A Service of the Word




A Service of the Word for the Departed



The Gathering


Hymn                   O love that wilt not let me go                     https://youtu.be/KIkvhmf-7PI


O Love, that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.


O Light, that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to Thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.


O Joy, that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall tearless be.


O Cross, that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from Thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.



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



The Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you


The Collect for Purity may be said


Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.   Amen.



Prayers of Penitence

God has shone in our hearts

to give the light of the knowledge of his glory in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels

to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.

As we acknowledge our human frailty

we call to mind our sins of word, deed and omission,

and confess them before God our Father.



Kyrie Confession

You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:

Lord, have mercy.


You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:

Christ, have mercy.


You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:

Lord, have mercy.


Absolution (Collect for Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity)

Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord,

to your faithful people pardon and peace,

that they may be cleansed from all their sins

and serve you with a quiet mind;

through Christ our Lord.   Amen.



Gloria in Excelsis


Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.


For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.   Amen.



The Collect for the Day


Let us pray


Silence is kept.


Eternal God, our maker and redeemer,

grant us, with all the faithful departed,

the sure benefits of your Son’s saving passion

   and glorious resurrection

that, in the last day,

when you gather up all things in Christ,

we may with them enjoy the fullness of your promises;

through Christ Jesus your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.   Amen.




The Liturgy of the Word


First Reading                                                                                              Lamentations 3:17-26, 31-33


My soul is bereft of peace;
    I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “Gone is my glory,
    and all that I had hoped for from the Lord.”

The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
    is wormwood and gall!
My soul continually thinks of it
    and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,

    and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,b]">[b]
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
   “therefore I will hope in him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul that seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

For the Lord will not reject forever.
Although he causes grief, he will have compassion
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.



Psalm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Psalm 23


The Lord is my shepherd;

   there is nothing I shall want.


The Lord is my shepherd;

there is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures

where he gives me repose.


The Lord is my shepherd;

   there is nothing I shall want.


Near restful waters he leads me;

to revive my drooping spirit.

He guides me along the right path,

he is true to his name.


The Lord is my shepherd;

  there is nothing I shall want.


If I should walk in the valley of darkness

no evil would I fear,

You are there with your crook and your staff

with these you give me comfort.


The Lord is my shepherd;

     there is nothing I shall want.


You have prepared a banquet for me

in the sight of my foes.

My head you have anointed with oil;

my cup is overflowing.


The Lord is my shepherd;

     there is nothing I shall want.


Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me

all the days of my life.

In the Lordʼs own house shall I dwell

for ever and ever.


The Lord is my shepherd;

    there is nothing I shall want.



Second Reading                                                                                Romans 5:5-11

Hope does not disappoint us,

because God’s love has been poured into our hearts

through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

For while we were still weak,

at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person

though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.

But God proves his love for us

in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

Much more surely then,

now that we have been justified by his blood,

will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.a]">]

For if while we were enemies,

we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.

But more than that, we even boast in God

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

through whom we have now received reconciliation.



Gospel                                                                                        John 5:19-25

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

It is the Father's will, says the Lord / that I should lose nothing

of all that he has given me,

and that I should raise it up on the last day.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.


Jesus said to the disciples,

“Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own,

but only what he sees the Father doing;

for whatever the Fathera]">[a] does, the Son does likewise.

The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing;

and he will show him greater works than these,

so that you will be astonished.

Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,

so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes.

The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son,

so that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father.

Anyone who does not honour the Son

does not honour the Father who sent him.

Very truly, I tell you,

anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me

has eternal life, and does not come under judgment,

but has passed from death to life.

“Very truly, I tell you,

the hour is coming, and is now here,

when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,

and those who hear will live.



The Nicene Creed


We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, +

and the life of the world to come.   Amen.



Prayers of Intercession


Let us pray to the Lord, who has conquered death.

Jesus, bread from heaven,

you satisfy the hungry with good things:

grant us a share with all the faithful departed

in the banquet of your kingdom.

Hear us, risen Lord,

our resurrection and our life.


Jesus, the light of the world,

you gave the man born blind the gift of sight:

open the eye of faith

and bring us from darkness

to your eternal light and glory.

Hear us, risen Lord,

our resurrection and our life.


Jesus, Son of the living God,

you summoned your friend Lazarus from death to life:

raise us at the last to full and eternal life with you.

Hear us, risen Lord,

our resurrection and our life.


Jesus, crucified Saviour,

in your dying you entrusted each to the other,

Mary your mother and John your beloved disciple:

sustain and comfort all who mourn.

Hear us, risen Lord,

our resurrection and our life.


Jesus, our way and truth and life,

you drew your disciple Thomas from doubt to faith:

reveal the resurrection faith to the doubting and the lost.

Hear us, risen Lord,

our resurrection and our life.


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.   Amen.



Let us seek the intercessions of all the saints

and of the Blessed Virgin Mary as we pray together:


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.




The Liturgy of the Sacrament


The Peace

Jesus says:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

Not as the world gives do I give you.

Do not let your hearts be troubled,

neither let them be afraid.


The peace of the Lord be always with us



Spiritual Communion


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.



Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me, O Lord, I beseech thee: 

that he may both mercifully cleanse my heart and defend me from all adversities.   Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.



Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:

if any man hear my voice, and open the door,

I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.


I am the vine, ye are the branches:

He that abideth in me, and I in him,

the same bringeth forth much fruit:

for without me ye can do nothing.



Act of Reception


In union, dear Lord,

with the faithful at every Altar of thy Church

where thy blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father,

I desire to offer thee praise and thanksgiving,

I believe that thou art truly present in the Holy Sacrament.  

And since I cannot receive thee sacramentally.

I beseech thee to come spiritually into my heart.  

I unite myself unto thee and embrace thee with all affections of my soul.  

Let me never be separated from thee.   Let me live and die in thy love.   Amen.


Come Lord Jesus, dwell in thy servant in the fulness of thy strength,

in the perfection of thy ways,

and in the holiness of thy Spirit,

and rule over every hostile power in the might of thy Spirit,

and to the glory of thy Father.   Amen.


May the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.   Amen.



Act of Praise and Thanksgiving


+ Blessed, praised and adored be Jesus Christ

on his throne of glory in Heaven,

and in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.   Amen.



Anima Christi


Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from thee.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to thee.
That with thy saints I may praise thee
For ever and ever.   Amen.



Hymn              I heard the voice of Jesus say                                                  https://youtu.be/XUVCpF8-VuE


I heard the voice of Jesus say
"Come unto Me, and rest
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
Thy head upon My breast"
I came to Jesus as I was
Weary and worn and sad
I found in Him a resting place
And He has made me glad

I heard the voice of Jesus say
"Behold, I freely give
The living water thirsty one
Stoop down, and drink, and live"
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life giving stream
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived
And now I live in Him

I heard the voice of Jesus say
"I am this dark world's Light
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise
And all thy day be bright"
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In Him my Star, my Sun
And in that Light of life I'll walk
Till trav'lling days are done



The Blessing

May God give us his comfort and his peace, his light and his joy,

in this world and the next;

and may the blessing of God almighty,

+ the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among us and remain with us always.   Amen.



Angelus Domini


The Angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary,
and she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

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.


Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to thy word.

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.


And the Word was made Flesh.
and dwelt among us.


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.


Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray;

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord,

Thy grace into our hearts,

that as we have known the Incarnation of Thy Son,

Our Lord Jesus Christ, by the message of an angel,

so, by His + Cross and Passion

we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection,

through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord.   Amen.






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