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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 coine 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.

The Minister shall then say:

The Congregation who are here assembled, having erected this house for the worship of God, we now set it apart from all common and secular use, and, under the name of

do hereby consecrate it to the worship of the Triune God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Let us pray.

O LORD OUR GOD, there is no God beside Thee. Thou alone art worthy to receive adoration and praise; for Thou art holy, and all nations shall come to wor ship before Thee, when they learn the joy of Thy salvation. We praise Thee, most merciful Father, for the foundation of Thy Church on earth for Thy sacred oracles; for the ministry of Thy word; and for Thy holy sacraments. We give Thee thanks, that, by Thy providence, this house has been erected for

the worship of Thy name. Accept, we beseech Thee, the work of our hands. Let this house be the house of God. Here let Thy presence dwell and Thy glory be revealed. When Thy holy word is read and preached in this place, and the holy sacraments are administered, send down upon the congregation the dews of Thy heavenly grace.

When Thy people bring to Thee their thanksgiving for the gifts of Thy providence, accept their offering and bless them, that their joy may be full. And when, in seasons of calamity and distress, they humble themselves before Thee, and implore Thy mercy, hear Thou in heaven, and pity them; forgive their sins wherein they may have transgressed against Thee, and deliver them; or else comfort and support them under their trials, and sanctify unto them their aflliction, that it may bring forth in them the fruits of salvation and peace.

Hear us, we beseech Thee, O God of all grace, Father of all light, and Fountain of all good. Let our prayer come up before Thee, and be acceptable, through the merit of Jesus Christ; and do unto us according to Thy great mercy and love. And unto Thee, the King eternal, immortal, and invisible; who alone art mighty, wise, and good; who dwellest in light which no man can approach unto and live; unto Thee be all glory, through Jesus Christ, in heaven and on earth, forever and ever. Amen.

Then shall the Gloria in Excelsis be chanted or said.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee,

we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, toat takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon

Thou that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord; Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Then the Minister, having taken his place in the pulpit, shall deliver the Sermon; after which the service shall proceed as in the regular sørvice for the Lord's Day.


T'he people being assembled on the ground, the Minister shall say:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Let us pray.

O Thou ever blessed Mediator, who wast dead, but livest forever, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, and who hast knit all Thy saints in one communion unto life eternal, in that mystical body of which Thou art the glorious and ever-living Head; grant us grace so to follow Thy blessed saints, who have gone before us, in the faith and fellowship of Thy holy Church, that we may coine to those unspeakable joys, which Thou hast prepared for all that love Thee, from the foundation of the world. Amen.

The Minister shall now read the following Lessons

The First Lesson, (Gen. xxiii.) And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba; the same is Hebron in the land of Caс 26*


naan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her. And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying, I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him, Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.

And Abraham stood up, and bywed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a burying place amongst you. And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying, Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead. And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land. And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.

And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him, My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead. And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant. And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city. And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machrelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Ca

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