Secular Franciscan Wake Service

SECULAR FRANCISCAN WAKE SERVICE
INTRODUCTION:
We, the ____________Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, are here to offer our prayers for _____________OFS.
______________ was a member of the _______________Fraternity. ________ made his Rite of Profession as a Secular Franciscan on______________ at ___ years old. He died on _________________
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Leader: In the name of the Father. . .May the God of hope give you the fullness of peace and may the Lord of life be always with you.
All: And also with you.
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THE CANTICLE OF BROTHER SUN

Leader: ( to be read slowly) St. Francis, in writing the Canticle, wanted to teach us that we are connected with all of creation and with one another.

Leader: Most High, all powerful, good Lord. Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor, and all blessing. To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no one is worthy to mention your name. Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun.
All: Who is the day and through whom you give us light, and he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; and bears a likeness of you, Most High One.

Leader: Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
All: in heaven, you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

Leader: Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
All: and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather—through which you give sustenance to your creatures.

Leader: Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Water,
All: which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Leader: Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
All: and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Leader: Praised be you, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth,
All: who sustains and governs us, and who produces varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Leader: Praised be you, my Lord, through those who give pardon for your love,
All: And bear infirmity and tribulation.

Leader: Praised be you, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
All: from whom no living person can escape.

Leader: Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
All: Blessed are those whom death will find in your most holy will, for the second death shall do them no harm.

Leader: Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
All: and serve Him with great humility.
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Leader: ___________ was united more closely with the Lord and with us through the observance of our way of life. As he strove to follow this Rule of Life, may he be with our Lord and placed among His saints in glory.

Sing: “Peace Prayer”

MAKE ME A CHANNEL OF YOUR PEACE. WHERE IS, HATRED, LET ME BRING YOUR LOVE. WHERE THERE IS INJURY YOUR PARDON, LORD. AND WHERE THERE’S DOUBT, TRUE FAITH IN YOU.

MAKE ME A CHANNEL OF YOUR PEACE. WHERE THERE’S DESPAIR IN LIFE, LET ME BRING HOPE. WHERE THERE IS DARKNESS, ONLY LIGHT, AND WHERE THERE’S SADNESS, EVER JOY.

OH, MASTER, GRANT THAT I MAY NEVER SEEK, SO MUCH TO BE CONSOLED AS TO CONSOLE. TO BE UNDERSTOOD AS TO UNDERSTAND, TO BE LOVED AS TO LOVE WITH ALL MY SOUL.

MAKE ME A CHANNEL OF YOUR PEACE. IT IS IN PARDONING THAT WE ARE PARDONED. IN GIVING OF OURSELVES THAT WE RECEIVE, AND IN DYING THAT WE ARE BORN TO ETERNAL LIFE.

(Reading by Professed Member) Reading: Romans 6:3-9. Short silence.

Leader: As the moment of his death drew near Francis told them to bring a book of the Gospels and asked to have the passage of St. John read.

(Reading by Professed Member) Reading: John 13:1-17. A short period of silent reflection after the reading.

General Intercessions:
Leader: Christ Jesus, give comfort to the family and friends of ____________.

All: Lord, you are our life and resurrection.

Leader: Our brother was united with us in the Franciscan family. Grant him all that was promised by our Father Francis.

All: Lord, you are our life and resurrection.

Leader: Our brother was fed with your Body and Blood. May he find a place at table with you at the heavenly banquet.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: May eternal rest be granted unto him, O Lord.

All: And let perpetual light shine upon him.

Leader: May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

All: (join hands) Our Father…

Sing: “Amazing Grace”
AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEET THE SOUND THAT SAVED AND SET ME FREE. I ONCE WAS LOST, BUT NOW AM FOUND, WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE.
YES, WHEN THIS FLESH AND HEART SHALL FAIL AND MORTAL LIFE SHALL CEASE, AMAZING GRACE SHALL THEN PREVAIL IN HEAVEN’S JOY AND PEACE.

Leader: Before we close this service of our brother, let us bless him with the blessing of Saint Francis. All raise their right hand toward ___________ or picture of ______________ and pray:

MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU. MAY HE SHOW HIS FACE TO YOU AND BE MERCIFUL TO YOU.
MAY HE TURN HIS COUNTENANCE TO YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU, _____________.

Leader: Our prayer for our brother has ended. Let us go now, and until that time when the Lord shall gather us all into His Kingdom, let us live in His peace.

All: Thanks be to God.

Leader: In the name of the Father…

One thought on “Secular Franciscan Wake Service

  1. Judy Haupt, OFS

    Thank you, dear brother Dennis. We just lost our brother and will use this for his wake service.

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