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thy servant, and cause a way for me to escape out of this dangerous condition. O spare me a little, and my soul shall live. Hear me, O merciful Father, for the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen. .
A Prayer to be used by a Sick Person near death for divine support, if he is able ; if not, with him, by some one who attends him.
Via O Father of mercies, sitarion Office:” and God of all comfort, And from Dr. Ston- my only help in time of house. P. 221. need, I thine afflicted servant, now lying under thy hand in great weakness of body, fly unto thee for succour. Look graciously upon me, O Lord, and the more the outward man decayeth, strengthen me, I beseech thee, so much the more continually with thy, grace and holy spirit in the inner man. Give me unfeigned repentance for all the eriors of my past life, and stedfast faith in thy son Jesus, that my sins may be done. away by thy mercy, and my pardon sealed in heaven, before I go hence, and be no more seen. I know O Lord, that there
is no work impossible with thee, and that, · if thou wilt, thou canst even yet raise me
up, and grant me a longer continuance in this world. But forasmuch as in all appearance the time of my dissolution draweth near, so fit and prepare me, I beseech thee, against the hour of death, that after my departure hence in peace and in thy favour, my soul may be received into thine everlasting kingdom, through the merits and mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
T A Prayer for assistance at the hour of
Easter under the my las
From Nelson's Strengthen me, O God, 66 Companion for in my last agonice and as the Festivals and Fasts :" under my strength decayeth, let Easter Ete. my pains wear off. But when iny strength faileth, let not my faith fail ; even in death enable me to trust in thee. Deliver me from all violent disorders of a troubled fancy, or painful delusions of my ghostly enemy. Oh! let him not be able to disturb or terrify me, or any way prevail against me. Have me in thy custody, O holy Father! for nothing can take me out of thy hands : give thy holy angels charge to stand about me, to guard and receive my poor soul at my departure, and to conduct and carry it to
the blessed receptacles of rest and peace. If it be thy gracious will, O Lord, make my pains short, and my death easy; at least not extremely tedious or grievous to me. But if thou hast otherwise ordered, thy blessed will be done: only give me patience to bear them, and at thine own time make my death my passage to a joyful resurrection to a blessed and eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
T A Prayer for a Sick Child.
From the Vi- O Almighty God and sitation Office. merciful Father, to whom alone belong the issues of life and death; look down from heaven, we humbly beseech thee, with the eyes of mercy upon this child, now lying upon the bed of sickness; visit him, o Ford, with thy salvation ; deliver him in thy good appointed time from his bodily pain, and save his soul for thy mercies' sake; that if it shall be thy pleasure to prolong his days here on earth, he may live to thee, and be an instrument of thy glory, by serving thee faithfully, and doing good in his generation: or else receive him into those heavenly habitations, where the souls of them
that sleep in the Lord Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. Grant this, o Lord, for thy mercies' sake, in the same thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end, Amen.
A commendatory Prayer for a Sick Pero
son at the point of departure.
From the Vi. O Almighty God, with bitation Office. whom do live the spirits of just men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prisons: We humbly commend the soul of this thy servant, our dear Brother, into thy hands, as into the bands of a faithful Creator, and most merciful Saviour; most humbly beseeching thee, that it may be precious in thy sight. Wash it, we pray thee, in the blood of that immaculate Lamb that was slain to take away the sins of the world; that whatsoever. defilements it may have contracted in the midst of this miserable and naughty world, through the lusts of the flesh, or the wiles of Satan, being purged and done away, it may be presented pure and without spot before thee. And teach us, who survive, in this and
other like daily spectacles of mortality, to see how frail and uncertain our own condition is; and so to number our days, that we may seriously apply our hearts to that holy and heavenly wisdom, whilst we live here, which may in the end bring us to life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, thine only Son our Lord. Amen.
TA Prayer for Persons troubled in mind,
or in conscience.
From the Vi. O blessed Lord, the Father sitation Office. of mercies, and the God of all comforts; we beseech thee, look down in pity and compassion upon this thy afflicted servant. Thou writest bitter 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 have hope ; 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