reflecting sunset over a large lake with a single swan swimmingPerhaps they are not stars but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones shines down to let us know they are happy

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Funeral Prayers

This collection of funeral prayers contains just a few examples of the many and varied funeral and death prayers that are available. The collections are kept fairly short as funeral prayers do tend to get a bit repetitive once the full meaning and message is understood.

Unless you have a particular favourite or you are personally officiating at the funeral service you would not usually have much of a choice between funeral prayers. These would normally be decided by the Minister, whose experience would guide him or her towards funeral prayers that are suitable for the deceased and your own circumstances.
If the reading of certain funeral prayers is important to you then you must discuss this with your  Minister.

This collection of funeral prayers is from many various sources, including, but not restricted to:

  • The Methodist Worship Book
  • The Roman Catholic: Order of Christian Funerals
  • Common Worship: Pastoral Services
  • Orthodox Kontakion for the Departed Methodist Worship Book
  • The Book of Common Prayer

If you believe there are some funeral prayers of particular importance or significance that we have omitted, then do please let us know.

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.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory.
for ever and ever.


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