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iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.-[Titus, 2: 11-14]
Likewise, ye Younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.-[1 Peter, 5: 5.]
[And they said unto Peter, and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.-[Acts, 2: 37, 38.]]
[And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.—[Acts, 22: 16.]]
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish, give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?— [Luke, 11: 9-13.]
[Here let the Minister give an Address to the Children: setting before them their own responsibility unto God; stating the guilt and depravity of mankind, and consequent condemnation; and holding out to them the way of pardon, and of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ; and urging them earnestly to pray for the Holy Ghost. -He will point out to those who have been baptized in infancy, that the obligations entered into by their parents and sponsors on their account are now placed upon their own heads.-Those who have not been baptized, are to be exhorted to repent, believe, and be baptized without delay.-The two last passages of Scripture but one, are for the sake of those who are unbaptized, and are to be read only in their case.]
Minister.-Let us pray.
Minister. O Lord God of the Young and of the Old, these children now stand before thee as thy responsible creatures. Have mercy upon them, O God; have mercy upon them, we earnestly beseech thee.
Assembly. O Lord, have mercy upon these children now before thee.
Minister. O God, thou hast created these children; thou hast preserved them until now, in the midst of all the dangers to which they have been exposed; thou hast given them food and raiment; thou hast given them instruction, and many blessings. Make them sensible of all these thy favours, and may they be truly thankful for them.
Assembly.-O Lord, make these children truly thankful for all the blessings thou hast bestowed upon them.
Minister.-O Lord God, as these children now rest on their own individual responsibility, instruct them, we pray thee, in the nature of that responsibility. Teach them the Fall of Man, and their situation in consequence of this great transgression. Make them also to know their own sins and guiltiness, and how much, and how often, and how greatly, they have transgressed thy holy commandments; and may their hearts be truly humble and contrite before thee.
Assembly.-O Lord, teach these children their fallen state, and their own individual sinfulness, and grant them true humility before thee.
Minister. O Lord, in thy great mercy and love, grant unto these children thy Holy Spirit, to teach them the way of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, in his atoning sacrifice and mediation. May they flee to Jesus from the wrath to come, and may they receive through him, the forgiveness of all their
sins. Grant them, O Lord, through the cross of Christ, thy peace in this world, and in the world to come may they obtain the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Assembly.-O Lord, save these children with a full and everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Minister. O Lord, may these children be indeed truly washed in the blood of Christ through faith in his name; and may they live a life of holiness and usefulness during their pilgrimage through this world. May their constant and only object be to glorify thy name through our Lord Jesus Christ, by abiding in him, and bringing forth much fruit. Whether they eat or drink, or whatever else they do, may they do all in obedience to the Lord their Redeemer, that thy great name may be glorified in them through Jesus Christ.
Assembly.-O Lord, grant that these children may be wholly devoted to thy praise, and honour, and glory, all the days of their life.
Minister-May it please thee, O Lord, that these children may be made honoured instruments of promoting and extending the kingdom of Christ at home and abroad. May they all shine and give light in the sphere in which they move. May they ever fervently pray for the advancement of thy kingdom in the salvation of mankind in every part of the world, and may they by their conduct and exertions become eminently useful in promoting this blessed and holy work.
Assembly.-O Lord, may these children greatly promote thy kingdom and glory in their day and generation.
Minister.-Lord God Almighty, lead us all to glorify thee more than ever we have done. How little, alas! have we hitherto done for thy glory! how much have we dishonoured thy Holy Name!
O Lord, forgive us: O Lord, stir us up to improve, in a holy and zealous manner, the talents thou hast committed unto us, that so we may have thy approbation in that great and solemn day.
Assembly.-O Lord, forgive us our sloth, and our unprofitableness, and stir us up by thy Spirit, and by thy providence, to be zealous in all wisdom, for thy honour and glory on earth.
Minister. O Lord, be pleased to grant unto each one of us here assembled, thy gracious and very abundant blessing through this opportunity we have now enjoyed of waiting upon thee to glorify thy Holy Name in this Observance.
Assembly-O Lord, grant unto us all thy gracious blessing in this Observance through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Minister.-May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever: amen.
Assembly.-Amen, and amen.
This service is to be used in the house where the deceased is lying; or in the church or chapel attached to the burying ground.]
Minister-Let us sing to the praise and the glory of God:-" Oft as the bell &c."-[pronouncing the two first lines of the following hymn:-or, referring to some other, and pronouncing the two first lines of it.]
1. Oft as the bell with solemn toll,
2. Only this frail and fleeting breath,
3. Then leaving all I loved below,
Must hear the Judge pronounce my fate,
4. Lord Jesus! help me now to flee,