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trine; that, finally, when the joys and sorrows, and all the good and evil of this transitory world are ended, they may inherit thy promises, and be made partakers of eternal joy in the kingdom of heaven; where they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God. Amen.
O God, thou Almighty King, who dost invite us all, in thy Gospel, to the great marriage supper of thy Son, so incline our hearts by thy good Spirit, that we may yield obedience to thy gracious call and come to the wedding; and may we, each one, be so clothed in the garments of righteousness and true holiness, that we may be accepted of thee, and may sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all thy saints, to enjoy for ever that banquet of unutterable felicity, which thou hast prepared for them that love thee. Amen.
O LORD, whose only Son, Jesus Christ, did first display his divine power, by turning water into wine at that marriage in Cana, which he beautified with his presence; turn, O Lord, we pray thee, the water into wine, to us thy servants; that all our temporal mercies, being sanctified to us, may become spiritual blessings, and means of life and salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Then may be said or sung —
LESSED is every one that feareth the Lord ; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.—Ps. cxxviii.
THE grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
Service at the Burial of the Dead.
The Minister may recite the following Introductory
TT is better to go to the house of mourning 1 than the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to heart.-Eccl. vii.
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth as a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
Man dieth and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord Jesus : he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. John xi.
Then may be said this Psalm. LoRD, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood ; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath; we spend our years as a tale that is told.