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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 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 St. Paul, not to be sorry, as men without hope, for those who sleep in him ; we humbly 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 him ; and that at the general resurrection in the last day, we may be found acceptable in thy sight, and receive that blessing which thy well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all who love and fear thee, saying, Come, ye blessed children of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. Grant this, we beseech thee, O merciful Father, through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
Hymns which may be sung, either when the People
are first assembled, or at the grave :
I HEARD A VOICE FROM HEAVEN.
I HEARD a voice from heaven
Say, “ Blessed is the doom
When sinking to the tomb !”
The Holy Spirit spake, —
And I the words repeat, —
To mortals rest is sweet.
I would NOT LIVE ALWAY.
I would not live alway: I ask not to stay
Who, who would live alway, away from his God,
Where the saints of all ages in harmony meet, Their Savior and brethren transported to greet, While the anthems of rapture unceasingly roll, And the smile of the Lord is the life of the soul !
Clay to clay, and dust to dust!
Never more shall midnight's damp
Deep the pit, and cold the bed,
Look aloft! The spirit's risen!
Thither let us turn our view;
ALMIGHTY and ever-blessed God, source of all being, and fountain of all good, we, thy children, created by thee, continually preserved by thee, and indebted to thee for all that we possess and all that we enjoy, would come before thee this morning, to express our sense of thy goodness to us, to acknowledge our dependence upon thee, to adore thy greatness, and commend ourselves to thy care.
We thank thee that thou hast made us capable of holding communion with thee, the Father of our spirits, and of receiving the revelations of thy word and will. Glory be to thy name for the heavenly doctrines, precepts, and promises, of the gospel of thy Son. May our hearts be touched by its holy influences, our characters formed by its spirit, and our lives governed by its laws. O, guide us, we beseech thee, in the ways of its truth, to the everlasting home which it promises to the righteous.
Let our attendance this day on thy public worship, and the services and instructions of thy house,
* These prayers are taken, with a few alterations, from the fourth edition of the Chapel Liturgy, edited by Rev. F. W. P. Greenwood.
conduce to our spiritual improvement and our eternal good. Suffer not our minds to be distracted, nor our devotions to languish. Let not our thoughts, which ought to be engaged in the holiest offices, be still returning to the cares, pleasures, and follies, of a transitory world ; neither let us take thy name upon our lips when our hearts are far from thee. But let our prayers and meditations exalt and purify us, and assist us to discharge our duties in this life, and contribute to prepare us for that eternal world to which we are rapidly hastening.
Bless all who call upon thy name this day. May they approach thee in sincerity, humility, and love. May all Christians, however divided in opinion, be joined together in the bond of peace, and an earnest regard for the interests of true religion and virtue. And 0, let the name and the gospel of thy Son be known and glorified more and more, till the whole world shall come to the perfect light, and embrace the truth as it is in Jesus. In his worthy name, and as his disciples, we offer these our petitions ; ascribing to thee, the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, all glory and honor, majesty, and dominion, now and forevermore. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, accept, we beseech thee, our grateful acknowledgments for thy goodness to us this day; for preserving our lives; for shielding us from danger; for supplying our daily bread; for permitting our attendance on the ordinances of thy house. We fervently pray that whatever good impressions have been this day made upon us may be durable; that whatever good resolutions we have formed may be steadfastly kept ; that