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THE ORDER FOR THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD. 9 The Presbyter, meeting the Corpse at the Church-stile, shall
say, or else the Presbyter and Clerks shall sing, and so go
either into the Church, or towards the grave : I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord : he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live ; and whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall not die for ever. John xi. 25. 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 my flesh shall I see God ; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another. Job xix. 25. WE brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1 Tim. vi. 7. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away ; blessed be the Name of the Lord. Job i. 21.
I When they come to the grave, while the Corpse is made ready
to be laid into the earth, the Presbyter shall say, or the Pres
byter and Clerks shall sing : Man that is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down : he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. (Job xiv. 1, 2.) In the midst of life, we be in death : of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, which 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 up thy merciful eyes to our prayers : but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and most 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 Presbyter shall say, FORASMUCH 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, ashes to ashes, dust to dust ; in sure and certain hope of 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 subdue all things to himself.
| Then shall be said or sung, I 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 ; that they rest from their labours. Rev. xiv. 13. | Then shall follow this Lesson, taken out of the 15th chapter
to the Corinthians, the first Epistle, (ver. 20 to the end.)
I The Lesson ended, the Presbyter shall say,
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us. Our Father, which art in heaven, &c. And lead us not into temptation. Answ. But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Presbyter. ALMIGHTY God, with whom do live the spirits of them that depart hence in the Lord, and in whom the souls of them that be elected, after they be delivered from the burden of the flesh, be in joy and felicity: We give thee hearty thanks for that it hath pleased thee to deliver this (N.) our brother out of the miseries of this sinful world ; beseeching thee that it may please thee of thy gracious goodness shortly to accomplish the number of thine elect,
and to basten thy kingdom: that we, with this our brother, and all other 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. 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 whosoerer liveth, and believeth in him, shall not die eternally; who also taught us by his holy Apostle St. 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 him, as our hope is this our brother doth; 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 that 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 THANKSGIVING OF WOMEN AFTER
CHILDBIRTH, Commonly called, The Churching of Women. The Woman shall come into the Church, and there shall kneel down in some convenient place, nigh unto the place where the Lord's Table standeth ; and the Presbyter, standing by her,
shall say these words, or such like, as the case shall require. FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God of his goodness to give you safe deliverance, and hath preserved you in the great danger of Childbirth ; ye shall therefore give hearty thanks unto God and pray. T Then shall the Presbyter say this Psalm following. Or else
Psalm the 27th.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.