Prayers

Vigil for the Deceased

In the light of verbal indications given to several episcopal Conferences, texts in this rite affected by the new translation of the Roman Missal into English are appended and indicated by the abbreviation ‘NTRM’. Users are requested to consult their local Ordinary, or abide by guidelines issued by him, in determining which text to use.


INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Greeting

Opening Song

Invitation to Prayer

Opening Prayer

LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading

Responsorial Psalm

Gospel

Homily

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Litany

The Lord’s Prayer

Concluding Prayer

CONCLUDING RITE

Blessing


INTRODUCTORY RITES


GREETING

69 Using one of the following greetings, or in similar words, the minister greets those present.

A.

May the God of hope give you the fullness of peace, and may the Lord of life be always with you.
R. And also with you. [NTRM: And with your spirit.]

B.

The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
R. And also with you. [NTRM: And with your spirit.]

C.

The grace and peace of God our Father, who raised Jesus from the dead, be always with you.
R. And also with you. [NTRM: And with your spirit.]

D.

May the Father of mercies, the God of all consolation, be with you.
R. And also with you. [NTRM: And with your spirit.]

OPENING SONG

70 The celebration continues with a song.

INVITATION TO PRAYER

71 In the following or similar words, the minister invites those present to pray:

My brothers and sisters, we believe that all the ties of friendship and affection which knit us as one throughout our lives do not unravel with death. Confident that God always remembers the good we have done and forgives our sins, let us pray, asking God to gather N. to himself.

Pause for silent prayer.

OPENING PRAYER

72 The minister says one of the following prayers.

398 The following prayers for the dead may be used in the various rites. The prayers should be chosen taking the character of the text into account as well as the place in the rite where it will occur.

1 General 1   2 General 2   3 General 3   4 General 4   5 General 5   6 General 6   7 General 7   8 General 8   9 General 9   10 General 10   11 General 11   12 General 12   13 General 13   14 A pope   15 A diocesan bishop   16 Another bishop   17 A priest 1   18 A priest 2   19 A priest 3   20 A deacon 1   21 A deacon 2   22 A religious 1   23 A religious 2   24 One who worked in the service of the Gospel   25 A baptized child 1   26 A baptized child 2   27 A young person 1   28 A young person 2   29 Parents   30 A parent   31 A married couple 1   32 A married couple 2   33 A married couple 3   34 A wife   35 A husband   36 A deceased non-Christian married to a Catholic   37 An elderly person 1   38 An elderly person 2   39 One who died after a long illness 1   40 One who died after a long illness 2   41 One who died after a long illness 3   42 One who died suddenly   43 One who died accidentally or violently   44 One who died by suicide 1   45 One who died by suicide 2   46 Several persons 1   47 Several persons 2

1 General

God of faithfulness,
in your wisdom you have called your servant N. out of this world;
release him/her from the bonds of sin,
and welcome him/her into your presence,
so that he/she may enjoy eternal light and peace
and be raised up in glory with all your saints.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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2 General

Lord, in our grief we turn to you.
Are you not the God of love
who open your ears to all?

Listen to our prayers for your servant N.,
whom you have called out of this world:
lead him/her to your kingdom of light and peace
and count him/her among the saints in glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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3 General

Holy Lord, almighty and eternal God,
hear our prayers for your servant N.,
whom you have summoned out of this world.
Forgive his/her sins and failings
and grant him/her a place of refreshment, light, and peace.
Let him/her pass unharmed through the gates of death
to dwell with the blessed in light,
as you promised to Abraham and his children for ever.
Accept N. into your safekeeping
and on the great day of judgment
raise him/her up with all the saints
to inherit your eternal kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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4 General

Into your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brother/sister N.
In this life you embraced him/her with your tender love;
deliver him/her now from every evil
and bid him/her enter eternal rest.
The old order has passed away:
welcome him/her then into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain,
but the fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

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5 General

Almighty God and Father,
it is our certain faith that your Son, who died on the cross, was raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of all who have fallen asleep.
Grant that through this mystery
your servant N., who has gone to his/her rest in Christ,
may share in the joy of his resurrection.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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6 General

O God,
glory of believers and life of the just,
by the death and resurrection of your Son, we are redeemed:
have mercy on your servant N.,
and make him/her worthy to share the joys of paradise,
for he/she believed in the resurrection of the dead.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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7 General

Almighty God and Father,
by the mystery of the cross, you have made us strong;
by the sacrament of the resurrection
you have sealed us as your own.
Look kindly upon your servant N.,
now freed from the bonds of mortality,
and count him/her among your saints in heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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8 General

God of loving kindness,
listen favorably to our prayers:
strengthen our belief that your Son has risen from the dead
and our hope that your servant N. will also rise again.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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9 General

To you, O God, the dead do not die,
and in death our life is changed, not ended.
Hear our prayers
and command the soul of your servant N.
to dwell with Abraham, your friend,
and be raised at last on the great day of judgment.
In your mercy cleanse him/her of any sin
which he/she may have committed through human frailty.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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10 General

Lord God, in whom all find refuge,
we appeal to your boundless mercy:
grant to the soul of your servant N.
a kindly welcome,
cleansing of sin,
release from the chains of death,
and entry into everlasting life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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11 General

God of all consolation,
open our hearts to your word,
so that, listening to it, we may comfort one another,
finding light in time of darkness
and faith in time of doubt.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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12 General

O God, to whom mercy and forgiveness belong,
hear our prayers on behalf of your servant N.,
whom you have called out of this world;
and because he/she put his/her hope and trust in you,
command that he/she be carried safely home to heaven
and come to enjoy your eternal reward.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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13 General

O God,
in whom sinners find mercy and the saints find joy,
we pray to you for our brother/sister N.,
whose body we honor with Christian burial,
that he/she may be delivered from the bonds of death.
Admit him/her to the joyful company of your saints
and raise him/her on the last day
to rejoice in your presence for ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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14 A pope

O God, from whom the just receive an unfailing reward,
grant that your servant N., our Pope,
whom you made vicar of Peter and shepherd of your Church,
may rejoice for ever in the vision of your glory,
for he was a faithful steward here on earth
of the mysteries of your forgiveness and grace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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15 A diocesan bishop

Almighty and merciful God,
eternal Shepherd of your people,
listen to our prayers and grant that your servant, N., our bishop,
to whom you entrusted the care of this Church,
may enter the joy of his eternal Master,
there to receive the rich reward of his labors.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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16 Another bishop

O God,from the ranks of your priests
you chose your servant N.
to fulfill the office of bishop.
Grant that he may share
in the eternal fellowship of those priests
who, faithful to the teachings of the apostles,
dwell in your heavenly kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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17 A priest

God of mercy and love,
grant to N., your servant and priest,
a glorious place at your heavenly table,
for you made him here on earth
a faithful minister of your word and sacrament.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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18 A priest

O God,
listen favorably to our prayers
offered on behalf of your servant and priest,
and grant that N.,
who committed himself zealously to the service of your name,
may rejoice for ever in the company of your saints.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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19 A priest

Lord God,
you chose our brother N. to serve your people as a priest
and to share the joys and burdens of their lives.
Look with mercy on him
and give him the reward of his labors,
the fullness of life promised to those who preach your holy Gospel.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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20 A deacon

God of mercy,
as once you chose seven men of honest repute
to serve your Church,
so also you chose N. as your servant and deacon.
Grant that he may rejoice in your eternal fellowship
with all the heralds of your Gospel,
for he was untiring in his ministry here on earth.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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21 A deacon

Lord God,
you sent your Son into the world
to preach the Good News of salvation
and to pour out his Spirit of grace upon your Church.
Look with kindness on your servant N.
As a deacon in the Church
he was strengthened by the gift of the Spirit
to preach the Good News,
to minister in your assembly,
and to do the works of charity.

Give him the reward promised
to those who show their love of you
by service to their neighbor.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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22 A religious

All-powerful God, we pray for our brother/sister N.,
who responded to the call of Christ
and pursued wholeheartedly the ways of perfect love.
Grant that he/she may rejoice
on that day when your glory will be revealed
and in company with all his/her brothers and sisters
share for ever the happiness of your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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23 A religious

God of blessings,
source of all holiness,
the voice of your Spirit has drawn countless men and women
to follow Jesus Christ
and to bind themselves to you
with ready will and loving heart.
Look with mercy on N.
who sought to fulfill his/her vows to you,
and grant him/her the reward promised to all good and faithful servants.

May he/she rejoice in the company of the saints
and with them praise you for ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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24 One who worked in the service of the Gospel

Faithful God,
we humbly ask your mercy for your servant N.,
who worked so generously to spread the Good News:
grant him/her the reward of his/her labors
and bring him/her safely to your promised land.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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25 A baptized child

Lord, in our grief we call upon your mercy:
open your ears to our prayers,
and one day unite us again with N.,
who, we firmly trust,
already enjoys eternal life in your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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26 A baptized child

To you, O Lord,
we humbly entrust this child,
so precious in your sight.
Take him/her into your arms
and welcome him/her into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow,
no weeping nor pain,
but the fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

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27 A young person

Lord,
your wisdom governs the length of our days.
We mourn the loss of N.,
whose life has passed so quickly,
and we entrust him/her to your mercy.
Welcome him/her into your heavenly dwelling
and grant him/her the happiness of everlasting youth.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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28 A young person

Lord God,
source and destiny of our lives,
in your loving providence
you gave us N.
to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.
Now you have called him/her to yourself.

As we grieve the loss of one so young,
we seek to understand your purpose.
Draw him/her to yourself
and give him/her full stature in Christ.
May he/she stand with all the angels and saints,
who know your love and praise your saving will.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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29 Parents

Lord God, who commanded us to honor father and mother,
look kindly upon your servants N. and N.,
have mercy upon them
and let us see them again in eternal light.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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30 A parent

God of our ancestors in faith,
by the covenant made on Mount Sinai
you taught your people to strengthen the bonds of family
through faith, honor, and love.
Look kindly upon N.,
a father/mother who sought to bind his/her children to you.
Bring him/her one day to our heavenly home
where the saints dwell in blessedness and peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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31 A married couple

Lord God, whose covenant is everlasting,
have mercy upon the sins of your servants N. and N.;
as their love for each other united them on earth,
so let your love join them together in heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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32 A married couple

Eternal Father,
in the beginning you established the love of man and woman
as a sign of creation.
Your own Son loves the Church as a spouse.
Grant mercy and peace to N. and N. who,
by their love for each other,
were signs of the creative love
which binds the Church to Christ.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
R. Amen.

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33 A married couple

Lord God,
giver of all that is true and lovely and gracious,
you created in marriage a sign of your covenant.
Look with mercy upon N. and N.
You blessed them in their companionship,
and in their joys and sorrows you bound them together.
Lead them into eternal peace,
and bring them to the table
where the saints feast together in your heavenly home.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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34 A wife

Eternal God,
you made the union of man and woman
a sign of the bond between Christ and the Church.

Grant mercy and peace to N.,
who was united in love with her husband.
May the care and devotion of her life on earth
find a lasting reward in heaven.
Look kindly on her husband and family/children
as now they turn to your compassion and love.
Strengthen their faith and lighten their loss.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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35 A husband

Eternal God,
you made the union of man and woman
a sign of the bond between Christ and the Church.

Grant mercy and peace to N.,
who was united in love with his wife.
May the care and devotion of his life on earth
find a lasting reward in heaven.
Look kindly on his wife and family/children
as now they turn to your compassion and love.
Strengthen their faith and lighten their loss.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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36 A deceased non-Christian married to a Catholic

Almighty and faithful Creator,
all things are of your making,
all people are shaped in your image.
We now entrust the soul of N. to your goodness.
In your infinite wisdom and power,
work in him/her your merciful purpose,
known to you alone from the beginning of time.
Console the hearts of those who love him/her
in the hope that all who trust in you
will find peace and rest in your kingdom.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
R. Amen.

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37 An elderly person

God of endless ages,
from one generation to the next
you have been our refuge and strength.
Before the mountains were born
or the earth came to be,
you are God.
Have mercy now on your servant N.
whose long life was spent in your service.
Give him/her a place in your kingdom,
where hope is firm for all who love
and rest is sure for all who serve.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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38 An elderly person

God of mercy,
look kindly on your servant N.
who has set down the burden of his/her years.
As he/she served you faithfully throughout his/her life,
may you give him/her the fullness of your peace and joy.
We give thanks for the long life of N.,
now caught up in your eternal love.
We make our prayer in the name of Jesus who is our risen Lord
now and for ever.
R. Amen.

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39 One who died after a long illness

God of deliverance,
you called our brother/sister N.
to serve you in weakness and pain,
and gave him/her the grace of sharing the cross of your Son.
Reward his/her patience and forbearance,
and grant him/her the fullness of Christ’s victory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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40 One who died after a long illness

Most faithful God,
lively is the courage of those who hope in you.
Your servant N. suffered greatly
but placed his/her trust in your mercy.
Confident that the petition of those who mourn
pierces the clouds and finds an answer,
we beg you, give rest to N.
Do not remember his/her sins
but look upon his/her sufferings
and grant him/her refreshment, light, and peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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41 One who died after a long illness

O God,
you are water for our thirst
and manna in our desert.
We praise you for the life of N.
and bless your mercy
that has brought his/her suffering to an end.
Now we beg that same endless mercy
to raise him/her to new life.
Nourished by the food and drink of heaven,
may he/she rest for ever
in the joy of Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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42 One who died suddenly

Lord,
as we mourn the sudden death of our brother/sister,
show us the immense power of your goodness
and strengthen our belief
that N. has entered into your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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43 One who died accidentally or violently

Lord our God,
you are always faithful and quick to show mercy.
Our brother/sister N. was suddenly [and violently] taken from us.
Come swiftly to his/her aid,
have mercy on him/her,
and comfort his/her family and friends
by the power and protection of the cross.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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44 One who died by suicide

God, lover of souls,
you hold dear what you have made
and spare all things, for they are yours.
Look gently on your servant N.,
and by the blood of the cross
forgive his/her sins and failings.

Remember the faith of those who mourn
and satisfy their longing for that day
when all will be made new again
in Christ, our risen Lord,
who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

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45 One who died by suicide

Almighty God and Father of all,
you strengthen us by the mystery of the cross
and with the sacrament of your Son’s resurrection.
Have mercy on our brother/sister N.
Forgive all his/her sins and grant him/her peace.
May we who mourn this sudden death be comforted
and consoled by your power and protection.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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46 Several persons

O Lord,
you gave new life to N. and N.
in the waters of baptism;
show mercy to them now,
and bring them to the happiness of life in your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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47 Several persons

All-powerful God,
whose mercy is never withheld
from those who call upon you in hope,
look kindly on your servants N. and N.,
who departed this life confessing your name,
and number them among your saints for evermore.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.


LITURGY OF THE WORD


73 The celebration continues with the liturgy of the word. Other options may be found in Readings for the Order of Funerals in the ‘Rites’ Section of the iBreviary

FIRST READING

74 A reader proclaims the first reading.

2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

We have an everlasting home in heaven

We know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.

So we are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord. Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.

The Word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

75 The following psalm is sung or said or another psalm or song.

R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
  or:
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

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.
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
  or:
R.
I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

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 savor the sweetness of the Lord,
to behold his temple.

R.
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
  or:
R.
I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
“Seek his face.”

R.
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
  or:
R.
I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

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.
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
  or:
R.
I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

GOSPEL

76 The gospel reading is then proclaimed.

+
A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke
12:35-40

Be prepared


Jesus told his disciples:

“Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

HOMILY

77 A brief homily on the readings is then given.


PRAYER OF INTERCESSION


LITANY

78 The minister leads those present in the following litany.

Let us turn to Christ Jesus with confidence and faith in the power of his cross and resurrection.

Assisting minister:

Risen Lord, pattern of our life for ever:
Lord, have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Assisting minister:

Promise and image of what we shall be:
Lord, have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Assisting minister:

Son of God who came to destroy sin and death:
Lord, have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Assisting minister:

Word of God who delivered us from the fear of death:
Lord, have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Assisting minister:

Crucified Lord, forsaken in death, raised in glory:
Lord, have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Assisting minister:

Lord Jesus, gentle Shepherd who brings rest to our souls, give peace to N. for ever:
Lord, have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Assisting minister:

Lord Jesus, you bless those who mourn and are in pain. Bless N.’s family and friends who gather around him/her today:
Lord, have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

79 Using one of the following invitations, or in similar words, the minister invites those present to pray the Lord’s Prayer.

A
Friends (brothers and sisters), our true home is heaven. Therefore let us pray to our heavenly Father as Jesus taught us:

B With God there is mercy and fullness of redemption; let us pray as Jesus taught us:

C Let us pray for the coming of the kingdom as Jesus taught us:

All:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.


CONCLUDING PRAYER

80 The minister says one of the following prayers. 399 The following prayers for the mourners may be used in the various rites. The prayers should be chosen taking the character of the text into account as well as the place in the rite where it will occur.

1 General 1

2 General 2

3 General 3

4 General 4

5 General 5

6 General 6

7 General 7

8 A baptized child 1

9 A baptized child 2

10 A baptized child 3

11 A baptized child 4

12 A baptized child 5

13 A child who died before baptism 1

14 A child who died before baptism 2

15 A stillborn child

1 General

Father of mercies and God of all consolation,
you pursue us with untiring love
and dispel the shadow of death
with the bright dawn of life.

[Comfort your family in their loss and sorrow.
Be our refuge and our strength, O Lord,
and lift us from the depths of grief
into the peace and light of your presence.]

Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
by dying has destroyed our death,
and by rising, restored our life.
Enable us therefore to press on toward him,
so that, after our earthly course is run,
he may reunite us with those we love,
when every tear will be wiped away.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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2 General

Lord Jesus, our Redeemer,
you willingly gave yourself up to death,
so that all might be saved and pass from death to life.
We humbly ask you to comfort your servants in their grief
and to receive N. into the arms of your mercy.
You alone are the Holy One,
you are mercy itself;
by dying you unlocked the gates of life
for those who believe in you.
Forgive N. his/her sins,
and grant him/her a place of happiness, light, and peace
in the kingdom of your glory for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

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3 General

God, all-compassionate,
ruler of the living and the dead,
you know beforehand
those whose faithful lives reveal them as your own.
We pray for those who belong to this present world
and for those who have passed to the world to come:
grant them pardon for all their sins.
We ask you graciously to hear our prayer
through the intercession of all the saints
and for your mercy’s sake.
For you are God, for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

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4 General

Lord our God,
the death of our brother/sister N.
recalls our human condition
and the brevity of our lives on earth.
But for those who believe in your love
death is not the end,
nor does it destroy the bonds
that you forge in our lives.
We share the faith of your Son’s disciples
and the hope of the children of God.
Bring the light of Christ’s resurrection
to this time of testing and pain
as we pray for N. and for those who love him/her,
through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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5 General

Lord God,
you are attentive to the voice of our pleading.
Let us find in your Son
comfort in our sadness,
certainty in our doubt,
and courage to live through this hour.
Make our faith strong
through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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6 General

Lord,
N. is gone now from this earthly dwelling
and has left behind those who mourn his/her absence.
Grant that as we grieve for our brother/sister
we may hold his/her memory dear
and live in hope of the eternal kingdom
where you will bring us together again.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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7 General

Most merciful God,
whose wisdom is beyond our understanding,
surround the family of N. with your love,
that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss,
but have confidence in your goodness,
and strength to meet the days to come.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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8 A baptized child

Lord of all gentleness,
surround us with your care
and comfort us in our sorrow,
for we grieve at the loss of this [little] child.

As you washed N. in the waters of baptism
and welcomed him/her into the life of heaven,
so call us one day
to be united with him/her
and share for ever the joy of your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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9 A baptized child

Eternal Father,
through the intercession of Mary,
who bore your Son and stood by the cross as he died,
grant to these parents in their grief
the assistance of her presence,
the comfort of her faith,
and the reward of her prayers.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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10 A baptized child

Lord God,
source and destiny of our lives,
in your loving providence
you gave us N.
to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.
Now you have called him/her to yourself.

We grieve over the loss of one so young
and struggle to understand your purpose.

Draw him/her to yourself
and give him/her full stature in Christ.
May he/she stand with all the angels and saints,
who know your love and praise your saving will.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
R. Amen.

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11 A baptized child

Merciful Lord,
whose wisdom is beyond human understanding,
you adopted N. as your own in baptism
and have taken him/her to yourself
even as he/she stood on the threshold of life.
Listen to our prayers and extend to us your grace,
that one day we may share eternal life with N.,
for we firmly believe that he/she now rests with you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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12 A baptized child

Lord God,
from whom human sadness is never hidden,
you know the burden of grief that we feel at the loss of this child.

As we mourn his/her passing from this life,
comfort us with the knowledge
that N. lives now in your loving embrace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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13 A child who died before baptism

O Lord, whose ways are beyond understanding,
listen to the prayers of your faithful people:
that those weighed down by grief
at the loss of this [little] child
may find reassurance in your infinite goodness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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14 A child who died before baptism

God of all consolation,
searcher of mind and heart,
the faith of these parents [N. and N.] is known to you.

Comfort them with the knowledge
that the child for whom they grieve
is entrusted now to your loving care.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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15 A stillborn child

Lord God,
ever caring and gentle,
we commit to your love this little one,
quickened to life for so short a time.
Enfold him/her in eternal life.

We pray for his/her parents
who are saddened by the loss of their child.
Give them courage
and help them in their pain and grief.
May they all meet one day
in the joy and peace of your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

A member or a friend of the family may speak in remembrance of the deceased.


CONCLUDING RITE


BLESSING

81 The minister says:

Blessed are those who have died in the Lord;
let them rest from their labors for their good deeds go with them.

A gesture, for example, signing the forehead of the deceased with the sign of the cross, may accompany the following words.

Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.

May he/she rest in peace.
R. Amen.

May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

A

A minister who is a priest or deacon says:


May the peace of God,
which is beyond all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God
and of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
R. Amen.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen.

B

A lay minister invokes God’s blessing and signs himself or herself with the sign of the cross, saying:


May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ
bless and console us
and gently wipe every tear from our eyes:
in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen.

The vigil may conclude with a song or a few moments of silent prayer or both.

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