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PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION.

That this little Hand-book came into a place that was walting for it (or a better one) is proved by the fact that the first edition is exhausted, and that unfilled orders are waiting for its reissue.

The editor and compiler has taken advantage of the present occasion to revise and, as he believes, considerably improve it. He has availed himself, as far as was practicable, of the suggestions of his brother ministers; and he takes this opportunity to thank them for their kindness.

Let him who is inclined to think it incomplete look carefully over the field, and he will be surprised to find how little material there is that is just what is wanted. There is a large amount, both of prose and verse, that is almost, but not quite, suitable. There is an abundance that is good for quiet reading at home; but that is not adapted to be made a part of a public service.

Blank leaves are furnished for those who wish to fill in with any favorite readings of their own that may have been omitted.

Boston, April, 1882.

Contents.

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BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
FLOWER SUNDAY AND CONSECRATION OF CHILDREN
CONSECRATION OR CONFIRMATION OF THOSE OF RIPER

YEARS
MARRIAGE SERVICE, No. I

No. 2

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19

23

No. 3

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29 31

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ORDER OF BURIAL SERVICE
BURIAL OF THE DEAD:-

Death
Death of a Child
The Sorrow of Bereavement
The Discipline of Sorrow
Death of a Public Man

The Hope of Immortality
BURIAL SERVICE .
SERVICE AT THE GRAVE .
POEMS:-
From “In Memoriam”

Tennyson
To J. S.
He who died at Azim

Edwin Arnold
The Secret of Death .
Night and Death

Blanco White
Oh, may I join the Choir
Invisible

George Eliot
Absence

Frances Anne Kemble
The Reaper and the Flowers . Longfellow .
Resignation
The Eternal Goodness

Whittier

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Baptism of Children.

AND Jesus took a child and set him in the midst; and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children, in my name, receiveth me; and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but Him that sent me.

And they brought young children to him, that Che should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them ; but when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. :Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as a little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

In sympathy, as we believe, with the spirit of Jesus, we are about to dedicate this child to God

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