieft fhall first receive the Communion himself, and after minifter unto them that are appointed to communicate with the fick, and laft of all to the fick Perfon.
But if a man, either by reafon of extremity of fickness, or for want of warning in due time to the Curate, or for lack of company to receive with him, or by any other juft impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, the Curate fhall inftru&t him, that if he do truly repent him of his fins, and ftedfaftly believe that Jefus Chrift hath fuffered death upon the Crofs for him, and thed his blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the Benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefore, he doth eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Chrift profitably to his fouls health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth. When the fick Person is vifited, and receiveth the holy Communion alt
at one time, then the Prieft, for more expedition, fhall cut off the form of the Vifitation at the Pfalm (In thee, O Lord, have I put my truft. &c.) and go ftraight to the Communion.
In the time of the Plague, Sweat, or fuch other like contagious times of fickness or difeafes, when none of the Parish or neighbours can be gotten to communicate with the fick in their houfes, for fear of the infection, upon fpecial request of the difeafed, the Minister may only communicate with him.
The ORDER for the
BURIAL of the DEAD.
Here is to be noted, That the Office enfuing is not be used for any that die unbaptized, or excommunicate, or have laid violent Hands upon themselves. The Priefts and Clerks meeting the Corps at the Entrance of the Church-gard, and going before it, either into the Church, or towards the Grave, jhall Jay or fing.
Am the refurrection, and the life, faith the Lord: He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet fhall he live. And whofoever liveth and believeth in me, fhall never die. S. John. xi. 25. 26.
Know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my fkin, worms deftroy this body; yet in my flefli fhall I fee God whom I fhall fe for myfelf, and mine eyes fhall behold, and not another. Job xx. 25, 26, 27.
WE E brought nothing into this world, and it is certain The Lord gave, and we can carry nothing out. the Lord hath taken away; bleffed be the Name of the Lord. 1 Tim. vi. 7. Job i. 21.
After they are come into the Church, shall be read one or both of theft Pfalm following.
Dixi, Cuftodiam. Pfalm 39.
I Said, I will take heed to my ways: that I offend not in
I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle while the ungodly is in my fight.
I held my tongue, and fpake nothing: I kept filence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.
My heart was hot within me, and while I was thus mufing, the fire kindled: and at the laft I fpake with my
Lord, let me know my end, and the number of that I may be certified how long I have to live.
Behold, thou haft made my days as it were a fpan long and mine age is even as nothing in refpect of thee, and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth him. felf in vain he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who fhall gather them.
And now, Lord, what is my hope: truly my hope is
even in thee.
Deliyer me from all mine offences: and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
I became dumb, and opened not my mouth : for it was thy doing.
Take thy plague away from me: I am even confumed by means of thy heavy hand.
When thou with rebukes doft chaften man for fin, thou makest his beauty to confume away like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears confider my calling: hold not thy peace at my tears.
For I am a ftranger with thee: and a fojourner, as all my fathers were.
O fpare me a little, that I may recover my ftrength: before I go hence, and be no more feen.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
ORD, thou haft been our refuge from one generation to another.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made: thou art God from everlafting, and world without end.
Thou turneft man to deftruction: again thou fayeft, Come again, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy fight are but as yesterday : feeing that is paft as a watch in the night.
As foon as thou scattereft them, they are even as asleep : and fade away fuddenly like the grafs.
In the morning it is green, and groweth up: but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
For we confume away in thy difpleafure: and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.
Thou haft fet our misdeeds before thee and our fecret fins in the light of thy countenance.
For when thou art angry, all our days are gone: wé bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.
The days of our age are threescore years and ten, and though men be fo ftrong, that they come to fourfcore years: yet is their ftrength then but labour and forrow; fo foon paffeth it away, and we are gone.
But who regardeth the power of thy wrath: for even thereafter as a man feareth, fo is thy displeasure.
So teach us to number our days: that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Turn thee again, O Lord, at the laft: and be gracious unto thy fervants.
O fatisfy us with thy mercy, and that foon: fo fhall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
Comfort us again, now after the time that thou haft plagued us: and for the years wherein we have fuffered adverfity.
Shew thy fervants thy work: and their children thy glory.
And the glorious Majefty of the Lord our God be upon us profper thou the work of our hands upon us, O profper thou our handy-work.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Then hall follow the Lefon taken out of the fifteenth Chapter of the former Epifle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.
I Cor. 15. 20.
is Chrift rifen from the and become the
N firft-fruits of them that flept. For fince by man
came death, by man came alfo the refurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even fo in Chrift fhall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Chrift the firft