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SA Commendatory Prayer for a fick person at the

point of departure. Almighty God, with whom do live the W fpirits of just men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prisons ;. We humbly commend the foul of this thy fervant, our dear brother, into thy hands, as into the hands of a faithful Creator, and most merciful Saviour; moft humbly beseeching thee, that it may be precious in thy fight. Wash it, we pray thee, in the blood of that immaculate Lamb, that was fain to take away the fins of the world; that whatsoever defilements it may have contracted in the midst of this miferable and naughty World, through the lusts of the Aesh or the wiles of Satan, being purged and doneaway, it may be presented pure and withoue spor 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 feriously 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. S A Prayer for persons troubled in mind or in cona

science. Blessed Lord, the Father of mercies, and the

God of all comforts; We beseech thee, look down in pity and compassion upon this thy afAided servant. “Thou writest bitter things a

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gainst him, and makeft him to poffefs bis for-
mer iniquities; thy wrath lieth hard upon him,
and bis soul is full of trouble : Bur, o merciful
God, who hast written thy, holy word for our
learning, that we
of thy holy Sothrough patience, hope ; give

and comfort him a right understanding of himself, and of thy threats and promises, that he may neither calt away his confidence in thee, nor place it any where but in thee. Give kim strength against all his temptations, and heal all his distempers. Break not the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking Aax: Shut not up thy tender merdies in displeasure ; but make bim to liear of joy and gladnefs, that the bones which thou haft broken may rejoice. Deliver him from fear of the enemy, and life up the light of thy countenance upon him, and give him peace, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 1 : : : : : 1.4

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Fora[much as all mortal men are fubject to many sudden perils, diseases and sicknesses, and ever

uncertain what time they shall depart out of this a life ; therefore to the intent they may be always .

in a readiness to die, whenfoever, it shall please Almighty God to call them, the Curatës shall diligently from time to time but especially in the time of pestilence, or other infećtious sickness ) exbort their Parishioners to the often receiving of the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Chrift, when it Mall be publickly administred 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 his house; then be must give timely notice to the Curate, fignifying also how many there are to coinmunicate with him. And if the same day there be a Celebration of the Holy Communion in the Church, then all the Priest reserve at the open Communion so much of the Sacrament of the Body and Blood, as shall serve the fick perfon and so many as shall communicate with him. And after the open Communion ended in the


Church, as soon as be conveniently may, he shall go and adminifter the same, first to those who

are appointed to communicate with the sick, and last of all to the fick person himself. But before the Čurate distributes the Holy Communion, after the. Visitation-Office ended," he hall say Ye that do truly and earnestly, &c. and so proceed according to the form before prescribed of administring the Holy Communion ; excepting that instead of the Prayer of. bumble Access; We do not presume, &c. be shall say the following

Prayer, standing. Cousins ? THE

Hese thy servants do not presume to partake

of thy Holy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in their own righteousness, but in thy mania fold and great mercies. They are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table, but thou art the same Lord, whole property is always to have mercy. Grant them therefore, gracious Lord, fo to eat the Flelh of thy Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his Blood, that their anful bodies may be made clean by his Body, and their fouls washed through his most precious Blood, and that they may evermore dwell in him and he in them. Amen."

But if the day be not appointed for the open Coinmunion in the Church, or if there be a necessity for the fick person to receive the Eucharist before the time of Publick Celebration

; then upon convenient warning given, the Curate fall corne and visit the fick perlon before noon And having a convenient place in the fick man's house, with all things necessary fo prepared that the Curate


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may reverently minifter, after the Visitation-Office ended, be Mall there celebrate the Holy Coma munion after the form and manner following.

Priest. The Lord be with


Answer. And with thy spirit.


Let us pray:

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Lord, have mercy upon us.

Answer. Christ, have mercy upon us.

Priest.. Lord, have upon us.

merch Then shall be said the Collect, Epiftle, and Gos

pel, here following.

The Collect. Almighty, everaliving God maker of man.

kind, who doft correct those whom thou doft love, and chastisest every one whom thou dost receive ; We beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy fervant visited with thine hand,

that he


take bis sickness patiently, and recover his bodily health, if it be thy gracious will; and whenfoever his soul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5. MY Son, despise not thou the chastening of

the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth, he chastneth; and scourgeth every fon whom he receiveth.


and to grant

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