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READINGS FOR BAPTISM:-
THE WORD OF GOD

READING 1
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans:
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. If we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
This is the word of the Lord.
All; Thanks be to God.
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READING 2
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
For just as the human body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body, and all made to drink of the one Holy Spirit.
This is the word of the Lord.
All; Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Response is :-  
The Lord is my shepherd there is nothing I shall want.
The Lord is my shepherd
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me
to revive my drooping spirit.  R.
He guides me along the right path,
he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff,
with these you give me comfort.  R
You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is over flowing.  R.
Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lords own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever.  R.


GOSPEL
               READING 1
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
One of the scribes came up and put a question to Jesus. 'Which is the first of all the commandments?'  Jesus replied, 'This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.'
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All:  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
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READING 2
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John:
Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say onto you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All:  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.


PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

Priest:  Let us on this happy day ask God our Father to look lovingly on this child who is to be baptised, and on his/her parents and godparents.


Reader;
By the mystery of your death and resurrection, bathe this child in light, give him/her the new life of baptism and welcome him/her into your holy church.
Lord hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Through baptism and confirmation, make him/her your faithful follower and a witness to your gospel.
Lord hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Lead her/him by a holy life to the joys of God’s kingdom.
Lord hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
May the lives of his/her parents and godparents be examples of faith to inspire this child.
Lord hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Keep his/her family always in your love.             
Lord hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Renew the grace of Baptism for each one of us.
Lord hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
 
READINGS,
 
PRAYERS
 
and
 
REFLECTIONS
 
for
 
FUNERAL MASSES


 
 
 
OLD TESTAMENT READINGS -    
 
Choose one reading
 
 
 
(1)   A reading from the Book of Wisdom 3:1-6. 9
 
The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them.  In the eyes of the unwise they did appear to die, their going looked like a disaster, their leaving us, like utter destruction, but they are in peace.  If they experienced punishment as we see it, their hope was rich with the promise of eternal life; slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.  God has put them to the test and proved them worthy to be with him; he has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust.  They who trust in him, will understand the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love; for grace and mercy await those whom he has chosen.
 
The word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2)   A reading from the book of Ecclesiastics (44:1-6, 10)
 
Let us praise illustrious people, our ancestors in their successive generations.  The Lord has created an abundance of glory and displayed his greatness from earliest times.  Some wielded authority as kings and were renowned for their strength; others were intelligent advisers and uttered prophetic oracles.  Others directed the people by their advice, by their understanding of the popular mind, and by the wise words of their teaching; others composed musical melodies, and set down ballads; others were rich and powerful, living peacefully in their homes.  But here is a list of generous people whose good works have not been forgotten.
 
This is the Word of the Lord
 
 
 
 
 
(3)   A reading from the book of Wisdom (4:7-15)
 
The virtuous person, though he/she die before his/her time, will find rest.  Length of days is not what makes age honourable, nor numbers of years the true meaning of life; understanding, this is grey hairs, untarnished life, this is ripe old age.  He/She has sought to please God; so God has loved him/her, as he/she was living among sinners, he/she has been taken up.  He/She has been carried off so that evil may not warp him/her understanding, or treachery seduce his/her soul; for the fascination of evil throws good things into the shade, and the whirlwind of desire corrupts a simple heart.  Coming to perfection in so short a while he/she achieved long life; his/her soul being pleasing to the Lord, he has taken him/her quickly from the wickedness around him/her.  Yet people look on uncomprehending; it does not enter their heads that grace and mercy await the chosen of the Lord, and protection, his holy ones.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
(4)   A reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes (3: 2-8)
 
There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven;
 
A time for giving birth, a time for dying.  
 
A time for planting, a time for uprooting.
 
A time for building, a time for tearing down.  
 
A time for sorrow, a time for joy.  
 
A time for mourning, a time for dancing.  
 
A time for embracing, a time to refrain from embracing.  
 
A time for finding, a time for losing.  
 
A time for saving, a time for throwing away.  
 
A time for mending, a time for tearing.  
 
A time for keeping silent, a time for speaking.  
 
A time for conflict, a time for peace.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
(5)   A reading from the prophet Isaiah (41:10, 44:22, 49:15-16.
 
Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God.
 
I will strengthen you and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice.  
 
For I am the Lord, your God, who grasps your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I will help you."  
 
I have brushed away your offences like a cloud, your sins like a mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.
 
Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child within her womb?  
 
Even should she forget,
 
I will never forget you.  
 
See, upon the palm of my hand I have written your name.  
 
Yes, in joy you shall depart, in peace you shall be brought back.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
(6)   A reading from the prophet Isaiah (25:6-9)
 
On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food.  
 
On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples,
 
and the shroud enwrapping all nations,
 
he will destroy Death for ever.  
 
The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek;
 
he will take away his people's shame everywhere on earth, for the Lord has said so.  
 
That day, it will be said:
 
See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation;  
 
the Lord is the one in whom we hoped.  
 
We exult and we rejoice that he has saved us.
 
The word of the Lord.
 
 
(7)   A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy (31:1-3, 6-8)
 
Moses proceeded to address these words to the whole of Israel,
 
'I am one hundred and twenty years old now, and can no longer come and go as I will.  
 
Yahweh has said to me,
 
' Be strong, stand firm, have no fear on them, no terror,
 
for Yahweh your God is going with you; he will not fail you or desert you.'
 
Then Moses summoned Joshua and in the presence of all Israel said to him,
 
'Be strong, stand firm, you are going with this people
 
into the land Yahweh swore to their fathers he would give them;
 
you are to give it into their possession.  
 
Yahweh himself will lead you; he will be with you,
 
he will not fail you or desert you.  
 
Have no fear, do not be disheartened by anything'.  
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(8)   A reading from the first book of Kings 2:1-4,
 
As David's life drew to its close he laid this charge on his son Solomon,
 
'I am going the way of all the earth.  
 
Be strong and show yourself a man.  
 
Observe the injunctions of the Lord your God,
 
following his ways and keeping his laws, his commandments, his customs and his decrees,
 
as it stands written in the Law of Moses,
 
that so you may be successful in all you do and undertake,
 
so that Yahweh may fulfil the promise he made me.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
 
- chose one,  
 
or
 
one may be sung
 
 
(9)   Response: The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.
 
 
The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want,
 
Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose.
 
Near restful waters he leads me to revive my drooping spirits. (R)
 
 
He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name.
 
If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear.
 
You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort. (R)
 
 
You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes.
 
My head you have anointed with oil;
 
My cup is overflowing. (R)
 
 
Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life.
 
In Lord's own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.  (R)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(10)   Response: The Lord is my light and my help.
 
The Lord is my light and my help; whom shall I fear?
 
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; before whom shall I shrink?  (R)
 
 
There is one thing I ask of the Lord, for this I long, to live in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life, to savour the sweetness of the Lord, to behold his temple.  (R)
 
 
O Lord, hear my voice when I call; have mercy and answer.  It is your face, O Lord that I seek; hide not your face.  (R)
 
 
I am sure I shall see the Lord's goodness in the land of the living.  Hope in him, hold from and take heart.  Hope in the Lord. (R)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW TESTAMENT READINGS        - chose one
 
 
 
 
 
(11)   A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans (8:31-35,39)
 
With God on our side, who can be against us?  
 
Since God did not spare his only Son, but gave him up to benefit us all,
 
we may be certain after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give.  
 
Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen?  
 
When God acquits can anyone condemn.  
 
Could Jesus Christ?
 
No!  He not only died for us - he rose from the dead,
 
and there at God's right hand he stands and pleads for us.  
 
Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of God,
 
even if we are troubled or worried,
 
or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothing,
 
or being threatened or even attacked.  
 
These are the trials through which we triumph,
 
by the power of him who loves us.  
 
For I am certain of this;
 
neither death nor life,
 
no angel, no prince,
 
nothing that exists,
 
nothing still to come,
 
nor any power, nor height nor depth,
 
nor any created thing,
 
can ever come between us and the love of God
 
made visible through Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
The word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(12)   A reading from the first letter of St. John (1 Jn. 3:1-3)
 
Think of the love that the Father has shown us by letting us be called God's children;
 
and that is what we are.  
 
Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us.  
 
My dear people, we are already the children of God
 
but what we are to be in the future
 
has not yet been revealed;
 
all we know is,
 
that when it is revealed,
 
we shall be like him because we shall see his as he really is.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(13)   A reading from the 1st letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians (4:13-15,18)
 
We want you to be quite certain about those who have died,
 
to make sure that you do not grieve about them,
 
like the other people who have no hope.  
 
We believe that Jesus died and rose again,
 
and that it will be the same
 
for those who have died in Jesus:
 
God will bring them with him.  
 
With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.
 
The word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(14)   A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (13:4-14)
 
Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud;
 
love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable;
 
love does not keep a record of wrongs;
 
love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.  
 
Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience,  never fail.
 
Love is eternal.  
 
There are inspired messages, but they are temporary;
 
there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues but they will cease;
 
there is knowledge, but it will pass.  
 
For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial;
 
but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.
 
What we see now is like a dim mirror;
 
then we shall see face to face.  
 
What I know now is only partial;
 
then it will be complete - as complete as God's knowledge of me.
 
Meanwhile these three remain, faith,   hope    and love;    and the greatest of these is love.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(15)   A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans: 14:7-12.
 
The life and death of each of us has its influence on others:
 
if we live, we live for the Lord;
 
and if we die, we die for the Lord,
 
so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord.  
 
This explains why Christ both died and came to life,
 
it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.  
 
We shall all have to stand before the judgement seat of God;
 
as scripture says:
 
By my life - it is the Lord who speaks –
 
every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall praise God.  
 
It is to God, therefore, that each of us must give an account of himself.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(16)   A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians (4:4-9)
 
May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord.  
 
Rejoice! Show a gentle attitude towards everyone.  
 
The Lord is coming soon.  
 
Don't worry about anything,
 
but in all your prayers, ask God for what you need,
 
always asking him with a  thankful heart.  
 
And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding,
 
will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.  
 
In conclusion, my brothers and sisters,
 
fill your minds with those things that are good
 
and that deserve praise:
 
things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and honourable.  
 
Put into practice what you learnt and received from me,
 
both from my words and from my actions.  
 
And the God who gives us peace will be with you.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(17)   A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 5:1.6-10
 
We know that when the tent that we live in on earth is folded up,
 
there is a house built by God for us,
 
an everlasting home not made by human hands, in the heavens.
 
We are always full of confidence, then,
 
when we remember that to live in the body means to be exiled from the Lord,
 
going as we do by faith and not by sight –
 
we are full of confidence, I say,
 
and actually want to be exiled from the body
 
and make our new home with the Lord.  
 
Whether we are living in the body
 
or exiled from it,
 
we are intent on  pleasing him.  
 
For the truth about us will be brought out in the law court of Christ,
 
and each of us will get what we deserve for the things we did in the body, -  ——good or bad.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(18)   A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians (5:9-11)
 
God destined us not for his condemnation,
 
but to win salvation
 
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
 
who died for us,
 
so that, alive or dead,
 
we should live united to him.  
 
So give encouragement to each other,
 
and keep strengthening one another,
 
as you do already.
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(19) A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1:4-9)
 
I always thank God for you
 
because of his grace given to you in Christ Jesus.  
 
For in him
 
you have been enriched in every way -
 
in all your speaking and in all your knowledge,
 
because our testimony about Christ
 
was confirmed in you.
 
Therefore do not lack any spiritual gift
 
as you eagerly await for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.  
 
He will keep you strong to the end,
 
so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ ...
 
God, who has called you into fellowship with his son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
 
 
This is the word of the Lord.
 
 
 
 
 
 
GOSPEL READINGS  
 
Your priest will choose one
 
 
 
 
 
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
 
 
 
 
 
 
Choose five or six of the following.  
 
If you wish, compose some of your own, or adapt some of those suggested.
 
 
 
 
 
(20)         Let us pray for the whole Church, that we may be prepared for the hour of our death,
 
when God will call us by name, to pass from this world to the next.
 
               Lord hear us.
 
 
 
(21)         God is full of mercy and compassion.  
 
May He forgive N..... any sins he/she committed through human frailty.  Lord hear us.
 
 
 
(22)         We pray for N:____ , and all those who also have died in Christ.  
 
May Christ now be their light, their joy, their consolation in the glory and peace of Heaven.
 
                                                                                                                                                               Lord hear us.
 
               
 
 
(23)         For the sorrowing family, relatives and friends of N...... that they may find
 
strength and consolation in their faith and in the love and support of the community.   Lord hear us.
 
 
 
(24)         God of all consolation, help us to comfort one another in our grief, finding light in time of darkness, and faith in time of doubt.   Lord hear us.
 
 
 
(25)         We pray for all who are dying, and for all who care for them.  Give them peace in their hearts and hope to see you in glory forever.     Lord hear us.
 
 
                                                                                                                                                               
 
(26)         For our departed relatives and friends and all who were close to us in this life.  Lord, give them the reward of their goodness.   Lord hear us.
 
 
 
(27)         Let us pray for all those who care for the sick and dying, especially those who cared for N..... during his/her illness.   Lord hear us.
 
 
 
(28)         We pray for all who have died and who are forgotten by all in the midst of time.  May they enjoy the love that Christ has for them, and know their dignity in  Heaven. Lord hear us.
 
 
 
(29)         May the prayers of Mary, the Mother of God, who stood by the cross as her son                 was dying, help those who mourn and be with all of us in our time of need.   
 
               Lord hear us.
 
 
 
(30)         For all who have gathered here to worship in faith that we may be reunited one   day with all whom we love, when every tear will be wiped away.  
 
               Lord hear us.
 
 
 
 
 
REFLECTIONS   - choose one
 
 
 
 
 
(31)   DEATH IS NOT THE END
 
              - I have only slipped away into the next room.  Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.  Call me by my old familiar name.  Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.  Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.  Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.  Let my name be the household word that it always was.  Let it be spoken without effort.  Life means all that it ever meant.  It is the same as it ever was; there is absolutely unbroken continuity.  Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight?  I am but waiting for you, for the interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.  All is well.  Nothing is past; nothing is lost.  One brief moment and all will be as it was before - only better, infinitely happier and for ever - we will all be one together with Christ.
 
Henry Scott Holland
 
 
 
 
(32)   DEATH IS ONLY AN HORIZON
 
We give them back to you O Lord, who first gave them to us; and as you did not lose them in the giving, so we do not lose them in the return.
 
 
Not as the world gives do you give, O Lord, For what is yours is ours also, if we belong to you.
 
 
Life is unending because love is undying, and the boundaries of this life are but an horizon, and the horizon is but the limit of our vision.
 
Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further.  Strengthen our faith that we may see beyond the horizon.
 
 
And while you prepare a place for us, as you have promised, prepare us also for that happy place; that where you are we may be also, with those we have loved, forever.
 
Bede Jarrett, O.P.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(33)    PEACE AT LAST
 
May the Lord support us all the day long
 
Till the shades lengthen
 
and the evening comes,
 
And the busy world is hushed,
 
And the fever of life is over
 
And our work is done.
 
Then in his mercy, may he give us a safe lodging, a holy rest,
 
And peace at the last.  Amen
 
Cardinal Newman
 
 
 
 
 
 
(34)   FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
 
One night a man had a dream.
 
He dreamt that he was walking along the beach with the Lord.
 
Across the sky flashed the scenes of his life.
 
For each scene he noticed not one, but two sets of footprints in the sand.
 
He understood immediately that one belonged to him, and the other to the Lord.
 
But then he noticed a curious thing.
 
At the lowest and saddest times in his life there was only one set of footprints.
 
This bothered him, and so he asked the Lord:
 
"How come that during the most difficult times in my life, the very times when I most needed you, you left me on my own?"
 
The Lord replied,
 
"My friend, during your trials and sufferings, when you see only one set of footprints, those footprints are mine.  It was then that I carried your".
 
 
 
 
(35)   STRANGER AT OUR SIDE
 
All through life's day our risen Lord walks with us.
 
Often, however, he is a stranger to us, for he never forces himself upon us.
 
Before the day's end, we will ask many questions, experience many failures, disappointments and heartaches.
 
And then, suddenly, whether we are young, middle aged or old, we will find that the shadows are lengthening and night is fast approaching.
 
In that moment we pray that, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, our eyes will be opened, and that we will recognise him - the stranger who walked at our side - as our risen Lord.
 
And he will not vanish from our sight.  Instead he will guide us through the dark valley of death to the safety of the Father's house.
 
 
 
 
(36)   GONE ONLY FROM OUR SIGHT
 
I am standing on the seashore.  
 
Suddenly a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze,
 
and starts out for the blue ocean.  
 
She is an object of beauty and strength,
 
and I stand and watch her until at length she is only a ribbon of white cloud,
 
just above where sea and sky mingle with each other.
 
Then someone at my side says:     "There! She's gone!"                              
 
Gone where!                              Gone from my sight - that is all.
 
She is just as large in mast and hull as she was when she left my side,
 
and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination.
 
Her diminished size is in me, not in her,
 
and just at the moment when someone at my side says:
 
"There!  She's gone!"           
 
there are other voices ready to greet her with a glad shout:
 
"There!  She comes!"
 
And that is dying.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(37)   I'M FREE
 
Don't  grieve for me, for now I'm free.
 
I'm following the path God laid for me.
 
I took His hand when I heard him call.
 
I turned my back and left it all.
 
I could not stay another day.
 
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
 
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
 
I found that peace at close of day.
 
If my parting has left a void.
 
Then fill it with remembered joy.
 
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
 
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
 
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
 
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
 
My life's been full.  I've savoured much.
 
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
 
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
 
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
 
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
 
God wanted me now; He set me free.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(38)   The Rose beyond the Wall
 
 
Near shady wall a rose once grew
 
Budded and blossomed in God's free light,
 
Watered and fed by morning dew,
 
Shedding its sweetness day and night
 
 
As it grew and blossomed fair and tall
 
Slowly rising to loftier height,
 
It came to a crevice in the wall,
 
Through which there shone a beam of light.
 
 
Onward it crept with added strength
 
With never a thought of fear or pride,
 
It followed light,
 
through the crevice's length
 
And unfolded itself on the other side.
 
 
The light, the dew, the broadening view
 
Were found the same as they were before,
 
And it lost itself in beauties new
 
Breathing its fragrance more and more.
 
 
Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
 
And make our courage faint and fall?
 
Nay!  Let us faith and hope receive
 
The rose still grows beyond the wall.
 
 
Scattering fragrance far and wide
 
Just as it did in days of yore,
 
 
Just as it will forevermore.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(39)   THE DIVINE WEAVER
 
My life is but a weaving
 
between my Lord and me;
 
I cannot chose the colours
 
he worketh steadily.
 
Oftentimes he weaveth sorrow
 
and I, in foolish pride,
 
forget that he seeth the upper,
 
and I the under side.
 
Not till the loom is silent
 
and the shuttles cease to fly,
 
shall God unroll the canvas
 
and explain the reason why.
 
The dark threads are as needful
 
in the weaver's skilful hand
 
as the threads of gold and silver
 
in the pattern he has planned.
 
 
 
 
 
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A PRAYER IN TIME OF MOURNING
 
To be prayed in your own time at home.
 
 
 
Lord, I’m grieving.  It hurts so bad.  
 
My emotions are churning; my mind is racing; my spirit is adrift.
 
I reach out to you because I have nowhere else to go.
 
What I have lost I cannot regain now my life is shattered.
 
How can I rebuild?
 
I see only darkness within and without.
 
The pain, the uncertainty, the fear, the numbness.
 
How will I ever get beyond these days?
 
You ask me to believe in you O God.
 
The God of perfect love – and I do.
 
But why have you allowed this to happen?
 
I have no answers.
 
I have only your promise.
 
Never to leave me or forsake me.
 
May this be enough to get me through another day.
 
I rest in you, my strength and my redeemer.
 
Please, Oh please, stay at my side.
 
Today and everyday.  
 
Amen.
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