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"The span of life is not measured by the span of its years" (Wisdom 4:8)
The following Prayer offers suggestions that may help you arrange a prayer, blessing, funeral or anniversary service. Alternative readings, hymns, songs and poems are also listed.  You may like to read a poem or a letter you, or someone close to you, has written in place of some of these suggestions. If possible try to involve your family, other children and friends. You may also like to help with the flowers in the church.

Opening Hymn - Lighting of Candle (optional)

OPENING PRAYER
Let us pray,
Trusting in Jesus, the loving Saviour who gathered children into his arms and blessed them. We now commend our children to that same embrace of love, in the hope that they will rejoice and be happy in the presence of Christ. May the Angels and Saints lead them to the place of light and peace where one day we will be brought together again.

FIRST READING
A reading from the Prophet Isaiah. (Isaiah 49: 13-16, 20, 23)
Shout for joy, you heavens, exult, you earth! You mountains, break into happy cries! For the Lord consoles his people and takes pity on those who are afflicted. For Zion was saying "The Lord has abandoned me, the Lord has forgotten me". But does a woman forget her baby at the breast, or fail to cherish the child of her womb? Yet even if these forget, I will never forget you. See I have carved you on the palms of my hands. Once more they will speak in your hearing; those children you thought were lost. You shall know that I am the Lord and that those who hope in me will not be put to shame.

PSALM (Psalm 139: 13-18)
Lord, you created my inmost self, knit me together in my mother's womb. For so many marvels I thank you; a wonder am I and all your works are wonderful. You knew me through and through, my being held no secrets from you, when I was being formed in secret, textured in the depths of the womb. Your eyes could see my embryo, in your book all my days were inscribed, every one that is fixed is there. How hard for me to grasp your thoughts, how many, God there are. If I could count them, they are more than the grains of sand; if I come to an end, I am still with you.


Opening Hymn - Lighting of Candle (optional)

SECOND READING

DEAR PARENTS
I did not die young
I lived my span of life,
Within your body
And within your love.

There are many
Who have lived long lives
And have not been loved as me.

If you would honor me
Then speak my name
And number me among your family.

If you would honor me.
Then strive to live in love
For in that love, I live.

Never ever doubt
That we will meet again.

Until that happy day,
I will grow with God
And wait for you.

By Christy Kenneally

GOSPEL
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark(10:13:16)
"People were bringing little children to Jesus, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs. I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it". Then he put his arms around them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.

HOMILY

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL:
(Read by parents, family or friends)

We pray for parents whose dreams, hopes and anticipation have been shattered. May the memories of their baby bring them consolation at this time.
Lord, hear us....
 
We pray for (names could be used), brother(s) and sister(s) of…. (baby’s name).  God help them to grown in peace and love knowing that….. (baby’s name) is watching over them.  
Lord, hear us....
 
We pray for grandparents who mourn the death of their grandchild. Comfort them and give them your strength.
Lord, hear us....

We pray for the doctors, nurses and staff who cared for us during our stay in hospital and afterwards. May God give them strength to continue their work.
Lord, hear us....

We pray with gratitude for family and friends whose support makes a difference at this painful time.
Lord, hear us....

Recessional Hymn,  Song or Reflection.

"If I Could"
Written by Joan Clancy to remember her son, Aaron, who died March 1993.
If I could I'd want you here with me.
If I could change one thing, that's what it would be.
If I could hold you to my heart Let you know you were loved right from the start.
If I could we'd watch some flowers grow.
If I could we'd make angels in the snow.
If I could we'd run barefoot in the sand.
If I could I'd hold your little hand.
If I could we'd wave at passing trains. Let our tongues feel drops of falling rain.
If I could together we'd fly a kite, We'd give it a face and paint it all bright.
If I could change one thing, that's what it would be to have you here again with me.

Concluding Prayer and Blessing

Let us pray,
Tender Shepherd of the flock,
The children whom we remember today now lie cradled in your love.
Soothe the hearts of their parents and families and bring peace to their lives.
Give them strength and courage to face the future.
Amen.

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Let us bow our heads and pray for God's blessing.
May the Lord Jesus go before you to protect you, and stand behind you to give you strength.
Amen.

May he look upon you to keep you and bless you, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Closing Hymn or song
 
"September Sun"
Blow Sea September Sun
Shades of seasons have to come
Moments to rest my thoughts
And years to rest what’s just begun
Memories of days
Will live within my dreams
Shadows fade across the sea
Waves of you come back to me
Seashells sing for you, a song,
Somehow if does not feel wrong
I miss you my little one,
Promise me you’re having fun,
Your name is written in the sand
Waves of you have come and gone
Blow Sea September Sun
Shine upon another one
Shadows fade across the Sea
But you will always be with me

Olive Ann Smith

Hymns
On Eagles Wings
In The Presence Of The Lord
Nearer my God to Thee
Cloud’s Veil
Like a Shepherd
Salve Regina
How Great thou Art   
Be Not Afraid
Ag Chriost an Siol
Abide with Me.
Be Still my Soul
Silent Night
Emanuel
O Holy Night


Music and Songs

Wonder Child (Mary Black)
Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
The Prayer (Andre Bocelli/Celine Dion    
Fly (Celine Dion)
Brahm's Lullaby.
Voice of An Angel (Liam Lawton)
The Rose