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Elements for a Funeral Mass

(texts from which a selection can be made. To assemble them into a booklet, you may use the template, which gives the usual format for a Mass for the Deceased)


 

Selection of Hymns for Funerals

Bí Íosa im' Chroíse

Abide With Me

Be Still My Soul

Ag Críost an Síol

Be Still My Soul

Be Thou My Vision

The Day Thou Gavest, Lord

The Lord's my Shepherd


Bí Íosa im' Chroíse

Bí 'íosa im chroíse 's im chuimhne gach uair,
bí 'íosa im chroíse le haithrí go luath,
bí 'íosa im chroíse le dúthracht go buan,
's a íosa, 'Dhia dhílis, ná scar choíche uaim.

'Sé íosa mo ríse, mo chara 's mo ghrá,
'sé íosa mo dhídean ar pheaca 's ar bhás,
'sé íosa mo aoibhneas, mo sheasamh de ghnáth,
's a íosa, 'Dhia dhílis, ná scar liom go bráth.

Bí, 'íosa, go síoraí im chroí is im bhéal,
bí, 'íosa, go síoraí im thuiscint 's im mhéin,
bí, 'íosa, go síoraí im mheabhair mar léann,
's a íosa, 'Dhia dhílis, ná fág mé liom féin.


Ag Críost an Síol

Ag Críost an síol, ag Críost an fómhar;
in iothlainn Dé go dtógtar sinn.
Ag Críost an mhuir, ag Críost an t-iasc;
i líontaibh Dé go gcastar sinn.

Ó fhás go h'aois, is ó aois go bhás,
do dhá láimh, a Chríost, anall tharainn.
Ó bhás go críoch nach críoch ach athfhás,
i bParthas na ngrást go rabhaimid.


Only in God

Only in God will my soul be at rest,
from Him comes my hope, my salvation.
He alone is my rock of safety,
my strength, my glory, my God

Trust in Him at all times, O people,
and pour out your hearts.
God Himself is a Refuge for us
and a Stronghold for our fear.

Many times have I heard of His favor
His long-lasting love.
You, Yourself, Lord, reward all who labor
for love of Your name.

Only in God will my soul be at rest,
from Him comes my hope, my salvation.
He alone is my rock of safety,
my strength, my glory, my God,
.... my God.

Abide With Me

Abide with me; fast fall the eventide;
The darkness deepens—Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me!

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day,
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me!

I need Thy presence ev'ry passing hour
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's pow'r?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me!

Hold Thou Thy word before my closing eyes,
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav'n's morning breaks and earth's vain shadows flee—
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Henry F. Lyte, 1840


Be Still, My Soul

Be still, my soul—the Lord is on thy side!
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide—
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul—thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul—thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past;
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake—
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul—the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul—the hour is hast'ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul—when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Katharina von Schlegel, 1752


Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart—
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night—
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word—
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son -
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise—
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart—
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'n's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

St Patrick, 5th Century


The Day Thou Gavest, Lord

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at thy behest;
To thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.

As o'er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.

The sun that bids us rest is waking
Our brethren 'neath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high.

So be it, Lord; thy throne shall never,
Like earth's proud empires, pass away:
Thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
Till all thy creatures own thy sway.

John Ellerton, 1870


The Lord's my Shepherd

The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want.
he makes me down to lie
in pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again;
and me to walk doth make
within the paths of righteousness,
even for his own Name's sake.

Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale,
yet will I fear no ill;
for thou art with me; and thy rod
and staff my comfort still.

My table thou hast furnishéd
in presence of my foes;
my head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me;
and in God's house forevermore
my dwelling place shall be.

Francis Rowe, 1650


Old Testament (First Reading)

select one of the following:

Job 19:1.23-27 (I know that my Redeemer lives)

Wis 3:1-9 (He accepted them as a holocaust)

Wis 4:7-15 (Untarnished life is ripe old age)

Is 25:6-9 (The Lord will destroy death)

Qoheleth 3:1-8; 14 (A Time for every season)

Lam 3:24-29 (It is good to wait for the Lord)

Dan 12:1-3 (The dead will arise)

2 Macc 12:43-45 (Belief in the resurrection)


From the Book of Job 19:1.23-27

(I know that my Redeemer Lives)

Then Job said: "O that my words were written down! O that they were inscribed in a book! O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock forever!

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Book of Wisdom 3:1-9

(He accepted them as a Holocaust)

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.

Although in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them forever.

Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Book of Wisdom 4:7-15

(Untarnished life is ripe old age)

But the righteous, though they die early, will be at rest.
For old age is not honored for length of time,
or measured by number of years;
but understanding is maturity enough for anyone,
and a blameless life is ripe old age.

There were some who pleased God and were loved by him,
and while living among sinners were taken up.
They were caught up so that evil might not change their understanding
or guile deceive their souls...

Being perfected in a short time, they fulfilled long years;
for their souls were pleasing to the Lord,
therefore he took them quickly out from the midst of wickedness...

For God's grace and mercy are with his elect,
and that he watches over his holy ones.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Book of Isaiah 25:6-9

(The Lord will destroy death for ever)

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever.

Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Book of Qoheleth (3:1-8; 14)

(A Time for every Season)

To everything there is a season,
And a time for every purpose in this life.

A time to be born and a time to die,
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up,
A time to wound and a time to heal,
A time to break down and a time to build up,
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and a time to dance,
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
A time to win and a time to lose,
A time to keep and a time to give away,
A time to rend and a time to repair,
A time to keep silence and a time to speak,
A time to love and a time to hate,
A time to oppose and a time to make peace.

To everything there is a season,
And a time for every purpose in this life.

I know that whatever God does endures forever;
nothing can be added to it, nothing taken from it;
God has done this, and all should stand in awe of him.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Book of Lamentations 3:24-29

(It is good to wait in silence for the Lord to save)

"The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth,
to sit alone in silence when the Lord has imposed it,
to put one's mouth to the dust, for there may yet be hope.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Book of Daniel 12:1-3

(Those who lie sleeping in the dust will arise)

I, Daniel, received this message from the Lord:
"At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Second Book of Maccabees 12:43-45

(A noble action, in light of the resurrection)

(Judas Maccabeus) also took up a collection, man by man, to the amount of two thousand drachmas of silver, and sent it to Jerusalem to provide for a sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably, taking account of the resurrection.

For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he was looking to the splendid reward that is laid up for those who fall asleep in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Therefore he made atonement for the dead, so that they might be delivered from their sin.

This is the Word of the Lord


Responsorial Psalms

(Choose one from below. In most cases, just three verses of the Psalms are used)

  1. Ps 23 (The Lord is my Shepherd)
  2. Ps 26 (The Lord is my light and my salvation)
  3. Ps 42/43 (My soul is thirsting for God)
  4. Ps 103 (The Lord is compassion and love)

Psalm 23

(Response: I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life.)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.

He leads me along the right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil; for you are with me;
your rod and your staff -
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life.
I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life.


Psalm 27

(Response: The Lord is my light and my help)

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.

Hear me, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious and answer me!
Your face, Lord, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me.

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!

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Psalm 42

(Response: My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life)

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?

These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
and led them in procession to the house of God,
with shouts of gladness and thankful songs
a multitude keeping festival.

O send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling.

Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; I shall again praise him,
my helper and my God.


Psalm 103

(Response: The Lord is compassion and love)

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.

As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.

As for mortals, their days are like grass;
they flourish like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.

But the steadfast love of the Lord is everlasting
upon those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children's children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.


New Testament (Second Reading)

select one of the following:

  1. Ac 10:34-43 (God appointed him to judge the living and the dead)
  2. Rom 5:5-11 (How can he fail to save us from the wrath of God?)
  3. Rom 5:17-21 (Where sin abounded, grace abounds still more)
  4. Rom 6:3-9 (Let us live by a new way of life)
  5. Rom 8:14-23 (We wait for our bodies to be set free)
  6. Rom 8:31-39 (What can separate us from the love of Christ?)
  7. Rom 14:7-12 (Alive or dead, we belong to the Lord)
  8. 1 Cor 15:20-28 (All will be brought to life in Christ)
  9. 2 Cor 5:1-10 (At Home with the Lord)
  10. 1 Thes 4:13-18 (Death is swallowed up in victory)
  11. Phil 4:1; 4-7 (Beloved, be of one mind )
  12. 2 Tim 2:8-13 (If we die with him, then we shall live with him)
  13. 1 Jn 3:1-2 (We shall see him as he really is)
  14. Rev. 21:1-7 (There will be no more death)

From the Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43

(God has appointed him to judge the living and the dead)

Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ - he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Letter to the Philippians

( Beloved, be of one mind )

My brothers and sisters,
whom I love and long for,
my joy and crown,
stand firm in the Lord in this way:
My beloved, be of one mind!

Be glad in the Lord always;
again I will say, be glad.
Let your gentleness be evident to all;
the Lord is near!

Do not worry about anything,
but in everything by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving
make known your requests to the Lord.

And the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Letter of St Paul to the Romans 5:5-11

(How can he fail to save us from the wrath of God?)

Hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person - though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.

But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Letter of St Paul to the Romans 5:17-21

(Where sin abounded, grace abounds still more)

If, because of the one man's trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.

For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Letter of St Paul to the Romans 6:3-9

(Let us live by a new way of life)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin.

But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:14-23

(We wait for our bodies to be set free)

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ - if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:31-39

(What can separate us from the love of Christ?)

If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Letter of St Paul to the Romans 14:7-12

(Alive or dead, we belong to the Lord)

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God." So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the First Letter to the Corinthians 15:20-28

(All will be brought to life in Christ)

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.

For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. "For God has put all things in subjection under his feet." But when it says, "All things are put in subjection under him," it is plain that he is excepted who put all things under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under him, that God may be everything to every one.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Second Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 5:1-10

(At Home with the Lord)

My sisters and brothers, we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling - if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

Because of this we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for in this we walk by faith and not by sight. Yes, and in this confidence, we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are "at home" or "away", we make it our aim to please him. For in the end, all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in this life, whether good or evil.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the First Letter to the Thessalonians 4:13-18

(Death is swallowed up in victory)

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may no grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died.

For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Second Letter to Timothy 2:8-13

(If we die with him, then we shall live with him)

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David - that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful - for he cannot deny himself.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the First Letter of St John 3:1-2

(We shall see him as he really is)

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

This is the Word of the Lord


From the Book of Revelation 21:1-7

(There will be no more death)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away."

Then the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

This is the Word of the Lord


Gospel Readings

Select one of the following:

  1. Matt 5:1-12 (Your reward will be great in heaven)
  2. Matt 11:25-30 (Come to me, all who labour)
  3. Matt 25:31-46 (Come, you blessed of my Father)
  4. Mk 16:1-6 (He is risen; he is not here)
  5. Lk 7:11-17 (Young man, I say to you, get up)
  6. Lk 12:35-40 (You too must stand ready)
  7. Lk 23:44-49. 24:1-6 (Father, into your hands)
  8. Lk 24:13-16 (Christ would suffer, and enter his glory)
  9. Jn 14:1-6 (In my Father's house there are many rooms)
  10. Jn 17:24-26 (I want them to be with me, where I am)


From the Holy Gospel according to St.Matthew (Matt 5:1-12)

(Your reward will be great in heaven)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain;
and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
"Blessed are the merciful,
for they will receive mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


From the Holy Gospel according to St.Matthew (Matt 11:25-30)

(Come to me, all you that are weary)

At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."


From the Holy Gospel according to St.Matthew (Matt 25:31-46)

(Come, you blessed of my Father)

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.'

Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'

Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'

Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.'


From the Holy Gospel according to St.Mark (Mk 16:1-6)

(He is risen; he is not here)

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.

They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.


From the Holy Gospel according to St.Luke (Lk 7:11-17)

(Young man, I say to you, get up)

Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, rise!" The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen among us!" and "God has looked favorably on his people!"


From the Holy Gospel according to St.Luke (Lk 12:35-40)

(You too must stand ready)

Jesus said to his Disciples:

"Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. "But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."


From the Holy Gospel according to St.Luke (Lk 23:44-49. 24:1-6)

(Father, into your hands)

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last.

When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, "Certainly this man was innocent." And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts.

But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.


From the Holy Gospel according to St.Luke (Lk 24:13-16. 28-35)

(The Christ would suffer, and so enter his glory)

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, becase it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?"

That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


From the Holy Gospel according to St.John (Jn 6:37-40)

(Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life)

Jesus said to the people:

Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.

This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day."


From the Holy Gospel according to St. John (Jn 6:51-58)

(Whoever eats this bread will live forever)

Jesus said to the people:

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

So Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.

Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever."


From the Holy Gospel according to St. John (Jn 11:17-27)

(I am the resurrection and the life)

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him."

Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day."

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world."


From the Holy Gospel according to St. John (Jn 12:23-28)

(Unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains alone)

Jesus said to his disciples, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor. "Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say - ' Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this our. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."


From the Holy Gospel according to St. John (Jn 14:1-6)

(In my Father's house there are many rooms)

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going."

Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.


From the Holy Gospel according to St. John (Jn 17:24-26)

(I want them to be with me, where I am)

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: "Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

"Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."


 

Intercessions for the Funeral Mass

Prayers of the Faithful:

These can be personalised, and read by friends and relatives of the departed person. Select four of five Intercessions from the examples given below)

1. Let us pray for N. In baptism he/she died with Christ, may he/she now share in the fullness of his resurrection. Lord, hear us.

2. Our God and Father is full of mercy and compassion. May this loving God forgive N. any sins he/she may have committed through human frailty. Lord, hear us.

3. For the sorrowing family, relatives and friends of N., that they may find strength and consolation in our Christian faith and in the love and support of this community. Lord, hear us.

4. We pray for those who mourn N.'s death (especially ....); that you may find strength and consolation in the hope we have through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Lord, hear us.

5. God of all consolation, help all the bereaved to comfort one another in our grief, finding light in time of darkness,and faith in time of doubt. Lord, hear us.

6. We pray for all those we have loved who have died. Lord give them the reward of their goodness. Lord, hear us.

7. We pray for those who care for the sick and dying, especially those who cared so kindly for N. during his/her illness. Lord, hear us.

8. For all parents who grieve over the death of their children; that they may be comforted in the knowledge that they rest in God. Lord, hear us.

9. May the prayers of Mary, the Mother of God, who stood by the cross as her son was dying, help those who mourn and be with all of us in our time of need. Lord, hear us.

10. We pray for all who are gathered here today, that our memory of N. whom we knew and loved may inspire us to live our own lives to the full. Lord, hear us.

11. We pray for all of our fellow men and women; that each of us may be peacefully prepared for the hour of our death, when God will call us from this world to the next. Lord, hear us.


Additional Prayers

1. A Celtic Prayer

May God make safe to you each step
May God make open to you each pass
May God make clear to you each road,
And may He take you in the clasp of His own two hands.

2. A Providence Prayer

Gracious God
You surround us all our days
We walk and work in the light of your world
and sleep and dream in
the gentle dark you created.
Now that our working and dreaming are done,
Give us rest and a place to call home,
within the great city of your love.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Amen.

3. J. H. Newman's Prayer for serenity

May He support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen
and the evening comes
and the busy world is hushed
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done -
then in His mercy -
may He give us safe lodging
and a holy rest
and peace at the last.

4. J. H. Newman's Prayer for the Departed

O Jesus, Lover of souls, we recommend to You the souls of all those your servants, who have departed with the sign of faith and sleep the sleep of peace. We beseech You, O Lord and Saviour, that, as in your mercy to them You became man, so now You would hasten the time, and admit them to your presence above. Remember, O Lord, that they are your creatures, not made by strange gods, but by You, the only Living and True God; for there is no other God but You, and none that can equal your works.

Let their souls rejoice in your light, and impute not to them their former iniquities, which they committed through the violence of passion, or the corrupt habits of their fallen nature. For, although they have sinned, yet they always firmly believed in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and before they died, they reconciled themselves to You by true contrition and the Sacraments of your Church.

 

5. St. Patrick's Breastplate

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.
I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spiced tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Loricum, or Breastplate of St. Patrick (5th c.)


Communion Reflections

One of these, or one of the additional prayers above, could be read by a relative of the deceased, in the quiet time after Holy Communion.

  1. 1. Miss me but let me go
  2. 2. Death is just a Horizon
  3. 3. Stranger at our side
  4. 4. Builders of Eternity
  5. 5. Gone from our sight
  6. 6. Footprints
  7. 7. For one who died young

1. Miss me but let me go

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone
It's all a part of the master plan
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury the sorrow in doing good deeds
Miss me but let me go.


2. Death is just a Horizon

We give them back to you, O Lord, who first gave them to us; and as you did not lose them in the giving so we do not lose them in the return. Not as the world gives do you give O Lord. For what is yours is ours also, if we belong to you. Life is unending because love is undying and the boundaries of this life are but an horizon and an horizon is but the limit of our vision. Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further. Strengthen our faith that we may see beyond the horizon. And while you prepare a place for us as you have promised, prepare us also for that happy place; that where you are we may be also, with those we have loved, forever. [Bede Jarett, O.P.]


3. Stranger at our side

All through life's day our risen Lord walks with us. Often, however, he is a stranger to us, for he never forces himself upon us. Before the day's end, we will ask many questions, experience many failures, disappointments and heartaches. And then, suddenly, whether we are young, middle aged or old, we will find that the shadows are lengthening and night is fast approaching. In that moment we pray that, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, our eyes will be opened and that we will recognise him - the stranger who walked at our side - as our risen Lord. And he will not vanish from our sight. Instead he will guide us through the dark valley of death to the safety of the Father's house.

4. Builders of Eternity

Isn't it strange that princes and kings
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
And ordinary folks, like you and me,
Are builders of eternity.
To each is given a bag of tools,
An hour-glass and a book of rules;
And each must build 'ere time has flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.

5. Gone from our sight

I am standing on the seashore. Suddenly a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts out for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she is only a ribbon of white cloud just above where the sea and sky mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: "There! She's gone!" Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her and just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There! She's gone!" there are other voices ready to greet her with a glad shout: "There! She comes!"And that is dying.

6. Footprints

One night a man had a dream. He dreamt that he was walking along a beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed the scenes of his life. For each scene he noticed not one, but two sets of footprints in the sand. He understood immediately that one belonged to him and the other to the Lord. But then he noticed a curious thing. At the lowest and saddest times in his life there was only one set of footprints. This bothered him and so he asked the Lord: "How come that during the most difficult times in my life, the very times when I most needed you, you left me on my own?" Then the Lord replied: "My friend, during your trials and sufferings when you see only one set of footprints, those footprints are mine. It was then that I carried you.


7. For one who died young

To my dear Parents...

Do not grieve that I died so young. I lived my span of life to the full, well cared for and always aware of your love. There are many who have lived long lives but have not been as well loved as me. If you would honour me, then continue to mention my name and to number me still among your family. If you would show me honour, keep alive your best memories of me, and keep your lives full of love, for it is love that lets us live. And above all, do not doubt that we will meet again in the loving arms of God our Father.