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for the former things shall have passed away. Amen.

GRANT as true repentance, and remission of all our sins : Cleanse us from all our iniquities: Deliver us from the dominion of sin, that we may be delivered from the fear and the power of death. And not knowing at what hour the Lord shall come, may we be sober and watch unto prayer, daily meditating on mortality and immortality, and giving all diligence to make our calling and election sure; that when Christ, who is our life, shall appear the second time in glory, we may appear with him, and receive that sentence, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

These things we ask, not in our own name, or trusting in our own worthiness, but for thy mercy's sake, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, and rose again for our justification, and who taught us

thus to pray,

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.


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

Or, instead of the foregoing, the following prayers

(from the Dutch Reformed Liturgy) may be used.


GOD, merciful God, Father of our Lord

Jesus Christ, who hath said, Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted : Under the shadow of thy judgments we come to thee, and acknowledge thee to be Lord alone. Thou hast entered this house with thy chastenings: O be thou nigh in thy tender compassion to these afflicted ones. Bless thy sorrowing servants with thy consolations, which are neither few nor small. Convert them wholly to thyself, and fill their bleeding hearts with thy love. Make the night of their grief to be light by thy grace. Deliver us thy servants, we pray thee, from the bondage of our sins, that we may be free from fear of death, and be ready at thy coming. Yea, Lord, for Christ's sake sanctify us by thy Holy Spirit, that whether we live, we may live unto the Lord, or whether we die, we may die unto the Lord; whether we live or die, may we be the Lord's. Amen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we thine unworthy servants beseech thee, for Christ's sake, to have mercy upon us. From the borders of the grave we cry unto thee, For Christ's sake, have mercy upon us.

It hath pleased thee to call out of this world the soul of our departed friend, whose body we now follow to his burial. We humbly entreat thee that we may with true penitence of heart receive the warning of thy providence, and consider that by reason of our guilt it is appointed unto us to die, and that in a moment when we think not we may appear before thee. Yea, Lord, by reason of our sins we lie in the midst of death. Spare us, O Lord ; O most pitiful and long-suffering Lord God, spare us a little longer, that we may take refuge in Christ, abiding in him, that when he shall appear we may have confidence, and not be ashamed at his coming. O merciful God, and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, suffer none of us to live without godliness and die without hope; but constrain us mightily by thy love :, that we, being renewed by thy grace, and accepted through Christ's intercession, may walk before thee in newness of life, and praise thee for ever among the assembly of the elect, where there shall be no more death, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away: which we implore for the sake of him who has taught us to say, -Our Father, &c.


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

Meditations, Songs of Praise,


Prayers for Christian Worship.

Extracted from the Psalter and other parts of Scripture.



LESSED is the man that 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 meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season : his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the

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