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thee, and overtake thee, and all the people shall see that ye are called by the name of the Lord.

Then shall the Minister say:

Let us pray

O LORD, the God of all nations, and kindreds and people, who art no respecter of persons, but rich in mercy towards all who call upon Thee, and hast united all Thy children through Jesus Christ, in one house. hold of faith, and one communion of hope and love; we humbly commend to Thee these brethren, which have come to us from a far country, through Thy mighty hand and stretched-out arm; giving Thee most hearty thanks that Thou hast so mercifully protected them in their journey, amid perils by sea and land. Be pleased, O Lord, to give them friends and homes in this land of their choice and adoption. Bless them in basket and in store; but above all, bestow upon them freely and constantly, the richer blessings of Thy grace, that they may live in Thy fear and favor, and at last reach in safety the better country, even the eternal fatherland of the saints in heaven: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world with. out end. Amen.

Then the Minister shall bless them, saying:

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Amen.


The people being assembled at the place where the church is to be bult, the Minister, standing near the corner stone, shall say:

DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN : It is meet and right that, in all our doings, we should beseech Almighty God for His most gracious direction and help; but, especially, as we are now assembled to begin a house, which is to be set apart for His honor and service; for the worship of His holy name, the preaching of His holy Gospel, and the administration of His holy Sacraments. Let us therefore devoutly look up to Him for assistance, protection and blessing.

Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve; grant us, we beseech Thee, the fulness of Thy mercy. Prosper and bless the work which we have undertaken, that it may serve to promote Thy praise, and the honor of Thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Then the Ninety-Sixth Psalm shall be chanted, or said, as follows:

Minister. O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

Congregation. Sing unto the Lord, bless His name; show forth His salvation from day to day.

M. Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people.

c. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.

M. For all the gods of the nations are idols; but The Lord made the heavens.

C. Honor and majesty are before Him: strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

M. Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

C. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come into His courts.

M. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness : fear before Him, all the earth.

C. Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth; the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved : He shall judge the people righteously.

M. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad ; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.

C. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein:

then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord.

M. For He cometh, for He cometh to judge the earth :

C. He shall judge the world with righteousness and the people with His truth.

Here the inscription of the corner-stone being read, the Minister shall proceed to put into it the several articles whieh it is to contain, naming them as he does so one by one; after which, the stone being laid in its place, the service shall proceed thus:

M. Our help is in the name of the Lord;
C. Who made heaven and earth.

M. Except the Lord build the house;
C. They labor in vain that build it.

Placing his band upon the stone, the Minister shall then say:

I here lay the corner-stone of a house, to be erected under the name of -Church, and to be devoted to the worship of Almighty God. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.


Then shall the Minister say:

Let us now unite in confessing our holy Catholic faith.

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.

Then shall be say:

Let us pray:

BLESSED be Thy name, O Lord, that it hath pleased Thee to put it into the hearts of Thy servants to commence the erection of a house, in which Thy name is to be worshipped, the glad tidings of salvation proclaimed, and Thy holy Sacraments administered. Prosper Thou us, O Lord, in this our undertaking. Keep and preserve by Thy providence unto the end the work, which is now begun in Thy fear. Excite the skill and animate the industry of the workmen. Shield them from all accidents and dangers. And grant unto them, and all of us here present, the influences of Thy divine Spirit, so that we may become in soul and body living temples of the Holy Ghost, and be prepared for that eternal city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. All which we ask through the abundant merits of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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