Funeral Sentences

Settings of texts from the Burial of the Dead in the Book of Common Prayer

for Choir SATB and Organ      14’        2012

I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: 

he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 

and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 

The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Lord, thou hast been our refuge: from one generation to another.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made: 

thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.

Thou turnest man to destruction: 

again thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men. 

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday: 

seeing that is past as a watch in the night. 

For we consume away in thy displeasure: 

and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.

For when thou art angry, all our days are gone: 

we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.

O teach us to number our days: that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom

O satisfy us with thy mercy, and that soon: 

so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Comfort us now after the time that thou hast plagued us: 

and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.

Shew thy servants thy work: and their children thy glory.

And the glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us: 

prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper thou our handywork.

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.

Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. 

He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower, and never continueth in one stay.

In the midst of life we are in death: of whom may we seek for succour, 

but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased?

Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, 

deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayer; 

but spare us, Lord most holy, 

O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal, 

suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee.

I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, 

From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: 

Even so, saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labours.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word, 

for mine eyes hath seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared before the face of all people,

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.