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Ministration at the Time of Death 

The BCP provides prayers and forms for Ministration at the Time of Death (pp. 462-467). When a person is near death, the minister of the congregation should be notified so the ministrations of the church may be provided. The BCP includes a prayer for a person near death, a Litany at the Time of Death, a commendation at the time of death, a commendatory prayer, prayers for a vigil, and a form for the reception of the body. Suitable psalms, lessons, and collects (such as those in the burial service) may be used at a Vigil before the burial (p. 465). 

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