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We, therefore, the Church and Congregation whom he served, are ready to bear witness concerning our brother, appointed to the Priesthood over us:

That he duly exercised his Ministry to the honor of GOD and the edifying of HIS Church :

That he considered well with himself the end of his Ministry towards the children of GOD, towards the Spouse and Body of Christ:

That he never ceased his labors, his care and diligence, but did all that lay in him to bring all such as were committed to his charge unto an agreement in the FAITH and knowledge of GOD, and to ripeness and perfectness of age in CHRIST:

That he was a faithful dispenser of the Word of GOD, and of HIS Holy Sacraments :

That without preferring one before another, and doing nothing by partiality, he did not shun to declare unto all, high and low, rich and poor, one with another, the whole counsel of GOD; warning us that, without exemption or dispensation, we must obey both the greatest and the very least of the Holy Commandments of JESUS CHRIST.

And now since we, among whom he had gone preaching the Kingdom of GOD, shall see his face on earth no more, we take record that he is pure from the blood of all men.

We remember that by the space of seven years he ceased not to warn every one, morning and evening, with his prayers, taking heed unto himself and to all the Flock over which the HOLY GHOST had made him Overseer, feeding the Church of GOD, which HE hath purchased with HIS own Blood.

And while we sorrow most of all for the words which we must speak—“we shall see his face no more, we are consoled by the remembrance, that when his LORD came he was found watching ;-as one that waiteth for his LORD;—his loins girded about with priestly robes, and the spiritual lights of his Ministration burning ; -and we therefore call upon his family to bow with us in humble resignation to the mysterious Will of GOD, and with us to

BLESS HIS HOLY NAME for all HIS servants departed this life in HIS faith and fear; beseeching HIM to give us Grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of HIS heavenly Kingdom. Grant this, o Father, for JESUS CHRIST, his sake, our only Mediator and Advocate.


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