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Thy children like the olive-branch. Min. O Lord, send them help from es : round about thy table.

thy holy place ; Lo, thus shall the man be blessed : Ans. And evermore defend them. that feareth the Lord.

Min. Be unto them a tower of The Lord from out of Sion shall so strength, bless thee : that thou shalt see Jeru. Ans. From the face of their enemy. salem in prosperity all thy life long;

Min. O Lord, hear our prayer. Yea, that thou shalt see thy chil. Ans. And let our cry come unto thee. dren's children : and peace upon Is

Minister. rael

GOD Abraham, of Isaac,

Giory be to the Father, and to the O God of Jacohan God helsams;

Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

servants, and sow the seed of etemal As it was in the beginning, is now, life in their hearts; that whatsoever and ever shall be : world without in thy holy Word they shall profit. end. Amen.

ably learn, they may in deed fulfil Or this Psalm.

the same. Look, O Lord, mercifully Deus misereatur. Psalm lxvii. upon them from heaven, and bless GOD LOD be merciful unto us, and them. And as thou didst send thy

bless us : and shew us the light blessing upon Abraham and Sarah, of his countenance, and be merciful to their great comfort, so vouchsafe

to send thy blessing upon these thy unto us.

That thy way may be known upon servants; that they obeying thy will, earth : thy saving health ainong all and alway being in safety under thy nations.

protection, may abide in thy love

unto their lives' end ; through Jesus Let the people praise thee, O God :

Christ our Lord. Amen. yea, let all the people praise thee. 0 let the nations rejoice and be 1 This Prayer next following shall be

omitted, where the Woman is past childglad : for thou shalt judge the folk

bearing. righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.

MÉRCIFUL Lord, and hea0

venly Father, by whose gracious Let the people praise thee, God : gift mankind is increased ; We beyea, let all the people praise thee. seech thee, assist with thy blessing

"Then shall the earth bring forth these two persons, that they may her increase : and God, even our own

both he fruitful in procreation of God, shall give us his blessing. God shall bless us : and all the ends long in godly love and honesty, that

children, and also live together so of the world shall fear him. Glory be to the Father, and to the tianly and virtuously brought up, to

they may see their children chris. Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

thy praise and honour; through Je. As it was in the beginning, is now, sus Christ our Lord. Amen. and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.


GOD, who by thy mighty power

hast made all things of nothing; The Psalm ended, and the Man and the who also (after other things set in Woman kneeling before the Lord's Ta. ble, the Priest standing at the Tulle, order) didst appoint, that out of man and turning his face towards them, (created after thine own image and shall say,

similitude) woman should take her Lord, have mercy upon us.

beginning; and, knitting them togeAns. Christ, have mercy upon us.

ther, didst teach that it should never Min. Lord, have mercy upon us.

be lawful to put asunder those whom

thou by Matrimony hadst made one: Hallowed be thy Name. Thy state of Matrimony to such an er: kingdom 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 mar, this day our daily bread. And for riage and unity betwixt Christ and give us our trespasses, As we forgive his Church; Look mercifully upon 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 Min. O Lord, save thy servant, spouse the Church, who gave him. and thy handmaid;

self for it, loving and cherishing it Ans. Who put their trust in thee. even as his own flesh,) and also that Hitherto ye have heard the duty sanctify and join them together in of the husband toward the wife. marriage; Pour upon you the riches of his grace, sanctify and bless you, learn your duties toward your hus.

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this woman may be loving and ami. | Husbands, love your wives, and be able, faithful and obedient to her not bitter against them. husband; and in all quietness, sobri. Hear also what Saint Peter, the ely, and peace, be a follower of holy Apostle of Christ, who was himself and godly matrons. O Lord, bless a married man, saith unto them them both, and grant them to inherit that are married ; Ye husbands, thy everlasting kingdom; through dwell with your wives according to Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. knowledge; giving honour unto the Then shall the Priest say,

wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and

as being heirs together of the grace beginning parents, Adam and Eve, and did

Now likewise, ye wires, hear and that ye may please him both in hody bands, even as it is plainly set forth and soul, and live together in holy in holy Scripture. love unto your lives' end. Amen.

Saint Paul, in the aforenamed After which, if there be no Sermon de- Epistle to the Ephesians, teacheth claring the duties of Man and Wife, the you thus; Wives, submit yourselves Minister shall read as followeth.

unto your own husbands, asunto A' LL ye that are married, or that the Lord. For the husband is the

intend to take the holy estate head of the wife, even as Christ is of Matrimony upon you, hear what the head of the Church : and he is the holy Scripture doth say as touch- the Saviour of the body. Therefore ing the duty of husbands towards as the Church is subject unto Christ, their wives, and wives towards their so let the wives be to their own hus. husbands.

bands in every thing. And again he Saint Paul, in his Epistle to the saith, Let the wife see that she re. Ephesians, the fifth Chapter, doth verence her husband. give this commandment to all mar. And in his Epistle to the Colos. ried men ; Husbands, love your sians, Saint Paul giveth you this wives, even as Christ also loved the short lesson ; Wives, submit your. Church, and gave himself for it, selves unto your own husbands, as it that he might sanctify and cleanse is fit in the Lord. 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 hay. in subjection to your own husbands; ing spot, or wrinkle, or any 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 adorning, let it not be that outward hated his own flesh, but nourisheth adorning of plaiting the hair, and and cherisheth it, even as the Lord of wearing of gold, or of putting on the Church: for we are members of of apparel; but let it be the hidden his body, of his flesh, and of his man of the heart, in that which is bones. For this cause shall a man not corruptible; even the ornament leave his father and mother, and of a meek and quiet spirit, which is shall be joined unto his wife; and in the sight of God of great price. they two shall be one flesh. This For after this manner in the old is a great mystery ; but I speak con- time the holy women also, who cerning Christ and the Church. trusted in God, adorned themselves, Nevertheless, let every one of you being in subjection unto their own in particular so love his wife, even husbands; even as Sarah obeyed as himself.

Abraham, calling him lord; whose Likewise the same Saint Paul, daughters ye are as long as ye do writing to the Colossians, speaketh well, and are not afraid with any thus to all men that are married; I amazement. It is er venient that the new-married presons shoulil roerine the holy Communion af

the lime of their Marriage, or at the first opportunity after their Marriuge,



PEA chat dwell in it.

When any person is sick, notice shall be given thereof to the Minister of the Parish;

roho, coming into the sick person's house, shall say, EACE be to this house, and to thee, defend him from the danger

of the enemy, and keep him in per

petual peace and safety; through TWhen he cometh into the sick man's pre- Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. sence he shall say, kneeling doron,

TEAR us, Almighty and most

merciful God and Saviour ; exiniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers : Spare us, good

tend thy accustomed goodness to

this thy servant who is grieved with Lord, spare thy people, whom thou

sickness. Sanctify, we beseech thee, hast redeemed with thy most pre

this thy fatherly correction him ; cious blood, and be not angry with

that the sense of his weakness may us for ever.

add strength to his faith, and se. Answer. Spare us, good Lord.

riousness to his repentance: That, Then the Minister shall say, if it shall be thy good pleasure to Let us pray.

restore him to his former health, he Lord, have mercy upon us.

may lead the residue of his life in

thy fear, and to thy glory : or else, Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

give him grace so to take thy visi

tation, that, after this painful life Our Father, which art in hea. ended, he may dwell with thee in life

ven, Hallowed be thy Name. everlasting ; through Jesus Christ Thy kingdom come. Thy will be

our Lord. Amen. done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Then shall the Minister exhort the sick And forgive us our trespasses, As

person after this form, or other like. we forgive them that trespass a

EARLY beloved, know this, gainst us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from of life and death, and of all things to evil. Amen.

them pertaining, as youth, strength,

health, age, weakness, and sickness. Minister. O Lord, save thy servant; Wherefore, whatsoever your sick. Answer. Which putteth his trust

ness is, know you certainly, that it in thee.

is God's visitation. And for what Minister. Send him help from thy cause soever this sickness is sent holy place;

unto you ; whether it be to try your Answer.' And evermore mightily patience for the example of others, defend him.

and that your faith may be found Minister. Let the enemy have no

in the day of the Lord laudable, advantage of him;

glorious, and honourable, to the in Answer. Nor the wicked approach crease of glory and endless felicity; to hurt him.

or else it be sent unto you to correct Minister. Be unto him, O Lord, a

and amend in you whatsoever doth strong tower,

offend the eyes of your hearenly Anstver. From the face of his en.

Father; know you certainly, that if emy.

you truly repent you of your sins, Minister. O Lord, hear our prayers. and bear your sickness patiently,

Answer. And let our cry come trusting in God's mercy, for his dear unto thee.

Son Jesus Christ's sake, and render Minister

unto him humble thanks for his O ,

ven, behold, visit, and relieve self wholly unto his will, it shall this thy servant. Look upon him turn to your profit, and help you with the eyes of thy mercy, give forward in the right way that lead. him comfort and sure confidence in eth unto everlasting life.

1 If the person visited be very sick, then Therefore I shall rehearse to you

the Curate may end his exhortation in the Articles of our Faith, that you this place, or else proceed.

may know whether you do believe as TAKE TAKE therefore in good part the a Christian man should, or no.

chastisement of the Lord: For Here the Minister shall rehearse the (as Saint Paul saith in the twelfth Articles of the Faith, saying thus, Chaptelovethhe chasteneth, and DoFather "Almighty," Maker of Hebrews)

OST thou believe in scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, heaven and earth? God dealeth with you as with sons;

And in Jesus Christ his only. for what son is he whom the father begotten Son our Lord ? And that chasteneth not ? But if ye be with he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, out chastisement, whereof all are born of the Virgin Mary; that he partakers, then are ye bastards, and suffered under Pontius Pilate, was not sons. Furthermore, we have had crucified, dead, and buried; that he fathers of our flesh, which corrected went down into hell, and also did us, and we gave them reverence:

rise again the third day; that he shall we not much rather be in sub ascended into heaven, and sitteth at jection unto the Father of spirits, he right hand of God the Father and live ?. For they verily for a few Almighty, and from thence shall days chastened us after their own

come again at the end of the world, pleasure ; but he for our profit, that

to judge the quick and the dead ? we might be partakers of his ho.

And dost thou believe in the Holy liness. These words, good brother, Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; are written in holy Scripture for our

the Communion of Saints; the Re. comfort and instruction; that we mission of sins; the Resurrection of should patiently, and with thanks the flesh; and everlasting life after giving, bear our heavenly Father's death ? correction, whensoever by any man.

The sick person shall answer, ner of adversity it shall please his gracious goodness to visit us. And All this I stedfastly believe. there should be no greater comfort I Then shall the Minister examine who to Christian persons, than to be

ther he repent him truly of his sins, and made like unto Christ, by suffering be in charity with all the worll ; expatiently adversities, troubles, and horting him to forgive, from the bottom sicknesses. For he himself went not of his heart, at persons that have of up to joy, but first he suffered pain; fended him; and if he hath offended he entered not into his glory before

any other, to ask them forgiveness; and he was crucified. So truly our way

where he hath done injury or wrong to to eternal joy is to suffer here with

any man, that he make amends to the

utiermost of his power. And if he hath Christ; and our door to enter into

not before disposed of his gooils, let him eternal life is gladly to die with then be admonished to make his Wilt, Christ; that we may rise again from and to declare his Debts, what he oweth, death, and dwell with him in ever- and what is ording unto him; for the lasting life. Now therefore, taking better discharging of his conseience, your sickness, which is thus profit

and the quietness of his Executors. But able for you, patiently, I exhort you,

men should often be put in rememin the Name of God, to remember

brance to take order for the settling

of their temporal estates, whilst they the profession which you made unto

are in health. God in your Baptism. And forasmuch as after this life there is an

1 These words before rehearsed may be account to be given unto the right

said before the Minister begin his

Prayer, as he shall see cause. eous Judge, by whom all must be judged, without respect of persons,

The Minister should not omit earnestly

to move such sick persons as are of I require you to examine yourself

ability to be liberal to the poor, and your estate, both toward God and man; so that, accusing and Here shall the sick person be moved to condemning yourself for your own

make a special Confession of his sins,

if he feet his conscience troubled with faults, you may find mercy at our

any weighly matter. After which conheavenly Father's hand for Christ's

fession, the Priest shall absolve him (if sake, and not be accused and con- he humbly and heartily desire it) afler demned in that fearful judgement.

this sort,


UR Lord Jesus , who am become as were a O Kath left powersco

hissthurch unto mang. But my sure trust is to absolve all sinners who truly re- in thee. pent and believe in him, of his great O let my mouth be filled with thy mercy forgive thee thine offences : praise : that I may sing of thy glory And by his authority committed to and honour all the day long. me, I absolve thee from all thy sins, Cast me not away in the time In the Name of the Father, and of age : forsake me not when my of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. strength faileth me. Amen.

For mine enemies speak against And then the Priest shall say the Collect me, and they that lay wait for my following.

soul take their counsel together, say. Let us pray.

ing : God hath forsaken him, per. MOST merciful God, who, ac

secute him, and take him ; for there O

is none to deliver him. cording to the multitude of thy mercies, dost so put away the sins God, haste thee to help me.

Go not far from me, O God : my of those who truly repent, that thou rememberest them no more; Open rish that are against my soul : let

Let them be confounded and pethine eye of mercy upon this thy them be covered with shame and servant, who most earnestly desireth pardon and forgiveness. Renew in dishonour that seek to do me evil. him, most loving Father, whatsoever

As for me, I will patiently abide hath been decayed by the fraud and alway : and will praise thee more

and more malice of the devil, or by his own carnal will and frailness; preserve thy righteousness and salvation : for

My mouth shall daily speak of and continue this sick member in i know no end thereof. the unity of the Church; consider

I will go forth in the strength his contrition, accept his tears, asswage his pain, as shall seem to thee of the Lord God : and will make most expedient for him. And for mention of thy righteousness only. asmuch as he putteth his full trust

Thou, O God, hast taught me from

my youth up until now : therefore only in thy mercy, impute not unto him his former sins, but strengthen will I tell of thy wondrous works. him with thy blessed Spirit; and, old age, when I am gray-headed :

Forsake me not, O God, in wine when thou art pleased to take him until I have shewed thy strength un. hence, take him unto thy favour, to this generation, and thy power to through the merits of thy most all them that are yet for to come. dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thy righteousness, O God, is very Then shall the Minisler say this Poulm. thou hast done : 0 God, who is like

high, and great things are they that In te, Domine, speravi. Ps. lxxi. unto thee? IN 'N thee, O Lord, have I put my Glory be to the Father, and to the

trust; let me never be put to Son : and to the Holy Ghost; confusion : but rid me, and deliver As it was in the beginning, is now, me in thy righteousness, incline and ever shall be : world without thine ear unto me, and save me. end. Amen. Be thou my strong hold, where

Adding this. unto I may alway resort : thou hast promised to help me; for thou art O

hy thy Cross and precious Blood my house of defence, and my castle. hast redeemed us, Save us, and help

Deliver me, 0 my God, out of the hand of the ungodly? out of us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord. the hand of the unrighteous and

Then shall the Minister say, cruel man. For thou, O Lord God, art the THE Almighty Lord, who is a

most strong tower to all them thing that I long for : thou art my that put their trust in him, to whom hope, even from my youth.

all things in heaven, in earth, and Through thee have I been holden under the earth, do bow and obey, up ever since I was born : thou art be now and evermore thy defence; he that took me out of my mother's and make thee know and feel, that womb; my praise shall alway be of there is none other Name under hea. tlice.

ven given to man, in whom, sad!

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