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Prayer is more than asking for things: it is not a wish list whispered to God.   It is a way in which we grow closer to God in Christ, through which we seek God’s will, enjoy his presence, and grow in holiness.  When we pray our intention is that all of life becomes prayer, so that we are always and everywhere open to God.

 

An important part of prayer is praying for other people and bringing their needs and concerns to God.  At St Mary's we are committed to regularly praying for all who are in need.

 

 

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

PRAYERS FOR THE BEREAVED

PRAYER

USEFUL PRAYERS

The Lord’s Prayer

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 trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil

for thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

Prayer of 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;

  and where there is sadness, joy.

 

For the sick

I commend to you, Lord, all who are sick or in pain.

Restore them to health and strength

as it shall please you

and be good for them.

For your name’s sake.  Amen

 

God our Father,

your reach out with compassion to those in need

through the outstretched arms of your Son.

Listen to the prayers we make in his name

so that all whom we carry in our hearts

will know his healing presence.

and the peace that he alone can give.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

Day by day, Lord,

three things I pray:

to see you more clearly,

love you more dearly,

follow you more nearly,

day by day.  Amen.

 

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

Each Sunday and during the week at Mass we pray for those who are ill, sick, bereaved, or in any kind of need.  We pray for our own community and for the needs of the world.

 

If you would like anyone to be prayed for by name then please write their names on the list in church or email them to us.

 

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

 

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.

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.  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.

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