Prayer for the Bereaved
God of all consolation,
in your unending love and mercy for us
you turn the darkness of death
into the dawn of new life.
Show compassion to your people in their sorrow.
Be our refuge and our strength
to lift us from the darkness of this grief
to the peace and light of your presence.
Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
by dying for us, conquered death
and by rising again, restored life.
May we then go forward eagerly to meet him,
and after our life on earth
be reunited with our brothers and sisters
where every tear will be wiped away.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Antiphons of Commendation
May the angels lead you to paradise;
may the martyrs come to welcome you
and take you to the new city,
the new and eternal Jerusalem.
May the choirs of angels welcome you.
Where Lazarus is poor no longer,
may you have eternal rest.
I am the resurrection and the life.
The man who believes in me will live,
even if he dies,
and every living person
who puts faith in me
will never suffer eternal death.
Prayers from the Catholic Family Prayer Book, Jacquelyn Lindsey, editor. Copyright © 2001 by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. All rights reserved. Order here