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I venture then to recommend to my younger brethren the following method of leading the sick person to a worthy participation of the Lord's Supper, till their own experience shall point out to them a better.
When the Minister has gone through the foregoing Order for the Visitation of the Sick, he may request the sick person to permit him to read to him Bishop Wilson's “ Short and plain Introduction to the Lord's Supper,” consisting of ten sections: one of which, or part of one, he may read at each Visit, according as the person he is visiting can give his attention ; which from the violence of his disorder, or the effects of medicine, may be but for a short time.
It is necessary therefore that the Visits should be frequently repeated. I may say, for some time daily. Nor will this, I hope, deter the young Minister from persevering in his endeavours to bring the sick person to a right understanding of the Lord's Supper.
Having thus gone through this excellent little book, the Minister may leave it with the sick man, requesting him, if he can read, and his disorder will permit him, to read it carefully himself by little and little, or to get some friend to read it so to him.
But I think it needless to explain here the remainder of the method I would recommend, as the reader may see it in an exhortation given to a sick person in what is entitled “The Sixth, and some subsequent Visits." I therefore proceed to
The Visit which is to follow the Forna before recommended, whether it has been finished in Four Visits, or been subdivided into more, as the Circumstances of the Sick Person would allow.
On coming into the Sick Person's house, the Minister shall say,
Peace be to this house, and to all that dwell in it.
The Minister, having, as at other Visits tenderly and compassionately saluted the Sick Person, may address him in the following, or such like Manner *.
: Having, my Christian Brother, in the Visits which I have paid you during
* The reader will observe that this address is adplicable only to those who have never, or but seldom received the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. To such as have been in the habit of receiving it in time of health, the Minister may, I think, propose to administer it, after he has gone through the Form in the four Visits, having previously put to the Sick Person the questions of the Church Catechism in some such manner as is to be found in Dr. Stone house's Sick Man's Friend, as transcribed in Pages 98, 99, and 100, of this book.
your illness, gone through the Order of the Visitation of the Sick as prescribed by the Church, with such Prayers and Exhortations as I have thought needful and convenient, agreeably to that discretion which her Ministers are permitted to use on such occasions *; and having examined your Faith, of which you have made a solemn profession; and having inquired into the Truth of your Repentance which you declare to be hearty and sincere ; and having assured you of God's forgiveness of your sins, if it be so; I now think it my duty to speak to you on the necessity of your receiving the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper : nor must I conceal from you the great sin you have committed in never (or, but seldom) having received it before; notwithstanding the excuses you may have deceived yourself with for neglecting this most necessary duty. God will, on your true repentance, forgive that, as well as the other sins which you have been guilty of; but you must pray that he would give you grace for the time to come, should it please him to raise you up from your bed of sickness, to take all opportunities of complying with your dying Saviour's command to do this in remembrance of him t. * Sixty-seventh Canon. + Luke xxii. 19.
This This Sacrament is not to be adminis tered hastily to a sick person ; that is, not till he has been informed very particularly concerning the meaning of this ordinance, and the ends for which it was appointed; what this Sacrament obliges Christians to, and the benefits they may expect from it; with what dispositions a Christian should come to it, and the great sin of despising it *.
Too many are apt to consider it as a kind of charm, and was a passport on the road to Heaven, which they expect will answer their purpose at once t;" and that, if they receive the Sacrament but once in their lives, which they intend to do at the end of them, they shall sufficiently comply with their Saviour's injunction to do this in remembrance of him. But this is a most fatal delusion! and it is the opinion and practice af some Clergymen, not to adıninister it to such sick persons, as have never received it, when they were in health.
I do not however say, that I will not administer it to you, if you are heartily sorry that you never did receive it, for, but seldom] and are now desirous of re:
* shop Wilsou's Parochialia, Page 58.