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fession of the same, to the advancement of thy glory, who art God over all things, blessed for ever. So be it. Amen.
The action thus ended, the people sing the 103d Psalm, or some other of thanksgiving ; which ended, one of the blessings before mentioned is recited, and so they rise from the table, and depart.
If so be that any would marvel why we follow rather this order
than any other in the administration of this sacrament, let him diligently consider that, first of all, we utterly renounce the error of the papists ; secondly, we restore unto the sacrament his own substance, and to Christ his proper place; and as for the words of the Lord's supper, we rehearse them, not because they should change the substance of the bread or wine, or that the repetition thereof, with the intent of the sacrificer, should make the sacrament, (as the papists falsely believe,) but they are read and pronounced to teach us how to behave ourselves in that action, and that Christ might witness unto our faith, as it were, with his own mouth, that he hath ordained these signs to our spiritual use and comfort; we do first, therefore, examine ourselves, according to St. Paul's rule, and prepare our minds that we may be worthy partakers of so high mysteries ; then taking bread, we give thanks, break, and distribute it, as Christ our Saviour hath taught us ; finally, the administration ended, we give thanks again, according to his example. So that without his word and warrant there is nothing in this holy action attempted.
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 also as a shadow, and continueth not. Job xiv. 1, 2.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours ; and their works do follow them. Rev. xiv. 13.
THERE the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master. Job iii. 17-19.
PSALM XXXix. I SAID, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good ; and my sorrow was stirred.
My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned : then spake I with my. tongue,
Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of any days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth ; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
Deliver me from all my transgressions : make me not the reproach of the foolish.
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth ; because thou didst it.
Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.
When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth : surely every man is vanity. Selah.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears : for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.
Or, PSALM Xc. LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Thou turnest man to destruction ; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
For all our days are passed away in thy wrath : we spend our years as a tale that is told.
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Return, O Lord, how long ? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
JESUS said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. John xi. 25.
The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. John v. 28, 29.
1 Cor. xv. 20—58. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order : Christ the firstfruits ; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father ; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, All things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.