A- 23 Psalm (Spanish Available)
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul. He guides me in the path of righteousness for His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, They comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord - forever.
B- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Spanish Available)
There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven.
A time for giving birth, A time for dying;
A time for planting, A time for uprooting what has been planted. A time for killing, A time for healing; A time for knocking down, A time for building.A time for tears, A time for laughter; A time for mourning, A time for dancing. A time for throwing stones away, A time for gathering them up; A time for embracing, A time to refrain from embracing.
A time for searching, A time for losing;
A time for keeping, A time for throwing things away.A time for tearing, A time for sewing;
A time for keeping silent, A time for speaking. A time for loving, A time for hating; A time for war, a time for peace.
C- John 14:1-3 (Spanish Available)
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 to 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.
D - Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your 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. And 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; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
E- Saint Patrick's Prayer
God our Father, you sent Saint Patrick to preach your glory to the people of Ireland. By the help of his prayers, may all Christians proclaim your love to all men. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
F - The Resurrection Prayer
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. I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though his body be destroyed, yet shall I see GOD: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. 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.
G - Footprints (Spanish Available)
One night a man had a dream. In it he was walking along a beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord. When the final scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints and realized that they came at the hardest and saddest times of his life. Bothered about this, he questioned the Lord, saying "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most burdensome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you the most you would leave me." The Lord replied, "My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
~ Author Unknown ~
H - Where I Am (Spanish Available)
Do not stand by my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am a diamond glint on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight
I am the soft star shine at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry
I am not there.
~ Anonymous ~
I - I'm Free (Spanish Available)
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've 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 hearts and share with me,
God wanted me now; He set me free.
J - To Those I Love (Spanish Available)
When I am gone, release me, let me go. You have so many things to see and do. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears. Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love. 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 a while for me, if grieve you must. Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only 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 and I will hear. Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near... And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear all of 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"
- Author Unknown
K - Safely Home
I am home in heaven, dear ones. Oh, so happy and so bright! There is a perfect joy and beauty in the 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. There is work still waiting for you, so you must not idly stand, Do it now, while life remaineth- You shall rest in God's own land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you home; Oh,the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!
L - 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 dedication; Dedication to my job to do it well... Dedication to my community to keep it safe. Give me, Lord, concern; For all those who trust me... And compassion for those who need me And, please, Lord, through it all; be at my side
M - Fireman’s Prayer
When I am called to duty, God, Where’re the flames may rage, Give me strength to save some life whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it is too late, or save some older person from
The horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert,
And hear the weakest shout and quickly and effectively to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling and give the best in me. To guard my every neighbor and protect his property; And if according to Your will, I have to lose my life, please bless with Your protecting hand my children and my wife.
N - He only Takes The Best (Female)
God saw she was getting tired And a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around her And whispered, "Come with Me." With tear filled eyes we watched her suffer and fade away. Although we loved her deeply, We could not make her stay. A Golden Heart stopped beating, Hard working hands put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. ______ was healed in Jesus' name.
O - He only Takes The Best (Male)
God saw he was getting tired And a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around him And whispered, "Come with Me." With tear filled eyes we watched him suffer and fade away. Although we loved him deeply, We could not make him stay. A Golden Heart stopped beating, Hard working hands put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. ______ was healed in Jesus' name.
P - Little Angels (Spanish Available)
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.
Q - 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 stars, ‘neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.
R - The Irish Poem
May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
S - High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung. High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft, through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue.
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace where never lark, nor even eagle flew -
and with silent lifting mind I've trod,
the high unsurpassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
T - John 3:16 (Spanish Available)
For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
U - God’s Garden (Spanish Available)
God looked around His garden and He found an empty place, He then looked down upon this earth, and saw your tired face. He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful. He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting difficult 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 didn't go alone. For part of us went with you the day God called you home.
V - Home In Heaven (Spanish Available)
I am home in heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and peace
In this everlasting light.
W - A Father’s Tribute (Spanish Available)
Gone is a father loved by all. His soul is now at rest. He'll sleep in peace--his work is done-- A father's work--the best. He'll know the joy of perfect rest In heaven up above, where he may dwell contentedly protected by God's love. Our hearts may grieve that he must lie beneath the sacred sod, and yet we know he lives in peace within the house of God.
X - A Mother’s Tribute (Spanish Available)
Gone is a mother loved by all. Her soul is now at rest. She'll sleep in peace--her work is done- A mother's work--the best. She'll know the joy of perfect rest In heaven up above, where she may dwell contentedly protected by God's love. Our hearts may grieve that she must lie beneath the sacred sod, and yet we know she lives in peace within the house of God.
Y - Loving and Kind (Female) (Spanish Available)
Loving and kind in all her ways,
Upright and just to the end of her time;
Sincere and true in her heart and mind,
A beautiful memory she left behind.
She had a nature you could not help loving.
A heart that was purer than gold;
And to those who knew her and
loved her, _______'s memory will never grow old. (name)
Z - Loving and Kind (Male) (Spanish Available)
Loving and kind in all his ways,
Upright and just to the end of his time;
Sincere and true in his heart and mind,
A beautiful memory he left behind.
He had a nature you could not
help loving. A heart that was purer than gold;
And to those who knew him and
loved him, _______'s memory will never grow old.
AA - Million Times (Spanish Available)
A million times we've needed you, a million times we've cried. If love alone could've 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 will ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone. Part of us went with you, the day God took you home.
BB – Away (Female) (Spanish Available)
I cannot say, and I will not say
That she is dead. She is just away!
With a joyful smile and a wave of the hand,
She has wandered into a magnificent land.
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs to be, since she lingers there.
Think of her faring on, as dear
in the love of There as the love of Here;
Think of her still as the same, I say:
She is not dead - she is just - Away!
CC - Away-(Male) (Spanish Available)
I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead. He is just away!
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land.
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs to be, since He lingers there.
Think of him faring on, as dear
in the love of There as the love of Here;
Think of him still as the same, I say:
He is not dead - he is just - Away!
DD When I leave (Spanish Available)
When I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed countless tears and hug your sorrow to you through the years, but start out bravely with a courageous 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 you and hold you near; and never, never be afraid to die;
For I am waiting for you in the sky!
FF - John 11:25 (Spanish Available)
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.
GG- Psalm 121 (Spanish Available)
I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you- the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
HH- Serenity Prayer (Spanish Available)
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.