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any such thing; but that it should be holy and blameless. So men are bound to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself: for never did any man hate his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord doth the congregation : for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This mystery is great ; but I speak of Christ and of the congregation. Nevertheless, let every one of you so love his own wife even as himself.
Likewise the same Saint Paul, (writing to the Colossians,) speaketh thus to all men that be married ; Ye men, love your wives, and be not bitter unto them. Coloss. iii.
Hear also what Saint Peter, the apostle of Christ, (which was himself a married man,) saith unto all men that are married; Ye husbands, dwell with your wives according to knowledge; giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as heirs together of the grace of life, so that your prayers be not hindered. 1 Pet. iii.
Hitherto ye have heard the duty of the husband toward the wife. Now likewise, ye wives, hear and learn your duty toward your husbands, even as it is plainly set forth in holy scripture.
Saint Paul (in the forenamed Epistle to the Ephesians, fifth chapter) teacheth you thus ; Ye women, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the wife's head, even as Christ is the head of the church : and dhe also is the Saviour of the whole body. Therefore as the church or congregation is subject unto Christ, so likewise let the wives also be in subjection unto their own husbands in all things. And again he saith, Let the wife reverence her husband. And (in his Epistle to the Colossians)Saint Paul giveth you this short lesson ; Ye wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is convenient in the Lord. Coloss. üi.
Saint Peter also doth instruct you very godly, thus saying ; Let wives be subject to their own husbands ; so that, if any obey not the word, they may be won without the word by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose apparel, let it not be outward, with braided hair, and trimming about with gold, either in putting on of gorgeous apparel ; but let the hid man, which is in the heart, be without all corruption ; so that the spirit be mild and quiet, which is a precious thing in the sight of God. For after this manner in the old time) did the holy women, which trusted in God, apparel themselves, being subject to their own husbands ; as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord ; whose daughters ye are made, doing well, and being not dismayed with any fear. i Pet. iii.
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The new married persons (the same day of their marriage) must receive the holy
The Order for the Visitation of
the Sick, and the Communion of the same.
The Order for the Visitation of
9 The Priest, entering into the sick person's house, shall say, Peace be in this house, and to all that dwell in it.
When he cometh into the sick man's pre.
sence, he shall say this Psalm.
When he cometh into the sick man's pre
sence, he shall say, kneeling down,
Domine exaudi. Psalm cxliii.
Hear my prayer (O Lord) and consider my desire : hearken unto me for thy truth and righteousness' sake.
And enter not into judgment with thy servant : for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground: he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.
Therefore is my spirit vexed within me : and my heart within me is desolate.
Yet do I remember the time past; I muse upon all thy works : yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.
I stretch forth mine hands unto thee : my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land.
Hear me, (O Lord,) and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
Olet me hear thy lovingkindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust : shew thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Deliver me (O Lord) from mine enemies : for I fly unto thee to hide me.
Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee, for thou art my God : let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.
Quicken me (O Lord) for thy name's sake : and for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
And of thy goodness slay my enemies : and destroy all them that vex my soul; for I am thy servant.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.
9 With this Anthem. REMEMBER 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.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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 him 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, which is grieved with sickness. Visit him, O Lord, as thou didst visit Peter's wife's mother and the n captain's servant. And as thou preservedst Thobie and Sara by thy angel from danger, so restore unto this sick person his former health, (if it be thy will,) or else give him grace so to take i thy correction, that, after this painful life ended, he may dwell with thee in life everlasting. Amen.
Then shall the Minister exhort the sick person after this form, or other like.
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fore, whatsoever your sickness is, know you certainly, that it is God's visitation. And for what cause soever this sickness is sent unto you; whether it be to try your patience for the example of other, and that your faith may be found in the day of the Lord laudable, glorious, and honourable, to the increase of glory and endless felicity; or else it be sent unto you to correct and amend in you whatsoever doth offend the eyes of our heavenly Father ; know you certainly, that if you truly repent you of your sins, and bear your sickness patiently, trusting in God's mercy, for his dear Son Jesus Christ's sake, and render unto him humble thanks for his fatherly visitation, submitting yourself wholly to his will, it shall turn to your profit, and help you forward in the right way that leadeth unto everlasting life.
If the person visited be very sick, then the Curate may end his exhortation hat this
place. I Take therefore in good worth the chastement of the Lord : for whom the Lord loveth he chastiseth ; yea, (as Saint Paul saith, he scourgeth every son which he receiveth. If you endure chastisement, he offereth himself unto you as unto his own children. What son is he that the father chastiseth not? If ye be not under correction, (whereof i all the true children are partakers,) then are ye bastards, and not children. Therefore, see ing that when our carnal fathers do correct us, we reverently obey them; shall we not now much rather be obedient to our spiritual Father, and so live? And they for a few days do chastise us after their own pleasure; but he doth chastise us for our profit, to the intent he may make us partakers of his holiness. These words, good brother, are God's words, and written in holy scripture for our comfort and instruction ; that we should patiently, and with thanksgiving, bear our heavenly Father's correction, whensoever by any manner of adversity it shall please his gracious goodness to visit us. And there should be no greater comfort to Christian persons, than to be made like unto Christ, by suffering patiently adversities, troubles, and sicknesses. For he himself went not up to joy, but first he suffered pain ; he entered not into his glory before he was crucified. So truly our way to eternal joy is to suffer here with Christ; and our door to enter into eternal life is gladly to die with Christ; that we may rise again from death, and dwell with him in everlasting life.
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