(All present make the sign of the cross, and the leader begins)
Praise be to God our Father, who raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Blessed be God forever.
Response: Blessed be God forever.
(A scripture text may be read, such as this from Romans 8:38-39)
I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, now powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Prayers of intercession or a litany of the saints may follow, after which all may pray the Lord’s Prayer. Then the leader continues)
Lord God, whose days are without end and whose mercies beyond counting, keep us mindful that life is short and the hour of death unknown. Let your spirit guide our days on earth in the ways of holiness and justice, that we may serve you in union with the whole Church, sure in faith, strong in hope, perfected in love. And when our earthly journey is ended, lead us rejoicing into your kingdom, where you live forever and ever.
(This traditional verse and response may follow)
V: Eternal rest grant unto them, Lord,
R: And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V: May they rest in peace.
V: May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed. Through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
(All make the sign of the cross, and the leader concludes with this prayer)
May the peace of God, which is beyond all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
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