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Prayer Vigil Service for the Deceased

Leader: Good Afternoon/Evening!


We are from (Name of Institution) and have come to pray with you and for you and for (N).
We begin: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.
Leader: May the God of hope give you the fullness of peace, and may the Lord of life be always
with you. Blessed be God forever.
All: Blessed be God forever.
OPENING SONG
Amazing Grace New Britain
Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am
found, Was blind but now I see
Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that
grace appear, The hour I first believed!

The Liturgy of the Word Scripture Reading (Psalm 23)


Leader: Remember me in your kingdom, Lord
All: Remember me in your kingdom, Lord
I. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; Beside
restful waters he leads me; He refreshes my soul.
All: Remember me in your kingdom, Lord
II. He guides me in right paths for his names sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear
no evil; for you are at my side. With your rod and your staff that give me courage.
All: Remember me in your kingdom, Lord
III. You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; You anoint my head with oil; my cup
overflows.
All: Remember me in your kingdom, Lord
IV. Only goodness and kindness follow me All the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the
house of the Lord for years to come.
All: Remember me in your kingdom, Lord

Scripture Reading
Gospel According to St. Matthew
(Mt. 11:25-30)
On one occasion, Jesus spoke thus:
I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,


and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Sharing of the Life of the Decease


(any representative from the group)
Leader: Whenever we gather as a family we remember our loved ones and we tell our stories.
So too, when we gather as family, we remember and we tell our stories. Please share with us now
some of your memories or stories of (N). and how he/she touched your lives.
_______________________________________________________________

Prayers of Intercession
Leader: Thank you so much for sharing your memories and love for (N). with us. Tonight we
commend (N). to the Lord, who did not lose him/her in giving him/her to us. Let us pray that
God will increase our faith and hope in the power of his love over death. In every petition let
our response be;
Lord, have mercy.
Reader: For (N.) who in baptism was given the pledge of eternal life, that he/she may now be
admitted to the company of the saints. We pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Reader: For our brother/sister who are the body of Christ, the bread of life, that he/she may be
raised up on the last day. We pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Reader: For our deceased relatives and friends and for all who have helped us, that they may
have the reward of their goodness. We pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Reader: For those who have fallen asleep in the hope of rising again, that they may see God
face to face. We pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Reader: For the family and friends of our brother/sister (N.), that they may be consoled in
their grief by the Lord, who wept at the death of his friend Lazarus. We pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Reader: For all of us assembled here to worship in faith, that we may be gathered together
again in Gods kingdom. We pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Leader: With God there is mercy and fullness of redemption; in confidence, Let us pray the
prayer that Jesus has taught us: Our Father
The Lords 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.
Amen.
Concluding Prayer and Blessing
Leader: Lord God, you are attentive to the voice of our pleading. Let us find in your Son
comfort in our sadness, certainty in our doubt, and courage to live through this hour. Make our
faith strong through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.
Leader: May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ bless and console you and
gently wipe every tear from our eyes: in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit.
All: Amen.
Leader: Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.
All: And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
Leader: May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.
All: Amen.
CLOSING SONG: Amazing Grace or Huwag Limutin
Amazing Grace
Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come Tis grace has brought me safe thus
far And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
When weve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, Weve no less days to
sings Gods praise Than when wed first begun!