Lord of all, we praise you
for all who have entered into their rest
and reached the promised land
where you are seen face to face.
Give us grace to follow in their footsteps
as they followed in the way of your Son.
Thank you for the memory of those you have called to yourself:
by each memory, turn our hearts from things seen
to things unseen,
and lead us till we come to the eternal rest
you have prepared for your people,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O God, who brought us to birth,
and in whose arms we die,
in our grief and shock
contain and comfort us;
embrace us with your love,
give us hope in our confusion
and grace to let go into new life;
through Jesus Christ.
Father of all, we pray to you
for all those whom we love but see no longer.
Grant to them eternal rest.
Let light perpetual shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.