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Scott Wilson
B: 1966-05-02
D: 2017-04-23
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Wilson, Scott
Mark DiNunzio
B: 1968-04-26
D: 2017-04-22
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DiNunzio, Mark
Carl Swanson
B: 1915-06-19
D: 2017-04-22
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Swanson, Carl
Phyllis Ennis
B: 1924-10-01
D: 2017-04-21
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Ennis, Phyllis
Jacqueline Williams
B: 1947-05-08
D: 2017-04-21
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Williams, Jacqueline
Betty Wagner
B: 1922-09-24
D: 2017-04-20
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Wagner, Betty
Tonya Walker
B: 1985-09-22
D: 2017-04-19
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Walker, Tonya
Marilyn Heberlein
B: 1941-07-18
D: 2017-04-19
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Heberlein, Marilyn
Lydia Asplund
B: 1930-11-30
D: 2017-04-19
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Asplund, Lydia
Dorothy Mazzagotti
B: 1938-07-19
D: 2017-04-16
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Mazzagotti, Dorothy
Cynthia Drew
B: 1948-06-03
D: 2017-04-16
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Drew, Cynthia
Neil Schmalenbach
B: 1932-10-20
D: 2017-04-16
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Schmalenbach, Neil
Pamela Roseto
B: 1959-07-22
D: 2017-04-15
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Roseto, Pamela
Robert Tredway
B: 1946-12-17
D: 2017-04-13
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Tredway, Robert
Darrin Hilinski
B: 1965-10-26
D: 2017-04-13
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Hilinski, Darrin
Patricia Michalczik
B: 1953-11-02
D: 2017-04-11
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Michalczik, Patricia
Shirlie Schaming
B: 1931-12-23
D: 2017-04-09
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Schaming, Shirlie
Kathlene Chernauskas
B: 1951-11-16
D: 2017-04-08
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Chernauskas, Kathlene
Ralph Suscheck
B: 1925-01-16
D: 2017-04-08
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Suscheck, Ralph
Stanley Wharton
B: 1925-06-24
D: 2017-04-07
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Wharton, Stanley
David Connaroe
B: 1952-07-31
D: 2017-04-06
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Connaroe, David

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Prayers/Verses

Psalm 121

 

I will lift mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is thy keeper:  the Lord is thy shade upon thy hand.  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil;  He shall preserve thy soul.  The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

 

 

Afterglow

 

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

 

I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun Of happy memories that I leave   When life is done

 

 

The 23rd Psalm

 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside still waters.  He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of  death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

 

A Flake of Snow

 

The sting of winter will yield to a softer season that's near.  A snowflake will appear and become apparent for a reason, That before was not clear.

Falling quietly now in the motionless air, to rest on the earth For an instant, then fade from the form, that carried it there,

it's gone, where?

Was it a part of the relentless power of the arrangement in time, That would single out one snowflake for a purpose, like mine, To touch the earth for a lifetime, it must be so where did we go?

 

 

Alleluia, Alleluia

 

With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants, where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but lifelasting.

 

Thou only art immortal, who hast created and fashioned man. For out of the earth were we mortals made, and unto the earth shall we return again, as Thou didst command when Thou madest man, saying unto me:

For earth thou art, and unto the earth shall thou return. Whether, also, all we mortals wend our way, making of our funeral dirge the song:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Amen.

 

 

I Corinthians 13:1

 

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all thing, believes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.

 

The Beatitudes

(Matt. 5:3 - 10)

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for

theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Blessed are they that mourn, for they

will be comforted.

 

Blessed are the meek, for they will

inherit the land.

 

Blessed are they who hunger and

thirst for righteousness for they will

be satisfied.

 

Blessed are the merciful, for they will

be shown mercy.

 

Blessed are the clean of heart, for

they will see God.

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for

they will be called children of God.

 

Blessed  are those who are persecuted,

for the sake of righteousness, for

theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

 

 

Christ Have Mercy

With the spirits of the righteous made perfect, give rest to the soul of Thy servant, O Saviour; and preserve it in that life of blessedness which

is with thee, O thou who lovest mankind.

 

In the place of Thy rest, O lord, where all thy Saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Thy servant for Thou only lovest mankind.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

 

Thou art our God, who descended into Hell, and loosed the bonds of those who were there, Thyself give rest also to the soul of Thy servant

 

Now and ever unto ages of ages.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

Sunny Skies

 

All sunny skies would be too bright,

 

All morning hours mean too much light,

 

All laughing days too gay a strain;

 

There must be clouds, and night, and rain,

 

And shut-in days, to make us see

 

The beauty of life's tapestry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossing The Bar

 

Sunset and evening star,

And one clear call from me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar

When I put out to sea.

 

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,

Too full for sound and foam,

When that which drew from out

the boundless deep.

 

Turns again home.

 

Twilight and evening bell,

And after that the dark!

And may there be no sadness

of farewell, When I embark;

 

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and place

The flood may bear me far,

I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crossed the bar.

 

 

 

Days Without End

 

GOD, Your days are without end, Your mercies beyond counting.  Help us always to remember that life is short and the day of our death is known to You alone.   May Your Holy Spirit lead us to live in holiness and justice all our days.

 

Then, after serving You in the fellowship of Your Church, with strong faith, consoling hope, and perfect love for all, may we joyfully come to Your Kingdom.

 

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

De Profundis

 

Thee O Lord: Lord hear my voice.  Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities, Lord who shall stand it?

For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of Thy law, have I waited for Thee O Lord. My soul hath relied on His word: my soul hath hoped in the Lord. From the morning watch even until night: let Israel hope in the Lord. Because with the Lord there is mercy and with Him plenteous redemption.

 

And He shall redeem Israel from all iniquities.  Eternal rest grant him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

 

 

 

Do Not Stand

 

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep,

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond's gift of snow.

 

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the autumn's gentle rain,

When you awaken in the morning's hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush.

 

Of quiet birds in circled flight,

I am the soft stars that shine at night,

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

 

I am not there,

 

I did not die.

 

 

 

Don't quit

 

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,

 

When the funds are low and the debts are high

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

 

When care is pressing you down a bit,

rest, if you must, but don't you quit.

 

Life is queer with its twists and turns, as everyone of us sometimes learns,

 

and many a failure turns about

when he might have won had he stuck it out,

 

Don't give up though the pace seems slow --

You may succeed with another blow.

 

Success is failure turned inside out --

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

 

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

 

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit --

It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

 

 

Irish Blessing

 

May the road rise with you,

 

May the wind be always

at your back,

 

May the sun shine warm

upon your face,

 

And rains fall soft

upon your fields,

 

And until we meet again,

may God keep you

in the hollow of His hand.

 

God Saw You Getting Tired

 

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you
and whispered,
"Come to Me"

With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.

A Golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

 

 

Footsteps

 

God sees when the footsteps all falter

 

When the pathway has grown too steep,

 

Then He touches the weary eyelids

 

And gives His dear ones sleep.

 

 

 

God made us a family

We need one another

   We love one another

    We forgive one another

   We work together

   We play together

   We worship together

    Together we use God's word

    Together we grow in Christ

   Together we love all men

   Together we serve our God

    Together we hope for Heaven

    These are our hopes and ideals

     Help us to attain them, O God,

 

     Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

 

Amen

 

 

 

 

God The Giver

 

"Blessed are they that mourn

for they shall be comforted".

St. Matthew, Verse 5

 

O God, the giver of pardon and lover of human salvation, have mercy on your servant who has departed from this world. May the intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, and all your Saints assist this soul in attaining eternal happiness.

 

May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God rest in peace.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

Good Morning God

 

You are ushering in another day untouched and freshly new, so here I come to ask you God if you'll renew me too?

 

Forgive the many errors, that I made yesterday, and let me try again dear God, to walk closer in Thy way.

 

But Father, I am well aware I can't make it on my own. So take my hand and hold it tight for I can't walk alone.

 

 

 

 

Let not your hearts be troubled;

believe in God, believe also in me.

 

In my Father's house are many rooms;

if it were not so, would I have told

you that I go and prepare a place

for you?

 

And when I go and prepare a place

for you, I will come again and will

take you to myself, that where I am

you may be also.

 

John 14: 1-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labourer’s Task is Over

 

Now the labourer's task is over;

 

Now the battle day is past;

 

Now upon the farther shore

 

Lands the voyager at last.

 

Father, in Thy gracious keeping

 

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

 

-- John Ellerton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

Leaf After Leaf

 

Leaf after leaf,

 

flower after flower.

 

Some in the dawn of day,

 

some in the after hour.

 

Alive they flourish,

 

and alive they fall,

 

and the earth that sustained them

 

receives them in fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Loved Her

 

Father we entrust our sister to your mercy.

 

You loved her greatly in this life: now that she is freed from all its cares, give her happiness and peace for ever.

 

Welcome her now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorare

 

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help, and sought Thy intercession was left unaided.

 

Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of virgins. My Mother! to Thee I come; before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Oh Mother of the Word incarnatel despise not my petitions, but, in Thy mercy, hear and answer me.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Miracle of Friendship

 

There's a Miracle called "Friendship" that dwells within the heart,

 

And you don't know how it happens or when

it gets its start . . .

 

But the happiness it brings you always gives a special lift, And you realize that "Friendship" is God's most precious gift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep.

 

See me safely through the night and

 

wake me with the morning light.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music

 

Music has moments of rapturous sound

And intervals of rest.

 

It thrills the heart

with its majesty

And soothes it when suppressed.

 

 

Life too has ringing,

throbbing tones

And muted, silent keys,

 

Yet both are merged

at the Master's touch

Into living symphonies.

 

~Florence Emeline Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

None of us lives unto himself,

 

and none of us dies to himself.

 

If we live, we live to the Lord,

 

and if we die, we die to the Lord

 

So then whether we live or

 

whether we die, we are the Lord's.

 

Romans 14:7-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safely Home

 

I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and bright!  There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light.  All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last.  Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the valley of the shade?  Oh!  but Jesus' love illumined every dark and fearful glade.  And He came Himself to meet me in that way so hard to tread;  And with Jesus' arm to lean on, Could I have one doubt or dread?  Then you must not grieve so sorely, For I love you dearly still; Try to look beyond earth's shadows, Pray to trust our Father's Will.  So you must not idly stand; Do it now, while life remaineth- You Shall rest in Jesus' land.  When  that work is all completed,  He will gently call you home;  Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer of St. Francis 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.

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, and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Precious Gift

 

One gift, above all others,

God gives to us to treasure.

One that knows no time, no place,

And one gold cannot measure.

 

The precious, poignant, tender gift,

Of Memory --- that will keep,

Our dear ones ever in our hearts

Although God gives them sleep.

 

It brings back long remembered things -

A song, a word, a smile.

And our world's a better place because

We had them for awhile!

 

~Jessie H. Fairweather

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Support Us

 

Lord, support us all day long,

 

until the shadows lengthen and

 

the evening comes, and the busy

 

world is hushed, and the fever

 

of life is over,  and our work

 

is done.  Then in thy mercy grant

 

us a safe lodging, and a holy

 

rest, and peace at the last.

 

Amen.

 

 

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The Hand of God

 

Though today you walk in sorrow,

you will not be alone.

 

There is One whose loving wisdom,

is far greater than our own.

 

Put your trusting hand in His as a little child would do,

and He like a loving father will guide and comfort you!

 

Day by day, there will come to you,

New faith, new hope, new light.

 

You'll find that stars unseen by day

Shine through the darkest night.

 

And though your heart is longing,

For the dear one who's at rest,

 

You'll know before the journey's end

That God's dear ways are best!

 

Jessie Home Fairweather

 

 

Thy Faithful People

 

For Thy faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, and when the house of this life on earth is gone, an eternal home is

prepared.  With them, O Lord let us be united, knowing that neither death nor life can separate us from Thy love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To One In Sorrow

 

Let me come in where you are weeping, friend,

And let me take your hand.

 

I, who have known a sorrow such as yours,

Can understand.

 

Let me come in -- I would be very still,

Beside you in your grief;

 

I would not bid you cease your weeping, friend,

Tears bring relief.

 

Let me come in -- I would only breathe a prayer,

And hold your hand,

 

For I have known a sorrow such as yours,

And understand.

 

~Grace Noll Crowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too Little time

 

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts

I want to think,

 

all the walks

I want to take,

 

all the books

I want to read, and

 

all the friends

I want to see.

 

The longer I live the more my mind dwells

upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.

 

~John Burroughs

 

 

 

 

Treasured Seasons

 

For everything there is an appointed season,

And a time for everything under heaven-

 

A time for sharing, a time for caring.

 

A time for loving, a time for giving;

 

A time for remembering, a time for parting.

 

 

You have made everything beautiful in its time

For everything You do remains forever.

 

 

 

We Give Them Back

 

We give them back to you, O Lord, who first gave them to us; yet as you did not lose them in the giving, so we do not lose them by their return . . .

 

For what is yours is ours also, if we belong to you. Love is unending, and the boundary of this mortal life is but a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see more clearly . . .

 

And while you prepare a place for us, prepare us also for that happy place, that we may be with you and with those we loved for evermore.

 

 

 

 

When Curtain falls

 

When through our tears of sorrow

 

we see a curtain fall,

 

And know a dearly-loved one

 

has gone beyond our call,

 

We must have faith and confidence

 

in God and in His way,

 

For He will raise the curtain

 

on a fairer scene some day.

 

Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick

 

O great Apostle of Ireland, glorious St. Patrick, to whom under God, so many are indebted for the most precious of all treasures, the great gift of Faith, receive our fervant thanks for the zeal and charity which have been to thousands the source of blessings so invaluable.

 

Ask for all who dwell in this land and the land of thy labors, the precious light of Faith, and beg for us on whom its glorious rays have long since beamed, the grace to regulate our lives by its sacred maxims.

 

 

When I Must Leave

 

When I must leave you for a little while --

 

Please do not grieve and shed wild tears

and hug your sorrow to you through the years,

 

But start out bravely with a gallant smile:

 

And for my sake and in my name

live on and do all things the same,

 

Feed not your loneliness on empty days,

But fill each waking hour in useful ways,

 

Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer

and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;

 

And never, never be afraid to die,

For I am waiting for you in the sky.                  

 

 

 

Wings Against Sun

 

 

Forever earthbound are my feet,

Upon the rocky road ahead,

 

But high among the clouds, my thoughts,

And so my heart is comforted.

 

And if one shoulder aches,

I shift The burden to the other side,

 

Remembering the times I've laughed,

And not the ones in which   I've cried.

 

Too short indeed these precious years,

To let a dream die needlessly,

Beyond tomorrow there awaits

A time and place designed for me,

 

And old hopes rising one by one,

Are golden wings against the sun!

 

~Grace E. Easley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch thou, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight and give your angels charge over those who sleep.

 

Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ, rest your weary ones, pity your dying ones, pity your afflicted ones, and all for your love's sake!

 

~St. Augustine

 

 

 

 

 

God The Creator

 

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of

all the faithful, grant unto the

souls of Thy servants departed the

remission of all their sins; that,

by pious supplications, they may

obtain that pardon which they have

always desired. Grant this, O God,

Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Would Not

 

We would not have you lack understanding concerning those in the sleep of death, lest you yield to grief like others, who have  no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and yet rose, so also will God bring forth with him those who have fallen asleep believing in Jesus.

 

 

 

 

Roman Ritual

 

May the Angels lead you into Paradise, may the Martyrs receive you at your coming, and take you to Jerusalem the holy city.

 

May the choirs of the Angels receive you, and may you with the once poor Lazarus, have rest ever lasting.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Resurrection Prayer

 

Most merciful Father, we commend our departed into your hands. We are filled with the sure hope that our departed will rise again on the Last Day with all who have died in Christ.  We thank you for all the good things you have given during our departed's earthly life.

 

O Father, in your great mercy, accept our prayer that the Gates of Paradise may be opened for your servant.  In our turn, may we too be comforted by the words of faith until we greet Christ in glory and are united with you and our departed.

 

Through Christ our Lord,

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Skies

 

God hath not promised

Skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways

All our lives through;

 

God hath not promised

Sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow

Peace without Pain.

 

But God hath promised

Strength for the day

Rest for the labor,

Light for the way

 

Grace for the trials,

Help from above,

Unfailing sympathy

Undying love …

 

 

 

 

To One In Sorrow

Let me come in where you are weeping, friend,

And let me take your hand.

 

I, who have known a sorrow such as yours,

Can understand.

 

Let me come in -- I would be very still,

Beside you in your grief;

 

I would not bid you cease your weeping, friend,

Tears bring relief.

 

Let me come in -- I would only breathe a prayer,

And hold your hand,

 

For I have known a sorrow such as yours,

And understand.

 

~Grace Noll Crowell

 

 

 

 

 

O little flower of Jesus

 

Ever consoling troubled souls with Heavenly Graces, In your unfailing intercession I place my confident trust.

 

From the Heart of our Blessed Saviour petition these Blessings of which I stand in greatest need. Shower upon me your promised Roses of Virtue and Grace, dear St. Therese, so that swiftly advancing in sanctity and in perfect love of neighbor, I may someday receive the Crown of Life Eternal.

 

Amen

 

~St. Therese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Curtain falls

 

When through our tears of sorrow

 

we see a curtain fall,

 

And know a dearly-loved one

 

has gone beyond our call,

 

We must have faith and confidence

 

in God and in His way,

 

For He will raise the curtain

 

on a fairer scene some day.

 

Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

O' Gentlest Heart

 

O gentlest heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls, have mercy on the soul of thy departed servant. Be not severe in Thy judgement but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames, and do Thou O Merciful Saviour, send Thy Angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light and peace.

 

Amen

 

 

 

 

May He support us all the day long till the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work is done.

 

Then in His Mercy . . .may He give us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last.

 

~Cardinal Newman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poem for Thy Living

 

When I am dead,

cry for me a little.

Think of me sometimes,

but not too much.

 

It is not good for you, or your wife

or your husband, or your children

to allow your thoughts to dwell

too long on the dead.

 

Think of me now and again as I was

in life at some moment which it

is pleasant to recall.

But not too long.

Leave me in peace as I shall

leave you, too, in peace.

 

While you live, let your thoughts

be with the living.

 

 

 

St. Jude

 

St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, who am so miserable pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities,  tribulations and sufferings,   particularly

 

(make your request here)

 

and I may bless God with the Elect throughout Eternity.

 

Amen

 

St. Jude, Apostle, martyr and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and of Joseph, intercede for us.

 

 

 

 

Days Without End

 

GOD, Your days are without end, Your mercies beyond counting.  Help us always to remember that life is short and the day of our death is known to You alone.   May Your Holy Spirit lead us to live in holiness and justice all our days.

 

Then, after serving You in the fellowship of Your Church, with strong faith, consoling hope, and perfect love for all, may we joyfully come to Your Kingdom.

 

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

 

 

 

"We have loved them during life,

let us not abandon them, until we

have conducted them by our prayers

into the house of the Lord."

St. Ambrose

 

 

 

 

 

Memorare

 

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help, and sought Thy intercession was left unaided.

 

Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of virgins. My Mother! to Thee I come; before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Oh Mother of the Word incarnatel despise not my petitions, but, in Thy mercy, hear and answer me.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

Christ Have Mercy

 

With the spirits of the righteous made perfect, give rest to the soul of Thy servant, O Saviour; and preserve it in that life of blessedness which

is with thee, O thou who lovest mankind.

 

In the place of Thy rest, O lord, where all thy Saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Thy servant for Thou only lovest mankind.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

 

Thou art our God, who descended into Hell, and loosed the bonds of those who were there, Thyself give rest also to the soul of Thy servant

Now and ever unto the ages.    Amen

 

 

 

 

 

Alleluia, Alleluia

 

With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants, where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but lifelasting.

 

Thou only art immortal, who hast created and fashioned man. For out of the earth were we mortals made, and unto the earth shall we return again, as Thou didst command when Thou madest man, saying unto me:

 

For earth thou art, and unto the earth shall thou return. Whether, also, all we mortals wend our way, making of our funeral dirge the song:

 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

 

 

 

 

Prayer For The Crucifix

 

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus while before Your face I humbly kneel and beseech You to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment.  While I contemplate, with great love and tender pity, Your five most precious wounds.  Pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David, Your prophet, said of You, my Jesus: "They have pierced my hands and my feet, they have numbered all my bones".

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Hail Mary

 

Hail Mary, full of grace,

 

the Lord is with thee:

 

blessed art thou among women  and

 

blessed is the fruit of thy

 

womb, Jesus.

 

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

 

pray for us sinners now,

 

and at the hour of our death.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

Saint John Neumann

 

Your ardent desire to bring all souls to Christ impelled you to leave home and country.  Teach us to live worthily in the Spirit of our baptism, which makes us children of the one heavenly Father. And brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, the first-born of the family of God.

Obtain for us that complete dedication to the needy, the weak, the afflicted and the abandoned, which so characterized your life. Help us to persevere in the difficult and, at times, painful paths of duty. May death find us on the sure road to our Father's house with the light of living faith in our hearts.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

St. Pucci

 

We seem to give her back to you, O Lord, who gave her to us. Yet as you did not lose her in giving, so we do not lose her by her return. Not as the world gives, do you give O Lover of souls. What you give you do not take away, for what is yours is ours also if we are yours. And life is eternal and love is immortal and death is only a horizon and a horizon is nothing but the limit of our sight.

 

Lift us up, strong son of God that we may see further; cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly; draw us closer to yourself that we may know ourselves to be nearer to our loved ones who are with you. And while you prepare a place for us, prepare us also for that happy place that where you are we may be also.

 

 

 

 

St. Michael the Archangel

 

Defend us in battle.

Be our protection against the wickedness

and snares of the devil;

 

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

 

And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly house,

By the power of God, thrust into hell Satan

and all evil spirits

Who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

St. Anne

 

O Glorious St. Anne, thou art filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and with love for those who suffer! Heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I therefore cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take under thy special protection the present affair which I recommend to thee. Vouchsafe to recommend it to thy Daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted.

 

Above all obtain for me the grace of one day to behold my God face to face, and with thee and Mary and the saints to praise and bless Him for all Eternity.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer to Saint Rita

 

O God, in your infinite mercy you looked with love on your faithful servant Rita and granted through her intercession that which is beyond the power of mankind and the wisdom of this world. Through that love which bound St. Rita to you turn to us in mercy and aid us in our difficulties.

 

Grant that all may come to know that you alone are the reward of the humble, the protection of the abandoned, and the strength of all those who trust in you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer for the Faithful Departed

 

O God,

The Creator and Redeemer

Of all the Faithful,

Grant to the Souls

Of Thy Servants departed The remission of all their sins;

 

That through pious supplications

They may obtain the pardon

Which they have always desired

Who livest and reignest

World without end.

 

Amen.

 

(From the Mass for the Dead)

 

 

 

 

 

Let Us Pray

 

Almighty God, through the death of Your Son on the cross, you have overcome death for us. Through his burial and resurrection from the dead you have made the grave a holy place and restored to us eternal life. We pray for those who died believing in Jesus and are buried

with him in the hope of rising again.

 

God of the living and the dead, may those who faithfully believed in you on earth praise you forever in the joy of heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

St. Anthony

 

O glorious St. Anthony, safe refuge of the afflicted and distressed, who by miraculous revelation has directed all those who seek aid to come to Thy altar with the promise that whosoever visits it for nine consecutive Tuesdays, and there piously invokes thee, will feel the power of the intercession. I, a poor sinner, encouraged by this promise, come to thee.

 

O powerful Saint, and with a firm hope I implore thy aid, thy protection, thy counsel and thy blessing. Obtain for me, I beseech thee my request in this necessity. But if it should be opposed to the Will of God and the welfare of my soul, obtain for me such other graces as shall be conducive to my salvation.

 

Through Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

The Precious Gift

 

One gift, above all others,

God gives to us to treasure.

One that knows no time, no place,

And one gold cannot measure.

 

The precious, poignant, tender gift,

Of Memory --- that will keep,

Our dear ones ever in our hearts

Although God gives them sleep.

 

It brings back long remembered things -

A song, a word, a smile.

And our world's a better place because

We had them for awhile!

 

~Jessie H. Fairweather

 

 

 

 

The 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,

and the Power, and the Glory,

Forever

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taps

 

Day is done, gone the sun,

From the lake, from the hill, From the sky.

 

All is well, safely rest

God is nigh.

 

Thanks and praise, for our days,

'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'Neath the sky.

 

As we go, this we know,

God is nigh.

 

Amen.

 

 

When I Must Leave

 

When I must leave you for a little while --

 

Please do not grieve and shed wild tears

and hug your sorrow to you through the years,

 

But start out bravely with a gallant smile:

 

And for my sake and in my name

live on and do all things the same,

 

Feed not your loneliness on empty days,

But fill each waking hour in useful ways,

 

Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer

and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;

 

And never, never be afraid to die,

For I am waiting for you in the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Serenity

 

God grant me the serenity to

accept the things I cannot change,

 

the courage to

change the things I  can,

 

and the wisdom to

know the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Do Not Stand

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep,

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond's gift of snow.

 

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the autumn's gentle rain,

When you awaken in the morning's hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush.

 

Of quiet birds in circled flight,

I am the soft stars that shine at night,

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

 

I am not there,

 

I did not die.