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The Gospel

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Burial of the Dead - Rite One.

Then, all standing, the Deacon or Priest appointed reads the Gospel, first saying:

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.


Glory be to thee, O Lord.

  • John. 5:24-27 (He that believeth hath everlasting life)
  • John. 6:37-40 (All that the Father giveth me shall come to me)
  • John. 10:11-16 (I am the good shepherd)
  • John. 11:21-27 ( I am the resurrection and the life)
  • John. 14:1-6 ( In my Father's house are many mansions)

At the end of the Gospel, the Reader says:

The Gospel of the Lord.


Praise be to thee, O Christ.

A homily may be preached, the People being seated.

The Apostles' Creed may be said, all standing.

If there is no Funeral Mass, the Lord's Prayer is said here, and the service continues with the following prayer of intercession, or with one or more suitable prayers. (See Additional Prayers.) When there is a Eucharist, the following serves for the Prayers of the People.

The People respond to every petition with Amen.

The Deacon or other leader says:

Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant, we beseech thee, to thy whole Church in paradise and on earth, thy light and thy peace. Amen.

Grant that all who have been baptized into Christ's death and resurrection may die to sin and rise to newness of life, and that through the grave and gate of death we may pass with him to our joyful resurrection. Amen.

Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that thy Holy Spirit may lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days. Amen.

Grant to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind. Amen.

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. Amen.

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. Amen.

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. Amen.

Grant us grace to entrust   to thy never-failing love; receive him into the arms of thy mercy, and remember him according to the favor which thou bearest unto thy people. Amen.

Grant that, increasing in knowledge and love of thee, he may go from strength to strength in the life of perfect service in thy heavenly kingdom. Amen.

Grant us, with all who have died in the hope of resurrection, to have our consummation and bliss in thy eternal and everlasting glory, and with [blessed   and] all thy saints, to receive the crown of life which thou dost promise to all who share in the victory of thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

When there is no Mass, the service continues with the Commendation, or with the Committal.


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