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WITH REFERENCE TO THE
SICK AND DYING:
FROM THE LATIN
REV. JOHN STEARNE,
VICAR OF TRIM, IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENP
ADDITIONS, ORIGINAL AND SELECTED
CURATE OF STANHOE, NORFOLK ;
FORMERLY OF ST. ALBAN HALL, OXFORD;
A DESIRE to extend the usefulness of the excellent Treatise * which occupies the first portion of this Manual, by adapting many parts of it to the Sick Chamber, has led to its translation.
In subsequent parts of the Manual it will be found that some of the recommendations contained in the Treatise have been followed.
The Service for the Communion of the Sick has been arranged in the appointed order; this, it is hoped, will be found convenient at the time of administration.
The Ministration of Private Baptism of Children in houses (which is here supposed to take place in cases
* “ Tractatus de Visitationé Infirmorum, seu de iis Parochorum Officiis quæ Infirmos et Moribundos respiciant, in gratiam Juniorum, et in Visitandis Infirmis minus Exercitatorum editus. Authore Johanne Stearne, S. T. D. et Vicario de Trim, in Diæcesi Midensi.”'
of Sickness) has been added, at the suggestion of a clerical friend, for the personal convenience of the Curate. The same method has been observed as in the preceding case ;—the Collects are brought into successive order, but how many of them shall be said is still left to be determined by what “the time and present exigence will suffer.”
Any deficiency that may be found in the Catalogue of Sins is supplied in the succeeding Decalogue, which embraces the whole of moral duty.
In the Short Prayers that next occur, the weakness and infirmity of the mind when the body suffers have been regarded.
The Scriptural Selections are for the most part based upon the method of teaching observed by Him who spake as “never man spake;" who indirectly carried conviction to the sinner's heart, and impressed the truths and consolations of the Gospel upon His hearers by parabolic sermons ; the remaining portions of Holy Writ either direct attention to leading doctrines and duties of Christianity in the Founder's words, or set forth in engaging view the example He has left us, and the happy change which His resurrection will effect in the condition of His saints.
Simplicity of language and idea has not been lost sight of in the pieces of Devotional Poetry which close the Manual. Is there any one whose experience does not bear testimony to the influence and solace of a divine song ? The stubborn heart may sometimes be won; the attention of the thoughtless gained; the sinner led to penitence and prayer ; and the afflicted spirit encouraged to rejoice in the midst of tribulation.
- "Non omnes eadem mirantur amantque:
Should, however, this Manual prove at all serviceable to those who have the cure of souls, and in any degree, however slight, be instrumental in helping the Sick and Dying on the “way that leadeth unto everlasting life;"—then the hours spent in its compilation will not have been uselessly employed.