THE GOSPEL LITURGY: A PRAYER-BOOK FOR CHURCHES, CONGREGATIONS, AND
Prepared by direction of The General Convention of Universalists.
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by ABEL C.
THOMAS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
STEREOTYPED BY L. Johnson & Co. PHILADELPHIA. PRINTED BY T. K.. & P. G.
LITURGIES, or formulas of worship, were in use in the Jewish Church long
before the Christian era.
We learn in the New Testament that John the Baptist taught his disciples to
pray; and no follower of the Saviour, however averse he may be to repetition,
would be willing to abandon the Lord's Prayer.
In the Christian Church, in the age of the apostles, the People responded
Amen " at the giving of thanks," but the existence of a Liturgy cannot be
affirmed. The gifts of the day of Pentecost may have set aside all other helps,
for the time being; yet forms of worship were introduced at an early date, and
gradually passed into universal authority.
Marked changes, in doctrine and in ritual, were effected by the Reformation;
but Liturgies, prepared and adopted by the Reformers, are still in use, with
some modifications; and they seem to be increasing in favor.
Reason and Value of a Liturgy.
HYMNS and music are arranged beforehand for united worship: Why should the
like preparation be denied to prayers? Shall the Congregation submit all
praising to the Choir, and all praying to the Minister?
If congregational singing be approved, (with or without the aid of a choir,)
a large variety of tunes would seem to be undesirable. Why should not the same
hymns be sung, and in the same melodies or harmonies, from generation to
generation ? And why should not the reason of the case be equally applicable to
Sermons are addressed to the People, and cannot be too widely instructive.
Prayers and praises are addressed to the Supreme Being. The mercies of the good
Father, though always new, are the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. The
needs, sympathies, and obligations of His children, continually suggest the same
"supplications, intercessions, and giving of thanks."
There is little variety in extemporaneous prayer, even with persons who are
said to be " gifted" in that way. Only by preparatory study can sameness be
avoided, and variety will still be rather in the language than in the sentiment.
The value of a Liturgy is not in novelty, but in familiarity. The words of a
prayer, if fitly chosen-a prayerful "form of sound words"-may in some sort be
the ark of the covenant, containing the hidden manna and the budding rod. It is
indeed the spirit that quickeneth; yet formulas of worship, though cold and dead
when considered only in the letter, may awaken the soul into the life of
devotion. There was power in the bones of a prophet, 2 Kings xiii. 20, 21.
Order of Public Worship.
THERE are eight formulas in this Book. If the first four be regarded as the
Order of Morning Prayer, the last four may be accepted as the Order of Evening
Prayer: Yet there is nothing in any one of the series which should restrict it
to morning or evening.
In the first four, certain passages (printed in italic) are set forth
as responses by the Congregation. These are in sufficient number, perhaps, to
secure attention, and to promote a feeling of common interest. To accommodate
such (if there be any) as object to responses, the last four formulas are
without this provision, excepting in the introduction.
It may also be observed, that the passages printed in italic are parts
of the general prayer, and should not be omitted by the Minister. In responding,
(if so it may be called,) the People simply join him in the passages referred
to. - All responses, including Amen, should be uttered in a distinct,
audible, yet subdued voice.
Intent of this Liturgy.
THESE formulas are merely helps--and helps to such persons only as may be
inclined to use them, in whole or in part, statedly or occasionally.
Many Christian people do not observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's
Supper. As in relation to these rites, so in relation to all forms of prayer,
"let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind," and regard the lesson of
The Minister may shorten the Order of Worship by omitting the introductory
service; also the sentences or paragraphs [enclosed in brackets.] Nor is
extemporaneous prayer excluded: He may omit the general prayer and substitute
one of his own.
Excepting for Anniversaries, and for Schools and Families, Scripture Lessons
are not noted. Selections from the Bible are at the discretion of the Minister.
The instructions printed in connection with all the forms are so clear, that
only a little attention is needed to make every thing perfectly plain.
BLESSED be the name of the Lord, for the strength, and time, and patience,
required in the preparation of this Gospel Liturgy. Would it were more worthy
the heavenly aims of devotion and love!
The prayers and the praises herein presented, will be the prayers and the
praises of all who shall find in them an expression of their own meditations and
feelings : The book itself being reverently dedicated to the worship of GOD OUR
FATHER, and held forth in memory of our Lord Jesus Christ. A. C. T.
Index of Contents
Pages 5 to 7
SILENT PRAYERS ON ENTERING A CHURCH
ORDER OF PUBLIC WORSHIP, No. I. to No. VIII.
15 to 59
60 to 62
ANNIVERSARIES, FORMULAS FOR
63 to 77
of the Year
OF PSALMS, AND MISCELLANEOUS
SUNDAY-SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES
MEETINGS OF SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHERS
ASSOCIATIONS AND CONVENTIONS, &c
PRAYERS AT SEA
CEREMONIAL OF MARRIAGE
THE COMMUNION SERVICE
|| First Formula
OF A CHURCH
ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION
BURIAL OF THE DEAD
|| Service at the
At the Grave
OF A CEMETERY
ORDER OF ANNIVERSARIES.
TABLE OF EASTER.
Easter-Day is always the first Sunday after the full moon which happens on,
or next after, the twenty-first day of Starch; and if the full moon happen on a
Sunday, Easter-Day is the Sunday after.
|1857: April 12
||1865: April 16
||1873: April 13
|1858: April 4
||1866: April 1
||1874: April 5
|1859: April 24
||1867: April 21
||1875: March 28
|1860: April 8
||1868: April 12
||1876: April 16
|1861: March 31
||1869: March 28
||1877: April 1
|1862: April 20
||1870: April 17
||1878: April 21
|1863: April 5
||1871: April 9
||1879: April 13
|1864: April 27
||1872: March 31
||1880: March 28
Ascension Sunday is the sixth Sunday after Easter, and Whitsunday (or
Pentecost) is the seventh. Advent Sunday, as generally noted, is also
a movable Feast. If a day certain be preferred, let it be the first Sunday in
Anniversaries, it is rather the event than the time, we seek to In all
commemorate. For which reason, several of the following, if falling upon a
weekday, may be observed on the Sunday before or after.
No. 10 is set down for the first Sunday in September; and No. 12 for the
second Sunday in November. If a Day of Thanksgiving be not appointed by the
civil authority, let it be observed on the third Thursday in November.
ORDER OF THE ANNIVERSARIES
|1 Beginning of the
9 Fourth of July
|3 Day of Fasting
11 Thanksgiving Day
|4 Good Friday
12 Treaty of Peace
|5 Easter Sunday
13 Advent Sunday
|6 Ascension Sunday
14 The Pilgrims, Dec. 22
15 Christmas Day
|8 John Baptist, June
16 Ending of the year
ORDER OF THE HYMNS
1 Sabbath Worship, including general praise. 2 Divine Providence. 3 Trust in
the Lord. 4 Holy Scriptures. 5 Gospel of Christ. 6 Aspirations and Virtues. 7 Affliction and Consolation. 8 Occasional Hymns. 9 Closing
Few strictly occasional hymns have been inserted, for the reason that the
dedication of a. church, for example, is of comparatively rare occurrence, and
numerous hymns of worship are suitable for such an occasion. Nearly all hymns
relating to the ministry of Christ, would be in place at the Communion: And many
which treat of the divine government, may fitly be used at funerals.
The Gospel Liturgy
THE first thought, on entering a place of worship, should be
this: "The Lord is in His holy temple: Let all the earth keep silence before
Him," Hab. ii. 20. Being seated, it is befitting to bow the head in humble
reverence of the High and Holy One. Let every worshipper commune with his own
heart, and be still. He may also silently read one or more of the following
Sentences of Prayer, as an aid to meditation.
GOD OVER ALL, blessed for ever: While the thought of Thy
continual goodness awakens within me the rejoicing of praise, may a sense of my
infirmity subdue me into the humility of prayer.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be
acceptable in Thy sight, 0 LORD, my Strength and my Redeemer.
FATHER of MERCIES, in whom is the Fountain of Life and
Light: All I have of blessing is the gift of Thy goodness: All I am of goodness
is the work of Thy grace. Make me sensible, 0 LORD, that the more I confide in
Thee, the more I honor Thee ; and that the greater will be my peace, the closer
and more trustfully I walk by Thy side.
FATHER ALMIGHTY, who dost govern all things in heaven and
in earth: Let the light of Thy holy word so shine into my thoughts, that my soul
may find the peace which passeth all understanding; and do Thou so move my dull
heart by the spirit of devotion, that my life may continually show forth Thy
SOURCE and End of all being: May my first thoughts, and my
last thoughts, be of Thee; and while I hear Thy word, and rejoice that Thy
testimonies are very sure, may I feel and know that holiness becometh Thy
people, and Thy house, for ever.
O LORD OUR SALVATION, without whom nothing is strong and
nothing is holy: Help me to discern how worthy Thou art to be adored, and how
greatly I need Thy continual help, that my life may be dedicated to perpetual
love and worship.
FATHER OF ALL, who art more glorious than the heavens Thou
hast made: As in the world, yet not of the world, may I feel the glow of Thy
blessed presence, and know that though I be not come unto Thy kingdom, Thy
kingdom has come unto me.
How amiable are Thy tabernacles, 0 LORD of Hosts! Through
fellowship with visible worshippers, may my heart find invisible communion with
Thee. And while my sympathies are awakened in behalf of the souls of others, may
I carefully look to the concerns of my own.
MERCIFUL FATHER, who art the Helper of all who truly seek
Thee : Give me the hearing ear and the believing heart, that the instructions
and devotions of this day, may be a means of strength and guidance to my spirit,
keeping me ever in Thy fear and love.
MOST HOLY GOD, in whom all goodness dwells, and from whom
all blessings flow: May Thy people ever dwell together in unity, and all nations
flow to the temple of Thy praise, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Lord's Prayer.
OUR FATHER who art in Heaven: Hallowed be Thy name: Thy
kingdom come: Thy will be done, in 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 temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine
is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Order of Public Worship.
¶After a Hymn, the Congregation will rise, and join the
Minister In the following, in verses alternately. Another Selection may be
WHOSO offereth praise, glorifieth me, saith the LORD; and
to him who ordereth his conversation aright, will I show the salvation of GOD.
We praise Thee, 0 GOD; we acknowledge Thee to be the LORD.
All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting. To
Thee all angels cry aloud; the heavens, and all the powers therein. To Thee,
cherubim and seraphim continually do cry,
*Holy, Holy, Holy, LORD GOD of Sab-aoth ! Heaven
and earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee. The noble
army of Martyrs praise Thee. The holy Church throughout all the world doth
acknowledge Thee, the Father of an infinite majesty:
Also Thine anointed and honorable Son, and the Holy Ghost the
O GOD, the King of Glory! help Thy servants, whom Thou hast
redeemed by the hand of Thy mighty power Make them to be numbered with Thy
saints, in glory everlasting.
0 LORD, save Thy people, and bless Thy heritage Govern them,
and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify Thee ; and we worship Thy name, ever,
world without end.
Vouchsafe, 0 LORD, to keep us this day without sin. Let Thy
mercy be upon us : All our trust is in Thee.
O LORD, in Thee have I trusted: Let me never be confounded.
[LET US PRAY.]
FATHER OF SPIRITS, whom truly to know is eternal life, whose service is perfect
freedom: Grant us Thy heavenly grace, that we may thoughtfully honor the
revelation from on high ; and do Thou so quicken us into the inner life of Thy
holy word, that our faith may be centred in Thine infinite and everlasting love.
¶All unite in the Lord's Prayer.
¶Reading the Scriptures. A Hymn. After which, one
or more of the following Sentences may introduce the Exhortation.
Isaiah lxvi. 1, 2.
THUS saith the LORD: The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:
where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For
all these things my hand hath made, and all these things are mine, saith the
LORD: but such an one will I regard, even him that is humble and of a contrite
spirit, and that revereth my word.
Micah vi. 6-8.
WHEREWITH shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high GOD?
Shall I come before Him
with burnt-offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with
thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? .... He hath shewed
thee, 0 man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do
justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy GOD?
John iv. 23, 24.
Tuus saith the Lord our Redeemer: The hour cometh, and now is, when the true
worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father
seeketh such to worship Him. GOD is a Spirit, and they who worship Him, must
worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Rev. xxi. 3, 4.
BEHOLD, the tabernacle of GOD is with men, and He will dwell with them ....
And GOD shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more
death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the
former things are passed away.
DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN: Whoso shall draw nigh unto the LORD in the spirit of
devotion, will feel that all visible things are consecrated by the invisible
PRESENCE ; and the true soul will exclaim, How solemn is this place! This is
none other than the house of GOD, and the gate of heaven !
It is seemly and just that we, who live, and move, and have our being in Him,
should adore and worship Him, with lips never silent and heart never dumb; and
especially is it meet so to do, when we assemble, as now, to unite in
remembrance of His goodness and mercy.
Wherefore I beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me, with
an humble and contrite spirit, to the throne of the heavenly grace.
[LET US PRAY.]
EVER-LIVING GOD, who art the light of every mind that seeks Thee, the life of
every heart that loves Thee : Deepen within us the assurance of Thy
loving-kindness, that we may come unto Thee in the rejoicing of praise quicken
us into a sense of our frailties, that our souls may bow in the humility of
Thou art ever calling us away from passion, and pride, and
worldliness, into communion with Thee; and solemn thoughts come to us, as
ministering spirits, breathing the adoring prophecy,
Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name! for Thou only
Let the hand of Thy mercy be upon us, that we may never be deaf to the
voice of Thy calling, nor hardened against divine aspirations;
and do Thou awaken us, in this hour of worship, to remember how often we have
Thy loving-kindness, filling the heaven of heavens with Thy
blessing, has overflowed into all the earth; yet how little have we done in
memory of Thy goodness, and how much of duty have we left undone!
Make us sensible, O our GOD, how often we turn away from the
light, and how far we walk in our own shadow, and how justly every mouth might
be stopped,-for all have sinned, and come short of Thy glory.
We have sinned against heaven, and in Thy sight, and are
no more worthy to be called Thy children:
Yet Thou, O LORD, art ever worthy to be called Our
Father. Though Thy children glorify Thee not, neither remember Thee, Thou
dost ever glorify Thyself by remembering them; and Thine infinite
worthiness, making sin exceeding sinful, is both the condemnation and the hope
of the world. Though for a small moment Thy face be hidden, everlasting kindness
is above the cloud of wrath, and the redemption of the lost is the memorial of
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge
How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!
For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things,
to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
¶Intercession for All.
FATHER OF ALL, who art the Father of Mercies : Enable us sincerely and
heartily to pray for all:
For the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and all others in
authority, that they may seek the honor which cometh only from Thee:
For all sincere worshippers, that they may see Thy glory in
the face of the Redeemer, and know him to be the Way, and the Truth, and the
For the unbelieving and the heedless, that a living coal from
the altar may touch their lips, and refine their souls into glowing love
For the corrupt and the selfish, that the rod of judgment may
become the staff of Thy merciful help
For the afflicted and the oppressed, that they may be
comforted and redeemed, and come up out of great tribulation with robes whiter
And for all men, everywhere, that they may be brought to that
knowledge of Thee which is eternal life, and evermore glorify Thy holy name.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and
power, for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are, and were
Grant, we beseech Thee, that the prayers we offer in behalf
of others, may be returned into our own bosoms, creating us anew in
righteousness and true holiness.
Forbid that the meditations of this day should disappear as
the early dew, leaving us no better than we were; but do Thou give them power,
as the early and the latter rain, that our lives may be fruitful in every good
Let not the inspiring thought of Thy goodness, and of our
exalted destiny, sink down into the dust, to be defiled by base desires; but may
it be to us as the burning bush, hallowing the ground we tread, and shining
along our path as the day-spring from on high.
God be merciful unto us, and lead us in the way
FATHER ALMIGHTY in whom is fulness of blessing: We magnify Thee for the
reason that beholds the Creator in the creation, and wisdom in all Thy works;
for the faith that sees the Giver in the gift, and goodness in all Thy ways; and
for the devotion that cries aloud,
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth!
But especially do we praise Thee for the gospel and ministry,
the spirit and power, the life and the victory, of Thine anointed Son. We give
Theo hearty thanks that the means of grace are in the hope of glory, and that
the humanities of this life, may rejoice in the divinity of the life to come.
O HOPE OF ISRAEL, our Saviour in the time of trouble. Why
shouldst Thou be as astral ger in the land, and as a wayfaring lean that turnin
aside to tarry for a night 1 Evermore abide with us, that we may endure as
seeing Him who is invisible l and of Thy great mercy, bring us at last into the
light that shall never be dim, in the world that knows n0 sorrow, to join the
Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him who
sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen.
¶Hymn. The Sermon. Prayer. Hymn. Benediction.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the the love of GOD, and the
communion of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.
MEETINGS OF TEACHERS.
1 Announce the chosen Selection. 2
Scripture Lesson. 3 Let us pray.
WE give Thee hearty thanks, 0 LORD, that Thou hast called
us to take even an humble part in the ministry of truth and love; that, like the
blessed Saviour, we may gather little children about us, to talk to them of Our
ather, and draw their affections toward heaven, and toward Thee.
Who, 0 LORD, is sufficient for these things? Yet how large is
the assurance, that the least we can do for the least of Thine offspring, will
be remembered and accepted as though done to the Redeemer of the world.
May we see, and feel, that while we are teaching the truth as
it is in Jesus, we are learners in the School of Christ, sitting at his feet,
and looking unto him as the author and finisher of our faith.
May the joy that was set before him, be ever in our thoughts;
and when old age shall come to the little ones committed to our trust, may they
thankfully rejoice that from childhood they have known the Holy Scriptures,
which made them wise unto salvation, through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.
¶The Selection. After which, Ascription.
NOW unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only
wise GOD, be honor and glory, for ever. Amen.
1 Announce the chosen Selection. 2 Scripture Lesson. 3 Let us
UNTO Thee, 0 LORD, every heart is open, and all
desires are known. May it be seen of Thee, continually, that we have given our
best affections to the work upon which we invoke Thy blessing, and that we
humbly strive to perform our duties, trusting that the little we can do will be
acceptable in Thy sight.
May we ever enter the Sunday-School in the meekness and
gentleness of Christ. With the same mind that was in him, may we heartily
welcome little children, and lead them in his steps to a Father's mercyseat, and
commend them there to a Father's love.
Deliver us from the woe of causing one of them to
offend by the force of evil example; and grant us Thy helpful keeping, that we
may ever walk in the way in which we would train the child.
Suffer us not to be weary in well-doing, but enable us to
feel that in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. And while our pupils
increase in wisdom, may we ourselves grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
¶The Selection. After which, Benediction.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all, evermore. Amen.
1 Announce the chosen Selection. 2
Scripture Lesson. 3 Let us pray.
THOU art, 0 LORD, the source of light and peace to every
one who truly seeks Thee ; and now that we approach Thee in the name of the
Redeemer, may we know ourselves to be in the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.
Bless us, we beseech Thee, as ministering spirits in the
Sunday-School; and that we may rightly do Thy will, and make full proof of our
calling, may we learn of him who was meek and lowly in heart.
Enable us ever to hallow the Lord's Day, in its labors no
less than in its rest; and may we come always to the scene of duty, free from
the thoughts and cares of a vanishing world.
Let there be within us the single purpose, the sincere
desire, the earnest endeavor, which brings the assurance of Thy helpful
presence; and may the light we shed upon the path of others, arise in the
day-spring that shines upon our own.
Evermore let Thy blessing rest upon us, that we may truly
hallow Thy name, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
¶The Selection. After which, Ascription.
NOW unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above
all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us-unto Him be
glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end.
Ceremonial of Marriage
¶In some of the STATES, marriage is regulated by
Statute; and no one should officiate without being first assured of his
authority so to do. He should also see that all the prescribed forms of Law (if
there be any) have been duly attended to. Invariably, a Certificate should be
given; and a record should be kept, that so a duplicate may at any time be
furnished, if required.
¶The Minister, if satisfied that there is no
reasonable hindrance to the intended marriage, will request the parties to
arise, and accompany him, with mind and heart, to the throne of grace.
ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, who dost set the
solitary in families, and hast gathered the holiest affections into the circle
of a loving home: We give Thee hearty thanks for the institution of Marriage,
for the tenderness of its ties, and the sacredness of its obligations. And we
offer up our trustful prayer, that Thy blessing may rest on the solemn vows of
the present hour.
Grant, we beseech Thee, 0 LORD, that these Thy servants,
through Thy favor attending them, may realize all the fond hopes with which they
enter into the married life. May the joining of hands be consecrated by the
union of hearts. And do Thou help them clearly to see, and deeply to feel, that
joy or sorrow will be the experience of their companionship, according as they
keep or neglect the promises made this day.
Let heavenly wisdom be their guide, and goodness and mercy
continually follow them. Make straight their paths, and bestow upon them all
needed temporal and spiritual gifts. Be with them through all the duties and
pleasures and trials of life; and when they shall have filled the measure of
their usefulness upon the earth, may they pass serenely into the glorified
family above, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen, 162
¶Then shall the Minister say,
AS an expression of your mutual desire and purpose to
be joined in Marriage, you will please take each other by the right hand.
¶ To the Man:
IN the presence of the LORD, [and of these witnesses,]
you do take this woman to be your WIFE,-promising to love, honor and cherish
her, and in all things to be unto her a faithful husband, so long as you both
shall live. [Answer: I do.
¶ To the Woman:
IN the presence of the LORD, [and of these witnesses,]
you do take this man to be your HUSBAND, promising to love, honor and cherish
him, and in all things to be unto him a faithful wife, so long as you both shall
live. [Answer: I do.
¶ Then shall the Minister add:
FORASMUCH as you have entered into the honorable
estate of Matrimony, by mutual promise and pledge, I do pronounce you to
be HUSBAND and WIFE. Whom GOD hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
¶ The ring (if one be in readiness for the occasion) shall
here be put on the fourth finger of the wife's left hand by the husband; and the
Minister, laying his hand on the hands thus joined, shall say,
LET this emblem of eternity, presented and received as a
token of mutual love, be a cherished memorial of the vows assumed this day. And
may the peace of GOD, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and
minds through Jesus Christ.
THE LORD bless you, and keep you: The LORD make His face
shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: The LORD lift up His countenance upon
you, and give you peace, for evermore. Amen.
Dedication of Children.
Mark x. 13-16.
AND they brought young children to him, that he should touch
them ; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when JESUS saw it,
he was much displeased, and said unto them,
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them
not; for of such is the kingdom of GOD. Verily, I say unto you, Whosoever shall
not receive the kingdom of GOD as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and
¶To the Parents.
MY DEAR FRIENDS: Though we cannot now come into the
visible presence of the SAVIOUR, the loving heart that welcomed little children
with a benediction, is the same to-day, yesterday, and for ever. And if he will
surely be in the ruidst when two or three disciples are assembled in his name,
we may not doubt his special favor when we commend little children to his
¶The Minister, taking the child in his arms if
convenient, and using water if requested, or simply laying his hand upon the
child, will announce the name, and say,
NOW, in the morning of life, [by baptism] I solemnly
dedicate thee to the remembrance and worship of GOD our Father, in the name of
Christ our Redeemer, and of the Holy Spirit of Truth.
The LORD deliver thee in the day of temptation, and quicken
thee to delight in His law. The LORD be thy comforter in the sorrows of the life
that now is, thy light in the dark valley, and thine exceeding joy in the life
that is to come.
¶In the prayer following, the Minister will make the requisite changes
if the child be a female, or if there be more than one.
FATHER ALMIGHTY, who dost claim children as Thy heritage,
and hast declared in Thy holy word that of such is the kingdom of heaven: How
great, 0 LORD, is Thy goodness toward us, even when we know Thee not 1 With what
marvellous tokens of Thy tenderness dost Thou crown our earliest days and years
In the full assurance of hope we commend this child to Thy
faithfulness and love; yet the yearnings of the heart go forth in prayer, when
we consider the evils which are abroad in the earth.
Let Thy fatherly hand be over this helpless one, that he may
enjoy the blessing of those who seek Thee early and find Thee truly. May he be
trained into remembrance of Thee in the days of his youth; and grant, 0 merciful
Helper, that he may be enabled so to endure in the midst of temptation, as to
receive the crown of life which Thou hast promised unto all who love Thee.
Endue these parents, 0 LORD, with wisdom from above, that
they may faithfully fulfil the vows of this solemn hour. Continually renew the
thought, that they have offered at Thine altar, in devout dedication to Thee,
the cherished gift of Thy goodness to them; and inspire them, we beseech Thee,
with a living sense of duty, that this child may ever bless them for early
reverence of Thy holy name.
THE LORD bless you, and keep you: The LORD Make His face
shine upon you, and be gracious unto you The LORD lift up His countenance upon
you, and give you peace, for evermore. Amen.
Order of the Communion.
THE solemn scene commemorated in the Lord's Supper, would seem
to call for more attention than can be given to it at the close of another
service; and it is meet that the people should be present, not as spectators of
a ceremonial, but as partakers in the religious observance.
¶ Introductory Sentences.
GOD so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten
SON, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
To this end was JESUS born,-that he might bear witness unto
the truth, fulfil the law, save the world, and communicate an abundant life unto
He is the WAY, and the TRUTH, and the LIFE:-NO man cometh to
the Father but by him.
He is the LIGHT of the world:-Whoso followeth him shall not
walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
He is the Door :-By him if any man enter in, he shall be
saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
He is the good SHEPHERD :-The good Shepherd giveth his life
for the sheep.
He is the BREAD OF GOD:-If any man eat of this bread, he
shall live for ever.
He is the GIVER of LIVING WATER:-Whosoever drinketh of the
water of this world, shall thirst again; but whosoever drinketh of the water
that Christ shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that Christ shall
give him, shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.
He is the true VINE, and his Father is the husbandman. Let
Its abide in him, and he in us. We cannot bear fruit ourselves, except we abide
in the Vine. If we abide in him, and his words abide in us, we shall ask what we
will, and it shall be done unto us.
Let us keep his commandments, and continue in his love, that
his joy may remain in us, and that our joy may be full.
Let us labor, not for the meat that perisheth, but for the
meat that endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of Man shall give unto
US..-for him hath GOD the Father sealed.
HERE, then, dearly beloved, around the table of a common
Master, let us keep an hour in memory of our Lord ; and through spiritual
communion seek a greater nearness with each other, and a holier union with our
Saviour. - Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain
mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Minister. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus
Minister. 0 GOD, Christ: Quicken our hearts, that we may discern the Lord's
body, and be brought into fellowship with his spirit.
People. 0 LORD our GOD: Give us a right spirit, and help us to
express our gratitude and reverence to the Saviour, by commemorating his death
in the way which he hath appointed; and may we strive to become one, through
faith in Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
¶ A Hymn.
¶Then may follow an ADDRESS, at the discretion of the Minister; after
which he shall read 1 Cor xi. 23-25.
FOR I have received of the Lord, that which also I
delivered unto you : That the Lord JESUS, the same night in which he was
betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take,
eat: This is my body, which is broken for you: This do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner, also, he took the cup, when he had
supped, saying, This is the new testament in my blood: This do, as oft as ye
drink Of it, in remembrance of me.
Minister. Let us draw nigh unto the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that He would grant us, by the inward working of His Spirit,
to be of one mind and one heart; that He would teach us the right way; that He
would open our souls to receive His most sacred gifts; that we may comprehend
the love which passeth all knowledge, and be filled with all the fulness of GOD.
People. We thank Thee, Father, LORD of heaven and
earth, that Thou didst send Jesus, Thine only begotten Son, to be the Saviour of
the world; and grant, we beseech Thee, that through faith in his name, and by
the power of his love, our souls may be lifted into the fellowship of saints and
angels, and enjoy the communion of Thy Holy Spirit.
Minister. O GOD, Heavenly Father: Dispose our minds to
see in Jesus Christ all whatsoever we can or ought to desire, in the life of our
souls; and may we devoutly receive him as our Hope, our Strength, and our
People. Almighty Father: We come to this table, trusting in Thy goodness and
great mercy. We are not worthy to look up to Thee, and, behold, Thou comest down
to us, and dost invite us to this feast of love.
Minister. Help us, therefore, to examine our hearts,
and to humble ourselves entirely in Thy presence; confessing our sins, lamenting
our daily offences, and earnestly desiring to be healed of all disorderly
People. Father of Mercies, and GOD of all comfort We give thanks to Thee,
because Thou hast deigned to be mindful of us, and hast never ceased to do us
Minister. Therefore, brethren, let us be encouraged to
approach unto the Holiest, by a new and living way; looking unto Christ as our
true Guide, and the only Rest of our souls.
¶ A Hymn. Or the Minister may proceed at once to read as
YE who do truly and earnestly desire to learn of Jesus
Christ, and to co-operate in the study and practice of his religion; who would
life in love and charity with your neighbors, and would grow in the Christian
life,-draw near with faith, and take this holy ordinance to your comfort, and
make your humble confession to Almighty GOD.
To be made by the Minister and the People together.
ALMIGHTY GOD, Heavenly Father: Thou alone knowest how poor
and weak we are, and how much we need to have our hearts enriched by Thy love,
and our souls joined to Thee by the grace of eternal union.
We humbly acknowledge our weakness, and the sins which we
from time to time have most grievously committed, by thought, word, and deed,
against Thy great goodness-against our Master, Jesus Christ-against our own
souls-and against our brethren.
Have mercy upon us, Most Merciful Father: Comfort, and help
us. Raise our hearts up to Thee in heaven, and suffer us no more to wander upon
In the name of Thy beloved Son, we beseech Thee to forgive us
all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please Thee, in
newness of life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶Then the Minister may read these verses.
HEAR what words of comfort our Saviour saith unto all who
desire his help
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest.
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me....
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be
glorified in the Son.
I am the bread of life: He that cometh to me shall never
hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
If ye love me, keep my commandments .... Ye are my friends,
if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Peace I leave with you: my peace I give unto you.
¶Then may follow this prayer.
HEAVENLY FATHER: Help us to listen aright to these and to
all the words of our Saviour, that so we may enter into the spirit which they
contain and express, and be raised up into newness of being.
Thou didst send Jesus, Thy Son, to be the Life of the World;
and we thank Thee that this Life revealed itself through the course of his
ministry on earth, informing his deeds, giving power to his words, supporting
his sufferings and death, and that, through death, it attained its completeness.
We thank Thee, also, that the attraction of this highest Life
in Jesus, reached and drew forward his first disciples, flowing into their
hearts through daily intercourse, and empowering them to perform deeds of
beneficence and blessing.
And now that we are met together for communion, grant, 0
Father, that the Life which Jesus embodied, and disciples communicated, may be
in us a quickening energy, and prepare our souls to receive him, the Lord of
Life, who is no longer the visible and limited person, but the unseen and
limitless spirit. May we feel that, in absolute reality, Christ is still present
to mankind, and nearer to us through his exaltation and glory, and more truly
with us, than if clothed with a mortal body.
Help us consciously to draw near to him, and to remember him
in the way which he hath appointed.
Bless these symbols of strength and joy now on the table
before us; and may our minds be fed with the bread from heaven, and our hearts
refreshed with living water.
In this hour may nothing separate us, but may we all be
one,-bringing to Thee, through Christ, one gift of contrite and grateful souls,
and one prayer for union with our Saviour, and with our GOD. Accept our
offering, and the prayer we breathe in the name and spirit of our Master.
Minister. Lift up your hearts.
Answer. We will lift them up unto the LORD.
Minister. Let us give thanks unto our GOD.
Answer. It is meet and right so to do.
Minister. It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at
all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, 0 LORD, Holy Father,
Almighty, Everlasting GOD
¶Minister and People together.
THEREFORE with angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven, we
laud and magnify Thy glorious name; evermore praising Thee, and saying, Holy,
Holy, Holy LORD GOD Almighty! heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. Glory be
to Thee, 0 LORD Most High.
¶Then the Minister shall read as follows.
AS they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and
brake it, and gave it to his disciples ; and said, Take, eat, this is my body.
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all
of it: for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for the remission
¶ He may then offer an extempore prayer. After which he may break and
distribute the bread, and hand the cup to the people. And is handing the bread,
he may say,
Take and eat this in remembrance of Christ.
¶And when he hands the cup, he may say,
Drink this in remembrance of Christ.
¶ When all have received the Communion, a hymn may be sung, and at the
close the following Anthem may be said by the Minister and the People.
GLORY be to GOD on high, and on earth peace, goodwill to
men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we give thanks to Thee for
Thy great glory, 0 LORD GOD, Heavenly King,. GOD the Father Almighty.
We bless Thee for sending Thy beloved Son into the world, to
save sinners; for exalting him unto Thy right hand in heaven; for all the gifts
and graces of Thy Holy Spirit, and for the hope of eternal life.
For Thou only art wise, and holy, and good: Thou only art the
LORD: Thou dost govern all things, both in heaven and earth. Therefore,
Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him who sitteth upon the
throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever." Amen.
THE peace of GOD, which passeth all understanding, keep your
hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of GOD, and of His Son Jesus Christ
our Lord And the blessing of the Heavenly Father be amongst you, and remain with
you, always. Amen.
Ordination or Installation.
¶ The Exhortation and Prayer in Order V. or VII. of Public worship.
¶A Hymn. The Sermon. A Hymn.
LET US PRAY.
FATHER ALMIGHTY, who through Thy Son our Saviour hast
established the ministry of grace and truth: Vouchsafe the inspiration of Thy
blessing, that we may continually honor the Redeemer of the world, walking
blameless in all the commandments of the Lord.
Especially do we invoke Thy fatherly help in behalf of this
our brother, whom now we (ordain by the laying on of hands, [and) institute as
Pastor in the Church of Christ. Plenteously endue him with wisdom from above,
and keep him ever by Thy heavenly grace, that he may show forth the adornment of
a meek and lowly mind, by a serene and devotional life.
Let the spirit of counsel rest upon him, 0 LORD, that he may
ever be sensible of the infirmities through which offences come, and watch and
pray lest they come through him; yet, while he keeps himself unspotted from the
world, may his speech distil like the dew, and the cheerfulness of his spirit be
as the sunshine, giving assurance that a citizen of heaven may be a joyful
pilgrim in the earth.
Make him of quick understanding, 0 LORD, that he may find
revelations of Thee in the realm of nature, and in all sympathies and in all
charities; yet may his soul be so filled with the love of Christ crucified, and
his hope be so centred in Christ glorified, that all his thoughts may revolve in
harmonious orbits around the Sun of Righteousness.
Deliver him, we beseech Thee, from the fear of man, that he
may walk in Thy fear, 0 LORD. Touch his lips with a living coal from Thine
altar, and let Thy word be within his heart, that the iniquitous in the high
places and the by-places of the earth, may alike be visited by the open rebuke
of his secret love.
Give him the hearing ear, that the supplication -of sorrow
may reach him, though all voices of gladness be around him; and do Thou so keep
him in fellowship with the suffering, that he may be a messenger of the
Comforter, in the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ.
Be Thou his Guide and his Helper, 0 LORD, that he may ever so
follow Thee, and so continue in the unity of the fold, as to be a pastor after
Thine own heart, feeding the people with knowledge and understanding. And enable
him, we beseech Thee, so to demean himself as an ensample of the flock, that
when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, he shall receive a crown of glory that
fadeth not away.
Grant, 0 LORD, that this people, and Thy people everywhere,
may dwell together in the concord and joy of a lowly trust. May the cherubims of
glory overshadow them, and the ministry of angels attend the mercy-seat at which
they bow. In the business and recreations of the world, and in the sanctuary of
home, may they exhibit the graces of personal religion, and find the paths of
the life that now is, illumined by the radiance of the life that is to come.
FATHER of ALL, whose promise of blessing is in the word of
Thy truth and the work of Thy grace: May the Holy Spirit come upon all Ministers
of the blessed Gospel, enduing them with power from on high.
May they sow in the earth the precious seed of the kingdom of
heaven; and though they go forth weeping, may they return with rejoicing,
bringing their sheaves with them.
May they be wise master-builders, and themselves become
living stones in the temple of Thy praise, though they be hewed and polished for
it by afflictions and trials.
May they glorify Thee, and be remembered in the day when Thou
makest up Thy jewels : May they turn many to righteousness, and shine as the
stars of the firmament for ever and ever. Amen.
C Delivery of the Scriptures, and Charge. After which, the following
Sentences may be read by the Ministers present, in succession the last Sentence
being appointed for the Minister ordained or instituted, who shall then offer
Isaiah xl., lii., Iv.
THE voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye
the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our GOD.
EVERY valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill
shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places
AND the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh
shall see it together: For the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that
bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of
good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy GOD reigneth !
THY watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together
shall they sing: For they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again
YE shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace the
mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the
trees of the field shall clap their hands.
INSTEAD of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead
of the brier shall come up the myrtle-tree; and it shall be to the LORD for a
name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Luke iv. 18, 19.
THE Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor : He hash sent me to heal the
broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight
to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable
year of the LORD.
[LET US PRAY.]
GIVE ear, 0 Shepherd of Israel: Thou that leadest Thy people
like a flock, graciously hearken to the voice of my prayer.
I am not worthy that Thou shouldst come under my roof, yet
hast Thou called me into Thy house, as a servant and minister of the Shepherd
and Bishop of souls.
To Thee, and to Thy service, I [renewedly] devote and
dedicate myself, with all my faculties and powers. Fill, 0 fill my memory with
the words of Thy law, and may all the wishes and desires of my will, centre in
what Thou hast commanded and promised.
Be ever with me. 0 LORD, in all the duties of my ministry: In
prayer, to quicken my devotion-in praises, to heighten my gratitude and love-and
in preaching, to give a readiness of thought and expression, suitable to the
clearness and excellency of Thy blessed word.
Above all, 0 GoD our Father, endue me with innocency of life,
that in all things I may honor my calling, and glorify Thy holy name, through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Right Hand of Fellowship and Address-each Minister extending a hand
of welcome to the ordained or instituted brother.
¶ A Hymn. The Benediction:
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and
the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.
Burial .of the Dead
Funeral Service at the house, or in the Church. Selection 20
or 30 may be substituted for so much of the following as precedes the first
prayer.-There may be occasions when the Congregation might with propriety join
the Minister in the sentences prefaced by [*] a star.
The opening Address (and the Selections referred to) may be emittedalso the
first prayer; and one or more of the Scripture Lessons may be read, at
discretion. The circumstances of funeral occasions are so various, that much
must be left to the judgment of the Minister.
DEAR BRETHREN, AND FRIENDS: From the beginning even until
now, the mournful decree has gone forth into all the earth, Dust thou art, and
unto dust shalt thou return. One generation passeth away, and another generation
cometh ; and there are few who can hide themselves from the solemn thought, I,
too, must die, and the places which know me, shall know me no more.
Wisest men have been bowed into sorrow when they considered
how childhood, youth, maturity and old age, alike pass away into the mystery of
death. They have seen the silver cord loosed, the pitcher marred at the
fountain, the golden bowl perished, and the wheel broken at the cistern. And
*Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the
Verily man walketh in a vain show, and at his best state is
altogether vanity. He cometh forth as a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also
as a shadow, and continueth not. As grass springeth up in the morning, so man in
the morning flourisheth and groweth up
*In the evening, be is cut down, and withereth.
The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by
reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and
sorrow. It vanisheth soon, and we pass away.-For what is our life?
*It is even as a vapor, which appeareth for a little while,
and then vanisheth away.
LORD, make us to consider our end, and the measure of our
days, that we may know how frail we are. Behold, Thou hast made our days as a
handbreadth, and our age is as nothing before Thee. We are strangers and
pilgrims, as were all our fathers
*Our days upon the earth, are as a shadow.
We spend our years as a tale that is told; but in every house
there are sorrows which are hidden from the world, and from every doorway there
cometh forth a mourner, to join the long procession in our streets, each, in his
turn, to step aside, lie down, and die!
Blessed be the LORD, who healeth the broken-hearted and
bindeth up their griefs. Even before the Day-Star appeared, beauty sprang up out
of ashes, and bloomed in the midst of all emblems of a perishing life. Desire
for a better country, even a heavenly, was answered by a voice from the
Invisible Presence: Believing souls hearkened with reverence, and all wailing
was subdued into a psalm of trust:
*Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil-for Thou art with me: Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
[LET US PRAY.]
O THOU who art the Helper of all who put their trust in Thee,
and their Comforter in the time of trouble Graciously regard Thy worshippers,
here bowed in the woe of bereavement, seeking the cup of consolation in the
lowliness of prayer. Hearken, 0 LORD, to the supplication of their sorrow, and
breathe upon these afflicted souls in the tenderness of Thy fatherly love. Rend
Thou the clouds, that the light of Thy face may shine upon their darkened path.
Open Thy holy heavens to their thoughts, that a living trust in Thee may come to
as a ministering angel of Thy presence. So shall the grief of memory be
comforted by the patience of hope, and weeping and mourning shall be known no
[In the midst of life, we are in death. Of whom may we seek for succor, but
of Thee, 0 LORD?
Thou knowest our frame, Thou rememberest that we are dust: Take us not away in
the midst of our days, but spare us, 0 LORD. Yet, 0 GOD most holy, 0 living and
loving FATHER, deliver us not into the bitter bondage of the fear of death.
Thou knowest, LORD, the secrets of our hearts: Shut not Thy merciful ears to our
prayer. 0 GOD most mighty, 0 holy and merciful Saviour, Thou most worthy Judge
eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any ills of life, for any pains of
death, to fall away from our confidence in Thee.]
¶ If the foregoing [in brackets] is to be used in the Service at the
let it here be omitted. -¶ Scripture Lessons:
FORASMUCH as whatever was written aforetime was written for
our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might
have hope, give ear, I pray you, to the hopeful and comfortable words of the
From John xiv.
LET not your hearts be troubled, saith the Lord our Redeemer:
Ye believe in GOD, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
If ye love me, keep my commandments; and I will pray the
Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for
ever, even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth
him not, neither knoweth him: But ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and
shall be in you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a
little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me. Because I live, ye
shall live also.
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with
you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit,-whom the Father will send in
my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Peace I leave with you, m peace I give unto you not as the
world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be
From 1 and 2 Peter.
BLESSED be the GOD and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a living hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance
incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for
you, who are kept by the power of GOD through faith unto salvation, ready to be
revealed in the last time.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season (if need
be) y e are in heaviness through manifold afflictions; that the trial of your
faith, being much more precious than of gold which perisheth, though it be tried
with fire, might be found unto praise, and honor, and glory at the appearing of
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him
not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, receiving
the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who
prophesied of the grace that should come unto you; searching what, or what
manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it
testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir
you up by putting you in remembrance, knowing that shortly I must put off this
my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me.
Moreover, I will endeavor that ye may be able, after my
decease, to have these things always in remembrance.
From 2 Corinthians i., iv., v.
BLESSED be GOD, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of Mercies, and the GOD of all comfort, who comforteth us in all our
tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them who are in any trouble by the
comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of GOD.
Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed
day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us
a far mere exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look net at the
things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: For the things
which are seen are temporal, but the things which are net seen are eternal.
For we knew that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of GOD, an house not made with hands, eternal in
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon
with our house which is from heaven, if se be that being clothed we shall not be
For we who are in this tabernacle de groan, being burdened;
net for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be
swallowed up of life.
From 1 Corinthians xv.
IF in this life only, we have hope in Christ, we are of
all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
first-fruits of them that slept. For since by plan 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 firstfruits;
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 enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed 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 excepted which did put all things under him. -And when all things
shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto Him
that put all things under him, that GOD may be all in all.
From 1 Corinthians xv.
BUT ] some man will say, Hew are the dead raised up? and
with what body do they come? Thou foolish man, that which thou sowest is not
quickened except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest net that body
that shall be, but bare grain; it may chance of wheat, or of some ether grain:
But GOD giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him, and to every seed its own body.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sewn in
corruption, it is raised in incorruption: It is sewn in dishonor, it is raised
in glory: It 1s 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
The first man Adam was made a living soul: the last Adam was
made a quickening spirit. Howbeit, that was not first which was spiritual, but
that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is
of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy,
such are they also 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 bleed 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 en incorruption, and this
mortal must put on immortality.]
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and
this mortal shall have put en immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written,
Death is swallowed up in victory. 0 death, where is thy
sting? 0 grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the
strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to GOD, who giveth us the victory,
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
At the Funeral of an Infant. 2 Samuel xii. 10-23.
AND David said, While the child was yet alive, 1 fasted,
and wept; for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the
child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him
back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
¶ The prayer beginning on page 201, [ omitting the portion in
brackets;] after which, the first or second of the preceding Scripture Lessons,
or the following:
IN Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping,
and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted,
because they are not. -
Through the tender mercy of our GOD the day-spring from on
high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the
shadow of'death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
BLESSED are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted,
saith the merciful Redeemer.
THE spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor: He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to
set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the LORD.
¶ AND they brought young children to him, that he should touch
them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it,
he was much displeased, and said unto them,
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them
not; for of such is the kingdom of GOD. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall
not receive the kingdom of GOD as a little child, he sball not enter therein.
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and
¶ An Address, or a Sermon, may follow the Scripture Lesson.
LET US PRAY.
HOLY and ever-blessed GOD. We bow before Thee in the midst
of our afflictions, feeling deeply and painfully that Thy ways are not our ways,
and that Thy thoughts are higher than our thoughts, as the heavens are higher
than the earth. Yet we praise Thee for the true and living word, that in all
things Thou art infinitely and unchangeably good. We adore Thy name for the
witness given, that in our joys and our sorrows alike, in health and in
sickness, in life and in death, Thou art the same in Thy love for us, without
variableness or shadow of turning.
Most heartily we thank Thee, 0 LORD, for the mission of Thy
beloved Son our Saviour; for the comforting and beautiful truths he brought to
our darkened world; for the revelation of an immortal and blessed life beyond
the grave. We praise Thee for the assurance, so full of consolation to the dying
and to the bereaved, that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of GOD, an house not made with hands, eternal in
And now, most merciful One, we come before Thee in behalf of
Thine afflicted children. 0 Thou that hearest and answerest prayer? be gracious
unto them, and help them to receive these truths of Thy holy word, in faith and
May the religion of the Redeemer bring forth, in this time of
need, its rich, ripe fruits of consolation, of serene and heavenly peace. May
the sorrowful turn to him who hath given promise of rest to the weary and the
heavy-laden-even unto him who is the Resurrection and the Life; and, sustained
by the sublime truth that Thou doest all things well, may they humbly surrender
all their wishes to Thy better counsel and Thy certain love.
Merciful FATHER: Help us rightly to improve the lesson of
this solemn occasion. May we be the wiser and the better for our coming to this
house of mourning and of prayer. May we henceforth learn to live more truly, and
diligently to do our work while the day lasts.
And when Thou shalt call us away, may we be ready to go with
a calm and trustful spirit, lifting up the song of triumph, 0 death, where is
thy sting? 0 grave, where is thy victory? Thanks be to GOD, who giveth us the
victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
THE LORD bless you, and keep you. The LORD make His face
shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The LORD lift up His countenance upon
you, and give you peace, for evermore. Amen.
¶ May be inserted at *.
Thou hast laid Thy hand heavily upon them. Death has been in
their midst, and has taken one who held large place in their affections. The
light that burned so pleasantly on the altar of their hopes, has gone out in the
darkness and coldness of the grave. The voice that made music in their hearts,
has fallen into silence; and the eyes that beamed love upon them, are closed for
ever. Desolation and grief have come into the place of gladness and rejoicing.
O Thou GOD of consolation, have mercy upon them. Comfort them
in their distresses. Open the treasures of Thy love, and sanctify to them this
painful bereavement. Draw them near unto Thee, and enlarge and confirm their
faith in the wisdom and goodness of all Thy ways. Renew to them the sweet
assurance, that death has no power over the strength and tenderness of human
love; that all that was good and true and beautiful in their beloved one, still
lives, and will for ever live, in Thy glorious presence.
SERVICE AT THE GRAVE.
¶ Any part or parts of the following may be omitted, at
discretion; and if there shall not have been a Funeral Service elsewhere, any
sections of the preceding may be inserted in this formula.
¶ Psalm ell, ciii. Job 1.
AS for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the
field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it-and it is gone,-and the
place thereof shall know it no more .... The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken
away: Blessed be the name of the LORD.
My days are like a shadow that declineth, and I am withered like grass: But
Thou, 0 LORD, shalt endure for ever, and Thy remembrance unto all generations.
¶ And John xi. 35 may be added.
I Am the Resurrection and the Life, saith the Redeemer: He
that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and lie that
liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die.
¶ When the body has been laid in the earth
MAN, that is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of
misery. He cometh forth like a flower, and he fleeth also as a shadow, and con-
is cut down tinueth not.
In the midst of life we are in death. Of whom may we seek for
succor, but of Thee, 0 LORD?
Thou knowest our frame, Thou rememberest that we are dust.
Take us not away in the midst of our days, but spare us, 0 LORD. Yet, 0 GOD most
holy, 0 living and loving Father, deliver us not into the bitter bondage of the
fear of death.
Thou knowest, LORD, the secrets of our hearts : Shut not Thy
merciful ears to our prayer. 0 GOD most mighty, 0 holy and merciful Saviour,
Thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any ills of
life, for any pains of death, to fall away from our confidence in Thee.
¶ Earth cast on the body*.
FORASMUCH as the spirit, created in the image of GOD, hath
returned unto Him who gave it, we therefore commit the body to the ground,-earth
to earth,* -ashes to ashes,*-dust to dust,*- believing in that change from the
earthy to the heavenly which is the resurrection of the life to come, even
deliverance from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the
children of GOD.
¶ Isaiah xl. 6, 8.
THE voice said, CRY. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh
is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field .... The
grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our GOD shall stand for
Or Revelation xiv. 13.
I HEARD a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write Blessed are
the dead who die in the LORD from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they
may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them. * *
¶ Benediction, Hebrews xiii. 20,21.
NOW the GOD Of Peace, who brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the
everlasting covenant make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working
in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ,-to whom
be glory forever. Amen.
¶ May follow *.
FATHER ALMIGHTY, whose days are without end, and whose
mercies cannot be numbered: From the borders of the grave we cry unto Thee : out
of dust and ashes we call upon Thy holy name.
Our days upon the earth are determined : Thou hast appointed
our bounds that we cannot pass.
Thy faithfulness is above the clouds, and our pilgrimage is
in shadow; yet would we hold by Thy loving hand. Graciously lead and sustain us,
lest we stumble and fall.
LORD most merciful, prepare us for the upward journey, and
bring us at last into that higher life, in which darkness and death shall be
unknown, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
¶ May follow * *.
EVER-LIVING GOD, with whom the righteous are in
everlasting remembrance: We give Thee hearty thanks for the good examples of all
those Thy servants, who, having pursued their course with diligence and finished
it with joy, have laid down the burden of the flesh, and entered into Thy
May their mantle continue in the midst of us, 0 LORD; and
grant, we beseech Thee, that our own labors maybe kept in grateful recollection,
when the places which now know us shall know us no more.
¶ In the Burial of the Dead at Sea: "We therefore commit the body to the
deep-believing in," &c.