ORDER OF FAMILY PRAYERS ON VISITING THE CEMETERY

My dear friends, we gather today to pray for our brothers and sisters whose bodies lie here in rest. They have passed from death to life in company with the Lord Jesus, who died and rose to new life, and are purified now of their faults. We pray that God may welcome them among all the saints of heaven.

READING OF THE WORD OF GOD

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians

We shall stay with the Lord for ever. We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. The Word of the Lord.

Let our response be:

R. To you, 0 Lord, I lift up my soul.

In you I trust; let me not be put to shame, let not my enemies exult over me. No one who waits for you shall be put to shame; those shall be put to shame who heedlessly break faith.

R. To you, 0 Lord, I lift up my soul.

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths, Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior, and for you I wait all the day.

R. To you, 0 Lord, I lift up my soul.

LITANY for the Faithful Departed:

Lord, have mercy… Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy …Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy …Lord, have mercy

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for them Saint Michael, pray for them, Saint John the Baptist, pray for them Saint Joseph, pray for them Saint Peter, pray for them Saint Paul, pray for them Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for them. All holy men and women, pray for them

Christ, pardon all their faults: Lord, hear our prayer Christ, remember the good they have done: Lord, hear our prayer Christ, receive them into eternal life: Lord, hear our prayer Christ, comfort all those who mourn: Lord, hear our prayer

Lord, have mercy… Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy… Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy… Lord, have mercy

With Christ there is mercy and fullness of redemption; let us pray as Jesus taught us:

All: Our Father . . .

PRAYER

Almighty God and Father, by the mystery of the cross, you have made us strong; by the sacrament of the resurrection you have sealed us as your own. Look kindly upon your servants, now freed from the bonds of mortality, and count them among your saints in heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

CONCLUDING RITE

Eternal rest grant unto them, 0 Lord. R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. R. Amen.

May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen.

The Rosary is now prayed by the family.

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