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the means used for his recovery; make him tractable in the use of remedies, and willing to comply with the advice of his friends. But if no means can effect his cure, let him possess his soul in peace, and in every interval of reason address his prayer unto thee; that when his earthly tabernacle shall be dissolved he may rejoice in his former inability to pursue the pleasures of the world, and be presented unto thee pure and undefiled. Hear our prayer when we call upon thee; hear us for him, who is not able to pray for himself, for the sake of thine infinite mercy in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAYER FOR PERSONS TROUBLED IN MIND OR IN CONSCIENCE.

O BLESSED Lord, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comforts, we beseech thee to look down in pity and compassion upon this thine afflicted servant.

things against him, and makest him to possess his former iniquities; thy wrath lieth hard upon him, and his

soul is full of trouble. But, O merciful God, who hast written thy holy word for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of thy holy scriptures might havehope; give him a right understanding of himself, and of thy threats and promises, that he may neither cast away his confidence in thee, nor place it any where but in thee. Give him strength against all his temptations, and heal all his troubles. Break not the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax. Shut not up thy tender mercies in displeasure; but make him to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Deliver him from all disquieting fears, and lift up the light of thy countenance upon him, and give him peace, through the mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAYER FOR ONE UNDER THE DREAD OF GOD'S WRATH. Thou writest bitter

O ALMIGHTY God, the aid of all who are in need, and the helper of all

who flee to thee for succour; accept we beseech thee, our humble supplications for this thy servant labouring under the dreadful apprehensions of thy wrath. O Lord, enter not into judgment with him; but make him sensible that though the wages of sin are death, the gift of God is eternal life; that thou wouldst not the death of a sinner, and art not willing that any should perish; that thou dost always punish less than we deserve, and in the midst of judgment dost remember mercy. Revive his soul with a sense of thy love, and the hopes of obtaining thy pardon, and the joy of thy salvation; that he may be raised from this dejection, and show with gladness

what thou hast done for his soul; and this we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THANKSGIVING FOR THE BEGINNING OF A RECOVERY.

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God, who bringest down to the grave and bringest up again; we bless thy wonderful goodness, for having turned our heaviness into joy and mourning into gladness, by restoring this our brother to some degree of his former health. Blessed be thy name, that thou didst not forsake him in his sickness; but didst visit him with comforts from above; didst support him in patience and submission to

thy will, and at last didst send him relief. Perfect, we beseech thee, this thy mercy towards him, and prosper the means which shall be made use of for his cure; that being restored to health of body, vigour of mind, and cheerfulness of spirit, he may offer thee a spiritual oblation with great gladness, and bless thy holy name for all thy goodness towards him, through Jesus Christ our Saviour, through whom we ascribe unto thee all honour and glory, world

GREAT and mighty without end. Amen.

END OF THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.

BURIAL OF THE DEAD.

When the Procession is entering the Church, the Minister shall utter these Sentences.

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since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

Now this I say, brethtren, than flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of

death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Then the Minister, either at the Grave, or in the body of the Church, shall say,

MAN who is born of a woman, hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.

In the midst of life we are in death; of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased?

Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful Father, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayers; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Father, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not at our last

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