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At the request of those who cannot be with Bill (commonmass) in person today, this is an online service for those who wish to pay their respects for Terun and to offer comfort to Bill.

As Bill is so deeply liturgical in the expression of his faith, I thought a service that closely follows the one in the cathedral would be appropriate.

In consideration of those with low bandwidth or other local limits, music is linked rather than embedded. You can open them in another tab and let them fully load before beginning the service to allow them to play at the given time if you wish.

The Burial of the Dead


Hymn: “Guide me, O thou great Jehovah”

All stand as the following anthem is sung or said.

I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.
Whoever has faith in me shall have life,
even though he die.
And everyone who has life,
and has committed himself to me in faith,
shall not die for ever.

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth.
After my awaking, he will raise me up;
and in my body I shall see God.
I myself shall see, and my eyes behold him
who is my friend and not a stranger.

For none of us has life in himself,
and none becomes his own master when he dies.
For if we have life, we are alive in the Lord,
and if we die, we die in the Lord.
So, then, whether we live or die,
we are the Lord's possession.

Happy from now on
are those who die in the Lord!
So it is, says the Spirit,
for they rest from their labors.

When all are in place, the Celebrant may address the congregation,
acknowledging briefly the purpose of the gathering, and bidding their
prayers for the deceased and the bereaved.

The Celebrant then says

    The Lord be with you.
People      And also with you.
Celebrant     Let us pray.

Silence may be kept; after which the Celebrant says the Collect

Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our
understanding: Deal graciously with Bill and Terun's family in their grief.
Surround them with your love, that they may not be
overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your
goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The people sit. One or more of the following passages from Holy Scripture is read. If
there is to be a Communion, a passage from the Gospel always concludes
the Readings.

The Liturgy of the Word

Isaiah 62:1-4

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.

Psalm 31, verses 1-5

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.

Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.

You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,

take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.

Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

The Gospel

Then, all standing, the Deacon or Minister appointed reads the Gospel,
first saying

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
People      Glory to you, Lord Christ.

John 14:1-6

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.

And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

At the end of the Gospel, the Reader says

    The Gospel of the Lord.
People      Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Words of Remembrance      Dean Shambaugh

The service continues with the Prayers of the People.

For our brother Terun, let us pray to our Lord Jesus
Christ who said, "I am Resurrection and I am Life."

Lord, you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress; draw
near to us who mourn for Terun, and dry the tears of those who
Hear us, Lord.

You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend; comfort us in
our sorrow.
Hear us, Lord.

You raised the dead to life; give to our brother Terun eternal
Hear us, Lord.

You promised paradise to the thief who repented; bring our
brother Terun to the joys of heaven.
Hear us, Lord.

Our brother Terun was washed in Baptism and anointed
with the Holy Spirit; give him fellowship with all your saints.
Hear us, Lord.

He was nourished with your Body and Blood; grant him a
place at the table in your heavenly kingdom.
Hear us, Lord.

Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our brother
Terun; let our faith be our consolation, and eternal life our

Silence may be kept. The Celebrant concludes with the following prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you our brother Terun,
who was reborn by water and the Spirit in Holy Baptism.
Grant that his death may recall to us your victory over death,
and be an occasion for us to renew our trust in your Father's
love. Give us, we pray, the faith to follow where you have led
the way; and where you live and reign with the Father and
the Holy Spirit, to the ages of ages.  Amen.

Hymn: “Love divine, all loves excelling”



At this point, the folks gathered at the cathedral will share communion. We here online though are separated by such immense distances of space (and perhaps even more of faith or practice) that we cannot directly join them. I invite you therefore to give thanks for the life of Terun, for the love that Terun and Bill shared, and for the support that the families and their friends are sharing now. Ask in your own way that Bill and those who loved Terun may find solace.

The Celebrant says

    The Lord be with you.
People      And also with you.
Celebrant      Let us pray.

Celebrant and People

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
   your kingdom come,
   your will be done,
   on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
   as we forgive those
   who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
   and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
   and the glory are yours,
   now and for ever. Amen.

Pie Jesu by Fauré (words and translation)

The Commendation

Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more,
neither sighing, but life everlasting.

You only are immortal, the creator and maker of mankind;
and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and to earth shall we
return.  For so did you ordain when you created me, saying,
"You are dust, and to dust you shall return." All of us go down
to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia.

Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more,
neither sighing, but life everlasting.

The Celebrant, facing the body, says

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your
servant Terun. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of
your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your
own redeeming.  Receive him into the arms of your mercy,
into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the
glorious company of the saints in light.  Amen.

As the body is borne from the church, a hymn, or one or more of these
anthems may be sung or said.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death,
and giving life to those in the tomb.

The Sun of Righteousness is gloriously risen, giving light to
those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death.

The Lord will guide our feet into the way of peace, having
taken away the sin of the world.

Christ will open the kingdom of heaven to all who believe in
his Name, saying, Come, O blessed of my Father; inherit the
kingdom prepared for you.

Into paradise may the angels lead you.  At your coming may
the martyrs receive you, and bring you into the holy city

Hymn: I'll Praise My Maker (words)

The Committal At The Grave

The following is sung or said

Everyone the Father gives to me will come to me;
I will never turn away anyone who believes in me.

He who raised Jesus Christ from the dead
will also give new life to our mortal bodies
through his indwelling Spirit.

My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;
my body also shall rest in hope.

You will show me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Then, while earth is cast on upon the coffin, the Celebrant says these words

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life
through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty
God our brother Terun, and we commit his body to the ground;
earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.  The Lord bless
him and keep him, the Lord make his face to shine upon him
and be gracious to him, the Lord lift up his countenance upon
him and give him peace.  Amen.

Other prayers may be added.

Then may be said

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon him.

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

The Celebrant dismisses the people with these words

    Alleluia.  Christ is risen.
People      The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.
Celebrant      Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People         Thanks be to God.

Note from The Book of Common Prayer:

The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised.

The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, 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."

This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death.  Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend.  So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.

llbear is hosting a new diary, Terun Sabre Weed: the Post Funeral Gathering and especially invites you to share pictures, flowers and music.

Originally posted to Wee Thoughts on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Anglican Kossacks.

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