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on the left hand, Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into lite eternal.—[Matthew, 25: 31-34, 41-46.]
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away, and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead small and great stand before God: and the books were opened, and another book was opened which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them, and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the lake of fire.- [Revelation, 20: 11-15.]
The world that then was being overflowed with water perished. But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But beloved be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness, but is long suffering to usward, not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be, in all holy conversation and godliness. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore beloved seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him without spot and blameless. And account that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation, even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you. Ye therefore beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also being led away by the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To whom be glory, both now and for ever, amen.—[2 Peter, 3: 6-15, 17, 18.]
Our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile budy, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himselt.—[Philippians, 3 : 20, 21.]
But I would not have you to be ignorant brethren concerning them who are asleep, that ye sorrow not as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also who sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them who are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the truinp of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be canght up with them to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. — [1 Thessalonians, 4: 13-18.
After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude which no man could number of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms
in their hands. And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God who sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. These are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.[Revelation, 7 : 9, 10, 15-17.]
[When these passages have been read, the following prayer will be used.]
Minister.-Let us Pray.
Minister.-0 Lord, grant unto us, that we may always remember our latter end.
Minister.-O Lord, may we always be prepared for death, for judgment, and for eternity.
Minister.-0 Lord, we bless thee that Christ our Saviour suffered and died, and lay in the grave, on behalf of this sinful world
Minister.-O Lord, we bless thee that Christ Jesus rose again from the dead, and ascended up into heaven as the Saviour of men.
Minister.-0 Lord, we bless thee for bringing life and immortality to light through the Gospel.
Minister.-0 Lord, we bless thee for promising the remission of sins, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal life, unto all who believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, and who obey him as their Lord.
Minister.-O Lord, may we all see ourselves guilty, corrupt, and lost before thee; may we all firmly believe in the atonement made by Jesus Christ for this sinful world; and may we all follow and obey him who died for us, as our only Master and Lord.
Minister.-0 Lord, may we all live unto Christ, may we all die unto Christ, may we all rise from the dead through Christ, and may we all live for ever with Christ our Saviour in the eternal mansions of glory.
Minister.—0 Lord, instruct us all, and sanctify us all, by this solemn occasion.
Minister.-0 Lord, hear us, be gracious to us, and bless us, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer: amen.
[As soon as the coffin is lowered into the grave, this prayer will be again used : and this is the only part of the service to be said at the grave.]
A MISSIONARY PRAYER.
Minister.-Let us sing to the praise and the glory of God: “O Spirit &c.” :-(pronouncing the two first lines of the following hymn :-or, referring to some other, and pronouncing the two first lines of it.
1. O Spirit of the living God!
In all thy plenitude of grace,
2. Give tongues of fire and hearts of love,
To preach the reconciling word;
and unction from above,
Confusion order in thy path ;
mercy triumph over wrath.
4. O Spirit of the Lord ! prepare
All the round earth her God to meet;
5. Baptize the nations; far and nigh
The triumphs of the cross record ;