Funeral Verses & Written ContentPrayers for Funerals

Here is a selection of prayers for funerals. Your vicar or religious leader, if you have one, will be able to advise and guide you too.

  • Reinhold Niebuhr
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. Living one day …

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    O God, you do not willingly grieve or afflict your children.
    Look with pity on the suffering of this family in their loss.
    Sustain them …

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      Lord, in weakness or in strength
      we bear your image.
      We pray for those we love
      who now live in a land of shadows,
      where …

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        Lord God, creator of all,
        you have made us creatures of this earth
        but have also promised us a share in life eternal:
        receive our …

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        • St Francis of Assisi
        Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
        Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
        Where there is injury, pardon;
        Where there is discord, union;
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          Hail Mary, full of grace
          The Lord is with thee
          Blessed art thou among women
          and blessed
          is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
          Holy …

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            God our Father,
            Your power brings us to birth,
            Your providence guides our lives,
            and by Your command we return to dust.

            Lord, those …

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              God of all mystery, whose ways are beyond understanding,
              lead us, who grieve at this untimely death,
              to a new and deeper faith in your …

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                God be in my head,
                and in my understanding;
                God be in my eyes,
                and in my looking;
                God be in my mouth,
                and in …

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                  God of hope,
                  we come to you in shock and grief and confusion of heart.
                  Help us to find peace in the knowledge
                  of your …

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                    When I am dead, Cry for me a little, Think of me sometimes But not too much. Think of me now and again As I was in life at some …

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                      As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.
                      My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: …

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                        God our Father,
                        we thank you that you have made each of us
                        in your own image,
                        and given us gifts and talents with which …

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                          Almighty God,
                          you love everything you have made
                          and judge us with infinite mercy and justice.
                          We rejoice in your promises of pardon, joy and …

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                            Father of all mercies and God of all consolation,
                            you pursue us with untiring love
                            and dispel the shadow of death
                            with the bright dawn …

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                            • Revised Standard Version
                            The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want;
                            he makes me lie down in green pastures.
                            He leads me beside still waters;
                            He restores …

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                              Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
                              who has blessed us all with the gift of this earthly life
                              and has …

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                                Almighty God, in your great love
                                you crafted us by your hand
                                and breathed life into us by your Spirit.
                                Although we became a rebellious …

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                                  Heavenly Father,
                                  you have not made us for darkness and death,
                                  but for life with you for ever.
                                  Without you we have nothing to hope …

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                                    Our Father who art in heaven;
                                    Hallowed be Thy Name;
                                    Thy kingdom come;
                                    Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
                                    Give …

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                                      Eternal God and Father,
                                      we praise you that you have made people
                                      to share life together
                                      and to reflect your glory in the world.
                                      We …

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                                        God our Father,
                                        Your power brings us to birth,
                                        Your providence guides our lives,
                                        and by Your command we return to dust.

                                        Lord, those …

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                                          Father in heaven, we praise your name
                                          for all who have finished this life loving and trusting you,
                                          for the example of their lives,
                                          the …

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                                            Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,
                                            and let perpetual light shine upon them.
                                            May the souls of the faithful departed
                                            through the mercy of …

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                                              May the road rise to meet you,
                                              May the wind be always at your back,
                                              May the sun shine warm upon your face,
                                              May the …

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                                                Living God, you have lit the day with the sun’s light
                                                and the midnight with shining stars.
                                                Lighten our hearts with the bright beams
                                                of …

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                                                  Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
                                                  Body of Christ, save me.
                                                  Blood of Christ, refresh me.
                                                  Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
                                                  Passion of …

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                                                    Lord Jesus, our redeemer,
                                                    you willingly gave yourself up to death,
                                                    so that all might be saved and pass from death to life.
                                                    By dying …

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                                                      God our refuge and strength,
                                                      close at hand in our distress;
                                                      meet us in our sorrow and lift our eyes
                                                      to the peace and light …

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                                                        We beseech Thee, O Lord,
                                                        in Thy mercy,
                                                        to have pity on the soul of Thy handmaid;
                                                        do Thou, Who hast freed her
                                                        from the …

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                                                          Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you
                                                          for all the benefits you have won for us,
                                                          for all the pains and insults you have borne for …

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                                                            The Lord is here,
                                                            his Spirit is with us.
                                                            We need not fear,
                                                            his Spirit is with us.
                                                            We are surrounded by love,
                                                            his Spirit …

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                                                              Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
                                                              Body of Christ, save me.
                                                              Blood of Christ, refresh me.
                                                              Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
                                                              Passion of …

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                                                                Christ be with me, Christ within me,
                                                                Christ behind me, Christ before me,
                                                                Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
                                                                Christ to comfort and restore …

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