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Then the Minister shall say,
The Almighty Lord, who is a most strong tower to all them that put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, do. bow and obey, be now and evermore thy defence, and make thee know and feel, that there is no other name under heaven given to man, in whom and through whom thou mayest receive health and salvation, but only the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
I And after that shall say,
Unto God's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee. The Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace, both now and evermore. Amen.
THE END OF THE FIRST VISIT.
THE SECOND VISIT.
On coming into ihe Sick Person's house, the Minister shall
say, Peace be to this house, and to all that dwell in it.
When the Minister is come into the Sick Person's chamber, and has offered such salutation as his own prudence, according to the circumstances of the person he is visiting, shall suggest to him, he may say to him thus;
I return to you, my sick friend, according to the promise which I made when I last took my leave of you, to pray with you again, and to offer you my further assistance in the duties which every one ought particularly to perform when it pleases God to visit him with sickness: I hope, therefore, that I find you in a state not too weak to admit my visit, and that you are willing that I should pray with you, and proceed in such manner as the duty of my office requires me to do. q If the Sick Person is well enough, and
willing to join in prayer, the Minister may here begin, as at his first visit, with
Remernber not, Lord, our iniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers. Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.
Answer. Spare us, good Lord.
Then the Minister shall say,
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, save thy servant;
Answer. Which putteth his trust in thee.
Minister. Send him help from thy holy place;
Answer. And evermore mightily defend him.
Minister. Let the enemy have no advantage of him;
Answer. Nor the wicked approach to hurt him.
Minister. Be unto him, O Lord, a strong tower. Answer.
From the face of his eneniy. Minister. O Lord, hear our prayers;
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.
Minister. O Lord, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy; give him comfort and sure confidence in thee; defend him from the danger of the enemy; and keep kim in perpetual peace and safety, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hear us, almighty and most merciful God and Saviour; extend thy accustomed goodness to this thy servant, who is grieved with sickness. Sanctify, we beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction to him, that the sense of his weakness may add strength to his faith, and seriousness to his repentance. That if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore him to his former health, he may lead the residue of his
life in thy fear and to thy glory: or else give him grace so to take thy visitation, that after this painful life is ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
After which the Minister may read the
When I finished, my last visit to you, I had read that part of the exhortation appointed by our Church in “ The “ order for visiting the Sick," which proposes the example of our blessed Saviour as a pattern of patience to those who are under adversities, troubles, and sicknesses: an example which I hope you will endeavour to imitate, as far as your present circumstances, with the assistance of God's grace, will enable you to do: and that God will certainly grant you, if you ask it sincerely, through the merits of your Saviour. I shall now proceed with the remainder of the exhortation, to which I request that you will attend as earnestly as you can.
Now therefore, taking your sickness, which is thus profitable for you, patiently ; I exhort you, in the name of God, to remember the profession which you made