Below is a collection of Funeral prayers that can be said before, during, or after a funeral ceremony or wake. It’s important to remember and cherish those who have passes with sacred blessings.
A funeral prayer should be comforting. Death is an uncomfortable time, but their is comfort in knowing that the deceased is now with God.
Oh Father of Mercies
Oh Father of mercies, and God of all comfort,
Thou hast often invited us to thyself in kindness.
It manifests our depravity that we think of Thee so little
In our hour of ease and prosperity!
But we are now before Thee in affliction and distress.
Yet we rejoice to know that Thou art a very present and an
All-sufficient help in trouble.
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The Trifles of Time
O let not the trifles of time
induce us to neglect the one thing
needful. While each of us is
compelled to say, I know Thou
wilt bring me to death, and to
the house appointed for all
living, may we be enabled also
to say, I know in whom I have
believed, and am persuaded that
He is able to keep that which
I have committed to Him against
And let not the solemnities we have
this day witnessed be ever
forgotten; for often our most
serious impressions have worn
off, and our goodness has been
as the morning cloud, and as
early dew that soon passeth away.
Meditation on Death and Dying
May we hear thy voice in Thy rod, as well as in Thy word;
And gathering from the corrections with which we are
Exercised the peaceable fruit of righteousness, be able to
Acknowledge, with all our suffering brethren before us.
Now in our grief, we are ever mindful of Thee, and we
Humbly request Thy blessing, not just for our brethren
Who have gone to Thy side, but for ourselves, that we
Need not suffer such loss to remain ever mindful of Thee!
It is not only the Scripture that reminds us of our living in
A dying world, but all observation and experience.
Man is continually going to his long home, and the mourners
Daily go about the streets. And we are all accomplishing
As hirelings our day, and in a little time our neighbors,
Friends, and relations will seek us ” and we shall not be.
Thou hast made our days as a hands breadth,
And our age is as nothing before Thee; verily every man at
His best estate is altogether vanity.
Suffer Us Not, At Our Last Hour
For our days are not only few; but full of evil. Anxieties
perplex us; dangers alarm us; infirmities oppress us;
disappointments afflict us; losses impoverish us;
And we fear Thine anger and Thine wrath.
O shut not Thy merciful ear to our prayers, but spare us,
O most Holy Lord; O God, most mighty;
O holy and most merciful Savior; Thou most worthy judge
Suffer us not, at our last hour, for any bitter pains
of death, to fall from Thee. And we beseech Thee O Lord
To receive with mercy unto Thine arms the soul of our dear
departed brethren today, that we may rejoice in their life
And honor their passing to Thy eternal care.
Thou Takest Away
Thou takest away, and who can hinder Thee, or say unto Thee
“What doest Thou?” Thou hast a right to do what Thou
wilt with Thine own.
Thou art a sovereign and the reasons of Thy conduct are often
far above, out of our sight. But Thy work is perfect, Thy
ways are judgment.
All Thy dispensations are wise, and righteous, and kind —
Even when they seem to be severe, as in this time of grief.
We acknowledge O God, with shame and sorrow, that the
state of degradation and mortality in which we groan was not
our original condition. Thou madest man upright, but he
sought out many inventions. Our first Father sinned, and we
have borne his iniquity. By one man sin entered into the
world, And death by sin; and so death hath passed upon all
men, for that all have sinned.
And we bless Thee that this is not our final state. By the
discoveries of faith, we see new heavens, and a new earth
wherein dwelleth righteousness. We see the spirits of just
men made perfect. We see our vile bodies changed and
fashioned like the Saviors own glorious body; and man,
the sinner, raised above the angels, who never sinned.
We bless Thee for this purpose of grace, formed before the
world began, and accomplished in the fullness of time
by the Son of Thy love, who hath abolished death, and
brought life and immortality to light by the gospel; and
who among the ravages of the grave, says, “I am the
Resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though
He were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and
believeth in me shall never die.
May it be our immediate and supreme concern to win Christ,
and be found in Him; knowing that there is no condemnation
to them that are in Christ Jesus; and that blessed are the
dead that die in the Lord.
So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts
unto wisdom ” that wisdom which will lead us to prefer the
uoul to the body; and eternity to time; that wisdom which
will lead us to secure an interest in a better world, before
we are removed from this one.
Scripture for Funerals
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
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Funeral Prayer … gather to offer their collective
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prayer ) … The Janazah
prayer is as follows like Eid
prayer , the Janazah
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Characteristics – Topics of Islamic Law –
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prayer , by those who visit them … A special
prayer , Janazah, is performed for the deceased, preferably by the assembled Muslim community … Classic Islamic law details visitation of the ill, preparation of the dead for burial, the
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As an added remembrance of the deceased, families will often produce funeral prayer cards to distribute to all funeral attendees. What is a prayer card? Prayer cards contain a specific type of prayer with a picture of the deceased on the front of the card, thereby having printing on both sides.
The front of the prayer card will have a background scene and the deceased photo along with their date of birth to date of death. Usually, the title may read In Loving Memory of…” or “Forever in Our Hearts.” The back of the prayer card contains a short prayer or even a short poem.
The funeral prayer cards are the size of a business card and most come laminated or families will laminate it themselves. The lamination seals the card for a long lasting token of the deceased. The size of a business card is convenient and can easily be stored in a purse or wallet.
Prayers from the book of Psalms, Catholic liturgy, or one coming from your own thoughts can be written on the back of the cards. Often its more heartfelt and personal when the prayer is written by a family member. There are resources on the web that sell pre-printed prayer cards however, often the turnaround time for printing and shipment is a bit longer than one normally has. You could pay for a rush delivery, but there is another solution that is more cost effective..
Utilizing funeral prayer card templates is a wise choice. By creating and printing your own, you do not have the time constraints of ordering and can print as many as you like without being charge a per card fee. You can also use the template again should you decide you need to. It’s a convenient way to create these cards and you can be done with customizing them in minutes!
With all the other details of planning a funeral, you will value the time and money saved by choosing a predesigned template. You also have more control over the final and finished funeral prayer card.
Reciting a funeral prayer during a memorial is a great way to bring everyone together for a joint prayer as they share special memories and thoughts with one another. Here is a look at some great funeral prayer cards sayings that will help to inspire you to find the right words and encourage a loving sentiment.
“A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.”
“A dead atheist is someone who is all dressed up with no place to go.”
“A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.”
“A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!”
“A human act once set in motion flows on forever to the great account. Our deathlessness is in what we do, not in what we are.”
“Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.”
“Death is not the end Death can never be the end. Death is the road. Life is the traveller. The Soul is the Guide Our mind thinks of death. Our heart thinks of life Our soul thinks of Immortality.”
“I can’t think of a more wonderful thanksgiving for the life I have had than that everyone should be jolly at my funeral.”
“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”
“I have seen death too often to believe in death, It is not an ending, but a withdrawal. As one who finishes a long journey. Stills the motor. Turns off the lights Steps from the car And walks up the path To the home that awaits him.”
“I know death has ten thousand several doors for men to take their exits.”
“Men fear death as children fear to go into the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.”
“Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good.”
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed only if there light is from within.”
“Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones shines down to let us know they are happy.”
“Say not in grief that she is no more but say in thankfulness that she was A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.”
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
“Some are bound to die young By dying young a person stays young in people’s memory. If he burns brightly before he dies, his brightness shines for all time.”
“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”
“The boundaries between life and death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends and where the other begins?”
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
“When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night, And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
“When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices. When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries.”
“Your end, which is endless, is as a snowflake dissolving in the pure air.”
Here is one example of an opening song and prayer as performed by Rafael Ramos at a funeral.