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We hope these prayers will offer some help for you in your time of pain and sadness.

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  • Here you will find

  • prayers of comfort and assurance,

  • prayers that help to express anger or hurt or pain,

  • prayers to strengthen and console,

  • prayers, too, for your departed loved one and to commend them to God.

 

May the love of God

and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ

console us

and gently wipe away every tear from our eyes.

And may Almighty God bless us,

the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

Lord, in our grief we turn to you.

Are you not the God of love

always ready to hear our cries?

Listen to our prayers for (insert name)

whom you have called out of this world.

Lead him/her to your kingdom of light and peace

and count him/her among your saints in glory.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Prayers of Trust

Gracious Father,

in darkness and light,

in trouble and in joy,

help us to trust your love,

to serve your purpose

and to praise your name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen,

 

Merciful Father,

hear our prayers and comfort us;

renew our trust in your Son,

whom you raised from the dead;

strengthen our faith

that (insert name, and) all who have died

in the love of Christ

will share in his resurrection;

who lives and reigns with you, now and forever.  Amen.

 

Prayers of Hurt and Anger

Father,

you know our hurts and share our sorrows.

We are hurt by our parting from (insert name) whom we have loved:

when we are angry at the loss we have sustained,

when we long for words of comfort,

yet find them hard to hear,

turn our grief to truer living,

our affliction to firmer hope

in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Father, the death of (insert name)

brings an emptiness into our lives.

We are separated from him/her

and feel broken and bewildered.

Give us confidence that he/she is safe

and his/her life complete with you,

and bring us together at the last

to the wholeness and fullness of your presence in heaven,

where your saints and angels enjoy you for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

When Lonely or Afraid

Risen Lord Jesus,

draw near to us as we walk this lonely road.

Pierce our weary sorrow

and gladden our heavy hearts as you go with us,

and bring us in the end to your heavenly table.  Amen.

 

Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ said,

“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid”,

take away our fear of death;

bring us to the place that he has gone to prepare for us;

and give us his peace for ever.  Ame

MOTHERING SUNDAY

Come to the Water Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

Traditionally, Mothering Sunday emerged as a day when girls who were in domestic service far away from home, returned home to visit their mother and family.

 

Today, it is celebrated far and wide when children give flowers, gifts and cards to their mother in gratitude for them!

 

Many families would attend church on Sunday and, on this special day, they'd often visit the main church in the area, often the cathedral, and so it became a great occasion for family reunions!

 

Laetare Sunday

The day is also considered to be a time when the Lenten fast is relaxed a little - and so the day is also known as 'Refreshment Sunday' or 'Laetare Sunday.'  'Laetare' is the Latin word for 'Rejoice' which is traditionally the first word sung at the Mass on this day:

 

'Rejoice Jerusalem,

and all who love her.

Be joyful all who were in mourning;

exult and be satisfied

at her consoling breast.'

 

In the Scriptures, Jerusalem - the holy city - is often referred to in terms of 'mother.'

 

Rose Sunday

It is one of only two days in the Christian Year when rose coloured vestments are worn.

 

In some areas, this day is also called 'Rose' Sunday - traditionally, it is the day when a golden rose sent to catholic sovereigns was blessed by the Pope.

 

Simnel Cake

 

Apart from the flowers and cards, a traditional gift on this day is the Simnel Cake!  The word 'simnel' probably refers to the fine, wheaten flour used in the cake, which is a light fruit cake with two layers of marzipan - one in the middle and one on the top.  There are often twelve marzipan balls placed on the top of the cake, which are said to symbolize Jesus and the twelve apostles minus Judas!  Simnel cakes have been known since at least the Medieval times!

 

At the Sunday Mass, children (young and not so young) are given a small bunch of flowers as a gift to their mother.  We celebrate, too, the motherhood of the church which has nurtured us since our baptism.  It's natural, too, to thank Mary, the mother of Jesus, for her role in the family of the church - for she our mother too.

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