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Decree xv. Orasmuch as there are some ignorant ClerF gymen, who being desired by Christians to read the Gospels and Prayers to them, or to give them the Blessing on their heads, do ignorantly use the form of Sacramental Absolution, saying, I absolve thee from thy Sins in the Name of the Father, &c. wherefore the Synod doth advertise and admonish them not to commit such an Error, it being a most grievous Sacrilege to apply the Sacramental form, where it ought not to be, wherefore they shall only read the Gospels and Prayers allowed, ending with the Blessing In the Name of the Father, &c.

The Doétrine of the Sacrament of Ex

tream Unction.

THe fifth Sacrament of Extream Unction has

1 for its matter, the Oyl of Olive blessed by a Bishop, it is called Extream Unction, because it is the last of all the Holy Unctions, instituted by our Lord Chrilt in his Church, and the last that is received by a Christian; this Sacrament is to be administred to an adult Person that is sick, when apprehended to be in probable danger of death, who is to be anointed by the Priest the only minister of this Sacrament, on those parts wherewith he hath offended God chiefly 3 that is to say, on the Eyes, because of Sins commit

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ted by the light ; on both the Ears, because of Sins committed by hearing; on the mouth, because of Sins committed by tasting and speaking ;

and touching ; on both the Feet, for the Sins committed in walking ;on the Loins and Reins, for being the chief seat of Carnal pleasure ; every one of which parts must be anointed by the Priest, making the sign of the Cross upon them with his thumb dipt in Holy Oil, and at the same time repeating the words of the form, which are, By this Holy Vn&tion, and his most tender mercy máy our Lord forgive thee all the Sins thou hast committed by k thy fight; and so on, naming every part or sense as it is anointed: The effect of this Sacrament, is the Health of the Soul, and of the Body also, so far as it is convenient and necessary to the Soul, which is the chief; moreover, it washeth away the Reliques of sin, if there are any remaining in the Soul, comforting the Soul of the Sick withall, and confirming and exciting in it a great confidence in the Divine Mercy, by virtue of which Consolation it suffers the troubles of Sickness with the more patience, arid with the greater ease resists the Temptations of Satan, whose custom it is to affault the Soul with extraordinary violence in its last Hour: It like.wise cherishes and succours the Body, so far as it is convenient for the salvation of the Soul, as S. James teacheth us in his Canonical Epistle, saying, Is any one Sick, let him call for the Priests of the Church, and they fall pray over him, anoint

ing him with Oyl in the Name of the Lord, and the Prayer of Faith fhall save the Sick, and the Lord fall give him ease, and if he be in Sins, they fhall be forgiven him: The Apostle in faying they shall be pardoned, demonstrates it to be a Sacrament, whose Virtue and Nature is to conferr Grace, that pardoneth Sins; and in saying, If any are fick among you, he declares the time when this Sacrament is to be received, that is in time of dangerous Sickness; and in saying, they shall call the Priests of the Church, he fhéweth that the Priests are the only Ministers of this Sacrament, and in faying, they fhall be anointed with Oil in the Name of the Lord, he sheweth, that Holy Oil is the matter of this Sacrament; and in saying, they shall pray over the Sick, anointing, he new.. eth, that the form of this Sacrament is to be pronounced by way of deprecation, or Prayer; and in saying, the Lord sball give him eafe, he fheweth also, that the effect of this Sacrament is to give health to the Body, so far as it is convenient and necessary to the health of the Soul. And whereas this Sacrament was instituted for the use of the Sick, none but what are dangerously so must take it, and a Person who shall recover after having received it, may when dangerously fick receive it again, it having been instituted by our Lord , for that end ; and to prepare, defend and forti.

fie us at the time of our departure out of this life, whensoever it is.

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V T Hereas in this Bishoprick there has not

W been hitherto any use of the Sacrament of Extream Un&tion, in which for want of Catholick Instruction, there has been no knowledge of the Institution, Effects, or Efficacy thereof; therefore the Synod does most earnestly recommend the use of this Sacrament, comman: ding the Vicars to be vigilant over the Sick of their Parishes, where-ever they live, whether in the Villages or in the Heaths ; and whenever they shall hear of any in danger of Death, to carry the most Holy Sacrament of Unition, and administer it to them according to the Roman Ceremonial, which is to be translated into Syrian, and kept in all Churches, anointing them with Oil, and making the sign of the Cross with Holy Qil on both their Eyes shut; doing the right first, and then the left, upon the Eye-lashes, and upon both the Ears, the Nostrils, and the Mouth, being fhut, on both the Lips; but if the Distemper should be such, that the Sick Person's Mouth cannot be shut, or not without danger, then the upper Lip shall be anointed, making the sign of the Cross upon it; as also both the Palms of the Hands, the Balls of the Feet and the Loins, ordering the Sick Person to be moved gently; neither is it necessary that any more of these parts should be anointed than what is convenient for the making the sign of the

Cross

ing him with Oyl in the Name of the Lord, and the Prayer of Faith fhall save the Sick, and the Lord Mall give him ease, and if he be in Sins, they fhall be forgiven him: The Apostle in saying they Noall be pardoned, demonstrates it to be a Sacrament, whose Virtue and Nature is to conferr Grace, that pardoneth Sins; and in saying, if any are fick among you, he declares the time when this Sacrament is to be received, that is in time of dangerous Sickness; and in saying, they fhall call the Priests of the Church, he fheweth that the Priests are the only Ministers of this Sacrament, and in saying, they Mall be anointed with Oil in the Name of the Lord, he sheweth, that Holy Oil is the matter of this Sacrament; and in saying, they shall pray over the Sick, anointing, he new.. eth, that the form of this Sacrament is to be pronounced by way of deprecation, or Prayer; and in saying, the Lord shall give him eafe, he sheweth also, that the effect of this Sacrament is to give health to the Body, so far as it is convenient and necessary to the health of the Soul. And whereas this Sacrament was instituted for the use of the Sick, none but what are dangerously so must take it, and a Person who shall recover after having received it, may when dangerously fick receive it again, it having been instituted by our Lord , for that end ; and to prepare, defend and forti

fie us at the time of our departure out of this life, whensoever it is.

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