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A Thanksgiving for Victory.
O ALMIGHTY God, the Sovereign Commander of all the world, in whose hands is power and might which none is able to withstand: we bless and magnify Thy great and glorious name for the happy victory wherewith Thou hast crowned our arms, and the whole glory whereof we do ascribe unto Thee, the only Giver of victory. And, we beseech Thee, give us grace to improve this great mercy to Thy glory, the honor oi' our country, and, as much as in us lieth, to the good of all mankind: through Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom with Thee and the Holy Spirit, as for all Thy mercies, so in particular for this, be all glory and honor, world withcut end. Amen.
BURIAL OF THE DEAD AT SEA,
The Office for the Burial of the Dead may be used, except that the following words shall be said on committing the body to the sea.
FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God, in His wise providence, to take out of this world the soul of His deceased servant, we therefore commit hrs body to the deep; looking for the general resurrection through our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose second coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the earth and the sea shall give up their dead, according to the mighty working whereby He is able to subdue all things unto Himself.
A Prayer after Burial at Sea. ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who in Thy perfect wisdom and mercy hast ended for Thy servant departed the voyage of this troublous life; grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who are still to continue our course, amidst earthly dangers, temptations and troubles, may evermore be protected by Thy mercy, and finally come to the haven of eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PUBLIC RECEPTION OF IMMIGRANTS.
As early as convenient after the arrival of Christian brethren from a foreign land, they shall come into the Church, on the occasion of a public service, or at any other time appointed for that purpose, to ren. der thanksgiving to God for His goodness in bringing them safely through the dangers of the sea, and that they may be publicly commended to the Christian fellowship and syinpathies of the Congregation. Either at the beginning or the close of the regular service, at the discretion of the Minister, the newly arrived brethren shall be invited to come forward and stand before the altar. Then the Minister shall announce to the Congregation their names, and at his discretion read such credentials as they may have brought from their fatherland, and give any information he may possess concerning their previous life and Christian character. Whereupon, the Congregation standing, a part of the One Hundred and Seventh Psalm shall be chanted, or said, as follows:
Minister. O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Congregation. And let them sacrifice the sacri. fices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.
M. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.
C. For He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
M. They mount up to the heaven, they go down
again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
C. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
M. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses.
C. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
M. Then are they glad because they be quiet;
M. O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men !
C. Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders.
Then the Minister, addressing the Congregation, shall say:
DEARLY BELOVED: Here, in the presence of the Lord, you behold Christian brethren, whom God in His merciful providence has preserved amid the perils of the great deep, and brought safely hither from a foreign land. Though strangers in the flesh, they are brethren in the spirit, fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, having obtained like precious faith with us, through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
As in the glorified Church in heaven, there are found before the throne praising God of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues ; so also in the Church
on earth, there is no difference between one nation and another, but Christ is all, and in all. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, BO also is Christ. For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles; and have all been made to drink into one spirit. As St. Paul commended Phebe to the church at Rome, so we commend these brethren to you; and entreat, that ye receive them in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist them in whatsoever business they bave need of you. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels un
Then the minister, addressing the Brethren at the altar, shall say:
DEARLY BELOVED: Though you are no more in your carthly fatherland, you are still in the land of your Heavenly Father. All lands and all nations are His; and He is as nigh to you here, as He was in the land whence ye came. He will still be faithful to
be ye also faithful to Him. Give unto the Lord thanksgiving, and pay your vows unto the Most High. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. And it shall come to
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high, and all the blessings which He has promised shall come upon