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T A Thanksgiving for the beginning of a him seasonable relief. Perfect, recovery.
we beseech thee, this thy mercy GREAT and mighty God, towards him; and prosper the who bringest down to the grave, means which shall be made use and bringest up again; we bless of for his cure : that being thy wonderful goodness, for restored to health of body, having turned our heaviness vigour of mind, and cheerfulness into joy and our mourning into of spirit, he may be able to go gladness, by restoring this our to thine house, to offer thee an brother to some degree of his oblation with great gladness; former health. Blessed be thy and to bless thy holy name for name that thou didst not forsake all thy goodness towards him, him in his sickness; but didst through Jesus Christ our Savisit him with comforts from viour: to whom with thee and above; didst support him in the HOLY SPIRIT, be all honour patience and submission to thy and glory world without end. will; and, at last, didst send Amen.
THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
| Forasmuch as all mortal men are subject to many sudden perils, diseases, and sicknesses, and ever uncertain what time they shall depart out of this life; therefore, to the intent they may be always in readiness to die, whensoever it shall please ALMIGHTY GOD to call them, the Ministers shall diligently from time to time (but especially in the time of pestilence, or other infectious sickness) exhort their parishioners to the often receiving of the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, when it shals be publicly administered 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 bis house; then he must give timely notice to the Minister, signifying also how many there are to communicate with him (which shall be two at the least :) and all things necessary being prepared, the Minister shall there celebrate the Holy Communion, beginning with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, here following:
The Collect. I The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5. ALMIGHTY everliving God, MY son, despise not thou the Maker of mankind, who dost chastening of the LORD, nor correct those whom thou dost faint when thou art rebuked love, and chastise every one of him. For whom the LORD whom thou dost receive; we loveth, he chasteneth ; and beseech thee to have mercy scourgeth every son whom he upon this thy servant visited receiveth. with thine hand; and to grant that he may take his sickness. The Gospel. St. John v. 24. patiently, and recover his bodily VERILY, verily, I say unto health, if it be thy gracious you, He that heareth my word, will; and that whensoever his and believeth on him that sent soul shall depart from the me, hath everlasting life, and body, it may be without spot shall not come into condemnapresented unto thee, through tion; but is passed from death Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. I unto life.
After which the Minister shall proceed according to the form before prescribed for the Holy Communion, beginning at these words, Ye who do truly, &c. 1 At the time of the distribution of the Holy Sacrament, the Minister shall first receive the
Communion himself, and after minister unto those who are appointed to communicate with
the sick, and last of all to the sick person. | But if a man, either by reason of extremity of sickness, or for want of warning in due
time to the Minister, or for lack of company to receive with him, or by any other just impediment, do not receive the sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, the Minister shall instruct him, that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and steadfastly believe that JESUS CHRIST hath suffered death upon the cross for him, and shed his blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefor, he doth eat and drink the body and blood of our Saviour CHRIST profitably to his soul's health, although he do not receive the sacrament with his mouth. T When the sick person is visited and receiveth the Holy Communion all at one time, then the Minister, for more expedition, shall cut off the form of the Visitation at the Psalm, and
go straight to the Communion. 1 In the times of contagious sickness or disease, when none of the parish or neighbours can
be gotten to communicate with the sick in their houses, for fear of the infection; upon special request of the diseased, the Minister alone may communicate with him.
THE ORDER FOR
THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD.
1 Here is to be noted, that the Office ensuing is not to be used for any unbaptized adults
any who die excommunicate, or who have laid violent hands upon themselves. | The Minister, meeting the corpse at the entrance of the church-yard, and going before it
either into the church, or towards the grave, shall say, or sing, I AM the resurrection and taken away ; blessed be the the life, saith the Lord; he that name of the LORD. 1 Tim. vi. 7. believeth in me, though he were Job. i. 21. dead. vet shall he live: and After they are come into the church, shall whosoever liveth and believeth be said or sung the following Anthem, in me, shall never die. St. John
taken from the 39th and 90th Psalms. xi. 25, 26.
LORD, let me know my end,
and the number of my days; I KNOW that my Redeemer
that I may be certified how long liveth, and that he shall stand
nd I have to live. at the latter day upon the
Behold, thou hast made my earth: and though after my
days as it were a span long ; skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see
and mine age is even as nothing God; whom I shall see for
in respect of thee; and verily
every man living is altogether myself, and mine eyes shall
vanity. behold, and not another. Job xix. 25, 26, 27.
For man walketh in a vain
shadow, and disquieteth himself WE brought nothing into in vain; he heapeth up riches, this world, and it is certain we and cannot tell who shall gather can carry nothing out. The them. LORD gave, and the LORD hath And now, LORD, what is my
hope? Truly my hope is even before thee; and our secret in thee.
sins in the light of thy counteDeliver me from all mine nance. offences; and make me not a For when thou art angry, all rebuke unto the foolish. our days are gone : We bring
When thou with rebukes our years to an end, as it were dost chasten man for sin, thou a tale that is told. makest his beauty to consume The days of our age are away, like as it were a moth threescore years and ten; and fretting a garment: every man though men be so strong that therefore is but vanity.
they come to fourscore years, Hear my prayer, O LORD ;1 yet is their strength then but and with thine ears consider | labour and sorrow; so soon my calling: hold not thy peace passeth it away, and we are gone. at my tears.
So teach us to number our For I am a stranger with thee, days, that we may apply our and a sojourner; as all my hearts unto wisdom. fathers were.
Glory be to the Father, and O spare me a little, that I may to the Son, and to the HOLY recover my strength; before I|Ghost; go hence, and be no more seen. As it was in the beginning,
Lord, thou hast been our is now, and ever shall be, world refuge, from one generation to without end. Amen. another.
I Then shall follow the Lesson, taken out Before the mountains were of the fifteenth chapter of the first Epistle brought forth, or ever the earth of St. Paul to the Corinthians. and the world were made, thou
1 Cor. xv. 20. art God from everlasting, and world without end.
NOW is Christ risen from Thou turnest man to destruc- the dead, and become the first tion ; again thou sayest, Come fruits of them that slept. For again, ye children of men. since by man came death, by
For a thousand years in thy man came also the resurrection sight are but as yesterday ; of the dead. For as in Adam seeing that is past as a watch in all die, even so in Christ shall the night.
all be made alive. But every As soon as thou scatterest man in his own order : CHRIST them, they are even as a sleep; the first fruits ; afterwards they and fade away suddenly like the that are Christ's, at his coming. grass.
Then cometh the end, when he In the morning it is green, shall have delivered up the and groweth up; but in the kingdom to God, even the evening it is cut down, dried Father; when he shall have up, and withered.
put down all rule, and all For we consume away in thy authority, and power. For he displeasure; and are afraid at must reign till he hath put all thy wrathful indignation. enemies under his feet. The
Thou hast set our misdeeds I last enemy that shall be de.
stroyed is death: for he hath | terrestrial : but the glory of the put all things under his feet. celestial is one, and the glory of But when he saith all things are the terrestrial is another. There put under him, it is manifest is one glory of the sun, and that he is excepted which did another glory of the moon, and put all things under him. And another glory of the stars : for when all things shall be subdued one star differeth from another unto him, then shall the Son star in glory. So also is the also himself be subject unto resurrection of the dead. It is him that put all things under sown in corruption; it is raised him, that God may be all in all. in incorruption. It is sown in Else what shall they, do which dishonour; it is raised in glory, are baptized for the dead, if the It is sown in weakness ; it is dead rise not at all ? Why are raised in power. It is sown a they then baptized for the dead? natural body; it is raised a And why stand we in jeopardy spiritual body. There is a every hour? I protest by your natural body, and there is a rejoicing, which I have in spiritual body. And so it is CHRIST JESUs our Lord, I die written, The first man Adam daily. If after the manner of was made a living soul, the last men I have fought with beasts Adam was made a quickening at Ephesus, what advantageth spirit. Howbeit, that was not it me, if the dead rise not? Let first which is spiritual, but that us eat and drink, for to-morrow which is natural; and afterward we die. Be not deceived : evil that which is spiritual. The communications corrupt good first man is of the earth, earthy: manners. Awake to righteous- the second man is the Lord ness, and sin not: for some from heaven. As is the earthy, have not the knowledge of God. such are they that are earthy : I speak this to your shame. and as is the heavenly, such are But some man will say, How they also that are heavenly, are the dead raised up? and And as we have borne the with what body do they come? image of the earthy, we shall Thou fool, that which thou also bear the image of the sowest is not quickened exceptit heavenly. Now this I say, die. And that which thou sowest, brethren, that flesh and blood thou sowest not that body cannot inherit the kingdom of that shall be, but bare grain ; God; neither doth corruption it may chance of wheat, or some inherit incorruption. Behold, other grain. But God giveth I show you a mystery: we shall it a body as it hath pleased him; not all sleep, but we shall all and to every seed his own body, be changed, in a moment, in All flesh is not the same flesh; the twinkling of an eye, at the but there is one kind of flesh last trump: for the trumpet of men, another flesh of beasts, shall sound, and the dead shall another of fishes, and another be raised incorruptible, and we of birds. There are also shall be changed. For this celestial bodies, and bodies Icorruptible must put on incor
ruption, and this mortal must suffer us not, at our last hour, put on immortality. So when for any pains of death to fall this corruptible shall have put from thee. on incorruption, and this mortal | Then, while the earth shall be cast upon shall have put on immortality, the body by some standing by, the Minister then shall be brought to pass
shall say, the saying that is written, Death
FORASMUCH as it hath is swallowed up in victory. I pleased ALMIGHTY God, in his o death, where is thy stině ? wise providence, to take out O grave, where is thy victory?
of this world the soul of our The sting of death is sin, and deceased brother, we therefore the strength of sin is the law.commit his body to the ground; But thanks be to God, which
earth to earth, ashes to ashes, giveth us the victory through
dust to dust : looking for the our Lord JESUS CHRIST. There
general resurrection in the last fore, my beloved brethren, be ve day, and the life of the world steadfast, unmoveable, always to come, through our Lord abounding in the work of the
JESUS CHRIST; at whose second LORD; forasmuch as ye know coming in glorious majesty to that your labour is not in vain judge the world, the earth and in the LORD.
the sea shall give up their dead;
and the corruptible bodies of When they come to the grave, while the corpse is made ready to be laid into the
those who sleep in him shall be earth, shall be sung or said,
changed, and made like unto his MAN, that is born of a
own glorious body; according woman, hath but a short time
to the mighty working whereby to live, and is full of misery.
he is able to subdue all things He cometh up, and is cut down
unto himself. like a flower; he fleeth as it? I Then shall be said, or sung, were a shadow, and never I HEARD a voice from continueth in one stay. . heaven, saying unto me, Write,
In the midst of life we are from henceforth blessed are the in death: of whom may we dead who die in the LORD ; seek for succour, but of thee, even so saith the SPIRIT; for O LORD, who for our sins art they rest from their labours. justly displeased ?
Rev. xiv. 13. Yet, O LORD God most holy, 1 Then the Minister shall say the Lord's O LORD most mighty, O holy
Prayer and most merciful SAVIOUR, OUR Father, who art in headeliver us not into the bitter | ven, Hallowed be thy Name; pains of eternal death.
Thy kingdom come; Thy will Thou knowest, LORD, the be done on earth, as it is in secrets of our hearts : shut heaven ; Give us this day our not thy merciful ears to our daily bread; And forgive us our prayers; but spare us, LORD trespasses, as we forgive those most holy, O God most mighty, who trespass against us; And O holy and merciful SavIOUR, lead us not into temptation; thou most worthy Judge eternal, But deliver us from evil. Amen.