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Hands the Souls of all faithful People are laid up till the Day of Recompence, have Mercy upon the Body and Soul of this thy Servant, and upon all thy elect People who love the Lord Jesus, and long for his coming. Lord, refresh the Imperfection of their Condition with the aids of the Spirit of Grace and Comfort, and with the visitation and guard of Angels, and supply to them all their Neceffities known only unto thee; let them dwell in Peace, and feel thy Mercies pitying their Infirmities, and the Follies of their Fles, and speedily satisfying the Desires of their Spirits: And when thou shalt bring us all forth in the Day of Judgment, О then shew thy self to be our Saviour Jesus, our Advocate and our Judge. Lord, then remember that thou hast for so many Ages prayed for the Pardon of those Sins which thou art then to sentence. Let not the Accusations of our Consciences, nor the Calumnies and Aggravation of Devils, nor the Effects of thy Wrath, press those Souls which thou lovet, which thou didst redeem, which thou dost pray for ; but enable us all, by the supporting Hand of thy Mercy, to stand upright in Judgment. O Lord, have Mercy upon us, have Mercy upon us : O Lord, let thy Mercy lighten upon us, as our Trust is in thee. O Lord, in thee have we trusted, let us never be confounded. Let us meet with Joy, and for ever dwell with thee, feeling thy Pardon, supported with thy Graciousness, absolved by thy Sentence, saved by thy Mercy, that we may sing to the Glory of thy Name eternal Allelujah's. Amen, Amen. Amen.
Then may be added, in the behalf of all that are present,
O spare us a little, that we may recover our Strength before we go hence and be no more seen. Amen.
Calt us not away in the time of Age; O forsake us not when Strength faileth. Amen.
Grant that we may never sleep in Sin or Death eternal, but that we may have our Part of the first Resurrection, and that the second Death may not prevail over us. Amen.
Grant that our Souls may be bound up in the Bundle of Life; and in the Day when thou bindest up thy Jewels, remember thy Servants for Good, and not for Evil, that our Souls may be number'd amongst the righteous. Amen.
Grant unto all fick and dying Christians, Mercy and Aids from Heaven; and receive the Souls returning unto thee, whom thou hast redeemed with thy moft precious Blood. Amen.
Grant unto thy Servants to have Faith in the Lord Jesus, a daily Meditation of Death, a Contempt of the World, a longing Desire after Heaven, Patience in our Sorrows, Comfort in our Sicknesses, Joy in God, a holy Life, and a blessed Death ; that our Souls may rest in Hope, and our Bodies may rise in Glory, and both may be beatified in the Communion of Saints, in the Kingdom of God, and the Glories of the Lord Fefus. Amen.
The Blefling. Now the God of Peace, that brought again from the Heb. 13. dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the Sheep, 20, 21, through the Blood of the everlasting Covenant, make you perfe& in every good Work, to do his Will, working in you that which is pleasing in his Sight; to whom be Glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Sent, or the Major-domo, or any other fit Perfon, may
I. Almighty God, with whom do live the Spirits of
them that depart hence in the Lord, we adore thy Majesty and submit to thy Providence, and revere thy Jullice, and magnify thy Mercies, thy infinite Mercies, that it hath pleased thee to deliver this our Brother out of the Miseries of this finful World. Thy Counsels are secret, and thy Wisdom is infinite : With the same Hand thou halt crowned him, and finitten us; thou haft taken him into Regions of Felicity, and placed him among Saints and Angels, and left us to mourn for our Sins, and thy Displeasure, which thou hast signified to us by removing him from us to a better, a far better place. Lord, turn thy Anger into Mercy, thy Chastisements into Virtues, thy Rod into Comforts, and do thou give to all his nearest Relatives Comforts from Heaven, and a Restitution of Bieflings equal to those which thou hast taken from them. And we humbly beseech thee, of thy gracious Goodness, shortly to satisfy the longing Defires of those holy Souls who pray, and wait, and long for thy fecond Coming. Accomplish thou the Number of thine Elect, and fill up the Mansions in Heaven, which are prepared for all them that love the coming of the Lord Jefus ; That we with this our 'Brother, and all others departed this Life in the Obedience and Faith of the Lord Jesus, may have our perfect Consummation and Blifs in thy eternal Glory, which never fall have end ing. Grant this for Jesus Christ's fake, our Lord and only Saviour. Amen.
II. O Merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus, who is
the First-fruits of the Resurre&tion, and by entering into Glory, hath opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all Believers, we humbly beseech thee to raise us up from the Death of Sin to the Life of Righteoufness; that being partakers of the Death of Christ, and followers of his holy Life, we may be partakers of his Spirit, and of his Promises; that when we fhall depart this Life, we may rest in his Arms, and lie in his Borom, as our hope is this our Brother - doth. O
suffer us not for any Temptation of the World, or any Snares of the Devil, or any Pains of Death, to fall from thee. Lord, let thy Holy Spirit enable us with his Grace to fight a good Fight with perseverance, to finish our Course with holiness, and to keep the Faith with conftancy unto the End; that at the Day of Judgment we may stand at the Right-hand of the Throne of God, and hear the blessed Sentence of [Come, ye blessed Children of my Father, receive the Kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the World.] O blessed Jesus, thou art our Judge, and thou art our Advocate; even because thou are good and gracious, never suffer us to fall into the intolerable Pains of Hell, never to lie down in Sin, and never to have our Portion in the everlalting burning. Mercy, sweet Fefu, Mercy. Amen.
A Prayer to be said in the Case of a sudden Surprize
by Death, as by a mortal Wound, or evil Accidents in Child-birth, when the Forms and Solemnities of Preparation cannot be used. O Most gracious Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth,
Judge of the Living and the Dead, behold thy Servants running to thee for Pity and Mercy in behalf of our selves and this thy Servant whom thou haft smitten with thy hasty Rod, and a swift Angel; 'if it be thy Will, preserve his Life, that there may be place for his Repentance and Restitution. O spare him a little, that he may recover his Strength before he go hence and be no more seen. But if thou hast otherwise de. creed, let the Miracles of thy Compassion and thy wonderful Mercy supply to him the want of the usual measures of Time, and the periods of Repentance, and the trimming of his Laip: And let the Greatness of the Calainity be accepted by thee as an Inftrument to procure Pardon for those defects and degrees of Unreadiness which may have caused this Accident upon thy Servant, Lord, stir up in him a great and effectual Contrition : That the greatness of the SorIow, and hatred against Sin, and the zeal of his Love
to thee, may in a short time do the Work of many
may be added, according as they can be fitted to the
SECT. VIII. A Peroration concerning the Contingencies and Treating of our departed
Friends after Death, in order to their Burial, &c. Tida felipe THEN we have received the last Breath of our
thesis W , , οισι μάλιςα Kúdiós 630 Body for the Grave, then seasonable is the Counsel yixus. of the Son of Sirach : Weep bitterly and make great Iliad 4. *. Moan, and use Lamentation, as he is worthy, and that Eccluf. 38. a Day, or two, left thou be evil spoken of; and then com
fort thy self for thy Heaviness. Bæt take no Grief to Heart; for there is no turning again : Thou shalt not do him good, but burt thy self. Solemn and appointed Mournings are good Expressions of our Dearness to the departed Soul, and of his Worth and our Value of him; and it hath its Praise in Nature, and in
Manners * and publick Cuftoms; 4 “Ως γενναίως αποδεδάκρυκό με ; but the Praise of it is not in the dixit Socrates de Ergaftulario lugente. Gospel, that is, it hath no direct
and proper uses in Religion. For if the dead did die in the Lord, then there is Joy to him,