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visitation, submitting yourself wholly unto his will, it shall turn to your profit, and help you forward in the right way that leadeth unto everlasting life. If the Person visited be very fisk, then the Curate. may end: bis Exhortation

in ebis pluce, or else proceed. M AKE therefore in good part the chastisement of the

I Lord: For (as St Paul faith in the twelfth Chapter . to the Hebrews) whom the Lord loveth he chaitenech, and Icourgeth every fon whom he receiveth. If ye endure chaltening, God dealeth with you as'wich sons, for what son is he whom the father chafteneth not? But if ye be without chaititement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not fons. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave them reverence : Thall we not much rather be in subjection unco the. Father of Spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days, chalCened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. These words, good brother, are written in holy Scripture for our comfort and instruction, that we should patiently, and with thankfgiving, bear our heavenly Father's correction, when loever by any manner of adversity it shall please his gracious good. nefs to visit us. And there should be no greater comfort to Christian persons, than to be made like unto Christ, by suffering patiently adversities, troubles, and fick nesses. For he himfelf went not up to joy, but first he suffered pain; he entered not into his glory before he was crucified. So truly our way to eterpal joy is to suffer here with Chrift; and our door to enter into eternal life, is gladly to die wich Christ; that we may rise again from death, and dwell with him in everlasting life. Now therefore taking your fick. nels, which is thus profitable for you, parienciy, I exhort you in the Name of God to remember the profesion which you made unto God in your Baptism. And forafınuch as after this life there is an account ço be given unto the righteous Judge, by whom all must be judged without respect of perfons; I require you to examine yourself and your estate, both toward God and man; fo that accusing and condem

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ning yourself for your own faults, you may find mercy at our heavenly Father's hand for Chriit's sake, and not be acculed 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 Mall rehearse the Articles of the Faith, saying thus, N OST thou believe in God the Facher Almighty, Maker U of heaven and earth ?

And in Jerus Christ his only begotten Son our Lord ? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost , born of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilare, was crucified, dead, and buried ; that he went down into hell, and also did rise again the shird day ; that he ascended into heaven; and fictech at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, and from thence shall come again at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead ?

And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; the Communion of saints; the remission of lins; the resurrection of the flesh ; and everlasting life after death?

The fock Perfon shall answer.

All this I stedfastly believe. Then fall the Minister examine cohether be repent bim truly of his firs; and

be in charity with all the world: Exborting him to forgive from the bottom of bis heart all persons that have offended bim, and if he hash offended any other, to ask them forgiveness ; and where be bath done injury or wrong 10 any man, that he make amends ro the attermofit of his power. And if he harb not befort disposed of bis goods, let kim isen be admonished to make his Will, and 10 declare bis D:bts, what he oweih, and vbat is owing unto bin, for the better discharging of his Conscience, and the quieiness of his Executors. But men jould often be put in remembrance 10 take order for

the ferling of their temporal estates whilf they are in health. Tbese words before rehearsed, may be said before be minifier begin his Prayer,

as be fball fie canji. The Miniter pould not omit earnefly to move fuch fick Persons as are of ability,

to be liberal in the poor. Here jhall sbe fick Person be moved to make a special Confeffion of his fins, if

be feel his Conscience troubled with any weigbry matter. After wbich Gonfrpion, the Priit wall abjölve him (if he humbly and heartily difire in) after ibis feri;

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of the his pain, ach as be puthi bis formeshen thou are

UR Lord Jesus Christ, who hath left power to his U Church to absolve all finners who truly repent and believe in him, of his great mercy forgive thee chine offences: And by his authority comnicted to me, I absolve thee from all thy sins, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft. Amen. And then the Priest Hall say the Colle& following.

Let us pray.
Most merciful God, who according to the multitude

of thy mercies, doft so put away the sins of those who truly repent, that thou rememberest them no more; Open thine eye of mercy upon this thy fervant, who molt earnestly desireth pardon and forgiveness. Renew in him (molt loving Father) whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil, or by his own carnal will and frailness; preserve and continue this sick member in the unity of the Church; consider bis contrition, accept his tears, affwage bis pain, as shall seem to thee most expedient for bim. And forasmuch as be puttech his full trust only in thy mercy, impute not unto him bis former fins ? buc Itrengthen bin with thy blessed Spirit; and when thou art plealed to take him hence, take him unto thy favour, through the merits of thy most dearly beloved Son Jerus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then ball the Minister say this Pfalm.

Inte, Domine, speravi. Pfal. 71. IN thee, O Lord, have I put my trust, let me never be I put to confulion: but rid me, and deliver me in chy righteousness; incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

Be thou my strong hoki, whereunto I may alway resort : thou hast promised to help me, for thou art my house of defence, and my caitle.

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of che ungodly: out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

For throu, O Lord God, art the thing that I long f ala:) art my hope, even from my youth.


Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born : chou art he that took me out of my mother's womb; my praise Thall alway be of thee.

I am become as it were a monster unto many : but my sure trust is in chee.

Olet my mouth be filled with thy praise : that I may sing of thy glory and honour all the day long.

Cast me not away in the time of age : forsake me not when my strength faileth me.

For mine enemies speak against me, and they that lay wait for my soul, take their counsel together, saying: God hath forsaken him, persecute him, and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

Go not far from me, O God: my God, katte thee to help me.

Let them be confounded and perish that are against my soul : let them be covered with shame and dishonour that seek co do me evil.

As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise thee more and more.

My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and falvacion: for I know no end thereof. . · I will go forth in the strength of the Lord God : and will make mention of thy righteousness only.

Thou, O God, haft taught me from my youth up until now: therefore will I tell of thy wonderous works.

Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am gray-headed : until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.

Thy righteousness, O God, is very high, and great things are they that thou hast done: O God, who is like unto thee?

Glory be to the Father, c.
As it was in che, &c.

Adding this,
Saviour of the world, who by thy Cross and precious
O Blood haft redeemed us, save us, and help us, we
humbly beseech thee, O Lord,


Then shall the Minister say, . THE Almighty Lord, who is a moft strong tower to all

I them that put their trust in him, to whoin all things in heaven, in earch, do bow and obey, bę now and evermore thy defence, and make thee know and feel, that there iş none other Name under heayen given to man, in whom, and through whom thou mayst receive health and salvation, but only the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

And after that shall say, I TNTO God's gracious mercy and protection we commit

thee. The Lord bless thie, 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 beseech thee, with the eyes of mercy upon this Child now lying upon the bed of sickness : vigt bim, O Lord, with thy salvation ; deliver bin in thy good appointed time from his bodily pain, and save bis foul for thy mercies fake. That if ic thall be thy pleasure to prolong bis 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 eile receive bin into those heavenly habitations, where the souls of them that Deep in the Lord Jelus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. Grant this, O Lord, for thy mercies sake, in the same thy Son our Lord Jesus Chrift, who liveth and reigneth with thet and the Holy Ghoit, ever one God, world without end. Amen, A Prayer for a lick Person, when there appeareth finall hope of recovery.

Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, our only

I help in time of need ; We fiy unto thee for fuccour in behalf of this thy fervant, 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 befcech thee, so much the more continually with


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