|The Book of Common Prayer|
THE ORDER FOR THE
VISITACION OF THE SICKE,
AND THE COMMUNION OF THE SAME.
¶ The Prieste entring into the sicke persones house, shall saye.
PEACE be in this house, and to all that dwell in it.
When he commeth into the sicke mannes presence, he shall saye this psalme.
Dmine exaudi. Psalm cxliii.
my prayer, (o lorde,) and Consider my desire : herken unto me for thy
trueth and righteousnes sake.
¶ With this antheme.
not Lord our iniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers. Spare
us good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redemed with thy most
precious bloud, and be not angry with us for ever.
Minister. Let us praye.
O LORD looke downe from heaven, beholde, visite, and releve this thy servaunte: Looke upon hym with the iyes of thy mercy, geve hym coumforte, and sure confidence in thee: Defende him from the daunger of the enemie, and kepe hym in perpetual peace, and safetie: through Jesus Christe our Lorde. Amen.
us, almightie and moste merciful God, and Saviour: Extende thy accustomed
goodnesse to this thy servaunt, which is greved with sickenesse: Visite
hym, o Lorde, as thou diddest visite Peters wifes mother, and the Capitaines
servaunt. And as thou preservedst Thobie [Tobit]
and Sara by thy Aungel from daunger: So restore unto this sicke person
his former helth, (if it be thy will), or els geve hym grace so to take
thy correccion, that after this painfull lyfe ended, he maye dwell with
thee in lyfe everlastyng. Amen.
Then shall the Minister exhorte the sicke person after this fourme, or other lyke.
DERELY beloved, know this that almighty God is the Lorde over lyfe, and death, and over all thynges to them perteyning, as yougth, strength, helth, age, weakenesse, and sickenesse. Wherfore, whatsoever your sickenes is, knowe you certaynly, that it is Gods visitacion. And for what cause soever this sickenesse is sent unto you; whether it bee to trye your pacience for the example of other, and that your fayth may be founde, in the day of the Lorde, laudable, glorious, and honourable, to the encrease of glory, and endelesse felicitie: Orels it be sent unto you to correcte and amende in you, whatsoever doeth offende the iyes of our heavenly father: knowe you certainly, that if you truely repent you of your synnes, and beare your sickenes paciently, trusting in Gods mercy, for his dere sonne Jesus Christes sake, and rendre unto him humble thankes for his fatherly visitacion, submytting yourselfe wholy to his wil; it shal turne to your profite, and helpe you forewarde in the ryght waye that leadeth unto everlastyng lyfe.* Take therfore in good worthe, the chastement of the lorde: For whom the lorde loveth he chastiseth. Yea, (as saincte Paul sayth,) he scourgeth every sonne, which he receiveth: yf you indure chastisement, he offereth himselfe unto you as unto his owne children. What sonne is he that the father chastiseth not? Yf ye be not under correccion (wherof all the true children are partakers), then are ye bastardes, and not children. Therfore seyng that whan our carnal [=earthly] fathers doe correct us, we reverently obey them, shall we not now much rather be obedient to our spirituall father, and so live? And they for a fewe daies doe chastise us after theyr owne pleasure: but he doeth chastise us for our profite, to thentente [the intent] he maye make us partakers of his holines. These wordes, good brother, are Gods wordes, and wryten in holy scripture for our coumfort and instruccion, that we should paciently and with thankesgevyng, beare our heavenly fathers correccion: whansoever by any maner of adversitie it shall please his gracious goodnesse to visite us. And there should be no greater coumfort to christian persons, then to be made lyke unto Christ, by sufferyng paciently adversities, troubles, and sickenesses. For he himselfe wente not up to joy, but firste he suffered payne: he entred not into his glory, before he was crucified. So truely our waye to eternall joy is to suffre here with Christe, and our doore to entre into eternal life: is gladly to dye with Christe, that we may ryse againe from death, and dwell with him in everlasting life. Now therfore taking your sickenesse, which is thus profitable for you, paciently: I exhorte you in the name of God, to remembre the profession, which you made unto God in your Baptisme. And forasmuch as after this lyfe, there is accompte to be geven unto the ryghteous judge, of whom all must be judged without respecte of persons: I require you to examine yourselfe, and your state, both towarde God and man, so that accusyng and condemnyng yourselfe for your owne faultes, you may fynde mercy at our heavenly fathers hande, for Christes sake, and not be accused and condemned in that fearfull judgement. Therfore I shall shortely rehearse the articles of our fayth, that ye maye knowe whether you doe beleve as a christian manne should beleve, or no.
Here the minister shall rehearse the articles of the fayth saying thus.
DOEST thou beleve in God the father almyghtie?
And so forth as it is in Baptisme.
* If the person visited bee very sicke, then the curate may end his exhortacion at this place.
shall the minister examine whether he be in charitie with all the woride.
Exhortyng hym to forgeve from the botome of his herte al persons, that
have offended hym, and yf he have offended other, to aske them forgevenesse:
and where he hathe done injurye or wrong to any manne, that he make
amendes to hys uttermoste power. And if he have not afore disposed his
goodes, let him then make his will. (But men must be oft admonished
that they set an ordre for their temporall goodees and landes whan they
be in helth.) And also to declare his debtes, what he oweth, and what
is owing to him: for discharging of his conscience, and quietnesse
of his executours.* The minister may not forget nor omitte to move the
sicke person (and that moste earnestly) to lyberalitie towarde the poore.
* This may be done before the minister begyn his prayers, as he shal see cause.
¶ Here shall the sicke person make a speciall confession, yf he fele his conscience troubled with any weightie matter. After which confession, the priest shall absolve hym after this forme: and the same forme of absolucion shalbe used its all pryvate confessions.
OUR Lord Jesus Christ, who hath lefte power to his Churche to absolve all sinners, which truely repent and beleve in hym: of his great mercy forgeve thee thyne offences: and by his autoritie committed to me, I absolve thee from all thy synnes, in the name of the father, and of the sonne, and of the holy gost. Amen.
And then the priest shall saye the collette folowyng.
Let us praye.
O MOST mercifull God, which according to the multitude of thy mercies, doest so putte away the synnes of those which truely repent, that thou remembrest them no more: open thy iye of mercy upon this thy servaunt, who moste earnestly desireth pardon and forgevenesse: Renue in hym, moste lovyng father, whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraude and malice of the devil, or by his owne carnall wyll, and frailnesse: preserve and continue this sicke membre in the unitie of thy Churche, consyder his contricion, accepte his teares, aswage his payne, as shalbe seen to thee moste expedient for him. And forasmuch as he putteth his full trust only in thy mercy: Impute not unto him his former sinnes, but take him unto thy favour: through the merites of thy moste derely beloved sonne Jesus Christe. Amen.
the minister shall saye this psalme.
In te Domine speravi. Psal. lxxi.
IN thee, O Lorde
have I put my trust, let me never be put to confusion, but ridde me,
and deliver me into thy righteousnes : enclyne thyne eare unto me, and
Addyng this Anthem.
O SAVEOUR of the world save us,
which by thy crosse and precious bloud hast redemed us, helpe us we
beseche the, O God.
Then shall the minister saye.
THE almighty Lord, whiche is moste strong tower to all them that put their trust in hym, to whom all thynges in heaven, in earth, and under earth, doe bowe and obey: be now and ever more thy defence, and make thee knowe and fele, that there is no other name under heaven geven to man, in whom and through whom thou mayest receyue helth and salvacion, but only the name of our Lorde Jesus Christe. Amen.
¶ If the sicke person desyre to be annoynted, then shal the priest annoynte him upon the forehead or breast only, makyng the signe of the crosse, saying thus,
As with this visible oyle thy body outwardly is annoynted: so our heavenly father almyghtye God, graunt of his infinite goodnesse, that thy soule inwardly may be annoynted with the holy gost, who is the spirite of al strength, coumforte, reliefe, and gladnesse. And vouchesafe for his great mercy (yf it be his blessed will) to restore unto thee thy bodely helth, and strength, to serve him, and sende thee release of al thy paines, troubles, and diseases, both in body and minde. And howsoever his goodnesse (by his divyne and unserchable providence) shall dispose of thee: we, his unworthy ministers and servaunts, humbly beseche the eternall maiestie, to doe with thee according to the multitude of his innumerable mercies, and to pardon thee all thy sinnes and offences, committed by all thy bodily senses, passions, and carnall affeccions: who also vouchsafe mercifully to graunt unto thee gostely strength, by his holy spirite, to withstand and overcome al temptacions and assaultes of thine adversarye, that in no wise he prevaile against thee, but that thou mayest have perfit victory and triumph against the devil, sinne, and death, through Christ our Lord: Who by his death hath overcomed the Prince of death, and with the father, and the holy gost evermore liveth and reigneth God, worlde without ende. Amen.
Usque quo, Domine. Psalm xiii.
How long wilt thou forget me, (O Lord,) for ever? how long wilt thou hyde thy face from me? How long shall I seke counsell in my soule? and be so vexed in myne herte? how long shall myne enemye triumph over me? Consydre, and heare me, (O lord my God): lighten myne iyes, that I slepe not in death. Leste myne enemy saye: I have prevayled against hym: for yf I be cast downe, they that trouble me will reioyce at it. But my trust is in thy mercy: and my herte is joyfull in thy salvacion. I will sing of the lord, because he hath delte so lovingly with me. Yea, I wyll prayse the name of the Lord the most highest. Glory be to the, &c. As it was in the, &c.
COMMUNION OF THE SICKE.
ALMIGHTIE and everlyvyng God, we moste hertely thanke thee, &c.
¶ But yf the daye be not appoynted for the open communion us the churche, then (upon convenient warning geven) the curate shal come and visite the sick person afore noone. And having a convenient place in the sicke mans house (where he may reverently celebrate) with all thinges necessary for the same, and not beyng otherwyse letted [=hindered] with the publike service. or any other just impediment; he shal there celebrate ye holy communion after suche forme and sorte as hereafter is appoynted.
of the holy communion for the sicke.
O PRAYSE the Lorde, all ye nacions, laude hym, all ye people: for his mercifull kyndenesse is confyrmed towarde us, and the trueth of the Lorde endureth for ever.Glory be to the father, &c.
Let us pray.
everlyving God, maker of mankynde, which doest correcte those whom thou
doest love, and chatisest every one whome thou doest receyve: we beseche
the to have mercy upon this thy servaunte visited with thy hande, and
to graunt that he may take his sickenesse paciently, and recover his
bodily helth (if it be thy gracious will), and whansoever his soule
shall departe from the body, it may without spotte be presented unto
thee: through Jesus Christe our Lord. Amen.
sonne, despise not the correccion of the Lorde, neyther fainte when
thou art rebuked of hym: for whom the Lorde loveth, hym he correcteth,
yea and he scourgeth every sonne whom he receyveth.
verely I saye unto you, he that heareth my woorde, and beleveth on hym
that sente me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come unto damnacion,
but he passeth from death unto life.
Lorde be with you.
|Two pages from the Communion of the Sick, 1549 BCP|
Unto the ende of the Canon.
¶ At the tyme of the distribucion of the holy sacrament, the prieste shalt firste receyve the communion hymselfe, and after minister to them that be appoynted to communicate with the sicke (yf there be any), and then to the sicke person. And the sicke person shall all wayes desyre some, eyther of his owne house, or els of his neyghbours, to receyve the holy communion with hym; for that shall be to hym a singuler great coumforte, and of theyr parte a great token of charitie.
And yf there be moe sicke persons to be visited the same day that
the curate doth celebrate in any sicke mans house; then shall the curate
(there) reserve so muche of the sacramente of the body and bloud: as
shall serve the other sicke persons, and suche as be appoynted to communicate
with them (yf there be any). And shall immediatly cary it, and minister
it unto them.
Remembre not Lorde, &c.
Let us praye.
O Lorde,* looke downe from heaven, &c.
With the firste parte of the exhortacion and all other thynges unto the Psalme:
In thee O Lorde have I put my trust, &c.
And yf the sicke desyre to be annoyncted, then shall the priest use thappoynted prayer without any Psalme.
* Lorde omitted in some printings
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