A Morning Prayer for the deceased

How blest are those who have died in the Lord. Let them rest from their labours,
Let them rest for their good works go with them, For their good works go with them.

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,
And let perpetual light shine on them
May they rest in peace. May they rest in peace.
May they rest in peace. May they rest in peace.


O God, come to our aid: O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.


we sit for the psalm

Psalm 129

From the depths I call to you. Listen, Lord, and hear my pleading.
Come to me and I shall give you rest.

Love and mercy flow from you, Lord of life and kind redeemer
Come to me and I shall give you rest.

In the dark I hope for you, you are light of new day dawning
Come to me and I shall give you rest.

Weak and frail we come to you, God of love and new beginning
Come to me and I shall give you rest.


Let us pray

God, you loved the world so much that you gave us your Son.
May you recognise the face of your Son
in our brothers and sisters who have gone before us –
see in them what you see in your Son.
Forgive, heal and transform them through Christ our Lord.

Mass continues with the Collect


Gospel verse
Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.
God loved the world so much He gave us his only Son
that all who believe in him may have eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.



Intercessions: ending with

May the souls of the faithful departed
Through the mercy of God rest in peace, rest in peace.

As we prepare the gifts we sing:

Remember those, O Lord, who in your peace have died
yet may not gain love’s high reward till love is purified.
With you they faced death’s night, sealed with your victory sign;
soon may the splendour of your light on them for ever shine.

Sanctus Memorial Agnus


This is the bread come down from heaven;
Whoever eats of it will never die.
This is the cup of eternal life;
Whoever drinks of it will live for ever.

After Communion we sing a verse of the Benedictus (verse 5)

For all our sins will freely be forgiven,
the heart of God pours loving- kindness forth,
God comes to us like dawn comes to the sky
bringing true light, where darkness once prevailed.
So all who live in fear of death’s dark shadow,
God will now guide into the way of peace.


A concluding blessing

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm;
and may he lead us to eternal life.




Please click on the file below to access a pdf of the text of this short Morning Prayer before Mass (extracted from a set of 13 Morning Prayers):