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Another Leaf Has Fallen
Another leaf has fallen,
another soul has gone.
But still we have God’s promises,
in every robin’s song.
For He’s in His Heaven,
and though He takes away.
He always leaves to mortals,
the bright sun’s kindly ray.
He leaves the fragrant blossoms,
and lovely forests green.
And gives us new found comfort,
when we on Him will lean.


God Hath Not Promised

God hath not promised
Skies always blue.
Flowers strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.
But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way.
Grace for the trials
help from above,
Unfailing sympathy
Undying love.

 

God Has Created Me
God has created me to do him some
definite service. He has committed some
work to me which He has not committed
to another. I have my mission — I may
never know it in this life, but I shall be
told it in the next. I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection, between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall
do his work, I shall be an angel of peace,
a preacher of truth in my own pace while
not intending it — If I do but keep His
Commandments. Therefore I will trust
him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never
be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my
sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my
perplexity may serve Him; if I am in
sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain.
HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS ABOUT.
He may take away my friends. He may
throw me among strangers. He may make
me feel desolate, make my spirits sink,
hide my future from me —
STILL HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS ABOUT.
-Henry Cardinal Newman

 

If Death Should Beckon
If Death should beckon me with
outstretched hand and whisper
softly of “An Unknown Land”;
I shall not be afraid to go.
For though the path I do not know, I will take
Death’s Hand without fear, for He who safely
brought me here will also take me safely back
And though in many things I lack,
He will not let me go alone into the
“Valley That’s Unknown”...
So I reach out and take Death’s Hand and
journey to the “Promised Land”.

 

God's Garden
God looked around the garden,
And found an empty space.
He looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
For He only takes the best.
He knew that you were weary,
and He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never be well on earth again.
He saw the roads were getting rough,
and the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids,
and whispered peace be thine.

 

Togetherness
Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away
Into the next room.
Whatever we were to each other,
That we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the way
which you always used to.
Laugh as we always laughed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be the household word
That it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort.
Life means all that it ever was:
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of your mind
because I am out of your sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval,
Somewhere very near just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be
As it was before – only better,
Infinitely happier and forever
–We will all be one together

 

The Loom of Time
Man’s life is laid in the loom of time
To a pattern he does not see,
While the weavers work and
the shuttles fly Till the dawn of eternity.
Some shuttles are filled with silver threads
And some with threads of gold,
While often but the darker hues
Are all that they may hold.
But the weaver watches with skillful eye
Each shuttle fly to and fro,
And sees the pattern so deftly wrought
As the loom moves sure and slow.
God surely planned the pattern:
Each thread, the dark and fair,
Is chosen by His master skill
And placed in the web with care.
He only knows its beauty,
And guides the shuttles which hold
The threads so unattractive,
As well as the threads of gold.
Not till each loom is silent,
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God reveal the pattern
And explain the reason why
The dark threads were as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
For the pattern which He planned.

 

Carried by the Wind
A uniqueness that could only come
from a Creator’s touch,
A life lived with simplicity of purpose
and unyielding strength,
From moment to moment,
All of life’s needs were met with a peace
that surpasses all understanding,
And now to the heavens,
A life rises up like a leaf carried by the wind.

 

I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of the day If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life has been full, I’ve savored much Good friends,
good times, a loved one’s touch Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, He set me free! 

 

Footprints
One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the
beach with the Lord. Across the sky
flashed scenes from his life. For each
scene he noticed two sets of footprints in
the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life flashed
before him, he looked back at the
footprints in the sand. He noticed that
many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints. He
also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he
questioned the Lord about it: “Lord, you
said that once I decided to follow you,
you’d walk with me all the way. But I
have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life, there is
only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why when I needed you most,
you should leave me.
The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child.
I love you, and I would never, never leave you
during your times of trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.

 

 

The Chain
We knew little that morning
That God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly.
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,
That day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
Your love is still our guide:
And though we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again.

 

An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

If Tears Could Build a Stairway
If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to heaven and
bring you home again.

 

I Said a Prayer For You Today
I said a prayer for you today,
and know God must have heard.
I felt the answer in my heart,
although He spoke no word!
I didn’t ask for wealth or fame
(I knew you wouldn’t mind),
I asked Him to send treasures of
a far more lasting kind!
I asked that He’d be near you,
at the start of each new day.
To grant you health and blessings,
for friends to share your way!
I asked for happiness for you,
in all things great and small,
But it was for His loving care,
I prayed the most of all!

 

Safely Home
I am home in Heaven dear ones;
Oh, so happy and bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever.
Safely home in Heaven at last.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand,
Do it now, while life remaineth–
You shall rest in Jesus’ land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh the joy to see you come!

 

Tomorrow
When tomorrow starts without me,
please try to understand,
That Jesus came and called my name
and took me by the hand.
And when I walked through
heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
from His golden throne.
He said, “This is eternity
and all I’ve promised you.
Today your life on earth is past
and here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrows,
but today will always last,
And since each day’s the same,
there’s no longing for the past.
You have been faithful,
so trusting and true,
Though there were times you did
some things you knew you shouldn’t do.
But you have been forgiven,
and now at last you’re free,
So won’t you take my hand
and share My life with me?”
So when tomorrow starts without me,
don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here in your heart.

 

When I Am Gone
When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be thankful for our many beautiful years.
I gave to you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I travel on alone.
So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It is only for a time that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on,
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near. And
if you listen with your heart you'll hear, All my
love around you soft and clear.
And then, When you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile, and say...
"Welcome Home"

 

Love Lives On
Those we love remain with us
for love itself lives on,
And cherished memories never fade
Because a love one’s gone. . .
Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart
For as long as there is memory,
They’ll live on in the heart.

 

To Laugh Often And Much
“To laugh often and much; to win the
respect of intelligent people and the
affection of children; to earn the
appreciation of honest critics and endure
the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate
beauty; to find the best in others; to
leave the world a bit better whether by
healthy child, a garden patch, or a
redeemed social condition; to know even
one life has breathed easier because you
have lived. This is to have succeeded”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

At the Rising of the Sun
At the rising of the sun
and its going down,
WE REMEMBER THEM.
At the blowing of the wind
and in the chill of winter,
WE REMEMBER THEM.
In the opening of the buds
and in the rebirth of the spring,
WE REMEMBER THEM.
At the blueness of the skies
and in the warmth of summer,
WE REMEMBER THEM.
At the rustling of the leaves
and the beauty of autumn,
WE REMEMBER THEM.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
As we remember them.

 

When I Must Leave You
When I must leave you for a little while
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
And for my sake and in my name
live on and do all things the same;
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you
And hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die.
For I am waiting for you in the sky!

 

You Are Not Forgotten
You are not forgotten, loved one
Nor will you ever be,
As long as life and memory last
We will remember thee.
We miss you now, our hearts are sore
As time goes by we’ll miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle face,
No one can fill your vacant place.

 

Keepsakes of the Heart
A collection of your memories,
Precious times enjoyed together;
Keepsakes of the heart
That remain with us forever.

 

A Little While
Fill not your heart with pain and sorrow,
But remember me in every tomorrow…
Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles,
I’ve only gone to rest a little while.
Although my leaving
causes pain and grief
My going has eased my hurt
And given me relief.
So dry your eyes and remember me,
Not as I am now, but as I used to be.
Because I will remember you all
And look on with a smile.
Understand in your hearts
I’ve only gone to rest a little while.

 

Beautiful Spirit
A beautiful spirit endures
Through many transformations
And carries with it a patient endurance
A perseverance of the soul
That stands the test of time
The colors of our lives do not fade
But grow brighter with
every changing season

 

Fairways of Glory
A dedication to the endless pursuit
of the perfect game
Fond memories of the challenges
Of the greens and trials of its traps
And now, the last putt has dropped
into the cup of life
And the light of the day has faded
Lord, it is now on your fairways of glory
That the game will continue to be played.

 

Goodbye Is Not Forever
When you lived your life for others
and you loved without condition
When you made so many laugh
and your smile won’t be forgotten
When you left behind an empty place
that no one else can fill
When the friendships that you shared
long to be renewed
When you built your life on hope
and fulfilled it every day
The footprints that you left behind
will bring us face to face
So, goodbye is not forever,
You’re only steps away.

 

Afterglow
I’d like the memory of me
To be a happy one
I’d like to leave an afterglow
Of smiles when life is done
I’d like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright and sunny days
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
To dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done

 

Harvest of Memories
When you plant seeds
in the lives of others
And water them with love and care
You will reap a harvest
of sweet memories
That will follow you everywhere


Do Not Stand At My Grave

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush;
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die.
-Anonymous

 

Roots of Love
To plant a seed in one’s heart...
To root it in love...
To nourish it with time spent together...
Yields a blossom
that will flourish forever.

 

A Good Life
When we are gone, and people weep
for us and grieve, let it be because we
touched their lives with beauty and
simplicity. Let it not be said that life
was good to us, but, rather,
we were good to life.
-Jacob P. Rudin

 

A True Fisherman
A true fisherman knows when and where the fish are biting
He rises up early in the morning,
plying the water for that elusive catch,
waiting in the stillness for a nibble
A slight twitch in the line,
expertly he reels it in—
A good fisherman knows a keeper
when he sees one, he knows when to toss
one back, and when to
head for home.

 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
With the Saints give rest, O Christ,
to the souls of Thy servants, where
there is neither sickness, nor sorrow,
nor sighing, but life everlasting.
Thou only art immortal, who hast created
and fashioned man. For out of the earth were
we mortals made, and unto the earth shall
we return again, as Thou didst command when
Thou madest man, saying unto me:
For earth thou art, and unto the
earth shall thou return. Whether,
also, all we mortals wend our way,
making of our funeral dirge the song:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

 

Eskimo Legend
Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,
but rather openings where our loved ones
shine down to let us know they are happy.

 

Courage and Hope
Nothing gives us more
courage and hope
to face life’s uncertainties
Than to remember our moments of glory...
And we’ve all had a few.

 

Faithful Departed
O, God, The Creator and Redeemer
Of All the Faithful,
Grant to the Souls
Of Thy Servants departed
The remission of all their sins;
That through pious supplications
They may obtain the pardon
Which they have always desired
Who livest and reignest
World without end. Amen.

 

Heavenly Garden
Your gentle touch,
Your tender care.
A smile as bright as sunshine
A heart of no compare.
A spirit that will glow forever,
In the memories that we share.

 

Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the day
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love we once shared–
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Maker’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows
In doing good deeds–
Miss me, but let me go.

 

Harvest of Memories
When you plant seeds
in the lives of others
And water them with love and care
You will reap a harvest
of sweet memories
That will follow you everywhere

 

Inspiring Goals
Victory
A life of accomplishments
Unique challenges
Inspiring goals for all
who follow in your steps

 

Peaceful Shores
I have lived in sight of the ocean
Where the water runs into land
I have walked on the beach in the morning
And left my tracks in the sand
But musical waves have been calling
And the ocean is so wide and vast
That I’ve struck for the silver horizon
And put out to sea at last

 

Sports Sunday
For all the lazy afternoons
You cheered on the home team
From your favorite chair,
And all the times you cheered us on,
We always strove to make you proud
Though your heroes were on the field
And on the screen,
You were our hero all along.

 

When I am dead
When I am dead,
cry for me a little.
Think of me sometimes,
but not too much.
It is not good for you, or your wife
or your husband, or your children
to allow your thoughts to dwell
too long on the dead.
Think of me now and again as I was
in life at some moment which it is pleasant to recall.
But not too long.
Leave me in peace as I shall
leave you, too, in peace.
While you live, let your thoughts
be with the living.

 

O You Whom I
Have Loved So Much

O you whom I have loved so much,
on earth, pray for me and live in
such a manner that we may be
re-united for ever in a Blessed Eternity.
-St. Bonaventure

 

Petals of Her Life
As beautiful as a rose to see,
Was her life she lived so gracefully.
She made things precious by her touch,
Her selfless love lives on in each of us.
The petals of her life fell one by one,
Each a gift of her heart till there were none.
Yet her radiance blooms once again
In fields of glory with no end.

 

Tested by Fire
When your character is refined
In the crucible of adversity
And your mettle has been tested by its flames,
When you dedicated your life
To keeping others safe from harm,
Then eternity waits for you
with a hero’s welcome.

 

The Best
God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
And whispered “Come to Me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

 

When I Am Dead
When I am dead pray for me a little,
think of me sometimes, but not too much.
It is not good for you to allow your
thoughts to dwell too long on the dead.
Think of me now and again as I was in
life at some moment which it is pleasant to recall. But not too long.
Leave me in peace as I shall leave you,
too, in peace. While you live let your
thoughts be with the living.

 

The Rose
It is only a tiny rosebud-
A flower of God’s design,
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I
The flower God opens so sweetly
In my hands would fade and die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I think I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So I’ll trust him for his leading
Each moment of every day,
And I’ll look to him for guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.
For the pathway that lies before me
My Heavenly Father knows-
I’ll trust him to reveal the moments
Just as he unfolds the rose.

 

My Heart
If my heart wants to dance,
Then I want to dance
With my heart.
If my heart wants to sing
Then I want to sing with my heart.
It is the one component of me
That I cannot afford to be alienated from.
My wisdom lies in what I can feel
In my heart every single day
Of my life.

 

To Our Absent Brothers—Elks
My brothers and friends, you have heard
the tolling of eleven strokes. This is to
remind us that with the Elks the hour
eleven has a tender significance.
Wherever an Elk may roam, whatever his
lot in life may be, when this hour falls
upon the dial of night the great heart of
Elkdom swells and throbs. It is the golden
hour of recollection, the homecoming of
those who wander, the mystic roll call of
those who will come no more. Living or
dead, an Elk is never forgotten, never
forsaken. Morning and noon may pass
him by, the light of day sink heedlessly
in the West, but ere the shadows of
midnight shall fall, the chimes of memory
will be pealing forth the friendly message,
“To our absent brothers.”

 

Nature’s Beauty
Consider the trees and how easily
They let go of the season’s bounty...
How with simple grace and elegance
They share their natural warmth
and beauty.

 

The Highest Heights
To ascend the highest heights
It takes more than strength,
More than courage;
It takes drive and dedication
To the ones who mean the most...
If we have accomplished great things,
It is by our willingness
to unconditionally love.

 

Faithful Departed
O, God, The Creator and Redeemer
Of All the Faithful,
Grant to the Souls
Of Thy Servants departed
The remission of all their sins;
That through pious supplications
They may obtain the pardon
Which they have always desired
Who livest and reignest
World without end. Amen.

 

A Bud the Gardener Gave Us
A bud the Gardener gave us a pure and,
lovely child. He gave it to our keeping, to cherish undefiled.
But just as it was opening, to the glory of
the day, down came the Heavenly
Gardener, and took our bud away.
O sweetest little angel pray for us and
through thy prayers intercede to the
Sacred Heart of Jesus that through His
burning heart of love He may lead us
through this life and help us overcome
the temptations which befall us.
“Sweet Heart of Jesus, I implore that I
may Love Thee more and more.”
“My Jesus, for Thee I live; My Jesus for
Thee I die; My Jesus I am Thine in life and death.”

 

Alone With Jesus
When you’re alone with Jesus
and He sweetly smiles on thee,
will you gently whisper to Him
a little prayer for me?
And when I’m alone with Jesus
and all else is hid from view,
I’ll gently drop into His heart
a little prayer for you.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, my Jesus,
Mercy O sacred heart of Jesus,
I place my trust in thee.

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit
Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn;
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek;
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness;
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful;
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted
for righteousness’ sake; for theirsis the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men affront you, and
persecute you, and shall say all manners of
evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is
your reward in heaven: for so persecuted
they the prophets which were before you.

 

Cardinal Newman
May He support us all the day
long till the shades lengthen
and the evening comes
and the busy world is hushed
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in His Mercy...
may He give us a safe lodging
and a holy rest
and peace at the last.

 

Christ Have Mercy
With the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
give rest to the soul of Thy servant, O
Savior; and preserve it in that life of blessedness which is with thee,
O thou who lovest mankind.
In the place of Thy rest, O Lord,
where all thy Saints repose, give rest also to
the soul of Thy servant for Thou only lovest mankind.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
Thou art our God, who descended into
Hell, and loosed the bonds of those who were there,
Thyself give rest also to the soul of Thy
servant Now and ever unto ages of ages.
Amen.

 

Father We Entrust Our Sister
Father we entrust our sister to your mercy.
You loved her greatly in this life: now
that she is freed from all its cares, give
her happiness and peace forever.
Welcome her now into paradise where
there will be no more sorrow, no more
weeping or pain, but only peace and joy
with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.

 

Father We Entrust Our Brother
Father we entrust our brother to your
mercy. You loved him greatly in this life:
now that he is freed from all its cares,
give him happiness and peace forever.
Welcome him now into paradise where
there will be no more sorrow, no more
weeping or pain, but only peace and joy
with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.

 

Fireman’s Prayer
When I am called to duty, God
Wherever flames may rage
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate
Enable me to be alert and
Hear the weakest shout
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out
I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
And protect their property
And if according to your will
I have to lose my life
Please bless with your protecting hand
My children and my wife

 

Holy God
In the name of the Father and
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal
have mercy on us. May He who rose from
the dead, Christ our true God; through
the intercessions of His all-immaculate
Mother; of the holy and glorious and
all-laudable Apostles; of our venerable and
God-bearing Fathers and of all the
Saints, establish in the mansions of the
righteous the soul of His servant, who
hath just been taken away from us, and
number this soul among the just;
and have mercy upon us, for as much as
He is good and loveth mankind.
Amen.

 

Footsteps
God sees when the footsteps all falter
When the pathway has grown too steep,
Then He touches the weary eyelids
And gives His dear ones sleep.

 

Gentlest Heart of Jesus
Gentlest Heart of Jesus, ever present in
the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed
with burning love for the poor captive
souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the
soul of Thy departed servant.
Be not severe in Thy judgment, but let
some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall
upon the devouring flames, and do Thou,
O merciful Savior, send Thy angels to
conduct Thy departed servant to a place
of refreshment, light and peace.
Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord!
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen

 

God The Creator
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful,

grant unto the souls of Thy servants departed the
remission of all their sins; that,
by pious supplications, they may
obtain that pardon which they have
always desired. Grant this, O God,
Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.
Amen.
Sweet Heart of Mary be my salvation!
Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.

 

God The Giver
"Blessed are they that mourn
for they shall be comforted".
St. Matthew, Verse 5
O God, the giver of pardon and lover
of human salvation, have mercy on
your servant who has departed from
this world. May the intercession of
the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, and
all your Saints assist this soul in
attaining eternal happiness.
May the souls of all the faithful
departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Amen.

 

Hail Mary
Hail Mary full of grace
the Lord is with thee;
Blessed art thou among woman,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Jesus Holy Mary Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

 

Laborer's Task
Now the laborer's task is over;
Now the battle day is past;
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last Father,
in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now thy servant sleeping.
--John Ellerton

 

Leaf after leaf
Leaf after leaf
flower after flower
some in the dawn of day
some in the after hour.
Alive they flourish,
and alive they fall
and the earth that sustained them
receives them in fall.

 

Let Us Pray Children
Almighty and most merciful God who,
when little children born again
of water depart this mortal life,
dost forthwith, without any desert of other,
bestow upon them life everlasting,
as we believe Thou hast done to this little child,
grant we beseech Thee, that though
the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and of all Thy Saints,
we may serve Thee here with pure minds
and be forever united to the
blessed little ones in Paradise.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Music
Music has moments of rapturous sound
And intervals of rest.
It thrills the heart with its majesty
And soothes it when suppressed.
Life too has ringing,
throbbing tones And muted, silent keys,
Yet both are merged at the master's touch
Into living symphonies.
Florence Emeline Wright

 

Lord Make Me
An Instrument

“Lord make me an instrument of
Thy peace; where there is hatred,
let me sow love; where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy”
“O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled, as to
console; to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving
that we receive, and it is in pardoning,
that we are pardoned and it is in dying,
that we are born to eternal life.”
- St. Francis of Assisi

 

Lord Support Us
Lord, support us all day long,
until the shadows lengthen and
the evening comes, and the busy
little world is hushed, and the fever
of life is over, and our work
is done. Then in thy mercy grant
us a safe lodging, and holy
rest, and peace at the last.
Amen.

 

Loved Her
Father we entrust our sister to your mercy.
You loved her greatly in this
life: now that she is freed from
all its cares, give her happiness and peace for ever.
Welcome her now into paradise
where there will be no more
sorrow, no more weeping or pain,
but only peace and joy with Jesus
your Son, and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.

 

Loved Him
Father we entrust our brother to your mercy.
You loved him greatly in this
life: now that he is freed from
all its cares, give him happiness and peace for ever.
Welcome him now into paradise
where there will be no more sorrow,
no more weeping or pain, but only
peace and joy with Jesus your Son,
and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.

 

Marines Prayer
Almighty Father, whose command is over
all and whose love never fails, make me
aware of Thy presence and obedient to
Thy will. Keep me true to my best self,
guarding me against dishonesty in
purpose and deed and helping me to live
so that I can face my fellow Marines,
my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear.
Protect my family. Give me the will to do
the work of a Marine and to accept my
share of responsibilities with vigor and
enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be
proficient in my daily performance.
Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors
and to the duties my country and the
Marine Corps have entrusted to me.
Make me considerate of those committed
to my leadership. Help me to wear my
uniform with dignity, and let it remind
me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.
If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith;
if I am tempted, make me strong to resist;
if I should miss the mark, give me courage
to try again. Guide me with the light of
truth and grant me wisdom by which I
may understand the answer to my prayer.
AMEN

 

Mass for the Dead
It is truly right and just, proper and helpful
toward salvation, that we always and
everywhere give thanks to You,
O Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal
God, through Christ our Lord.
In the same Christ the hope of a blessed
resurrection has dawned for us,
bringing all who are under the certain,
sad sentence of death the consoling promise
of future immortality. For those who have
been faithful, O Lord, life is not ended,
but merely changed; and when this earthly
abode dissolves, an eternal dwelling placeawaits them in heaven.

Eternal rest grant them O Lord and
let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
Amen.

 

May He Who Rose
May he who rose again from the dead,
Christ our true God; through the
intercessions of His all-immaculate
Mother; of the holy, glorious, and
all-laudable Apostles; of our venerable
and God-bearing Fathers and of all the
saints establish in the mansions of the
righteous the soul of His servant, who
hath just been taken from us, and number
this soul among the just; and have
mercy upon us, for as much as
He is good and loveth mankind.
Amen.

 

Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone
who fled to thy protection, implored thy
help, and sought thy intercession,
was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, My Mother!
To thee I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate!
Despise not my petitions, but, in thy
mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

 

Prayer
May the angels lead you into paradise,
may the martyrs receive you at your
coming, and take you to Jerusalem,
the holy city. May the choirs of the
angels receive you, and may you with
the once poor Lazarus, have rest everlasting.
Amen.
(Roman Ritual)
May the Souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.

 

O Gentlest Heart of Jesus
O Gentlest Heart of Jesus ever present in,
the Blessed Sacrament ever consumed
with burning love for the poor captive
souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the
soul of Thy servant and bring Thy
servant far from the shadows of exile to
the bright home of heaven, where we
trust Thou and Thy Blessed Mother have
woven a crown of unfailing bliss.
Amen.

 

O’Faithful Departed
O, God,
The Creator and Redeemer
Of all the Faithful
Grant to the Souls
Of Thy Servants departed
The remission of all their sins;
That through pious supplications
They may obtain the pardon
Which they have always desired
who livest and reignest
World without end.
Amen.

 

O Great Apostle of Ireland
O Great Apostle of Ireland, glorious St.
Patrick, to whom under God, so many are
indebted for the most precious of all
treasures, the great gift of Faith, receive
our servant thanks for the zeal and
charity which have been to thousands
the source of blessings so invaluable.
Ask for all who dwell in this land of thy
labors, the precious light of Faith,
and beg for us on whom its glorious
rays have long since beamed, the grace
to regulate our lives by its sacred maxima.

 

O You Whom I
Have Loved So Much

O you whom I have loved so much,
on earth, pray for me and live in
such a manner that we may be
re-united for ever in a Blessed Eternity.
-St. Bonaventure

 

Policeman’s Prayer
When I started my tour of duty, God
Wherever crime may be,
As I walk the darkened streets alone,
Let me be close to thee.
Please give me understanding
With both young and old.
Let me listen with attention
Until their story’s told.
Let me never make a judgment
In a rash or callous way,
But let me hold my patience
Let each man have his say.
Lord, if some dark and dreary night,
I must give my life,
Lord, with your everlasting love
Protect my children and my wife.

 

Psalm 123
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 annointest 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 forever.

 

Psalm 121
I will lift mine eyes unto the hills
from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which
made heaven and earth. He will
not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not
slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy
keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon
thy hand. The sun shall not smite
thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from
all evil; He shall preserve thy
soul. The Lord shall preserve thy
going out and thy coming in from
this time forth, and even for evermore.

 

Serenity Prayer
God, grant me
The serenity to accept
the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom
to know the difference.

 

Sunny Skies
All sunny skies would be too bright,
All morning hours mean too much light,
All laughing days too gay a strain;
There must be clouds, and night, and rain,
And shut-in days, to make us see
the beauty of life's tapestry.

 

Taps
Day is done, gone the sun
From the lake, from the hill
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky.
As we go, this we know,
God is nigh.
Amen.

 

The Hand of God
Though today, you walk in sorrow You
will not be alone There is One whose
loving wisdom is far greater than our own
Put your trusting hand in His
As a little child would do
And He like a loving father
Will guide and comfort you!
Day by day, there will come to you
New faith, new hope, new light
You'll find that stars unseen by day
Shine through the darkest night
And though your heart is longing
For the dear one who's at rest
You'll know before the journey's end
That God's dear ways are best!
Jessie Home Fairweather

 

The Lord’s Prayer 2
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses as we
forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen

 

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses as we
forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

 

The One Thing I Ask Of You
This one thing I ask of you,
that wherever you may be,
you will always remember
me at the Altar of God.
-St. Monica

 

The Suscipe of Mother Catherine McAuley
My God, I am Thine for time and
eternity. Teach me to cast myself entirely
into the arms of Thy loving Providence
with the most lively unlimited confidence
in Thy compassionate tender pity.
Grant me, most merciful Redeemer, that
whatever Thou dost ordain or permit may
be acceptable to me. Take from my heart
all painful anxiety; suffer nothing to
sadden me but sin; nothing to delight me
but the hope of coming to the possession
of Thee, my God and my All, in Thine
everlasting Kingdom. Amen.

 

There is a World Above
There is a world above,
where parting is unknown.
A whole eternity of love,
form’d for the good alone:
And faith beholds the dying here
translated to that happier sphere.
The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.

 

Thy Faithful people
For Thy faithful people, O
Lord, life is changed, and when
the house of this life on earth
is gone, an eternal home is
prepared. With them, O Lord
let us be united, knowing that
neither death nor life can
separate us from Thy love.

 

We Would Not
We would not have you lack
understanding concerning those in
the sleep of death, lest you yield
to grief like others, who have
no hope. For if we believe
that Jesus died and yet rose,
so also will God bring forth with
him those who have fallen asleep believing in Jesus.

 

Wings Against The Sun
Forever earthbound are my feet,
Upon the rocky road ahead,
But high among the clouds, my thoughts,
And so my heart is comforted.
And if one shoulder aches, I shift
The burden to the other side,
Remembering the times I've laughed,
And not the ones in which I've cried.
Too short indeed these precious years,
To let a dream die needlessly,
Beyond tomorrow there awaits
A time and place designed for me,
And old hopes rising one by one,
Are golden wings against the sun!
Grace E. Easley

 

To One in Sorrow
Let me come in where you are weeping,
friend, And let me take your hand.
I, who have known a sorrow such as yours,
Can understand.
Let me come in -- I would be very still
Beside you in your grief;
I would not bid you cease your weeping, friend, Tears bring relief.
Let me come in — I would only breathe a prayer,
And hold your hand,
For I have known a sorrow such as yours, and understand.
Grace Noll Crowell

 

Too Little Time
I still find each day too short for
all the thoughts
I want to think,
all the walks
I want to take,
all the books
I want to read, and
all the friends
I want to see.
The longer I live the more my mind
dwells upon the beauty and the
wonder of the world
John Burroughs

 

Treasure Seasons
For everything there is
an appointed season,
And a time for everything under heaven-
A time for sharing
a time for caring.
A time for loving,
a time for giving;
A time for remembering,
a time for parting.
You have made everything
beautiful in its time
For everything You do
remains forever.

 

Turn Again To Life
If I should die and leave you here awhile,
Be not like others, sore undone, who keep
Long vigil by the silent dust and weep.
For my sake turn again to life and smile,
Ever thy heart and trembling hand to do
That which will comfort other souls than thine;
Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine,
And I, Perchance, may therein comfort you.
Mary lee Hall

 

We Give Them Back To You
We give them back to you,
O Lord, who first gave them to us,
yet as you did not lose them in the
giving, so we do not lose them
by their return. For what is yours
is ours also, if we belong to you.
Love is undying, and life is unending,
and the boundary of this mortal life is
but a horizon, and a horizon is nothing
save the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, O God, that our sight
may see further. Cleanse our eyes,
that we may see more clearly
And while you prepare the place
for this departed soul, prepare us
also for that happy place, that we may
be with you, and with those we love, forever.

Amen.

 

When I must Leave
When I must leave you for a little
while -- please do not grieve and
shed wild tears and hug your sorrow
to you through the years, But start
out bravely with a gallant smile:
And for my sake and in my name live
on and do all things the same, Feed
not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful
ways, Reach out your hand in comfort
and in cheer and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky.

 

When The Curtain Falls
When through our tears of sorrow
we see a curtain fall,
And know a dearly-loved one
has gone beyond our call,
We must have faith and confidence
in God and in His way,
For he will raise the curtain
on a fairer scene some day.
Author Unknown

 

With the Saints Give Rest
With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to
the soul of Thy servant, where sickness
and sorrow are no more, neither sighing,
but life everlasting. Whither we mortals
all shall go making our funeral dirge the
hymn: Alleluia. Memory Eternal.

 

Mother:
How I Will Miss You

From the moment I was conceived,
she prayed for me.
When I was born, she welcomed me.
Through my childhood years
she trained me.
With each success, she applauded me,
In the midst of my failures,
she believed in me.
I have known her love,
Benefited from her sacrifices,
Received her forgiveness,
How I will miss her!

 

A Tribute To Mom...
We couldn't begin
To count the times
She tolerated our moods,
Consoled our heartbreaks
And disappointments,
Endured our ups and downs,
Listened to words confused by tears
And just simply understood
For no other reason
Than because she loved us.
The years hold precious memories,
But most of all they hold growth.
In a way, we grew up together...
Mom is our definition
Of a special person...
Fantastic...
Exceptional...
Unique...
Enduring!
She filled our lives with happiness
And sweet feelings that we will
Carry in our hearts forever.

 

Our Departed Mother
She always leaned to watch for us
Anxious if we were late
In winter, by the window,
In summer by the gate,
And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home
would seem more safe,
Because she waited there.
Her thoughts were all so full of us,
She never could forget,
And so I think that where she is,
She must be waiting yet.
Waiting, till we come to her,
Anxious if we are late,
Watching from heaven’s window
Leaning from heaven’s gate.

 

Her Love
Bring comfort to my heart I pray,
I’ve lost a dear, dear friend.
She understood and loved me,
With a love that will not end.
I’ll carry it within me,
And give it all away.
To each of my own children,
As I live with them each day.
And when my years have been fulfilled,
My time on earth is gone,
The love she richly gave to me,
Will still be living on.

 

Mama
Her heartbeat was my very first sound,
Her kiss my first affection,
Her loving arms brought security,
Her instruction, clear direction.
I owe the person I’ve become
to her unselfish love.
There’s comfort knowing she’s not gone.
She lives with God above.

 

She Knew Me
My mother always knew
the me that others didn’t know.
The deeper part of me that thought and felt.
She knew where my belongings were,
the ones I couldn’t find;
My socks, my keys, my wallet,
my favorite missing belt.
She knew just what I loved to eat
and when to make each dish.
The way she knew remains a mystery.
How did she sense my troubled times
and help with every hurt?
I truly had a mom who loved
and gave herself for me.
I’m grateful for the precious years
I’ve had and known her love.
Her memory will live
within my heart. But God has called her to
His side to live forevermore.
I cannot hold her back.
I know my mother must depart.

 

We Will Share Eternity
My mother is a treasure
that I carry in my heart,
Her memory is safely kept within.
All the love she spent on me
is held in sweet reserve;
Every kiss and every touch
and every precious grin.
I’ll miss the many things she was,
the special things she did.
Each one will be remembered gratefully.
Though I will miss her through the years,
I’m comforted to know.
She’s with her Lord.
We’ll meet again and share eternity.

 

The Love of a Mother
The giving of life
To another is not the end,
But the beginning of being a Mother.
The living of life
For another is not a chore,
But the delight of being a Mother.
The receiving of life
From another is not the reason,
But the reward of being a Mother.
The giving, the living,
the receiving of life
is but the love of a Mother.
-Pastor Lawrence C. Raftery

 

We'll Always Remember
We'll always Remember
That special smile
That caring heart
That warm embrace
You always gave us.
You being there.
For mom and us.
Through good and bad times
No matter what.
We'll always remember
You dad because
There'll never be anyone
to replace you in our hearts.
And the love we will always
have for you.

 

There's a Legend
of a Teardrop

There’s a legend of a teardrop that rolled
down a cheek one day, and it fell upon a
tombstone where a family had gone to
pray. And it sparkled like a diamond as it
ventured toward the sod, and its
brilliance was so startling that it caught the eye of God.
That teardrop, born of sorrow for a mother
who had died, was shed in grief and
sadness by her children who had cried.
But it had a special meaning to the
Father up above, for that teardrop was
just loaded with all her children’s love.
In its loving sparkling brilliance God
recalled the teardrop home, and he
showed the mother, who no more on earth would roam.
Then God took that brilliant teardrop
shed in love on earth afar, and he placed
it in the heavens with His brightest morning star.
So when you look into the heavens
where ten million stars are spread, you
may see a lovely teardrop that in sorrow
you have shed.

 

Dad
He never said, “I love you,”
in words I can recall.
He felt it not the manly thing to do.
Yet, deep within my heart
I know that love was really there.
His eyes, his touch, the things he did
all told me that it’s true.
And now it’s time to say, “Goodbye,”
to Father and to friend.
Sweet memories remain of him,
ones that will not end.

 

The Marine’s Hymn
From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of
THE UNITED STATES MARINES.
Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
UNITED STATES MARINES
Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded by
UNITED STATES MARINES

 

Air Force Hymn
Lord, guard and guide those who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky;
Be with them traversing the air
In darkening storms or sunshine fair;
You who support with tender might
The balanced birds in all their flight
Lord of the tempered winds, be near,
That, having you, they have no fear.
Control their minds with instinct fit,
Whene’er adventuring, they quit
The firm security of land;
Grant steadfast eye and skillful hand.
Aloft in solitudes of space
Uphold them with your saving grace
O God, protect those who fly
Through lonely ways beneath the sky.

 

U.S. Army Hymn (God of Our Fathers)
God of our fathers,
Whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty
All the starry band
Of shining worlds
In splendor thro’ the skies.
Our grateful songs
Before Thy throne arise.
Thy love divine
Hath led us in the past
In this free land
By Thee our lot is cast,
Be Thou our ruler,
Guardian, guide, and stay,
Thy Word our law,
Thy paths our chosen way.
From war’s alarms,
From deadly pestilence,
By Thy strong arm
Our ever sure defense,
Thy true religion
In our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness
Nourish us in peace.
Refresh Thy people
On their toilsome way,
Lead us from night
To never-ending day,
Fill our lives
With love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise
Be ever Thine

 

The Marine’s Hymn
From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of
THE UNITED STATES MARINES.
Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
UNITED STATES MARINES
Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded by
UNITED STATES MARINES

 

Independence Forever
From lives well spent
earthly duties we learn,
From childhood dreams
to active virtue turn;
Let freedom, friendship,
faith our soul engage,
And serve, like them,
our country and our age.

 

The Navy Hymn
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
Who walked on the foaming deep
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep,
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
O Trinity of love and power!
Our family shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect us wheresoever we go;
Thus evermore will rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

 

Should You Go First
Should you go first and I remain
To walk the road alone,
I’ll live in memory’s garden, dear,
With happy days we’ve known.
In Spring I’ll wait for roses red,
When fades the lilac blue,
In early Fall, when brown leaves call
I’ll catch a glimpse of you.
Should you go first and I remain
For battles to be fought,
Each thing you’ve touched along the way
Will be a hallowed spot.
I’ll hear your voice, I’ll see your smile,
Though blindly I may grope,
The memory of your helping hand
Will buoy me on with hope.
Should you go first and I remain
To finish with the scroll,
No length’ning shadows shall creep in
To make this life seem droll.
We’ve known so much of happiness,
We’ve had our cup of joy,
And memory is one gift of God
That death cannot destroy.
Should you go first and I remain,
One thing I’d have you do:
Walk slowly down that long, lone path,
For soon I’ll follow you.
I’ll want to know each step you take
That I may walk the same,
For some day down that lonely road
You’ll hear me call your name.