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Perfect, we beseech Thee, this Thy mercy towards him; and prosper the means which shall be made use of for his cure; that, being restored to health of body, vigour of mind, and cheerfulness of spirit, he may be able to go to Thine house, to offer Thee an oblation with great gladness, and to bless Thy holy Name for all Thy goodness towards him; through JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOUR, to whom, with Thee and the Holy SPIRIT, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen. (American Prayer-Book.)
III. THANKSGIVING FOR RECOVERY. 0 MOST gracious and loving FATHER, we humbly fall down before Thee, and render unto Thee our heartfelt thanks for Thy great mercy to this Thy servant, in raising him up from the bed of sickness, and granting him the blessing of renewed health and strength. We are not worthy of the least of Thy mercies, yet Thou pourest Thy benefits upon us; glory to Thy Name ! For all temporal mercies to Thy servant-for removal of danger, for ease of pain, for restoration to those near and dear to him—we bless Thee and praise Thee, O FATHER. But yet more for all spiritual blessings and mercies,- for the precious lessons of the sick-bed, for the chastisement of Thy loving Hand, for the refining fire of trouble and suffering. O LORD, we thank Thee: help our unthankfulness. Make us more thankful for Thy great and undeserved mercies, and more deserving of them; through JESUS CHRIST our dear Redeemer. Amen.
N.B.- The General Thanksgiving may be fitly used for Recovery from sickness.
[N.B.— These Resolutions may be had separately on a Card.
They may be solemnly made and signed by one recovering from sickness, in the presence of the Clergyman as witness.]
I, AN unworthy servant of JESUS CHRist, in thankful remembrance of God's mercy to me, and humbly desiring to lead a new life, do thus solemnly resolve:
1. That I will pray morning and night kneeling, collecting my thoughts first, and remembering that I am going to speak to GOD.
2. That I will examine myself every night as to my besetting fault or faults.
3. That I will read attentively some verses of the Bible daily.
4. That I will attend the public worship of the Church as often as I can, and, when prevented, will try to say some part of the service at home.
5. That I will be a regular and devout communicant.
6. That I will think of God sometimes during the day, offering up secret prayer or thanks to Him.
Remember, O my soul, that “ It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
“To me to live is CHRIST, and to die is gain.”
Service for the Dying.
When the sick person is very near death, short sentences and
ejaculations, uttered slowly and solemnly, and sometimes only at intervals, will be found better than longer devotions. The first portion of the following service is intended to be so used by the Minister standing.
FROM THE PSALMS.
BE not Thou far from me, O LORD : Thou art my succour; haste Thee to help me.
O keep my soul, and deliver me.
Forsake me not, O Lord my God: be not Thou far from me. Haste Thee to help me, O LORD God of my salvation.
Save me, O GOD: for the waters are come in, even unto
soul. Forsake me not, when my strength faileth me.
Comfort the soul of Thy servant: for unto Thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
Lord Into Thy Hands I commend my spirit : for Thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, Thou God of truth.
The Lord is my light, and my salvation : whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid ?
This God is our God for ever and ever: He shall be our guide unto death.
Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel : and after that receive me with glory.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me.
With Thee is the well of life: and in Thy light shall we see light.
Thou shalt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is the fulness of joy: and at Thy right Hand there is pleasure for evermore.
As for me, I will behold Thy presence in righteousness: and when I awake up after Thy likeness, I shall be satisfied with it.
FROM ST. JOHN'S GOSPEL. God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I am the Light of the world : he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
I am the Good Shepherd : the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.
My sheep hear My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My Hand.
Let not your heart be troubled : ye believe in God; believe also in Me. In My FATHER'S house are many mansions : if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go
And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself : that where I am, there ye may be also. .
Because I live, ye shall live also.
FATHER, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given me, be with me, where I am ; that they may behold My glory.
FROM ST. PAUL'S EPISTLES.
PART I. I RECKON that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right Hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ JESUS our LORD.
Whether we live, we live unto the LORD; and whether we die, we die unto the LORD: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the LORD's.
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.
Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Now is CHRIST risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in CHRIST shall all be made alive. O death, where is thy sting? 0 grave,
where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our LORD JESUS CHRIST.