Page images


Here is to be noted, that the Office ensuing is not to be used for any unbaptiza Adults, any who die excommunicate, or who have laid violent hands upon them selves.

The Minister, meeting the Corpse at the entrance of the Church-Yard, and going before it either into the Church, or towards the Grave, shali say, or sing,

I Am the resurrection and the hope? Truly my hope is even in

life, saith the Lord; he that thee.

believeth in me, though he were Deliver me from all mine of dead, yet shall he live: And who-fences; and make me not a resoever liveth and believeth in me, buke unto the foolish.

shall never die. St. John, xi. 25, 26. When thou with rebukes dost Know that my Redeemerliveth, chasten man for sin, thou makest and that he shall stand at the bis beauty to consume away, like latter day upon the earth: And as it were a moth fretting a gar. though after my skin worms de-ment: Every man therefore is stroy this body, yet in my flesh but vanity.

shall I see God; whom I shall Hear my prayer, O Lord; and see for myself, and mine eyes with thine ears consider my call shall behold, and not another. ing:Holdnot thy peace at my tears. Job, xix. 25, 26, 27.

WE brought nothing into this

world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. 1 Tim. vi. 7. Job, i. £1

After they are come into the Church, shall be said or sung the following An them, taken from the 39th and 90th

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


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

Lord, 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 LORD, let me know my end, art God from everlasting, and and the number of my days; world without end.


that I may be certified how long Thou turnest man to destrucI have to live. tion; again thou sayest, Come Behold, thou hast made my again, ye children of men. days as it were a span long; and For a thousand years in thy mine age is even as nothing in re-sight are but as yesterday; seeing spect of thee; and verily every that is past as a watch in the night man living is altogether vanity. As soon as thou scatterest them For man walketh in a vain sha-they are even as asleep; and fade dow, and disquieteth himself in away suddenly like the grass. vain; he heapeth up riches, and In the morning it is green, and cannot tell who shall gather groweth up; but in the evening them. it is cut down dried up, and wi

And now, Lord what is my 'thered.

For we consume away in thy for he hath put all things u displeasure; and are afraid at thy his feet. But when he saith wrathful indignation. things are put under him, it

Thou hast set our misdeeds be- manifest that he is excepted which fore thee; and our secret sins in did put all things under him. And the light of thy countenance. when all things shall be subdued For when thou art angry, all unto him, then shall the Son also our days are gone: We bring our himself be subject unto him that years to an end, as it were a tale put all things under him, that God that is told. may be all in all. Else what shall

The days of our age are three-they do which are baptized for score years, and ten; and though the dead, if the dead rise not at men be so strong that they come all? Why are they then baptized to fourscore years, yet is their for the dead? And why stand strength then but labour and sor-we in jeopardy every hour? L row; so soon passeth it away, and protest by your rejoicing, which we are gone. I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I

So teach us to number our days, die daily. If after the manner of that we may apply our hearts unto men I have fought with beasts at wisdom. Ephesus, what advantageth it me, Glory be to the Father, and to if the dead rise not? let us eat the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; and drink, for to-morrow we die. As it was in the beginning. is Be not deceived: Evil communinow, and ever shall be, world cations corrupt good manners. without end. Amen Awake to righteousness, and sin Then shall follow the Lesson, taken not: for some have not the knowout of the fifteenth Chapter of the first Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthi-ledge of God. I speak this to your shame. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and


1 Cor. xv. 20.

NOW is Christ risen from the with what body do they come ? dead, and become the first Thou fool, that which thou sowest fruits of them that slept. For is not quickened, except it die. since by man came death, by man And that which thou sowest, thou came also the resurrection of the sowest not that body that shall be, dead. For as in Adam all die, but bare grain; it may chance of even so in Christ shall all be made wheat, or of some other grain. alive. But every man in his own But God giveth it a body as it order: Christ the first fruits; af- hath pleased him; and to every terwards they that are Christ's, seed his own body. All flesh is at his coming. Then cometh the not the same flesh; but there is end when he shall have deliver-one kind of flesh of men, another ed up the kingdom to God, even flesh of beasts, another of fishes, the Father; when he shall have and another of birds. There are put down all rule, and all autho- also celestial bodies, and bodies rity, and power. For he must terrestrial: But the glory of the reign till he hath put all enemies celestial is one, and the glory of under his feet. The last enemy the terrestrial is another. There that shall be destroyed is death: is one glory of the sun, and an

other glory of the moon, and an-JO death, where is thy sting? O other glory of the stars: For one grave, where is thy victory? The star differeth from another star in sting of death is sin, and the glory. So also is the resurrec-strength of sin is the law. But tion of the dead. It is sown in thanks be to God, which giveth corruption; it is raised in incorus the victory through our Lord ruption: It is sown in dishonour; Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beit is raised in glory: It is sown in loved brethren, be ye steadfast, weakness; it is raised in power Junmoveable, always abounding It is sown a natural body; it is in the work of the Lord, forasraised a spiritual body. There is much as ye know that your la a natural body, and there is abour is not in vain in the Lord. spiritual body. And so it is writ- When they come to the grave, while the ten, The first man Adam was Corpse is made ready to be laid into the made a living soul, the last Adam earth, shall be sung or said, was made a quickening spirit. MAN, that is born of a woman, Howbeit, that was not first which hath but a short time to live, is spiritual, but that which is na-and is full of misery. He cometh tural; and afterward that which up, and is cut down like a flower; is spiritual. The first man is of he fleeth as it were a shadow, and the earth, earthy: The second never continueth in one stay. man is the Lord from heaven. In the midst of life we are in As is the earthy, such are they death: Of whom may we seek for that are earthy: and as is the hea-succour, but of thee, O Lord, who venly, such are they also that are for our sins art justly displeased? heavenly. And as we have borne Yet, O Lord God most holy, O the image of the earthy, we shall Lord most mighty, O holy and also bear the image of the hea- most merciful Saviour, deliver us venly. Now this I say, brethren, not into the bitter pains of eternal that flesh and blood cannot inherit death.

the kingdom of God; neither doth Thou knowest, Lord, the secorruption inherit incorruption. crets of our hearts: shut not thy Behold, I show you a mystery merciful ears to our prayers; but We shall not all sleep, but we spare us, Lord most holy, O God shall all be changed, in a moment, most mighty, O holy and merciful in the twinkling of an eye, at the Saviour, thou most worthy Judge last trump: For the trumpet shall eternal, suffer us not, at our last sound, and the dead shall be rais-hour, for any pains of death to ed incorruptible, and we shall be fall from thee.

changed. For this corruptible Then, while the earth shall be cast upen must put on incorruption, and the body by some standing by, the Mi this mortal must put on immor-nister shall say,

tality. So when this corruptible ORASMUCH as it hath pleasshall have put on incorruption, ed Almighty God, in his wise and this mortal shall have put on Providence, to take out of this immortality, then shall be brought world the Soul of our deceased to pass the saying that is written. Brother, we therefore commit Death is swallowed up in victory,lkis Body to the ground; earth to

earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust:fall those thy servants, who having looking for the general resurrec-finished their course in faith, do tion in the last Day, and the life now rest from their labours. And of the World to come, through we beseech thee, that we, with all our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose those who are departed in the true second coming in glorious Ma-faith of thy holy name, may have jesty to judge the World, the our perfect consummation and Earth and the Sea shall give up bliss, both in body and soul, in heir Dead; and the corruptible thy eternal and everlasting glory, Bodies of those who sleep in him through Jesus Christ our Lord. shall be changed, and made like Amen. unto his own glorious Body; ac- Merciful God, the Father of cording to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.

Then shall be said, or sung,


our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life; in whom whosoever believeth, shall live,though he die; and whosoever

I Heard a voice from heaven, liveth and believeth in him, shall saying unto me, Write, from not die eternally; who also hath henceforth blessed are the dead taught us, by his holy Apostle St, who die in the Lord; even so saith Paul, not to be sorry, as men the Spirit; for they rest from without hope, for those who sleep their labours. Rev. xiv. 13. in him; we humbly beseech thee, Then the Minister shall say the Lord's O Father, to raise us from the OUR Father, who art in Hea- death of sin unto the life of righven, Hallowed be thy Name;teousness; that when we shall deThy Kingdom come; Thy Will part this life, we may rest in him; be done on Earth, as it is in Hea- and that at the general resurrecven; Give us this day our daily tion in the last day, we may be bread; And forgive us our tresfound acceptable in thy sight; and passes, as we forgive those who receive that blessing, which thy well-beloved Son shall then protrespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver nounce to all who love and fear thee, saying, Come, ye blessed children of my Father, receive the of the following Prayers at his discre-kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world: Grant ALMIGHTY God, with whom this, we beseech thee, O merciful do live the spirits of those who Father, through Jesus Christ our depart hence in the Lord; and Mediator and Redeemer. Amen. with whom the souls of the faith-THE grace of our Lord Jesus ful, after they are delivered from Christ, and the love of God. the burden of the flesh, are in joy and the fellowship of the Holy and felicity; we give thee hearty Ghost, be with us all evermore thanks for the good examples of men.

us from evil. Amen.

Then the Minister shall say one or both




This Service, or the concluding Prayer alone, as it stands among the Occasionas Prayers and Thanksgivings, may be used at the discretion of the Minister. The Woman, at the usual Time after her Delivery, shall come into the Church de cently apparelled, and there shall kneel down in some convenient place, as hath been accustomed, or as the Ordinary shall direct: And then the Priest shall say unto her

FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Lord's Prayer may be omitted, if this be used with the Morning or Evening Almighty God, of his good-Prayer.

ness, to give you safe deliverance,

and to preserve you in the great OUR Father, who art in Headanger of child-birth; you shall therefore give hearty thanks unto God, and say,

ven, Hallowed be thy Name', Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven; Give us this day our daily

Then shall the Minister say the following Hymn, taken from the 116th Psalm.bread; And forgive us our tresDilexi, quoniam. passes, as we forgive those who I Am well pleased that the Lord trespass against us; And lead us hath heard the voice of my not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen. prayer;

Min. O Lord, save this woman

That he hath inclined his car unto me: Therefore will I call thy servant: upon him as long as I live.

I found trouble and heaviness, and I called upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. What reward shall I give unto the Lord, for all the benefits that he hath done unto me?

Ans. Who putteth her trust is


Min. Be thou to her a strong


Ans. From the face of her enemy Min. Lord, hear our prayer; Ans. And let our cry come unto thee.

Min. Let us pray.

O Almighty God, we give thee

bumble thanks for that thou

I will receive the cup of salvation; and call upon the name of the Lord. hast been graciously pleased to I will pay my vows now in the preserve, through the great pain presence of all his people; in the and peril of child-birth, this wocourts of the Lord's house, even man thy servant, who desires now in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. to offer her praises and thanksgivPraise the Lord. ings unto thee. Grant, we beseech


Glory be to the Father, and to thee, most merciful Father, that the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; she, through thy help, may both As it was in the beginning, is faithfully live, and walk according and ever shall be, world to thy will in this life present, and without end. Amen. also may be partaker of everlasting ¶ Then shall the Minister say the Lord's glory in the life to come, through Prayer, with what follows: But the Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Woman that cometh to give her thanks, must offer accustomed offerings which shall be applied by the Minister and the Church-Wardens to the relief distressed Women in Child-bed: And if there be a Communion, it is conveniene that she receive the Holy Communion.

« PreviousContinue »