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To the Man. Handing back the ring.
You will then place it on the fourth finger of the left hand.
After this is done, and they have again joined their right hands,
To them both. Forasmuch, then, as you have now pledged your mutual vows, and have given and received a ring in token of the same, I — by virtue of authority vested in me by the State, and in the name of our Father in heaven
pronounce you husband and wife.
Let us pray :
Our heavenly Father, who hast set the human race in families, binding us together by these sacred and tender ties, these, thy children, have now, with clasped hands and mutual pledges, taken upon themselves these life-long obligations. We trust that it is indeed true that these outward acts only symbolize a union of hearts already made sacred by the holy love with which thou hast bound them together. From out the innumerable multitudes of earth, these two have come, looked in each other's faces, and are made one. Their converging ways have united, and henceforth are to be the same.
If it be possible, may their paths be ever easy and pleasant beneath their feet. May the skies be ever sunny over their heads. But, if sorrow must come,
as it comes to all, -- let the pressure
of trial only bind them closer together. Let the experiences through which they pass only make them more and more completely one. With clasped hands and united hearts may they accept life's joys and bear its burdens. And, if their sun goes down and night darkens their sky, may it at least be bright with the stars of hope.
And when the day of life is over and the evening shadows fall, like tired but happy children, may they come home to thee, and find the door of the Father's house wide open to their returning feet.
And now the Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon thee, and give thee
Marriage Service, No. 3.
For those who desire a brief service.
STANDING, as you now do, in the presence of God and these witnesses, you covenant each to take the other as your companion and bosom friend for life. And you solemnly promise that you will continue to love, honor, and cherish each other; that you will perform, in conscientious fidelity, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, all the duties resulting from the marriage relation, so long as you both shall live?
Ans. each. - I do.
The ring, as in preceding service, if desired.
Closing words (as in preceding).
PRAYER AND BENEDICTION.
Order of Burial Service.
If there is singing only twice, let it be at Nos. I and 7, omitting No. 4. Frequently, no singing will be provided. In that case, the above order may be observed, only with the singing omitted.
Sometimes, it may be best to extend the readings and omit the address.
Burial of the Dead.
Beath. MAN, that is born of a woman, is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down : he fleeth as a shadow, and continueth not. Behold, thou hast made my days as a hand-breadth, and mine age is as nothing before thee.
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle. They are passed away as the swift ships. There is but a step between me and death. All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof
(Men) dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust. We are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers. Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
Ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. See, then, that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time.
Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought