Prayers for Those Who Mourn

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"Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

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 light.

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. Amen.

Into Your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust (Name). In this life, You embraced him/her with Your tender love; deliver him/ner now from every evil and bid him/her enter eternal rest.

The old order has passed away because You gave us Your only Son as our Redeemer. Through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, 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 forever and ever. Amen.

Father of all mercies and God of consolation, You love us eternally and transform the shadows of death into the dawn of life. Look upon our grief; be our refuge and comfort so that our sadness and sorrow may turn into the light and peace of Your Presence. In dying, Your Son destroyed death; in rising, He restored life. Grant that at the end of our earthly pilgrimage we may be found in His company with our brothers and sisters. There, You shall wipe away every tear. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Visiting the Cemetery

It is good--not morbid or macabre--for Christians to visit the cemetary, especially in November, the month of All Saints. Remember what the Bible tells us: God planted a garden and made our first parents from the dust of the earth. Adam and Eve's sin exiled them from Eden, and ever since then human beings have longed for the garden of paradise. His saving passion completed, Jesus was buried in a new tomb in a garden, forever making graves and graveyards holy places. And when Mary Magdalene spotted the Risen Lord at dawn, she thought He was the gardener! The cemetary reminds us of the Bible's gardens.

We show great respect for the remains of the dead because while living, the body of the baptized, anointed one was a temple of the Holy Spirit. So we decorate the graves of our loved ones who have died to remember and to respect them.

LUKE 24:1-8
On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the Body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again." Then they remembered His words

The care bestowed upon the burial of the body is no aid to salvation. It is merely an act of humanity regulated by affection. It is most proper that one should care for the corpse of a neighbor when that neighbor has died. If these offices are paid to the dead, even by those who do not believe in the resurrection of the body, how much more should they be paid by those who DO believe in the resurrection on the last day? Thus, these duties toward a body, which although dead is destined to rise again and to live throughout eternity, are in a way a testimony of faith in that belief.
---St. Augustine of Hippo

Prayers at the Cemetery

O God, by Whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, send Your holy angel to watch over this grave, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through Our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God (Name), and we commit his/her body to the ground: earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

The Lord bless him/her and keep him/her, the Lord make His Face to shine upon him/ner and be gracious to him/her, the Lord lift up His countenance upon him/her and give him/her peace. Amen.

O God, this hour revives in us memories of loved ones who are here no more. What happiness we shared when they walked among us! What joy, when, loving and loved, we lived our lives together! Their memory is a blessing forever.

Months or years may have passed, yet we feel near to them. Our hearts yearn for them. Though the bitter grief has softened, a duller pain abides, for the place where once they stood is empty now. The links of life are broken, but the links of love and longing cannot break. Their souls are bound up with ours forever.

O Lord, I thank You for allowing me to have these very special people in my life. I have been truly blessed by their presence, their words and actions, and their love. I grieve not for them, but for myself, as I truly miss them. We shared so much, and yet I feel our times together were fleeting. Help me, O God, to realize that the distance between us now is not so great and that one day, I will be reunited with them in paradise. Together, we will glorify You, Almighty Father, Your only Son, Jesus Christ, and Your Holy Spirit for all eternity. Amen.

May God remember forever my dear ones, (Name them), who have gone to their eternal rest. May they be at one with the One Who is life eternal. May the beauty of their lives shine forevermore, and may my life always bring honor to their memory. Amen.

O Lord Jesus Christ, King of Glory, deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the deep pit: Deliver them from the lion's mouth, that hell may not swallow them up, and may they not fall into darkness. May Your holy standard-bearer St. Michael the Archangel lead them into the holy light of Your Presence for all eternity. Amen.

1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring Him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord Himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore, encourage one another with these words.

Eternal rest grant unto (Name), O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him/her. May (Name) rest in peace. May (Name's) soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

See Other Prayers For:

Loss of a Child
Mother of the Faithful Departed
Holy Souls in Purgatory
All Souls Novena

Deceased Loved Ones

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