Obituaries

Julia Boyd
B: 1943-04-07
D: 2020-10-25
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Boyd, Julia
Lillian Accordino
B: 1934-11-12
D: 2020-10-21
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Accordino, Lillian
Brent Denney
B: 1964-05-30
D: 2020-10-13
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Denney, Brent
Eugenia Byrd
B: 1931-09-27
D: 2020-10-06
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Byrd, Eugenia
Claudette Fortune
B: 1948-06-11
D: 2020-10-06
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Fortune, Claudette
John Kotansky
B: 1939-01-26
D: 2020-10-05
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Kotansky, John
Domenick Giordano
B: 1924-02-05
D: 2020-10-04
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Giordano, Domenick
Ida Stretch
B: 1932-01-01
D: 2020-09-30
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Stretch, Ida
Sheri Nelson
B: 1960-09-27
D: 2020-09-30
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Nelson, Sheri
Millicent Gruhle
B: 1947-07-09
D: 2020-09-27
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Gruhle, Millicent
Barbara Nicolosi
B: 1940-07-21
D: 2020-09-27
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Nicolosi, Barbara
George Henry
B: 1938-10-15
D: 2020-09-24
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Henry, George
ShaRae Conti
B: 1976-09-08
D: 2020-09-24
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Conti, ShaRae
Christian Eckert
B: 1944-10-13
D: 2020-09-24
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Eckert, Christian
John Taylor
B: 1956-04-09
D: 2020-09-21
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Taylor, John
Armond Dunn
B: 1928-08-11
D: 2020-09-19
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Dunn, Armond
Samuel Dieudonne
B: 1979-10-08
D: 2020-09-16
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Dieudonne, Samuel
Manfred Somers
B: 1934-11-03
D: 2020-09-15
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Somers, Manfred
William Joyner
B: 1946-08-17
D: 2020-09-15
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Joyner, William
Nancy Williford
B: 1948-12-12
D: 2020-09-15
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Williford, Nancy
Ronald Pilatsky
B: 1942-06-20
D: 2020-09-15
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Pilatsky, Ronald

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When I'm Gone

When I come to the end of my journey, and I travel my last weary mile,
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned, and remember only the smile.
Forget unkind words I have spoken; Remember some good I have done,
Forget that I ever had heartache, and remember I've had loads of fun.
Forget that I've stumbled and blundered, and sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I have fought some hard battles, and won, ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going, I would not have you sad for a day.

 

Come to Me

God saw you were getting tired, And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you, And whispered, "Come to Me."
With tearful eyes we watched you, And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

 

Do Not Stand

Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond's gift of snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the autumn's gentle rain,
When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.

 

Remember Me

Remember me when flowers bloom early in the spring
Remember me on sunny days in the fun that summer brings
Remember me in the fall as you walk through leaves of gold
And remember me in the wintertime in the stories that are told
But most of all remember Each day, right from the start
I will be forever near For I live within your heart

 

Footprints

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Scenes from my life flashed across the sky.  In each, I noticed footprints
in the sand.  Sometimes there were two sets of footprints; other times there was only one.  During the lowest time of my life I could see only one set of footprints so I said, "Lord, you promised me, that you would walk with me always.   Why, when I have needed you most, would you leave me?"  The Lord replied, "My precious child, I love you and would never leave you.  The times when you have seen only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

 

God's Garden 1

God looked around the garden and saw an empty space.
He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful for he only takes the best.
 
He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids and whispered "Peace be thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone;
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

 

God's Garden 2

God looked around the garden, and saw an empty space.
He looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful for he only takes the best.
 
He knew that you were weary, and He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never be well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids, and whispered "Peace be thine."

 

I Am Free
 
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free;
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
 
I could not stay another day,  to laugh,
to love, to work, or play.
Tasks undone must stay that way.
I've found that peace at the close of the day.
If parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
 
Be not burdened with times of sorrow;
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times,a loved one's touch.
 
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
--God wanted me now, God set me free.
 
 

When I Must Leave
 
When I must leave you for a little while --
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
and hug your sorrow to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant smile:
And for my sake and in my name
live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
and I in turn will comfort youand hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky.
 
 

We Thought of You Today

We thought of you with love today, But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday and days before that too.
We think of you in silence, We often speak your name
All we have now are memories and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake with whom we will never part.
God has you in His keeping, We have you in our hearts.
If love alone could have saved you, You never would have died.
In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place, No one else can ever fill
It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn't go alone,
For a part of us went with you the day God took you home.

 

Afterglow

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
 
 

Just a Memory Away

I’m no longer by your side, But there’s no need to weep;
I’ve left sweet recollections, I’m hoping you would keep.
Eternal joy and memories Stay in our hearts forever,
Strengthening our special bond that parting cannot sever.
Now it’s time to journey on, So let your faith be strong,
For I am in a better place…I’m home where I belong.
 
And if times of loneliness Bring sorrow and dismay,
Don’t despair, for I am there…Just a Memory Away
 
                                                                Rita S. Beer

 

Remember Me

Remember me when flowers bloom early in the spring
Remember me on sunny days in the fun that summer brings
Remember me in the fall as you walk through leaves of gold
And remember me in the wintertime In the stories that are told
But most of all remember each day, right from the start
I will be forever near for I live within your heart

 

Remember Me 2

To the living, I am gone; to the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated, but to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot speak, but I can listen.
  I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore,
gazing at a beautiful sea, Remember me.
As you look upon a flower and admire it's simplicity,
Remember me.
Remember me in you hearts, thoughts,
and your memories of the
times we loved, the times we cried,
the times we fought, the times we laughed.
For if you always think of me, I will never be gone.

 

You Toiled So Hard

You toiled so hard for those you loved. 
You said goodbye to none.
Your spirit flew before we knew,
your work on earth was done.
We miss you now, Our hearts are sore.
As time goes by, we miss you more.
Your loving smile, Your gentle face:
No one can fill your vacant place.
Your life was love and labor,
Your love for your family true.
You did the best for all of us.
We will always remember you.
 
 

Time Has Taken Me

Time has taken me from you,
Although not very far.
I'll be watching through the sunshine
and through the brightest star.
I'll be watching all of you,
From the heavens up above.
So take good care of each
other and carry all my love.
If you're ever wondering if I'm there,
here's where you can start.
Take a look inside yourself deep within your heart.
I'll always be your baby, your child, your best friend.
So anytime you need me, Close your eyes I'm back again.

 

While We Are Apart

Distance may separate us, but my heart will never let you go,
For I carry a part of you with me always.
It keeps me going through the day.
It brings a smile to my faceand tears to my eyes.
It is a part of my dreams that I live for and cherish.
That part is my wish, my only one,
To see you again soon.
I know that wish will someday come true.
But for now, I will hold in my heart
The memory of you
And never let you go.
 
 
 
The Memory of Grandma’s Love
 
Grandma always held my heart, right from the very start.
Her arms were open wide. She had the safest place to hide.
Inside of Grandma's hug,I was safe and snug.
Grandma's love always appeared, then trouble disappeared.
Grandma made me happy, because she loved me.
Grandma wiped my tears, and chased away my fears.
Grandma's love will always be, A precious memory to me!
 
 
A Beautiful Life
 
A beautiful lifethat came to an end,
She died as she lived, everyone's friend.
In our hearts amemory will always be kept,
Of one we loved, and will never forget.
 
 
Treasured Seasons
 
For everything there is an appointed season,
And a time for everything under heaven-
A time for sharing, a time for caring.
A time for loving, a time for giving;
A time for remembering, a time for parting.
You have made everything beautiful in its time
For everything You do remains forever.
 
 

Legacy of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
you gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
and in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you've earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we'll eternally keep.
 
 

You Can Shed Tears

     You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because  you can't see her,
or you can be full of the loved you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her
memory and let it live on.
Or you can do what she'd want: smile,
open your eyes, love and go on.
                                                           -  David Haskins
 
 

Welcome Home

To those I love and those who love me,
When I am gone, release me; let me go.
I have so many things to see and do. 
You must not tie yourself to me in tears;
Be happy that we had so many years.
 
I give you my love and you can only guess
  how much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown. 
But now it's time I traveled on alone.
 
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must;
then let your grief be comforted by trust.
 It's only for a while that we must part.
So bless the memories  within your heart.
 
I won't be far away, for life goes on. 
So if you need me, call & I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me,
I'll be near; and if you listen with your heart
you'll hear my love around you soft and clear.
 
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say, "Welcome Home."

 

Little Angel 1

I will not forget you, My precious little child
I will always cherish memories; the love we shared, your smile
And you will be remembered each day, right from the start
As a special little angel, who lives within my heart.
 
 

Little Angels 2

When God calls little children to dwell with Him above,
We mortals sometimes question the wisdom of His love.
For no heartache compares With the death of one small child
Who does so much to make our world seem wonderful and mild.
Perhaps God tires of calling the aged to His fold,
So He picks a rosebud before it can grow old.
God knows how much we need them, and so He takes but few
To make the land of Heaven more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult, still somehow we must try.
The saddest word mankind knows will always be "Goodbye"
So when a little child departs, we who are left behind
must realize God loves children, angels are hard to find.
 
 

Miss Me, But Let me Go

When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free.
Miss me a little - but not too long
and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me - but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
and each one must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me - but let me go.
 
 

Poem for Thy Living

When I am dead, cry for me a little.
Think of me sometimes, but not too much.
It is not good for you, or your wife or your husband,
or your children
   to allow your thoughts to dwell   
too long on the dead.
Think of me now and again as I was in life
at some moment which it
   is pleasant to recall.  But not too long.
Leave me in peace as I shall leave you, too, in peace.
While you live, let your thoughts be with the living.

 

His/Her Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of him as gone away
-- his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets
-- this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting from
the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living in the hearts
of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost
--and he was loved so much.
                                           - E. Brenneman

 

Grieve Not

Grieve not...nor speak of me with tears...
but laugh and talk of me as though I were beside you.
I loved you so...'twas Heaven here with you.
 
 
 
The Magic of a Mother's Touch
 
There's magic in a Mother's touch,
and sunshine in her smile.
There's love in everything she does
to make our lives worthwhile.
We can find both hope and courage
just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter is a source of joy,
her words are warm and wise.
There is a kindness and compassion
to be found in her embrace,
and we see the light of heaven
shining from a Mother's face.
 
 
 
 

I Believe in Angels

I believe in angels --that they're always hovering near,
Whispering encouragement whenever clouds appear.
Protecting us from danger and showing us the way,
Performing little miracles, within our lives each day...
Yes, I believe in angels, and I'm sure that you do too,
And I'm convinced that angels are watching over you.
I still think angels sometimes come to wipe our tears away...
When night seems darkest,
I believe we'll see a light shine clear,
and when the storm is gone,
I'm sure a rainbow will appear...
 
 
God's Garden (Spanish)
El jardín de Dios
 
Dios miró al jardín y vio un lugar vacio.
Luego él miró hacia abajo
sobre la tierra y vió  su rostro cansado.
El pusó sus brazos hacia usted
y lo levantó a descansar. 
En el jardín de Dios tiene que ser precioso porque él solo se lleva lo mejor.
él sabía que el camino estaba cada
momento mas aspero, y las Colinas
eran dificil de alcanzar.
Así que él cerró sus cansados párpados
y susurrus "La Paz Sea Contigo."
Rompió  nuestros corazones
al perderte pero usted no se fué solo;
Pues parte de nosotros se fué con usted
el día que Dios le llamó  a su casa.
 
 

You Never Said Goodbye

You never said I'm leaving, You never said goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it, and only God knew why.
 
A million times I needed you, A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you, You never would have died.
 
In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place, That no one could ever fill.
 
It broke my heart to lose you, But you didn't go alone
For part of me went with you, The day God took you home.
 
 

When Curtain falls

When through our tears of sorrow, we see a curtain fall,
And know a dearly-loved one has gone beyond our call,
We must have faith and confidence in God and in His way,
For He will raise the curtain on a fairer scene some day.

 

Letting Go

The angels gathered near your bed, so very close to you
For they knew the pain and suffering
that you were going through.
I thought about so many things
as I held tightly to your hand
Oh, how I wished that you were
strong and happy once again.
 
But your eyes were looking homeward
to that place beyond the sky
Where Jesus held His outstretched arms,
It was time to say "goodbye"
I struggled with my selfish thoughts
for I wanted you to stay
So we could walk and talk again
like we did just yesterday
 
But Jesus knew the answer,
and I knew He loved you so
So I gave to you life's greatest gift,
the gift of letting go
 
Now my heart will carry memories
of the love you gave to me
Until we meet again in Heaven,
where the best is yet to be.

 


The Broken Chain
 
We little knew that morning
that GOD was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you do not go alone;
for part of us went with you,the day GOD called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same;
but as GOD call us one by one, THE CHAIN will link again

 

Safely Home

I am in Heaven, dear ones; Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over; every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever, safely home in heaven at last.
 
Did you wonder why I so calmly trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! But Jesus' love illumined every dark and fearful glade.
And he came himself to meet me in that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
for I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
pray to trust our Father's will.
 
There is work still waiting for you,
so you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth
--you shall rest in Jesus' land.
 
When that work is all complete,
He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
 
 

Precious Memories

I am gone, but please don't weep or grieve with great despair
For I am now with Jesus Heaven's beauty I now share
 
Try to look beyond today for there's much for you to do
God has many blessings waiting on this earth for you
 
And think on precious memories until the day we'll be
Together in God's Heaven for all eternity
 
 
 

Firefighter’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage;
give me strength to save some life, whatever be it's age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late;
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me;
to guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life; please bless
with your protecting hand my children and my wife.

 

Fireman's Prayer

Almighty God, Protector of all Mankind,
Your strength, power, and wisdom
are a beacon of light to all men:
Give special guidance to Firemen and Firefighters
so that we may be protected
from harm while performing our duty. 
Help me with Your loving care while
I work to save the lives and property
of all people young and old.
Give me the courage, the alertness
to protect my neighbors and all others whom
I am pledge to aid when involved in a fire or accident.
 
 

Policeman's Prayer

Lord, I ask for courage: courage to face
and conquer my own fears;
courage to take me where others will not go.
I ask for strength; strength of body to protect others;
strength of spirit to lead others.
I ask for dedication:  dedication to my job to do it well;
dedication to my community to keep it safe. 
Give me, Lord, concern:
concern for all those who entrust me;
and compassion for those who need me;
and please, Lord, through it all, be at my side.

 

Golfer's Prayer

For all the times I have swung a club.
For the many friends  and the game I love.
For the patience I have found in sand or rough.
For the excitement of making shots thought tough.
For success in not measured by holes in one,
But by the times that are shared when you are having fun.
Lord would you grant me one last request,
To play you a round of the game I love best.


Stars and Stripes

The Stars and Stripes, they flew forever always in his heart.
He was loyal to his nation and bravely did his part.
Always thinking of his brother ever in his mind.
He stood for love of country and most of all mankind.
Now gazing down with his Master 
through a light and heavenly cloud,
He's still looking out for us of whom he is so proud.

 

Taps

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hill, From the sky.
All is well, safely rest   God is nigh.
 
Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'Neath the sky.
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.  Amen.

 

Irish Blessing (Nautical)

May the tide rise to meet you.
May the wind always fill your sails
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your decks.
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

Fisherman's Prayer

God grant that I may live to fish for another shining day,
But when my final cast is made, I then most Humbly pray,
When nestled in your Landing net as I lay Peacefully asleep,
You'll smile at me and judge that I am Good enough to keep.

 

Psalm 23: Mariner's Version

The Lord is My Pilot

The Lord is my Pilot; I shall not drift.
He leadeth me across the dark waters
and steereth me in the deep channels.
 
He keepeth my Log and guideth me
by the star of holiness for His Name's sake.
 
Yea, though I sail amid the thunders and tempests of life,
I shall dread no danger, For Thou art with me;
 
Thy love and Thy care, they shelter me.
Thou preparest a harbour before me
in the homeland of eternity;
 
Thou anointest the waves with oil,
and my ship rideth calmly,
 
Surely sunlight and starlight shall favor me
 all the days of my voyaging,
and I will rest in the port of my Lord forever.
 
 
 

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth;
 and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
 born of the Virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell;the third day
He rose again from the dead.
 
He ascended into heaven,
and sits  at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty. 
From thence He shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Spirit,the Holy Catholic Church,
 the communion of Saints,the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.

 

Irish Blessing

May the road rise with you,
May the wind be always
  at your back,
May the sun shine warm
  upon your face,
And rains fall soft
  upon your fields,
  And until we meet again,
    may God keep you
 in the hollow of His hand.

 

Memorare

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary,
 that never was it known that anyone
who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help,
or sought Thy intercession was left unaided.
 
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto Thee,
O Virgin of Virgins. My Mother!
 To Thee I come, before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
Oh Mother of the Word incarnate,despise not my petitions,
but in Thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

 

Hail Mary
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.
Amen.

 

Hail Mary (Italian)

Ave Maria,
Piena di grazia,
Il Signore è con te.
Tu sei benedetta fra le donne
E benedetto è il frutto
Del tuo seno, Gesú.
Santa Maria, Madre di Dio,
Prega per noi peccatori
Adesso e nell’ora
della nostra morte.
Amen.

 

Hail Mary (Spanish)

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia,
el Señor es contigo.
Bendita tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
y bendito es el fruto
de tu vientre, Jesús.
Santa María, Madre de Dios,
ruega por nosotros, pecadores,
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.
Amen
 

 

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,
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen.

 

The Lord's Prayer (Greek)

Pater Imon O en tis ouranis
ayiasthito to onoma sou
eltheto ē vasilia sou
yenithito to thelima sou
os en ourano ke epi tis yis
ton arton imon ton epiousion
Thos imin simeron
ke afese imin ta ophelimata imon
os ke emeis afihiomen
tis ofeletes imon
ke mis enengisi imas
apo pirasmon ala reesĕ imas
apo tou ponirou
Amen

 

The Lord's Prayer (Italian)

Padre nostro che sei nei cieli
sia santificato il tuo nome
venga il tuo regno
sia fatta la tua volontà
come in cielo così in terra.
Dacci oggi il nostro pane quotidiano
Rimetti a noi i nostri debiti
Come noi li rimettiamo ai nostri debitori.
E non ci indurre in tentazione
Ma liberaci dal male.
Amen.
 
 
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to accept
the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
 
 
 

The Complete Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept
the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know
the difference.
 
Living one day at a time, enjoying one
moment at a time, and accepting
hardship as a pathway to peace.
 
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it, and trusting that
You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will.
 
So that I may be reasonably happy
in this life and supremely happy
with you forever in the next.
Amen
 
 
 
Loved Her
Father we entrust our sister to your mercy.
 
You loved her greatly in this life:
now that she is freed from all its cares,
give her happiness and peace for ever.
 
Welcome her now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

 

Loved Him

Father we entrust our brother to your mercy.
 
You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from
all its cares, give him happiness and peace for ever.
 
Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy
with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

 

We Give Them Back
We give them back to you, O Lord,
who first gave them to us;
yet as you did not lose them in the giving,
so we do not lose them by their return . . .
 
For what is yours is ours also,
 if we belong to you.
Love is unending, and the boundary
of this mortal life is but a horizon,
and a horizon is nothing
save the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, strong Son of God,
that we may see more clearly . . .
 
And while you prepare a place for us,
 prepare us also for that happy place,
that we may be with you
and with those we loved for evermore.

 

Resurrection Prayer
Most merciful Father,
 we commend our departed into your hands.
We are filled with the sure hope
that our departed will rise again on the
 Last Day with all who have died in Christ. 
We thank you for all the good things
you have given during our
departed's earthly life.
 
O Father, in your great mercy,
 accept our prayer that the Gates of Paradise
may be opened for your servant.
 In our turn, may we too be comforted
by the words of faith until we greet Christ
 in glory and are united with you
and our departed.
 
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
 
 
 

 

Loved Daughter

Father, we entrust our sister to your mercy.
You loved her greatly in this life;
now that she is freed from all its cares,
 give her happiness and peace forever.
Welcome her now into paradise
where there will be no more sorrow,
no more weeping or pain,
but only peace and joy with Jesus,
your son, and the Holy Spirit,
forever and ever.

 

 

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
 for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,  For they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they will be called children of God.
Blessed  are those who are persecuted,
for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 5:3-10
 
 
 

 
 
Psalm 121
 
I will lift mine eyes unto the hills
from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord,
 which made heaven and earth. 
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee
will not  slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper:
 the Lord is thy shade upon thy hand. 
The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; 
He shall preserve thy soul. 
The Lord shall preserve thy going out
and thy coming in from this time forth,
and even for evermore.

 

John 14:1-3

Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. 
In my Father’s house are many rooms;  if it were not so, would I have told you
that I go and prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
 

 

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
he leadeth me beside still waters. 
He restoreth my soul;
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of  death, I will fear no evil;
for thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
 all the days of my life;
and I will dwell in
the house of the Lord forever.

 

Psalm 23 (Italian)

Salmo. Di Davide. non manco di nulla;

su pascoli erbosi mi fa riposare ad acque tranquille mi conduce. Mi rinfranca, mi guida per il giusto cammino, per amore del suo nome. Se dovessi camminare in una valle oscura, non temerei alcun male, perché tu sei con me. Il tuo bastone e il tuo vincastro mi danno sicurezza. Davanti a me tu prepari una mensa sotto gli occhi dei miei nemici; cospargi di olio il mio capo. Il mio calice trabocca. Felicità e grazia mi saranno compagne tutti i giorni della mia vita, e abiterò nella casa del Signore per lunghissimi anni.

 

Psalm 23 (Spanish)

El Senor es mi pastor; nada me falta;
en verdes pastos el me hace reposar
y adonde brota agua fresca me conduce.
Fortalece mi alma, por el camino del bueno
me dirige por amor de su nombre.
Aunque pase por quebradas
muy oscuras no temo ningun mal,
porque tu estas conmigo,
tu baston y tu vara me protegen.
Me sirves a la mesa frente
a mis adversarios,
con aceite tu perfumas mi cabeza
y rellenas mi copa.
Me acompana tu bondad
y tu favor mientras dura mi vida,
mi mansion sera la casa del
Senor por largo, largo tiempo.
 
 

St. Anthony

O glorious St. Anthony, safe refuge of the afflicted and distressed, who by miraculous revelation has directed all those who seek aid to come to Thy altar with the promise that who soever visits it for nine consecutive Tuesdays, and there piously in vokes thee, will feel the power of the intercession. I, a poor sinner, encouraged by this promise, come to  thee.

O powerful Saint, and with a firm hope I implore thy aid, thy protection, thy counsel and thy blessing. Obtain for me, I beseech thee my request in this necessity. But if it should be opposed to the Will of God and the welfare of my soul, obtain for me such other graces as shall be conducive to my salvation.

Through Christ our Lord.

 

Prayer of St. Francis Assisi
Lord make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master; grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as  to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 


St. Jude

St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, who am so miserable pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities,  tribulations and sufferings,   particularly      (make your request here) and I may bless God with the Elect throughout Eternity.  Amen.

St. Jude, Apostle, martyr and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and of Joseph, intercede for us.

 

Padre Pio
Oh Jesus, full of grace and charity,
victim for sinners, so impelled by
Your love  of us that You willed to die
on the cross,  I humbly entreat Thee to glorify in heaven  and on earth, the servant of God, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who generously participated in Your sufferings,
who loved Thee so much andlaboured so faithfully for the glory
of Your heavenly Father and for the good of souls.  With confidence,
I beseech Thee to grant me, through his intercession,
the grace of which I ardently desire.
 
 
 
St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Beloved Padre Pio, Saint of Pietrelcina, today I come to add my prayer to the thousands of prayers offered to you everyday by those who love and venerate you.  They ask for cures and healings, earthly and spiritual blessings, and peace for body and mind.  Because of your friendship with the Lord, He heals those you ask to be healed, and forgives those you forgive.  Through your visible wounds of the Cross, which you bore for 50 years, you were chosen in our time to glorify the cricified Jesus.  Because the Cross has been replaced by other symbols, please help us to bring it back in our midst, for we acknowledge it is the only true sign of salvation.  As we lovingly recall the wounds that pierced your hands, feet and side, we not only remember the blood you shed in pain, but your smile and the invisible halo of sweet smelling flowers that surrounded your presence, the perfume of sanctity.