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order and decency of his Thoughts and Duty; and lay no more upon thy Servant than thou wilt make him able to bear, and together with the Temptation do thou provide a way to escape ; even by the Mercies of a longer and more holy Life, or by the Mercies of a blefled Death: Even as it pleaseth thee, O Lord, fo let it be,
rit of God call to Mind his Sins, that they may be
the Holy Communion is administred.]
The Prayer of S. Eustratius the Martyr, to be used
by the fick or dying Man, or by the Priests or
dered my low Estate, and haft not shut me up in the Hands of mine Enemies, nor made my Foes to rejoyce over me : And now let thy right hand protect me, and let thy Mercy, come upon me; for my Soul is in Trouble and Anguish because of its departure from the Body. Olet not the Afsemblies of its" wicked and cruel Enemies meet it in the passing forth, nor hinder me by reason of the Sins of my past Life. O Lord, be
favourable unto me, that my Soul may not behold the hellith Countenance of the Spirits of Darkness, but let thy bright and joyful Angels entertain it. Give Glory to thy holy Name and to thy Majesty : Place me by thy merciful Arm before thy Seat of Judgment, and let not the hand of the Prince of this World snatch me from thy Presence, or bear me into Hell. Mercy, sweet Jesu. Amen.
A Prayer taken out of the Euchologion of the Greek Church, to be said by or in behalf of People in their Danger, or near their Death. Βεβορβορωμένο ταίς αμαρτίαις, &c.
1. BEmired with Sins and naked of good Deeds, I that
am the meat of Worms cry vehemently in Spirit : Caft not me Wretch away from thy Face; place me not on the left Hand who with thy Hands didit fashion me; but give Reft unto my Soul, for thy great Mercies sake, O Lord.
II. SUpplicate with Tears unto Chrift, who is to judge
my poor Soul, that he will deliver me from the Fire that is unquenchable. I pray you all, my Friends and Acquaintance, make mention of me in your Prayers, that in the Day of Judgment I may find Mercy at that dreadful Tribunal.
Hen in unspeakable Glory thou doft come dread
fully to judge the whole World, vouchsafe, () gracious Redeemer, that this thy faithful Servant may in the Clouds meet thee chearfully. They who have been dead from the beginning, with terrible and fearful trembling stand at thy Tribunal, waiting thy just Sentence, Oblessed Saviour Jesus. None shall there avoid thy formidable and most righteous Judge ment. All Kings and Princes with Servants stand together, and hear the dreadful Voice of the Judge con
demning the People which have finned, into Hell : from which fad Sentence, O Christ, deliver thy Ser vant. Amen,
Then let the fuck Man be called upon to rehearse the Ar
ticles of his Faith ; or, if he be so weak he cannot, let him if he have not before done it). be called to jay Amen, when they are recited, or to give fome Testimony
of bis Faith and confident ajjent to them. After which it is proper. (if the Person be in Capacity)
that the Minister examine him, and invite him to Confession, and all the Parts of Repentance, according to the foregoing Rules. After which, be may pray this
Prayer of Absolution. OUR Lord Jesus Christ, who hath given Commif
fion to his Church, in his Name, to pronounce Pardon to all that are truly penitent; He of his Mercy pardon and forgive thee all thy Sins, deliver thee from all Evils past, present and future, preserve thee in the Faith and Fear of his holy Name to thy Life's end, and bring thee to his everlasting Kingdom, to live with him for ever and ever. Amen. Then let the fick Man renounce all Heresies, and whatso
ever is against the Truth of God or the Peace of the Church, and pray for Pardon for all his Ignorances and Errours, known and unknown.
After which let him (if all other Circumstances be fitted)
be disposed to receive the blessed Sacrament, in which the Curate is to minister according to the Form prescribed by the Church.
When the Rites are finished, let the sick Man in the Days
of his Sickness he employed with the former Offices and Exercises before described : And when the Time draws near of his Disolution, the Minister may alift by the following order of recommendation of the Soul.
bly recommend the Soul of thy Servant into thy Hands, thy most merciful Hands; let thy blessed Angels stand in Ministry about thy Servant, and defend him from the Violence and Malice of all his ghoftly Enemies, and drive far from hence all the Spirits of Darkness. Amen.
ter not into Judgment with thy Servant : Spare him whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious Blood: Deliver him from all Evil, for whose fake thou didft suffer all Evil and Mischief; from the Crafts and Affaults of the Devil, from the Fear of Death, and from everlasting Death, good Lord, deliver him. Amen.
any of the Errors and Miscarriages of his Life : but strengthen him in his Agony, let not his Faith waver nor his Hope fail, nor his Charity be disordered : Let none of his Enemies imprint upon him any affiliative or evil Phantasm ; let him die in Peace, and rest in Hope, and rise in Glory. Amen.
soever is under thy Custody cannot be taken out of thy Hands, nor by all the Violences of Hell robbed of thy Protection : Preserve the work of thy Hands, rescue him from all Evil; take into the participation of thy Glories him to whom thou hast given the Seal of Adoption, the earnest of the Inheritance of the Saints. Amen.
cob, with Job and David, with the Prophets and Apostles, with Martyrs and all thy holy Saints in the Arms of Christ, in the Bofom of Felicity, in the Kingdom of God, to eternal Ages. Amen.
These following Prayers are fit also to be added to the
foregoing Offices, in case there be no Coniniun or Intercourse but Prayer.
Let us pray.
O Almighty, and eternal God, there is no Number
of thy Days or of thy Mercies : Thou haft fent us into this world to serve thee, and to live according to thy Laws; but we by our Sins have provoked thee to Wrath, and we have planted Thorns and Sorrows round about our Dwellings; and our Life is but a Span long, and yet very tedious, because of the Calamities that inclose us in on every side; the Days of our Pilgrimage are few and evil; we have frail and fickly Bodies, violent and distemper'd Pallions, long Designs, and but a Mort Stay, weak Understandings, and Itrong Enemies; abused Fancies, perverse Wills. O dear God, look upon us in Mercy and Pity: Let not our Weaknesses inake us to lin against thee, nor our Fear cause us to betray our Duty, nor our former Follies provoke thy eternal Anger, nor the Calamities of this World vex us into tediousness of Spirit and Impatience; but let thy Holy Spirit lead us through this Valley of Misery with Safety and Peace, with Holiness and Religion, with spiritual Comforts and Joy in the Holy Ghost; that when we have served thee in our Generations, we may be gathered unto our Fathers, having the Teftimony of a holy Contcience, in the Communion of the Catholick Church, in the Confidence of a certain Faith, and the Comforts of a reasonable, religious and holy Hope, and perfect Charity with thee our God and all the World, that neither Death, nor Life, nor Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers, nor Things present, nor Things to come, nor Height, nor Depth, nor any other Creature, may be able to separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.