Given here are sample Prayers of the Faithful you may wish to use as they are or to use as a template to compose your own.
The priest will introduce and conclude the prayers of faithful.
Priest’s Introduction to the Prayers of the Faithful:
Christ is the Good Shepherd who gives his life to save those he loves. In our loss, let us turn to him and with confidence make our needs known to him.
We are made in the image and likeness of God. As trusting people, we pray to our merciful God.
God our Father has given us victory over sin and death through his Son, Jesus Christ. Let us turn to him in our hour of need, and pray to him with confidence.
In baptism, N. was given the pledge of eternal life. Lord, may he/she now be admitted to the company of the saints. Lord, hear us.
The People’s Response to each intercession is: “Lord, hear our prayer”.
We pray for the gift of eternal life: Lord, receive N. into Your loving embrace. Lord, hear us.
N. fought the good fight; Lord he/she finished the race; he/she kept the faith; may he/she now receive from You the crown of eternal glory. Lord, hear us.
We pray for all nurses and carers, particularly the nurses and carers who were so good to N. in the last months/years of his/her life. Lord, hear us.
For all those who cared for N. Lord continue to bless them with kindness and patience. Lord, hear us.
For all who knew and loved N.: Lord may we draw inspiration from his/her life. Lord, hear us.
Lord N.’s family and friends seek comfort and consolation. Heal their pain and dispel the darkness and doubt that come from grief. Lord, hear us.
For all of us gathered here: that we may remember at all times, but especially at times of trouble and anxiety, that we are loved by God and that he will take care of us. Lord, hear us.
For all who are sick. May the Lord fill them with courage and give them strength. Lord, hear us.
We pray for all gathered here today: Lord keep our minds and hearts on Your Kingdom that lasts forever. Lord, hear us.
For our deceased relatives and friends: Lord bring them into the light of Your presence, and give them a share in Your glory. Lord hear us.
Many friends and members of our families have gone before us and await the Kingdom. Lord grant them an everlasting home with your Son. Lord, hear us.
Priest’s Conclusion to the Prayers of the Faithful:
Father, into your hands we commend the soul of our brother/sister N.. Look gently upon him/her and bring him/her home to your kingdom where death will be no more. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Eternal God, as Saint Augustine taught us, you have made us for yourself alone, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Secure in this knowledge, we ask you to grant these prayers, through Christ our Lord. Amen