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just sense of thy presence, and of the obligation of the
covenant they are about to make ; to the end that this
solemn service may have a wholesome influence upon
their affections and conduct throughout life, to the glory
of thy name ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Jlinistcr shall then say to the Man,

M. Do you acknowledge here, before God and this
company, {or congregation^) that you have agreed to
take, and that you now take, N. for your wife ? Do
you promise to love, honour and protect her ; to maintain,
comfort and cherish her, in health and in sickness, in
joy and in sorrow, in prosperity and in adversity ; to
lead a holy life with her, being faithful unto her in all
things ; as is the duty of a good husband, according to
the word of God ?

Answer. — Yes.


The Minister shall then say to the Woman,

JN". Do you also aclaiowledge here, before God and
this company, {or congregation,) that you have agreed
to take, and that you now take, M. for your husband ?
Do you j^romise to love, honour and obey him ; to com-
fort and cherish him, in health and in sickness, in joy
and in sorrow, in prosperity and in adversity ; to lead a
holy life with him, being faithful unto him in all things;
as is the duty of a good wife, according to the word of

Ansiver. — Yes.

[To be used, or not, at the discretion of the Parties.

TN testimony, til at you M. and N. do advisedly and
solemnly ratify all that hath been declared and
promised by you, do thou M. acknowledge and endow
this woman as thy wife, by delivering unto her a ring,
in token of thy faith ; and do thou N. in like manner
receive the same, as a pledge of his faith, and as a wit-
ness of thy vows.

21icn the Man delivers to the Woman a ring, placing it upon the
fourth finger of her left hand.]

Then shall the Minister join their right hands together, and say,
V OU are now Man and Wife.

Those whom God hath joined together, let not man

put asunder.

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Then the Minister shall say,

Let US pray to God our Father, for his blessing upon
these his servants.

A ALMIGHTY, all-merciful, and all-wise God! we
pray thee in behalf of these persons, who have en-
tered into the holy estate of man-iage, that thou wouldst
vouchsafe to them thy Hoi}'' Spirit. Send down thy
blessing upon these thy servants, whom we bless in thy
name. Enable them to observe surely, and to perform
faithfully, the vows and covenant between them made ;
and, mutually edifying each other, to live together in puri-
ty, concord and piety. Give them grace to reverence and
serve thee, and to contribute to the advancement of thy
glory, the honour of the gospel, and the welfore of thy
chuich. Favourably hear us, O Father of Mercy ! in
the name and for the sake of thy dear Son. Amen.

Then the Minister shall add this Benediction,

P OD, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, bless,
preserve and guide you. May you be filled with
all spiritual benediction, and so live together in this life,
that, in the world to come, you may have life everlast-
ing. Amen.


§nniu fnr i\)t 35urinl nf i\)t IJuk



The 2rinUler, meeting the Corj^sc at the entrance of the Church
and going before it, either into the Church, or toioards the
Grave, shall say,

T AM the resurrection and the life, saith tlie Lord : he
that beheveth in rae, though he were dead, yet
shall he hve : And whosoever liveth and believeth in
me, shall never die. St. John, xi., 25, 26.

T KNOW that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall
stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though
after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in ray flesh
shall I see God : whom I shall see for myself, and mine
eyes shall behold, and not another. Job. xix., 25-27.


^VE brought nothing into this world, and it is certain
we can carrj' nothing out. The Lord gave, and
the Lord hath taken away ; blessed be the name of the
Lord. I. Tim., vl, 7 ; Job, i., 21.

Affc7' they ore come info the Church, shall he said or sung the
following Anthem, taken from the xx.rixth andxcth Psalms.

During wMcli the People stand.

From Psalm xxxix,

r ORD, let me know my end, and the number of my
days ; that I may be certified how long I have to

Behold, thou hast made my days, as it were a span
long, and mine age is even as nothing in respect of
thee ; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.

For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth
himself in vain ; he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell
who shall gather them.

And now, Lord ! what is my hope ? Tiuly my hope
is even in thee.

Deliver me from all mine oftences ; and make me not
a rebuke unto the foolish.

When tliou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin,
thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were
a moth fretting a garment : every man therefore is but

Hear my prayer, Loid ! and with thine ears consi-
der ray calling ; hold not thy peace at my tears:

Fourth.] BURIAL SERVICE. 157

For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all
my fathers were.

O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength,
before I go hence, and be no more seen.

From Psalm xc.

T ORD, thou hast been our refuge, from one generation
to another.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the
earth and the world were made, thou art God from ever-
lasting, and world without end.

Thou turnest man to destruction ; again thou sayest,
Come again, ye children of men.

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yester-
day ; seeing that is ^jast as a watch in the night.

As soon as thou scatterest them, they are even as
a sleep ; and fade away suddenly like the grass.

In the morning it is green, and groweth up ; but in
the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.

For we consume away, in thy displeasure ; and are
afraid at thy wrathful indignation.

Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee ; and our se-
cret sins in the light of thy countenance.

For when thou art angry, all our days are gone : we
bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.

The days of our age are threescore years and ten ;
and tlfough men be so strong that iiwy come to four-
score years, yet is their strength then but labour and
sorrow ; so soon jjasscth it away, and we are gone.

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


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the I
Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever
shall be, world without end. Amen.

Then sJtaU follow the Lef;son, token out of the ffteenth Chapt
of the First Epistle of St. Paid to the Corlnthiayis.

\r OW is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
first fruits 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 so 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 ene-
mies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be de-
stroyed 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 excepte/J, which did put all
things under him. And when all things shall be sub-
dued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be sub-
ject unto Ilim that put all things under him, that God
may be all in all. Else what shall they do, which are
baptiz.ed 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 by your rejoicing,
which 1 have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If
after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at

Fourth.] BURIAL SERVICE. 159

Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not ?
Let ns eat 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 with what body do they come ? Thou fool ! that,
which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die. And
that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that
shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of
some other grain. But God giveth it a body as it hath
pleased him ; and to every seed, his own body. All
flesh is not the same flesh; but there is one kind of
flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes,
and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies,
and bodies terrestrial ; bi* the glory of the celestial is
one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There
is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon,
and another glory of the stars ; for one star differeth
from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of
the dead. It is sown in corruption ; it is raised in incor-
ruption : it is sown in dishonour ; it is raised in glory :
it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown
a natural body ; it is raised a spiritual body. There is
a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so
it is written, The first man Adam was made a living
soul ; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Howbeit, that was not first which is s])iritual, but that
which is natural ; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The first man is of the earth, earthy : the second man
the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they


that are earthy ; and as is the heavenly, such are they
also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the
image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of
the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and
blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God ; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a
mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be
changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at
the last trump : for the trumpet shall sound, and the
dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed. For this corruptible must put on incorrup-
tion, and this mortal must j^ut on immortality. So
when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption,
and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then
shall be brought to pass the saying that is written.
Death is swallowed up in vittory. O death, where is
thy sting ? O grave, where is thy victory ? The sting
of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But
thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through
our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye steadfast, unmoveable, alwaj's abounding in the
work of the Lord ; forasmuch as ye know that your
labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Then may he sung a Hymn.

Then, in the Church, or at the Grave, shall he said,

MAX, that is born of a woman, hath but a short time
to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and

Fourth.] BURIAL SERVICE. 161

is cut down, like a flower ; he fleeth as it were a sha-
dow, and never eontinueth in one stay.

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

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

Thou knowGst, Lord ! the secrets of our hearts ; shut
not thy merciful ears to our prayer ; 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

Then, while the earth shall he cant tipon the Body, by some stand-
ing by, the Minister shall say,

T^ORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God, in
his wise providence, to take out of this world the
soul of our deceased brother^ we therefore commit his
body to the ground ; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust
to dust; looking for the general resurrection in the last
day, and the life of the world to come, 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 ; and the corruptible bodies of those
who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto
his own glorious body ; according to the mighty work-
ing, whereby he is able to subdue all things unto him-


Then shall he said, or sung,

T HEARD a voice from heaven, saying unto me,
Write, From henceforth, Messed are the dead who
die in the Lord ; even so, saith the Spirit, for they rest
from their labours. Rev. xiv., 13.

Then the Minister shall say the Lord's Prayer, and one or both
the following Prayers, at his discreiion, and conclude with the

AUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy
name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on
earth, as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily
bread ; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those
who trespass against us ; and lead us not into tempta-
tion ; but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

A LMIGHTY God ! with whom do live the spirits of
those who depart hence in the Lord; and with
whom the souls of the faithful, after thev are delivered
from the burden of the flesh, are in joy and felicity ; we
give thee hearty thanks for the good examples of all those
thy servants, who, having finished their course in faith,
do now rest from their labours. And we beseech thee,
that we, with all those who are departed in the true
fiiith of thy holy name, may liave our perfect consum-
mation and bliss, both in body and soul, in thy eternal
and everlasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Fourth.] BURIAL SERVICE. 163

Q MERCIFUL God ! the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who is the resurrection and the life ; in
whom whosoever believeth, shall live, though he die ;
and whosoever liveth and believeth in him, shall not die
eternally ; who also hath taught us, by his holy Apostle
St. Paul, not to be sorry, as men without hope, for those
who sleep in him ; we humbly beseech thee, O Father!
to raise us from the death of sin unto the life of right-
eousness ; that, when we shall depart this life, we
may rest in him ; and that, at the general resurrec-
tion in the last day. we may be found acceptable in thy
sight; and receive that blessing, which thy well-beloved
Son shall then pronounce on all who love and fear thee,
saying. Come, ye blessed children of my Father, receive
the kingdom prepared for you, from the beginning of
the world. Grant this, we beseech thee, O merciful
Father ! through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Re-
deemer. A7nen.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be
with us all evermore. Amen.


Ciintitte far tlj! (DriiiEartt kmih

First Canticle.

A COME ! let us sing unto the Lord ; let us heartily
rejoice in the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before bis presence with thanksgiving ;
and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

O come ! let us worship and bow down ; let us kneel
before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord, our God, and we are the people
of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Manifold, O God ! are thy wondrous and bounteous
works : they are more than can be numbered.


In thee we live, and move, and have onr being. The
testimonies of thy loving kindness are ever about us.

Thou hast sent thine only Son into the world, to be a
propitiation for our sins.

For all these things we bless thee, and we magnify
thy glorious name ; saying with the angels and all the
heavenly host,

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts ! Heaven and
earth are full of thy glory, O God ! most high.

Let our mouths show forth thy praise for ever.

Let all that hath breath, bless thee for ever and ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost ; as it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Scco7ul Canticle.

C\ YE righteous ! sing unto the Lord with joy ; for it
becometh well the just to be thankful.

Praise the Lord, sing unto him a new song : for all
his works are done in truth.

All the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord : let
all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

I will wash my hands in innocency ; so will I com-
pass thine altar, O Lord !

And with the voice of thanksgiving, tell of all thy
wondrous works.

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My God ! I love tlie habitation of tliy house, and the
place where thine honour dwelleth.

Cause Ub to hear thy loving kindness in the morning;
for in thee do we trust.

Cause us to know the way .wherein we sliould walk ;
for we lift up our souls unto thee.

Let us bless the Lord, who crowneth us day by day
with his benefits.

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us
meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.

Glory be, &c.

Third Canticle.

P Pi ATSE ye the Lord, call upon his name ; make
known his deeds among the people.

Sing unto him ; sing psalms unto him ; tell ye of all
his wondrous works.

Rejoice ye in his holy name ; let the hearts of those
rejoice who seek the Lord.

Seek the Lord and his strength ; seek his face ever-
more ; remember his marvellous works.

Great is our l^ord and great in his power : his wisdom
is infinite.

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Sinof unto the Lord with thanksjxivino;, answerino: one
unto another; sing psahns unto our

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem ! Praise thy God, O
Zion !

He strengthen^th the bars of thy gates, and blesseth
thy children within thee.

He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and
ordinances unto Israel :

He hath not dealt so with any nation.

He so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whosoever believeth in hira should not perish, but
have everlasting life.

What shall wc render unto the Lord, for all his bene-
fits towards us.

We will receive the cup of salvation, and call upon
the name of the Lord.

Glory be, (fee.

Fourth Canticle.

WE will extol thee, O God, our King ! and we will
bless tjjy name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised ; his
greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise thy works unto another.

The Lord is gracious and fall of compassion, slow to
anger and of great mercy.


The Lord is good to all ; liis tender mercies are over
all his works.

All thy works shall praise thee, Lord ! and thy
saints shall bless thee ;

They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and
talk of thy power.

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy do-
minion endureth throughout all ages.

The Lord upholdeth all those who fall ; and raiseth
up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all wait upon thee, and thou givest them
their meat in due season.

Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of
every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all
his works.

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him ;
unto all that call upon him in truth.

He fulfilleth the desire of those who fear him ; he
heareth their cry and saveth them.

The Lord preserveth all those who love him ; but all
the wicked will he destroy.

Our mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and we
will bless his holy name for ever and ever.

Glory be, (fee.

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Fifth Canticle.

A GOD ! we praise thee with our whole heart ; we
worship before thee io thy holy temple.

We praise ihy name for thy loving kindness and thy
truth ; we rejoice in thy salvation.

Thou hast sent thy Son to fulfil the promises made
unto the fathers ;

To the end that the Gentiles might praise thee for thy

Wherefore, we will praise thee among the nations,
and sing unto thy name.

Rejoice, O ye Gentiles ! with his people.

O ! praise the Lord, all ye nations, and celebrate him
all ye people ;

Ye who in time past, were not his people, but are now
the people of God ;

Ye, who in time past had not obtained mercy, but
now have obtained mercy.

! the depth of the riches of the wisdom and know-
ledge of God !

How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways
past finding out !

Who hath known the mind of the Lord, and who
hath been his counsellor ?

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all
things, to whom be glory for ever.

Glory be, &c.

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Sixth Canticle.

f\ ! LET us be joyful in the Lord our God. Let us
serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his
presence with a song.

Know ye that the Lord is God; it is he who hath
made us, and not w^e ourselves ; we are his people, and
the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his
courts with praise. Be thankful unto him, and bless his

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting, and
his truth endureth from generation to generation.

O God ! we adore thee as our God, as our Creator,
and as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We humble ourselves in thy presence, and acknow-
ledge thine infinite majesty.

The angels adore thee in heaven, and all the heavenly
host bow down before thee.

Receive the homage which we offer to thee upon
earth, we who are poor mortals, miserable sinners, thy
creatures by nature, and thy children by grace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost ; as it was in the beginning, is now^, and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Seventh Canticle.

Q OME and let us present ourselves before the Lord ;
let us adore him in his temple ; let us humble our-
selves in his sanctuary.

The Lord is here. How venerable, how sacred is this
place ! this is the house of God ; this is the gate of
heaven. ^

O Lord ! God of our fathers, thou art blessed for ever.
To thee belong greatness, power, glory, eternity, ma-

All that is in heaven and in earth is thine : the king-
dom is thine.

Thou art a Prince above all things : thou art Sove-
reign over all. Riches and honour, power and might,
are in thy hand.

Now therefore, O our God ! we magnify thee, and
praise thy glorious name.

Who are we, and who are this peoj^le, that we are
enabled freely to offer unto thee this service, and this
praise ?

We are strangers before thee, and our days pass away
as a shadow.

Although we are but dust and ashes, behold, we take
upon ourselves to speak unto thee.

Let the words of our mouths be acceptable unto thee,
O Lord !

Let thy mercy be upon us, O God ! as our trust is in

Glory be, &c.

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JEighth Canticle.

TTOW amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts.
My soul desireth, yea, even longetb, to enter into
tbe courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh rejoice
in the living God.

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house : they will
be always praising thee. ^

One day in thy courts is better than a thousand else-
where : I would rather be a door-keeper in the house of
my God, than to dwell in the tents of ungodHness.

For the Lord God is a sun and a shield : no good
thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

O Lord of Hosts 1 blessed is the man that trusteth in

God ! I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever : I
will trust in the covert of thy wings.

For thou O God ! hast heard my vows ; thou hast
given me the heritage of those who fear thy name.

1 am ever with thee : thou hast holden me by thy
right hand.

Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward
receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but thee ? and there is none
upon earth that I desire besides thee.

They that forsake thee shall perish : thou wilt destroy
all them that corrupt themselves before thee.

But it is good for me to draw near unto God ; and
to put my trust in the Lord God.

Glory be, &c.

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Ninth Canticle.

C\ GOD ! thou art my. God, early do I seek thee: ray
soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth after thee
in a dry and barren land.

I desire to see thy power and thy glory, in thy sanc-

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