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Thy children like the olive-branches: round about thy table. Lo, thus shall the man be blessed : that feareth the Lord.
The Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long;
Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children: and peace upon Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without
Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.
O let the nations rejoice and be glad for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations. upon earth.
Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase: and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
God shall bless us : and all the ends
of the world shall fear him.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
The Psalm ended, and the Man and the
ble, the Priest standing at the Table,
Min. O Lord, send them help from thy holy place;
Ans. And evermore defend them. Min. Be unto them a tower of strength,
Ans. From the face of their enemy.
This Prayer next following shall be omitted, where the Woman is past child
MERCIFUL Lord, and heavenly Father, by whose gracious gift mankind is increased; We bethese two persons, that they may seech thee, assist with thy blessing both be fruitful in procreation of children, and also live together so long in godly love and honesty, that they may see their children christianly and virtuously brought up, to thy praise and honour; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O hast made all things of nothing:
who also (after other things set in order) didst appoint, that out of man (created after thine own image and similitude) woman should take her Lord, have mercy upon us. beginning; and, knitting them toge Ans. Christ, have mercy upon us. be lawful to put asunder those whom ther, didst teach that it should never Min. Lord, have mercy upon us. thou by Matrimony hadst made one: Olowed Name. O UR Father, which art in heaven, O God, who hast consecrated the Hallowed be thy Name. Thy state of Matrimony to such an exkingdom come. Thy will be done in cellent mystery, that in it is signified earth, As it is in heaven. Give us and represented the spiritual marthis day our daily bread. And for- riage and unity betwixt Christ and give us our trespasses, As we forgive his Church; Look mercifully upon t them that trespass against us. And these thy servants, that both this lead us not into temptation; But de- man may love his wife, according to liver us from evil. Amen. thy Word, (as Christ did love his spouse the Church, who gave him. self for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own flesh,) and also that
Min. O Lord, save thy servant, and thy handmaid;
Ans. Who put their trust in thee.
this woman may be loving and amiable, faithful and obedient to her husband; and in all quietness, sobriety, and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons. O Lord, bless them both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Priest say,
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
Hear also what Saint Peter, the Apostle of Christ, who was himself a married man, saith unto them. that are married; Ye husbands, dwell with your wives according to knowledge; giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace
AMG did create our first of life, that your prayers be not
parents, Adam and Eve, and did sanctify and join them together in marriage; Pour upon you the riches of his grace, sanctify and bless you, that ye may please him both in body and soul, and live together in holy love unto your lives' end. Amen.
After which, if there be no Sermon declaring the duties of Man and Wife, the Minister shall read as followeth.
LL ye that are married, or that intend to take the holy estate of Matrimony upon you, hear what the holy Scripture doth say as touching the duty of husbands towards their wives, and wives towards their husbands.
of the husband toward the wife. Hitherto ye have heard the duty. Now likewise, ye wives, hear and learn your duties toward your husbands, even as it is plainly set forth in holy Scripture.
Saint Paul, in the aforenamed Epistle to the Ephesians, teacheth you thus; Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. And again he saith, Let the wife see that she reverence her husband.
And in his Epistle to the Colossians, Saint Paul giveth you this short lesson; Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
Saint Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, the fifth Chapter, doth give this commandment to all married men; Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water, by the Saint Peter also doth instruct you Word; that he might present it to very well, thus saying; Ye wives, be himself a glorious Church, not hav- in subjection to your own husbands; ing spot, or wrinkle, or any such that, if any obey not the Word, they thing; but that it should be holy, also may without the Word be won and without blemish. So ought men by the conversation of the wives; to love their wives as their own while they behold your chaste conbodies. He that loveth his wife lov-versation coupled with fear. Whose eth himself: for no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife; and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the Church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife, even as himself.
adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible; even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands; even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord; whose daughters ye are as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
Likewise the same Saint Paul, writing to the Colossians, speaketh thus to all men that are married; It is convenient that the new-married persons should receive the holy Communion at the time of their Marriage, or at the first opportunity after their Marriage.
THE ORDER 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,
Pl that dwell in it.
When he cometh into the sick man's pre-
REMEMBER not, Lord, our 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.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Minister. O Lord, save thy servant;
Minister. Send him help from thy holy place;
Answer. And evermore mightily
Minister. Let the enemy have no advantage of him;
Answer. Nor the wicked approach
to hurt him.
Minister. Be unto him, O Lord, a strong tower,
Answer. From the face of his enemy.
Minister, O Lord, hear our prayers.
thee, defend him from the danger of the enemy, and keep him in perJesus Christ our Lord. Amen. petual peace and safety; through
HEAR US, Almighty and most tend 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 to 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.
EARLY beloved, know this, that Almighty God is the Lord of life and death, and of all things to them pertaining, as youth, strength, Wherefore, whatsoever your sickhealth, age, weakness, and sickness. ness is, know you certainly, that it is God's visitation. And for what cause soever this sickness is sent patience for the example of others, unto you; whether it be to try your in the day of the Lord laudable, and that your faith may be found crease of glory and endless felicity; glorious, and honourable, to the inand amend in you whatsoever doth or else it be sent unto you to correct Father; know you certainly, that if offend the eyes of your heavenly and bear your sickness patiently, you truly repent you of your sins, trusting in God's mercy, for his dear Son Jesus Christ's sake, and render unto him humble thanks for his fatherly 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 sick, then the Curate may end his exhortation in this place, or else proceed. TAKE therefore in good part the chastisement of the Lord: For (as Saint Paul saith in the twelfth Chapter to the Hebrews) whom the
Therefore I shall rehearse to you
thou believe in God the
Lord loveth he chasteneth, and Dather Almighty, Maker of
scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened 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 thanksgiving, bear our heavenly Father's correction, whensoever by any manner of adversity it shall please his gracious goodness 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 sicknesses. For he himself 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 eternal joy is to suffer here with Christ; and our door to enter into eternal life is gladly to die with Christ; that we may rise again from death, and dwell with him in everlasting life. Now therefore, taking your sickness, which is thus profitable for you, patiently, I exhort you, in the Name of God, to remember the profession which you made unto God in your Baptism. And forasmuch as after this life there is an account to be given unto the righteous Judge, by whom all must be judged, without respect of persons, I require you to examine yourself and your estate, both toward God and man; so that, accusing and condemning yourself for your own faults, you may find mercy at our heavenly Father's hand for Christ's sake, and not be accused and condemned in that fearful judgement.
heaven and earth?
And in Jesus 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 Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; that he went down into hell, and also did rise again the third day; that he ascended into heaven, and sitteth 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 sins; the Resurrection of the flesh; and everlasting life after death?
The sick person shall answer,
Then shall the Minister examine whether he repent him truly of his sins, and be in charity with all the world; exhorting him to forgive, from the bottom of his heart, all persons that have offended him; and if he hath offended any other, to ask them forgiveness; and where he hath done injury or wrong to any man, that he make amends to the uttermost of his power. And if he hath not before disposed of his goods, let him then be admonished to make his Will, and to declare his Debts, what he oweth, and what is owing unto him; for the better discharging of his conscience, and the quietness of his Executors. But men should often be put in remembrance to take order for the settling of their temporal estates, whilst they are in health.
These words before rehearsed may be said before the Minister begin his Prayer, as he shall see cause.
The Minister should not omit earnestly to move such sick persons as are of ability to be liberal to the poor.
Here shall the sick person be moved to make a special Confession of his sins, if he feel his conscience troubled with any weighty matter. After which Confession, the Priest shall absolve him (if he humbly and heartily desire it) after
OUR Lord Jesus Christ, who I am become as it were a monster
hath left power to his Church I to absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, of his great mercy forgive thee thine offences: And by his authority committed to me, I absolve thee from all thy sins, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
And then the Priest shall say the Collect following.
Let us pray. 0 MOST merciful God, who, according to the multitude of thy mercies, dost so put away the sins of those who truly repent, that thou rememberest them no more; Open thine eye of mercy upon this thy servant, who most earnestly desireth pardon and forgiveness. Renew in him, most 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 his contrition, accept his tears, asswage his pain, as shall seem to thee most expedient for him. And forasmuch as he putteth his full trust only in thy mercy, impute not unto him his former sins, but strengthen him with thy blessed Spirit; and, when thou art pleased to take him hence, take him unto thy favour, through the merits of thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶Then shall the Minister say this Psalm.
Be thou my strong hold, whereunto I may alway resort: thou hast promised to help me; for thou art
my house of defence, and my castle.
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
For thou, O Lord God, art the thing that I long for thou art my hope, even from my youth.
Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born: thou art he that took me out of my mother's womb; my praise shall alway be of
unto many but my sure trust is in thee.
O let 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, say. ing God hath forsaken him, persecute him, and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
God, haste thee to help me.
rish that are against my soul: let
As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise thee more
thy righteousness and salvation: for My mouth shall daily speak of 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, hast taught me from my youth up until now: therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works. old age, when I am gray-headed: Forsake me not, O God, in mine until I have shewed thy strength ununtil 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
by thy Cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us, Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
Then shall the Minister say,
tower to all them THE Almighty Lord, who is a that put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey, be now and evermore thy defence; and make thee know and feel, that there is none other Name under heaven given to man, in whom, and