Funeral

    The Outline Order for Funerals
     
    For Notes, see here.
     
   
          The Gathering
 
     
1
  The coffin may be received at the door by the minister.
2
  Sentences of Scripture may be used.
  3
  The minister welcomes the people and introduces the service.
  4
  A tribute or tributes may be made. 
  5
  Authorized Prayers of Penitence may be used.
6
  The Collect may be said here or in the Prayers.
     
   
Readings and Sermon
 
     
   7
  One or more readings from the Bible is used.
    Psalms or hymns may follow the readings.
8
  A sermon is preached.
   
Prayers
 
     
  9
  The prayers usually follow this sequence:
    ¶   Thanksgiving for the life of the departed
    ¶   Prayer for those who mourn
    ¶   Prayers of Penitence (if not already used)
    ¶   Prayer for readiness to live in the light of eternity
     
   
Commendation and Farewell
 
     
10
  The dead person is commended to God with authorized words.
     
   
The Committal
 
     
11
  The body is committed to its resting place with authorized words.
     
   
The Dismissal
 
     
12
  The service may end with a blessing.
     
    If the Funeral Service takes place within a celebration of Holy Communion, the material here is followed for the Liturgy of the Sacrament.
     
     
    The Funeral Service
     
   
Structure
 
     
  The Gathering
    [Sentences]
    Introduction
    [Prayer]
    [Prayers of Penitence]
    The Collect
     
  Readings and Sermon
     
  Prayers
     
  ¶
  Commendation and Farewell
                
  The Committal
     
  The Dismissal
     
    For Notes, see here.
     
     
    The Funeral Service
     
  The Gathering
     
    The coffin may be received by the minister (see Note 7 here). One or more sentences of Scripture may be used.
     
    'I am the resurrection and the life,' says the Lord. 'Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.'     
   
John 11.25,26
     
    I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.     
   
Romans 8.38,39
     
    Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. So we will be with the Lord for ever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
   
1 Thessalonians 4.14,17b,18
     
    We brought nothing into the world, and we take nothing out.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.              
   
1 Timothy 6.7;  Job 1.21b
     
    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is his faithfulness.                       
   
Lamentations 3.22,23
     
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.                   
   
Matthew 5.4
     
    God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.                         
   
John 3.16
     
   
Introduction
 
     
    The minister says
     
    We meet in the name of Jesus Christ,
who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father.
Grace and mercy be with you.
     
    The minister introduces the service in these or other suitable words
     
    We have come here today
to remember before God our brother/sister N ;
to give thanks for his/her life; 
to commend him/her to God our merciful redeemer and judge; 
to commit his/her body to be buried/cremated,
and to comfort one another in our grief.
     
    The minister may say one of these prayers
     
    God of all consolation,
your Son Jesus Christ was moved to tears
at the grave of Lazarus his friend.
Look with compassion on your children in their loss;
give to troubled hearts the light of hope
and strengthen in us the gift of faith,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. 
All
  Amen. 
     
    (or)
     
    Almighty God,
you judge us with infinite mercy and justice
and love everything you have made.
In your mercy
turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life,
and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven;
through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. 
All
  Amen.
     
    A hymn may be sung.
     
    A brief tribute may be made (see Note 4 here).
     
   
Prayers of Penitence
 
     
    These or similar words may be used to introduce the confession
     
    As children of a loving heavenly Father,
let us ask his forgiveness,
for he is gentle and full of compassion.
     
    Silence may be kept.
     
    These words may be used
     
    God of mercy,
we acknowledge that we are all sinners.
We turn from the wrong that we have thought and said and done,
and are mindful of all that we have failed to do.
For the sake of Jesus, who died for us,
forgive us for all that is past,
and help us to live each day
in the light of Christ our Lord. 
All
  Amen.
     
    (or)
     
    Lord, have mercy.
All
  Lord, have mercy.
     
    Christ, have mercy.
All
  Christ, have mercy.
     
    Lord, have mercy.
All
  Lord, have mercy.
                
    The minister may say
     
    May God our Father forgive us our sins
and bring us to the eternal joy of his kingdom,
where dust and ashes have no dominion. 
All
  Amen.
     
   
The Collect
 
     
    The minister invites the people to pray, silence is kept and the minister says this or another suitable Collect (see here)
     
    Merciful Father,
hear our prayers and comfort us;
renew our trust in your Son,
whom you raised from the dead;
strengthen our faith
that all who have died in the love of Christ
will share in his resurrection;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
All
  Amen.
     
  Readings and Sermon
     
    A reading from the Old or New Testament may be read (see here).
     
    This or another psalm or hymn is used (see Note 2 here)
     
  1
  The Lord is my shepherd; 
therefore can I lack nothing.
     
2
  He makes me lie down in green pastures  
and leads me beside still waters.
     
  3
  He shall refresh my soul  
and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
     
4
  Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
       I will fear no evil;  
for you are with me;
       your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
     
  5
  You spread a table before me
       in the presence of those who trouble me;  
you have anointed my head with oil
       and my cup shall be full.
     
   6
  Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me
       all the days of my life,  
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.     
   
Psalm 23
     
    A reading from the New Testament (which may be a Gospel reading) is used.
     
    A sermon is preached.
     
  Prayers
     
    A minister leads the prayers of the people.
     
    The prayers usually follow this sequence:
     
          Thanksgiving for the life of the departed
     
          Prayer for those who mourn
     
          Prayers of Penitence (if not already used)
     
          Prayer for readiness to live in the light of eternity
     
    This form may be used. If occasion demands, the responses may be omitted and the concluding prayer said by the minister alone. For other prayers, see here.
     
    God of mercy, Lord of life,
you have made us in your image
to reflect your truth and light:
we give you thanks for N ,
for the grace and mercy he/she received from you,
for all that was good in his/her life,
for the memories we treasure today.
[Especially we thank you …]
    Silence
    [Lord, in your mercy
All
  hear our prayer.]
     
    You promised eternal life to those who believe.
Remember for good this your servant N
as we also remember him/her. 
Bring all who rest in Christ
into the fullness of your kingdom
where sins have been forgiven 
and death is no more.
    Silence
    [Lord, in your mercy
All
  hear our prayer.]
     
    Your mighty power brings joy out of grief
and life out of death.
Look in mercy on [… and] all who mourn.
Give them patient faith in times of darkness.
Strengthen them with the knowledge of your love.
    Silence
    [Lord, in your mercy
All
  hear our prayer.]
     
    You are tender towards your children
and your mercy is over all your works.
Heal the memories of hurt and failure.
Give us the wisdom and grace to use aright
the time that is left to us here on earth,
to turn to Christ and follow in his steps
in the way that leads to everlasting life.
    Silence
    [Lord, in your mercy
All
  hear our prayer.]
                
All
  God of mercy,
    entrusting into your hands all that you have made
and rejoicing in our communion with all your faithful people,
we make our prayers through Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen.
     
    The Lord's Prayer may be said.
     
    As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
     
All
  Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. 
Amen.
     
    (or)         
     
    Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
     
All
  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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. 
Amen.
     
    A hymn may be sung.
     
  Commendation and Farewell
     
    The minister stands by the coffin and may invite others to gather around it.
     
    The minister says
     
    Let us commend N to the mercy of God,
our maker and redeemer.
     
    Silence is kept.
     
    The minister uses this or another prayer of entrusting and commending (see here)
     
    God our creator and redeemer,
by your power Christ conquered death
and entered into glory.
Confident of his victory
and claiming his promises,
we entrust N to your mercy
in the name of Jesus our Lord,
who died and is alive
and reigns with you,
now and for ever. 
All
  Amen.
     
    If the Committal does not follow as part of the same service in the same place, some sections of the Dismissal may be used here.
     
  The Committal
     
    Sentences of Scripture may be used.
                   
    The minister says
     
    either
     
    The Lord is full of compassion and mercy,
slow to anger and of great goodness.
As a father is tender towards his children,
so is the Lord tender to those that fear him.    
For he knows of what we are made;
he remembers that we are but dust.
Our days are like the grass;
we flourish like a flower of the field;
when the wind goes over it, it is gone
and its place will know it no more.
But the merciful goodness of the Lord endures
      for ever and ever toward those that fear him
and his righteousness upon their children's children.
     
    (or)
     
    We have but a short time to live.
Like a flower we blossom and then wither;
like a shadow we flee and never stay.
In the midst of life we are in death;
to whom can we turn for help,
but to you, Lord, who are justly angered by our sins?
Yet, Lord God most holy, Lord most mighty,
O holy and most merciful Saviour,
deliver us from the bitter pain of eternal death.
Lord, you know the secrets of our hearts;
hear our prayer, O God most mighty;
spare us, most worthy judge eternal;
at our last hour let us not fall from you,
O holy and merciful Saviour.
     
    The minister uses one of the following forms of Committal.
     
    At the burial of a body
     
    We have entrusted our brother/sister N to God's mercy,
and we now commit his/her body to the ground:
earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust:
in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who will transform our frail bodies
that they may be conformed to his glorious body,
who died, was buried, and rose again for us.
To him be glory for ever. 
All
  Amen.
     
    (or)
     
    in a crematorium, if the Committal is to follow at the Burial of the Ashes
     
    We have entrusted our brother/sister N to God's mercy,
and now, in preparation for burial,
we give his/her body to be cremated.
We look for the fullness of the resurrection
when Christ shall gather all his saints
to reign with him in glory for ever. 
All
  Amen.
     
    (or)
     
    in a crematorium, if the Committal is to take place then
     
    We have entrusted our brother/sister N to God's mercy,
and we now commit his/her body to be cremated:
earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust:
in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who will transform our frail bodies
that they may be conformed to his glorious body,
who died, was buried, and rose again for us.
To him be glory for ever. 
All
  Amen.
     
  The Dismissal
     
    This may include
    ¶         The Lord's Prayer (if not used earlier)
            The Nunc dimittis
            One or more suitable prayers
            An Ending
    The Lord's Prayer  
     
    As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
     
All
  Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. 
Amen. 
     
    (or)         
     
    Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
     
All
  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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. 
Amen.
     
    Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon)  
     
1
  Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  
your word has been fulfilled.
     
2
  My own eyes have seen the salvation  
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
     
3
  A light to reveal you to the nations  
and the glory of your people Israel.      
   
Luke 2.29-32
    Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever.  Amen.
     
    Prayers  
     
    One or more of these prayers, or other suitable prayers, may be used
     
All
  Heavenly Father,
in your Son Jesus Christ
you have given us a true faith and a sure hope.
Strengthen this faith and hope in us all our days,
that we may live as those who believe in
      the communion of saints,
      the forgiveness of sins
      and the resurrection to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.
     
All
  God be in my head,
and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes,
and in my looking;
God be in my mouth,
and in my speaking;
God be in my heart,
and in my thinking;
God be at my end,
and at my departing. 
Amen.
     
    Support us, O Lord,
all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed,
the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in your mercy grant us a safe lodging,
a holy rest, and peace at the last;
through Christ our Lord. 
All
  Amen.
     
    Ending  
     
    One of these, or another suitable ending, may be used
     
    May God in his infinite love and mercy
bring the whole Church,
living and departed in the Lord Jesus,
to a joyful resurrection
and the fulfilment of his eternal kingdom. 
All
  Amen.
     
    May God give you
his comfort and his peace,
his light and his joy,
in this world and the next;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. 
All
  Amen.
     
    God will show us the path of life;
in his presence is the fullness of joy:
and at his right hand
there is pleasure for evermore.   
   
cf Psalm 16.11
     
    Unto him that is able to keep us from falling,
and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory
      with exceeding joy,
to the only wise God our Saviour,
be glory and majesty,
dominion and power,
both now and ever. 
   
Jude 24,25
All
  Amen.