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A Compend of Funeral Addresses.
AN AID FOR PASTORS.
A BOOK OF COMFORT FOR THE BEREAVED.
JOHN HALL, D.D.,
JOIN IIALL, D.D.
THERE 'HERE are few more delicate tasks falling to the lot
of a minister than the conducting of what are known as funeral services, It does not meet the difficulty to have provided for him a form employed over all, without exception--the best proof of which is that where such a form is in fixed use, occasions are constantly arising in which the clergyman is constrained, by his own sense of the fitness of things, to add words of his own. He thus runs the risk of making invidious distinctions, while the uniform employment of the same language, if it be fit in the case of a decided Christian, is stronger than the Christian consciousness recognizes as fit where no profession of faith has been made.
Among the ways in which the minister can prepare himself to discharge this duty is by the prayerful use of such helps as are within reach. Foremost among these is the word of God, next in place will be the suggestive examples set by men, in whom, notwithstanding the