Зображення сторінки
PDF
ePub

are related in the history; and whicb accompanying circumstances, if all or any of them be true, render it impossible to have been a deJusion. We also find him positively, and in appropriated terms, asserting' that he himself worked miracles, strictly and properly so called, in support of the mission which he executed; the history, meanwhile, recording various passages of his ministry, which come up to the extent of this assertion. The question is, whether falsehood was ever attested by evidence like this. Falsehoods, we know, have found their way into reports, into tradition, into books; but is an example to be met with, of a man voluntarily undertaking a life of want and pain, of incessant fatigue, of continual peril: submitting to the loss of his home and country, to stripes and stoning, to te. dious imprisonment, and the constant expectation of a violent death, for the sake of carrying about a story of what was false, and ef what, if false, Ite must have known to be so?

THE

CLERGYMAN'S COMPANION

IN

VISITING TIIE SICK,

CONTAINING 1. RULES FOR VISITING THE SICK. II. THE OFFICE FOR THE VISITATION

OF THE SICK.
III. THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
IV. A GREAT VARIETY OF OCCASIONAL

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK; COLLECT-
ED FROM THE WRITINGS OF SOME
OF THE MOST EMINENT DIVINES OF
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED
THE OFFICES OF PUBLIC AND

PRIVATE BAPTISM.

WITIL ADDITIONS AND ALTERATIONS,

PREFACE.

This collection has been so much esteemed that it has passed through nine editions. Having now become exceedingly scarce, it was thought proper to reprint it.

The Rules for Visiting the Sick, in five sections, are extracted chiefly from the works of Bishop Taylor. The Occasional Prayers are taken from the devotional tracts of Bishop Patrick, Mr. Ket. tlewell, and other pious and judicious divines. But in this Edition, the antiquated style of those writers is corrected and improved ; at the same time, a spirit of rational piety, and unaffected simplicity, are carefully preserved.

A prayer by Dr. Stonehouse, and four by Mr. Merrick, the celebrated translator of the Psalms, are added to the old collection.

The offices of Public and Private Baptism, though no ways relating to the Visitation of the Sick, are retained; as, in the present form, they will be convenient for the Clergy in the course of their paro. chial duty.

THE MANNER

OF
VISITING THE SICK;

OR,

THE ASSISTANCE THAT IS TO BE GIVEN TO SICK
AND DYING PERSONS BY THE MINISTRY OF THE
CLERGY

SECT. I. . In all the days of our spiritual warfare, from our baptism to our burial, God has appointed his servants the ministers of the church, to supply the necessities of the people, by ecclesiastical duties; and prudently to guide, and carefully to judge concerning souls committed to their charge.

And, therefore, they who all their lifetime derive blessings from the Fountain of Grace, by the channels of ecclesiastical ministers, ought then more especially to do it in the time of their sickness, when their needs are more prevalent, according to that known apostolical injunction, “Is any man sick among you, let him send for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him," &c.

The sum of the duties and offices, respectively implied in these words, may be collected from the following rules...

SECT. II. | Rules for the manner of visiting the sick. I. Let the minister be sent to, not when the sick. is in the agonies of death, as it is usual to do, but , before his sickness increases too much upon him ; for when the soul is confused and disturbed by the violence of the distemper, and death begins to stare the man in the face, there is little reason to hone for any good effect from the spiritual man's visitation.. For how can any regular administration take place, when the man is all over in a disorder ? how can

« НазадПродовжити »