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through the power of the Holy Ghost, to partake really and truly of His blessed life, whereby only we can be saved from death, and raised to immortality at the last day. Amen.]

In administering the elements, the D[inister shall give first to those who communicate with the sick, and then to the sick person.

Giving the bread, the Minister shall say:

The bread which we break, is the Communion of the Body of Christ.

Giving the cup, the Minister shall say:

The cup of blessing which we bless, is the Com. munion of the Blood of Christ.

When all have communed, the Minister shall say:

Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we give Thee most liearty thanks for the great goodness Thou hast shown toward us at this time, in vouchsafing to feed us, through these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious body and blood of Thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ; assuring us thereby, that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of Thy Son, and heirs through hope of Thine everlasting kingdom, by the merits of His most blessed death and passion. And we most humbly beseech Thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with Thy gruce, that we may continue in that holy fellowship,

and do all such good works as Thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Minister shall close the service with this Benediction:

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and re main with you always. Amen.

THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD.

THE BURIAL OF MEMBERS OF THE CHUROH,

The Minister, going before the corpse, on entering the church and passing slowly along the aisle or, if there be úo service in the church, O'? extering the graveyard, shall solemnly say:

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 never die.

None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself; for whether we live, we live unto the Lord, and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore or die, we are the Lord's: for to this end Christ both died and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living.

And now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.

O death, where is thy sting? O thy victory? Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen.

[If the service be not held in the church, the following office as far as to the rubric directing the funeral to proceed to the grave, shall ha omitted.]

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Then, the Minister having taken his place at the altar, and all stand ing, tae Ninetieth Psalm shall be chanted, or said, as follows:

Minister. Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Congregation. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.

M, Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

C. For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

M. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

c. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

M. For we are consumed by Thine anger, and by Thy wrath are we troubled.

. C. Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.

M. For all our days are passed away in Thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

C. The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be four score years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

M. Who knoweth the power of Thine anger? even according to Thy fear, so is Thy wrath.

C. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Here the following Lesson (1 Cor. xv. 20–58,) shall be read

Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even s. in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, All things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shell the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?

And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest hy your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us cat and drink; for to-morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and

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