Prayers for the Deceased

Prayers for the Deceased - an assortment of Jewish and Christian worship verses. Last Word Eulogies has assembled prayers intended for those in personal grief and mourning and to be said for the deceased.

Every faith has different beliefs and reasons for saying a prayer but, all aim to respect the deceased and comfort the living. Just cut and paste, they are free.


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In the Jewish faith there are two central prayers, the El Malei Rachamim (G-d the Master of Mercy) and the Kaddish.

The El Malei Rachamim is the actual prayer for the departed asking that the deceased be with G-d and that they will rest in peace.

The Kaddish is a prayer that praises G-d and communicates a desire for the formation of G-d's kingdom on earth. Emotional responses, often inspired by the Kaddish, come from the circumstances in which it is said. It is recited at funerals and by mourners, and sons are required to say Kaddish for eleven months after the death of a parent.

Other Jewish prayers are prayers of mourning.


El Malei Rachamim

Fully compassionate G-d on high:
To our loved ones who have entered eternity
grant clear and certain rest with You
in the lofty heights of the sacred and pure
whose brightness shines like the very glow of heaven.

Source of mercy:
Forever enfold them in the embrace of Your wings;
secure their souls in eternity.

Adonai: they are Yours.
They will rest in peace.
Amen.

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Mourner's Kaddish

Exalted and hallowed be G-d's great name in the world which G-d created, according to plan. May G-d's majesty be revealed in the days of our lifetime and the life of all Israel - speedily, imminently, to which we say Amen.
Blessed be G-d's great name to all eternity.
Blessed, praised, honored, exalted, extolled, glorified, adored, and lauded be the name of the Holy Blessed One, beyond all earthy words and songs of blessing, praise, and comfort. To which we say Amen.
May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and all Israel. To which we say Amen.
May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace to us and to all Israel. To which we way Amen.

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On Leaving the Cemetery

Then shall the dust return to the earth whence it came, and the spirit shall return unto G-d who gave it. (Exekiel, xii. 7.)

Peace be with you, all whom death has united in this field, the last home of so many departed ones. Peace be with your souls, which have been recalled by the voice of G-d to eternal life. Amen

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For a Friend or Relative

Mayest thou rest in peace, dear friend! Death has severed the tie that united us in this life, to be renewed everlastingly in a happier world I shall one day follow thee.

Now, faithful to thy memory, I implore G-d to grant repose unto thy soul; and to vouchsafe to me the grace of a reunion when His holy will shall call me hence.

My G-d! Permit that the soul of him (her) for whom I mourn, freed from earth's painful struggles, dangers and difficulties, and purified through Thy mercy, may share the joys of the blessed in eternity. Amen.

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At a Brother's or Sister's Grave

May peace be thine, dear friend of my youth! What gentle memories and bitter regrets cluster around this tomb. Alas! Death claimed thee too soon, and removed thee too early from those who loved thee. What grief! To think that we, whom one roof sheltered, one mother nourished, the same hearts cherished and the same hands blessed, are forever separated! We were so happy together; thy friendship was so sweet a support. Alas! Thy departure has turned our joy into mourning. Nothing on earth is lasting. I grieve in my selfishness at having lost thee; but thou art happy near our Heavenly Father; and this thought will inspire me with courage and resignation, as likewise the glorious hope of meeting thee again in a better world, where eternal joy awaits the righteous.

O my G-d! Grant unto my brother's (sister's) soul the happiness to the righteous; grant that, purified in death, he (she) may rejoice in the beatitude of Thy divine presence. Amen.

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At a Wife's Grave

Beloved wife! My heart is sorely grieved, my whole earthly happiness lies entombed with thee. O thou! Who's confiding love was the crown of my existence, whose kindness and devotion formed the joy of my heart! How can I avoid grieving when I think that our children are deprived of thy tender affection and watchful care? O watch over them in thy blessed state! May thy memory guide them to do what is good and be a protection for them against temptation and sin. May they always remember, and strive to imitate thy gentleness, piety and virtue.

O G-d! Grant unto her for whom I mourn, all the joys of eternity, grant that her soul may watch as a guardian angel over my bereave children, remove every evil influence from them, and lead them in the way of righteousness, so that we may one day be all deemed worthy of being numbered among the blessed.

Repose in peace beloved spirit! And may we meet in eternity. Amen.

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At a Husband's Grave

Thou sleepest beneath this tomb, dear husband, thou canst not hear me, neither canst thou see my tears. I has pleased G-d to remove thee from my love. My existence is now a void, joy and happiness have fled with thee, and I must bear the burden of life alone, for thy hand can no longer protect me, not my heart repose on thine. All is cold and dreary, and I come to pour out my grief at thy grave.

Here, near thy lifeless clay, I seem to be, for a moment united with thee again, thy spirit communes within me, joins me in prayer, and comforts me with the hope of another existence.

May G-d support me in this heavy trial, may He in mercy pardon the words of bitterness which have escaped from my widowed heart. (If there by children say: O G-d protect my bereaved children, deprived of the earthly father's care. Heavenly Father! Extend Thy omnipotent protection, and inspire them with a love of duty and fidelity to our holy faith, and veneration for their father's memory.)

O my G-d! Permit that my tears and sorrow may serve as an expiatory sacrifice for my sins, and for those of my family. May my endeavours to practice what is good atone for my errors, and be accepted in order to assume the salvation of my soul. May my husband, O G-d! Repose in eternal peace, and may it be Thy holy will to unite those in heaven whom Thy blessing had joined on earth. Amen.

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At a Mother's Grave

Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in things too great, or in things too wonderful for me. Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, my soul is with me like a weaned child. O Israel, hope in the Lord, from this time forth and forever. Psalm CXXXI (131).

O mother dear, I cannot think of thee as dead, though I stand before thine earthly grave thy spirit livest and thy love is everlasting. Yea, a mother's love is eternal, even as G-d is eternal who implanted the love in her heart! O mother dear, how can I begin now to thank thee or to repay thee for all that thou has suffered and endured in order to give me life and to shelter, protect and rear me until I had reached the age of discretion and independence. And even unto the last thou hast been my loving my loving guide and my ever present inspiration. And now, O sacred spirit of my mother, I can offer thee only the tender tear of loving and devoted memory.

O G-d, help me to live a life worthy of my mother's hope and prayer. Preserve her soul in thine all-loving peace, and may her spirit ever keep me pure and clean so that when my time comes to leave this earthly dwelling, I may be found worthy to join my mother in her eternal abode of bliss in which the noble and the pure in spirit may behold Ty countenance in everlasting joy. Amen.

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At a Mother's Grave - Alternate

Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in things too great, or in things too wonderful for me. Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, my soul is with me like a weaned child. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and for ever. - Psalm 131

Though we are separated, dear mother, at this solemn moment when I stand before your grave, I call to mind the love and solicitude with which you tended and watched over my childhood, ever mindful of my welfare, and ever anxious for my happiness. I feel the closeness of your spirit, mother dear, and my heart is filled with tender emotion as I recollect the many sacrifices you made to ennoble my heart and instruct my mind. I am grateful for your every blessing, your kindly deeds, your understanding heart, your sacrificial devotion and your warm love so freely given. What I achieved is because of your influence, and what I am, I have become through you. Indeed, the wisdom that you imparted unto me shall ever remain with me.

If at times, I have failed in showing you the love and appreciation which you so worthily deserved; if I have been thoughtless and ungrateful; I ask to be forgiven. In tribute to your beautiful memory, I implore your inspiration to noble and intelligent living as I cherish the recollections of your lifetime.

I pray, O God, that the soul of my dear mother be bound up in the bond of eternal life, together with the souls of all the righteous that are in Thy keeping. Amen.

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At a Father's Grave

"Lord, who shall sojourn in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell upon Thy holy mountain? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh truth in his heart; That hath no slander upon his tongue, nor doeth evil to his fellow nor taketh on a reproach against his neighbor; it whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honored them that fear the Lord; he that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not; he that putteth not out his money on interest, nor taketh a bribe against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved".- Psalm XV

In this silent grave repose the earthly remains of my best friend, my dearest benefactor appointed by God Himself to love and protect me during the tender years of my life, my dear and beloved father. Oh, to hear thy voice again, to clasp thy hand and look into thy fatherly eyes for comfort! How can I repay thee for all the devotion and loving kindness which I have received at your hands.

O Lord, show me the way and give me the will to live and to work so that I may reflect honor upon my dear father's memory. Thus will also glorify Thy name, for Thou are the father of the fatherless, and in thy keeping are the souls of all our dear ones. Amen.

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At a Child Grave

"In Thee, O Lord, have taken refuge; be Thou to me a rock of refuge; Therefore for Thy name's sake lead me and guide me. Into Thy hand, I commit my spirit; Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, Thou God of truth. For Thou hast seen mine affliction; Thou hast taken cognizance of the troubles of my soul". Psalm XXXI

O God, from the depths I cry unto Thee. Thou has taken away from me my dear child. O help me to feel that the ways of Thy providence are wise and good, though we understand them not.

Thou, O God, knowest that my soul would not question Thy justice; I would not rebel against Thy decree. It is the tender and deep love which my dear child brought into my heart that draws me hither. O merciful Father, have mercy upon me and send the healing balm of Thy consolation in my grieving spirit.

In this moment my soul feels, but little strength to praise. Yet if Thou didst take away this life, Thou also didst give it. O may the light of love which my child kindled within my heart continue to burn brightly, so that as I regain strength of soul, I may bring cheer unto all my dear ones. Praised by Thou, O God, who comfortest the mourner with hope in life eternal. Amen.

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At a Child's Grave - Alternate

Sweetly slumber the darling of my heart rests here - my dear, early departed child, peace unto his (her) soul. G-d of grace and mercy! Forgive the depressed heart of a mother trembling in unutterable woe! Alas! The blossom that death broke off was my happiness, and the life which was extinguished at Thy command, filled my heart with cheering hopes. By the side of my darling child, taken away so soon, I hoped to enjoy the delight of existence in double measure, to endure more easily all sufferings, and to look towards my end without fear and trembling, for I hoped that his (her) hand would close my eyes.

But Thy thoughts, O Lord, are not our thoughts. Thou hadst given me my beloved child, Thou has taken him (her) away. Thy name be praised! Yea, even from the depth of my grief I worship Thee with reverence. Whatever Thou doest is well done. Thou art our loving Father when Thou blesses and when Thou chastisest, when Thou sendest death. Thou woundest and blindest up again. Thou strikest, and Thy hand healeth again.

Therefore, I pray unto Thee, Eternal G-d! Fill Thou my saddened heart with consolation. Strengthen my confidence in Thine all-just ordinations, preserve me in obedience to Ty holy will. Forgive my sins, O Lord! And deliver me from all evil. Let the spirit of my child enjoy fullness of joy in Thy glorious habitation of peace, open unto it the source of truth and light, and let it ascend higher and higher in tis everlasting salvation. Amen.

In this moment my soul feels, but little strength to praise. Yet if Thou didst take away this life, Thou also didst give it. O may the light of love which my child kindled within my heart continue to burn brightly, so that as I regain strength of soul, I may bring cheer unto all my dear ones. Praised by Thou, O God, who comfortest the mourner with hope in life eternal. Amen.

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Meditations and Prayers at the Graves of Departed Relatives

Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art G-d. Thou turnest men to contrition; and sayest: Return ye children of men. Tor a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalm 90

Humiligy and sadness fill my soul when I enter this mournful abode of the dead. Here all human projects and desires, all passions of pride and power end. Wealth and poverty, love and hate, are all here leveled withing the bosom of mother earth.

Faith alone can save us from anguish and despair. Faith can reveal to us the immortal destiny of the soul. It inspires in us holy affections, of lofty sentiments and a high sense of duty.

Faith knows no death, since it is the key that unlocks the gates of eternal life. Thus wilt Thou strengthen and guide me, O Heavenly Father, so that when my earthly pilgrimage is ended, and thou shalt call me hence, my soul may be found worthy of Thy salvation. Amen.

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Unveiling of the Headstone

As for man, his days are as grass; as the flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it,and it is gone; and the place therefore knoweth it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children.
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they consider their latter end!
For that a man's deathe he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace.
The lord redeeneth the soul of His servant; and none of them that take refuge in Him shall be desolate.
How precious is Thy loving-kindness, O G-d and the children of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings.
They sate themselves with the fatness of Thy house; and Thou givest them to drink of the river of Thy pleasures.
He shall enter into peace; they shall rest on their beds - each one that walketh in his uprightness.

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For Grandparents and Relatives

May G-d remember the souls of my grandfathers and my grandmothers, my uncles and my aunts, my brothers and my sisters, whether paternal or maternal, who have gone unto eternity, and in whose memory I now without making a vow offer to contribute to charity. May their souls be bound up in the bond of life together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah; and all other righteous men and women that are in Paradise: and let us say, Amen.

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For a Son - Yizkor Services

May G-d remember the soul of my beloved son,        , son of        , who has gone unto eternity, and in whose memory I now without making a vow offer to contribute to charity. May his soul be bound up in the bond of life together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah; and all other righteous men and women that are in Paradise: and let us say, Amen.

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For a Daughter - Yizkor Services

May G-d remember the soul of my beloved daughter,        , daughter of        , who has gone unto eternity, and in whose memory I now without making a vow offer to contribute to charity. May her soul be bound up in the bond of life together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah; and all other righteous men and women that are in Paradise: and let us say, Amen.

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For a Father - Yizkor Services

May G-d remember the soul of my revered father,        , son of        , who has gone unto eternity, and in whose memory I now without making a vow offer to contribute to charity. May his soul be bound up in the bond of life together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah; and all other righteous men and women that are in Paradise: and let us say, Amen.

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For a Mother - Yizkor Services

May G-d remember the soul of my revered mother,        , daughter of        , who has gone unto eternity, and in whose memory I now without making a vow offer to contribute to charity. May her soul be bound up in the bond of life together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah; and all other righteous men and women that are in Paradise: and let us say, Amen.

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For a Male - Yizkor Services

G-d 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
who has gone to his eternal rest
as, without making a formal vow,
I pledge to give charity in memory 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.
G-d is his inheritance and he will rest in peace
and let us say AMEN.

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For a Female - Yizkor Services

G-d 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
who has gone to her eternal rest
as, without making a formal vow,
I pledge to give charity in memory of her soul.
Her resting place shall be in the Garden of Eden.
Therefore, the Master of mercy will care for her
under the protection of His wings for all time
And bind her soul in the bond of everlasting life.
G-d is her inheritance and she will rest in peace
and let us say AMEN.

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Christian:

In Christian religions the deceased's body is treated with the utmost respect and honor. Prayers of adoration for God, expiation, love, petition and thanksgiving can make up funeral verses and prayers spoken aloud and silently. A prayer for the grieving is also common. Some prayers come in the form of a funeral verse. Whether funeral verses, bible quotes about death or funeral psalms, all can act as a prayer.


Christian I

God of power and mercy, you have made death itself the gateway to eternal life. Look with love on our dying brother/sister, and make him/her one with Your Son in His suffering and death, that, sealed with the blood of Christ, he/she may come before you free from sin. AMEN.

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Christian II

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt observe iniquities; Lord, who shall endure it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him plentiful redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all her iniquities.
Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
Let us pray.
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful,
grant to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins, that through our pious supplication they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired; who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
AMEN.

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Christian III

God of faithfulness, in Your wisdom You have called Your servant (Name) out of this world; release him/her from the bonds of sin, and welcome him/her into Your Presence, so the he/she may enjoy eternal light and peace and be raised up in glory with all Your saints. AMEN.

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Christian IV

Lord our God, the death of (Name) recalls our human condition and the brevity of our lives on earth. But for those who believe in Your love, death is not the end, nor does it destroy the bonds that You forge in our lives. We share the faith of Your Son's disciples and the hope of the children of God. Bring the light of Christ's resurrection to this time of testing and pain as we pray for (Name) and for those who love him/her, through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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Christian V

Lord, hear our prayers; in Your mercy, bring us to Your place of peace and light the soul(s) of Your servant(s) [name the deceased persons], whom You have summoned from this world. Call him/her/them to be numbered in the fellowship of Your saints. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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Christian VI

May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful Departed
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
AMEN.

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Christian VII

O God,
by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest,
send your holy angel to watch over this grave.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
AMEN.

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Christian VIII

I know that my Redeemer lives,
and on that final day of days,
His voice shall bid me rise again:
Unending joy, unceasing praise!
This hope I cherish in my heart:
To stand on earth, my flesh restored,
And, not a stranger but a friend,
Behold my Saviour and my Lord.
AMEN

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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.

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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.
Prayer after Death of Loved One
Saints of God, come to his/her aid!
Come to meet him/her, angels of the Lord!
Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.
May Christ, Who called you, take you to Himself;
may angels lead you to Abraham's side.
Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.
Give him/her eternal rest, O Lord,
and may Your light shine upon him/her forever.
Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.
Let us pray: We commend our brother/sister, (Name) to you, Lord.
Now that he/she has passed from this life,
may he/she live on in Your presence.
In Your mercy and love, forgive whatever sins he/she
may have committed through human weakness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
AMEN.

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For the Deceased Person

Almighty Father, eternal God, hear our prayers for Your son/daughter (Name) whom You have called from this life to Yourself. Grant him/her light, happiness, and peace. Let him/her pass in safety through the gates of death, and live forever with all Your saints in the light You promised to Abraham and to all his descendants in faith. Guard him/her from all harm and on that great day of resurrection and reward raise him/her up with all Your saints. Pardon his/her sins and give him/her eternal life in Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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Rosary for the Dead

This rosary consists of 40 beads in memory of the 40 hours which Our Lord is thought to have spent in Limbo.
There are also the 5 introductory beads as on the Dominican Rosary.
One begins and ends this chaplet with the
De profundis or an Our Father and Hail Mary.
On the large beads is made acts of faith, hope, and charity.
On each small bead is said: "Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation."
Each decade is concluded with: "Eternal rest grant unto them, etc."
The final prayer is as follows:
V. Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
V. May he/she rest in peace?
R. AMEN.
V. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. AMEN.
a May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ bless us 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.
R. AMEN.

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For a Particular Soul

Almighty Eternal God, in Your fatherly goodness, be kind to the soul of Your servant, (Name). Cleanse him/her whom You have called from this world of all his/her faults, take him/her into the Realm of Light and Peace and into the Community of Your Saints, and give him/her his/her share of Eternal Delight in Your Kingdom. God, You Creator and Saviour of all the faithful, forgive all the sins of all Your servants' souls. Let them receive forgiveness through our pious prayer, for which they have always been yearning. For this we pray through Jesus, Our Lord. AMEN.

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When a Parent Dies

God of our ancestors in faith, by the covenant made on Mount Sinai You taught Your people to strengthen the bonds of family through faith, honor, and love. Look kindly upon (Name), a father/mother who sought to bind his/her children to You. Bring him/her to Your heavenly home where the saints dwell in blessedness and peace. AMEN.

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When a Parent Dies

Lord God, You commanded us to honor our parents. Kindly have mercy toward the souls of my father and mother; forgive them their sins and allow me to see them again in the joy of Eternal Light! Through Christ, Our Lord. AMEN.

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When a Spouse Dies

Eternal God, You made the union of man and woman a sign of the bond between Christ and the Church. Grant mercy and peace to (Name), who was united in love me. May the care and devotion of his/her life on earth find a lasting reward in heaven. Look compassionately on his/her children and me, as now we turn to Your mercy and love. Strengthen our faith and lighten our loss. AMEN.

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For an Elderly Person

God of mercy, look kindly on Your servant (Name) who has set down the burden of his/her years. As he/she served You faithfully throughout his/her life, may You give him/her the fullness of Your peace and joy. We give thanks for the long life of (Name), now caught up in Your eternal love. We make our prayer in the Name of Jesus, Who is our risen Lord now and forever. AMEN.

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For One Who Died After a Long Illness

Most faithful God, lively is the courage of those who hope in You. Your servant (Name) suffered greatly, but placed his/her trust in Your mercy. Confident that the petition of those who mourn pierces the clouds and finds an answer, we beg You, give rest to (Name). Do not remember his/her sins, but look upon his/her sufferings and grant him/her refreshment, light, and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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For One Who Died Suddenly

Lord, as we mourn the sudden death of (Name), show us the immense power of Your goodness and strengthen our belief that he/she has entered into Your Presence. AMEN.

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For One Who Died Accidentally or Violently

Lord our God, You are always faithful and quick to show mercy. (Name) was suddenly (or violently) taken from us. Come swiftly to his/her aid, have mercy on him/her, and comfort his/her family and friends by the power and protection of the cross. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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For One Who Died by Suicide

God, lover of souls, You hold dear what You have made and spare all things, for they are Yours. Look gently upon Your servant (Name), and by the Blood of the cross forgive his/her sins and failings. Remember the faith of those who mourn and satisfy their longing for that day when all will be made new again in Christ, our risen Lord, who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. AMEN.

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For All the Faithful Departed

God, Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Your servants and handmaids the forgiveness of all their sins. Through our devout prayers may they obtain the pardon which they have always desired. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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For Departed Loved Ones

O Almighty God, Who by the love which You have for men, have willed to take our humanity, to live a life of hard work, to suffer a most cruel Passion, and finally to die on the Cross, I beseech You, by the infinite merits purchased for us with Your Precious Blood, look mercifully on the suffering which is endured by the holy souls in Purgatory. Accept, O merciful God, the prayers which I offer for them, and call them to the glory of heaven. I recommend to You the souls of my relatives, friends, and benefactors, and in a special manner of those to whom I may have been an occasion of sin by my bad example.

Most Holy Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Comforter of the Afflicted, intercede for those souls, that, by your powerful intercession, they may be admitted to enjoy that kingdom which is prepared for them. AMEN.

- from "Prayers for Today," published by Leaflet Missal Co.

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For Any Deceased Man or Woman

We beg You, Lord, in Your kindness to have pity on the soul of Your servant (name). Grant him/her now freed of this life's dangers, a place of lasting safety. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. AMEN.

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For Deceased Parents

It was You, O God, Who commanded us to honor our father and mother. In Your kindness have mercy on the souls of our parents, and forgive them their sins. Grant that we may see them again in the brightness of Your everlasting glory. We ask this through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. AMEN.

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For a Deceased Brother, Relative, or Friend

You are, O God, quick to pardon and desire man's salvation. In Your goodness we ask You to grant our deceased brothers, relatives, and friends everlasting happiness. With the help of Blessed Mary ever Virgin and all Your saints, we ask this through Christ, our Lord. AMEN.

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For Deceased Son or Daughter

O God, You gave us a son/daughter, and in Your wisdom and love have called him/her home to You before us. Please listen to our humble prayer: pardon his/her sins and faults, and grant that we may be reunited safely in Your Presence. Through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, we beg this of You. AMEN.

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For the Forgotten Dead

O merciful God, take pity on those souls who have no particular friends and intercessors to recommend them to You, who either through negligence of those who are alive or through length of time, are forgotten by all. Spare them, O Lord, and remember Your own when others forget to appeal to Your mercy. Let not the souls You have created be parted from You, their Creator. AMEN.

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Catholic, for the Dead

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.
AMEN.

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For Those Who Mourn the Death of a Child

Lord, whose ways are beyond understanding,
listen to the prayers of your faithful people:
that those weighed down by grief
at the loss of this [little] child
may we find reassurance in your infinite goodness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
AMEN.

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The following prayers are not intended for use with the eulogy. They may be repeated from the time of death to just prior to the funeral.

Immediately after Death I

Saints of God, come to his/her aid!
Come to meet him/her, angels of the Lord!
[Response] Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.
May Christ, who called you, take you to himself;
may angels lead you to Abraham's side. [Response] Receive . . .
Give him/her eternal rest, O Lord,
and may your light shine on him/her for ever. [Response] Receive . . .
Let us Pray.
All-powerful and merciful God,
we commend to you, (Name), your servant.
In your mercy and love,
blot out all the sins he/she has committed through human weakness.
In this world he/she has died: let him/her live with you for ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
AMEN.

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Immediately after Death II

Lord, God
you are attentive to the voice of our pleading.
Let us find in your Son comfort in our sadness,
certainty in our doubt,
and courage to live through this hour.
Make our faith strong through Christ our Lord.
AMEN.

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Immediately after Death III

Lord,
N. is gone now from this earthly dwelling,
and has left behind those who mourn his/her absence.
Grant that we may hold his/her memory dear,
never bitter for what we have lost
nor in regret for the past,
but always in hope of the eternal kingdom
where you will bring us together again.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
AMEN.

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Graveside

Lord Jesus Christ,
by your own three days in the tomb,
you hallowed the graves of all who believe in you
and so made the grave a sign of hope
that promises resurrection
even as it claims our mortal bodies.
Grant that our brother/sister, N.,
may sleep here in peace
until you awaken him/her to glory,
for you are the resurrection and the life.
Then he/she will see you face to face
and in your light will see light
and know the splendour of God,
for you live and reign forever and ever.
AMEN

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St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow Love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may seek not so much to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.

- St. Francis of Assisi

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An Irish Funeral Prayer

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again.

- Source: derived from a sermon written by Henry Scott Holland and delivered in St. Paul's (London) on 15 May 1910, at which time the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster. Although not originally derived from Irish writings, versions of this sermon have been used at many Irish and Catholic funerals over the years.

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