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given and received is a token and, their troth, each to the other, and pledge) and may ever remain in have declared the same by giving perfect love and peace together, and receiving a Ring, and by joinand live according to thy laws, ing hands; I pronounce, that they through Jesus Christ our Lord. are Man and Wife; in the name of Amen. the Father, and of the Son, and of
Then shall the Minister join their Right the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Hands together, and say,
Those whom God hath joined
And the Minister shall add this Blessing: NOD the Father, God the Son, together, let no man put asunder. God the Holy Ghost, bless, Then shall the Minister speak unto the preserve, and keep you: The Lord Company: mercifully with his favour look upORAS MUCH as M. and N. on you, and fill you with all spiritgrace,
Wedlock, and have witnessed the may so live together in this life, same before God and this company, that in the world to come ye may and thereto have given and pledged have life everlasting. Amen.
THE ORDER FOR
THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
When any Person is sick, notice shall be, give those who trespass against ns; given thereof to the Minister of the Pa rish; who, coming into the sick Person's House, shall say,
PEACE be to this House, and to
all that dwell in it.
When he cometh into the sick Man's presence, he shall say, kneeling down,
REMEMBER not, Lord, our Iniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers; Spare us, good) Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood; and be not angry with us for ever.
Ans. Spare us, good Lord.
Then the Minister shall say,
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
OUR Father, who art in Heaven,
And lead us not into temptation;
Min. O Lord, save thy servant; Ans. Who putteth his trust in thee.
Min. Send him help from thy holy place;
Aus. And evermore mightily defend him.
Min. Let the enemy have no advantage of him;
Ans. Nor the wicked approach to hurt him.
Min. Be unto him, O Lord, a strong tower,
Ans. From the face of his enemy.
Lord, look down from heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy behold, visit, and relieve this Kingdom come; Thy Will be done thy servant. Look upon him with on Earth, as it is in Heaven; Give the eyes of thy mercy; give him Ps this day our daily bread; And comfort and sure confidence in torgive us our trespasses, as we for-thee; defend him from the danger
of the enemy; and keep him in, right way that leadeth unto everperpetual peace and safety, through lasting life. Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
EAR us, Almighty and most
If the Person visited be very sick, then the Minister may end his Exhortation in this Place, or eke proceed. chastisement of the Lord: For, NAKE therefore in good part the
H' Extend thy accustomed goodness to this thy servant, who is grieved with sickness. Sanctify, we beseech as Saint Paul saith in the twelfth thee, this thy Fatherly correction chapter to the Hebrews, Whom to him; that the sense of his weak-the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and ness may add strength to his faith, scourgeth every son whom he reand seriousness to his repentance: ceiveth. If ye endure chastening, That if it shall be thy good pleasure God dealeth with you as with sons: to restore him to his former health, For what son is he whom the Fahe may lead the residue of his life ther chasteneth not? But if ye be in thy fear, and to thy glory: Or without chastisement, whereof all else give him grace so to take thy are partakers, then are ye bastards, visitation, that after this painful life and not sons. Furthermore, we ended, he may dwell with thee in have had fathers of our flesh, which life everlasting, through Jesus Christ corrected us, and we gave them our Lord. Amen. reverence: Shall we not much raThen shall the Minister exhort the sick ther be in subjection unto the FaPerson after this Form, or other like: ther of spirits, and live? For they EARLY beloved, know this, verily for a few days chastened us that Almighty God is the Lord after their own pleasure; but he for of life and death, and of all things our profit, that we might be partato them pertaining; as youth, kers of his holiness. These words, strength, health, age, weakness, good brother, are written in holy and sickness. Wherefore, what- Scripture, for our comfort and insoever your sickness be, know you struction; that we should patiently, certainly that it is God's visitation. and with thanksgiving, bear our hea And for what cause soever this sick-venly Father's correction, whensoness be sent unto you; whether it ever, by any manner of adversity, be to try your patience for the ex-it shall please his gracious goodness ample of others, and that your faith to visit us. And there should be no may be found, in the day of the greater comfort to Christian perLord, laudable, glorious, and ho-sons, than to be made like unto nourable, to the increase of glory Christ, by suffering patiently adand endless felicity; or else it be versities, troubles, and sicknesses. sent unto you to correct and amend For he himself went not up to joy, in you whatsoever doth offend the but first he suffered pain: He en eyes of your heavenly Father; know tered not into his glory, before he you certainly, that if you truly re- was crucified. So truly our way to pent you of your sins, and bear your eternal joy, is to suffer here with sickness patiently, trusting in God's Christ; and our door to enter into mercy, for his dear Son Jesus eternal life, is gladly to die with Christ's sake, and render unto him Christ; that we may rise again from humble thanks for his Fatherly vi-death, and dwell with him in eversitation, submitting yourself wholly lasting life. Now, therefore, taking unto his will, it shall turn to your your sickness, which is thus profitprofit, and help you forward in thelable for you, patiently, I exkort you
in the name of God, to remember] the profession which you made unto God in your Baptism. 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;
that he may make amends to the uttermost of his power. And if he hath not before disposed of his goods, let him then be admonished to make his Will, and to declare his debts, what he oweth, and what is owing unto him, for the bet ter discharging of his conscience, and the quietness of his Executors. But cen should often be put in remembrance to take crder for the settling of their tem poral estates, whilst they are in health. The Exhortation before rehearsed may be said before the Minister begin his Prayer, as he shall see cause.
The Minister shall not omit earnestly to move such sick persons as are of ability, to be liberal to the poor.
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 Minister shall rehearse the Ar-mercies, dost so put away the sins ticles of the Faith, saying thus: of those who truly repent, that thou OST thou believe in God the rememberest them no more; open
And then the Minister shall say the Col lect following.
Let us pray.
Most merciful God, who, acording to the multitude of thy
DST er brighty, Maker of thine eye of mercy upon this thy
heaven and earth?
servant, who most earnestly desir
And in Jesus Christ his only be-jeth pardon and forgiveness. Regotten Son our Lord? And that he new in him, most loving Father, was conceived by the Holy Ghost, whatsoever hath been decayed by born of the Virgin Mary; that he the fraud and malice of the devil, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was or by his own carnal will and frailcrucified, dead, and buried; that he ness; preserve and continue this went down into hell, and also did sick member in the unity of the rise again the third day; that he Church; consider his contrition, ac. ascended into heaven, and sitteth cept his tears, assuage his pain, as on the right hand of God the Father shall seem to thee most expedient Almighty; and from thence shall for him. And forasmuch as he putcome again at the end of the world, teth his full trust only in thy mercy, to judge the quick and the dead? impute not unto him his former And dost thou believe in the Holy sins, but strengthen him with thy Ghost; The holy Catholic Church; blessed Spirit; and when thou art The Communion of Saints; The pleased to take him hence, take Remission of sins; The Resurrec-him unto thy favour, through the tion of the flesh; and everlasting merits of thy most dearly beloved life after death? Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then shall the Minister say this Psalm Psalm 130. De Profundis. UT of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord; Lord, hear
The sick Person shall answer, All this I steadfastly believe. Then shall the Minister examine, whether he repent him truly of his sins, and be in charity with all the world; exhorting him to forgive, from the bottom of his heart, all persons that have offended O let thine ears consider well him; and if he hath offended any other,
to ask them forgiveness; and where he the voice of my complaint. hath done injury or wrong to any man,'
If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme
to mark what is done a niss; 0,9 A Prayer for a sick Child. Lord, who may abide it?
Almighty Gol and merciful For there is mercy with thee; Father, to whom alone belong therefore shalt thou be feared. the issues of life and death ; look
I look for the Lord, my soul down from heaven, we humbly be. doth wait for him; in his word is seech thee, with the eyes of inercy my trust.
upon this Child, now lying upon the My soul fleeth unto the Lord, bed of sickness : Visit
him, O Lord, before the morning watch; 1 say, with thy salvation ; deliver ruim in before the morning watch. thy good appointed time from his
O Israel, trust in the Lord, for bodily pain, and save lis soul for with the Lord there is mercy; and thy mercies sake; that if it shall with him is plenteous redemption. be thy pleasure to prolong his days
And he shall redeem Israel from here on earth, he may live to thee, all his sins.
and be an instrument of thy glory, Adding this:
by serving thee faithfully, and doing O
Saviour of the world, who by good in his generation : Or else re
thy Cross and precious Blood ceive him into those heavenly habi. hast redeemed us; save us, and stations, where the souls of those help us, we humbly beseech thee, who sleep in the Lord Jesus enjoy O Lord.
perpetual rest and felicity : Grant Then shall the Minister
this, O Lord, for thy mercies sake,
say, TH THE Almighty Lord, who is a
in the same thy Son our Lord Jesus most strong tower to all those Christ, who liveth and reigneth who put their trust in him, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever all things in heaven, in earth, and one God, world without end. Ámen. under the earth, do bow and obey, 1 A Prayer for a sick Person, be now and evermore thy defence;
when there appeareth but smaú and make thee know and feel, that
hope of recovery. there is none other name under O Father of mercies, and God of heaven given to man, in whom, and
all comfort, our only help in through whom, thou mayest receive time of need; We Ay unto thee for health and salvation, but only the succour in behalf of this thy servant, name of our Lord Jesus Christ. here lying under thy hand in great Amen.
weakness of body: Look graciously 1 Here the Minister may, use any part of theoutward mandecayeth,strength
upon him, O Lord; and the more the service of this Book, which, in his discretion, he shall think convenient to en him, we beseech thee, so much the occasion; and after that shall say, the more continually with thy grace
: protection we commit thee: Give him unfeigned repentance for The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: all the errors of his life past, and The Lord make his face to shine steadfast faith in thy Son Jesus, upon thee, and be gracious unto that his sins may be done away by thee: The Lord lift up his coun- thy mercy, and his pardon sealed tenance upon thee, and give thee in Heaven, before he go hence, and peace both now and evermore. be no more seen. We know, o Amen.
Lord, that there is no worri imposPrayers which may be said with the sible with thee; and that, if thou foregoing service, or any part thereof, wilt, thou canst even yet raise him at the discretion of the Minister. lup, and grant him a longer continu.
ance amongst us: Yet, forasmuch comforts, we beseech thee, look as in all appearance the time of his down in pity and compassion upon dissolution draweth near, so fit and this thy afflicted servant. Thou prepare him, we beseech thee, a-writest bitter things against him, gainst the hour of death, that after and makest him to possess his forhis departure hence in peace, and mer iniquities: Thy wrath lieth in thy favour, his soul may be re-hard upon him, and his soul is full ceived into thine everlasting king-of trouble: But, O merciful God, dom; through the merits and me- who hast written thy holy word for diation of Jesus Christ thine only our learning, that we, through paSon, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.tience and comfort of thy holy A Commendatory Prayer for a Scriptures, might have hope; give sick Person at the point of de-him a right understanding of himparture. self, and of thy threats and proAlmighty God, with whom do mises; that he may neither cast live the spirits of just men away his confidence in thee, nor made perfect, after they are deliv-place it any where but in thee. ered from their earthly prisons; we Give him strength against all his humbly commend the soul of this temptations, and heal all his disthy servant, our dear brother, into tempers: Break not the bruised thy hands, as into the hands of a Shut not up thy tender mercies in reed, nor quench the smoking flax : faithful Creator, and most merciful Saviour; most humbly beseeching of joy and gladness, that the bones displeasure; but make him to hear thee, that it may be precious in thy which thou hast broken may resight: Wash it, we pray thee, in
the blood of that immaculate Lamb, joice: Deliver him from fear of that was slain to take away the sins enemy, and lift up the light of of the world; that whatsoever de-thy countenance upon him; and filements it may have contracted give him peace, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
in the midst of this miserable and naughty world, through the lust of the flesh, or the 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 condi
tion 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.
A Prayer which may be said by the Minister, in behalf of all present at the Visitation.
God, whose days are without not be numbered; make us, we beend, and whose mercies canseech thee, deeply sensible of the life; and let thy Holy Spirit lead shortness and uncertainty of human us through this vale of misery, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our lives: That, when we shall have served thee in our gene. ration, we may be gathered unto our fathers, having the testimony of a good conscience; in the comm!1A Prayer for Persons troubled nion of the Catholic Church; in the in Mind or in Conscience. confidence of a certain faith; in the Blessed Lord, the Father of comfort of a reasonable, religious, mercies, and the God of all and holy hope; in favour with thee