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Office for the Faithful Departed

With the Weekly Prayers for The Guild of All Souls

Office for the Faithful Departed

Antiphon:

Officiant

I will walk in the presence of the LORD *

People

in the land of the living.

Psalm 116:1–8

1 I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, * because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

2 The cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me; * I came to grief and sorrow.

3 Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: * “O LORD, I pray you, save my life.”

4 Gracious is the LORD and righteous; * our God is full of compassion.

5 The LORD watches over the innocent; * I was brought very low, and he helped me.

6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul. * for the LORD has treated you well.

7

For you have rescued my life from death, * my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.

8 I will walk in the presence of the LORD * in the land of the living.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord: * and let light perpetual shine upon them.

Ant.: I will walk in the presence of the LORD * in the land of the living.

Ant.: The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, * from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills; * from where is my help to come?

2 My help comes from the LORD, * the maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved * and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.

4 Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel * shall neither slumber nor sleep;

5

The LORD himself watches over you; * the LORD is your shade at your right hand,

6 So that the sun shall not strike you by day, * nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; * it is he who shall keep you safe.

8 The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, * from this time forth for evermore.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord: * and let light perpetual shine upon them.

Ant.: The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, * from this time forth for evermore.

Ant.: If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, * O LORD, who could stand?

Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; * let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

2 If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, * O LORD, who could stand?

3

For there is forgiveness with you; * therefore you shall be feared.

4 I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; * in his word is my hope.

5 My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, * more than watchmen for the morning.

6 O Israel, wait for the LORD, * for with the LORD there is mercy;

7 With him there is plenteous redemption, * and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord: * and let light perpetual shine upon them.

Ant.: If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, * O LORD, who could stand?

The Lessons

Lamentations 3:22–26, 31–33

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. For the Lord will not reject forever. Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Ant.: All that the Father gives me will come to me, * and anyone who comes to me I will never turn away.

The Song of Mary

Luke 1:46–55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; * for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: * the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him * in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, * he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, * and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel, * for he has remembered his promise of mercy, The promise he made to our fathers, * to Abraham and his children for ever.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord: * and let light perpetual shine upon them.

Ant.: All that the Father gives me will come to me, * and anyone who comes to me I will never turn away.

Magnificat

John 10:11–16

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Ant.: All that the Father gives me will come to me, * and anyone who comes to me I will never turn away.

The Song of Simeon

Luke 2:29–32

Nunc dimittis

Lord, you now have set your servant free * to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * whom you have prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of your people Israel.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord: * and let light perpetual shine upon them.

Ant.: All that the Father gives me will come to me, * and anyone who comes to me I will never turn away.

The Lord’s Prayer

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. Amen.

Officiant

O Lord, hear our prayer.

People

And let our cry come unto you.

Officiant

The Lord be with you.

People

And also with you.

Officiant

Let us pray.

For the Increase of the Guild

GRANT, Almighty God, to the Guild of All Souls such an increase of members as shall best enable Your servants to accomplish the work You have set before them, and whether we be many or few, grant us so to live here upon earth that hereafter we may come to joys everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Dying

ALMIGHTY and ever-living God, the Preserver of Souls, You chasten those whom You love, and correct everyone whom You receive; we implore You to look mercifully on all those who are now in their last agony and who are at the point of death. May they be presented before You by the hands of the holy Angels and admitted to the fellowship of Your Saints and elect, so that no defilement of the flesh may hurt them; but let Your pity and compassion absolve them from all their offenses, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Departed

O LORD Jesus Christ, you put death under Your feet, destroyed the power of the devil, and gave Your life for the world: grant rest, O Lord, to all the Faithful Departed,

especially to all departed members of the Guild of All Souls, particularly those being prayed for in our Chantry Work and

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)*,

for those whom we remember at this time especially

(…

)**,

and those being prayed for at this time by members of

the Guild in other lands: bring them, we pray, to that promised place of light and refreshment, where pain and sorrow and sighing are driven away; and in Your goodness and mercy pardon every sin committed by them in thought, word and deed; Who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

*Here insert the names of our departed Guild Members for the week ** Members of the congregation may add names to be remembered, either silently or aloud

O

GOD, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful: grant

to

the souls of your servants the remission of all their sins; that

through devout supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

V: Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord:

R: And let light perpetual shine upon them. V: May their souls, + and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Angelus

The angel of the Lord announced unto Mary. And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:

blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:

blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

And the Word was made flesh. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:

blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God:

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. We beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his Cross and Passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Regina Coeli

O Queen of Heaven, be joyful, alleluia.

Because he whom so meetly thou barest, alleluia.

Hath arisen, as he promised, alleluia. Pray for us to the Father, alleluia.

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.

Let us pray.

O God, who, by the resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ, didst

vouchsafe to give gladness unto the world: grant, we beseech thee, that we, being helped by the prayers of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, may attain unto the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Patron of the Guild of All Souls

O Most Merciful God, we earnestly ask for your mercy, that as we

venerate St. Michael, your most blessed Archangel, as the Patron of this Guild, so our prayers may be presented to you by his hand; and that as you have set upon him a crown of holy perfection, so you would grant us pardon and forgiveness of all our sins, and when we

finish our earthly pilgrimage, would admit us to the joys of Paradise,

to praise you there with all your Holy Angels and Saints, for ever and

ever. Amen.

A Monthly Litany for the Faithful Departed

to be said on the fourth Monday of each month after the Office

The Officiant and the People kneel.

Officiant Lord, have mercy upon us.

People

Officiant Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy upon us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy upon us. God the Holy Spirit, our Strengthener, Have mercy upon us. Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God, Have mercy upon us. From all evil, Good Lord, deliver them. From your wrath Good Lord, deliver them. From the strictness of your Justice, Good Lord, deliver them. From the gnawing worm of conscience, Good Lord, deliver them.

From weeping and gnashing of teeth, Good Lord, deliver them. From eternal anguish, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Incarnation, Good Lord, deliver them. By your holy Birth and your sweetest Name, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Baptism and Holy Fasting, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Humility and Obedience, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Poverty and Meekness, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Love and Compassion, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Pains and Anguish, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Bloody Sweat, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Scourging, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Crowning with Thorns, Good Lord, deliver them.

By your Cross and Passion, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Sacred Wounds, Good Lord, deliver them. By your Bitter Death, Good Lord, deliver them. By your glorious Resurrection, Good Lord, deliver them. By your wonderful Ascension, Good Lord, deliver them. By the coming of the Holy Spirit, Good Lord, deliver them. In the Day of Judgment, Good Lord, deliver them. We sinners beseech you to hear us, who did pardon Mary Magdalene, We beseech you to hear us, good Lord. Who did hear the prayer of the publican, We beseech you to hear us, good Lord. Who have the keys of death and hell, We beseech you to hear us, good Lord. That you would deliver the Faithful Departed from all the penalties of sin, We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would refresh and enlighten the souls of our parents, relations, and benefactors, We beseech you to hear us, good Lord. That you would have mercy on the souls who are forgotten on earth, We beseech you to hear us, good Lord. That you would cleanse them, and be gracious to them all, We beseech you to hear us, good Lord. That you would fulfill their desires, We beseech you to hear us, good Lord. That you would bring them into the company of the Blessed, We beseech you to hear us, good Lord. King of tremendous Majesty, We beseech you to hear us, good Lord. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

Grant them rest. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

Grant them eternal rest. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

Have mercy upon them.

The Officiant concludes with the following Let us pray.

We beseech you, O Lord, to grant perpetual light to the souls of your servants; that their faith and hope in you may avail to their eternal salvation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.