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To be used at the grave.

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down and withereth. We are strangers before Thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers : our days on earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. For what is


life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

In the midst of life we are in death: of whom may we seek for succor, but of Thee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased ?

Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts: shut not Thy merciful ears to our prayers; but spare us, Lord most holy. O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death to fall from Thee.

The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and come forth. Until that day of the glorious revelation of the great God

and our Saviour, we commit this body to the ground: earth to earth; ashes to ashes; dust to dust. Amen.

Let us pray

M. Lord, have mercy upon us.
C. Christ, have mercy upon us.

M. Lord, have mercy upon us.
C. Christ, hear us.

M. Lord God, the Son, in the bosom of the Father, Savio ir of the world;

C. Be gracious unto us.

M. By Thy human birth; by Thy prayers and tears; by all the troubles of Thy life; by the grief and anguish of Thy soul; by Thine agony and bloody sweat; by Thy bonds and scourgings; by Thy crown of thorns; by Thine ignominious crucifixion; by Thy sacred wounds and precious blood; by Thine atoning death; by Thy rest in the grave; by Thy glorious resurrection and ascension; by Thy sitting at the right hand of God; by Thy power to save;

C. Hear us, and save us, Lord Jesus.

M. O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world;

C. Have mercy upon us, and grant us Thy peace. Amen.

The Minister shalı close the service with the Apostolic Benediction.

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


The service shall begin with the singing of a Hymn; after which all jaall kneel, and repeat the following Confession.

ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, our heavenly Father, we cast ourselves down before Thee, under a deep sense of our unworthiness and guilt. We have grievously sinned against Thee, in thought, in word, and in deed. We have come short of Thy glory. We have broken Thy commandments, and turned aside every one of us from the way of life; and in us there is no soundness nor health. Yet now, O most merciful Father, hear us when we call upon Thee with penitent hearts; and for the sake of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us.

Pardon our sins, and grant us Thy peace. Take away our guilt. Purify us, by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, from all inward uncleanness; and make us able and willing to serve Thee in newness of life, to the glory of Thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then a Lesson, taken from the "Order of Scripture Readings for the Family,” shall be read.

All standing up, shall now join in repeating the Apostles' Creed.

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hades; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

After which the following prayers shall be used.

ALMIGHTY GOD, Father of all mercies, we, Thine unworthy servants, do give Thee most humble and hearty thanks for all Thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men. We praise Thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech Thee, give us such due sense of all Thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we may show forth Thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to Thy service, and by walking before Thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with Thee and the

Holy Gnost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

A Morning Prayer. O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by Thy governance, may be righteous in Thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

An Evening Prayer. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, be pleased to watch over us this night, and to spread the wings of Thy protection about us. Lighten our darkness, and by Thy great mercy deliver us from all perils and dangers, from every adverse working of the devil, from idle thoughts and wicked imaginations. Bring us, we beseech Thee, in safety to the morning hours, that thou mayest receive our praise at all times; through Jesus Christ our Lord. . Amen.

O most powerful Lord God, King of kings, and Lord of lords, who alone ordainest the powers that be; take under Thy most gracious government and guidance, we beseech Thee, Thy servants, the President of the United States, our Legislators and Judges, and all others in authority; and so enrich them with heavenly wisdom and grace, that they may attain Thine everlasting favor, and we lead

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