Prayer For Blessing A Grave

O God, by Whose mercy the faithful departed find rest,
send Your holy angel to watch over this grave,
through Christ our Lord.


Lord God,
whose days are without end
and whose mercies beyond counting,
keep us mindful
that life is short and the hour of death unknown.
Let your Spirit guide our days on earth
in the ways of holiness and justice,
that we may serve you
in union with the whole Church,
sure in faith, strong in hope, perfected in love.
And when our earthly journey is ended,
lead us rejoicing into your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.

R. Amen.

Almighty and ever-living God,
remember the mercy with which you graced your servant N. in life.
Receive him (her), we pray, into the mansions of the Saints.
As we make ready our brother's (sister's) resting place,
look also with favor on those who mourn
and comfort them in their loss.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

God of endless ages,
through disobedience to your law
we fell from grace
and death entered the world;
but through the obedience and Resurrection of your Son
you revealed to us a new life.
You granted Abraham, our father in faith,
a burial place in the promised land;
you prompted Joseph of Arimathea
to offer his own tomb for the burial of the Lord.
In a spirit of repentance
we earnestly ask you
to look upon this grave and bless it,
so that, while we commit to the earth the body of your servant N.
his (her) soul may be taken into paradise.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Almighty God,
you created the earth and shaped the vault of heaven;
you fixed the stars in their places.
When we were caught in the snares of death
you set us free through Baptism;
in obedience to your will
our Lord Jesus Christ
broke the fetters of hell and rose to life,
bringing deliverance and resurrection
to those who are his by faith.
In your mercy look upon this grave,
so that your servant may sleep here in peace;
and on the day of judgment raise him (her) up
to dwell with your Saints in paradise.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

O God,
by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest,
bless this grave,
and send your holy Angel to watch over it.

As we bury here the body of our brother (sister),
deliver his (her) soul from every bond of sin,
that he (she) may rejoice in you with your Saints for ever.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Lord, listen to our prayers for our brother/sister. As he/she always desired to do your will, so in your mercy forgive whatever wrong he/she may have done. By his/her Christian faith he/she was united with all your believing people. Now, in love and mercy give him/her a place with your angels and saints. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Lord Jesus Christ, by the three days you lay in the tomb you made holy the graves of all who believe in you; and even though their bodies lie in the earth, they trust that they, like you, will rise again. Give our brother/sister peaceful rest in this grave, until that day when you, the resurrection and the life, will raise him/her up in glory.