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* FOR THE
VISITATION OF THE SICK.
When any person is Sick, notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the Parish; 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. Answer.Spare us, good Lord.
Then the Minister shall say,
Let us pray,
Christ have mercy upon us.
OUR Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Min. O Lord, save thy servant;
Min. Send him help from thy holy place;
Ans. And evermore mightily defend
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.
Minister. O LORD, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort and sure confidence in thee, defend him from the danger of the enemy, and keep him in perpetual peace and safety; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HEAR us, Almighty and most merciful God and Saviour; extend thy accustomed goodness to this thy servant who is grieved with sickness. Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction to him; that the sense of his weakness may add strength to his faith, and seriousness to his repentance: that if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore him to his former health, he may lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory: or else, give him grace so take thy visitation, that, after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Minister exhort the Sick Person after
. this form, or other like. DEARLY beloved, know this, that Almighty God is the Lord of life and death, and of all things to them pertaining, as youth, strength, health, age, weakness, and sickness. Wherefore, whatsoever your sickness is, know you certainly, that it is God's visitation. And for what cause soever this sickness is sent unto you; whether it be to try your patience for the example of others, and that your faith may be found in the day of the Lord laudable, glorious, and honourable, to the increase of glory, and endless felicity; or else it be sent unto you to correct and amend in you whatsoever doth offend the eyes of your heavenly Father; know you certainly, that if you truly repent you of your sins, and bear your sickness patiently, trusting in God's mercy, for his dear Son Jesus Christ's sake, and render unto him hum. ble thanks for his fatherly visitation, submitting yourself wholly unto his will, it