Ministration at the
Time of Death
 
 

 

 

When a person is near death, the Minister of the Congregation should be
notified, in order that the ministrations of the Church may be provided.
 
 
A Prayer for a Person near Death
 
Almighty God, look on this your servant, lying in great
weakness, and comfort him with the promise of life
everlasting, given in the resurrection of your Son Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
 
Litany at the Time of Death
 
When possible, it is desirable that members of the family and friends
come together to join in the Litany.
 
God the Father,
Have mercy on your servant.
 
God the Son,
Have mercy on your servant.
 
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on your servant.
 
 

 

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Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on your servant.
 
From all evil, from all sin, from all tribulation,
Good Lord, deliver him.
 
By your holy Incarnation, by your Cross and Passion, by
your precious Death and Burial,
Good Lord, deliver him.
 
By your glorious Resurrection and Ascension, and by the
Coming of the Holy Spirit,
Good Lord, deliver him.
 
We sinners beseech you to hear us, Lord Christ: That it may
please you to deliver the soul of your servant from the power
of evil, and from eternal death,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
 
That it may please you mercifully to pardon all his sins,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
 
That it may please you to grant him a place of refreshment
and everlasting blessedness,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
 
That it may please you to give him joy and gladness in your
kingdom, with your saints in light,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
 
Jesus, Lamb of God:
Have mercy on him.
 
Jesus, bearer of our sins:
Have mercy on him.
 
Jesus, redeemer of the world:
Give him your peace.
 
 

 

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Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
 
Officiant and People 
 

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 tresspasses,
    as we forgive those
        who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your Name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
    as we forgive those
        who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
    and deliver us from evil.

 
The Officiant says this Collect
 
Let us pray.
 
Deliver your servant, N., O Sovereign Lord Christ, from all
evil, and set him free from every bond; that he may rest with
all your saints in the eternal habitations; where with the
Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.


A Commendation at the Time of Death
 
Depart, O Christian soul, out of this world;
In the Name of God the Father Almighty who created you;
In the Name of Jesus Christ who redeemed you;
In the Name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you.
May your rest be this day in peace,
    and your dwelling place in the Paradise of God.

 

 

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A Commendatory Prayer
 
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your
servant N. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of
your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your
own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy,
into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the
glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.
 
May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the
mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
 
 
Prayers for a Vigil
 
It is appropriate that the family and friends come together for prayers
prior to the funeral. Suitable Psalms, Lessons, and Collects (such as those
in the Burial service) may be used. The Litany at the Time of Death may
be said, or the following
 
Dear Friends: It was our Lord Jesus himself who said,
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will
give you rest." Let us pray, then, for our brother (sister) N.,
that he may rest from his labors, and enter into the light
of God's eternal sabbath rest.
 
Receive, O Lord, your servant, for he returns to you.
Into your hands, O Lord,
we commend our brother (sister) N.
 
Wash him in the holy font of everlasting life, and clothe
him in his heavenly wedding garment.
Into your hands, O Lord,
we commend our brother (sister) N.
 
May he hear your words of invitation, "Come, you blessed of
my Father."
Into your hands, O Lord,
we commend our brother (sister) N.

 

 

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May he gaze upon you, Lord, face to face, and taste the
blessedness of perfect rest.
Into your hands, O Lord,
we commend our brother (sister) N.
 
May angels surround him, and saints welcome him in peace.
Into your hands, O Lord,
we commend our brother (sister) N.
 
The Officiant concludes
 
Almighty God, our Father in heaven, before whom live all
who die in the Lord: Receive our brother N. into the courts of
your heavenly dwelling place. Let his heart and soul now ring
out in joy to you, O Lord, the living God, and the God of
those who live. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Reception of the Body
 
The following form may be used at whatever time the body is brought to
the church.
 
The Celebrant meets the body at the door of the church and says
 
With faith in Jesus Christ, we receive the body of our brother
(sister) N. for burial. Let us pray with confidence to God, the
Giver of life, that he will raise him to perfection in the
company of the saints.

Silence may be kept; after which the Celebrant says
 
Deliver your servant, N., O Sovereign Lord Christ, from all
evil, and set him free from every bond; that he may rest with
all your saints in the eternal habitations; where with the
Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

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Let us also pray for all who mourn, that they may cast their
care on God, and know the consolation of his love.

Silence may be kept; after which the Celebrant says
 
Almighty God, look with pity upon the sorrows of your
servants for whom we pray. Remember them, Lord, in your mercy;
nourish them with patience; comfort them with a sense of your
goodness; lift up your countenance upon them; and give them
peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
If the Burial service is not to follow immediately, the body is then
brought into the church, during which time a suitable psalm or anthem
may be sung or said. Appropriate devotions, such as those appointed for
the Vigil on page 465, may follow.
 
When the order for the Burial of the Dead follows immediately, the
service continues on page 469 or 491.
 
A member of the congregation bearing the lighted Paschal Candle may
lead the procession into the church.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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