« AnteriorContinuar »
Deliver me from all mine offences: and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
I became dumb, and opened not my mouth: for it was thy doing.
Take thy plague away from me: I am even consumed by means of thy heavy hand.
When thou with rebukes doft chasten man for fin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears confider my calling: hold not thy peace at my tears;
For I am a stranger with thee, and a lojourner, as all my fathers were.
O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength: before I go hence, and be no more seen.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
ration to another. . Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made: thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.
Thou turneft man to destruction: again thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy fight are but as yesterday: seeing that is paft as a watch in the night.
As soon as thou scatterest them, they are even as a leep: and fade away suddenly like the grass.
In the morning it is green, and groweth up: but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
For we consume away in thy displeasure: and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.
Thou hast fet our misdeeds before thee: and our fecret fins in the light of thy countenance.
For when thou art angry, all our days are gone: we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.
The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and though men be so strong, that they come to fourscore
years: yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; lo soon pafseth it away, and we are gooe.
But who regardeth the power of thy wrath: for even thereafter as a man feareth, so is thy displeasure.
So teach us to number our days: that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last: and be gracious unto thy servants.
O fatisfy us with thy mercy, and that soon: so fhall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
Comfort us again now after the time that thou haft plagued us: and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.
Shew thy servants thy work:and their children thyglory.
And the glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us: prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, O profper thou our handy-work.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Then shall follow the Lesson taken out of the xvth Chapter
of the former Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. N
OW is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
first-fruits of them that flept. For fiuce by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even fo in Christ thall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed, is death. For be hath put all things under his feet. But when he faith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excerted which did put all things under him And when all hins shall be fubdued unto him, then shall the son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, ibat God may be all in all. Elie what fall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are
they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jelus our Lord, I die daily. If alter the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and fin nor; for some have not the knowledge of God: I fpeak this to your fame. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do thy come? Thou fool, that which thou fowest, is not quickened except it die : and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of fome other grain: but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every feed his own body. All flesh is not the fame flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another fieth of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestial; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestial is another. There is one glory of the fun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the ftars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corjuption; it is raised in incorruption : It is sown in dilhonour; it is raised in glory: It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is fown a natural body; it is raised a fpiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a fpiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living foul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is fpiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the fecond man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they that are 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 felh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I few
you a mystery. We shall not all fleep, 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 fhall be changed.) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 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 vic"tory. O death, where is thy fting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is fin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Tlierefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfalt, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forafmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
When they come to the Grave, while the Corpse is made ready to be laid into the carth, the Priest shall say, or the Priest and Clerks shall
sing, AN that is born of a woman, hath but a short time
to live, and is full of milery. 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 feek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins art juftly 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 knowelt, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayers; 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. | Tben, while the earth shall be cast upon the Body by
Some standing by, the Priest shall say, ORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God of
his great mercy to take unto himself the soul of our
dear brother here departed, we therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, afhes to alhes, dust to dust, in fure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body, that it may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working, whereby he is able to fubdue all things to himfelf.
Then shall be said or sung, HEARD a voice from heaven, saying upto me; Write,
From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: even fo faith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours. Rev. xiv. 13.
Then shall the Priest says
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 trespaffes, As we forgive them that treipals against us. And lead us not inte temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.
them that depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful, after they are delivered
Duft to duft? Some of our funeral ceremonies are evidently remnants of certain amiable practices of classical superstition. Casting the earth thrics upon the body is the custom mentioned by Horace :
“ Licebit Injecto ter pulvere curras.
Od. lib. i. 28. And the throwing handfuls of flowers into the grave at this part of the service, which is the custom at country funerals, (and among the lower claffes of people, with whom traditionary usages are always beft preferved) is the ancient testimony ofaffection alluded to in those beautiful lines of Virgil:
• Manibus date lilia plenis:
VIR. Æn. vi. 883. The rosemary sprigs frequently thrown upon the grave by the attendants are apt emblems of that sure and certain hope of immortality which the Chriftian entertains; it being the property of this plant always to be green, and to vegetate the stronger, the more it is theered.