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init thee. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace, both now and evermore. Amen.

| A Prayer for a sick Child. Almighty God, and merciful Father, to whom

alone belong the issues of life and death ; Look down from Heaven, we humbly befeech thee, 'with the eyes of mercy upon this child now lying upon the bed of sickness : Visit him, O Lord, with thy salvation ; deliver him in thy good appointed time from bis bodily pain, and save his soul for thy mercies sake: That, if it shall be thy pleasure to prolong his days here on earth, he may live to thee, and be an instrument of thy glory, by serving thee faithfully, and doing good in his generation; or else receive him into those heavenly habitations,

Only the name) After this prayer in Edw.VIth's first book followed this rubric and prayer of anointing. " If the fick person desired to be anointed, the priest was to anoint him upon the forehead or brcaft only, making the sign of the cross, saying thus : As with this visible oil thy body outwardly is anointed, fo our heavenly Father, Almighty God, grant of his infinite goodness, that thy soul inwardly may be anointed with the Holy Ghost

, who is the Spirit of all strength, comfort, relief, and gladness

. And vouchsafe for his great mercy (if it be his blessed will) to restore unto thee thy bodily health and strength to serve him ; and send thee release of all thy pains, troubles, and diseases, both in body and mind. And howfoever his goodness (by his divine and unsearchable providence) shall dứpose of thee, we his unworthy ministers and servants humbly beleech the eternal Majesty to do with thee according to the multitude of his innumerable mercies, and to pardon thee all thy fins and offences committed by all thy bodily fenfes, pallions, and carnal affections; who also vouchsafe mer. cifully to grant unto thee ghostly strength, by his holy Spirit, to withstand and overcome ail temptations and assaults of thine adversary, that in no wife he prevail against thee, but that thou mayest have perfect victory and triumph againīt the devil, fin, and death, through Christ our Lord; who by his death hath overcome the prince of death, and with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, evermore liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen.”. After this followed the thirteenth psalm, “ How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord ? &c.

All this was omitted at the review,1551; and the service terminated here, till the review 1662, when the form beginning “Unto God's gracious mercy," &c. and the four succeeding prayers, were introduced.

where the souls of them that sleep in the Lord Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. Grant this, O Lord, for thy mercies fake, in the fame thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, who livech and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

inner man.

[ A Prayer for a fick perfor, when there appeareth

small hope of recovery. O

Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, our

only help in time of need; We fly unto thee for fuccour in behalf of this thy servant, here lying under thy hand in great weakness of body. Look graciously upon him, O Lord ; and the more the outward man decayeth, strengthen bim, we beseech thee, so much the more continually with thy grace and holy Spirit in the

Give bim unfeigned repentance for all the errors of his life past, and stedfait faith in thy Son Jesus; that his fins may be done away by thy mercy, and his pardon sealed in Heaven, before be go hence, and be no more seen. We know, O Lord, that there is no word impolfible with thee; and that, if thou wilt, thou canst even yet raise him up, and grant him a longer continuance amongst us.

Yet, forafiuch as in all appearance the time of bis diffolution draweth near; fo fit and prepare bin, we beseech thee, against the hour of death, that after bis departure hence in peace, and in thy favour, his soul may be received into thine everlasting kingdom, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thine only Son, our Lord and Saviour Amen. | A commendatory Prayer for a fick fzerfon at the point of

departure. Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of their earthly prisons; We humbly commend the soul of this thy servant, our dear brother, into thy hands, as into the hands of a faithful Creator, and most merciful Saviour; most 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 slain to take away the fins of the world ; that whatsoever defilements it may have contracted 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 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.

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| A Prayer for

persons troubled in mind, or in conscience. O

Blessed Lord, the Father of mercies, and the God

of all comforts; we beseech thee, look down in picy and compassion upon this thy afflicted servant. Thou writest bitter things against him, and makest bim to pol

. sess his former iniquities; thy wrath lieth hard upon bim, and his soul is full of trouble: But, o merciful God, who haft written thy holy Word for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of thy holy Scriptures, might have hope ; give him a right understanding of bimself, and of thy threats and promises; that be may neither cast away his confidence in thee, nor place it any where but in thee. Give bim strength against all bis temptations, and heal alt bis distempers. Break not the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax. Shut not up thy tender mercies in displeasure ; but make bim to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Deliver him from fear of the enemy, and lift up the light of thy countenance upon him, and give bim peace, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Forasmuch as all mortal men be subject to many sudden perils, diseases, and ficknelles, and ever uncertain what time they shall depart out of this life; therefore, to the intent they may be always in a readiness to die, whenfoever it sball please Almighty God to call them, the Curates shall diligently from time to time (but especially in the time of peftilence, or other infe&tious fickness) exhort their pariffioners to the often receiving of the holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, when it shall be publickly administered in the Church; that so doing, they may, in case of sudden visitation, bave the less cause to be disquieted" for lack of the same. But if the fick person be not able to come to the Church, and yet is desirous to receive the Communion in bis house ; then be must give timely notice to the Curate, signifying also how many there are 10 communicate with him (which shall be three, or two at the least) and having a convenient place in the fick man's house, with all things necessary fo prepared, that the Curate may reverently minister, be shall there celebrate the holy Communion, beginning with the Collect, Epijtle, and Gospel, bere following :

Sick man's house], Though administering the communion in private houses be forbidden by the canons of 1603, as well as by those of ancient times, under the fevereft penalties ; yet there is an exception made in the case of. fickness; upon which occalion, both the canons above men. tioned, and this present rubric, allow the curate (having a convenient place in the sick man's house, with all things neceffary fo prepared, that he may reverently minister) there to celebrate the holy Communion. This indul. gence was rare in the primitive church : however, some instances may be produced, even from thence, of private confecrations upon great emergencies. But, generally speaking, it was usual for the ministers to referve fome part of the elements, that had been consecrated before, in the church, to be always in a readiness upon such like occasions. Agreeably to which in this very rubric (as it was worded in King Edward's first common prayer) it was ordered, that if the fame day (on which the person was to be visited) there was a celebratiop of the holy communion in the church, then the priest was to reserye (at the open communion) so much of the facrament of the body and blood, as would serve the lick person, and so many as were to communicate with him (if there were any :) and fo foon as he conveniently could, after the open communion ended in the church, he was to go and minifter the fame, &c. But then this reserration was not allowed, unless there was a communion at the church on

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The Collect.

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who dost correct those whom thou dost love, and chastise every one whom thou dost receive; we beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy servant visited with thine hand, and to grant that he may take bis sickness patiently, and recover his bodily health, (if it be thy gracious will;) and whensoever bis foul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epislle. Heb. xii. 5.
Y son, despise not thou the chastening of the

Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth, he chastenech; and scoure geth every son whom he receiveth.

The Gospel. St. John v. 24.
ERILY, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my

Word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. the same day on which the fick person was to be visited: for by another rubric it was ordered, that if the day were not appointed for the open communion in the church, then (upon convenient warning given) the curate was to go and visit the sick person afore noon; and having a conyenient place in the fick man's house, where he might reverently celcbrate, with all things necessary for the fame, and not being otherwise letted with the public service, or any other just impediment, there to celebrate the holy communion. And even the elements that were consocrated thus privately were to be reserved, if there was any occafion to adminifter the facrament again that day. For so it was ordered by a third rubric of this office in the same book, that if there were any more fick perfons to be visited the same day that the curate celebrated in any fick man's house, then the curate was there to reserve so much of the facra. ment of the body and blood, as would serve the other fick persons, and Luch as were appointed to communicate with them, (if there were any) and immediately to carry it and minifter it unto them. So that from all these rubrics compared together, we may obferve, first, that though asciently it was usual for the ministers to reserve some part of the consen crated elements, either in the church or at their houses, to be always in a readiness for any that should want to receive, before the time came to confecrate again ; yet after the reformation it was never allowed to referve them longer than that day on which they were consecrated, nor indeed to reserve them at all, unless the curate knew before-hand that fome dick Berfon was that day to be visited. Wheatley.

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