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plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel : but the hidden man of the heart in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God. For after this manner heretofore, also the holy women hoping in God, adorned themselves, being subject to their own husbands : as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are, doing well, and not fearing any trouble. Ye husbands likewise dwelling with them according to knowledge, giving honour to the woman as to the weaker vessel, and as to the co-heirs of the grace of life : that your prayers may not be hindered. And St. Paul, in the seventh chapter of the first Epistle to the Corinthians, has inculcated other duties which they owe to each other. We will now proceed to the solemnization of your marriage, to which you will endeavour to bring your best attention and devotion.
After the Nuptial Benediction has been given, the Priest shall make the following Exhortation to the newly married couple.
You are now joined together in a holy band, made and sanctified by God Himself, and not to be dissolved but by death. You should, therefore, endeavour, with all your power, to preserve and cultivate in your souls the grace of this great Sacrament which you have received, and to live up to the sanctity
of it in all respects. You must be faithful to each other; you must love each other; you must bear with each other's weaknesses; you must mutually cherish and assist each other; you must endeavour to walk hand in hand to heaven; you must preserve unviolated the solemn promises of fidelity which, in the presence of God and His Church, you have now made to each other; and even between yourselves, must admit of no other liberties than those which the law of God and the holy ends for which Matrimony was instituted, ordain or allow: for such would be criminal violations of the sanctity of your state; they would give Satan power over you; and would remove God far from you. If it should please God hereafter to bless you with children, let it be your first, your immediate care after they are born, to make an offering of them to Him: and, as soon as possible, let them be washed from their original sin, and enrolled amongst the number of His adopted children, by the Sacrament of Baptism; and afterwards in their earliest infancy, as soon as they can speak, begin to teach them the principles of the Christian faith, and the duties of a Christian life. Watch over them with carefulness and diligence; keep them out of evil company and all the dangerous occasions of sin, and train them up in the fear and love of God; always remembering, that you will one day have to give an account to God concerning your discharge of these duties; and if any of them should perish through your neglect of giving them a proper education, He will require their souls at your hands. Live, therefore, in the fear of God; faithfully observe all His divine commandments; be regular in your public and private devotions; join with one another daily in prayer; observe religiously all the precepts of the Church. And God will be always with you, both in life and death, both in time and in eternity; and may the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, descend upon you and remain always with you. Amen.
BEFORE ADMINISTERING THE BLESSED EUCHARIST
TO TIE SICK.
As, dear Brother, (or, dear Child) you now desire to receive the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of your Saviour Jesus Christ, for the food and nourishment of your Soul, that by the means of this divine communion you may be united to Him by grace and love; that so He may henceforward live in you, and you may live in Him, and by Him; and that nothing in life or death may evermore separate you from Him: behold here your Saviour comes to you to comply with this your pious desire. And although, in condescension to your weakness—which in this mortal state is not able to bear the blaze of His glory-He is pleased to conceal Himself under this humble appearance of your food; yet it is He Himself in person who comes to visit you: for He says, I am the living bread which came down from heaven ; if any man eat of this bread he shall live for ever; and the bread which I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me and I in him, and I will raise him up at the last day : for my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. (John vi. 51.) And when He instituted this holy Sacrament, He declared to His disciples, that it was his body which should be delivered for them, and his blood which should be shed for the remission of sins. (1. Cor. xi. 24.) He comes then in person to visit and comfort you in this your sickness, to take up His abode in your breast, and to unite you to Himself: and He brings all His mercies and graces with Him, to bestow them all on your soul. Do you, then, endeavour to welcome Him, by receiving Him with proper dispositions of a lively faith, an humble fear, and an ardent love.
1. Raise your heart to Him by faith, firmly believing that this Lord of Glory came down from heaven for love of you: that He took a body and blood of the blessed Virgin for the love of you: that in order to redeem and deliver you from Satan, sin, and hell, and to purchase mercy, grace, and salvation for you, He offered up this same body and blood a sacrifice to His Father, by dying upon the cross for the love of you: and that in consequence of this love, He gives you in this blessed Sacrament the same body and blood with which He redeemed you upon the cross. You firmly believe these Catholic truths, and all others which the Church of God believes and teaches, because Jesus Christ Himself has taught them; I know you do believe them; and you desire and are resolved to live and die in the Faith and Communion of this His holy Church.
2. Humble yourself in the presence of this Lord of Life, whose Majesty is incomprehensi. ble. Acknowledge yourself infinitely unworthy that He should enter under your roof, to take up His abode in your breast. Beg of llim to pardon all the sins you have ever committed against Him: and to wash them all away with His precious blood. Wish that you could receive Him like Magdalen, with that contrite and humble heart, which He never despises. Beseech Him to give you this contrition and humility; and trust in His infinite goodness and mercy that He will now come to you, not for your condemnation, but for your salvation.
3. Yes, my dear Brother, (or dear Child),