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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 is 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
judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous : but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
ORD, how are they increased that trouble
me ? many are they that rise up against
Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God.
But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.
I laid me down and slept ; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
Arise, O Lord ; save me, O my God : for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy bless-' ing is upon thy people.
EAR me when I call, O God of my righte
ousness : thou hast was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame ? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing ?
But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.
There be many that say, Who will show us any good ? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.