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tions are composed; and and suffer no vice to go of all of them together, the unreproved, or to remain whole community of man- in your house persisted in kind. And as these little and unamended. For this seminaries are well tutored would be to encourage it, and governed, or neglect- and put a spare before ed, kingdoms, nations, and others. By this domestic the world, are happy or care, and godly discipline, miserable.
ye will ensure your own Take heed therefore to peace, and be a blessing to set an example of piety your family, your neighand virtue yourselves; and bours, and country ; but, then ye may with authori
which is above all to be ty require those who be
valued and sought for, ye long to you, to follow it. will be approved by AlLet the God of heaven be mighty God, and rank with publicly acknowledged and prophets and apostles in worshipped each day in that future world, where
At least we are told, that they who let not his name and wor- are wise, shall shine as the ship be forgotten in it on brightness of the firinathe Lord's day. Keep ment; and they who turn a strict watch
many to righteousness as who depend upon you ;
the stars for ever and ever.
END OF THE MARRIAGE
THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
To be used when the Sick Person desires it.
The Minister may begin and honourable, to the inwith saying,
crease of glory and endless
felicity; or whether it be PEACE be to this house, sent unto you to correct and to all who dwell in it. and amend in you whatso
ever doth offend the eyes And he may exhort the Sick of your heavenly Father ;
Person after this Form, know you certainly, that if or some other.
you truly repent of your
sins, and bear your sickDEARLY know this, that Almighty God's mercy, manifested God is the Lord of life and by his dear Son Jesus death, and of all things to Christ, and render unto them pertaining, as youth, him humble thanks for his strength, health, age, fatherly visitation, submitweakness, and sickness. ting yourself wholly unto Wherefore, whatsoever his will, it shall turn to your sickness is, know you your profit, and help you certainly, that it is God's forward in the right way visitation. And for what that leadeth unto everlastcause soever this sickness ing life. is sent unto you; whether it be to try your patience if he think fit, the Minister for the example of others, may proceed in his Ecand that your faith may be
hortation. found in the day of the Lord, laudable, glorious, TAKE therefore in good
part the chastisement of first he suffered pain; he the Lord; for as St Paul entered not into his glory saith, Whom the Lord lov before he was crucified. eth, he chasteneth, and So truly our way to eternal scourgeth every son whom joy is to suffer here with he receiveth. If ye en Christ; and our door to dure chastening, God deal enter into eternal life is eth with you as with sons; gladly to die with Christ; for what son is he whom that we may rise again from the Father chasteneth not? death, and dwell with him Furthermore, we have had in everlasting life. fathers of our flesh, who corrected us, and we gave HEAR further what the them reverence ;
scripture saith for the not much rather be in sub comfort of those who are jection unto the Father of in sickness and distress. spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own
Then shall be repeated the pleasure; but he for our
following Passages of profit, that we might be
Scripture, or a portion partakers of his holiness.
of them. These words, good brother, are written in holy scrip
BEHOLD, happy is the ture for our comfort and
man whom God correcteth; instruction; that we should
therefore despise not thou patiently, and with thanks the chastening of the Algiving bear our heavenly mighty; for he maketh Father's correction, when- sore, and bindeth up; he soever by any manner of woundeth, and his hands adversity it shall please make whole. Job, v. 17, 18. his gracious goodness to
I remember thee upon And there should my bed, and meditate on be no greater comfort to thee in the night watches. christian persons than to
Because thou hast been be made like unto Christ, my help, therefore under by suffering patiently ad
the shadow of thy wings versities, troubles, and sick will I rejoice. My soul nesses. For he himself followeth hard after thee; went not up to joy, but for thy right hand hath
upholden me. Psal. lxiii. I said in my heart, I am 6, 7, 8.
cut off from before thine God restoreth my soul; eyes; nevertheless, thou he leadeth me in the path heardest the voice of my of righteousness, for his supplication when I cried name's sake. Yea, though unto thee. Psal. xxxi. 22. I walk through the valley Be of good courage, and of the shadow of death, I he shall strengthen your will fear no evil; for thou heart, all ye who hope in art with me; thy rod and
the Lord. Psal. xxxi. 24. thy staff they comfort me. Psal. xxiii. 3, 4.
Then shall be said such of The Lord is my portion, the following Prayers as saith my soul; therefore may be thought most fit will I hope in him. The for the occasion. Lord is good unto those
O LORD, look down who wait for him, to the from heaven, behold, visit, soul that seeketh him. It
and relieve this thy servant. is good that a man should
Look upon him with the both hope and quietly wait
eyes of thy mercy; give for the salvation of the
him comfort, and sure conLord. Lam. iii. 24, 25, 26. fidence in thee; support For the Lord will not
him under all the trials of castoff for ever; but though his present sickness, relieve he cause grief, yet will he his pains, if it seem good have compassion according to the multitude of his perpetual peace and safety;
unto thee, and keep him in mercies. For he doth not
through Jesus Christ our afflict willingly, nor grieve Lord. Amen. the children
of men. Lam. iii. 31, 32, 33.
ALMIGHTY and everI am like a broken ves
lasting God, maker of sel. But I trusted in thee, mankind, who dost correct O Lord; I said, Thou art those whom thou dost love, my God. My times are
and chastise every in thy hand; make thy whom thou dost receive; face to shine upon thy ser
we beseech thee to have vant; save me for thy mercy upon this thy sermercy's sake. Psal. xxxi.
vant visited with thy hand, 12, 14, 15, 16.
and grant that he may take
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 mercy and thy name for his present pity upon thy servant, and sufferings, and find that say 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.
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 very 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