Good Opening Prayers For Funerals

If you’re the person hosting a funeral, it’s common to be asked or expected to give some sort of opening prayer for the service. This can be daunting, particularly if you are not supposed to know the deceased or your relationship with them was not close. The good news is that there are several options and resources out there, as well as guides on how to write your own opening prayer if none of those seem perfect for your situation. How should you go about choosing one?

Good Opening Prayers For Funerals

1. Friends and family, we are gathered here today in God’s presence to commend Mary to his care, for words of comfort and strength.

Friends and family, we are gathered here today in God’s presence to commend Mary to his care, for words of comfort and strength.

For some time now, Mary has been suffering from a terminal illness that has caused her great pain. Now, at last, she rests peacefully with God. We must not be sad but rather thankful that she is no longer suffering and can be at peace in heaven with our Lord. Our hearts are broken by the loss of this dear friend but we know that one day we will see her again when our own bodies are no more. Let us celebrate her life as an example of perseverance through difficult times and may we all strive to live each day as fully as Mary did hers.

2. Lord, give us the courage to face whatever life brings to us with the knowledge that our loved one is now at rest with you.

Lord, give us the courage to face whatever life brings to us with the knowledge that our loved one is now at rest with you.

Give us the courage to face what we don’t know and can’t understand, trusting that You will guide us through this difficult time.

Give us the courage to face our past decisions and actions, knowing that You are always forgiving, always providing a way out of darkness into light.

Give us the courage to face this present moment with hope—hope in Your promises, hope in Your love for us all, hope in Your mercy and grace upon those who seek it.

3. We seek not a word of comfort, but your strength today.

When we pray, it is not to avoid action, or therapy, or medication. It is not a substitute for hugs and kind words. In fact, prayer helps us to receive those things more fully when they come our way. Prayer reminds us that we are being held right now by the One who loves us most deeply and completely—and it gives us strength to hold each other in turn when life feels overwhelming.

We pray today because this is what Jesus does: He holds us with His love even when death comes knocking at our door; He listens as we pour out all of our fears about what’s ahead; He waits patiently while we try to find the words that will bring comfort and hope during such difficult times.

4. God of all consolation, You raise the dead to life and bring hope out of despair. Look with compassion on those who mourn and receive this prayer in memory of (name). Grant that we who believe her/him to be dead may rejoice in the certainty that (s)he will come forth again through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

God of all consolation, You raise the dead to life and bring hope out of despair. Look with compassion on those who mourn and receive this prayer in memory of (name). Grant that we who believe her/him to be dead may rejoice in the certainty that (s)he will come forth again through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

God, You are the one who raises up kings and brings down rulers: ungoverned nations cannot stand before you. But you will give grace to the humble and honor to those whose steps are guided by justice; for your name’s sake make me an instrument of your peace.

5. Dear Lord, as I stand before you today I ask for your strength and wisdom. May my words bring comfort to those who are grieving and may they celebrate the life of (name). Please fill my thoughts and guide my tongue so that I may speak your truth and bring honor to your holy name. Amen.

Dear Lord, as I stand before you today I ask for your strength and wisdom. May my words bring comfort to those who are grieving, may they celebrate the life of (name). Please fill my thoughts and guide my tongue so that I may speak your truth and bring honor to your holy name. Amen.

God is the source of all comfort; God is the source of all wisdom; God is the source of all truth; God is the source of all honor; but more than anything else, He is a Father who loves His children and wants them to know Him better each day!

6. Comforting God, Our hearts still ache in sadness And secret tears still flow What it meant to lose you No one will ever know

“Comforting God, our hearts still ache in sadness. And secret tears still flow What it meant to lose you. No one will ever know.”

God, we are gathered here today to commend Mary to your care. Lord, give us the courage to face whatever life brings to us with the knowledge that our loved one is now at rest with you. We seek not a word of comfort, but your strength today through this difficult time.”

Closing

I hope that you are having a wonderful week. We are excited to welcome guests to The Daily Post, with this post being the first in our series of posts for National Funeral Month. For the next few months, we will be covering subjects related to funerals and grief, and today, we are bringing you a few ideas for how to start and end your day as you prepare for your upcoming funeral.

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