“Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
– Matthew 5:4
O Blessed Joseph, you gave your last breath in the loving embrace of Jesus and Mary. When the seal of death shall close my life, come with Jesus and Mary to aid me. Obtain for me this solace for that hour – to die with their holy arms around me. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I commend my soul, living and dying, into your sacred arms.
Comfort me with your love O God
Wrap me up in Your strong embrace
Shelter me from the storm O Lord
Envelop me in Your tender care
By day I pour out my heartbreak to You
By night I give you my racing thoughts
In You I take refuge
In You I will not be afraid
For you hold me strong, You hold me safe
Calm my fearful heart O God
Still my anxious mind O Lord
For all my life is found in You
All my being is given to You
All my hope begins in You
Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel.
My heart is broken and my spirit mourns.
Al I know is that Your grace is sufficient.
This day, this hour
Moment by moment
I choose to lean on You,
For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest.
I pour out my grief to You
And praise You that on one glorious day
When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered
We shall walk together again.
For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty Saviour.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
O merciful Father,
Who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the
children of men;
Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servant for whom our prayers are offered.
Remember him, O Lord, in mercy,
Nourish his soul with patience,
Comfort him with a sense of thy goodness,
Lift up thy countenance upon him,
And give him peace;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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.
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.
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.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
God is our refuge and strength,
An ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
And the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
Though its waters roar and foam
And the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy place where the Most High swells.
God is within her, she will not fall:
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
He lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress.
O Lord, there is nothing but hurt left.
I feel so broken, my heart is torn apart.
All I can do is wait.
Wait in this desolate place,
And trust that somehow you can meet me.
I feel too weak to go on.
I am like a shell, living, breathing, yet so empty.
All I can do is give up.
Give up in this heartbroken time,
And believe that somehow you can restore me.
I find the sadness overwhelming,
Like wave upon wave of emptiness
All I can do is rest.
Rest within your suffering and hope that through you –
Your love, your forgiveness and your strength –
I will wake to a new day
A new dawn for my heart and my life.
Your parish clergy are a wonderful resource for you during this time of loss. As an extension of your parish, our deacons at Catholic Cemeteries are also available to offer prayer, comfort and consolation to you and your family.
Deacon Dan Keller
Deacon Jim Tardy
Deacon Norm Tierney