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lower of holy and gadly matrons. O Lord, bless them both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Minister say, LMIGHTY God, who at the beginning did A

create our first parents, Adam and Eve, and did sanctify and join them together in marriage; Pour upon you the riches of his grace, sanctify and bless you, that you may please him both in body and soul, and live together in holy love, unto your lives' end. Amen.

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Communion of the Sick.

The Collect.
LMIGHTY, ever-living God, maker of man-

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love, and chastise every one whom thou dost receive; we beseech thee to have mercy upon ibis thy servant visited with thine hand; and to grant that he may take his sickness patiently, and recover his bodily health, if it be thy gracious will; and that whensoever his soul shall depart from the body, it may be without spot presented unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Heb. xii. 5, 6.
Y son, despise not thou the chastening of the
Lord, nor fa

faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

The Gospel. John v. 24.
ERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that hear-

eth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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After which, the Elder shall proceed according to the form before prescribed for the floly Communion, beginning at the

General Confession. At the time of the distribution of the Holy Sacrament, the

Elder shall first receive the Communion himself, and after minister unlo them that are appointed to communicale with the sick, and last of all to the sick person.

THE ORDER FOR THE

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Burial of the Dead. The Minister meeting the Corpse, and going before

it, shall say, AM the resurrection and the life, saith the

Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. John xi. 25, 26.

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 my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another. Job xix. 25, 26, 27.

E 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 tbe Name of the Lord. I Tim. vi. 7; Job i. 21.

Then shall be read Psalm xc.
ORD, thou hast been our refuge from one ge-

neration to another. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made, thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.

Thou turnest man to destruction: again thou sayest, Come again, ve children of men.

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday: seeing that is past as a watch in the night.

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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 fore thee, and our secret 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 though men be so strong, that they come to fourscore years, yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow : so soon it passeih away, and we are gone.

But who regardeth the power of thy wrath : for even according to thy fear, so is thy displeasure.

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

Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last, and be gracious unto thy servants.

O satisfy us with thy mercy, and that soon : so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Comfort us again now after the time that thou hast plagued us, and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.

Shew thy servants thy work, and their children thy glory.

And the glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon us : prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, o prosper thou our handy-work.

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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Then shall follow the Lesson taken out of the fifteenth Chap ter of the first Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians.

1 Cor. xv. 20. TOW is Christ risen from the dead, and be

come 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; afterwards 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 anthority 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 who 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. Else what shall they do who are baptized 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 hcur? I protest by your rejoicing, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I'die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise nou? Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good man. ners. 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, low 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: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestial 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 incorruption : 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 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 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, brethern, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew 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 incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality, So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immor. tality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that

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