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II. THE OFFICE FOR THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
III. THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
IV. A GREAT VARIETY OF OCCASIONAL PRAYERS FOR THE
SICK; COLLECTED FROM THE WRITINGS OF SOME
TO WHICH ARE ADDED,
THE OFFICES OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BAPTISM.
WITH ADDITIONS AND ALTERATIONS.
This collection has been so much esteemed, that it has passed through nine editions. Having now become exceedingly scarce, it was thought proper to reprint it.
The Rules for visiting the Sick, in five sections, are extracted chiefly from the works of Bishop Taylor. The Occasional Prayers are taken from the devotional tracts of Bishop Patrick, Mr Kettlewell, and other pious and judicious divines. But in this Edition, the antiquated style of those writers is corrected and improved ; at the same time, a spirit of rational piety, and unaffected simplicity, are carefully preserved.
A prayer by Dr Stonehouse, and four by Mr Merrick, the celebrated translator of the Psalms, are added to the old collection.
The Offices of Public and Private Baptism, though no ways relating to the Visitation of the Sick, are retained; as, in the present form, they will be convenient for the Clergy in the course of their parochial duty.
MINISTERS TO VISIT THE SICK.
When any person is dangerously sick in any parish, the minister or curate, having knowledge thereof, shall resort unto him, or her (if the disease be not known, or probably suspected, to be infectious), to instruct and comfort them in their distress, according to the order of Communion, if he be no preacher; or, if he be a preacher, then as he shall think most needful and convenient.
It is recommended to the Clergy to write out the prayers, which are to be used by the Sick themselves, or by the persons whose devotions they wish to assist, and to leave the copies with them.
THE ASSISTANCE THAT IS TO BE GIVEN TO SICK AND DYING
PERSONS BY THE MINISTRY OF THE CLERGY.
In all the days of our spiritual warfare, from our baptism to our burial, God has appointed his servants the ministers of the church, to supply the necessities of the people, by ecclesiastical duties; and prudently to guide, and carefully to judge concerning, souls committed to their charge.
And, therefore, they who all their life-time derive blessings from the Fountain of Grace, by the channels of ecclesiastical ministers, ought then more especially to do it in the time of their sickness, when their needs are more prevalent, according to that known apostolical injunction; Is any man sick among you, let him send for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him,' &c.
The sum of the duties and offices, respectively implied in these words, may be collected from the following rules.
Rules for the Manner of Visiting the Sick. 1. Let the minister be sent to, not when the sick is in the agonies of death, as it is usual to do, but before his sickness increases too much upon him : for when the soul is confused and disturbed by the violence of the distemper, and death begins lo stare the man in the face, there is little reason to hope for any good effect from the spiritual man's visitation. For how can any regular administration take place, when the man is