Burial of Ashes

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The minister greets the people in these or other suitable words

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all.

Though we are dust and ashes,
God has prepared for those who love him a heavenly dwelling place.
At his/her funeral we commended N into the hands of almighty God.
As we prepare to commit the remains of N to the earth,
we entrust ourselves and all who love God to his loving care.


A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians

Someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?’ No! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in sorrow, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body.

1 Corinthians 15.35-38, 42-44a

The Committal

As we committed the body of N to be cremated, with the same words we commit their ashes;

Heavenly Father
We have entrusted our brother/sister N to God’s mercy,
and we now commit his/her mortal remains to the ground:
earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust:
in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who will transform our frail bodies
that they may be conformed to his glorious body,
who died, was buried, and rose again for us.
To him be glory for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen

Heavenly Father,
we thank you for all those whom we love but see no longer.
As we remember N in this place,
hold before us our beginning and our ending,
the dust from which we come
and the death to which we move,
with a firm hope in your eternal love and purposes for us,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Dismissal

May the infinite and glorious Trinity,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
direct our life in good works,
and after our journey through this world
grant us eternal rest with all the saints.

May the love of God and the peace of Christ bless and console you
and gently wipe away every tear from your eye,
and May the Blessing of God Almighty
+Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be upon you and remain with you this day and always

The Funeral is ended. Go in Peace.