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cut down, dried up, and withered.
Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last, and be gracious unto thy ser
Comfort us again, now after the time that thou hast afflicted us, and for the years wherein have suffered adversity.
Show thy servants thy work, and their children thy glory.
Then shall the Minister say;
MY brethren, what is our life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little while, and then vanisheth away. It is as the early dew of morning, that glittereth for a short time, and then is exhaled to heaven. Where is the beauty of childhood? Where is the light of those eyes, and the bloom of that countenance? The light is quenched, the eyes are closed, the bloom is faded, the countenance is changed. Who is young, and who is old? Whither are we going,
and what shall we become? The gray head is laid low; and the blossom of youth perisheth. All are in the hands of God.
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, because the wind of the Lord bloweth upon it. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand for ever. And the word of God is his promise to you and to your children, through Christ Jesus. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. This corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality.
Forasmuch then, as it hath pleased Almighty God to take unto himself the soul of this deceased child, we therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to
the Judge of all the earth will do right; that so our darkness may be dispelled, our tears wiped away, and our sorrow turned into joy.
It has pleased thee, O God, to send thine angel of death, to cut off a beloved child from the land of the living, in the morning of his days. We believe in thy loving mercy and truth, and in the gospel
Then shall he say fur- of thy Son. We believe ther; that it is well with the child. Give grace, we beseech thee, to the bereaved mourners, to say, It is well. Have compassion upon them in their grief. Sustain them by faith in thy sure promises; comfort them by thy holy Spirit; and strengthen them with the consolations of Christ. Impress on their minds the assurance that thou didst call the child, because thou hadst need of him, and that he is now resting, peacefully and safely in the arms of the holy Saviour, who, when he was on earth, took little children into his arms,
dust; looking for the general resurrection in the last day, when the earth and the sea shall give up their dead, and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in Jesus shall be changed, and made like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.
AND Jesus said, Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Let us pray.
O GOD, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the souls of thy children, and with whom the spirits of the innocent, departed this life, are in everlasting peace and felicity, enable us, we pray thee, to understand and feel the wisdom of thine appointments, to bow with submission to thy decrees, and to acknowledge that
and blessed them. And us, be so improved and sanctified, that we may be able to say, It is good for us that we have been afflicted, that we might learn thy statutes. And when thou shalt call us hence, may we be received, through thine infinite mercy, to that world where sorrow is unknown, and joy is eternal, revealed to us by Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
grant, O most merciful God, that this bereavement may so touch their hearts, that they may have a new sense of their relation to thee, and dependence upon thee, and a new desire to do thy will, and to devote themselves to thy service in holiness and righteousness all their days.
May we all live as those who must die, and who after death must render an account to their Judge. May we enjoy thy mercies and good gifts with gratitude, and resign them with trust and submission. May the sorrows which thou shalt see fit to send
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all for evermore. Amen.
END OF BURIAL OF CHILDREN.
THE INSTRUCTION OF CHILDREN.
Q. What will God do for you, if you be good?
A. He will love me, and make me happy.
Q. Can you do any thing for God, who is so good to you ?
A. I can only love him, obey him, and be thankful to him; I can do nothing for him.
Q. Can you speak to God?
A. Yes; he has bid us to pray to him for every thing which is fit for us, and he is always ready to hear us.
Q. In what manner should you pray to God?
A. Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, has given us а form of prayer, called the Lord's Prayer.
Q. Repeat the Lord's
Prayer. A. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on 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.
Q. What will God do to those who are not good? A. He will punish them.
Q. Is God able to punish those who are not good?
A. Yes; he who made all things can do all things; he can take away all our friends, and every thing which he has given us; and he can make us die, whenever he pleases.
Q. After you die, shall you live again?
A. Yes; God will raise us from the dead, and if we be good, we shall die
Q. Where shall you live again, if you have been good?
A. If I have been good, I shall go to heaven, where I shall be very happy for ever.
Q. What shall become of the wicked, when they die?
A. They shall meet with their just punish
Q. When you do any thing which is wrong, should you not be afraid that God, who sees you, will punish you?
A. Yes; but he has promised to forgive us, if we be sorry for our sins, and endeavor to sin no
Q. Who has to us, that God will forgive us, if we repent of our sins, and endeavor to sin no more?
A. Many persons by whom God spake, and particularly Jesus Christ.
Q. Who was Jesus Christ?
A. The well beloved Son of God, whom the Father sent to teach men their duty, and to persuade