St. Conleth’s Parish Funeral Mass

(Readings Prayers and reflections)

TO THOSE WHO ARE BEREAVED

We want you to know that your sorrow and grief is shared by the whole Parish Family. We will support you in every possible way. We will also pray for you and with you.

There are two ceremonies in the church:

1:     The reception at the church

This is a ceremony of prayers, readings and hymns. This usually takes place the evening before the Funeral Mass.

2:     The Funeral Mass

The funeral Mass has a clear message of hope. In the following pages there is a selection of Bible readings to chose from. Pick those that have a special meaning for you. Some members of the family may be composed enough to do the  Readings. But if it would be an ordeal, feel free to ask friends of the family or a neighbour.What to Choose?

  1.    One reading from the Old Testament.
  2.    One reading from the New Testament.
  3.    Prayers of the Faithful. (Choose between 3 and 5.)
  4.    Offertory:  (Bread and Wine Only.)
  5.    Communion reflection (Chosen  from the Reflections provided. See Below)
  6.    Music: Choose from the Hymns suggested below. Any other music chosen aught to be    appropriate to a religious ceremony and approved by the Priest .
  7.    Personal gifts that reflect the life of your loved one which are presented at the                    beginning of the Mass.

Old Testament Readings 

(Choose one Old Testament  reading )

1. A reading from the book of Wisdoms 3:1-9

The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them. In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, their going looked like disaster, their leaving us, like annihilation; but they are in peace. God has put them to the test and proved them worthy to be with him; he has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust. When the time comes for his visitation they will shine out. They who trust in him will understand the truth; those who are faithful will live with him in love; for grace and mercy await those he has chosen.

This is the word of the Lord.


2. A reading from the book of Sirach 38: 16-17,23

My people, weep for the dead, lament to express your sorrow and bury the dead with fitting ceremonial and do not fail to honour the grave. Weep bitterly, cry out with full voice, and observe the mourning period in accordance with the merits of the deceased. When the dead are laid to rest, let their memory be one of peace; be comforted on their account once their spirit has departed.

This is the word of the Lord.


3. A reading from the book of Ecclesiastes (3)

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under Heaven. A time for giving birth, a time for dying, a time for healing, a time for tears, a time for laughter, a time for mourning, a time for speaking, a time for loving. All that God does is apt for its time.

This is the word of the Lord.


 4. A reading from the prophet Isaiah 25:6-9

Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed;I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice, For I am the Lord your God, who grasps your right hand; it is I who say to you “Fear not, I will help you” I have brushed away your offences like a cloud, your sins like a mist; return  to me, for I have redeemed you. Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child within her womb? Even should she forget. I will never forget you. See upon the palm of my hand I have written your name. Yes, in joy you shall depart, in peace you shall be brought back.

This is the word of the Lord.


5. A reading from the Book of Lamentations

My soul is shut out from peace; I have forgotten happiness. And now I say, “My strength is gone, that hop which came from the Lord”. This is what I shall tell my heart, and so recover hope: the favours of the Lord are not all past, his kindness are not exhousted; every morning they are renewed great is his faithfulness. “My portion is the Lord” says my soul” “and so I will hope in him” It is good to wait in silence fort he Lord to save.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is the word of the Lord.


New Testament Readings

(Choose one New Testament Reading)

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans, (14:7-12)

The life and death of each one of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; if we die’ we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life, it was so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This is the word of the Lord.


A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

We want you to be quite certain about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them, like the other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is the word of the Lord.


A reading from the first letter of St. John (3:1-2)

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children: and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us. My dear people we are already the children of God, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is the word of the Lord.


A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans, (8: 16-23)

I think that what we suffer in life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. From the beginning till ow the entire creation, as we know it, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, bul all of us who possess the first-fruits of the spirit, we too groan inwardly for out bodies to be set free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This is the work of the Lord.


A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to Timothy

As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the food fight, I  have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is the work of the Lord.


A reading from the book of Revelation

I, John heard a voice from Heaven say to me, “Write down; happy are those who die in the lord! Happy indeed, the Spirit says; now they can rest for ever after their work, since their good deeds go with them.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is the work of the Lord.


Prayers of the Faithful

(Choose around four prayers from the list)

       1. N……. touched the lives of all of us. Help us to keep alive in our lives the values and           the ideals he/she put before us.

           Lord hear us.

      2. God of all consolation, help us to comfort one another in our grief, finding light in time           of darkness, and faith in time of doubt.

           Lord hear us.

      3. God is full of mercy and compassion. May he forgive N…… any sins he/she                           committed through human frailty.

           Lord hear us.

      4. Let us pray for all those who care for the sick and the dying, especially for those who             cared for N…… during his/her illness.

          Lord hear us.

      5. Be with all who are in sorrow and mourning the loss of N…… God of consolation                   give them the courage and strength to live through this time of suffering which has                 been laid upon them and give them a deep peace, which only you can give.

          Lord hear us.

      6. In the face of the trauma of death, we ask the Lord to walk with us in faith, because               with our human eyes, all we see is pain and separation.                                                           Lord hear us.

 

.     7. Lord, we ask your blessing today on all those who are seriously ill, be close to them              in their time of sickness, and if it be your will, heal them and restore them to full health          again.

.         Lord hear us.

.    8. We remember today all who are terminally ill, Lord, be close to them as they enter into          the last stage of their journey towards their homeland. Keep alive in them the flame of          faith and hope as they draw near to their father’s house.

.         Lord hear us.

.    9. Blessed are we who are saddened by the loss of one whom we have loved: may our            hope in the Resurrection and promise of eternal life bring us comfort and turn our                  sadness to joy.

.         Lord hear us.

.10.  We pray for all our departed brothers and sisters, today we pray for _____________             man N…… be reunited with them in God’s Kingdom where there is no more pain                   or suffering.

.      .Lord hear us.