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upon thee, the Rock of Ages. We see thy hand in all the circumstances of our lives. We confess the wisdom which created us of the dust; and bow to the decree which has determined, that unto dust we shall return. Thou knowest our frame, thou rememberest that we are but dust; we therefore pray thee, help our infirmities, and pitifully behold the sorrows of our hearts. Sanctify to this family the affliction which thou hast called them to bear. Pour into their troubled minds the consolations of thy Spirit, and teach them to turn this sorrow to their eternal good. May they be still, and know that thou art God, and that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men. May they resign, without murmuring, this object of their love, assured that though lost to them, he lives to thee. May they endure tribulation as becometh thy children, and disciples of thy Son Jesus Christ.
O Lord, regard all thy servants in mercy. Lead us through this valley of tears with safety and peace, with holiness and religion, with spiritual comfort and joy; that when we shall have served thee in our generations, we may be gathered unto our fathers, having the testimony of a good conscience, and in the hope that neither death nor life, nor things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
LORD, our God, who sendest forth thy spirit,
and we are created, who takest away our breath, and we die, and return to the dust; blessed be thy name for the assurance of eternal life which thou hast given us by thy beloved Son. Blessed be thy holy name for the faith which we cherish, that this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal, immortality; and that when the night of the grave is past, a glorious morning will come ; when thou shalt wipe away all tears from our eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, nor pain.
Let this immortal hope, and the comforts of thy gracious Spirit, sustain, in this their bereavement, the family and friends of our departed brother. Be thou, O God, their refuge, and their consolation, and their sure trust. The more they are brought to perceive that things seen are temporal, so much the more may they find that the things which are unseen are eternal ; that thou art faithful, and that Christ is worthy, and that heaven, and not earth, is their home. May they embrace thy promises and be thankful ; may they know that thou art God, and be still.
And grant, we beseech thee, O holy Father and eternal Judge, that we may all live mindful of our mortality, and prepared for thy will ; and that, when thou sayest unto us, Return, ye children of men, we may hear the command without dismay, and obey it without reluctance ; knowing whom we have believed, and persuaded that he is able to keep that which we have committed to him, against that day. We offer our prayers through him who is the resurrection and the life, thy Son Jesus Christ. 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.
At the Burial of the Dead at Sea, the preceding Service may be used; only instead of these words, We therefore commit his body to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; looking for, &c., shall be said, We therefore commit his body to the deep, to be turned into corruption; in sure and certain hope, etc.
END OF THE BURIAL SERVICE.
The First Day.
The righteous man is blessed. PLESSED is the man who walketh not in the
counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he exercise himself day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the water side, that will bring forth his fruit in due season.
His leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper.
As for the ungodly, it is not so with them ; but they are like the chaff which the wind scattereth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand
in the judgment; neither the sinners, in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Trust in God in a time of distress. TORD, how are they increased who trouble me !
many are they who rise up against me. Many there be who say of my soul, There is no help for him in his God.
But thou, O Lord, art my defender ; thou art my glory, and the lifter up of my head.
I did call upon the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.
I laid me down and slept, and rose up again ; for the Lord sustained me.
Salvation belongeth unto the Lord, and thy blessing is upon thy people.
Thankfulness, Trust, and Contentment. HEAR me when I call, O God of my righteous
1 ness; thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble ; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.
O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame, and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after falsehood ?
Know this, that the Lord hath chosen to him