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Prayer Service for a Cemetery Visit

A Prayer Service for a Cemetery Visitation
A Special Time
Since the beginning of Christianity it has been a practice to honor the dead by visitations to the place of burial. Your visit to the cemetery is a very special and personal time. It can be difficult to know what to say or what to do. These prayers are offered as a help.
 
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Leader: Praise be to God our Father, who raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
Response: Blessed by God for ever.

Leader: “We gather here today to pray for (name) whose body lies here in rest. (Name has passed from death to life in company with the Lord Jesus Christ, who died and rose to new life. We pray that God may welcome (Name) to be with Him among all the saints of heaven.”

All Pray Psalm 23 together.
Psalm 23,”The Lord is My Shepherd.”
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
For you are with me; your rod and staff; they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
 
Bible Reading
A Reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians: 4:13-18

Leader: We would have you be clear about those who sleep in death, brothers; otherwise you might yield to grief, like those who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, God will bring forth with him from the dead those also who have fallen asleep believing in him. We say to you, as if the Lord himself had said it, that we who live, who survive until his coming, will in no way have an advantage over those who have fallen asleep. No, the Lord himself will come down from the heaven at the word of command, at the sound of the archangel’s voice and God’s trumpet; and those who have died in Christ will rise first. Then we, the living, the survivors, will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thence forth we shall be with the Lord unceasingly. Console one another with this message.

Leader: “This is the word of the Lord.”

All Respond: “Thanks be to God” Response

All pray Psalm 25
 
Psalm 25 “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”
To you, O 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.
Your ways, O Lord make know to me; teach me you paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior, and for you I wait all the day.
Remember that your compassion, O Lord, and your kindness are from of old.
The sins of my youth and my frailties remember not; in your kindness remember me, because of your goodness O Lord.
Good and upright is the Lord; thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice, he teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are kindness and constancy toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
For your name’s sake, O Lord, you will pardon my guilt, great as it is.
All pray the Lord’s Prayer together: “Our Father…”
 
Blessing
Leader: “May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ bless and console us and gently wipe every tear from our eyes; in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”