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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

HOLY WEEK: PALM SUNDAY

Come to the Water

"Hosanna to the Son of David;

blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord,

the King of Israel.

Hosanna in the highest."

Palm Sunday

The origin of our Palm Sunday celebrations begins in the very place of the event it commemorates.  From the fouth century, the distinctive feature of Palm Sunday in Jerusalem was the palm procession in the afternoon from the Mount of Olives back into the city.  This practice soon made its way to Spain and then Gaul, and was known in England by the beginning of the eighth century.

 

Wherever it was celebrated, it always began at some place outside the main church, and this is the general practice throughout today.  On Palm Sunday, we gather outside or in another building clutching palms which are blessed.  we listen to the gospel reading which recalls the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to complete his Paschal Mystery.

 

The procession to the church where Mass will be celebrated then begins, as we take to our lips the praises of the people on that very day, "Hosanna to the Son of David.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."

 

Palm Sunday leads us into Holy Week, the week when, fulfilling the Scriptures, Jesus makes his way to the culmination of his earthly existence, to his saving death and resurrection,

 

Blossom Sunday

The Palm Sunday Procession has, through the centuries, taken different forms in different countries.  In Medieval times, the procession came to a halt at the Church door. While the clergy sang hymns and antiphons, the congregation dispersed among the tombs, each family kneeling at the grave of relatives. The celebrant sprinkled holy water over the graveyard, and then the procession formed again and entered the church.

 

In France and the UK, the custom of decorating graves and visiting the cemeteries on Palm Sunday is still retained, in preparation for Easter.  Graves are often cleaned and weeded and decked with flowers and garlands: rosemary, rue, crocuses, daffodils and primroses.

 

It is a custom in some countries to bless not only Palm branches but also various flowers of the season, hence the name "Flower Sunday" in many countries — 'Flowering Sunday' or 'Blossom Sunday" in England, 'Blumensonntag' in Germany, 'Pâsques Fleuris' in France, 'Pascua Florida' in Spain, 'Virágvasárnap' in Hungary, 'Cvetna' among the Slavic nations, 'Zaghkasart' in Armenia, and 'Sul y Blodau' ('Sunday of the Flowers') in many parts of Wales.  The custom is a strong symbol of  our belief in the resurrection of the dead.

 

There is a small leaflet on this page which you can download, and which provides some prayers to use when visiting the graveside on the Sunday of the Flowers.

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We gather at St Paul's Methodist Church, Loudoun Square at 11am for the Liturgy of the Blessing of Palms.   The gospel is proclaimed, and we hail the One who comes in the Lord’s name.

 

Then we make our procession to St Mary's, commemorating the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem.  We celebrate the Mass and  proclaim the Passion of the Lord.