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SERVICE FOR THE DYING

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ceive his spirit, and open to him the gates of verlasting glory. Let Thy loving Spirit lead im forth into the land of righteousness. Send hine angel to carry him to the abode of peace.

the hour of death, and in the day of judgment, Good LORD, deliver him. Amen.

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O Good Shepherd, who gavest Thy life for the

y neep, we commit into Thy merciful Hands the oirit and body of this Thy servant. Acknow

dge him, we humbly pray Thee, as a sheep of Thine own fold, a lamb of Thine own flock, a sinner of Thine own redeeming. Let not the shedding of Thy most precious Blood be in vain for him. Wash away the stains of his past sins.)

. May his robes be made white in the Blood of the Lamb. O most loving Saviour, who lovedst

. Thine own unto the end, let Thy love be with Thy servant even now, yea, and when he passeth through the valley of the shadow of death. Receive him into the Arms of Thy mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace. May his spirit be in joy, and his flesh rest in hope, till Thou come to take him to the glorious mansions of our FATHER'S house, there to reign with Thee evermore; to whom, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be all glory for ever and ever. Amen.

III. SOVEREIGN LORD, our GOD, ALMIGHTY, who willest that all men should be saved, and come to a knowledge of the truth ; who desirest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted

and live; we pray and beseech Thee, loose the soul of this Thy servant from every bond, and free it from every curse.

For Thou art He that loosest the fettered, and raisest up the crushed, 0 Thou Hope of the hopeless! Command, therefore, O

, O LORD, that the soul of Thy servant be released in peace, and go to rest in Thine eternal tabernacles with all Thy saints, through Thine only-begotten Son; with whom, and with Thy Holy and lifegiving Spirit, Thou art one God blessed for ever

Amen. (Eastern Church Office for the dying. Given in Bright's Ancient Collects.)

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() BLESSED Jesus, whose soul was exceeding sorrowful even unto death, comfort the soul of Thy servant in the hour of suffering and anguish. Amen.

O BLESSED JESUS, who didst faint under the Cross laid upon Thy sacred Limbs, strengthen Thy servant to bear the weight of the cross laid upon him. Amen.

O BLESSED JESUS, who didst suffer the hiding from Thee of Thy heavenly Father's presence, give Thy servant faith to trust even when fear cometh upon him. Amen.

O BLESSED JESUS, who didst suffer a cruel and shameful death upon the Cross, support Thy servant in the hour of death.

O BLESSED JESUS, whose SPIRIT went among the spirits of the dead, meet the spirit of Thy servant [this day] in Paradise. Amen.

O BLESSED JESUS, whose sacred Body rose again on the third day from the dead, raise Thy servant in the glorious resurrection of the just. Amen.

O BLESSED JEsus, who didst ascend up into the heaven of heavens, whence Thou camest, take Thy servant with Thee at that day to the kingdom of glory and of bliss. Amen.

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By Thine Agony and bloody Sweat, by Thy Cross and Passion, by Thy precious Death and Burial, by Thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension, and by the coming of the Holy Ghost;

Good LORD, deliver him. In all time of pain and anguish, of mind or body; in all assaults of the kingdom of darkness; in all deep waters of suffering; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment;

Good Lord, deliver him.

When death is very near,

the

COMMENDATORY PRAYER

should be used.

O ALMIGHTY God, with whom do live, &c. (Visitation of the Sick, see p. 10.)

The following

COMMENDATION

may also be used. “I COMMEND thee to Almighty God, dearest brother; and to Him, whose creature thou art, I commit thee; that when thou hast paid the debt of humanity, thou mayest return unto Him who hath formed thee of the dust of the ground.

“May CHRIST, who was crucified for thee, deliver thee from all torment. May CHRisT deliver thee from eternal death, who deigned to die for thee. May CHRIST, the Son of the living God, place thee for ever within the green and pleasant places of His own Paradise; and may the true Shepherd recognise thee among His sheep. May He absolve thee from all thy sins; and set thee on His right hand in the inheritance of His elect. Mayest thou behold thy Redeemer face to face; and for ever standing in His presence, mayest thou behold with blessed

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Truth. Set among the companies of the blessed, mayest thou enjoy the sweetness of Divine contemplation for ever and

Amen." (From the Breviary. Given by Is. Williams, On the Passion; conclusion.)

ever.

If life is prolonged, and the Minister remains with the dying person, he may use some of the following EJACULATIONS

standing. Right dear in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

It is the LORD: let Him do what seemeth Him good.

Not my will, O God, but Thine be done.

The souls of the righteous are in the Hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them.

The righteous live for evermore: their reward also is with the LORD, and the care of them is with the Most High.

Therefore shall they receive a glorious_kingdom, and a beautiful crown, from the Lord's Hand.

I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the LORD: even so saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labours.

Father, into Thy hand I commend my spirit. LORD JESUS, receive my spirit.

The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the Name of the LORD. Amen.

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