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At this time of your loss the Priests of the Parish would like to offer you our condolences. Please be assured that each day those who have died are remembered at every Mass, as are those who mourn. We hope the Church’s prayer will be a comfort and consolation for you at this difficult time.

A Priest will discuss and plan the Funeral arrangements with you so as to best prepare the Liturgy in line with the Church’s tradition and respectful of your wishes.

The purpose of the Funeral Liturgy is to offer worship and thanksgiving to God, the author of all life; to pray for the deceased and to offer support to the bereaved.

The Church encourages us to celebrate the Funeral Liturgy in three main stages:

  • The Vigil of Prayer and Reception of the remains at the Church – usually the evening before the funeral
  • The Funeral Liturgy – which may be a Requiem Mass or a Funeral Service
  • The Committal – at the cemetery or crematorium

Where it is not practical to celebrate all three stages, the funeral may comprise a single act of worship.

 You are invited to click here to access a selection of Readings and Prayers for the Funeral [Requiem] Mass. Advice on some practical matters to be considered is also included.

 Approximately 6 – 8 weeks after the death of a loved one, you will be contacted by the Bethany Bereavement Support Ministry. You are invited to read more as follows:

 

Bethany Bereavement Support Ministry

Members: Frances Parker, Concepta Kevin, Nuala Prince, Ken McLaughlin, Sister Marie-Joseph OP.

The name Bethany takes its inspiration from the visit of Jesus to Martha and Mary on the death of their brother Lazarus, a visit during which Jesus shows understanding and support, as well as compassion for the grief of his friends.

The Bethany Bereavement Support Ministry aims to offer support to those who are bereaved and grieving. It is stressed that this is not a counselling service. It might best be described as a listening ministry, in which trained volunteers offer their time and their attention in order that those who have been bereaved may be enabled to feel supported in their grief by a sympathetic human presence and to speak about their bereavement, if they so desire, in complete confidence.

Home visits – Bethany Bereaved Support Ministers will normally carry out home visits in pairs. The first visit will usually be made no earlier than six to eight weeks after the death of a loved one. The person being visited is under no obligation to invite the callers in but may wish to do so. Anything discussed during a visit is confidential. Callers will leave a card giving contact details and subsequent contact will usually be at the request of the bereaved person, who will also determine the period of time over which there is desire for support visits to continue.

If you wish to contact someone from the Bethany Ministry, either to request a visit or to express an interest in becoming a member, the Mobile Number is 07925 260592

 

Month’s Mind

In Ireland we have a beautiful tradition of gathering the bereaved family, relatives, friends and neighbours together again, approximately 4 weeks after the death of a loved one, to celebrate the Month’s Mind Mass. Please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements.

 

Prayer for the deceased

Lord Jesus, we turn to you in our sorrow,

We commend to you the soul of our loved one who has died.

Receive N. [name of your loved one] into your arms,

the arms opened wide on the Cross to show your love for us.

Grant mercy to N. [name of your loved one] and grant to us a strong faith in you

and a steadfast hope in your promise of eternal life.

Eternal rest grant unto N. [name of your loved one] O Lord

And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.

May he/she rest in peace. Amen

First Readings Responsorial Psalms Second Readings Prayers of the Faithful

First Readings

FIRST READINGS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT [Outside the Easter Season]

 

[1] A Reading from the Book of Job [19:1, 23-27]

Job said, ‘Ah, would that these words of mine were written down,

inscribed on some monument with iron chisel and engraving tool,

cut into the rock for ever.

This I know: that my avenger lives, and he, the last, will take his stand on earth.

After my awakening, he will set me close to him,

and from my flesh I shall look on God.

He whom I shall see will take my part:

these eyes will gaze on him and find him not aloof.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[2] A Reading from the Book of Wisdom [3: 1-9]

The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God,

no torment shall ever touch them.

In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die,

their going looked like a disaster,

their leaving us, like annihilation;

but they are in peace.

If they experienced punishment as men see it,

their hope was rich in immortality;

slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.

God has put them to the test

and proved them worthy to be with Him:

He has tested them like gold in a furnace,

and accepted them as a holocaust.

When the time comes for His visitation they will shine out;

as sparks run through the stubble, so will they.

They shall judge nations, rule over peoples,

and the Lord will be their King forever.

They who trust in Him will understand the truth,

those who are faithful will live with Him in love;

for grace and mercy await those he has chosen.

 

 The Word of the Lord.

 

[3] A Reading from the Book of Wisdom [4: 7-15]

The virtuous man, though he die before his time, will find rest.

Length of days is not what makes age honourable,

nor number of years, the true measure of life;

understanding, this is man’s grey hairs,

untarnished life, this is ripe old age.

He has sought to please God, so God has loved him;

as he was living among sinners, he has been taken up.

He has been carries off so that evil may not warp his understanding

or treachery seduce his soul;

for the fascination of evil throws good things into the shade,

and the whirlwind of desire corrupts a simple heart.

Coming to perfection in so short a while, he achieved long life;

his soul being pleasing to the Lord,

he has taken him quickly from the wickedness around him.

Yet people look on, uncomprehending;

It does not enter their heads

that grace and mercy await the chosen of the Lord,

and protection, His only ones.

 

 The Word of the Lord.

 

[4] A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah [25: 6-9]

On this mountain

the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples

a banquet of rich food.

On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples,

and the shroud enwrapping all nations,

He will destroy death for ever.

The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek;

he will take away His people’s shame everywhere on earth,

for the Lord has said so.

That day, it will be said: ‘See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation;

the Lord is the one in whom we hoped.

We exult and we rejoice that He has saved us’.

 

 The Word of the Lord.

 

[5] A Reading from the Book of Lamentations [3: 17-26]

My soul is shut out from peace;

I have forgotten happiness.

And now I say, ‘My strength is gone,

that hope which came from the Lord’.

Brooding on my anguish and affliction

is gall and wormwood.

My spirit ponders continually and sinks within me.

This is what I shall tell my heart,

and so recover hope: the favours of the Lord are not all past,

his kindnesses are not exhausted;

every morning they are renewed;

great is his faithfulness.

‘My portion is the Lord’, says my soul

‘and so I will hope in Him’.

The Lord is good to those who trust Him,

to the soul that searches for Him.

It is good to wait in silence for the Lord to save.

 

 The Word of the Lord.

 

[6] A Reading from the Prophet Daniel [12: 1-3]

I, Daniel, was doing penance when I received this message from the Lord:

‘At that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who mounts guard over your people. There is going to be a time of great distress, unparalleled since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, your own people will be spared, all those whose names are found written in the Book. Of those who lie sleeping in the dust of the earth many will awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting disgrace. The learned will shine brightly as the vault of heaven, and those who have instructed many in virtue, as bright as stars for all eternity.

 

 The Word of the Lord.

 

[7] A reading from the Second Book of Maccabees [12: 43-45]

Judas, the leader of the Jews, took a collection from the people individually, amounting to nearly two thousand drachmae, and sent it to Jerusalem to have a sacrifice for sin offered, an altogether fine and noble action, in which he took full account of the resurrection. For if he had not expected the fallen to rise again it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead, whereas if he had in view the splendid recompense reserved for those who make a pious end, the thought was holy and devout. This is why he had this atonement sacrifice offered for the dead, so that they might be released from their sin.

 

 The Word of the Lord.

 

 FIRST READINGS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT [In the Easter Season]

[8] A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles [10: 34-43]

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘The truth I have now come to realise’, he said, ‘is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him’.

‘It is true, God sent His word to the people of Israel, and it was to them that the good news of peace was brought by Jesus Christ – but Jesus Christ is the Lord of all men. You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God has anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed Him by hanging Him on a tree, yet three afterwards God raised Him to life and allowed Him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with Him after His resurrection from the dead – and He has ordered us to proclaim this to His people and to tell them that God has appointed Him to judge everyone alive or dead. It is to Him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through His name.

 

 The Word of the Lord

 

[9] A Reading from the Book of the Apocalypse [14:13]

I, John, heard a voice from heaven say to me, ‘Write down: Happy are those who die in the Lord! Happy indeed, the Spirit says; now they can rest forever after their work, since their good deeds go with them’.

 

 The Word of the Lord.

 

[10] A Reading from the Book of the Apocalypse [20:11 – 21:1]

I, John, saw a great white throne and the One who was sitting on it. In His presence, earth and sky vanished, leaving no trace. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing in front of His throne, while the book of life was opened, and other books which were the record of what they had done in their lives, by which the dead were judged.

The sea gave up all the dead who were in it; Death and hades were emptied of all the dead that were in them; and everyone was judged according to the way in which he had lived. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the burning lake. The burning lake is the second death; anybody whose name could not be found written in the book of life was thrown into the burning lake.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea.

 

 The Word of the Lord.

 

[11] A Reading from the Book of the Apocalypse [21: 1-7]

I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, and the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, ‘You see this city? Here God lives among men. He will make His home among them; they shall be His people, and He will be their God; His name is God-with-them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness. The world of the past has gone.

Then the One sitting on the throne spoke: ‘Now I am making the whole of creation new’, He said. ‘I will give water from the well of life free to anybody who is thirsty; it is the rightful inheritance of the one who proves victorious; and I will be His God and he a Son to me.

 

 The Word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalms

PSALM 22 [23]

R The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

 

The Lord is my shepherd;

there is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures

where he gives me repose.

Near restful waters he leads me

to revive my drooping spirit.

R

 

He guides me along the right path;

He is true to His name.

If I should walk in the valley of darkness

no evil would I fear.

You are there with your crook and your staff;

with these you give me comfort.

R

 

You have prepared a banquet for me

in the sight of my foes.

My head you have anointed with oil;

my cup is overflowing.

R

 

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me

all the days of my life.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell

for ever and ever.

R

 

PSALM 24

R To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

 

Lord, make me know your ways.

Lord, teach me your paths.

Make me walk in your truth and teach me:

For you are God my Saviour.

R

 

Remember your mercy, Lord,

and the love you have shown from of old.

In your love remember me

because of your goodness O Lord.

R

 

Receive the anguish of my heart

and set me free from my distress.

Preserve my life and rescue me.

Do not disappoint me, you are my refuge

R

 

PSALM 26

R The Lord is my light and my help.

 

The Lord is my light and my help;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

before whom shall I shrink?

R

 

There is one thing I ask of the Lord, for this I long,

to live in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life,

to savour the sweetness of the Lord,

to behold his temple.

R

 

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;

have mercy and answer.

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;

hide not your face.

R

 

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness

in the land of the living.

Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.

Hope in the Lord.

R

 

PSALM 41

R My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life.

 

Like the deer that yearns for running streams,

so my soul is yearning for you, my God.

R

 

My soul is thirsting for God,

the God of my life;

when can I enter and see

the face of God?

R

 

And I will come to the altar of God,

the God of my joy.

My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp,

O God, my God.

R

 

Why are you cast down, my soul,

why groan within me?

Hope in God; I will praise Him still,

my Saviour and my God.

R

 

PSALM 62

R For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

 

O God, you are my God, for you I long;

for you my soul is thirsting.

My body pines for you

like a dry, weary land without water.

R

 

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary

to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life,

my lips will speak your praise.

R

 

So I will bless you all my life,

in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,

my mouth shall praise you with joy.

R

 

You have been my help;

in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.

My soul clings to you;

your right hand holds me fast.

R

 

PSALM 102

R The Lord is compassion and love.

 

The Lord is compassion and love,

slow to anger and rich in mercy.

He does not treat us according to our sins

nor repay us according to our faults.

R

 

As a father has compassion on his sons,

the Lord has pity on those who fear him;

for he knows of what we are made,

he remembers that we are dust.

R

 

As for man, his days are like grass;

he flowers like the flower in the field;

the wind blows and he is gone

and his place never sees him again.

R

 

But the love of the Lord is everlasting

upon those who held Him in fear;

his justice reaches out to children’s children

when they keep His covenant in truth.

R

 

PSALM 114 [115]

R I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

 

How gracious is the Lord, and just;

our God has compassion.

The Lord protects the simple hearts;

I was helpless so he saved me.

R

 

I trusted, even when I said:

‘I am sorely afflicted’,

and when I said in my alarm:

‘No man can be trusted’.

R

 

O precious in the eyes of the Lord

is the death of his faithful.

Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;

you have loosened my bonds.

R

 

PSALM 121

R I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house’.

 

I rejoiced when I heard them say:

‘Let us go to God’s house’.

And now our feet are standing

within your gates, O Jerusalem.

R

 

Jerusalem is built as a city

strongly compact.

It is there that the tribes go up,

the tribes of the Lord.

R

 

For Israel’s law it is,

there to praise the Lord’s name.

There were set the thrones of judgement

of the house of David.

R

 

For the peace of Jerusalem pray:

‘Peace be to your homes!

May peace reign in your walls,

in your palaces, peace.

R

 

For love of my brethren and friends

I say: ‘Peace upon you!’

For love of the house of the Lord

I will ask for your good.

R

 

PSALM 129

R Out of the depths, I cry to you, O Lord

 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,

Lord, hear my voice!

O let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my pleading.

R

 

If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,

Lord, who would survive?

But with you is found forgiveness;

for this we revere you.

R

 

My soul is waiting for the Lord,

I count on his word.

My soul is longing for the Lord,

more than watchmen for daybreak.

R

 

Because with the Lord there is mercy

and the fullness of redemption,

Israel indeed he will redeem

from all its iniquity.

R

 

PSALM 142

R Lord, listen to my prayer.

 

Lord, listen to my prayer: turn your ear to my appeal.

You are faithful, you are just; give answer.

Do not call your servant to judgement

for no one is just in your sight.

R

 

I remember the days that are past: I ponder all your works.

I muse on what you hand has wrought

and to you I stretch out my hands.

Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

R

 

Lord, make haste and give me answer:

for my spirit fails within me.

In the morning let me know your love

for I put my trust in you.

R

 

Teach me to do your will

for you, O Lord, are my God.

Let your good spirit guide me

in ways that are level and smooth.

R

Second Readings

SECOND READINGS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT

 

[1] A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans. [5: 5-11]

Hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us. We were still helpless when at His appointed moment Christ died for sinful men. It is not easy to die even for a good man – though of course for someone really worth, a man might be prepared to die – but what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Having died to make us righteous is it likely that He would now fail to save us from God’s anger? When we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, we were still enemies; now that we have been reconciled, surely we may count on being saved by the life of His Son? Not merely because we have been reconciled but because we are filled with joyful trust in God, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have already gained our reconciliation.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[2] A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans [5: 17 – 21]

If it is certain that death reigned over everyone as the consequence of one man’s fall, it is even more certain that one man, Jesus Christ, will cause everyone to reign in life who receives the free gift that he does not deserve, of being made righteous. Again, as one man’s fall brought condemnation to everyone, so the good act of one man brings everyone life and make them justified. As by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous. When law came, it was to multiply the opportunities of falling, but however great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater; and so, just as sin reigned wherever there was death, so grace will reign to bring eternal life thanks to the righteousness that comes from Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[3] A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans [6: 3-9]

When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in His death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with Him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life. If in union with Christ we have imitated his death, we shall also imitate him in his resurrection. We must realise that our former selves have been crucified with him to destroy this sinful body and to free us from the slavery of sin. When a man dies, of course, he has finished with sin. But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him; Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him anymore.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[4] A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans [8: 14-23]

Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit Himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well; heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing His suffering so as to share His glory.

I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal His sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains the hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[5] A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans [8: 31-35, 37-39]

With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that He will not refuse anything He can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us – He rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand He stands and pleads for us.

Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of Him who loved us.

For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, nor any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[6] A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans [14: 7-12]

The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead, we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life, it was so that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. We shall all have to stand before the judgement seat of God; as scripture says: by my life – it is the Lord who speaks – every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall praise God. It is to God, therefore that each of us must give account of himself.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[7] A Reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians [15: 20 – 28]

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order; Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to God the Father. For He must be King until he has put all his enemies under His feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet. Though when it is said that everything is subjected, this clearly cannot include the One who subjected everything to him. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[8] A Reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians [15: 51-57]

I will tell you something that has been secret: that we are not all going to die, but we shall all be changed. This will be instantaneous, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet sounds. It will sound, and the dead will be raised, imperishable, and we shall be changed as well, because our present perishable nature must put on imperishability and this mortal nature must put on immortality.

When this perishable nature has put on imperishability, and when this mortal nature has put on immortality, then the words of Scripture will come true: Death is swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? Now the sting of death is sin, and sin gets its power from the Law. So let us thank God for giving us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[9] A Reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians [4:14 – 5:1]

We know that he who raised the Lord Jesus to life will raise us with Jesus in our turn, and put us by His side and you with us. You see, all this is for your benefit, so that the more grace is multiplied among people, the more thanksgiving there will be, to the glory of God.

That is why there is no weakening on our part, and instead, though this outer man of ours may be falling into decay, the inner man is renewed day by day. Yes, the troubles which are soon over, though they weigh little, train us for the carrying of a weight of eternal glory which is out of all proportion to them. And so we have no eyes for things that are visible, but only for things which are invisible; for visible things last only for a time, and the invisible things are eternal.

For we know that when the tent that we live in on earth is folded up, there is a house built by God for us, an everlasting home not made by human hands, in the heavens.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[10] A Reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians [5:1, 6-10]

We know that when the tent that we live in on earth is folded up, there is a house built by God for us, an everlasting home not made by human hands, in the heavens.

We are always full of confidence, then, when we remember that to live in the body means to be exiled from the Lord, going as we do by faith and not by sight – we are full of confidence, I say, and actually want to be exiled from the body and make our home with the Lord. Whether we are living in the body or exiled from it, we are intent on pleasing him. For all the truth about us will be brought out in the law court of Christ, and each of us will get what he deserves for the things he did in the body, good or bad.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[11] A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians [3: 20-21]

For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the Saviour we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will transfigure these wretched bodies of our into copies of His own glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which He can subdue the whole universe.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[12] A Reading form the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians [4: 13-18]

We want you to be quite certain, brothers, about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them, like the other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus; God will bring them with Him. We can tell you this from the Lord’s own teaching, that any of us who are left alive at the Lord’s coming will not have any advantage over those who have died. At the trumpet of God, the voice of the Archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down from heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then those of us who are still alive will be taken up into the clouds, together with them, to meet the lord in the air. So we shall stay with the Lord forever. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[13] A Reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy [2: 8-13]

Remember the Good News that I carry, ‘Jesus Christ risen from the dead, sprung from the race of David’; it is on account of this that I have my own hardships to bear, even to being chained like a criminal – but they cannot chain up God’s news. So I bear it all for the sake of those who are chosen so that in the end they may have the salvation that is in Christ Jesus and the eternal glory that comes with it.

Here is a saying that you can rely on:

 

If we have died with Him, then we shall live with Him.

If we hold firm, then we shall reign with Him.

If we disown Him, then He will disown us.

We may be unfaithful, but He is always faithful, for He cannot disown His own self.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[14] A Reading from the First Letter of Saint John [3: 1-2]

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge Him, therefore it does not acknowledge us. My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like Him becsuse we shall see Him as He really is.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

[15] A Reading from the First Letter of Saint John [3: 14-16]

We have passed out of death and into life,

and of this we can be sure

because we love our brothers.

If you refuse to love, you must remain dead;

to hate your brother is to be a murderer,

and murderers, as you know, do not have eternal life in them.

This has taught us love –

that He gave up His life for us;

and we, too, ought to give up our lives for our brothers.

 

The Word of the Lord.

Prayers of the Faithful

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL – OPTION A

[Some or all of these prayers may be used, or new intercessions composed]

 

Priest –

Brothers and sisters,

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father,

where he intercedes for His Church.

Confident that God hears the voices of those who trust in the Lord Jesus,

we join our prayers to His.

 

  1. In Baptism [N] received the light of Christ. Scatter the darkness now and lead him/her over the waters of death.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

  1. Our brother / sister [N] was nourished at the table of the Saviour. Welcome him / her into the halls of the heavenly banquet.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

  1. Many friends and members of our families have gone before us and await the kingdom. Grant them an everlasting home with your Son.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

  1. Many people die by violence, war and famine each day. Show your mercy to those who suffer so unjustly these sins against your love, and gather them to the eternal kingdom of peace.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

  1. Those who trusted in the Lord now sleep in the Lord. Give refreshment, rest and peace to all whose faith is known to you alone.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

  1. The family and friends of [N] seek comfort and consolation. Heal their pain and dispel the darkness and doubt that comes from grief.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Priest –

Lord God, giver of peace and healer of souls,

hear the prayers of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ,

and the voices of your people,

whose lives were purchased by the blood of the Lamb.

Forgive the sins of all who sleep in Christ

and grant them a place in the kingdom.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen

 

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL – OPTION B

[Some or all of these prayers may be used, or new intercessions composed]

 

Priest –

God the Almighty Father raised Christ, His Son, from the dead;

with confidence we ask Him to save all His people, living and dead.

 

  1. For [N] who in baptism was given the pledge of eternal life,

that he / she may now be admitted to the company of the saints.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

  1. For our brother / sister who ate the body of Christ, the bread of life,

that he / she may be raised up on the last day.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

  1. For our deceased relatives and friends and for all who have helped us,

that they may have the reward of their goodness.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

  1. For doctors, nurses and carers,

particularly those who were so good to [N],

in the last months of his / her life.

May they have kind hearts and gentle hands.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

  1. For the family and friends of our brother / sister [N],

that they may be consoled in their grief by the Lord

who wept at the death of his friend Lazarus.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

  1. For all here present,

that Christ may open our ears and hearts

to receive His love and the Good News of salvation.

Lord hear us … Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Priest –

God, our shelter and our strength, you listen in love to the cry of your people: hear the prayers we offer for our departed brothers and sisters, cleanse them of their sins and grant them the fullness f redemption.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen