Friday, June 4, 2010

From "Commendation of the Dying"

N, our sister in the faith, we entrust you to God who created you. May you return to the one who formed us out of the dust of the earth. Surrounded by the angels and triumphant saints, may Christ come to meet you as you go forth from this life.

Christ, the Lord of glory, who was crucified for you, bring you freedom and peac.e

Christ, the High Priest, who has forgiven all your sins, keep you among his people.

Christ, the Son of God, who died for you, show you the glories of his eternal kingdom.

Christ, the Good Shepherd, enfold you with his tender care. May you see your redeemer face to face and enjoy the sight of God forever.

AMEN

3 comments:

Elaine Dent said...

Those prayers, prayed by many around the bedsides of those who have just died,are often more comforting than our own fumbling words...(That is from commendation for the dying, right? Unfortunately I have seldom used them.)...Not that God doesn't cherish our fumbling words. It's just that those prayers give our grieving hearts space. Thanks, and God's peace to you and those who grieve this day.

Diane said...

I haven't used them often either; I think God does use our fumbling words as well. But... I said these words last night, and found them so powerful.

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