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issues and effects thereof; imploring God's mercy for the

fick person, through the blood of Christ; befeeching that • God would open his eyes, discover unto him his fins, cause

him to see himself, lost in himself, make known to him the 'cause why God smiteth him, reveal Jesus Christ to his soul

for righteousness and life, give unto him his holy spirit to create and strengthen faith,to lay hold upon Christ, to work in him comfortable evidences of his love, to arm him against temptations, to take off his heart from the world, to sancti

. fy his present visitation, to furnish him with patience and

strength to bear it, and to give him perseverance in faith to 6 the end.

That, if God shall please to add to his days, he would 1 vouchsafe to bless and fanctify all means of his recovery, ! to remove the disease, renew his strength, and enable him

to walk worthy of God, by a faithful remembrance, and diligent observing of fuch vows and promises of holiness and obedience, as men are apt to make in times of sickness that he may glorify God in the remaining part of his life. • And, if God have determined to finish his days by the present visitation, he may find such evidence of the pardon

of all his sins, of his interest in Chrift, and eternal life by | Christ, as may cause his inward man to be renewed, while

his outward man decayeth; that he may behold death without fear, cast, himself wholly upon Christ without doubt ing desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ, and foreceive the end of his faith, the salvation of his soul, through the only merits and intercession of the Lord Jesus Christ, our alone Saviour and all-sufficient Redeemer.

The minister shall admonish him also, (as there shall be cause) to set his house in order, thereby to prevent inconveniencies; to take care for payment of his debts, and to make restitution or fatisfaction where he hath done any wrong, to be reconciled to those with whom he hath been at variance, and fully to forgive all men their trespasses against him, as be expects forgiveness at the hand of God,

Lastly, the minister, may improve the present occasion 80 exhort those about the sick person,to consider their own mor tality, to return to the Lord, and make peace with him; in

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health to prepare for sickness, death, and judgment; and all the days of their appointed time so to wait until their

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they may appear with him in glory.

Concerning burial of the dead.
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THEN any person departeth this life, let the dead body

upon the day of burial, be decently attended from the house to the place appointed for public burial, and there immediately interred, without any ceremony.

And because the customs of kneeling down, and praying by, or towards the dead corps, and other such usages, in the place where it lies, before it be carried to burial, are fu"perstitious ; and for that, praying, reading, and singing, both in going to, and at the grave, and have grolly abused, are no way beneficial to the dead, and have proved many ways hurtful to the living; therefore let all such things be laid aside.

Howbeit, we judge it very convenient, that the Christian friends, which accompany the dead body to the place appointed for public burial, do'apply themselves to meditations, and conferences suitable to the occasion; And that the minister, as upon other occasions, so at this time, if he be present, may put them in remembrance of their duty,

That this shall not extend to deny any civil respects or de.. ferences at the burial, suitable to the rank and condition of the party deceased, while he was living,

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Concerning public folemn fasting
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THEN some great and notable judgments are either in

flicted upon a people, or apparently imminent, or by some extraordinary provocations notoriously deserved ; as alSo when some special blessing is to be fought and obtained, public folemn fasting (which is to continue the whole day), is a duty that God expecteth from that nation, or people.

A religious fast requires total abstinence, not only from: all food (unless bodily weakness do manifestly disable from

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Times of sickness and affliction are fpecial opportunities put into his hand by God, to minister a word in season to weary fouls : Because then the consciences of men are, or fhould be,more awakned to bethink themselves of their spiritual estate for eternity; and Satan also takes advantage then, to load them more with fore and heavy temptations: There fore the minister, being sent for, and repairing to the sick, is to apply himself with all tenderness and love to administer fome fpiritual good to his soul, to this effect. He may, from the consideration of the present sickness

, instruct him out of Scripture, that diseases come not by chance, or by distempers of body only, but by the wise and orderly guidance of the good hand of God, to every particuIar person smitten by them. And that, whether it'be laid upon him out of displeasure for fin, for his correction and 2mendment, or for trial and exercise of his graces, or for ther special and excellent ends, all his sufferings Thall turn to his profit, and work together for his good, if he sincerely labour to make a sanctified use of God's visitation, neither-despising his chastning, nor waxing weary of his correction.

If he suspect him of ignorance, he shall examine him in the principles of religion,especially touching repentance and faith ; and, as he seeth cause, instruct him in the nature, ule, excellency and necessity of those graces; as also touching the covenant of grace, and Chrift the Son of God, the Mediator of it, and, concerning remission of sins by faith in him.

He Mall exhort the fick person to examine himself to fearch and try his former ways, and his estate towards God.

And if the sick person fhall declare any fcrouple, doubt or temptations that are upon him, instructions and resolutions fnall be given to satisfy and settle him.

If it appear that he hath not a due sense of his fins, endeavours ought to be used to convince him of his sins, of the guilt and desert of them; of the filth and pollution, which the foul contracts by them; and of the curse of the law, and wrath of God, due to them; that he may be truly affected with, and humbled for them. And withal make known the danger of deferring repentance, and of neglecting sal. Fation at any time offered; to awaken his conscience, and

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touze him up out of a stupid & fecure condition, to apprehend the justice and wrath of God, before whom none can stand, but he that, loft in himself,layeth hold upon Chrift by faith.

If he have endeavoured to walk in the ways of holiness, and to serve God in uprightness, altho', not without many Failings and infirmities; or if his spirit be broken with the fenfe of fin, or cast down through want of the fenfe of God's favour - Then it will be fit to rise him up, by setting before him the freeness and fulness of God's grace, the sufficiency of righteousness in Christ, the gracious offers in the gospel, that all who repent, and believe with all their heart in God's merey through Christ, renouncing their own righteousness shall have life and salvation in him: It may be also useful to fhew him, that death hath in it no spiritual évil to be feared by those that are in Christ,because fin the sting of death is taken away by Christ, who hath delivered all that are his, from the bondage of the fear of death, triumphed over the grave, given us victory, is himself entred into glory, to prepare a place for his people, so that neither life nor death fhall be able to seperate them from God's love in Christ in whom such are sure, though now they must be laid in the dust, to obtain a' joyful and glorious resurrection to' eternal life.

Advice also may be given, as to beware of an ill-grounded perswafion on mercy, or on the goodness of his condition for heaven, fo to disclaim all merit in himself, and to cast himself wholly upon God for mercy, in the sole merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, who hath engaged himself never to cast of them, who in truth and sincerity come unto him. Care also'must be taken, thắt the sick person be not cafț dówni into difpair, by such a fevere representation of the wrath of God due to him for his sins, as is not mollified by a fensible propounding of Christ and his merit for a door of hope to every penitent believer:

When the fick person is best composed, may be least disturbed, and other necessary offices about him left hindred the minister, if desired, shall pray with him, and for him, to this effect.

Confeffing and bewailing of fin original and actual, the miferable condition of all by nature, as being children of wrath, and under the curse acknowledging that all diseases, sickness, death, and hell itself; are the proper

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· issues and effects thereof; imploring God's mercy for the

. God would open his eyes, discover unto him his fins, cause "hin to see himself, loft in himself, make known to him the cause why God smiteth him, reveal Jesus Christ to his soul for righteousness and life, give unto him his holy spirit to create and strengthen faith, to lay hold upon Christ

, to work. in him comfortable evidences of his love, to arm him against temptations, to take off his heart from the world, to sancti

. fy his present visitation, to furnish him with patience and strength to bear it, and to give him perseverance in faith to the end.

That, if God shall please to add to his days, he would 4 vouchsafe to bless and fanctify all means of his recovery, to remove the disease, renew his strength, and enable him

walk worthy of God, by a faithful remembrance, and ? diligent observing of such vows and promises of holiness

and obedience, as men are apt to make in times of fickness that he may glorify God in the remaining part of his life. • And, if God have determined to finish his days by the present visitation, he may find such evidence of the pardon of all his fins, of his interest in Christ, and eternal life by Christ, as may cause his inward man to be renewed, while his outward man decayeth; that he may behold death without fear, caft, himself wholly upon Christ without doubting desire to be disolved and to be with Christ, and foreceive the end of his faith, the salvation of his soul, through the only merits and intercession of the Lord Jesus Christ, our alone Saviour and all-fufficient Redeemer.'

The minister shall admonish him also, (as there shall be caufe) to set his house in order, thereby to prevent inconve. niencies; to take care for payment of his debts, and to make restitution or satisfaction where he hath done any wrong, to be reconciled to those with whom he hath been at variance, and fully to forgive all men their trespasses against him, as he expects forgiveness at the hand of God,

Lastly, the minister, may improve the present occafion to exhort those about the sick person to consider their own mora tality, to return to the Lord, and make peace with him;

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