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household, whose joy is turned into mourning; and according to the multitude of Thy mercies be pleased to uphold, strengthen, and comfort them, that they may not faint under Thy Fatherly chastening, but find in Thee their strength and refuge ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME: THY KINGDOM COME: THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN: GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD: AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS; AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL: FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, AND THE POWER, AND THE GLORY, FOR EVER. AMEN.
Let us pray:
After which the Minister shall say :
ALMIGHTY GOD, with whom do live the spirits of those who depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh, are in joy and felicity; we give Thee hearty thanks for the good examples of all those Thy servants, who, having finished their course in faith, do now rest from their labors. And we beseech Thee, that we, with all those who are departed in the true faith of Thy Holy Name, may have our perfect consummation and bliss, both in body and soul, in Thy eternal and everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O THOU EVER-BLESSED MEDIATOR, Who wast dead, but livest forever, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, and Who hast knit all Thy saints in one communion unto life eternal, in that mystical Body of which Thou art the glorious and ever-living Head; grant us grace so to follow Thy blessed saints, who have gone before us, in the faith and fellowship of Thy Holy Church, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which Thou hast prepared for all that love Thee, from the foundation of the world. AMEN.
O GOD, Whose days are without end, and Whose mercies cannot be numbered; make us, we beseech Thee, deeply sensible of the shortness and uncertainty of human life; and let Thy Holy Spirit lead us through this vale of misery, in holiness and righteousness all the days of our lives : that when we shall have served Thee in our generation, we may be gathered unto our fathers, having the testimony of a good conscience; in the communion of the Christian Church; in the confidence of a certain faith; in the comfort of a reasonable, religious, and holy hope ; in favor with Thee our God, and in perfect charity with the world : all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Then standing near the coffin, or having reached the place of burial, the Minister
In the midst of life we are in death !
O Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Compassionate Saviour,
Give us not over to bitter death!
Then, while the earth shall be cast upon the body by some standing by, the Min
weer will say:
Forasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this world the soul of our departed brother, we therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; looking for the general Resurrection in the last day, and the Life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at Whose second coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the earth and the sea shall give up their dead; and the corrupti. ble bodies of those who sleep in Him shall be changed, and made like unto His glorious body; according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.
I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in niy flesh shall I see God; Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another.
I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with Him.
Let us pray:
ALMIGHTY GOD, Who, by the death of Thy dear Son Jesus Christ, hast destroyed death ; by His rest in the tomb hast sanctified the graves of the saints ; and by His glorious resurrection hast brought life and immortality to light : receive, we beseech Thee. our unfeigned thanks for that victory over death and the grave, which He has obtained for us, and for all who sleep in Him; and keep us in everlasting fellowship with all that wait for Thee on earth, and with all that are around Thee in heaven; in union with Him who is the Resurrection and the Life; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. AMEN.
ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, Who, in Thy perfect wisdom and mercy, hast ended for Thy servants departed, the voyage of this troublous life; grant, we beseech Thee, that we who are still to continue our course amidst earthly dangers, temptations, and troubles, may evermore be protected by Thy mercy; and finally come to the haven of eternal salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with
you all, evermore. AMEN.