« PreviousContinue »
To be used after the CHURCH-LITANY on solemn occasions.
NTO the Lamb that was slain,
(Rev. v. 12)
And hath redeemed us out of all nations of the earth; Unto the Lord who purchased our souls for himself; (Acts xx.28.)
(Rev. v. 9.)
Unto that Friend who loved us, and washed us from our
To prepare a place for us;
(John xiv. 2, 3.)
CHOIR. And to whom are subjected the angels, and
powers, and dominions;
To him be glory at all times,
(1 Pet. iii. 22.)
In the church that waiteth for him, and in that which is around him,
CHOIR. From everlasting to everlasting,
Little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming, (1 John ii. 28.)
CONG. In none but him alone I trust for ever,
In him, my Saviour.
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee!
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee!
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace!
CHOIR. In the name of Jesus,
The bishop or minister shall say:
Believe in the One only God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, who created all things by Jesus Christ, and was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.
I believe in God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world;
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son;
Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ; who hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved.
CONG. This I verily believe.
MIN. I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth! because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father! for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Father! glorify thy name!
CONG. Our Father, which 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 them that 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.
MIN. I believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God, by whom are all things, and we through him ; I believe, that he was made flesh, and dwelt among us; and took on him the form of a servant;
By the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, was conceived of the virgin Mary; as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; was born of a woman;
And being found in fashion as a man, was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin;
For he was the Lord, the Messenger of the covenant, whom we delight in. The Lord and his Spirit hath sent him to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord:
He spoke that which he did know, and testified that which he had seen as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.
Behold the Lamb of God! which hath taken away the sin of the world,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried;
Went by the Spirit and preached unto the spirits in prison; The third day rose again from the dead, and with him many bodies of the saints which slept ;
Ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the throne of the Father; whence he will come, in like manner as he was seen going into heaven.
CONG. The Spirit and the bride of Christ say, come!
Let ev'ry one that heareth, answer, come!
Amen! come, Lord Jesus! come, we implore thee;
MIN. The Lord will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, to judge both the quick and the dead.
This is my Lord, who redeemed me, a lost and undone human creature, purchased and gained me from all sin, from death, and from the power of the devil,
Not with gold or silver, but with his holy, precious blood, and with his innocent suffering and dying;
To the end that I should be his own, and in his kingdom live under him and serve him, in eternal righteousness, innocence, and happiness;
So as he, being risen from the dead, liveth and reigneth, world without end.
CONG. This I most certainly believe.
MIN. I believe in the Holy Ghost, who proceedeth from the Father, and whom our Lord Jesus Christ sent, after he went away, that he should abide with us for ever;
That he should comfort us, as a mother comforteth her children;
That he should help our infirmities, and make intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered;
That he should bear witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God, and teach us to cry, Abba, Father! That he should shed abroad in our hearts the love of God, and make our bodies his holy temples;
And that he should work all in all, dividing to every man severally as he will.
To him be glory in the church, which is in Christ Jesus, the holy, universal Christian church, in the communion of saints, at all times, and from eternity to eternity; CONG. Amen. MIN. I believe, that by my own reason and strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to him; But that the Holy Ghost calleth me by the gospel, enlighteneth me with his gifts, sanctifieth and preserveth me in the true faith;
Even as he calleth, gathereth, enlighteneth and sanctifieth all Christendom on earth, which he keepeth by Jesus Christ in the only true faith;
In which Christian church he forgiveth me and every believer all sin daily and abundantly.
CONG. This I assuredly believe.
MIN. I desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better; I shall never taste death; yea, I shall attain unto the resurrection of the dead: for my body, which I shall put off, this grain of corruptibility, shall put on incorruption: my flesh shall rest in hope:
And God, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, will also once quicken the bodies here interred, because the Spirit of God hath dwelt in them. CONG. Amen.
We poor sinners pray, Hear us, gracious Lord and God!
MIN. And keep us in everlasting fellowship with our brethren N. N. and with our sisters N. N.* who are entered into the joy of their Lord; (and whose bodies are buried here)
* Here are mentioned in each congregation the names of those, who departed into eternal rest since the preceding Easter.
Also with the servants and handmaids of our church, whom thou hast called home within this year, and with the whole church triumphant; and let us once rest with them in thy presence.
They are at rest in lasting bliss,-Beholding Christ our Saviour;
MIN. Glory be to Him who is the resurrection and the Life; He was dead, and behold! He is alive for evermore; And he that believeth in Him, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
Glory be to Him in the church which waiteth for Him, and in that which is around Him; for ever and ever, CONG.
Grant us to lean unshaken-Upon thy faithfulness,
Until we hence are taken-To see thee face to face.
MIN. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love' of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with us all;
LITANIES at BAPTISM.
BAPTISM OF CHILDREN, No. 1.
(After the singing of some suitable verses, and a short discourse:)
Min. the sin of the world,
HRIST, thou Lamb of God, which takest away
Cong. Leave thy peace with us! Amen.
M. By thy holy Sacraments,
C. Bless us, gracious Lord and God!
T. 90. C. An infant we present to thee,
As thy redeemed property,