Opening Prayer (by the Priest)

Dear friends, let us now turn to the lord,
the God of hope and consolation
who calls us to the everlasting glory in Christ Jesus.

My dear friends,
let us join with one another in praying to God,
not only for our departed brother/sister (Name),
but also for the Church, for peace in the world and ourselves.

My brothers and sisters,
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead
and sits at the right hand of the Father,
where He intercedes for us.
Confident that God hears the voice
of those who trust in Jesus, we join our prayers to His.

My dear friends,
as we thank God for the gift of (name)’s life,
and for the dedication and love he/she has shown to all those whose lives he/she has touched,
we turn to our loving God and place our needs before you.

Petition theme: For the Church and its Leaders
(choose one)

For the Bishops and Priests of the Church and all who spread the Good News; may they be given the strength to express in action the word they proclaim; we pray. . .

For the Church and its teachings on life both here and hereafter. May this be seen as a continuation of the Promise of Jesus that He will give life to the full in the Kingdom of His Father; we pray. . .

For all Religious Leaders and Ministers; may they be open to the signs of the times to exercise a ministry of humble service to God’s people; we pray.

Petition theme: For the Recently Deceased
(choose one)

For (name) who was so dearly loved by her/his family and many friends. As she was loved by you, Lord, may he/she enter into eternal life with You; we pray. . .

Today we entrust (name) into Your loving care. We thank You for the gift of her/his life and her/his love for us all. Welcome her/him now into Your heavenly home where he/she will know peace and happiness forever; we pray. . .

Lord, You raised the dead to life; welcome our brother/sister (name) into Your Eternal Kingdom; we pray. . .

Petition theme: For the Family
(choose one)

Lord, help us to accept (name)’s death and find comfort in knowing she/he is at peace in Your care; we pray. . .

For the family and friends of (name), that they may be comforted in their grief; we pray. . .

We ask You to watch over the family and friends who loved (name) and give them the strength to continue to live by his/her example with love and kindness he/she gave to the family; we pray. . .

Petition theme: For those Present
(choose one)

For all of us assembled here today to worship in faith, that we may all one day be gathered in God’s Eternal Kingdom; we pray. . .

That (name)‘s immense strength and courage help all that knew her/him to draw inspiration and not take for granted the simple pleasures of life; we pray. . .

That all who had the privilege of knowing (name) will be inspired by his/her unfailing faith and integrity and may come to a greater understanding of their own faith; we pray. . .

Petition theme: For Caregivers
(choose one)

For the medical and nursing staff of the (hospital) who cared for (name) and we all ask you Lord to continue to guide them in their work; we pray. . .

For all those who have cared for (name) ; especially (caregivers) ; may their devotion and care be justly rewarded; we pray. .

For all those who cared for (name) during his/her illness. May their devotion to (name)‘s care be rewarded through your loving ways; we pray. . .

Concluding Prayer (by the Priest)

Lord God, in the resurrection of your Son,
You have shown us that life is stronger than death.
Support us as we travel towards You on our
pilgrim journey and bring us one day to the
fullness of life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

God our shelter and strength,
you listen in love to the cry of your people;
hear the prayers we offer for our departed
brother/sister (Name) and grant
him/her the fullness of redemption.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Loving God,
you listen in love to the cry of your people,
hear the prayers we offer for (Name),
look on her/him with Your Infinite Love
and bring her/him to the fullness of life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.