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Prayers

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 for ever and ever.

 

 

Holding Mother Close
Many days have now passed by,
since last I heard your voice.
Saying goodbye was hard to do.
I know I had no choice.
My heart still aches each time I pray;
remembering your love for me.
Your warm sweet smile still comes to mind
Your love will always be.Dear mother, life is forever changed
now that you’ve left my sight.
In heaven, I know you wait for me,
in peace and joy and light.
We’ll be together again one day,
your love and smile I’ll know.
But for now I’ll pray for you,
here on earth below.Dear God above, I do believe
her love will see me through.
Hold mother close in your embrace;
this I pray to you.Mary Heath©2012
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Holding Father Close
Many days have now gone by
since last I heard your voice.
Saying goodbye was hard to do.
In that, I had no choice.
My heart aches each and every day.
I miss you here with me.
Your guiding wisdom gave me life;
your faith, your legacy.Dear dad, my world is not the same
since the day you left my sight.
In heaven, I know you wait for me,
in joy and peace and light.
And when I meet you there one day,
your love and smile I’ll know.
But for now I’ll pray for you
here on earth below.Dear God above, he’s with you now;
one day I’ll be there too.
Forevermore, hold father close,
this I pray to you.Mary Heath©2012
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At Need Prayer
God our Father, Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives, and by
Your command we return to dust.Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family, relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer for a Stillborn Child
Lord God, ever caring and gentle,
we commit to Your love this little one,
quickened to life for so short a time.Enfold him/her in eternal life.
We pray for his/her parents
who are saddened by the loss of their child.
Give them courage and help them
in their pain and grief.May they all meet one day
in the joy and peace of Your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.Catholic Doors Ministry
Prayer for a Deceased Child
To You, O Lord,
we humbly entrust this child,
so precious in Your sight.
Take him/her into Yourarms
and welcome him/her into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow,
no weeping nor pain,
but the fullness of peace and joy
with Your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.Amen.Catholic Doors Ministry
Prayer for Deceased Person afer Long Illness
Most faithful God,
lively is thecourage of those who hope in You.
Your servant (Name) suffered greatly,
but placed his/her trust in Your mercy.Confident that the petition of those who mourn pierces the clouds and finds an answer,
we beg You, give rest to (Name).Do not remember his/her sins,
but look upon his/her sufferings
and grant him/her refreshment, light, and peace.We ask this through Christ our Lord.Amen.

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