Reading the Names of the Faithful Departed (All Saints Day)

This is provided with two options: Option 1, For use by itself as a service, or Option 2, for use as an element within a service.

OPTION 1: For use by itself as a service:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
And also with you.

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:19-20)

With hope in Christ and in the resurrection to eternal life, we remember those who have died in the last year:

The names of those who have died in the last year are read.

For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.
Yes, they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them. (Revelation 14:13)

Let us pray.

O almighty and eternal God,
through your only beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
you will sanctify all your elected and beloved.
Give us grace to follow their faith, hope and love,
that together with them we may obtain eternal life;
through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.
Amen.

Our Father…

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus + Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.
Amen.

OPTION 2: For use as an element within a service:

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:19-20)

With hope in Christ and in the resurrection to eternal life, we remember those who have died in the last year:

The names of those who have died in the last year are read.

For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.
Yes, they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them. (Revelation 14:13)

Let us pray.

O almighty and eternal God,
through your only beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
you will sanctify all your elected and beloved.
Give us grace to follow their faith, hope and love,
that together with them we may obtain eternal life;
through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.
Amen.

“Blessed are They Which Are Called,” or another hymn may be sung.

Source: Prepared for A Collection of Prayers.

Scripture is from The Holy Bible: New International Version. 

Prayer is by Veit Dietrich, d. 1549.

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For Sanctification

O Christ our God,
you will come to judge the world
in the humanity you have taken on yourself.
Sanctify us wholly,
that in the day of your coming
our whole spirit, soul, and body
may arise to a fresh life in you,
that we may live and reign with you forever,
to your honor and glory;
you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Liturgy

Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953. The New Ancient Collects, #54

For Rightful Recognition of God, “The Giver of All Good Things”

O God,
by making the evening to follow the day
you have given the gift of rest for human weakness.
Grant that as we enjoy your timely blessings,
we may acknowledge you
from whom they come;
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Liturgy

Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953. The New Ancient Collects, #32

For the Church

O God of our salvation,
hope of all the ends of the earth,
hear us.
In your strength,
the outposts of your power,
and strongholds of lofty virtues
are as firm as the mountains.
On you we rely for gifts of inspiration,
to ascend to the summit of all blessedness,
that your Church,
as it extends to all corners of the world,
may soar in faith, may rest in hope,
and rise to the full height of love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Liturgy

Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953.

For Heavenly Light

O God,
you are the well of life,
and in your light we see light.
Shine the light of your holy knowledge on us
and show us your flowing fountain.
Give our thirsty souls living water
and shine your light from heaven on our darkened minds;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Liturgy

Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953. The New Ancient Collects, #176

For Firm Faith

Arise, O Lord,
Judge of all the earth.
Since you are the light who enlightens the Gentiles,
do not allow us to remain in darkness.
Establish the foundation of our faith
on you, our steadfast rock,
not on the sand
where wind and wave
will overcome it. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Liturgy

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953.