this week one of your saints died.
She would not have claimed the name saint,
but that's what she was --
Her life, a witness to you and your love.
you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress;
draw near to us who mourn,
and dry the tears of those who weep.
You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend;
comfort us in our sorrow.
You raised the dead to life;
give to our beloved eternal life.
You promised paradise to the repentant thief;
bring us all to the joys of heaven.
Washed in baptism
and anointed with the Holy Spirit,
give us fellowship with all your saints.
Nourished at your table on earth,
welcome us at your table in the heavenly kingdom.
she has fought the good fight;
she has finished the race;
she has kept the faith.
Receive her into your eternal embrace,
the same embrace that brought her into life,
the same grace that breathed her first and her last breath.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.