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earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: (for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put onimmortality: so when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory, O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, foras much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,
1 «thes come to the Grave, while the Corpse is made reads to be laid into the earth, the Minister shall set,
AN that is born of a woman, hath
but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.
In the midst of life we are in death ; of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased ?
Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death,
Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayer ; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, o holy and merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not at our last hour for any pains of death to fall from thee.
Then while the earth shall be cast upon the Body by some standing by, the Minister shall say, PORASMUCH as the soul of our de
ceased brother lying now before us
hath taken its flight into the eternal world, we therefore commit his body to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust ; believing in and looking for the general resurrection in the last day, when our Lord Jesus Christ shall come in his glorious Majesty to judge the world ; at which period the earth and the sea shall give up their dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his own glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.
I Then shall be said or sung, HEARD a voice from heaven, saying
unto me, Write; From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: even so saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours.
9 Then the Minister shall say.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
UR Father, which 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 trespasses, as we) forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the king. dom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
MERCIFUL God, the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life; in whom whosoever believeth, shall live, though he die; and whosoever liveth and believeth in him, shall not die eternally ; who also hath taught us (by his holy Apostle Saint Paul) not to be sorry as men without hope, for them that sleep in him; We meekly beseech thee, O Father, to raise us from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness ; that when we shall depart this life, we may rest in Christ, and that at the general resurrection in the last day we may be found ac
i ceptable in thy sight, and receive that
blessing which thy well-beloved Son shall
then pronounce to all who love and fear if thee, saying, Come, ye blessed children
of my Father, receive the kingdom pre
pared for you from the beginning of the A world. Grant this, we beseech thee, O
merciful Father, through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all everinore.