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in early life.
God of mercy, have them, we beseech thee, in thy holy keeping. May their early impressions be such as will guard them against the allurements of vice; against those evil communications which corrupt the heart and vitiate the morals. Forgive us our sins, and that we are so apt to deviate from our duty. May we all be brought back from our wanderings. Bless the parents of these youth. May they be faithful in their watchfulness and instruction of their offspring. May they give them wise council and virtuous example. Prepare us all for every thing which awaits us, and by wellordered lives and conversation, may we secure thy favour. May each one present be preparing himself for much usefulness in this world ; and when they shall have done thy will on earth, may they be prepared to partake in the felicities of the heavenly state, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
O THOU, who livest whilst mortals die ; who alone possessest independent immortality! Eternal God! we bow before thee as the Supreme Disposer of all events. Believing that nothing
can come to pass through the whole extent of thy works without thy knowledge and influence, we desire to learn well the lesson thou art now teaching us. Thou doest thy will in the armies of heaven above and among the inhabitants of the earth below. None can stay thine hand or say unto thee, What doest thou?
Thou hast been pleased, in great wisdom and in awful justice, to appoint unto all men once to die, and after death the judgment. Thou hast said to the whole human race, Dust ye are, and to dust ye shall return. Grant that when we see this awful sentence put in execution, when we are conducting our friends, relations and acquaintance to the silent grave; while we are committing earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we may be seriously reminded of our own mortality; and thereby be excited to be working the work of thee our God, while it is day, since the night of death comes, in which no man can work. O may we remember that now is the accepted time and now is the day of our salvation. May our lives be those of the righteous, and our last end be like his, and when our turn shall come to enter this house, appointed for all the living, may we have in our mouths the triumphant song of the Christian, O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God, who hath begotten us to the lively hope of immortality in his Son. Thanks be to God, that death could not retain the Saviour, but that a power stronger than death, a power higher than nature, raised him from the dead, thereby establishing our hope. Now is come salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God. Glory be to God in the highest, that life and immortality are brought to light; and that we know, that when the house of this our tabernacle shall be dissolved, we have a building of God; a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Sanctify, O Lord, we beseech thee, this bereaving dispensation of thy providence, to those from whom thou hast taken a near relative by death. O may they be comforted in this day of affliction, by the consolations of religion. May they remember that thou knowest when it is best to call thy children to thyself; and that thy chastisements are chastisements of love. May they, and may we, consider this instance of mortality, as a friendly admonition to us, to be also ready
Lord of life! whilst thou art continuing us here, we would cultivate an habitual resignation to thy holy will; believing thou art all wisdom in thyself, all goodness toward thy creatures. Having our hearts thus fixed, stayed upon thee, may we be prepared to meet all the events of life with devout composure; and be prepared to follow those who have gone before us.
0 may we have a firm confidence in thee, the Rock of ages, the resting place of all generations ; and be always disposed to say, Not our wills, but thine, be done. The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Holy Father! may we pass the rest of our time in thy fear and love; and when we shall be called to lie down in the grave, may we lie down in hope, looking for that resurrection, when we shall hear the welcome invitation of the Saviour, - Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the earth. Hear us, o God, through him who died that we might live, through whom to thee be glory and dominion forever. Amen.