BURIAL OF THE DEAD 149
To understand this funeral rite you may only remember some words by Christ: "You are all Gods" (Joh 10.34)"I and the Father are one" (John 10, 30) "When you know your Selves then you will be known and you will be aware that you are the sons of the Living Father" (The Gospel of Thomas 3.9) Christ did then preach such old "Monism", that our innermost Self is identical with the eternal God and before time and space, that our temporary incarnations can be named e. g. "Sons" of the "Father" or of the "Spirit" which he names our heavenly "Mother" (The Gospel according to the Hebrews) and that we because of our inmost identity with the Eternal do return to the eternal origin after having perfected this pilgrimage. Compare the Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians 1,4. about our pre-existence and predestinated happiness. With this background will all our incarnations and death look as new steps with new chances on a path to more and more manifested divinity.
A fire burning above the coffin may symbolise the eternal Self which survives the death of all bodies.
(( There are many other funeral rites which are dualistic in the sense believing that we, and God are TWO and can never be ONE, that even our innermost Self, is created , not immortal, that a God outside us will make only some created souls happy in a created heaven. Be free to compare different funerals.)
P: IN THE NAME OF GOD,
THE FATHER, + THE SON AND THE HOLY GHOST,
(OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER)
P (turns to the people and says:) Brethren and sisters
We are met together here to-day to celebrate the passing into a higher life of our dear brother (sister) N N It is but natural that we who have known and love him /her/ should regret his (her) departure from amongst us, yet on this occasion it is our duty to think not of ourselves, but of him (her). Therefore must we endeavour to lay aside the thought of our personal loss and dwell only upon his (her) great and most glorious gain. To this end I will call upon You to join with me in the recitation ( or singing) of the Te Deum
( or part of the Twenty-third psalm)
TE DEUM LAUDAMUS
(Antiphon) Christ in you is the secret eternal Fire: and the highest wisdom of the heavens
1/ We praise Thee O God; we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord
2/ All the earth doth worship thee; the Father everlasting
3/ To Thee all angels sing aloud; the heavens and all the powers therein
4/ To Thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry
5/ Holy, Holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts;
6/ Heaven and earth are full of the majesty: of Thy glory.
7/ The glorious company of the apostles: praise Thee
8/ The goodly fellowship of the prophets: praise Thee
9/ The noble army of martyrs: praise Thee.
10/ The holy Church and religions throughout all the world: do acknowledge Thee;
11/ The Father: of an infinite majesty
12/ Thine honourable, true: and all-embracing Son
13/ Also the Holy Ghost. The comforting Mother of us all
14 Thou art "the King of glory": O Christ
15 Thou art the everlasting Son: of the Father
16/ Thou sittest at the right hand of God: in the glory of the Father
17/ Thou art alpha and omega: the first and last of all.
18/ Offspring and root of saints: Thou bright and morning star
19/ Day by day: we magnify Thee;
20/ And we worship Thy Name; ever world without end
21/ Thou who from Both dost come: O God the Holy Ghost
22/ Thee, too, O Paraclete; we worship and adore
23/ Thou art the fount of life : the living Fire of love
24/ Three in one, most holy God
25/ Co-equal, co-eternal; before beginning and without an end
26/ We Thy children live in Thee: and all we have is Thine
27/ We bless Thee, we magnify Thee: most joyously we serve Thee.
28/ O mighty, glorious Trinity: let all the worlds praise Thee.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: world without end. Amen
/Antiphon) Christ in you is the secret eternal Fire: and the highest wisdom of the heavens
PSALM 23 (can even be placed after invocation)
(Antiphon) The Lord in all is Alpha and Omega , is before time and space
and is our eternal Self
1 The Lord is my Shepherd: therefore can I lack nothing
for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to our Mother, the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be , world without end. Amen
(Antiphon) The Lord in all is Alpha and Omega, is before time and space
and is our eternal Self
(P encompasses the body and sprinkles it with holy water thrice on either side
P O INNERMOST LORD, YOU GRANT HIM (HER) REST IN THE ETERNAL
C YOU LET YOUR LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE MORE
AND MORE IN HIM (HER)
P HAIL ANGELS OF THE LORD IN HIM (HER)
WHO COME FORTH TO MEET HIM (HER)
C THANKS SAINTS OF GOD,
WHO RECEIVE HIM (HER) IN YOUR FELLOWSHIP
(P encompasses the body and censes it thrice on either side)
P HAIL CHOIRS OF ANGELS WHO RECEIVE HIM (HER)
C THANKS TO YOU WHO GUIDE HIM (HER) INTO ETERNAL PEACE
P REST IN THE ETERNAL DO YOU GRANT HIM (HER)
O INNERMOST LORD
C AND YOUR PERPETUAL LIGHT WILL SHINE MORE AND MORE
CLEAR IN HIM (HER)
P O GOD IN WHOSE UNSPEAKABLE LOVE THE SOULS OF THE
DEPARTED FIND REST AND PEACE
IN THY NAME WE + ABSOLVE FROM EVERY BOND OF SIN
THY SERVANT WHO HAS CAST OFF THIS GARMENT OF FLESH.
THANKS THAT YOUR HOLY ANGELS BEAR HIM (HER)
IN THEIR TENDER CARE, THAT HE (SHE) NOW SHALL ENTER THE
BRIGHTNESS OF THE EVERLASTING LIGHT
AND FIND HIS (HER) PEACE IN THEE,
THROUGH CHRIST, THE LORD WHO IS OUR INNERMOST
P THE LORD IN YOU IS BLESSING + ALL
C AND IN YOU IS THE SPIRIT - BLESSING + ALL
P LET US CONTEMPLATING PRAY
OUR LIFE IN VISIBLE BODIES AND OUR LIFE AFTER
THE DEATH OF THESE BODIES.
You hold all Thy Children in the everlasting arms of Thy love.
We bless Thee + who give peace and repose to those who are dead unto the world yet ever living unto Thee and who shall find perfect consummation of happiness and peace in continued and unceasing service, through Christ in us.
P Likewise, O Lord, do we bless + those who love thy children who leave us, those whom Thou called to sacrifice the solace of his (her) earthly presence:
We thank you O Lord You will comfort them with the balm of Thy loving-kindness, that , strengthened by thee and resting upon the surety of Thy wisdom, they may put aside their thought of sorrow and grief and pour out upon him (her) only such thoughts of love as may help him (her) in the higher life of service to which Thou has now called him (her), through Christ, the innermost Lord within all
P O GOD INNERMOST IN ALL, WHO IN THY PROVIDENCE HAST APPOINTED A WONDROUS MINISTRY OF ANGELS, WE THANK YOU FOR HALLOWING THIS
GRAVE (or ground or funeral..)
LETTING YOUR HOLY ANGELS
FROM HEAVEN + BLESS AND SANCTIFY IT
THROUGH CHRIST, THE LORD IN ALL
P Forasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God of immense love to take back to our heavenly Home our dear brother (sister) hence departed, we therefore commit this his (her) cast-off body to be consumed by fire ( or to the ground) (or to the sea)
EARTH TO EARTH, ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST
(earth, or ash is thrown on the coffin)
that in the more glorious spiritual body which now you shall wear you may be free from earthly limitations to serve the divine Self as we ought
For I say unto you: Blessed are the dead in the Lord; for they are in the hands of God
In the sight of the unwise they seem to die, and their departure is taken for misery, and their
going from us to be utter destruction; but they reach peace.
For the divine Self is immortal and it is only its bodies which die
and are renewed until perfection.
Our eternal brings forth our heavenly nature as a heavenly child
which creates our human nature as an image of its own divinity until we
are called back from our roles here to our heavenly home, to the uncreated eternity
P THE GOD which is our innermost sitteth above the water-flood.
The GOD remaineth our King and Queen with human similes.
The universe is our divine temple; wisdom, strength and beauty are about the throne as pillars of the work. For God is infinite wisdom, omnipotent strength and the divine beauty
shines through the whole universe in order an symmetry
The heavens are stretched forth as a canopy. The earth is a divine footstool.
God crowns the universal temple with stars as with a diadem.
From Godīs hand flows all power and glory
Sun and moon are messenger of Godīs will and all Godīs law is concord.
When we ascend up into heavens God is there.
If we go down to help into some hell God is there also
If we take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea
even there also God shall lead us . In the mighty care of God do we rest in perfect peace In the care of God rests this our loved one,
whom God has designed to draw nearer to the vision of eternal beauty
Ever praising God therefore in firm but humble confidence we invoke and say
O Thou light in our innermost in whom is no darkness
We will open our human hearts for calm and peace
And open in us the eyes of the soul that we may see by faith the radiance and the glory
That Thou art pouring upon us Thy children.
For thou ever givest us far more tan we can ask or think,
and it is only through our feebleness and faithlessness that we ever need crave
anything from thine omnipotence.
But Thou knowest well the weakness of our human heart and
in Thy limitless love Thou will make allowance for our human love
when we invoke heavenly blessing and eternal rest unto this our dear brother (sister) and that light perpetual may shine upon him (her)
We thank Thee that in thy loving providence thou has drawn him (her) from the unreal
towards the real. from the darkness of earth into Thy glorious light, through the gates of death into a splendour beyond our comprehension. Our loving thought shall follow and surround him (her) Your angels take this our gift of thought imperfect though it be and touch it with the heavenly fire of thy love so that it may become for him (her) a guardian angel to help him (her) on the upwards way. Thus through Thy lovingkindness may we in deep humility and reverence become fellow.-workers with thy boundless power and may our weakness be supported by Thine infinite strength that we with this our dearly-beloved brother (sister) may in due time attain unto the wisdom of the Spirit who with the Father and the Son liveth and reigneth, God , throughout all ages of ages
P + The souls of all the departed shall rest in peace through the Love of God
P + The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost shall be with us all evermore
Special form for exceptional cases and changes may be chosen by P and relatives
At Requiem Eucharist may several parts be substituted