November 2020

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A Blessing Prayer for Graves 

Let us pray:

God of Abraham and God of Moses, Lord of the living, who visited Jesus within his grave And filled him with the fullness of eternal life, Hear our prayers this day as we come to this cemetery, this holy place of burial. With reverence, we visit here where the sacred bodies of our loved ones have been placed in the womb of the earth to await the final day of glory. We pause in silence to be united with our loved one.

Lord, we have come on this pilgrimage of prayer in order to keep the flame of love alive in our hearts. As we bless these graves with our prayers and with holy water and incense, we give thanks that the names of these loved ones buried here have been written for all ages in the palm of your hand. May the breath of creation that surrounds these holy graves – the trees, the grass, the birds, the wind, and the sun – join us today in prayer. May this pilgrimage remind us of what our faith teaches us – that our souls do not die, but rather are transformed into new life through Christ. Holy are these resting places. Holy is this earth that has held in gentle embrace the bodies of all who are buried in this cemetery.

Lord, with reverence, we leave our prayers and our love at these graves, and we remember in faith the reality of that earthen Easter morning when all the holy dead shall rise in the splendour of your glory. Until that day, eternal rest be to those whose graves we visit today, and to all the holy dead. We place this prayer before you through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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A Prayer before Bedtime

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my God,

As the evening falls I come to you in prayer.

I thank you for being with me in every moment of this day,

guiding me and protecting me, keeping me from harm.

On this November night

I bring before you in prayer all those dear to me who have died.

(Name those for whom you wish to pray).

Remember them God in your loving kindness.

May they now rest in your eternal peace.

May we who still miss them and grieve for them

find comfort in our belief that we will one day see them again

in the kingdom of heaven.

I remember in my prayer this night

all those who have died and who have no one to pray for them.

For these and for our loved ones I pray:

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

May the Lord 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 love and mercy may He give us a safe lodging,

a holy rest and peace at last. Amen.

(Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman)

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.