PRAYER FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
Lord Jesus Christ, by your own three days in the tomb you made
holy the graves of all who believe in you and so made the grave a sign of hope
that promises resurrection even as it claims our mortal bodies.
Lord of love and mercy, we trust in your everlasting
goodness. We remember our loved ones in
this grave and those in graves in other places.
May we hold their memories dear and ever follow their example of
kindness and of faith. May they rest in
the eternal happiness and peace of our heavenly home.
Let us who remain find comfort in our sadness, certainty in our
doubt and faith and hope in your promise, Lord, of eternal life for all who
place their trust in you.
Sprinkle the grave with Holy
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as
it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.