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visiting of those who have been sick and are
The Seventh, will treat concerning the
understanding. And to these will be added An Appendix An Appendix, showing the various ways of
bringing the sick to an acknowledgement,
will be added.
Rules to be comprehended under the First
First Rule. Why the Curate ought
a catalogue of sins.
Whoever has taken upon himself the cure
of souls, let him in the first place have some himself with accurate catalogue of sins, and in juxta
position to every sin let him place texts of
For with such help as this it will
of their heinousness and dangerous conseIts descrip- quences. And that this catalogue may be
the more adapted to use, let him so arrange the sins according to the various states and conditions of men, that he may be able to behold at one view those sins which are most peculiar to each condition; for since every one most frequently falls into sins which from his constitution of life are, in comparison of others, besetting, it is right that the Curate should be able to make mention of every one of those sins to which the sick man's condition in life shall have rendered him more inclined.
It were to be wished, if leisure would per- The parochial mit, that every parish Minister should provide should have himself with a little book * in which the names of all his parishioners should be so written which he that an entire leaf or two should be left for down the every family, and that he should adjoining the name of
individual note down his age parishioners. and station of life, and whatever he may for thisgiven. happen by accident or private inquiry to learn
a manuscript book, in should note
names, ages, stations in life, and morals of his
* A book of this description has been published by Mr. Exton, entitled Speculum Gregis, or Parochial Minister's Assistant.-Rivingtons.
respecting him, whether it merit commendation, or be deserving of reprehension; he should also note down all other circumstances which he shall deem will be advantageous to his parishioners that he should remember; for by this method as he will be able to do good to those who enjoy health by bestowing seasonable rebuke, and exhortation to persevere in a righteous course, so will he also, when visiting a sick person, know what things will be suitable to his situation and proper to advance : for being acquainted, as a spiritual physician should be, with the disease, he will be able far more easily and happily to succeed in the cure.
But lest the book I speak of should at any of his parish- time fall into hands he would not wish, it is ioners should
advisable, in noting down matters deserving censure and disgrace, to have recourse to some mark intelligible only to himself, lest perchance an acquaintance with it having been diligently discovered by another, should inflict injury rather than benefit upon a brother in
In what manner the faults
Christ. So also should the Minister take care that these, his
be noted down.
that these, his remarks in writing, be not private obserturned to bad account; neither should he not turned to convert his knowledge of the secret faults and errors of a Parishioner to any other end than the soul's health and moral emendation of the individual whose faults have been noted down.
Next, let him compile (as far as can be Third Rule. accomplished) short prayers suited to all should procircumstances, or compose for the occasion with short prayers to be added to those prescribed for the suited to all Visitation of the Sick, in the Book of Com- stances. mon Prayer. I would, moreover, recommend What sort of that such compositions should not only express ought to be. and stir up devotional feelings, but also discreetly hint at those truths to the ignorant and thoughtless, which it is not always judicious to teach more plainly and clearly. Let him, at any rate, prepare two general forms of address; the one of which abounds in threatenings to be poured out against those sins which are denounced in Scripture, the other to be addressed to the desponding, setting forth in the words of Scripture the infinite mercy and compassion of Almighty
The Curate vide himself
Why he should be furnished with
prayers of this description.
God: for prayers of this description evince a careful concern as well as skill on the part of the Curate, and not unfrequently secure to him the love and esteem of his flock ; nor do they more please by their novelty than by the devotional spirit and the seasonable instruction which they supply: they are at the same time profitable to the sick and to those present on such occasions.
Let the Curate moreover prepare to the prepare forms best of his ability some general forms of address the sick. The to the sick, which shall be suited to the various
conditions in which men are placed; for, otherwise, he will sometimes fail in those subjects upon which it may be proper to address the person visited in his sickness ;—the short addresses which follow seem to me of the description to which I allude:
reason for this given.
ist Form. A Formulary of Speech which the Curate may
use in any case of common Sickness.
“ You may be well assured, my Brother, suited to any that sickness and disease are not without