The Parish of St. Paul, Oldham

Prayers at the Time of Death

This service is intended to be used when a minister from the parish is not able to be present.

It can be used on a mobile phone or tablet, or printed out.

Everyone joins in with the words in bold.

The words in italic are instructions - not intended to be read.

In the prayer N. indicates the name of the person who is dying.

The music is entirely optional.

The Lord's my Shepherd
The Lord's My Shepherd (Vicar of Dibley)
The Preparation

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,

his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3.22,23

The Lord's Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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 thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

Confession

In a moment of silence, we confess our sins to Almighty God

A moment of silence

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Absolution

May almighty God have mercy on you,

forgive you your sins,

and bring you to everlasting life.

Amen.

Opening Prayer

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Blessed be God for ever.

Prayers may be said

Romans 8.31-39

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,

‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8.31-end

Words of Faith

Holy God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

I trust you,

I believe in you,

I love you.

The Prayers

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Laying on Hands

Those present are invited to gently lay their hands on the dying person.

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

I/we lay my/our hands on you, N.

May the Lord in his mercy and love uphold you

by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit.

May he deliver you from all evil,

give you light and peace,

and bring you to everlasting life.

Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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 thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Commendation

These words are said to the person who is dying:

N, go forth from this world:

in the love of God the Father who created you,

in the mercy of Jesus Christ who redeemed you,

in the power of the Holy Spirit who strengthens you.

May the heavenly host sustain you

and the company of heaven enfold you.

In communion with all the faithful,

may you dwell this day in peace.

Amen.

This prayer is said:

Gracious God,

nothing in death or life,

nothing in the world as it is,

nothing in the world as it shall be,

nothing in all creation

can separate us from your love.

Jesus commended his spirit into your hands at his last hour.

Into those same hands we now commend your servant N,

that dying to the world and cleansed from sin,

death may be for him/her the gate to life

and to eternal fellowship with you;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The Song of Simeon

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: ♦
your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

A light to reveal you to the nations ♦
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen

The Blessing

May the eternal God

bless and keep us,

guard our bodies,

save our souls

and bring us safe to the heavenly country,

our eternal home,

where Father, Son, and Holy Spirit reign,

one God for ever and ever.

Amen.

Do not be afraid