The Burial of the Dead

Rite Two

Reception of the Body

The celebrant meets the body at the door of the church and says:

With faith in Jesus Christ, we receive the body of our brother/sister N. for burial. Our brother/sister was washed in Holy Baptism and anointed with the Holy Spirit. Let us therefore, with confidence, pray to God our Heavenly Father, the Giver of life that He will raise him/her to perfection in the company of the Saints.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And also with you.

V. Let us pray

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day our brother/sister N. We thank you for giving him (her) to us, his (her) family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ALL: Amen.

The Reception may take place within the church after the Sentences have been read.

One or more Sentences may be read.

A hymn or anthem may be sung.

Silence may be kept; after which the minister says one of the following Collects.

At the Burial of an Adult

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servant N., being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory: who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
ALL: Amen.


O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servant N., and grant him (her) an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, now and for ever.
ALL: Amen.

At the Burial of a Child

Heavenly Father, whose Son our Saviour took little children into his arms and blessed them: receive, we pray, your child N. in your never-failing care and love, comfort all who have loved him (her) on earth, and bring us all to your everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ALL: Amen.

The First Reading (from the Old or New Testament)
(see the list of readings - Rite One above).

A psalm or hymn may be said or sung.

The Second Reading (from the Gospel)
(see the list of Readings Rite One above).


The Minister may invite the people, in these or similar words, to join in the recitation of the Creed.

PRESIDENT: Let us with confidence and hope, confess the faith into which we were baptized, as we say,


I believe in God the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the
right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body
and the life everlasting. Amen.

A hymn may be sung, or Te Deum part 2.


You Christ are the King of glory:
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free:
you did not abhor the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death:
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory:
we believe that you will come to be our judge.
Come then Lord and help your people:
bought with the price of your own blood;
and bring us with your saints:
to glory everlasting.


MINISTER: Lord, have mercy.

ALL: Christ have mercy.

MINISTER: Lord, have mercy.


Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name;
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

V. Blessed be God our Father:
R. The Creator and Preserver of all life.

V. Blessed be Jesus Christ:
R. The Saviour and Redeemer of mankind.

V. Blessed be the Holy Spirit:
R. The Enabler and Sustainer of those who seek for grace.

V. The Lord be with you:
R. And also with you.

Grant us, Lord, the wisdom and the grace to use aright the time that is left to us here on earth. Lead us to repent of our sins, the evil we have done and the good we have not done; and strengthen us to follow the steps of your Son, in the way that leads to the fulness of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ALL: Amen.

Additional prayers may be said here.

A hymn may be sung.


Either A

Let us commend our brother/sister N. to the mercy of God our Maker and Redeemer.

Heavenly Father, by your mighty power you have given us new life in Christ Jesus. We entrust N. to your merciful keeping: in the faith of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord who died and rose again to save us, and is now alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit in glory for ever.
ALL: Amen.


B. See Commendation Rite above
"Into your hands, O merciful Saviour..."

Then may be said:

V. Rest eternal grant to him (her), O Lord;
R. And let light perpetual shine upon him (her).

MINISTER: May he/she and all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
ALL: Amen.

The minister dismisses the people with these words:

MINISTER: Alleluia, Christ is risen.
PEOPLE: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

MINISTER: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
PEOPLE: Thanks be to God.

or with the following:

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant: Make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
ALL: Amen.

As the body is borne from the church, anthems and canticles may be said or sung.

(See Rite One above).


The Consecration of a Grave

If the grave is in a place that has not previously been set apart for Christian burial, the priest may use the following prayer, either before the service or Committal or at some other convenient time.

O God, whose blessed Son was laid in a sepulchre in the garden: Bless, we pray, this grave, and grant that he (she) whose Body is (is to be) buried here may dwell with Christ in paradise, and may come to your heavenly kingdom; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The following anthem may be sung or said.

Everyone the Father gives to me will come to me; I will never turn away anyone who believes in me.

He who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will also give new life to our mortal bodies through His indwelling Spirit.

My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also shall rest in hope.

You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

One or more of the following Sentences may be said.

I heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write this: "Happy are the dead who die in the faith of Christ! Henceforth," says the Spirit, "they may rest from their labours; for they take with them the record of their deeds."

Man born of a woman has but a short time to live. Like a flower he blossoms and then withers; like a shadow he flees and never stays.

In the midst of life we are in death; to whom can we turn for help, but to you, Lord, who are justly angered by our sins?

Lord God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us from the bitter pains of eternal death. You know the secrets of our hearts: in your mercy hear our prayer, forgive us our sins, and at our last hour let us not fall away from you.

Then, while earth is cast upon the coffin, the minister says these words:

MINISTER: In sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God our brother N. (sister N.) and we commit his (her) body to the ground; *earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. And we beseech you in your infinite goodness to give us grace to live in your dear love and to die in your favour that when your well-beloved Son shall come again in judgment both this our brother/sister N. and we ourselves may be found acceptable in your sight. Grant this for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

*or the deep, or, the elements, or, its resting place.

The minister may say:

MINISTER: The Lord be with you.
PEOPLE: And also with you.

MINISTER: Let us pray.

One or more of the following prayers may be said:

Almighty God, with whom still live the spirits of those who die in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful are in joy and felicity; we give you heartfelt thanks for the good examples of all your servants, who, having finished their course in faith, now find rest and refreshment. May we, with all who have died in the true faith of your holy Name, have perfect fulfillment and bliss in your eternal and everlasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Resurrection and the Life: Raise us, we humbly pray, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness that when we depart this life we may rest in Him, and at the resurrection receive that blessing which your well-beloved Son shall then pronounce: "Come, you blessed of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world." Grant this, O merciful Father, through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.

Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the Spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then may be said:

MINISTER: Rest eternal grant to him (her), O Lord;
PEOPLE: And let light perpetual shine upon him (her).

MINISTER: May he (she) and all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

MINISTER: The Lord bless him (her) and keep him (her), the Lord make His face to shine upon him (her) and be gracious to him (her) the Lord lift up His countenance upon him (her) and give him (her) peace.

The minister then dismisses the people with these words:

MINISTER: Alleluia, Christ is risen.
PEOPLE: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

MINISTER: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
PEOPLE: Thanks be to God.

or with the following.

MINISTER: Unto Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy; to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.

Additional Prayers

1. O God, the maker and redeemer of all mankind: grant us, with your servant N. and all the faithful departed, the sure benefits of your Son's saving passion and glorious resurrection; that in the last day, when you gather up all things in Christ, we may with them enjoy the fullness of your promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

2. Hear, Lord, the prayers of your people, as we remember before you N. our brother (sister): and grant that we who confess your Name on earth may with him (her) be made perfect in the kingdom of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

3. Father in heaven, you gave your Son Jesus Christ to suffering and to death on the cross, and raised Him to life in glory. Grant us a patient faith in time of darkness, and strengthen our hearts with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

4. Father of all, by whose mercy and grace your saints remain in everlasting light and peace: we remember with thanksgiving those whom we love but see no longer; and we pray that in them your perfect will may be fulfilled; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

5. Remember, O Lord, this your servant, who has gone before us with the sign of faith, and now rests in the sleep of peace. According to your promises, grant to him (her) and to all who rest in Christ, refreshment, light, and peace; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

6. Merciful Father and Lord of all life, we praise you that men are made in your image and reflect your truth and light. We thank you for the life of your son N. (daughter N.) for the love and mercy he (she) received from you and showed among us. Above all we rejoice at your gracious promise to all your servants, living and departed: that we shall rise again at the coming of Christ. And we ask that in due time we may share with our brother/sister that clearer vision, when we shall see your face in the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

7. O God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered: Make us, we pray, deeply aware of the shortness and uncertainty of human life; and let your Holy Spirit lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days; that, when we shall have served you in our generation, we may be gathered to our ancestors, having testimony of a good conscience, in the communion of the Catholic Church, in the confidence of a certain faith, in the comfort of a religious and holy hope, in favour with you, our God, and in perfect charity with the world. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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