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God with all their heinous aggravations, and bewail and abhor the errors of your past life; that your sins may be done away, and your pardon sealed in heaven, before you go hence and be no more seen *
But before I leave your chamber, I request you, and those who are present, to join with me in prayer.
| Here all kneeling down, the Minister may say,
Remember not, Lord, our iniquities, &c. to the end of the prayer. Hear us, Almighty and most merciful God and Savi. our, &c. as in pages 8, 9, 10. And then the Prayer for a Sick Person, who intends to receive the Sacrament, as in page 85,
thou infinite and eternal Spirit, &c. concluding with the prayers that follow it,
O Saviour of the world, &c.
After the Sick Person has complied with what was recommended in the last, or former Visit.
After the usual salutation,
Peace be to this House, and to all that dwell in it, the Minister may begin thus:
• In my last Visit, or
In a former Visit, I my Christian Brother, I desired that you would read, or get some friend to read to you, the “ Short Introduction to the Lord's Supper," which I had at different times read to you myself. This I hope you have done as attentively as you could, and that you did also devoutly make use of the prayer which you found at the end of every section, and that you have examined your conscience, to find out what sins you had committed in thought, word, or deed, against God, your neighbour, and yourself; and that you have confessed the same to God: that you have prayed for pardon and forgiveness; and are firmly resolved, by God's grace, to forsake them for the time to come; and to lead a new, that is,
a Christian life, if it should please God to restore you to your health.
Here if the Minister should find that the Sick Person has complied with what he recommended, as well as his disorder would permit him to do, he nay proceed in some such manner as the following:
You are now, I hope, convinced of the obligation which every Christian lies under, to receive the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and that you have grievously sinned against God in having lived so long without performing that duty at all*, which our Saviour commanded us to do, the night before he was crucified, in remembrance of him, and of what he did and suffered for us. Are you so convinced?
If the Sick Person should express such conviction, the Minister may say,
Are you then desirous of receiving this Holy Sacrament on your Sick Bed ?
And are you resolved to continue in the practice of receiving it, should it please God to restore you to your former health?
* Or more frequently; as the case may be.
If the Sick Person should express such desire and resolution, the Minister may proceed thus :
Such being your desire, and such your resolution, I think I may venture to administer the Sacrament to you at my next Visit, if you will desire two other persons, at least, to be here, to receive it with you.
But as you cannot be too particularly informed, as I have observed before, 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, I wish once more to “ put you in mind, that as they were in the Jewish, so there are in the Christian Church, two Sacraments.”
“ That the Sacrament of Baptism was ordained by Christ for admitting us into his Church upon certain conditions, which such as are baptized in their infancy are to perform when they come to age.”
" And the Holy Supper he ordained, that Christians might have an opportunity of renewing their baptismal yows, which they are but too apt to forget, and of
making making their peace with God, when they bad broke his laws, and desire sincerely to return to their duty.”
“ Now as Jesus Christ did by his death make our peace with God, and obtain eternal redemption for all them that obey him, we Christians, in obedience to his command, do keep up the remembrance of his death until his coming again, after this solemn manner :
" First; as God is the King of all the earth, we offer unto him the best things that the earth affords for the life of man, namely, Bread and Wine, as an acknowledgement that all we have, whether for the support or comfort of our lives, is owing entirely to his bounty."
« The Bread and Wine being placed upon the altar, (by which they are sanctified, that is, set apart for holy uses) we then proceed to give God thanks for his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the life of our souls, after this manner:
“ The Priest, by doing what Christ did, by prayer and thanksgiving, by breaking the bread, and pouring out the wine, obtaineth of God, that these creatures, become, after a spiritual manner, the body and blood of Christ, by receiving of which our souls shall be strengthened and refreshed, as our bodies are by bread and wine.”