Prayers for the Departed and Blessing of the Grave or Tomb




I Cor. 15: 20-26, 28

Christ the Firstfruits. 20But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a human being, the resur­rection of the dead came also through a human being. 22For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, 23but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; 24then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed ev­ery sovereignty and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death… 28When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will [also] be sub­jected to the one who subjected every-thing to him, so that God may be all in all.

Psalm 23

The Lord, Shepherd and Host

1The LORD is my shepherd;

there is nothing I lack.

2In green pastures you let me graze;

to safe waters you lead me;

you restore my strength.

3You guide me along the right path

for the sake of your name.

4Even when I walk through a dark valley,

I fear no harm for you are at my side;

your rod and staff give me cour­age.

5You set a table before me

as my enemies watch;

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

6Only goodness and love will pursue me

all the days of my life;

I will dwell in the house of the LORD

for years to come.

1. Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, by the three days you lay in the tomb you made holy the graves of all who believe in you; and even though their bodies lie in the earth, they trust that they, like you, will rise again. Give our brother/sister peaceful rest in this grave, until that day when you, the resurrection and the life, will raise him/her up in glory.

2. Petitions

Let us pray for our brother/sister to our Lord Jesus Christ, who said: “I am the resurrection and the life. The man who believes in me will live even if he dies, and every living person who puts his faith in me will never suffer eternal death.”

a. Lord, you wept at the death of Lazarus, your friend: comfort us in our sorrow. We ask this in faith: (Response) Lord, hear our prayer.

b. You raise the dead to life: give our brother /sister eternal life. We ask this in faith: (Response) Lord, hear our prayer.

c. Our brother/sister was washed clean in baptism and anointed with the oil of salvation: give him/her fellowship with all your saints. We ask this in faith: (Response) Lord, hear our prayer.

d. Comfort us in our sorrow at the death of our brother/sister: let our faith be our consolation and eternal life our hope. We ask this in faith:

(Response) Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, listen to our prayers for our brother/sister. As he/she always desired to do your will, so in your mercy forgive whatever wrong he/she may have done. By his/her Christian faith he/she was united with all your believing people. Now, in love and mercy give him/her a place with your angels and saints. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen



Lord, hear our prayers and be merciful to your son/daughter whom you have called from this life. Welcome him/her into the company of your saints, in the kingdom of light and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Give him/her eternal rest, O Lord. And may your light shine on him/her forever.

May he/she rest in peace. Amen.

May his/her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

(The tomb/grave is sprinkled with Holy Water.)


May the Lord Bless us, Protect us from all evil, and Lead us to everlasting. Amen.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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