Welcome Him/Her Into Your Kingdom Where Pain And Suffering Are No More
Loving Father, your Son declared
that those who mourn are “blessed”, knowing that only those who love greatly can mourn.
We believe that all the ties of friendship and affection which knit us as one throughout our lives
do not unravel with death.
Jesus wept on hearing of the death of his good friend, Lazarus,
and others remarked
“See how much he loved him”.
Father, we ask you
to strengthen us and bless us this day
as we mourn our brother/sister,_____________, whom you love.
Welcome him/her into your kingdom of light, happiness and peace,
where pain and suffering are no more.
Conscious that suffering in your way 2 Cor 7:10
means changing for the better and leaves no regrets,
we proclaim that what we suffer in this life can never be compared
to the glory which is waiting for us.
May our brother/sister
now know Christ fully cf Phil 3:10
and may he rejoice for ever, Father, in your presence.
Nicholas Hutchinson (based partly on some themes in prayers from ‘The Roman Missal’)