Lord's Prayer

    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
    For Thine is the kingdom,
    the power and the glory
    For ever and ever


    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
    that never was it known
    that any one who fled to your protection,
    implored your help or sought your intercession,
    was left unaided.
    Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you,
    O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
    To you I come, before you I stand,
    sinful and sorrowful;
    O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
    despise not my petitions, but in your mercy
    hear and answer me.

    Almighty God

    Almighty God,
    you love everything you have made
    and judge us with infinite mercy and justice.
    We rejoice in your promises of pardon, joy and peace
    to all those who love you.
    In your mercy turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life,
    and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven;
    through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
    who died, rose again, and lives for evermore.

    Soul Of Christ, Sanctify Me

    Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
    Body of Christ, save me.
    Blood of Christ, refresh me.
    Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
    Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
    O good Jesus, hear me.
    Within your wounds hide me.
    Let me never be separated from you.
    From the power of darkness defend me.
    In the hour of my death, call me
    and bid me come to you,
    that with your saints I may praise you
    for ever and ever.

    Heavenly Father

    Heavenly Father,
    you have not made us for darkness and death,
    but for life with you for ever.
    Without you we have nothing to hope for;
    with you we have nothing to fear.
    Speak to us now your words of eternal life.
    Lift us from anxiety and guilt
    to the light and peace of your presence,
    and set the glory of your love before us;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Lord Of All We Praise You

    Lord of all, we praise you
    for all who have entered into their rest
    and reached the promised land where you are seen face to face.
    Give us grace to follow in their footsteps
    as they followed in the way of your Son.
    Thank you for the memory of those you have called to yourself:
    by each memory, turn our hearts from things seen to things unseen,
    and lead us till we come to the eternal rest
    you have prepared for your people,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    A Prayer For The Dead

    God our Father,
    Your power brings us to birth,
    Your providence guides our lives,
    and by Your command we return to dust.

    Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
    their lives change but do not end.
    I pray in hope for my family,
    relatives and friends,
    and for all the dead known to You alone.

    In company with Christ,
    Who died and now lives,
    may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
    where all our tears are wiped away.
    Unite us together again in one family,
    to sing Your praise forever and ever.

    Living God

    Living God, you have lit the day with the sun's light
    and the midnight with shining stars.
    Lighten our hearts with the bright beams
    of the Sun of Righteousness
    risen with healing in his wings,
    Jesus Christ our Lord.
    And so preserve us in the doing of your will,
    that at the last we may shine
    as the stars for ever;
    through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

    God Be In My Head

    God be in my head,
    and in my understanding;
    God be in my eyes,
    and in my looking;
    God be in my mouth,
    and in my speaking;
    God be in my heart,
    and in my thinking;
    God be at my end,
    and at my departing.

    The Serenity Prayer

    Reinhold Niebuhr

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.
    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
    That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him
    Forever in the next.

    Prayer Of Saint Francis Of Assisi

    Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
    where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.
    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood, as to understand;
    to be loved, as to love;
    for it is in giving that we receive,
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

    Day By Day

    Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for all the benefits you have won for us, for all the pains and insults you have borne for us.
    Most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.

    A Gaelic Farewell

    May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face.
    May the rain fall softly upon your fields until we meet again,
    And may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

    For Those Who Mourn

    Almighty God,
    Father of all mercies and giver or all comfort: deal graciously,
    we pray thee,
    with all those who mourn,
    that casting every care on thee,
    they may know the consolation of thy love;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    New Freshness

    Brother Roger of Taizé

    Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Living God,
    you breathe in us
    on all that is inadequate and fragile.

    You make living water spring even
    from our hurts themselves.
    And through you, the valley of tears
    becomes a place of wellsprings.

    So, in an inner life
    with neither beginning nor end,
    your continual presence
    makes new freshness break through.

    Look Up

    I would be true for there are those who trust me,
    I would be pure for there are those who care,
    I would be strong for there is much to suffer,
    I would be brave for there is much to dare,
    I would be friend of all, the foe, the friendless,
    I would be giving and forget the gift,
    I would be humble for I know my weakness,
    I would look up and laugh and love, and live.

    For Those Whom We Love

    O Father of all,
    we pray to thee for those whom we love, but see no longer.
    Grant them thy peace; let light perpetual shine upon them;
    and in thy loving wisdom and almighty power work in them the good purpose of thy perfect will;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    No Ends, No Beginnings

    John Donne

    Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven;
    to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;
    no noise nor silence, but one equal to music;
    no fears nor hopes, but one equal to possession;
    no ends, nor beginnings, but one equal to eternity;
    in the habitations of thy glory and dominion, world with out end.

    Death is Only an Horizon

    Rossiter W. Raymond

    O God, who holdest all souls in life and callest them unto thee as seemeth best:
    we give them back, dear God, to thee who gavest them to us.
    But as thou didst not lose them in the giving, so we do not lose them by their return.
    For not as the world giveth, givest thou, O Lord of souls:
    that which thou givest thou takest away:
    for life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only the horizon, and the horizon is nothing to save the limit of our sight.

    from The Bhagavad Gita

    Chapter 4

    In any way that men love me, in that same way they find my love:
    for many are the paths of men, but they all in the end come to me.

With Grace