Verses & Prayers

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V01: The Rose Beyond The Wall

A rose once grew,
where all could see,
sheltered beside a garden wall,
and, as the days passed
swiftly by,
it spread its branches,
straight and tall….

One day, a beam of light
shone through a crevice
that had opened wide –
The rose bent gently
toward its warmth
then passed beyond
to the other side….

Now, you who deeply
feel its loss,
be comforted –
the rose blooms there –
its beauty even greater now,
nurtured by God’s
own loving care.

 

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V02: Softly In The Morning

Softly in the morning,
You heard a gentle call,
You took the hand God offered you,
And quietly left us all.

The day you left us mother,
Our hearts just broke in two,
The smallest part is still with us,
And the biggest part with you.

For the rest of our lives
we will miss you mother,
Our secret tears still flow,
Oh, how we really loved you,
No one will ever know.

We miss your smile,
your joking ways,
We miss the things, you used to say,
And when old times we do recall
It’s then we miss you most of all.

You were always there
when we needed you
No task too great or small,
With loving heart and willing hands,
For us you did it all.

Look around Your garden Lord,
And when she turns and smiles,
Put Your arms around her,
And hold her for a while.

 

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V03: 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 easy way which you always used. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed 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 meant. It is the same as 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 but 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 with Christ.

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V04: Prayer to Saint Martin

Most glorious Martin De Porres whose burning charity embraced not only thy needy
brethren, but also the very animals of the field, splendid example of charity, we hail thee
and invoke thee! From that high throne which thou dost occupy, deign to listen to the
supplications of thy needy brethren that, by imitating thy virtues, we may live contented in
that state in which God has placed us and carrying with strength and courage our cross,
we may follow in the footsteps of Our Blessed Redeemer and His most afflicted Mother, that
at last we may reach the Kingdom of Heaven through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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V05: We hold you close…

We hold you close
within our hearts,
and there you
shall remain.
To walk with us
throughout our lives
until we meet again.
So rest in peace
dear loved one,
and thanks for all
you’ve done.
We pray that God
has given you
the crown you’ve
truly won.

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V06: His/Her Journey’s Just Begun

Don’t think of him as gone away –
his journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets –
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days or years.
Think how we must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched…
for nothing loved is ever lost –
and he was loved so much.

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V07: For every pain…

For every pain
that we must bear,
For every burden
every care,
THERE’S A REASON
For every grief
that bows the head,
For every teardrop
that is shed,
THERE’S A REASON
For every hurt,
For every plight,
For every lonely
painracked night,
THERE’S A REASON
But if we trust in God
as we should,
It all will work out
For our good,
HE, KNOWS THE REASON

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V08: Come to Me…

Come to
Me all you
who labour
and are
burdened,
and I will
give you
rest.

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V09: O you I have loved…

O you I have loved
during life, in
praying for me,
live always so
that we may
meet in Heaven.

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V10: One Fervent Hail Mary…

One fervent Hail Mary with
love and thought said,
Is better than volumes of
prayers poorly read.
If time and one’s duties
prevent a long prayer,
Just say one Hail Mary with
fervour and care.
The “Golden Hail Mary” which
from the heart springs,
The greatest of blessings
from Mary it brings.
And we never will know ‘til
before Mary’s throne,
How that daily Hail Mary
brought us to her home.

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V11: Lonely is the home…

Lonely is the home without you,
Life to us is not the same;
All the world would be like heaven,
If we could have you back again.

What he suffered he told but a few,
He did not deserve what he went through,
Tired and weary he made no fuss,
But tried so hard to stay with us.

Our lips cannot speak how we loved him,
Our hearts cannot tell what we say,
But God only knows how we miss him,
In our home that is lonely today.

Pray for us O dearest father,
To Jesus Christ, Our King,
That He may bless our lonely home
Where thou once dwelt therein,

And pray that God may give us strength,
To bear our heavy cross;
For no one knows but only He,
The treasure we have lost.

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V12: For unto Thy faithful, O Lord…

For unto Thy faithful,
O Lord, life is changed –
not taken away;
and the abode
of this earthly
sojourn being dissolved,
an eternal dwelling is
prepared in Heaven.

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V13: Serenity Prayer

God grant me
the Serenity to
Accept the things
I cannot change…
Courage to change
the things I can, and
Wisdom to know
the difference.

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V14: We she/he suffered…

What she suffered she told but few,
She did not deserve
what she went through,
Tired and weary she made no fuss,
But tried so hard to stay with us.

Two tired eyes are sleeping,
Two willing hands are still;
The one who worked so hard for us,
Is resting at God’s Will.

Our lips cannot speak
how we loved her,
Our hearts cannot tell what to say;
But God only knows
how we miss her,
In our home that is lonely today.

Your life was love and labour,
Your love for your family true;
You did your best for all of us,
We will always remember you.

She bade no one a last farewell,
She raised her hand to none;
Her spirit flew before she knew,
That she from us had gone.

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V15: O Holy Cross…

O Holy Cross,
Under Thy
Shadow
I will Rest.

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V16: We give our loved ones…

We give our loved ones
back to God.
And just as He first gave
them to us
and did not lose them
in the giving,
so we have not lost them
in returning them to Him …
for life is eternal,
love is immortal,
death is only a horizon …
and a horizon is nothing
but the limit
of our earthly sight.

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V17: Road To Eternity

Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what’s to be,
A resting place along the road,
To sweet eternity.

We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to
learn some things,
But never meant to stay…

Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know,
For some the journey’s quicker,
For some the journey’s slow.

But when the journey finally ends,
We’ll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.

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V18: The Memorare

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help or sought Thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother; to Thee do I come, before Thee I kneel sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in Thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.

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Prayer for the Holy Souls
in Purgatory

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful grant, to the souls of Thy servants departed, the full remission of their sins, that through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

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V19: In a baby castle…

In a baby castle
just beyond my eyes,
my baby plays with angel toys,
that money cannot buy.

Who am I to wish him back
into this world of strife?
No, play on my baby,
you have Eternal Life.

At night when all is silent,
and sleep forsakes my eyes,
I’ll hear his little footsteps
come running to my side.

His little hands caress me,
so tenderly and sweet,
I’ll breathe a prayer
and close my eyes,
and embrace him in my sleep.

Now I have a treasure,
that rates above all others.
I have known true glory,
I am still his mother.

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V20: All I Ask…

All I ask
of you is that
wherever you
may be you will
always remember
me at the
Altar of God.

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V21: Just A Prayer From…

Just a prayer from
the family
who loved you,
Just a memory
fond and true,
In our hearts you
will live forever,
Because we thought
the world of you.

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V22: 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!

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V23: They are not gone…

They are not gone
those loved ones
whom we mourn;
we must not think of them
as far away,
Unto a fuller life they
have been born,
laying aside the
vesture of this clay.
Yet near us still
they watch and
love and know;
we are the blind ones,
who no longer see,
beloved forms that softly
come and go,
waiting reunion in Eternity.

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V24: Hail, Glorious Saint Patrick

Hail, Glorious Saint Patrick!
We honour thy name,
Though Erin may claim thee,
the world knows thy fame.
The faith of our fathers
is our treasure too,
How holy the thought, that they
learned it from you.
Through crosses and trials
its fires burn bright,
They show us the way, and the
truth, and the light.
Great Saint! intercede that we
always may be
Devoted and loyal, true
children of thee.
Our love and devotion be
ever like thine,
Our thought be of Jesus, our
heart be His shrine.
And when to the end of life’s path
We have trod,
Be near us great Bishop,
Annointed of God.

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V25: A Letter From Heaven

I’m writing this from Heaven
Where I dwell with God above
Where there’s no more
tears and sadness
There’s just eternal love.

When you are walking
down the street
And you’ve got me on your mind
I’m walking in your footsteps
Only half a step behind.

And when you feel
that gentle breeze
Or the wind upon your face
That’s me giving you
A great big hug
Or just a soft embrace.

And when it’s time for you to go
From that body to be free
Remember you’re not going
You are coming here to me.

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V26: When I Leave

I am about to leave; my last breath does not say “goodbye” for my love for you is truly timeless. I leave myself not to the undertaker and the grave, but to your memory with love. I leave my thoughts, my laughter, my dreams to you whom I have treasured. I give you what no thief can steal, the memories of our times together; the tender, love-filled moments, the successes we have shared, the hard times that brought us closer together and the roads we have walked side by side. I also leave you a solemn promise that after I am home in the bosom of God, I will still be present in the communion of Saints, whenever and wherever you are in need, call me; I will come to you, with my arms full of wisdom and light to open up your blocked paths, to untangle your knots and to be your avenue to God. And all I take with me as I leave is your love and the millions of memories of all that we have shared. So fear not nor grieve at my departure, you whom I have loved so much, for my roots and yours are forever intertwined.

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V27: Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

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V28: The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed by 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.

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V29: Eternal

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 awaken in the
morning hush,
I am the uplifting rush
Of quiet birds’ encircled flight;
I am the soft stars that
shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

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V30: The Lord Is My Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd,
I’ll not want,
He makes me down to lie,
In pastures green
he leadeth me,
The quiet waters by.
My soul he doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make.
Within the path of righteousness,
E’en for his own name’s sake.
Yea though I walk in
death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear none ill,
For thou art with me and thy rod
And staff me comfort still.
Goodness and mercy all my life,
Shall surely follow me,
And in God’s house for evermore,
My dwelling place shall be.

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V31: Our Lady Of Knock Prayer

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland you gave hope to your people in a time of distress, and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise “Ask and you shall receive seek and you shall find”.

Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick or lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part evermore reverently in the Holy Mass.

Pray for me now, and at the hour of my death. Amen. Our Lady of Knock, Pray for us.

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V32: Cardinal Newman Prayer

O Lord, support us all the day long, until 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.
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Then Lord, in Your mercy grant us a safe lodging and a Holy Rest, and Peace at the Last. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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V33: Prayer to Saint Anthony

O gentle and loving Saint
Anthony, you whose heart
was ever full of human
sympathy, whisper my prayer
to the ears of the infant
Jesus, who loved to linger in
your arms. One word from
you and my prayer will be
granted. Speak that word
and the gratitude of my heart
will ever be yours.

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V34: To Those I Love

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 in tears,
Be happy that we had so many 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 travelled on alone.
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust,
It’s only for a while 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 of my love around you, soft and clear.
And then when you must come
this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and a
“WELCOME HOME”.

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V35: Safely Home

I am home in Heaven dear ones,
Oh, so happy and so bright,
There is perfect joy and beauty,
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over;
Every restless tossing passed.
I am now at peace forever,
Safely Home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly,
Trod the valley of the shade,
Oh, but Jesus’ love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me,
In that way so hard to tread.
And with Jesus’ arm to lean on
Could I have one doubt or dread.

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still.
Try to look beyond Earth’s shadows,
Pray to trust Our Father’s will.

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 the work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home.
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come.

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V36: 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 would leave me”.

The LORD replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you”.

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V37: We seem to give…

We seem to give her back to you, O God who first gave her to us. Yet, as you did not lose her in the giving, so we do not lose her in the return to You. O Lover of men, You do not give as the world gives. What You give You do not take away, for what is Yours is ours also, if we are Yours. And life is eternal and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon, and an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further; cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly. Draw us closer to You that we may know ourselves to be nearer to our loved ones who are with You. And while You prepare a place for us, prepare us also for that happy place, that where You are we may be also forever. Amen.
– Bede Jarrett O.P.

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V38: For The Holy Souls

Father,
Welcome into Your kingdom
our departed brothers and
sisters and all who have left
this world in Your friendship.

There we hope to share in
Your glory, when every tear
will be wiped away.
On that day we shall see You,
our Lord as You are.

We shall become like You and
praise You forever through
Christ our Lord, from whom
all good things come.

Eternal rest grant unto them,
O Lord, and let Perpetual Light
Shine upon them.
May They Rest in Peace.

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V39: Distance takes us far apart…

Distance takes us far apart,
And darkens my today.
I have to keep remembering –
You’re just a thought away.

When the world is too confusing,
Times are hard to bear,
I pull your precious meaning,
Your bright spirit, from the air.

If I sometimes drift into
A lonely state of mind,
I gather up the memories
Of days we left behind.

And though you’re not beside me,
I can tap into my heart,
And draw upon the warmth and love,
That lives when we’re apart.

And with these fond reflections
On the times when you were near,
I sense a little bit of what
It’s like to have you here.

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V40: A light is from our household

A light is from our household gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled.
He bade no-one a last farewell,
He raised his hand to none;
His spirit flew before we knew,
That he from us had gone.

You can only have one father,
Patient, kind and true.
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.
When other friends forsake you,
To father you will return,
For all his loving kindness,
He asks nothing in return.

As we look upon his picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.
Sweet Jesus take this message,
To our dear father up above,
Tell him how much we miss him,
And give him all our love.

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V41: Gone Only From Our Sight

I am standing on the seashore.
Suddenly a ship at my side
spreads her white sails to
the morning breeze,
and starts out for the blue ocean.
She is an object of
beauty and strength,
And I stand and watch her
until at length she is only
a ribbon of white cloud
just above where the sea and sky
mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says:
“There! She’s gone!”

Gone where?
From my sight-that is all.
She is just as large in
mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side,
and just as able to bear
her load of living
freight to the place of destination.
Her diminished size
is in me, not in her,
and just at the moment when
someone at my side says:
“There, she’s gone!”
there are other voices ready
to take the glad shout,
“there! She comes!”

And that is dying.

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V42: Beautiful Memories

A bouquet of beautiful memories,
Sprayed with a million tears,
Wishing God could have spared you
If just for a few more years.

It does not take a special day,
For us to think of you;
Each Mass we hear,
each prayer we say,
Is offered up for you.

We cannot bring the old days back,
When we were all together,
The family chain is broken now,
But memories live forever.

May he rest in peace dear Jesus,
In Thy Heavenly home above,
With the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
In His Own Eternal Love.

Along the road to yesterday,
That leads us straight to you,
Are memories of happy days,
Together we once knew.

A silent grief that’s in our hearts
No human eye can trace,
For many a broken heart is hid
Beneath a smiling face.

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V43: Resurrection Prayer

Most Merciful Father, we commend our departed into Your hands. We are filled with the sure hope that our departed will rise again on the last day with all who have died in Christ. We thank you for all the things you have given during our departed’s earthly life.
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O Father in Your great mercy, accept our prayer that the gates of paradise may be opened for your servant. In our turn, may we too be comforted by the words of faith until we greet Christ in glory and are united with you and our departed. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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V44: Miss Me But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
and the sun is 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 that we once shared,
Miss me-and let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take
and each must do it alone,
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
a step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
go to the friends we know,
Bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
Miss me-but let me go.

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V45: 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 close of 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 you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full,
I’ve savoured much,
Good friends, good times,
A loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free

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V46: Always live in…

Always live in
the knowledge
that Jesus
is present.
The assurance
of His presence
will change
everything
and your sadness
will disappear.

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V47: Father, hear our prayers…

Father,
hear our prayers and
console us, as we
renew our faith in
Your Son, whom You
raised from the dead.
Strengthen our hope
that all our departed
loved ones will share
in His Resurrection.

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V48: Happy the Peacemakers…

Happy
the
Peacemakers
for they
shall be
called
Sons of God

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V49: Prayer to St. Teresa

O Little St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, during your short life on earth you became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me and listen to my prayer. I leave everything in your hands. Make my troubles your own. Speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate-to the Queen of Heaven, “who smiled on you at dawn of life.” Beg her as Queen of the Heart of Jesus, to obtain for me, by Her powerful intercession, the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment. And beg her to join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me to a happy eternity. Amen.

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V50: We lost a mother…

We lost a mother with a heart of gold,
How much we miss her can never be told,
She shared our troubles
and helped us along.
If we follow her footsteps
we will never go wrong.

We miss you from your fireside chair,
Your loving smile and gentle air,
Your vacant place no one can fill,
We miss you mother and always will.

She was a mother so very rare,
Content in her home and always there,
On earth she toiled, in Heaven she rests,
God bless you mother
you were one of the best.

Each time we look at your picture,
You seem to smile and say,
Don’t be sad but courage take
And love each other for my sake.

O sweet Jesus, for the sake of Thy Bitter
Passion and the sorrows of Thy Immaculate
Mother have mercy on her soul,
and let the light of Thy countenance
shine upon her.

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V51: Our Lord’s Last Promise

“Let not your heart be troubled.
You believe in God,
believe also in me.
In my Father’s house, there
are many mansions.
If not I would have told you,
because I go to prepare
a place for you,
And if I shall go, and prepare
a place for you,
I will come again, and will
take you to myself;
That where I am, you also may be.
And whither I go you know,
and the way you know.
I am the way, the truth and the life.”

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V52: I am the Resurrection….

I am
the
Resurrection
and
the
Life
John 11,25

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V53: O my Jesus…

O my Jesus,
forgive us our sins,
save us from the
fires of Hell and
lead all souls
to Heaven, especially
those who have
most need of Thy Mercy.

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V54: They say there is a reason…

They say there is a reason,
They say that time will heal,
But neither time nor reason,
Will change the way we feel.

No one knows the heartache,
That lies behind the smiles,
No one knows how many times,
We have broken down and cried.

We want to tell you something,
So there won’t be any doubt,
You’re so wonderful to think of,
And so hard to be without.

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V55: Pray for me…

Pray for me,
as I will for thee,
that we may all
merrily meet
in Heaven.
St. Thomas More

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V56: She never failed to do her best…

She never failed to do her best,
Her heart was true and tender,
She worked and toiled
for those she loved,
And left them to remember.

We sat beside your bedside
Our hearts were crushed and sore.
We did our duty to the end
‘Til we could do no more.

In tears we watched you sinking
We watched you fade away,
And though our hearts were breaking
We knew you could not stay.

You left behind some aching hearts
That loved you most sincere.
We never shall and never will
Forget you Mother dear.

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V57: Prayer for the Holy Souls

O God, the Creator and
Redeemer of all the faithful
grant to the souls of Thy
servants departed, the full
remission of their sins, that
through pious supplications
they may obtain the pardon
which they have always desired.
Who livest and reignest world
without end. Amen.

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V58: Perhaps

PERHAPS, if we could see
The splendour of the land
To which our loved are called
from you and me,
WE’D UNDERSTAND.

PERHAPS, if you could hear
The welcome they receive
From old familiar voices –
all so dear –
WE WOULD NOT GRIEVE.

PERHAPS, if we could know
The reason why they went
We’d smile-and wipe away
the tears that flow,
WE’D WAIT CONTENT.

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V59: It was a sudden parting…

It was a sudden parting,
Too bitter to forget,
Those who loved you dearly,
Are the ones who can’t forget.

We often sit and think of you,
And think of how you died;
To think you could not say goodbye
Before you closed your eyes.

Your life was one of kindly deeds,
A helping hand for others needs,
Sincere and true in heart and mind,
Beautiful memories left behind.

The blow was hard, the shock severe,
To part with one we loved so dear;
Our loss is great, we’ll not complain
But trust in God to meet again.

Two tired eyes are sleeping,
Two willing hands are still,
The one who worked so hard for us,
Is resting at God’s will.

Our family chain is broken,
Nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one
The links shall join again.

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V60: There is a home that lies…

There is a home that lies beyond
And past it’s golden door,
Awaits the one who’s now away,
Not lost-just gone before,
And in that home that lies beyond,
The Master will prepare
A place for you, and when He calls
You’ll meet your loved one there.

They say there is a reason,
They say that time will heal,
But neither time or reason,
Will change the way we feel.
No one knows the heartache,
That lies beyond the smiles,
No one knows how many times,
We have broken down and cried.
We want to tell you something,
So there won’t be any doubt,
You’re so wonderful to think of,
And so hard to be without.

There is no night without a dawning,
No winter without a spring,
And beyond death’s dark horizon
Our hearts once more will sing.
For those who leave us for a while
have only gone away,
Out of a restless careworn world
into a “brighter day”.

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V61: Hail Mary

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with Thee,
Blessed art Thou
among women,
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.

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V62: In His will Divine…

And in
His Will
Divine,
is found
our Peace.
Dante

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V63: She has gone…

She has gone
no further
from us
than to
God, and
God is
very near.

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V64: There is no night…

There is no night
without a dawning,
no winter without a Spring,
and beyond death’s
dark horizon
our hearts once more will
sing for those who leave
us for a while
have only gone away
out of a restless
careworn world
into a “Brighter Day”.

Helen Steiner Rice

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V65: We sat beside your bedside…

We sat beside your bedside,
Our hearts were crushed and sore;
We did our duty to the end,
‘Til we could do no more.

In tears we watched you sinking,
We watched you fade away,
And though our hearts were breaking
We knew you could not stay.

You left behind some aching hearts,
That loved you most sincere.
We never shall and never will
Forget you, Mother dear.

For many years the family chain
Was closely linked together,
But oh! That chain is broken now,
The main link gone forever.

The sunshine of our happy home,
Must always clouded be,
But Thou O Lord has sent this cross,
We bear it all for Thee.

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V66: The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious
Virgin Mary that never was it
known that anyone who fled to
Thy protection, implored Thy
help or sought Thy intercession,
was left unaided. Inspired by this
confidence I fly unto Thee,
O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother;
to Thee do I come, before Thee I
kneel sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in
Thy clemency hear and answer me.
Amen.

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V67: O Lord Jesus Christ…

O Lord Jesus Christ,
when the shadows fade
and the sorrows of
life are over,
grant to those we love,
holy rest and the beauty
of Thy Peace. Amen.
+
Our Lady of Lourdes,
pray for her/him

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V68: He never thought when leaving…

She/He never thought
when leaving home,
He would never more return,
That he in death so
soon would sleep,
And leave us here alone.

A sudden call from God on high,
You had no chance to say goodbye,
Without farewell you fell asleep,
But memories of you I’ll always keep;
And those who loved you dearly,
Are the ones who won’t forget.

No farewells were spoken,
We did not say goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God knows why;
But we always will remember,
Our whole life through,
The last words we had with you.

We never fail to pray for you,
We never cease to care,
We wish we could
go home again,
And find you waiting there.
To the Throne of Christ
he will guide us,
And with us he will stand,
And that golden chain
will be linked again,
Locked by Christ’s Own Hands.

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V69: A Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument
of Your peace.
Where there is hatred,
let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon,
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—
It is in pardoning that we are
pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are
born to eternal life.

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V70: Prayer Before A Crucifix

Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself on my knees in Your sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and implore You to impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins and a firm desire of amendment, while with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Your five wounds, having before my eyes that which David spoke in prophesy of You, O good Jesus: “They pierced My hands and My feet and they have numbered all My bones”.

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V71: A loving father/mother most sincere

A loving father most sincere
Loved by all he knew,
He loved us all so very dear,
And we all loved him too.
But God in His mercy will give us hope,
And help us bear the strain,
Of the one we cherished, loved and lost,
To meet in Heaven again.

He bade no-one a last farewell,
He raised his hand to none;
His spirit flew before we knew,
That he from us had gone.

You can only have one father,
Patient, kind and true.
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.
When other friends forsake you,
To father you will return,
For all his loving kindness,
He asks nothing in return.

As we look upon his picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.
Sweet Jesus take this message,
To our dear father up above,
Tell him how much we miss him,
And give him all our love.

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V72: A Perfect Trust

Oh! for the peace of perfect trust,
My loving God in Thee;
Unwavering faith that never doubts,
Thou choosest best for me.

Best, though my plans be all upset;
Best, though the way be rough;
Best, though my earthly store be scant;
In Thee I have enough.

Best, though my health and strength be gone,
Though weary days be mine,
Shut out from much that others have,
Not my will, Lord but Thine!

And e’en though disappointments come,
They too are best for me,
To wean me from this changing world,
And lead me near Thee.

Oh! for the peace of a perfect trust,
That looks away from all;
That sees Thy hand in everything,
In great events and small.

That hears Thy voice, a Father’s voice,
Directing for the best;
Oh! for the peace of a perfect trust,
A heart with Thee at rest.

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V73: There comes a time for all of us…

There comes a time for all of us
When we must say good-bye,
But faith and hope and
love and trust,
Can never, never die.

Although the curtain falls at last,
Is that a cause to grieve?
The future’s fairer than the past,
If only we believe.

Trust in God’s eternal care-
So when the Master calls,
Let’s say that life is still more fair
Although the curtain falls.

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V74: They say there is a reason…

They say there is a reason,
They say that time will heal,
But neither time nor reason,
Will change the way we feel.

No one knows the heartache,
That lies behind the smiles,
No one knows how many times,
We have broken down and cried.

We want to tell you something,
So there won’t be any doubt,
You’re so wonderful to think of,
And so hard to be without.

We cannot bring the old days back,
When we were all together,
The family chain is broken now,
But memories are forever.

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V75: Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that
never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy
protection, implored Thy help or sought Thy
intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this
confidence I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of Virgins,
my Mother; to Thee do I come, before Thee I
kneel sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the
Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but
in Thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.

God
Grant me the serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change…
Courage to change
the things I can
and wisdom to know
the difference.

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V76: God’s Lent Child

“I’ll lend you for a little while, a child of mine, God said,
“For you to love the while she lives, and mourn
for when she’s dead.
It may be six or seven years, or forty-two or three.
But will you, till I call her back, take care of her for me?
She’ll bring her charms to gladden you and
should her stay be brief,
You’ll always have her memories
as a solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return
But there are lessons taught below I want
this child to learn.
I’ve looked this whole world over in my search
for teachers true,
And from the folks that crowd life’s lane,
I have chosen you.”
“Now will you give her all your love nor think
the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take this lent child
back again?”
I fancied that I heard her say, “dear Lord Thy Will be done.
For all the joys Thy child will bring, the risk of
grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter her with tenderness, we’ll love her
while we may,
And for the happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay.
But should the Angels come for her
much sooner than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.”

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V77: Lord, make me an instrument of…

Lord, make me an instrument of
Thy peace; where there is
hatred, let me sow love; where
there is injury, pardon; where
there is doubt, faith; where there
is despair, hope; where there is
darkness, light; and where there
is sadness, joy.

Lord that I may seek to console
rather than to be consoled, to
understand rather than to be
understood; to love rather than
to be loved. For it is giving that
we receive, in self forgetfulness,
that we find our true selves, in
forgiving that we are raised up
to life everlasting.

 

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V78: Padre Pio Prayer

O Jesus, full of grace and charity,
victim for sinners, so impelled by love
for us that you willed to die on the
cross, I humbly beseech you to glorify
in heaven and on earth the Servant of
God, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who
generously participated in Your
sufferings, who loved Thee so much
and laboured so faithfully for the
glory of Your heavenly Father and for
the good of souls. With confidence, I
beseech Thee to grant me, through his
intercession, the grace of … which I
ardently desire.
Glory be to the Father… (Three times.)

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V79: Unfailing Prayer to Saint Anthony

O Holy Saint Anthony gentlest of
Saints, your love for God and charity
for His creatures, made you worthy,
when on earth, to possess miraculous
powers. Miracles waited on your
word, which you were ever ready to
speak for those in trouble or anxiety.
Encouraged by this thought, I implore
of you to obtain for me (request). The
answer to my prayer may require a
miracle, even so you are the Saint of
Miracles. O gentle and loving Saint
Anthony, whose heart was ever full of
human sympathy, whisper my petition
into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus,
who loved to be folded in your arms;
and the gratitude of my heart will ever
be yours.

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V80: DAY IS DONE…

DAY IS DONE
the light of God shines

WORK IS OVER
rest with God has come

JOURNEY HAS ENDED
a home in God is found

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V81: Prayer to St. Joseph

Oh! St. Joseph, whose protection is so
great, so strong, so prompt before the
throne of God, I place in you all my
interests and desires. Oh! St. Joseph do
assist me by your powerful intercession,
and obtain for me from Your divine Son,
all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ,
our Lord. So that having engaged here
below Your Heavenly power, I may offer my
thanksgiving and homage to the most loving
of Fathers. Oh! St. Joseph, I never weary of
contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your
arms; I dare not approach while He reposes
near your heart. Press Him in my name and
kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to
return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls,
Pray for me.

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V82: I am the…

I am the
Resurrection
and the Life,
he that believeth
in Me
although he be
dead shall live.
John XI, 25

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V83: Our Lady of Knock

I come to Thee, my Mother,
to lay before Thy feet,
my fears, my hopes, my longings,
my bitter hours and sweat.
O take them Mother Mary,
and place them by God’s throne,
your hands will give them value,
they’re worthless on their own.
As I kneel before you,
speak to your Son for me,
though poor and small my offering,
I know ’tis dear to thee.
For you your Son at Cana,
changed water into wine,
the needs of bride and bridegroom,
were small compared to mine.
And so, my Mother Mary,
I lay before Thy feet,
my fears, my hopes, my longings,
my bitter hours and sweat.

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V84: Novena to Saint Martha

O Saint Martha, I resort to thee and to thy
petition and faith, I offer up to
thee this light which I shall burn every
Tuesday for nine Tuesdays.
Comfort me in all my difficulties through
the great favours thou didst enjoy when
Our Saviour lodged in thy house. I beseech
thee to have definite pity in regard to the
favour I ask (mention favour).
Intercede for my family that we may always
be provided for in all our necessities.
I ask thee Saint Martha to overcome the
dragon which thou didst cast at thy feet.
One Our Father and three Hail Marys and
a lighted candle every Tuesday and the
above prayer made known with the
intentions of spreading devotion to St. Martha.
This miraculous Saint grants everything
before the Tuesdays are ended. No matter
how difficult.

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V85: Críost liom…

Críost liom,
Críost romham,
Críost i mo dhiaidh,
Críost istigh ionam,
Críost fúm,
Críost os mo chionn,
Críost ar mo láimh dheas,
Críost ar mo láimh chlé,
Críost mar a luífidh mé,
Críost mar a suífidh mé,
Críost mar a seasfaidh mé,
Críost i gcroí gach duine atá ag
cuimhneamh orm,
Críost i mbéal gach duine a
labhraíonn liom,
Críost i ngach súil a fhéachann orm,
Críost i ngach cluais a éisteann liom.

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V86: LITTLE WHITE GUEST

You have come to my heart, dearest Jesus,
I am holding You close to my breast;
I’m telling You over and over,
You are welcome, O Little White Guest.

I love You, I love You my Jesus,
O please do not think I am bold;
Of course, You must know that I love You,
But I’m sure that You like to be told.

I’ll whisper “I love You, my Jesus”,
And ask that we never may part;
I love You, O kind, loving Jesus
And press You still near my heart.

And when I shall meet You in Heaven,
My soul then will lean on Your breast,
And You will recall our fond meetings,
When you were my Little White Guest.

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V87: After Glow

I’d like the memory of me
To be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an After Glow 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.

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V88: A Last Goodbye

Though happily each year had begun,
I had to die whilst very young.
It is so long since our last touch,
And I miss your presence there so much.

Of many things I needed to learn,
So to this place, God made me turn.
Yet with so many things to do,
I have taken this moment to speak to you.

The life that was, was not to be mine,
Yet within this world it has worked out fine.
Where I am now, I have found new friends,
In a place called Heaven, where the spirit ascends.

Straight to this world, few pass it by,
And no one here can really die.
Although this child, you cannot see,
I know you’d be so proud of me.

I look forward to when I’ll see you,
So until it’s your time to come,
Enjoy your life, and please don’t cry,
I just came to say a last goodbye.

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V89: GOD’S GARDEN

God looked around His garden
And found an empty place.
He then 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
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering.
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough,
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids,
And whispered “Peace be Thine”.

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

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V90: He Only Takes 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 to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

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V91: I expect to pass through…

I expect to pass through
this world but once.
Any good therefore
that I can do
or any kindness
that I can show
to any fellow creature,
let me do it now,
for I shall not pass
this way again.

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V92: Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine upon your face,
the rains fall soft upon your fields,
and until we meet again,
may God hold you
in the palm of His hand.

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V93: My Precious Child

There’s not a day that passes
That I don’t sit and cry,
And look to Heaven for a reason
But still I don’t know why.

Couldn’t he have waited
Another year or two,
Until you were a little older
And I’d had more time with you.

Forgive me, Lord, I then say,
All these thoughts are wrong,
There had to be a reason,
And I know I must be strong.

You’re in the arms of Jesus now
And I know that you’ll be fine,
But I wish with all my heart,
That those arms could be mine.

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V94: You can shed tears…

You can shed tears
that she is gone,
or you can smile
because she has lived.
You can close your eyes
and pray that she’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes
and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty
because you can’t see her,
or you can be full
of the love you shared.
You can turn your back
on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for
tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her
and only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory
and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

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V95: It’s not the tears that…

It’s not the tears that
are shed at the time
That tell of the hearts
that are broken;
But the silent tears
in the after years,
When our loved one’s
name is spoken.

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V96: Hail, Holy Queen…

Hail, Holy Queen,
Mother of Mercy,
our Life, our Sweetness,
and our Hope.
To Thee do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To Thee do we send up
our sighs mourning
and weeping in this
valley of tears.
Turn then, most
gracious Advocate,
Thine Eyes of Mercy
toward us, and after this
our exile show us the Blessed
Fruit of thy Womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.

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V97: Some people just can’t help making a difference in our lives…

Some people just can’t help

making a difference in our lives.

By simply being who they are,

they make the world

a little brighter,

a little warmer,

a little gentler,

and when they’re gone

we realise how lucky we are

to have known them.

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V98: When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
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.

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V99: Feel no guilt in laughter…

Feel no guilt in laughter,
She knows how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile
That she’s not here to share.

You cannot grieve forever,
She would not want you to.
She’d hope that you would carry on
The way you always do.

So talk about the good times
And the ways you showed you cared.
The days you spent together,
All the happiness you shared.

Let the memories surround you,
A word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture
A time, an hour, a day.

That brings her back as clearly
As though she were still here,
And fills you with the feelings
That she is always near.

For if you keep those memories
You will never be apart
And she will live forever
Locked safe within your heart.

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A

Each time we look at your picture
You seem to smile and say,
Don’t be sad but courage take,
And love each other for my sake.

B

In the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart,
Dear Jesus, may she rest;
We love her well but still we know,
God’s Holy Will is best.

C

Fold him O Jesus, in Thine arms,
And let him henceforth be,
A messenger of love between
Our human hearts and Thee.

D

“All I ask is that wherever you
may be you will remember me
at Holy Communion
and at the foot of the Altar.”
St. Monica

E

Christ has died;
Christ is risen
Christ will come again.

F

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

G

Two tired eyes are sleeping,
Two willing hands are still;
The one who worked so hard for us
Is resting at God’s Will.

H

It does not take a special day,
For us to think of you;
Each Mass we hear,
each prayer we say,
Is offered up for you.

I

We cannot bring the old days back,
When we were all together;
The family chain is broken now
But memories last forever.

J

O sweet Jesus for the sake of Thy Bitter Passion and the sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother, have mercy on his soul, and let the light of Thy countenance shine upon him. Amen.

K

Jesus, Mary and Joseph
I give you my heart and soul;
Jesus, Mary and Joseph
assist me in my last agony;
Jesus, Mary and Joseph
may I breathe forth my soul
in peace with you. Amen.

L

A silent grief that’s in our hearts,
No human eye can trace;
For many a broken heart is hid
Beneath a smiling face.

M

The Lord bless you and keep you;
Show His face to you and have
mercy on you;
Turn His countenance to you
and give you peace.

N

O Mary conceived
without sin,
pray for us who have
recourse to Thee.

O

We have loved her in life,
let us not forget
her in death.
St. Ambrose

P

Those who die in grace
go no further from
us than God,
and God is very near.

Q

God gave us the strength to bear it,
And courage to fight the blow;
What it has meant to lose you
God alone will ever know.

R

Your life was love and labour,
Your love for your family true,
You did your best for all of us
We will always remember you.

S

Just a prayer from the
family who loved you,
Just a memory fond and true,
In our hearts you
will live forever,
Because we thought
the world of you.

T

God grant me the Serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change…
Courage to change the things I can,
and Wisdom to know the difference.

U

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits
me here, ever this day,
be at my side to light
and guard, to rule and guide.

V

If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to Heaven
and bring you back again.

W

Our hearts still
ache with sadness,
and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you –
No one can ever know.

X

Loving you is easy,
We do it every day,
Missing you is a heartache,
That never goes away.

Y

God saw the road
was getting rough,
The hill was hard to climb,
He gently closed
your weary eyes,
And whispered
“Peace be thine”.

Z

Sacred Heart of Jesus
I place all my trust
in Thee.