O merciful Father,
Who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the
children of men;
Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servant for whom our prayers are offered.
Remember him, O Lord, in mercy,
Nourish his soul with patience,
Comfort him with a sense of thy goodness,
Lift up thy countenance upon him,
And give him peace;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Give courage and faith to those who are bereaved, that they may have strength to meet
the days ahead in the comfort of a reasonable and holy hope, in the joyful expectation of
eternal life with those they love.
Help us, we pray in the midst of things we cannot understand, to believe and trust in the
communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to life everlasting.
Grant to all who mourn a sure confidence in thy fatherly care, that casting all their grief on
thee, they may know the consolation of thy love.