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Remembering Raymond Gant (December 9, 2023)

Ray Gant Funeral Mass 12-9-2023
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Celebrant: 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 this body be destroyed, yet shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself and

mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For if we live, we live

unto the Lord. and if we die, we die unto the Lord. Whether we live, therefore, or die,

we are the Lord's.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; even so saith the Spirit, for they rest from

their labors.

Celebrant: The Lord be with you

ALL: And with thy spirit

Celebrant: Let us pray.

Celebrant: O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of thy

servant Raymond, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the

fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth

with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

ALL: Amen.


Lord, have mercy upon us

Christ, have mercy upon us

Lord, have mercy upon us

THE FIRST LESSON Lamentations 3:22-26

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Lector: The Word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.


Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul:

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 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.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.



Celebrant The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

ALL: Glory, Lord to thee, O Lord.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.

ALL: Praise be to thee, O Christ.

THE HOMILY: The Rev. Hank Tuell

Celebrant: In the assurance of eternal life given at Baptism, let us proclaim our faith and say,


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, Eternally begotten of the Father. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


(The Leader and People pray responsively)


In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in

the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Grant, we beseech thee, to thy whole

Church in paradise and on earth, thy light and thy peace.


Grant that all who have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection may die to sin

and rise to newness of life, and that through the grave and gate of death we may pass with

him to our joyful resurrection.


Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that thy Holy

Spirit may lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days.


Grant to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins,

and serve thee with a quiet mind.


Grant to all who mourn a sure confidence in thy fatherly care, that, casting all their

grief on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love.


Give courage and faith to those who are bereaved, that they may have strength to meet

the days ahead in the comfort of a reasonable and holy hope, in the joyful expectation of

eternal life with those they love.


Help us, we pray, in the midst of things we cannot understand, to believe and trust in the

communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to life everlasting.


Grant us grace to entrust Raymond to thy never-failing love; receive him into the arms of thy mercy,

and remember him according to the favor which thou bearest unto thy people.


Grant that, increasing in knowledge and love of thee, he may go from strength to strength in the life of perfect service in thy heavenly kingdom.



Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against thee

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved thee with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in thy will,

and walk in thy ways,

to the glory of thy Name. Amen.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy

hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with

hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy

upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm

and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to

everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Celebrant The peace of the Lord be always with you.

ALL: And with thy spirit.



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God

It is meet and right so to do

It is very meet and right, and our boundless duty, that we should at all times, and in all

places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God.

Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other occasions as appointed.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, we laud

and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord

God of power and might.

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest

Blessed is He who come in the name of the Lord

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest,.

All glory be to thee, O Lord our God, for that thou didst create heaven and earth, and

didst make us in thine own image; and, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son

Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross for our

redemption. He made there a full and perfect sacrifice for the whole world; and did

institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that

his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.

For in the night in which he was betrayed, he took bread; and when he had given thanks

to thee, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take, eat, this is my Body,

which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

Likewise, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to

them, saying, "Drink this, all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant, which

is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink

it, in remembrance of me."

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy people do celebrate and make, with

these thy holy gifts which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath

commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious

death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; and looking for his coming again

with power and great glory.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us, and, with thy Word

and Holy Spirit, to bless and sanctify these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be

unto us the Body and Blood of thy dearly-beloved Son Jesus Christ.

And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness to accept this our sacrifice of praise and

thanksgiving, whereby we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and

bodies. Grant, we beseech thee, that all who partake of this Holy Communion may

worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, and be

filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction; and also that we and all thy whole

Church may be made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord; By whom, and with whom, and in whom, in

the unity of the Holy Ghost all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world

without end.

ALL: Amen.

And now, as our Savior Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,



The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept.


Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the People of God.




Let us pray.

ALL: Almighty God, we thank thee that in thy great love thou hast fed us with the

spiritual food and drink of the Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, and hast

given unto us a foretaste of thy heavenly banquet. Grant that this Sacrament

may be unto us a comfort in affliction, and a pledge of our inheritance in that

kingdom where there is no death, neither sorrow nor crying, but the fullness of

joy with all thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.



The Celebrant and other ministers take their places at the body.

Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints, where sorrow

and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

Thou only art immortal, the creator and maker of mankind;

and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and unto earth shall

we return. For so thou didst ordain when thou created me,

saying Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return; All

we go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make

our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints,

where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing,

but life everlasting.

The Celebrant, facing the body, says

Into thy hands, O merciful Savior, we commend thy servant Raymond.

Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold, a

lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming.

Receive him into the arms of thy mercy, into the blessed rest of

everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.


The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep thou hearts and

minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our

Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy

Ghost, be amongst thee, and remain with thee always. Amen.


Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

As the body is borne from the church, a hymn, or one or more of these

anthems may be sung or said



The following anthem is sung or said

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;

and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

He that raised up Jesus from the dead

will also give life to our mortal bodies,

by his Spirit that dwelleth in us.

Wherefore my heart is glad, and my spirit rejoiceth;

my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Thou shalt show me the path of life;

in thy presence is the fullness of joy,

and at thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore.

Then, while earth is cast upon the coffin, the Celebrant says these words

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through

our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God our brother

Raymond; and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth,

ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Lord bless him and keep him,

the Lord make his face to shine upon him and be gracious unto him,

the Lord lift up his countenance upon him and give him peace. Amen.

Celebrant: The Lord be with you

People: And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

(Celebrant and People)

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,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Then the Celebrant may say

O Almighty God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, who by a voice from

heaven didst proclaim, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord: Multiply,

we beseech thee, to those who rest in Jesus the manifold blessings of thy love,

that the good work which thou didst begin in them may be made perfect

unto the day of Jesus Christ. And of thy mercy, O heavenly Father, grant that we,

who now serve thee on earth, may at last, together with them, be

partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; for the sake of

thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord:

And let light perpetual shine upon him.

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

The Celebrant dismisses the people with these words

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our

Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through

the blood of the everlasting covenant: Make you perfect in

every good work to do his will, working in you that which is

well pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be

glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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