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fruits; afterward they that are Chrifts, at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he fhall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he fhall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The laft enemy that fhall be deftroyed is death: For he hath all put things under his feet. But when he faith all things are put under him, it is manifeft that he is excepted which did put all things under him. And when all things fhall be fubdued unto him, then fhall the Son alfo himself be fubject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. Elfe what fhall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rife not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead? And why ftand we in jeopardy every hour? I proteft by your rejoicing which I have in Chrift Jefus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beafts at Ephefus, what advantageth it me if the dead rife not? Let us eat and drink, for to morrow we die. Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteoufnefs, and fin not; for fome have not the knowledge of God: I fpeak this to your fhame. But fome man will fay, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou foweft is not quickened except it die. And that which thou foweft, thou fowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of fome other grain. But God giveth it a body, as it hath pleased him, and to every feed his own body. All flesh is not the fame flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beafts, another of fishes, and another of birds. These are alfo celestial bodies, and bodies terreftrial; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terreftrial is another. There is one glory of the fun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the ftars; for one ftar differeth from another ftar in glory. So alfo is the refurrection of the dead: It is fown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is fown in difhonour; It is raised in glory: It is fown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is fown a natural body; it is raised a fpiritual body. There is a na

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tural body, and there is a fpiritual body, And fo it is writ-
ten, The firft man Adam was made a living foul, the last
Adam was made a quickening fpirit. Howbeit, that was
not first which is fpiritual: but that which is natural, and
afterward that which is fpiritual. The first man is of the
earth, earthy: the fecond man is the Lord from heaven.
As is the earthy, fuch are they that are earthy and as is the
heavenly, fuch are they alfo that are heavenly. And as we
have borne the image of the earthy, we fhall alfo bear the
image of the heavenly. Now this I fay, brethren, that flesh
and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption, Behold, I fhew you a myf-
tery: We shall not all feep, but we shall all be changed in
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump
(for the trumpet fhall found, and the dead fhall be raised
incorruptible, and we fhall be changed.) For this corrup-
tible muft put on incorruption, and this mortal must put
on immortality. So when this corruptible fhall have put
on incorruption, and this mortal fhall have put on immor
tality, then fhall be brought to pafs the faying that is writ
ten, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is
thy fting? O grave, where is thy victory? The fting of
death is fin, and the ftrength of fin is the law. But thanks
be to God which giveth us the victory, through our Lord
Jefus Chrift. Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye fted.
faft, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the
Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain

in the Lord.

When they come to the Grave, while the Corps is-made ready to be laid inte
the earth, the Pricft fall fay, or the Prieft and Clerks all fing,
AN that is born of a woman, hath but a fhort time to
live, and is full of mifery, He cometh up,
cut down like a flower, he Heeth as it were a fhadow, and
never continueth in one stay.

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In the midft of life we are in death: of whom may we feek for fuccour, but of thee, O Lord, who for our fins art justly difpleated?

Yet,

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Yet, O Lord God moft holy, O Lord moft mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.

Thou knoweit, Lord, the fecrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayers; but fpare us, Lord moft, holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal, fuffer us not at our laft hour for any pains of death to fall from thee.

Then while the earth shall be cast upon the Body by fome standing by, thè Prieft fhall fay,

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Orafmuch as it hath pleafed Almighty God of his great mercy to take unto himself the foul of our dear brother here departed, we therefore commit bis body to the ground; earth to earth, afhes to ashes, duft to duft, in fure and certain hope of the refurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jefus Chrift, who fhall change our vile body, that it may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working, whereby he is able to fubdue all things to himself

Then fhall be faid or Sung,

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Heard a voice from heaven, faying unto me, Write; From henceforth bleffed are the dead which die in the Lord: even fo faith the Spirit; for they reft from their labours. Rev. 14. 13.

Then the Priest shall say,
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Chrift, bave mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

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UR Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done in Earth, As it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trefpaffes, As we forgive them that trefpals against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

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Prieft.

Lmighty God, with whom do live the fpirits of them that depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the

fouls

fouls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh, are in joy and felicity; We give the hearty thanks, for that it hath pleafed thee to deliver this our brother out of the miferies of this finful world; befeeching thee that it may please thee of thy gracious goodness, shortly to accomplish the number of thine elect, and to haften thy kingdom; that we with all thofe that are departed in the true faith of thy holy Name, may have our perfect confummation and bless, both in body and foul, in thy eternal and everlasting glory, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect.

Merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jefus Christ,

who is the refurrection and the life; in whom whofoever believeth, fhall live, though he die; and whosoever liveth and believeth in him, fhall not die eternally; who alfo hath taught us (by his holy Apoftle Saint Paul) not to be forry as men without hope, for them that fleep in him; We meekly befeech thee, O Father, to raise us from the death of fin unto the life of righteoufnefs; that when we fhall depart this life, we may reft in him, as our hope is this our brother doth, and that at the general refurrection in the last day we may be found acceptable in thy fight, and receive that bleffing which thy well-beloved Son fhall then pronounce to all that love and fear thee, faying, Come, ye bleffed children of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. Grant this, we beseech thee, O merciful Father, through Jefus Chrift our Mediator and redeemer. Amen.

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of our Lord Chrift, and the love of

T God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with

us all evermore.. Amen.

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The Thanksgiving of Women after Child-birth, commonly called, The Churching of Women.

The Women at the ufual time after her Delivery, fhall come into the Church decently apparelled, and there all kneel down in fome convenient place, as bath been accustomed, or as the Ordinary shall direct: And then the Priest fhall fay unto her,

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Orafmuch as it hath pleafed Almighty God of his goodnefs to give you fafe deliverance, and hath preferved you in the great danger of Child-birth, you fhall therefore give hearty thanks unto God, and say,

(Then fhall the Prieft say the 116 Pfal.) Dilexi, quoniam.

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Am well pleafed that the Lord hath heard the voice of my prayer.

That he hath inclined his ear unto me: therefore will Į call upon him as long as I live.

The fnares of death compaffed me round about: and the pains of hell gat hold upon me.

I found trouble and heavinefs, and I called upon the Name of the Lord: O Lord, I befeech thee, deliver my foul.

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous: yea, our God is merciful.

The Lord preferveth the fimple: I was in mifery, and he helped me.

Turn again then unto thy reft, O my foul: for the Lord hath rewarded thee.

thou haft delivered my foul from death: mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

And why

I will walk before the Lord: in the land of the living. I believed, and therefore will I fpeak, but I was fore troubled: Í faid in my hafte, All men are liars.

What reward shall I give unto the Lord: for all the benefits that he hath done unto me?

I will receive the cup of falvation: and call upon the

Nane of the Lord.

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