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An Order for the Communion of the
Sick from the Reserved Sacrament

All kneel, except the sick person, as the minister enters the room with the Blessed Sacrament:

Minister Peace be to this house and to all who dwell in it.

    The Lord be with you.
People And with thy Spirit.

Minister   Let us pray: Graciously hear us, O Lord, Holy Father Almighty, Everlasting God; and may it please thee to send thy Holy Angel from heaven, to guard and cherish, to protect and visit, and to defend all who dwell in this habitation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

lf desired, the minister may read an appropriate passage of Scripture and comment on it briefly.

If the sick person desires to make a sacramental confession, it shall be done in private and the following confession and absolution shall be omitted. In extreme circumstances the Confession and Absolution may be omitted.

Minister Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Minister and People

Almighty God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
maker of all things, judge of all men:
We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness,
which we from time to time most grievously have committed,
by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine Majesty,
provoking most Justly thy wrath and indignation against us.
We do earnestly repent,
and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings;
the remembrance of them is grievous unto us,
the burden of them is intolerable.
Have mercy upon us,
have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake,
forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may ever hereafter
serve and please thee in newness of life,
to the honor and glory or thy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The minister, If a priest, now pronounces absolution. If the minister is a deacon or layman, he now gives a declaration of forgiveness, substituting "us" and "our" for "you" and "your".


Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto Him: Have mercy upon you; cross pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Minister  Let us pray: And now, as our Savior Christ hath
taught us, we are bold to say:

Minister and People

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.


Then follows

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
    have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
    have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
    grant us thy peace.

The following prayer may be said.

We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, [that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, au our souls washed through his most precious blood, and] that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

The minister shall administer the Blessed Sacrament, first saying the following invitation

The Gifts of God for the People of God

and may add take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts
by faith, with thanksgiving.

or the following

cross Behold the Lamb of God; behold him that taketh away the sins of the world.

Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.

The Blessed Sacrament is then administered in one or both kinds, the minister saying

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith, with thanksgiving.

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ's Blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.

Priest   The Lord be with you.
People And with thy spirit.
Priest   Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost vouchsafe to feed us who have duly received these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate In the mystical body of thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thine everlasting kingdom by the merits of his most precious death and passion. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such pod works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Priest gives the blessing

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the cross Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

A deacon or layman says

The cross grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.



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