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affections upon things above, and so to meditate upon Thee and upon Thy goodness, that this his affliction
may draw him closer and closer unto Thee. In all his pains and weakness enable him evermore to turn to Thee, and in Thee to find health and refreshment for his soul.
Restore him, if it please Thee, to his bodily health; and if it be Thy Will to take him to Thyself, prepare him for his change, and receive him at last into that blessed abode where Saints departed dwell with their Redeemer and their Lord. Through the Same Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. (Rev. C. Marriott.)
After a recovery from a dangerous sickness. O Lord God, in Whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind; Give this Thy servant grace holily to spend in Thy service that life which Thou hast now so mercifully prolonged. Grant that he may consecrate his whole life to Thee; and so live henceforth in Thy fear, that he may at last die at peace with all the world and with Thee, O Holy Father, Who with the Son and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, ever One God, world without end. Amen. (Visitatio Infirmorum.)
O Most Mighty and Gracious God, Who hast chastened and corrected this Thy servant, but hast not given him over unto death: For these and all other Thy great mercies, kindle in his heart a lively thankfulness, and in his soul the most sincere and holy love. Let him not forget from what a perilous condition Thou hast released him; but give him such a due sense of all Thy mercies, that his heart may
be unfeignedly thankful, and that he may shew forth Thy praise not only with his lips but in his life; by giving up himself to Thy service, and by walking before Thee in holiness and righteousness all his days. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen. (Ibid.)
After the death of a Child. O Almighty and Everlasting God, the Lover of holiness and purity, Who hast been graciously pleased to call the soul of a child of this family into Thine heavenly Kingdom ; So vouchsafe, O Blessed Saviour, to deal mercifully with us who survive, that, through the merits of Thy most sacred Passion, Thou mayest cause us ever to rejoice with all Thy Blessed Saints and Thine Elect, Who livest and reignest with the Father, in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, world without end. Amen. (Ibid.)
O Lord Jesu Christ, Who didst restore the widow's son to his weeping mother, and the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue to her lamenting parents : We beseech Thee to have compassion on the [Father and Mother] of the child whom Thou hast now called to his Heavenly Father's Kingdom. Make them know and feel, O Lord God, that he is committed to Thy merciful arms, and ever beholdeth Thy blissful presence. Let this assurance assuage their tears, and mitigate their present sorrow. And grant, O Lord, that as they have experienced the blessing Thou gavest them in this child, and now feel the affliction Thou hast laid upon them, in taking him from them; so they may know assuredly that Thou wilt comfort them by restoring him to them in Thine Everlasting Kingdom; to which vouchsafe to conduct them by Thy merits, O Holy and most Merciful Saviour, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen. (Ibid.)
After the death of an adult member of the Family.
O Almighty God, Who knowest the weakness and frailty of our nature: We beseech Thee to give unto us Thy servants, whom Thou hast stricken with this sad visitation, such a supply of the graces of Thy Holy Spirit as may enable us to bear it with that humility, resignation, and submission to Thy Divine Will, which become our Christian Profession; that so no repining thoughts may find place in our hearts. Grant that we may not sorrow as those who have no hope. Let not our grief exceed the bounds of reason or religion ; but so temper it, we beseech Thee, with the consolations of Thy Holy Spirit, that whatever we may want in outward comfort, we may find made up to us in the inward joys of a good conscience, and a sure and certain Christian faith and hope.
Make, we beseech Thee, the affliction wherewith Thou chastenest us a means of drawing us nearer unto Thyself, and bless it to the good of our souls and our eternal welfare. Help us to search out, and stedfastly to set ourselves to remove all our offences against Thee, and to amend our lives. Teach us to set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth, but on those joys which never fade, the pleasures that are at Thy Right Hand for evermore, where all Thy Redeemed shall be gathered into Thy Heavenly Kingdom to go no more out for ever.
And so fit and prepare us for the great account which we must one day give, that when the time of our appointed change shall come, we may look up unto Thee with joy and comfort, and may at last be received, together with him whom Thou hast now taken from us, and with all that are near and dear to us, into that place of rest and peace, where Thou shalt Thyself wipe off all tears from off all faces, and where all our troubles and sorrows shall have an end.
Grant this, O Heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Redeemer. Amen. (Ibid.)
The Gospel History
OF OUR BLESSED LORD'S INCARNATION.
The Glorious Godhead of Jesus Christ.
The beginning of the Holy Gospel according to S. John.
Glory be to Thee, O Lord. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was Life; and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, Which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of