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thy visitation patiently; Instead of the three precedand fit him, O Lord, for ing Prayers, may be said whatever in thy righteous the following Prayer. providence thou hast appointed for him; that he OUR Father in heaven, may have cause to glorify look down with


and thy name for his present pity upon thy servant, and sufferings, and find that lay not thy chastening hand thou, O God, of very faith

upon him more heavily than fulness, hast caused him to he can bear. Let him acbe troubled. Hear knowledge, with submission prayers, O Lord, and grant and humility, that even in our requests, for thy mer- judgment thou art merciful, cy's sake in Christ Jesus and that of


faithfulour Lord. Amen.

ness thou hast caused him to be troubled. Thou dost

afflict him with a Parent's HEAR us, almighty and wisdom — O sustain him most merciful God and with a Parent's love. Let Father ; extend thy accus

thy grace be sufficient for tomed goodness to this thy him in all his need, and let servant who is grieved with the holy influences of thy sickness. Sanctify, we Spirit hold him up in his beseech thee, this thy fath- weakness, and inspire his erly correction to him, that heart with strength, and the sense of his weakness hope, and

confidence. may add strength to his Let not any pain or suffaith, and seriousness to his fering, however acute, disrepentance; that if it shall

compose the order of his be thy good pleasure to re- thoughts, his submission, store him to his former his gratitude, or his duty. health, he may lead the re- Together with his trials, sidue of his life in thy fear

wilt thou provide a way for and to thy glory; or else his

escape, even by the give him grace so to take mercies of a longer and thy visitation, that after this holier life, or by the merpainful life is ended, he may cies of a peaceful and dwell with thee in life ev- blessed death erlasting, through Jesus it pleaseth thee, O Lord. Christ our Lord. Amen. Thou knowest all the

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necessities and all the infirmities of thy servant ; fortify his soul, we beseech thee, with spiritual joys and perfect resignation, and fill him with desires of holiness and of thy heavenly kingdom. Make his repentance entire, and his faith strong, and his hope steadfast, so that if thou dost please to continue him yet longer in life, he may serve thee with a devoted heart, and whenever thou shalt call his spirit away from earth, it may enter into the rest of the sons of God, and be with thee, and the holy Jesus, and the spirits of the just made perfect, for ever and ever.

O Lord, hear; O Lord, be merciful; O Lord, heal, and pity, and save.

Accept the prayer now offered in behalf of thine afflicted servant. Bless all his friends, and reward all the kindness which is shown him. Forgive him his trespasses, as he forgives those who trespass against him. Be with him every moment; be with him in the hour of death, and 0 in the day of judgment deliver him, through thine infinite mercy in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

For there is mercy with thee, therefore shalt thou be feared.

I look for the Lord, my soul doth wait for him, in his word is my trust.

My soul fleeth unto the Lord, before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.

O Israel, trust in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

And he shall redeem Israel from all his sins.

Then shall the Minister say,

THE Almighty Lord who is a most strong tower to all those who put their

trust in him; to whom all need; we fly unto thee for things in heaven, in earth, succour in behalf of this and under the earth, do thy servant, here lying unbow and obey, be now and der thy hand in great weakevermore thy defence; and ness of body. Look gramake thee know and feel, ciously upon him, O Lord; that there is none other and the more the outward name under heaven given man decayeth, strengthen to man, in whom, and him, we beseech thee, so through whom, thou may much the more continually est receive health and sal with thy grace and holy vation, but only the name Spirit in the inner man. of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Give him unfeigned repenAmen.

tance for the errors of his

life past, and steadfast faith UNTO God's gracious

in thy Son Jesus, that his mercy and protection we

sins may be done away by commit thee. The Lord

thy mercy, and his pardon bless thee and keep thee.

sealed in heaven, before he The Lord make his face

go hence and be no more

We know, O Lord, to shine upon thee, and be

that there is no word imgracious unto thee. The

possible with thee; and Lord lift up his counten

that if thou wilt, thou canst ance upon thee, and give thee peace, both now and

even yet raise him up, and evermore. Amen.

grant him a longer continuance amongst us.

Yet for

asmuch as in all appearance Note. Any portion of the

the time of his dissolution above Service may be omit

draweth near; so fit and ted, if he Sick Person is too weak to hear the whole.

prepare him, we beseech thee, against the hour of

death, that after his deparPRAYER FOR A Sick PER

ture hence in peace, and in thy favour, he may in thy appointed time be received

into thine everlasting kingO FATHER of mer dom, which thou hast procies, God of all comfort, mised by Jesus Christ our our only help in time of Lord and Saviour. Amen.




COMMENDATORY PRAYERS of the errors of his life;

FOR A SICK PERSON AT but strengthen him in his THE POINT OF DEPART

agony, and carry him safeURE.

ly through his last distress. O ALMIGHTY God

Let not his faith waver, and Father of mankind,

nor his hope fail; may he with whom the spirits of die in peace, and rest in just men made perfect hope, and rise in glory, for shall live forever; we hum

thine infinite mercy's sake bly commend the soul of in Jesus Christ our Lord. this thy servant, our dear

Amen. brother, into thy hands, as into the hands of a faith- PRAYER IN CASE OF SUDful Creator, and most merciful Saviour; most huinbly beseeching thee that it

O MOST gracious Famay be precious in thy ther, Judge of the living sight. And teach us who and the dead, behold thy survive, in this and other servants running to thee like daily spectacles of for pity and mercy in bemortality, to see how frail half of this thy servant and uncertain our own con

whom thou hast smitten dition is, and so to number with thy hasty rod and a our days, that we may se

swist angel. If it be thy riously apply our hearts to will, O spare him a little, that holy and heavenly wis- that he inay recover his dom, while we live here, strength before he go hence, which may in the end

and be

seen. bring us to life everlasting,

But if thou hast otherwise through Jesus Christ thy appointed, let the miracles Son our Lord. Amen. of thy compassion and thy

wonderful mercy supply to O LORD God Almigh- him the want of the usual ty, most holy and gracious measures of time, and the Father, we humbly com- periods of repentance, and mend the soul of thy ser- the trimming of his lamp. vant into thy hands, thy Othou, who regardest the most merciful hands. Im- heart and the measures of pute not unto him the fol- the mind more than the delies of his youth, nor any lay and the measures of



songs which

time, let it be thy pleasure pleasure to prolong his to rescue the soul of thy days here on earth, he may servant from all the evils live to thee, and be an inhe hath deserved, and all strument of thy glory, by the evils he fears. Stir up serving thee faithfully and in him such effectual con- doing good in his generatrition for sin, and fervent tion; or else receive him love for thee, as may

make to thyself among those who him to be accepted with have fallen asleep in the thee; so that among the Lord Jesus, and who shall

to eternal

be raised by thee to endages thy saints and holy less life and happiness at angels shall sing to the the last day. Grant this, honour of thy mercy, it O Lord, for thy mercy's may be ascribed to thy sake, in the name of thy glory that thou hast re- Son our Lord Jesus Christ. deemed thy servant from Amen. the second death, and made him partaker of the PRAYER FOR A LUNATIC. gift of God, eternal life through Jesus Christ our O LORD, the only wise Lord. Amen.

God, from whom we have

received all the faculties PRAYER


of our souls; thou art good CHILD,

and righteous in all thy O ALMIGHTY God dispensations, though the and merciful Father, to reasons of them may be whom alone belong the is- unknown to us thine impersues of life and death ; look fect creatures. We humdown from heaven,we hum- bly beseech thee to dispel, bly beseech thee, with the if it be agreeable to thine eyes of mercy upon this infinite wisdom, the clouds child now lying upon the in which the soul of thy bed of sickness; visit him, servant is now involved; O Lord, with thy salvation; that he may regain his undeliver him in thy good ap- derstanding, and the right pointed time from his bodi- use of his faculties. Heal ly pain, and sanctify this his disordered mind, comthy fatherly chastisement to pose his passions, pacify him; that if it shall be thy his imaginations; prosper



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