Available Prayers


Below is a listing of Available Prayers, Verses and Quotes that can be incorporated into printed materials.  You may also download and view/print a copy of our Available Prayers Booklet, by clicking here.

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1 Corinthians 2:9
“No eye has seen,nor ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

A Little Prayer for You
When you’re alone with Jesus And He sweetly smiles on thee, Will you gently whisper to Him, A little prayer for me? And when I’m alone with Jesus, And all else is hid from view, I’ll gently drop into His Heart A little prayer for you.

Afterglow
I’d like the memory of me To be a happy one. I’d like To leave an Afterglow of Smiles when day 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 behind when Day is done.

Amazing Grace
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see
Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
Oh how precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see
Shall I be wafted to the skies
On flowery beds of ease
While others strive to win the prize
And sail on bloody seas
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see.


Angels into Paradise (long)
May the angels lead you into Paradise, may the Martyrs receive you at your coming, and take you to Jerusalem, the holy city. May the choirs of the Angels receive you, and may you with the once poor Lazarus, have rest everlasting.
Amen.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary and Joseph! May I breath forth my soul in peace with you. Jesus, Mary and Joseph! I give you my heart and soul.

Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me
And bid me come to Thee.
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee.
Forever and ever, Amen.

Angels into Paradise (short)
May the angels lead you into Paradise, may the Martyrs receive you at your coming, and take you to Jerusalem, the holy city. May the choirs of the Angels receive you, and may you with the once poor Lazarus, have rest everlasting. Amen
(Roman Ritual)
May the Souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Appointed Time
There is an appointed time for everything, and a time
for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to uproot. A time to weep and a time to laugh.  A time to be silent and a time to speak. There is nothing better than to be glad and to do well during life.

AS I SIT IN HEAVEN
As I sit in heaven
And watch you every day
I try to let you know with signs
I never went away
I hear you when you’re laughing
And watch you as you sleep
I even place my arms around you
To calm you as you weep
I see you wish the days away
Begging to have me home
So I try to send you signs
So you know you are not alone
Don’t feel guilty that you have
Life that was denied to me
Heaven is truly beautiful
Just you wait and see
So live your life, laugh again
Enjoy yourself, be free
Then I know with every breath you take
You’ll be taking one for me.
As you walk down
As you walk down the fairway of life … You must stop and smell the roses, For you only get to play one round.

ASCENSION
Ascension, and if I go, while you’re still here Know that I live on, Vibrating to a different Measure behind a thin Veil you cannot see Through. You will not see Me, so you must have Faith. I wait for the time When we can soar Together again, both aware of each
Other. Until then, live your Life to it’s fullest. And When you need me, just Whisper my name in Your heart, I will be there.

CHILD – Protestant
God on His throne in heaven 
Looked round at His flowers so fair
And then sought a blossom on earth
To add to those He had there
To be part of such heavenly Company
The bloom must be pure and sweet
And the little bud that was chosen
Was the child who had played at our feet.
Sorrow is great at the loss of our child
At the parting with one we love
But the parting was made
that our child might go
To brighten the heavens above.

BE KIND
Be the loving expression Of God’s kindness; Kindness in your eyes, Kindness in your face, Kindness in your smile, Kindness in your warm greetings. We are all but His instruments Who do our little bit and pass by. I believe that the way in which An act of kindness is done, Is as important as the action itself.~ Mother Theresa

Because He Lives
Because He lives I can face tomorrow, Because He lives all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives.

Beyond the sunset, o blissful morning, when with our Savior heav’n is begun. Earth’s toiling ended, O glorious dawning; beyond the sunset, when the day is done. Beyond the sunset no clouds will gather, no storms will threaten, no fears annoy: O day of gladness, O day unending, beyond the sunset, eternal joy!
Beyond the sunset a hand will guide me to God, the Father, whom I adore: His glorious presence, His words of welcome, will be my portion on that fair shore. Beyond the sunset, o glad reunion, with our dear loved ones who’ve gone before; in that fair homeland we’ll know no parting, beyond the sunset forever more!

Blessed Sacrament
O Gentlest Heart of Jesus ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in purgatory have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant.
Be not severe in Thy Judgment but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames and do Thou O merciful Saviors send Thy angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light, and peace. Amen


Blessing the Lives of Others
Blessing the lives of others, In beauty and in grace; Those who saw her knew that God Had kissed her tiny face. Our baby left us with a memory,
For all the world to see, She gave herself so others know Just how precious life can be.


Breathtaking
Life is not measured
By the number of breaths we take But by the moments
That take our breath away


Cancer
Cancer is so limited… It cannot cripple love,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence, It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot shut out memories, It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life, It cannot quench the Spirit, It cannot lessen the power Of the Resurrection.


Cardinal Newman Prayer
May God protect you all the day long till the shadows
lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and your work is done. Then in His mercy may He grant you a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at last
-Amen


Childhood Needlepoint
A great gray elephant A Little yellow bee
A tiny purple violet A tall green tree
A red and white sailboat On a blue sea
All these things You gave to me When you made My eyes to see Thank you God


Come To Me
God saw you were 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 at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.


Crossing the Bar
Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound or foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark!
And may there be so sadness of farewell
When I embark For though from out our bourne of time and place.  The flood may bear me far
I hope to see my pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar -Alfred Tennyson


The Dash
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on his Tombstone - from the beginning - to the end.  He noted that first came the date of his birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said that what mattered most of all was the dash between the years.
For that dash represents all the time that he spent alive on earth - and now, only those who loved him know what that little line is worth. For it matters not how much we own, the cars - the house - the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard – are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real –
and always try to understand the way other people feel. And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more – and love the people in our lives, like we’ve never loved before.  If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,  remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is read, with your life actions to rehash Would you be proud of the things they say –
about how you spent your dash.


Do Not Stand
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 glints on snow.  I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain.  When you awaken in the mornings hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled 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.


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


Ecclesiastes
For everything there is a season
and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose,
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.


End of Day
The best part of my day
Is the very end don’t you see? It’s the time that I save
Just for my Savior and me. It’s a time to embrace Him.
Thank Him for the sacrifice made.
To thank Him for the benefit just for loving Him, To thank Him for forgiveness,
Which in His wisdom He forgets.
He has promised healing but we don’t know when.
So I wait on Christ to have that perfect day again.
Until then I’ll be still and know that He is God. And what a perfect thought to end on,
At the ending of my day.


Faithful Departed
O, God, The Creator and Redeemer Of All the Faithful, Grant to the Souls Of Thy Servants departed The remission of all their sins; That through pious supplications They may obtain the pardon Which they have always desired Who livest and reignest World without end. Amen


FIREFIGHTER’S Prayer
When I am called to duty, God,
Whenever flames may rage,
Give me strength to save some life,
Whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late,
Or save an older person
From the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
and hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently,
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling,
And to give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
And if, according to my fate,
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with
Your protecting hand My family, friends and spouse.


Fisherman’s Prayer
God grant that I may live to fish For another shining day, But when my final cast is made I then most humbly pray, When nestled in your landing net As I lay peacefully asleep, You’ll smile at me and judge That I’m “good enough to keep.”


FOOTPRINTS
One night a man had a dream. In it he was walking along a 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 final scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back, at the footprints in the sand.  He noticed many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints, and realized that they came at the hardest and saddest times of his life. Bothered about this; he questioned the Lord saying, “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 burdensome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints.  I don’t understand why that when I needed you the most you would leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My dear 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.” Author Unknown


Friend of Mine
Take my hand and walk with me Across the sands of time. Hand in hand and heart to heart Together, friend of mine. We will share the solitude And walk in quiet peace For my heart hears what your heart says; It listens when yours speaks. The years have brought us to this place Across the sands of Time and we will walk here til the end Together, friend of mine.
~ Allison Chambers Coxsey


Garden of Promise
There is a place, I have been told, Beyond an open gate
All have been invited where friends and loved ones wait It holds eternal promise of everlasting peace
No pain or sorrow ever comes And teardrops there have ceased Abundant life is evident Constant, fresh and new a garden of provision With eternity in view The promise is awaiting A place we can abide
Fulfilled for all who answer The call to come inside.


GENTLE FACE
Your gentle face and patient smile, With sadness we recall, you had a kindly word for each And died beloved by all.
The voice is mute and stilled the heart That love us well and true, Ah, bitter was the trial to part From one so good as you. You are not forgotten loved one Nor will you ever be as long as life and memory last We will remember thee. We miss you now, our hearts are sore, As time goes by, we miss you more, Your loving smile, your gentle face, no one can take your vacant place.



Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, And to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, Is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen.


God Saw You Were Getting Tired
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 at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.


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 that 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.


Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel From heaven so bright, Watching beside me To lead me aright, Fold thy wings round me,and guard me with love, softly sing songs to me of heaven above.


Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. Our 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.


Happy Prayer
I’d like the memory of me to be a Happy one
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when day 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.


He is God
When I fall, he lifts me up!  When I fail, he forgives!
When I am weak, he is strong!
When I am lost, he is the way!
When I am afraid, he is my courage!
When I stumble, he steadies me!
When I am hurt, he heals me!
When I am broken, he mends me!
When I am blind, he leads me!
When I am hungry, he feeds me!
When I face trials, he is with me!
When I face persecurtion, he shields me!
When I face problems, he comforts me!
When I face loss, he provides for me!
When I face death, he carries me home!
 


Hebrews 12:1-2
Since we have such a huge crowd watching us from heaven, let us run the race that God has set before us with perseverance…Keep your eyes on Jesus, our coach and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God.


High Flight
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed,
and joined the tumbling mirth  Of sun-split clouds---and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence: Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, the long delirious, burning blue  I’ve topped the windswept heights  with easy grace where never lark, or even eagle flew and, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.


His 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 and years.
Think how he 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.
Hope is the thing with feathers
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.


I Am Always With You
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 with too many tears But be thankful we had so many good years. I gave you my love, and you can only guess How much you’ve given me in happiness.
I thank you for the love that you have shown But now it is time I traveled on alone.
So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must Then let your grief be comforted by trust. That it is only for a while that we must part So treasure the memories within your heart. I won’t be far away for life goes on
And if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can’t see or touch me I will be near And if you listen with your heart you’ll hear
All my love around you soft and clear And then, when you come this way along
I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home.”


I Am Home in Heaven
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.


There is work still waiting for you. So you must not idly stand; do it now, while life remaineth - You shall rest in God’s own land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home; Oh, the rapture of that meeting. Oh, the joy to see you come!

I Did Not Die
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 glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.


if we remember
If we remember to
Take deep breaths,
And allow the sorrow,
Anquish and uncertainty to wash over us,
We will get to the place
Where the waves quiet,
Where the swettness of memories
Buoys us up
And serenity returns once more.
May you find safe harbor
In the knowledge that
You are loved and cared about.


for You Today
I said a prayer for you today
And know God must have heard- I felt the answer in my heart Although He spoke no word.
I did not ask for wealth or fame, I knew you would not mind. I ask Him to send treasures Of a far more lasting kind. I ask that He’d be near you at the start of each new day, to grant you health and blessings And friends to share your way. I ask for happiness for you In all things great and small, But it was for his loving care I prayed the most of all.


I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God has laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard His 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 the peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys-
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh 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 savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart, and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.


If You Could See Me Now
Our prayers have all been answered I finally arrived
The healing that had been delayed Has now been realized no one’s in a hurry, there’s no schedule to keep We’re all enjoying Jesus Just sitting at His feet
If you could see me now I’m walking streets of gold If you could see me now I’m standing tall and whole If you could see me now You’d know I’d seen His face If you could see me now You’d know the pain is erased You wouldn’t want me To ever leave this place If you could see me now My light and temporary trials Have worked out for my good To know it brought Him Glory When I misunderstood


Instrument of Your Peace
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; 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 its in dying that we are born to eternal life.


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



Just A Closer Walk With Thee
I am week, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong; I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee. Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea, Daily walking close to Thee, Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Through this world of toil and snares, If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.



LEGEND OF THE SAND DOLLAR
There’s a lovely little legend
that I would like to tell,
of the birth and death of Jesus,
found in this lowly shell.
If you examine closely,
you’ll see that you find here,
four nail holes and a fifth one,
made by a Roman’s spear.
On one side the Easter lily,
its center is the star,
that appeared unto the shepherds
and led them from afar.
The Christmas Poinsettia
etched on the other side,
reminds us of His birthday,
our happy Christmastide.
Now break the center open,
and here you will release,
the five white doves awaiting,
to spread Good Will and Peace.
This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you and me,
to help us spread His Gospel,
through all Eternity.


Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house
are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.


John 14: 1-3
Let Us Pray
Almighty God, through the death of your Son on the cross, you have overcome death for us. Through his burial and resurrection from the dead you have made the grave a holy place and restored to us eternal life. We pray for those who died believing in Jesus and are buried with him in the hope of rising again. God of the living and the dead, may those who faithfully believed in you on earth praise you forever I the joy of heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Little Angels
When God calls little children to dwell with Him above.
We mortals sometime question the wisdom of His love.
For no heartache companies with the death of one small child who does so much to make our world seem wonderful and mild.
Perhaps God time of calling the aged to His fold,
So He picks a rosebud before it can grow old.
God knows how much we need them, and so He takes but few to make the land of Heaven more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult still somehow we must try.
The saddest word mankind knows will always be “Goodbye,” So when a little child departs, we who are left behind Must realize God loves children. Angels are hard to find.


Lord’s Prayer (LONG)
Our Father, Who art in heaven hallowed be 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. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.
Amen.


Lord’s Prayer (Catholic)
Our Father, Who art in heaven hallowed be 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.


Lovely Lady
Lovely lady dressed in blue – Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little Boy, Tell me what to say!
Did you lift Him up, sometimes, Gently on your knee?
Did you sing to Him the way Mother does to me?
Did you hold His hand at night? Did you ever try
Telling stories of the world? O! And did He cry?
Do you really think He cares If I tell Him things –
Little things that happen? And Do the Angels’ wings Make a noise? And can He hear me if I speak low? Does He understand me now?
Tell me – for you know! Lovely lady dressed in blue, Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little Boy, And you know the way.


Man in the Arena
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt


Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”


Meaning of True Love
It is sharing and caring, Giving and forgiving, Loving and being loved, Walking hand in hand, Talking heart to heart, seeing through each other’s eyes, Laughing together, weeping together, Praying together, And always trusting And believing And thanking God For each other…For love that is shared Is a beautiful thing – It enriches the soul And makes the heart sing!
~ Helen Steiner Rice


Memorare
Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help, and sought Thy intersession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of virgins, My Mother! To Thee I come; before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Oh Mother of the Word incarnate! Despise not my petitions, but, in Thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen


Miss Me…But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road and the sun has 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, but let me go. For this is a journey that we all must take, and each must go alone. It’s all a part of the Master’s plan; a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends we know and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss, Me, But Let Me Go.


Mother
She’s sweeter than the fragrances
That fill the dell in spring,
A joy she is above the joys
That all the years can bring.
She’s dearer than the dearest friend
That I will ever know,
Her prayers ever guide me on
No matter where I go
Her face is furrowed deep with cares,
Her hair is streaked with gray,
And rosary beads slip through the hands
The first joined mine to pray.
And though the years have dimmed those eyes
That were so lustrous fair,
‘Tis death alone can take away
The love-light shining there.
At night when kneeling down to pray
I thank our Lord above
Who was so good to give me
My Mother’s deathless love.
Mother’s Farewell to her Children
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!


My Daily Prayer
Heavenly Father, walk with me today, and grant that I may hear your footsteps and gladly follow where they lead. Talk with me today and grant that I may hear your tender voice, and quicken to its counsel. Stay with me today, and grant that I may feel Your gentle presence in all I do, say and think. Be my strength when I weaken, my courage when I fear. Help me to know that it is Your hand holding mine through all the hours of the day and when night falls, grant that I may know I rest in Your Sacred Heart.


My Dear Mother
God created Mothers and daughters, and bound them together for life.  From the days of my youth, looking up at you standing oh so tall, you were my refuge from life’s storms. You were my anchor holding me steady against life’s raging storms. Always showering me with your love and understanding, your greatest gift to me.  Your warmth and compassion, filled my heart and soul,  allowing me to proceed in life with self-confidence and inner security. Even today, you still stand oh so tall.  When I think of your gentle manner and unwavering love for family and all mankind, my heart swells with gratitude. Praise be to God, for his wonderful creations; creating Mothers and daughters like you and I.


My First Christmas in Heaven
I see the countless
Christmas trees
around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven’s stars,
reflecting on the snow
The sight is so spectacular,
please wipe away the tear
For I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs
that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can’t compare
with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you,
the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description,
to hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me,
I see the pain inside your heart.
But I am not so far away,
We really aren’t apart.
So be happy for me, dear ones,
You know I hold you dear.
And be glad I’m spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year.
I sent you each a special gift,
from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory
of my undying love.
After all, love is a gift more precious
than pure gold.
was always most important
the stories Jesus told.
Please love and keep each other,
my Father said to do.
I can’t count the blessing or love
has for each of you.
So have a Merry Christmas and
Wipe away that tear
Remember, I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year.


My Mother’s Rosary
Your beads I found, dear mother mine, In the cushion of the chair, You must have been just saying them The last time you sat there – The beads are old and shiny now, The cross shines, lovely, too How happy were these beads of love With each caress from you.
Your life was like a rosary, Mom Each day lived like a prayer, The sorrowful and the glorious And the joyful we all shared – So as we travel on the through life Send God’s blessing down to guide us, We’ll be faithful to our rosary As a family chain that binds us.


My Way
And now, the end is near; And so I face the final curtain. My friend, I’ll say it clear, I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain I’ve lived a life that’s full. I’ve traveled each and every highway; And more, much more than this, I did it my way.


Native American Prayer
I give you this one thought to keep- I am with you still – I do not sleep, I am a thousand winds that blow,  I am the diamond glints on snow,  I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle Autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not think of me as gone – I am with you still in each new dawn.


Novena Rose Prayer
O Little Theresa of the child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love. O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands… St. Theresa, help me to always believe as you did, in God’s great love for me, so that I might imitate your “Little Way” each day. -Amen.


O Gentlest Heart
O GENTLEST Heart of Jesus ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant. Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames, and do Thou O Merciful Savior send Thy angles to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light and peace.


O Take My Hand, Dear Father
O take my hand, dear Father, and lead Thou me, Till at my journey’s ending I dwell with Thee.
Alone I cannot wander one single day, So do Thou guide my footsteps on life’s rough way. O cover with Thy mercy my poor, weak heart, Lest I in joy or sorrow from Thee depart. Permit Thy child to linger here at Thy feet, Thy goodness blindly trusting with faith complete. Though oft Thy power but faintly may stir my soul, With Thee, my Light in darkness, I reach the goal. Take then my hand, dear Father, and lead Thou me, Till at my journey’s ending I dwell with Thee.


Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face, And rains fall soft upon your fields...
And until we meet again..


On Eagle’s Wings
And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His hand.


On Joy and Sorrow
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
From the book “The Prophet” Author, Kahlil Gibran


Peace My Heart
Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet. Let it not be a death but completeness. Let love melt into memory and pain into songs. Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest. Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night. Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.


Peaceful Retreat
Down a narrow hidden path Sought out by Wisdom’s eye a peaceful place of refuge calls To come rest awhile beside Listen to the waters falling over mountains steep To gently flow for endless days Through eternity’s retreat and on the far horizon
Of the never setting sun the harvest of the whitened wheat Is very nearly done as work on earth comes to a close Peace will be complete Surrounded by the beauty
Of eternity’s retreat.


Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
Poem to Christ Crucified
There He hangs – pale figure pinned against the wood.
God grant that I could love Him as I really know I should. I draw a little closer to share that love Divine and almost hear Him whisper, “Ah Foolish Child of Mine!  If I Should Now Embrace You, My Hands Would Stain You Red. And If I Leaned To Whisper The
Thorns Would Pierce Your Head.” And then I knew in silence that, Love demands a price ‘Twas then I learned that suffering is but the kiss of Christ.


Prayer of St. Francis
Lord make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me show love. Where there is injury, pardon.  Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. 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.


Promised Place
I know if it was up to you
I’d still be here today,
And I certainly will miss you all.
But I’m better off this way.
So instead of spending your time grieving
Wishing I was near,
Think only of my final peace
Without the sorrow and tears.
I would’ve liked to say, “Goodbye”
But it’s true:  Our God knows best.
It’s up to us to do our part
And let Him handle the rest.
So please, don’t focus on the scene before you,
But lift your hands in prayer
And remember all the good times we had
That go beyond compare.
And when you feel like crying
Because the realization of my absence stings,
Just close your eyes and picture
Me standing beside Him with wings.


Prayer to St. Jude
St. JUDE, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, who am so miserable; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (here make your request), and that I may bless God with the Elect throughout Eternity. - Amen

St. Jude, Apostle, martyr and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and of Joseph, intercede for us.

Psalm 121
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon they right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


Psalm 37:5
Commit thy way unto the Lord; Trust also in Him;
And He shall bring it to pass.


Psalm XXIV
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness for the God of his salvation.


Remember
Remember those who we love remain with us, In the whisper of the wind, the soft rain that falls from Heaven, In every sunrise, in every star that shines In the night sky and in every memory we hold within our hearts.


Remember Me
Remember me in quiet days, while raindrops whisper on your pane. But in your memories have no grief, let the joy we knew remain. Remember me when evening stars, look down on you with steadfast eyes.
Remember me if once you wake, to catch a glimpse of red sunrise. And when your thoughts do turn to me, know that I would not have you cry, But live for me, and laugh for me, when you are happy so am I.
Remember an old joke we shared, remember me when Spring walks by, think once of me when you are glad, and while you live, I shall not die.


Remember Me
To the living, I am gone, To the sorrowful,
I will never return,
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace, And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot speak, but I can listen.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard. So as you stand upon a shore gazing at a beautiful sea-
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity-
Remember me.
Remember me in your heart:
Your thoughts, and your memories, Of the times we loved, the times we cried, The times we fought, The times we laughed.  For if you always think of me, I will never have gone.


Remembering Our Veterans
Heavenly Father,
Thank You for America’s heroes
Who have served our country so faithfully.
We honor our veterans
For their sacrifice to our country
And for their courage and integrity. 
May every citizen realize that our country is
Better and safer because of their valiant duty.
We praise You for all veterans
Who have gone before us in eternal rest.
We especially pray for those veterans who
Made the ultimate sacrifice while
Defending our country.
Bless their families and comfort them
with the thankful prayers of a grateful nation.
Almighty God, You gave us Your only Son, Jesus.
Allow us to follow in His example and
Work to create a more loving world.
Let us not perpetrate war but safeguard peace and preserve
Your gifts of equality and freedom.
Through the efforts of our veterans,
Help us continue to
Promote justice in all nations.
We thank You for our veterans,
Past and present, and for the knowledge
That You are with us in all things.
Amen.


Resurrection prayer (short)
I am the resurrection and the Life;
he who believes in Me even if he dies, shall  live:
and whoever lives and believes in Me, shall never die.



Resurrection Prayer (Long)
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 good things you have given during our departed’s earthly life. 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.


Revelation 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.


Romans 8:38, 39
“For I am convinced, that neither death, nor life Not angels or principalities, or powers, not things present or things to come, Not height, not depth,
 
Not any other creature, shall be able to Separate us from the love of God, Which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In all these things we are more than conquerors Through Him that loves us.”


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



Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.



Sheaf of Wheat
The seeds of faith are sown in the human personality and grow into the mature faith of the Christian man or woman. The sown seed must lose its life in order that it may develop and grow and multiply. . . .So, symbolically, a sheaf of wheat is used by Christians to mark the passing of a fellow Christian. Death is not the end but the beginning of life eternal. The mature grain in the sheaf is the direct symbol of the Resurrection . . The life beyond the grave, the fulfillment of the Promises of Jesus Christ.


Soldier’s Prayer
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve, I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health, that I might do greater things, I was given infirmity, that I might do better things….I asked for riches, that I might be happy, I was given poverty, that I might be wise….I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men, I was given weakness, that I might feel the the need of God….I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life, I was given life, that I might enjoy all things….I got nothing that I asked for – but everything that I had hoped for, almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.


Spanish Bienaventurados
Bienaventurados los que sufren Porgue ellos seran consolados.
San Meto V-5 Jesus ten piedad del alma de O Piadoso Corazon de Jesus,
siempre presente en el Sagrado Sacramento, siempre lleno de amor ardiente hacia las pobres alma cautivas en el Purgatorio, ten piedad del alma de tu siervo, que ha fallecido. No seas muy severo al juzgarle, mas deja que alqunas gotas de tu Preciosa Sangre caigan sobre las llamas devoradoras y envia tus Angeles, Oh Salvador Misericordioso, para que lo conduzcan a un lugar de descanso y paz eternal


Spring Garden
So when I looked at those flowers,
I was looking at God For they bloomed in His sun and grew in His sod and each lovely flower was a “voice from above” that whispered a message of Kindness and Love for I feel in my heart, and I know you do, too, that God speaks to us all through the kind things we do And when I looked at those flowers I couldn’t help but feel that they brought heaven nearer and made God so real.


Peace Prayer
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. 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.


St. John Newman
May He support us all the day long, till 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. Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging and a Holy rest and peace at
last. – Cardinal Newman


St. Matthew 5:14-15
Ye are the light of the world.
A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle,
and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick:
and it giveth light unto all that are in house.


Stars and Stripes
The Stars and Stripes, they flew forever always in his heart.  He was loyal to his nation  and bravely did his part. Always thinking of his brother ever in his mind,
He stood for love of country and most of all, mankind.
Now gazing down with his Master through a light and heavenly cloud, he’s still looking out for all of us of whom he is so proud.


Still Missing You
They say there is a reason
They say that time will heal
But neither time nor reason
Will change the way we feel.
For no one knows the heartache
That lies behind our smiles,
No one know how many time
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
But 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 live forever.
Author Unknown


SUCCESS – Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,
To appreciate beauty,
To find the best in others,
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition,
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived
This is to have succeeded.


Taps
Day is done, gone the sun from the lake, from the hill, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Thanks and praise for our days ‘neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, ‘neath the sky.
As we go, this we know. God is nigh.


Ties that Bind
How blessed is the tie that binds Our hearts in lasting love, the comradeship of kindred minds Is like to that above. So when at last we have to part In sorrow and in pain, we know we still are joined in heart Until we meet again.


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 with tears, be happy that we had so many years. I gave 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 traveled on alone. So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It’s only for a little 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 “welcome home.”


Treasured Seasons
For everything there is  an appointed season, And a time for everything under heaven-
A time for sowing, a time for reaping; A time for sharing, a time for caring. A time for loving, a time for giving; A time for remembering, a time for parting.
You have made everything beautiful in its time for everything You do remains forever.


Trees
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.
~ Joyce Kilmer


Twenty Third Psalm (Spanish)
Jehová es mi pastor; nada me faltará. En lugares de delicados pastos me hará descansar; junto a aquas de reposo me pastoreará. Confortará mi alma; me guiará por sendas de justicia por amor de su nombre. Aunque ande en valle de sombra de muerte, no temeré mal alguno, por que tú estarás conmigo; tu vara y tu cayado me infundirán aliento. Aderezas mesa delante de mi en presencia de mis angustiadores: unges mi cabeza con aceite; mi copa está rebosando. Ciertamente el bien y la misericordia me seguirán todos los dias de mi vida, y en la casa de Jehová moraré por largos dias.


Twenty-Third Psalm
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters:
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake ...
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over ...
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever …


Two Smiling Eyes
Two smiling eyes are sleeping, two busy hands are still. The one we love so deeply is resting at God’s will. May she always walk in sunshine, God’s love around her glow. For all the happiness she gave us, only a few will ever know. It broke our hearts to lose her but she did
not go alone. For part of us went with her the day God called her home.


We Commend Our Departed
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 good things you have given during our departed’s earthly life.
O Father, in your great mercy, accept our prayers 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.


We Never Walk Alone
The time comes when those whom we have loved the longest and the best will travel far ahead into a place of joy and rest… And we must walk a lonely path through shadows for a while without a certain kindred voice, a dear, familiar smile--
Yet each day brings us nearer to horizons yet unknown
and even when they way is dark, we never walk alone,
For memories travel with us toward the happy destination where we will join our loved ones in eternal celebration.


We Remember
Remember...remember those who we love remain with us, in the whisper of the wind,
The soft rain that falls from Heaven,
In every sunrise, in every star that shines
In the night sky and in every memory we hold within our hearts.
We Remember Them
 In the rising of the sun and its going down,
We Remember Them.
In the bowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We Remember Them.
In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring.
We Remember Them.
In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
We Remember Them.
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn.
We Remember Them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We Remember Them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
We Remember Them.
When we are lost and sick of heart,
We Remember Them.
When we have joys and special celebrations we yearn to share,
We Remember Them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are part of us.
We Remember Them.
~From the Jewish Book Of Prayer~


We’ll Always Remember
That special smile That caring heart That warm embrace You always gave us.
We’ll always remember You being there.
For dad(mom) and us. Through good and bad times No matter what.
We’ll always remember You dad (mom) because There’ll never be any one
To replace you in our hearts.
And the love we will always have for you.


We Sat Beside Your Bedside
We sat beside your bedside,
Our hearts were crushed and sore;
We did our best 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.


What God Hath Promised
God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain
But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way.
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy,
Undying love…


hen I Come Home to Heaven
When I come home to Heaven
How joyful it will be!
For on that day at last
My risen Lord I’ll see.
No greater happiness than
To see Him face to face,
To see the love in His eyes
And feel His warm embrace.
I’ve done nothing to deserve
That perfect home above.
It was given freely through
The grace of Jesus’ love.
Then why should earthly cares
Weigh down upon me so?
They’ll be a distant memory
When home at last I go.


When I Leave You
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!
~ Helen Steiner Rice
 


When I’m Gone
When I’m gone, remember I’m with Jesus.
Do not grieve because I’ve passed away.
Life holds so many grief’s and disappointments, And will you weep because I did not stay?
Tis only for a spell we must be parted. Not many years on earth to us are given,
And when my Saviour tells me you are coming I’ll go with Him and welcome you to heaven. Weep not because I walk no longer with you. Remember I am walking streets of gold.
Weep for yourselves that you awhile must tarry Before the blessed Lord you may behold.
Author Unknown



With the Spirit
With the Spirit of the Righteous made perfect, give rest to the soul of Thy servant, O Savior, preserving it in the blessed life, with Thee, who loved mankind.
In the place of Thy rest, O Lord, where all of Thy saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Thy servant for Thou alone are immortal
May Christ, Our Immortal King and our God, grant to the soul of the departed, the Kingdom of heaven and the remission of sins Memory Eternal!


You Can Shed a Tear
You can shed a tear that he is gone
Or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray he’ll come back Or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him 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 him and only that he’s gone Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back Or you can do what he’d want: open your yes, smile, love, and go on.