Mary Bradley: in this time of lockdown, there can only be a short service for Mary at the Lynn Crematorium.  Numbers are restricted just now because of the pandemic. but we will have a Mass for Mary when the lockdown is over and things are back to normal.  Fr Gerry will say Mass for Mary tomorrow morning at 10.00 but naturally the choir cannot gather for it. We can be united in spirit as at the service in the Lynn.  I print that service below and add some of the music.    You can hear Mary singing Psalm 115 which she recorded at Pluscarden Abbey.  She enjoyed being one of the singers, and she worked so hard for us, and did so much.  We miss her, but know that she will be happy and fulfilled now in the company of the saints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We sing:

Just as Jesus died and rose,
So those who sleep in him will be restored by God.
As in Adam all have died, so all will live in Christ, will live in Christ.
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.

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The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And with your spirit.

Sprinkling with holy water (The water reminds us of our baptism and of the hope of eternal life.)

Brothers and sisters,
we believe that the ties of friendship and affection which unite us in this life
are not destroyed by death.
Confident that God remembers the good we have done
and forgives our sins,
let us ask him to gather Mary to himself.

Let us pray

Lord, in grief we turn to you..
Are you not the God of love always ready to hear our cries.
Listen to our prayers for Mary whom you have called out of this world:
lead her to your kingdom of light and peace
and count her among the saints in glory.

A reading from the Book of the Apocalypse  21:1–6

I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy city, and the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, ‘You see this city? Here God lives among men. He will make his home among them; they shall be his people, and he will be their God; his name is God-with-them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness. The world of the past has gone.’

Psalm 115:   The blessing Cup that we bless is a communion with Christ.

How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me?
The cup of salvation I will raise, I will call on his name.
The blessing Cup that we bless is a communion with Christ.

Precious in the eyes of the Lord  is the death of his faithful.
Your servant, Lord, your servant I, You have loosened my bonds.
The blessing Cup that we bless is a communion with Christ.

A sacrifice of thanks I make to him, I will call on his name.
My vows to the Lord I will fulfill in the assembly of God.
The blessing Cup that we bless is a communion with Christ.

 

 

We sing:  Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.
If we have died with Christ then we shall live with him,
if we hold firm then we shall reign with him.
Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 24:13–16. 28–35

On the first day of the week, two of the disciples were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him.

When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening,’ they said, ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recog- nised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’

They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, ‘Yes it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.

 

Short reflection

 

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For Mary who in baptism was given the pledge of eternal life;
that she may be at peace with her husband Hugh, and with her family and friends who have gone before her, in the kingdom of God
Lord, hear us.

For Mary, who met the Lord so devotedly in the breaking of bread; that she may now be raised up to the fulness of resurrection and life.
Lord, hear us

For her family and friends, all who have been good to her,
and all who mourn.  Lord, hear us

For all of us gathered here today in affection and esteem for Mary.
May we be encouraged by her life to grow in faith, hope and love.
Lord, hear us

For all who are affected by disease, violence, war, or neglect.
That God may turn all our hearts to compassion and give them the support that they need.
Lord, hear us

Our Father  . . . . . . . .

Commendation and Farewell


Priest:  Before we go our separate ways, we take leave of Mary.
May our farewell express affection for her,
May it ease our sadness and strengthen our hope.
One day we shall joyfully greet her again
When the love of Christ, which conquers all things,
Destroys even death itself.

We sprinkle Mary’s coffin with holy water, the sign of baptism & the hope of eternal life

Receive her soul, receive her soul, & present her to God the Most High.
Saints of God come to her aid.  Hasten to meet her Angels of the Lord

May Christ who called you, take you to himself. May angels lead you to Abraham’s side.
Receive her soul…..

Eternal Rest give unto her O Lord, And let perpetual light shine upon her.
Receive her soul…..

 

Let us pray

Into your hands, Father of mercies,
We commend our sister Mary
in the sure and certain hope
that together with all who have died in Christ,
she will rise with him to the fulness of life

Merciful Lord, turn towards us and listen to our prayers:
open the gates of Paradise to your servant
and help us who remain
to comfort one another and to grow in faith, hope and love
until we all meet in Christ and are with you and Mary for ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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 her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on her.
May she rest in peace.  May she rest in peace.
May she rest in peace.  May she rest in peace.

Copyrights:  Psalm 115 (b) : Words  taken from The Psalms : A New Translation published by William Collins & Co Ltd  (c) The Grail Music Gerry Fitzpatrick (c) Kevin Mayhew. Receive her soul: music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick.  How blest are those: (c) Noel Donnelly. Material reproduced under One Licence A-633262 and CCL lic no: 74396