Below is a collection of Funeral prayers that can be said before, during, or after a funeral ceremony or wake. It's important to remember and cherish those who have passes with sacred blessings.
A funeral prayer should be comforting. Death is an uncomfortable time, but their is comfort in knowing that the deceased is now with God.
Oh Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, Thou hast often invited us to thyself in kindness.
It manifests our depravity that we think of Thee so little In our hour of ease and prosperity!
But we are now before Thee in affliction and distress. Yet we rejoice to know that Thou art a very present and an All-sufficient help in trouble.
O let not the trifles of time induce us to neglect the one thing needful. While each of us is compelled to say, I know Thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living, may we be enabled also to say, I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day.
And let not the solemnities we have this day witnessed be ever forgotten; for often our most serious impressions have worn off, and our goodness has been as the morning cloud, and as early dew that soon passeth away.
May we hear thy voice in Thy rod, as well as in Thy word; And gathering from the corrections with which we are Exercised the peaceable fruit of righteousness, be able to Acknowledge, with all our suffering brethren before us.
Now in our grief, we are ever mindful of Thee, and we Humbly request Thy blessing, not just for our brethren Who have gone to Thy side, but for ourselves, that we Need not suffer such loss to remain ever mindful of Thee!
It is not only the Scripture that reminds us of our living in A dying world, but all observation and experience.
Man is continually going to his long home, and the mourners Daily go about the streets. And we are all accomplishing As hirelings our day, and in a little time our neighbors, Friends, and relations will seek us – and we shall not be.
Thou hast made our days as a hand’s breadth, And our age is as nothing before Thee; verily every man at His best estate is altogether vanity.
For our days are not only few; but full of evil. Anxieties perplex us; dangers alarm us; infirmities oppress us; disappointments afflict us; losses impoverish us; And we fear Thine anger and Thine wrath.
O shut not Thy merciful ear to our prayers, but spare us, O most Holy Lord; O God, most mighty; O holy and most merciful Savior; Thou most worthy judge eternal.
Suffer us not, at our last hour, for any bitter pains of death, to fall from Thee. And we beseech Thee O Lord To receive with mercy unto Thine arms the soul of our dear departed brethren today, that we may rejoice in their life And honor their passing to Thy eternal care.
Thou takest away, and who can hinder Thee, or say unto Thee "What doest Thou?" Thou hast a right to do what Thou wilt with Thine own.
Thou art a sovereign and the reasons of Thy conduct are often far above, out of our sight. But Thy work is perfect, Thy ways are judgment.
All Thy dispensations are wise, and righteous, and kind -- Even when they seem to be severe, as in this time of grief.
We acknowledge O God, with shame and sorrow, that the state of degradation and mortality in which we groan was not our original condition. Thou madest man upright, but he sought out many inventions. Our first Father sinned, and we have borne his iniquity. By one man sin entered into the world, And death by sin; and so death hath passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
And we bless Thee that this is not our final state. By the discoveries of faith, we see new heavens, and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. We see the spirits of just men made perfect. We see our vile bodies changed and fashioned like the Savior’s own glorious body; and man, the sinner, raised above the angels, who never sinned.
We bless Thee for this purpose of grace, formed before the world began, and accomplished in the fullness of time by the Son of Thy love, who hath abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light by the gospel; and who among the ravages of the grave, says, "I am the Resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though He were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”
May it be our immediate and supreme concern to win Christ, and be found in Him; knowing that there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus; and that blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.
So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom – that wisdom which will lead us to prefer the uoul to the body; and eternity to time; that wisdom which will lead us to secure an interest in a better world, before we are removed from this one.
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