Bible Verses for Funerals, Funeral Stationery, Prayers for Funeral Cards

Prayers for Funeral Prayer Cards

Christ be with me
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Christian Funeral Prayer
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, refresh me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Let me never be separated from you.
From the power of darkness defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you,
that with your saints I may praise you
for ever and ever. Amen.

Day by Day
Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you
for all the benefits you have won for us,
for all the pains and insults you have borne for us.
Most merciful redeemer,
friend and brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day. Amen.

Funeral Service Prayer
Heavenly Father,
you have not made us for darkness and death,
but for life with you for ever.
Without you we have nothing to hope for;
with you we have nothing to fear.
Speak to us now your words of eternal life.
Lift us from anxiety and guilt
to the light and peace of your presence,
and set the glory of your love before us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eternal God and Father
Eternal God and Father,
we praise you that you have made people
to share life together
and to reflect your glory in the world.
We thank you now for [Name] ,
for all that we saw of your goodness and love in his/her life
and for all that he/she means to each one of us.
As we too journey towards death
may we do so in the company of Jesus,
who came to share our life
that we might share the life of eternity.
To him be glory with you and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever. Amen.

Father in heaven, we praise your name
Father in heaven, we praise your name
for all who have finished this life loving and trusting you,
for the example of their lives,
the life and grace you gave them,
and the peace in which they rest.
We praise you today for your servant [Name]
and for all that you did through him/her.
Meet us in our sadness
and fill our hearts with praise and thanksgiving,
for the sake of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Funeral Prayer for a Child
God of all mystery, whose ways are beyond understanding,
lead us, who grieve at this untimely death,
to a new and deeper faith in your love,
which brought your only Son Jesus
through death into resurrection life.
We make our prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Funeral prayer for the family
O God, you do not willingly grieve or afflict
your children.
Look with pity on the suffering of this family
in their loss.
Sustain them in their anguish;
and into the darkness of their grief
bring the light of your love;
through Jesus we pray. Amen.

 

Funerals Prayer
Almighty God,
you love everything you have made
and judge us with infinite mercy and justice.
We rejoice in your promises of pardon, joy and peace
to all those who love you.
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,
who died, rose again, and lives for evermore. Amen.

God be in my head
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.

God our refuge and strength
God our refuge and strength,
close at hand in our distress;
meet us in our sorrow and lift our eyes
to the peace and light of your constant care.
Help us so to hear your word of grace
that our fear will be dispelled by your love,
our loneliness eased by your presence
and our hope renewed by your promises
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord God, creator of all
Lord God, creator of all,
you have made us creatures of this earth
but have also promised us a share in life eternal:
receive our thanks and praise
that, through the passion and death of Christ,
your child [Name] , our brother/sister,
whom we commend into your hands today,
shares with your saints in the joy of heaven,
where there is neither sorrow nor pain
but life everlasting. Alleluia.
Amen.

Jewish Funeral Prayer
God full of mercy who dwells on high
Grant perfect rest on the wings of Your Divine Presence
In the lofty heights of the holy and pure
who shine as the brightness of the heavens
to the soul of [Name].

who has gone to his eternal rest
as all his family and friends
pray for the elevation of his soul.
His resting place shall be in the Garden of Eden.
Therefore, the Master of mercy will care for him
under the protection of His wings for all time
And bind his soul in the bond of everlasting life.
God is his inheritance and he will rest in peace
and let us say Amen.

El maley rachamim shochen bam’romim
hamtzey menuchah nechonah al kanfey haschechinah
bema’alot kedoshim ute’horim
kezohar harakia me’irim umazhirim
lenishmat

shehalach le’olamo
ba’avur shekol beney hamishpachah, yedidim umakirim
mitpalelim le’iluy nishmato
began eden tehey menuchato
lachen ba’al harachamim yastireyhu
beseter kenafav le’olamim
veyitzror bitzror hachayim et nismato
Adonai hu nachalato Veyanuach beshalom al mishkavo
Venomar amen.

Living God, you have lit the day with the sun’s light
Living God, you have lit the day with the sun’s light
and the midnight with shining stars.
Lighten our hearts with the bright beams
of the Sun of Righteousness
risen with healing in his wings,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
And so preserve us in the doing of your will,
that at the last we may shine
as the stars for ever;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord, in weakness or in strength
Lord, in weakness or in strength
we bear your image.
We pray for those we love
who now live in a land of shadows,
where the light of memory is dimmed,
where the familiar lies unknown,
where the beloved become as strangers.
Hold them in your everlasting arms,
and grant to those who care
a strength to serve,
a patience to persevere,
a love to last
and a peace that passes human understanding.
Hold us in your everlasting arms,
today and for all eternity;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus, our redeemer
Lord Jesus, our redeemer,
you willingly gave yourself up to death,
so that all might be saved and pass from death to life.
By dying you unlocked the gates of life
for all those who believe in you.
So we commend [Name] into your arms of mercy,
believing that, with sins forgiven,
he/she will share a place of happiness, light and peace
in the kingdom of your glory for ever. Amen.

Sudden Death Prayer
God of hope, we come to you in shock and grief
and confusion of heart.
Help us to find peace in the knowledge
of your loving mercy to all your children,
and give us light to guide us out of our darkness
into the assurance of your love,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Mourners
Father of all mercies and God of all consolation,
you pursue us with untiring love
and dispel the shadow of death
with the bright dawn of life.
Give courage to this family in their loss and sorrow.
Be their refuge and strength, O Lord,
reassure them of your continuing love
and lift them from the depths of grief
into the peace and light of your presence.
Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
by dying has destroyed our death,
and by rising, restored our life.
Your Holy Spirit, our comforter,
speaks for us in groans too deep for words.
Come alongside your people,
remind them of your eternal presence
and give them your comfort and strength. Amen.

Psalm of Comfort
As the hart panteth after the water brooks,
so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God:
‘When shall I come and appear before God?’
My tears have been my food day and night, while they
say unto me all the day: ‘Where is Thy God?’
These things I remember, and pour out my soul within me,
how I passed on with the throng,
and led them to the house of God, with the voice
of joy and praise, a multitude keeping holyday.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why
moanest thou within me? Hope thou in God;
for I shall yet praise Him for the salvation
of His countenance. 

Prayer for funerals
God our Father, we thank you that you have made each of us
in your own image, and given us gifts and
talents with which to serve you.
We thank you for [Name] , the years we shared with him/her,
the good we saw in him/her, the love we received from him/her.
Now give us strength and courage to leave him/her in your care,
confident in your promise of eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Mourners
Father of all mercies and God of all consolation,
you pursue us with untiring love and dispel the shadow of death
with the bright dawn of life.
Give courage to this family in their loss and sorrow.
Be their refuge and strength, O Lord, reassure them of your continuing love and lift them from the depths of grief
into the peace and light of your presence.
Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, by dying has destroyed
our death, and by rising, restored our life.
Your Holy Spirit, our comforter,
speaks for us in groans too deep for words.
Come alongside your people,
remind them of your eternal presence and give
them your comfort and strength. Amen.

Thanksgiving for the Life of the Deceased
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us all with the gift of this earthly life
and has given to our brother/sister [Name]
his/her span of years and gifts of character.
God our Father, we thank you now for all his/her life,
for every memory of love and joy,
for every good deed done by him/her
and every sorrow shared with us.
We thank you for his/her life and for his/her death,
we thank you for the rest in Christ he/she now enjoys,
we thank you for giving him/her to us,
we thank you for the glory we shall share together.
Hear our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord is here
The Lord is here, his Spirit is with us.
We need not fear, his Spirit is with us.
We are surrounded by love, his Spirit is with us.
We are immersed in peace, his Spirit is with us.
We rejoice in hope, his Spirit is with us.
We travel in faith, his Spirit is with us.

23rd Psalm Funeral Prayer
1. The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
3. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for His name’s sake.
4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence
of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the
days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Almighty God, in your great love
Almighty God, in your great love you crafted us by your hand
and breathed life into us by your Spirit.
Although we became a rebellious people,
you did not abandon us to our sin.
In your tender mercy you sent your Son to restore in us your image.
In obedience to your will he gave up his life for us,
bearing in his body our sins on the cross.
By your mighty power you raised him from the grave
and exalted him to the throne of glory.
Rejoicing in his victory and trusting in your promise to
make alive all who turn to Christ, we commend [Name] to your
mercy and we join with all your faithful people and the whole company of heaven in the one unending song of praise:
glory and wisdom and honour be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.

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