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10 Good Opening Prayers for Funerals


Opening Prayers for Funerals

Losing a loved one can bring about an array of emotions and feelings. Making it through the grieving process starts with the memorial and burial as you carry onward to the next stages of coping. To ease the pain, here is a look at some good opening prayers for funerals to get you started.

 Comfort Prayer

Lord God, we thank you for enabling us to gather here today so that we can celebrate a life of N. well-lived. Lord, as we start this funeral service, we ask for the presence of the Holy Spirit in this place. May he bring comfort to every one of us so that we can be able to mourn as believers. Holy Spirit, take full control and help us to do this as unto God and not as unto ourselves, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Unconditional Love Prayer

Father God, we are gathered here today as friends and family of our loved one, N. who departed from this world recently and came into your presence. Lord, it is not easy for us to stand here and eulogize our beloved, but we know that they are now together with Christ. As we honor our loved one, let the unconditional love that you showered us through their life fill this service. Help us to learn how to love others unconditionally like our beloved did when he was still here. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Peace of Mind Prayer

Dear Father, there is a season and time for everything in this world. Today you have granted us a chance to celebrate the life of our loved one, N., and we want to say thank you. Even though we are finding it hard to accept what has happened, we know that everything works out together for good. God, give us the peace that surpasses all understanding as we start this funeral program. Give us the strength to share the beautiful moments that we shared with the departed in Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Your Presence Prayer

Heavenly Father today is a tough day for us. Accepting the fact that in the next few minutes we are going to be saying our farewell to our beloved one, N., is so difficult. But we choose to worship you and celebrate the life of our beloved whom you have called back into your presence. Light this funeral service with your presence. Let your light shine upon our hearts that we may be able to give our last respects lovingly. Let your grace be upon each individual that is in this place. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Take Control Prayer

O Holy Lord, we bless your name forever. We are gathered in this funeral service to celebrate the life of a brother, N. that is in your presence. It is through your goodness that we are here to share the memories of the departed soul. Though he is not with us physically, we mourn knowing that we shall see him when we come back home.  We commit this service into your hands. Take control of everything that will happen in this place, Lord. We pray this believing in Jesus, our Lord, and Savior, Amen.

Strength Prayer

Our Father, we bless your holy name forever. As we gather in this place to pay our last respects to the departed soul of N., we ask you to come in our midst. Fill us with divine strength that we may be able to honor the life of our family member. Let your grace be upon us today that we may be able to support one another. Wrap your arms around us through this painful period and let your joy be our strength. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.

Courage Prayer

Dear God, as we mourn the loss of our loved one, N., we ask you to cover his family with your wings of love. Give them courage so that they can stand before us and share the fond memories they have of their beloved. Father, it has been such a big blow to them as a family, but you are their strength and strong tower. We know that you love them so much and that you will take care of their needs. Lord, fill the gap that has been left in their hearts and give them the courage to face each day without him. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Hope Prayer

Lord, we gather in unity today to mourn the death of our friend, N.. We loved him so much, but you loved him more that is why you ushered him into your presence. Father, we are here to celebrate someone that we cherished. Our hearts are full of hope that we shall see him again when we come home. He was your faithful servant who served you diligently. May he find love and peace in your presence, and enjoy your glory. We love and adore you, Lord, in Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.

Healing Prayer

Heavenly Father, let your presence manifest in this place. As we gather here to mourn our beloved, N., may you bring healing into our hearts. Be our alpha and omega in this funeral service. Let the things we share about our beloved bring joy and healing in our hearts. We know it will be hard for anyone to fill the gap that has been left in our hearts. But we also know that in days, weeks, months, and years to come, you will heal us, and what we will be left with are the fond memories of the times we shared with the departed soul. We thank you for giving us a chance to spend with your daughter who is now in your presence, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Thankfulness Prayer

Lord, I am so thankful for the times you gave us to share with our family member, N., who is now resting in your glory. Thank you for giving us the strength to gather in this place for a service in honor of them. Let the light our loved one illuminated in our lives shine throughout the service. We pray for everyone that is here that doesn’t know you, may the memories we share about our loved one and the word that will be preached touch their hearts so that they may come to know that you are the one true God who is and who was in Jesus name we pray, Amen.