In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection has broken the chains of sin and death.
In the Eucharistic sacrifice, the Church’s celebration of Christ’s Passover from death to life, the faith of the baptised in the paschal mystery is renewed and nourished.
Jesus said: "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die”
St John 11: 25-26
A prayer for the departed
God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for N …
or my family, relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.
In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Prayer for those who morn
we bring into your presence those who mourn and are
diminished by the death of one they know and love.
We stand where earth and heaven meet,
where life is brought to death,
and death is made the gate to glory.
Deliver us from fear and doubt,
from despair and unbelief,
and bring us to the light of your presence.
Grant us that peace which the world cannot give,
so that we may trust in you
and find our life in you.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ,
our Saviour in life and death,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun at baptism, the Church intercedes on behalf of the dead because of its belief that death is not the end nor does it break our communion in Christ and with one another in the communion of saints.
Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of life which has now been returned to God, our creator, sustainer and redeemer.
The Church through the funeral rite commends the dead to God’s merciful love and pleads for the forgiveness of their sins.
A Funeral Liturgy is sometimes referred to as 'thanksgiving for a persons life” While it is good to give thanks for the departed on many levels their funeral is not simply about what has been. For a Christian, it is very much about where they are now in death and about looking forward to what lies ahead. Our Christian faith gives us the confidence and hope to face death and the deaths of those we know and love.
The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the Church on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercession. In the Mass, the Church affirms and expresses the union of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven in the one great communion of saints.
God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ beyond death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die”
There is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect.
The Funeral Service helps us to recognize this and to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality. Those who mourn need support and consolation.
Here at St Martins we remember and pray for each day those recently departed and those who are bereaved. You are always welcome to join us in Church. Father Irving, our parish priest is always available for you at any time