Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child

Holy Infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace (2x)

 

Silent night, holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ, the Saviour is born

Christ, the Saviour is born

 

Silent night, holy night

Son of God, love's pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Funerals God's love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death. Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect. To acknowledge this at the beginning of the service should help us to use this occasion to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality. Those who mourn need support and consolation. Our presence here today is part of that continuing support. (Common Worship, 2000). Funerals can take place in church, at the local crematoria and cemeteries and even at the graveside. If a funeral takes place in church there is an organ and facilities for playing music via iPod, in addition to visual tributes (with or without music) via digital projector. Once a month a Requiem Mass is held in church and those who have been laid to rest within that month are remembered by name, along with those on our Chantry List. Once a year on the first Sunday in November there is an Annual Memorial Service for the Bereaved where those who have funerals taken through the church (in church, or at the crematorium or cemetery) are invited to attend and remember departed loved ones.

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