Prayer Before a Funeral

Lord Jesus,
help us to remember you,
your holy life,
your innocent death,
your glorious resurrection,
all that you did to redeem us
and make us your own.

Lord Jesus,
help us to remember your holy Word,
that those who believe in you
have crossed over from death to life,
and that you will raise us up on the last day.

Lord Jesus,
help us to remember
what your gracious promises tell us
about what is to come,
that nothing in all creation
will separate us from your love,
and that one day you will wipe away all our tears
in your kingdom
where there will be no more mourning
or crying or pain.

Make these your truths our solid, and unmovable comfort,
so that with steadfast faith
we face any hardship,
and in spite of our tears,
find joy in you, your Word, your promise.

Source: © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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For the Dying

800px-caravaggio-emmaus-750pixO God,
our heavenly Father,
have pity on your children in great bodily weakness
who are drawing near the gates of death.
Send your dear Son to meet with them on the way,
and to stay with them,
for the day is now far spent,
that he may comfort them with the Word of your goodness,
and break with them the bread of eternal life;
through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Freely modified from  A Book of Collects in Two Parts,  John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

This prayer references Luke 24:13-35

“that he may comfort them with the Word of your goodness” in the original is “that he may comfort them with a sense of thy goodness”

Graphic: Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus, from Wikimedia Commons

Thanks after Food

CelticCapital30Thanks to you, O God,
praise be to you, O God,
reverence to you, O God,
for all you have given me.

As you have given life corporeal
to earn me my worldly food,
so grant me life eternal
to show forth your glory.

Grant me grace throughout my life,
grant me life at the hour of my death;
be with me, O God, in casting off my breath,
O God, be with me in the deep currents.

O! in the parting of the breath,
O! be with my soul in the deep currents.
O God, be with my soul in crossing the river,
in passing through the deep floods.

Source: Malcolm Macmillan, merchant, Balvannich, Benbecula in  Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. III,p. 317. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. III, p. 194

“O God, be with my soul in crossing the river, / in passing through the deep floods.” in the original is “O God, be with my soul in sounding the fords, / in crossing the deep floods.”