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And after that shall say : Unto God's gracious mercy and protection we commit 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 counteñance upon thee, and give thee peace, both now and evermore. Amen.
THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK. FORASMUCH as all mortal men be subject to many sudden perils, diseases, and sicknesses, and ever uncertain what time they shall depart out of this life; therefore, to the intent that they may be al. ways in readiness to die, whensoever it shall please Almighty God to call them, the curates shall diligently, from time to time, (but especially in time of pestilence, or other infectious sickness,) exhort their parishioners to the often receiving the holy communion of the body and blood of our Saviour Christ, when it shall 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 his house; then he must give timely notice to the curate, signify. ing also how many there are to communicate with him, (which shall be three, or two at the least,) and having a convenient place in the sick man's house, with all things necessary, so prepared, that the curate may reverently minister, he shall there celebrate the holy communion, beginning with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, here following:
The Collect. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, maker of man. kind, who dost correct those whom thou dost love, and chastisest every one whom thou dost receive we beseech thee to have mercy upon this thy ser. vant visited with thine hand, and to grant that he may take his sickness patiently, and recover his bodily health, (if it be thy gracious will ;) and when
ever his soul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5. My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him ; for whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth ; and scourg eth every son whom he receiveth.
The Gospel. St. John v. 24. VERILY, 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 condemna. tion; but is passed from death unto life.
After which, the priest shall proceed according to the form prescribed for the holy communion, beginning at these words : (Ye that do truly]
At the time of the distribution of the holy sacrament, the priest shall first receive the communion himself, and afterward minister unto them that 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 curate, or for lack of company to receive with bim, or by any other just impediment, do not receive the sacrament of Christ's body and blood, the curate shall instruct him, that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and steadfastly believe 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 therefore, 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.
When the sick person is visited, and receiveth the holy communion all at one time, then the priest, for more expedition, shall cut off the form of the visitation, at the Psalm, iIn thee, O Lord, have I put my trust,) and go straight to the communion.
In the dime of the plague, sweat, or other such-like contagious times of sickness or diseases, 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 deceased, the minister only may communicate with him.
At the time of the celebration of the communion, the communicants
being conveniently placed for receiving of the holy sacrament, the priest shall say this exhortation :
DEARLY beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come to the holy communion of the body and blood
of our Saviour Christ, must consider how St. Paul exhorteth all persons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume to eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For as the benefit is great, if with a true penitent heart and lively faith we receive that holy sacrament (for then we spirit. ually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink his blood; then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us ;) so is the danger great if we receive the same unworthily; for then we are guilty of the body and blood of Christ our Saviour: we eat and drink our own damnation, not considering the Lord's body; we kindle God's wrath against us; we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent ye truly for your sins past : have a lively and steadfast faith in Christ our Saviour: amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men; so shall ye be meet partakers of these holy mysteries. And above all things, ye must give most humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man, who did humble himself even to the death upon the cross, for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness and in the shadow of death, that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should always remember the exceeding great love of our Master and only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious bloodshedding he hath obtained to us, he hath instituted and ordained holy mysteries, as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death, to our great and endless comfort. To him, therefore, with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks ; submitting ourselves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve him in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen.
Then shall the priest say to them that come to receive the holy
communion, YE that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighhours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways ; draw near with faith, and take this Holy Sacrament to your comfort ; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees. Then shall this general confession be made, in the name of all those that are minded to receive the holy communion, by one of the ministers, both he and all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees and saying;
ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all men, we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings: the remembrance of them is grievous to us, the burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesas Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Ther shall the priest (or the bishop, being present) stand up, and turping hims-lf to the people, pronounce this absolution :
ALMIGHTY God our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins, to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirmand strength. en you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the priest say, Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn to him : ” Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Matt. xi. 28.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only. begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John iii. 16.
Hear also what St. Paul saith :
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.
Hear also what St. John saith :
If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. i John ii. 1, 2.
After which, the priest shall proceed, saying, Lift up your hearts. Answ. We lift them up unto the Lord. Priest. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God. Answ. It is meet and right so to do.
Then shall the priest say, It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father,* Almighty, Everlasting God. Here shall follow the proper preface, according to the time, if there
be any specially appointed; or else inmediately shall follow,
THEREFORE with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and mag. nify thy glorious name, evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts! hea. ven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. Amen.
On Christmas-day, and seven days after. BECAUSE thou didst give Jesus Christ, thine only Son, to be born as at this time for us, who by the operation of the Holy Ghost was made very man of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother, and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin : therefore with angels, &c. 5. * These words (Holy Father) must be omitted on Tripity SURday.