Evening Prayer for a deceased Sister
Leader: God come to our assistance.
All: O Lord make haste to help us.
All: Glory to you, Source of all Being, Eternal Word, and Holy Spirit.
As always before, so now and evermore.
1. Day is done, but Love unfailing
Dwells ever here;
Shadows fall, but hope, prevailing,
Calms ev’ry fear.
God, our Maker, none forsaking,
Take our hearts, of Love’s own making;
Watch our sleeping, guard our waking,
Be always near.
2. Eyes will close, but you unsleeping
Watch by our side;
Death may come, in Love’s safekeeping
Still we abide.
God of love, all evil quelling,
Sin forgiving, fear dispelling:
Stay with us, our hearts in dwelling,
If I look to the mountains,
will they come to my aid?
My help is the Lord,
who made earth and the heavens.
May God, ever wakeful,
keep your from stumbling; the guardian of Israel
neither rests nor sleeps.
God shields you,
a protector by your side.
The sun shall not harm you by day
nor the moon at night.
God shelters you from evil,
securing your life.
God watches over you near and far,
now and always.
Though he was in the form of God,
Jesus not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Jesus said to the crowds:
"Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day."
The Gospel of the Lord.
Antiphon: My life bears witness that God has sent me.
Response: Incarnate Word, hear our prayer.
The Lord's Prayer
Good and gracious God, we give you thanks for the life of this woman; for her call, and for her years of faithful commitment to you, and to this Congregation. We celebrate the gift she was to her family and friends, and to her religious Sisters. We humbly ask that she is rewarded with eternal life in your presence. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessed are those who have died in the Lord;
let them rest from their labors for their good deeds go with them.
Eternal rest grant unto Sister Margaret Mary, O Lord.
R./ And let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Let us go in peace.